According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the number of new hires in February edged up to 6.7 million, representing 4.4 percent of the workforce showing little change from the month previously. That’s a lot of people entering new jobs.
Let’s face it. Starting a new job can be stressful and intimidating. New staff members want to make a positive impression and start out strongly in terms of both the work they do and establishing relationships with new colleagues.
Not all succeed.
One of the most common missteps made by new employees is not taking a broad enough view of their role—thinking about it more in terms of the job itself, and not their future with the organization. They often don’t recognize opportunities to really make their mark in the new organization and with their new colleagues and customers.
Here we offer some advice for new hires on how to start out strong and position themselves for a successful career with a new employer.
The first 90 days in a new job are critical. It used to be that many companies identified the first 90 days as a trial period or temporary status before moving into a “permanent” role. While that type of terminology is no longer used because it suggests that employees do at some point become “permanent,” the philosophy behind it is sound.
What employees do, or don’t do, in those first 90 days can have a lingering effect on how they’re perceived during their entire tenure with a company.
So, what should they focus on in the first 90 days? Let’s break it down month by month:
During these first critical three months, there are also five important steps you should be taking to build your reputation and position yourself as a positive contributor to the organization and a valued collaborator with your colleagues and customers.
Finally, have a clear understanding and focus on your own personal brand and career goals. Having a philosophy of “I’m just working for someone else” doesn’t position you to grow and advance in your career. Instead, consider what your own personal career objectives are, how you want to be perceived and how you can own your career and make it your own. It’s not about maintaining the status quo; it’s about making a positive impact.
That’s something you should focus on during your first 90 days, of course, but something you should also focus on throughout your entire career. Take ownership. Make a difference.
It’s your career. You own it. Make sure you’re making the most of those critical first 90 days in a new job.
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