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How to Survive and Thrive During Your First 90 Days in a New Job

Firstly, congratulations on your new job! Landing a job in today’s highly competitive market is no easy feat.

You’ve put in the hard work it takes to get to this point and that deserves a celebration.

There’s a lot of uncertainty that comes with a new job. You’ll encounter new people, a new environment and a new set of responsibilities. To set you up for success, I’ve put together these tips to guide you through your first milestones.

You get paid for effort, attitude, and results. Effort = Showing up on time (or ahead of time), ready to work. Attitude = Being a positive influence on others. Results = Doing what needs to be done. Put in the effort, adjust your attitude, and deliver results.

Ask your new employer to help you develop a transition plan for the first 30-60-90 days so you know what will be important for you to achieve during your first three months on the job. Your 90-day plan should specify priorities, goals, and milestones.

Make learning a key component of your first 90 days in a new job. Learn the history of the company and begin to understand the culture. This will help you be more successful in your new role.

Check in regularly with your new boss. Even if you have developed a master plan together, make sure you are scheduling progress meetings (weekly or biweekly) to make sure you are on track towards achieving the goals you’ve set for your first 90 days. You should also schedule a meeting at the end of each month to review your 90-day plan.

Identify one area where you can secure an “easy win” — an accomplishment that can be achieved through focused effort within the first 90 days that you can build on for future success. Make sure that the win is something that is important to your new boss.

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Author Carolyn Whitfield

6X TORI-Winning, Multi-Certified Resume Master & Coach ★ 12+ Yrs Expertise ★ 98% Client Interview-Winning Success Rate. As an executive resume expert who has carved a strong reputation in the resume industry, I’ve helped thousands of rising stars and executives worldwide ascend to the next step on the career ladder.

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