Vincy Workplace
August 22, 2014

12 things to do the first 90 days on the job

Starting a new job can be exciting and a little nerve-racking all at the same time. During those first few weeks, it is really important to make a positive impression on your boss and co-workers. It’s like a honeymoon period because in a few short months or even weeks, the reality of the job will set in. Use this time to lay a solid foundation with colleagues, supervisors and senior leaders. Here’s how you can do that.{{more}}

1. Attend orientation. It might seem boring, but this is where you will learn the basics about your company and other critical information that directly affects your employment.

2. Recognize you have no job description. Don’t expect to do only the things listed in your job description. If the request is not illegal or unsafe, get it done. Look at it as gaining new experience.

3. Ask lots of questions. You are still learning, and no one expects you to know everything. Your questions will most likely help you avoid mistakes.

4. Set goals with your supervisor. Talk with your supervisor about what he/she expects and map out the projects and goals for your first few months.

5. Listen. You will learn so much more if you listen and learn. Carry a notepad or iPad and take notes.

6. Talk with your supervisor. This is not the time to be timid. Keep your boss up to date on your progress and challenges.

7. Keep a record. You should be tracking all your accomplishments, projects completed, etc. Your boss may not remember all you do, but you need to be aware of what you are learning for future reference.

8. Show up. This is the time to come in early and stay late. Build a good reputation for being respectful of time and resist the urge to leave work early.

9. Stay clear of gossip. It’s easy to get sucked into company gossip. Pay attention to what is happening around you, but avoid getting sucked into cliques and existing conflicts.

10. Separate personal and professional business. Do not bring family or personal relationship drama to your job.

11. Have a great attitude. No one wants to work with a complainer. Be willing to help. Smile and speak to as many people as you can.

12. Find a mentor and network. The first few weeks are the best time to meet new people and find a mentor.

Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert.”
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