Finally – you’ve landed a great job, you can’t wait to get started, and it feels as though the long search and effort in finding the job has come to an end. You can relax. However, quite the opposite is true: now the real work begins, and the first 90 days couldn’t be more critical in defining your career.
Here are a few key things to keep in mind as you approach the difficult but opportunistic first three months at your new job:
1) Ask Questions
As you can imagine, you’ll be facing new territory at any new job, no matter what your experience or background is. Every new job involves a fresh culture, new people and a new way of doing things. You’ll need to ask timely questions when you find yourself faced with uncertainty. The more difficult aspect of this approach is to know when to ask questions and when it’s okay to take some extra time to learn on your own. When in doubt, it is best to speak up and ask – your new manager(s) will be adjusting to your presence as much as you are, and it’s best to make yourself known rather than keep to yourself in the beginning of a new job. When you first begin, you may feel like a fish out of water, unable to contribute a great deal. Consider questions one of the ways that you can contribute and develop a presence within the company. However, never ask questions simply to ask questions – be sure to develop the angle of any question or clarification that you seek out.
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