Actions to Take in Your First 90 Days at a New Job

Whether you’re switching careers, earning a promotion, or starting a new role, change is a constant in both life and your career. A new job brings a fair share of uncertainty, introducing you to new people, a different environment, and fresh responsibilities. No matter your situation, this period is pivotal.

The first 90 days on a new job are often seen as a critical trial period. It’s a time to familiarize yourself with the team and the company culture, and importantly, to prove you’re the right fit for the position. Starting a new role can be tricky for some and challenging for others. You might wonder: Can I handle the workload? Will I mesh well with the team? Can I learn the ropes swiftly and effectively? So, how can you make sure this crucial period turns out to be a success?

Fortunately, making a great impression during these initial days may be easier than you think, especially if you apply the right strategies and follow the practical tips I’ll share with you shortly.

Starting a New Job

Research indicates that anxiety in new situations often stems from not feeling confident about how to introduce oneself. It’s natural to hesitate about drawing attention when you’re new. However, in your initial days at a new job, it’s important for your enthusiasm to stand out. Finding the right moment to give a brief, yet energetic introduction to unfamiliar colleagues is key.

Here’s how you can smoothly handle your introductions:

  • Prepare in Advance: Craft your introductory remarks beforehand, so you’re ready when meeting someone new.
  • Be Observant: Avoid introducing yourself during inappropriate times like in the middle of a meeting or too loudly in shared spaces. Pay attention to the reactions of others; keep it brief if they seem distracted, but engage more if they appear interested. This helps make a great first impression by acknowledging their presence.
  • Remember Names: Try to recall names by repeating them during your introduction and jotting them down afterward. If you forget a name, it’s best to be upfront about it: “I’m sorry, there’s been a lot of new information lately. Could you remind me of your name?”

After making some introductions, consider inviting a colleague for lunch or coffee—perhaps someone nearby or another recent hire. Building social connections at work can enhance productivity and comfort.

In the first week, it’s also wise to experiment with different commuting options and times. Establishing a routine early on can help alleviate stress.

5 Tips for Your First 90 Days

Your new role likely comes with its challenges, as there’s much work to be done. Here are five tips to consider during your first three months:

  1. Understand Expectations: Ensure you fully understand your manager’s expectations. Schedule a meeting early on to discuss your role and any additional expectations they might have. Be honest about your capabilities and the areas where you might need more support or training.
  2. Get to Know the Culture: Spend time understanding the company’s culture and values to ensure a good fit. While your hiring suggests a match, continue to affirm this by engaging with the culture.
  3. Avoid Office Politics: It’s beneficial to be sociable, but steer clear of office gossip and politics. Focus on showcasing your skills and professionalism.
  4. Ask for Feedback: Proactively seek feedback and constructive criticism from your superiors to aid your professional development. While it’s good to check in, avoid constantly questioning if you’re doing things correctly.
  5. Show Enthusiasm: Maintain enthusiasm and positivity, even on challenging days. Showing a willingness to learn and a positive attitude can greatly ease your transition during these first 90 days.

The three months will pass quickly, especially in a dynamic environment. By applying these tips, you’ll enhance your chances of successfully navigating this critical period. Good luck!