On the fly

How to succeed in the first 90 days of a new job

Congrats!  So you got the position, now what? Take a second to celebrate and embrace being the newbie on the block. Not only can it be a scary experience, but an enjoyable one of growth and learning.

Here’s some quick tips on how to set yourself apart from Day 1:

1)    Authenticity: Tell your story.

 Don’t be afraid to tell your story. Let people know who you are, your background and why you’re there. Your teammates will appreciate your openness and authenticity, and open up to you as well.  Show humility. Purpose. Passion.

 2)    Inquisitive: Ask questions.

Being a new employee comes with perks, including the right to ask as many questions as you can and need to understand your new role.  Ask who the major players are in you company, and set up meetings with them to ask them questions about their success with the company and the challenges that those in your role previously have faced.

 3)    Determination: Set goals, milestones and a plan for achieving them.  

 Request time with your direct report or supervisor, and find out what your goals should be as someone new in your role. Put yourself on a 30-day, 60-day and 90-day plan. As you start to soak up new information, think about ways to take it a step further. Each plan should come with goals, projects, initiatives.  Constantly meet with your manager to ensure you’re hitting those milestones.

 4)    Relatability: Remember what they tell you and find a common ground.  

 Keep it personal with your colleagues, bosses and up to the C-level execs. Invite your colleagues out to lunch and get to know them.  As you’re walking out of the office on a Friday with your coworker and she says that she’s taking a family trip over the weekend, don’t forget to ask her on Monday how she enjoyed the trip. What about that big meeting your boss has coming up? Don’t forget to ask him how it went afterwards. At my current job, I heard the Company CEO recommend a book, Good to Great by James Collins to a group of incoming interns. Guess who ordered the book the next day? And plans to meet with him to share lessons learned?

 We’ve all heard the saying which plays true in any relationship, they don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

 5)    Creativity: Always look to add value.  

 What challenges does your team currently face? Your boss? Don’t know? Ask them! Take on those messy projects that no one else wants to. Look for ways to add value, without being asked. Your team will appreciate you for your willingness to help, and it will show your dependability and work ethic.  Once they see your dependability, you may start getting projects that add more value and become a value-adding champ and high performer!

Until next time, stay FLY!

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