10 Ideas To Ensure Your First 90 Days At A New Job Go Well
The first 90 days on a job will set you up for success or failure at that company. It's vital to make a good first impression, because the reputation you earn in the first 90 days will probably stick with you for the duration of your time at the company.
Research says that only 10% of career success is your actual performance on your job, 30% is your image (how you're perceived in the company) and 60% is exposure (do key decision makers know who you are, what you do, and how you contribute to the company). I wish I had known this when I was first starting out!
1. Ask a lot of questions
Bosses usually don't give new hires everything that they need to be successful in their first 90 days. They forget what it's like to be new, are super busy with their own work, and sadly, some of them just don't care if you have everything you need to succeed or not. It's on you to ask questions and be persistent in making sure you get everything you need. Don't leave your career in the hands of someone else. No one will care about your career the same way that you do.
2. Learn people's names
Write them down and make it a habit to call people by their names. People love hearing their name.
3. Attend company social gatherings
Remember - 60% of career success is exposure. Company social gatherings are a bore for many people, but when you're new to an organization, they're a great opportunity for you to get in front of others at the company (ideally, key decision makers will be there).
4. Make your boss look good
Your job is to make your boss look good. Give credit to your boss.
The benefits of smiling extend to the work environment. Smiling at your co-workers creates moments of connection that lead to higher productivity and teamwork. People in the service industry prove to have a more positive effect on customers when they smile. People in leadership positions favor their employees who smile regularly.
6. Don't Take On Too Much
Rome wasn't built in a day. When you're new, you've got to learn a lot - lingo (new acronyms), power dynamics, workflows, your boss's style, and a lot more. Don't try to figure it all out at the same time or you'll likely fail. One thing at a time, or like Jocko Willink says, "Prioritize and Execute."
7. Get Enough Sleep
Make sure you're well rested to ensure that you can get through the barrage of information that will be thrown at you when you're first starting out. A new job can cause stress and if you're not rested, you won't be at your best.
8. Communicate With Your Boss
Early and often. Make sure that you're both on the same page. Make sure that that relationship is strong.