Tips for the First 90 Days in a New Position

Step up to the mic and make a great impression in those first 90 days on the job. It could affect the next few years of your career.

Everyone knows the first 90 days at a new job are the most important. Most companies allow a three month grace period for new hires. Typically, a formal evaluation is completed at the end of the 90 days and will help your boss determine if you are the perfect fit for the job. Here are some tips to help you get through the first 90 days of your new job or internship.

Be Punctual

Always show up on time or even a few minutes early for work and meetings. Show up every day. There is no more playing hooky and calling in sick to work when you want a beach day. Additionally, companies generally do not allow the use of sick days or vacation time within the first three months. Calling in sick can affect your paycheck and how dependable you appear to your boss.

No Social Media

It is important that you maintain a professional environment. No Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or other social media sites that feed our addiction. Do not take personal phone calls unless absolutely necessary and no texting.

Understand your goals

Understand how your company makes money and what are your boss’ and departmental goals. Then, learn how doing your job plays a part in the bigger picture. It will be easier to tailor your assignments and projects to fit the company goals.

Be Open to Feedback

Rather than waiting the full 90 days for your formal review, ask your boss to give you constructive criticism along the way. This will allow you to see where you are making mistakes and correct them promptly. Doing this also demonstrates your drive to do well in your new position.

Always Say Yes to Lunch

Having lunch with yourself sucks. Instead, take the opportunity to network and learn about your colleagues.  You may be working on a project with them in the near future so it is key to develop a trust with them.

Learn the culture

Take mental notes of how others interact with one another and blow off steam, then copy. Beware of the company policy though, a “conference call” on the roof could get you fired.

Avoid Gossip

Avoid gossip like the plague! Do not get involved in office gossip. Run from those who badmouth your boss, you could be seen as having like-minded views. Watch your language. No profanity or offensive language should be used ever.

Show Enthusiasm

You will get lost, confused, frustrated, and discouraged but remember to keep your head up. Others, including your boss, will notice.

The first three months are about learning the ropes and proving your workmanship. Do your best and remember that you wouldn’t have been hired if your boss didn’t think you could do the job.

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