First 90 Days on the Job

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This is the exciting time of year when a lot of recent graduates and young professionals are landing jobs. The first several weeks in a new job are usually both exciting and filled with a certain amount of anxiety. Your  new relationships and the unfamiliar corporate culture also can be a source of  apprehension as you figure out how best to fit into your new environment.

“Start by understanding what your boss’s priorities are and what the expectations are for your new position. But before you rush to meet these priorities and expectations, be sure hat you also understand the organization’s culture, style, and its way of doing things. The precedents you establish in the first 90 days will last for your entire tenure at that organization,” states Ford R. Myers, Career Coach, Speaker and Author of “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring“.

Myers highlights these six priorities that you should focus on during your first 90 days:

  1. Establish positive relationships with your new colleagues and develop good  communication habits to maintain those relationships.
  2. Develop a  reputation for producing tangible results and for keeping commitments.
  3. Communicate plans, progress, and results to your superiors and to your team.
  4. Begin building your in-house contact network by cultivating connections with everyone.
  5. Maintain a healthy balance between your work life and your private life.
  6. Review and fine-tune your job description with your manager.

“The focus of your attention should transcend the day-to-day work tasks, as you navigate effectively through the new company’s politics and

culture. This is the approach that is so essential – not just to maximize your chances of success within the first 90 days, but also for successful, long-term career management,” adds Myers.

Ford R. Myers, a nationally-known Career Coach and author of “Get

The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring.” Download a free special report, 10 Vital Strategies to Maximize Your Career Success“.

1 comment on this post.
  1. Doug Killough:

    These tips are helpful for someone like myself who is about to graduate college and enter the “real” world. Managing a healthy balance between work life and private life is one that I try to work on each day, even at the college level. I’ll be sure to write these tips down and keep them with me as I transition from college to the work force. Great read!

    Doug Killough
    Platform Magazine writer/editor

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