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3 Tips on How to Start Strong in Your New Job

Updated: Sep 21, 2018

First, congratulations on your new role! Starting a new job is both exciting and stressful at the same time no matter what stage you are in your career. You want to meet your new boss’s expectations, connect with your co-workers or staff, and enjoy the work you’re there to do.

The first 30-90 days are essentially still part of your “interview process.” Your goal should be to fully take ownership of your new position because this is the best time to establish yourself as a professional, demonstrate your work ethic and abilities, and start to build relationships around the office.

Below are our top 3 tips on how to succeed in your new job:

Identify Your Manager’s Preferred Work Style

It’s important to quickly learn how your manager likes to work, what they expect of you, and how they prefer to communicate. Make sure to start off on the right foot in a new role by learning these things early. By asking about expectations, you can avoid surprises at your review and make better decisions on how to prioritize projects and goals.

Connect with Your New Team

Take advantage of the first day by introducing yourself to your new colleagues. You will instantly feel more at ease if you know you can work well with your co-workers. You can also volunteer to help with projects or join cross-departmental committees in your first 90 days. This helps you make connections, learn about other areas of the company, and become a part of the workplace culture more quickly.

Set Achievement Goals for Yourself

It is easier to start strong when you have goals to work toward. If your new boss did not set clear expectations for your first 90 days, set some for yourself. Then, share them with your boss and ask for feedback to demonstrate your initiative, help you start strong, and ensure your goals align with their expectations.

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