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  • Lori A. Jazvac

What You Need to Know About Your First 90 Days in a New Role

You prepped for this role for quite some time. From securing the support of a Master Resume Writer to craft your resume portfolio to investing in career coaching and solidifying your networks, you have positioned yourself for your next career milestone. Now comes time to demonstrate your value.

Set the scene. You signed a contract for a leadership role as Plant Supervisor with a highly reputed energy company only to find out that two weeks into the job that you are doing a slightly different type of role.

  • What happened?

  • Did the company suddenly change gears with respect to its operational structures or requirements?

  • Could it be your expertise or performance?

  • Do you just accept the situation and go with the flow?

You need to be proactive..

This means asserting your rights and clarifying contractual obligations beforehand while discussing the nature of your role and concrete plan for success with the employer. This will ensure that you understand your purpose within the organization and articulate your unique value while maintaining your morale and working harmoniously within that organizational culture.

The First Three Months: Crucial to Your Success

While the first 90 days in a new position are critical to your long-term success with a company, career success does not stop upon securing the actual job offer. Maintaining your professional development and commitment is essential to keep driving continuous improvement. This requires strategic planning, thoughtful reflection, and evaluation.

Creating a plan for your first three months can be helpful not only in landing a job — but it can also guide your actions during the transition period in your new position.

Here are some steps to take to ensure your success:

** Create a 30-60-90 day plan in collaboration with your manager. This will remind the hiring manager that you’re a serious candidate who is willing to invest the time and resources necessary to excel in the position, while also demonstrating your knowledge of the company’s needs.

** Conduct research to find the information you need to include in your plan.

** This can include reviewing the job description or job posting for the role, reading the company’s website (including news releases and the company’s annual report), Googling the company, and reviewing the company’s social media channels. Ask the hiring manager to provide you with access to additional data to help you develop a solid plan.

** Reflect upon these questions:

* What is the biggest challenge facing the organization in the next six months?

* How is this role expected to address this challenge (or is it?)?

* What do you absolutely need to accomplish within the first 90 days?

* What is the biggest problem that needs to be solved in this role?

Answering these questions will help steer you in the right direction.

** Elicit feedback from your manager about the objectives and actions you’ve outlined in the plan. Focus on what your manager actually wants you to accomplish.

** Keep track of your progress in a journal or log. Highlight both qualitative and quantitative achievements using SMART goals. This can then be featured in your résumé.

For example:

Expedited commissioning and start-up procedures by 30% within weeks.

** Identify areas for improvement and chart firm strategies for implementing improvements.

** Challenge yourself with new goals and actions. Take risks.

For more information about how to navigate your first 90 days in a new job, visit Let’s uncover the strategies to increasing your career growth!

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