Many people will be starting a new job in 2016, and that’s very exciting! But before you’re hired, we know all too well that interviewing for that position can be very stressful. As a result we tend to think that this whole nerve-wracking ordeal can be put behind us when we start that new job. Right?
Not exactly, according to Ford R. Myers, career coach, speaker and author of “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring,” (John Wiley & Sons, http://www.getthejobbook.com).
“Having worked with thousands of executives who have successfully secured new positions, in my opinion, there are six priorities that you should focus on during the first 90 days of any new job,” Myers states. These include:
Establish positive relationships with your new colleagues. Be honest, open, friendly, reliable and clear. Be outgoing and introduce yourself to co-workers (don’t wait for them to approach you).
Develop a reputation for producing tangible results. Immediately start a “success file” and track your accomplishments and contributions. Make note of the positive feedback you get from others in conversation and in writing – from clients, managers, clients, colleagues, vendors, etc.
Communicate your plans and progress. Become known for setting challenging goals and completing projects on-time and on-budget – with measurable results.
Begin building an in-house network. Cultivate good relationships with everyone – including the employees above and below your level. Get to know people’s names. Reach out to the mail guy, the security guard, the IT guru, your manager’s executive assistant – everyone! You want business friends and supporters in a 360-degree arc around you.
Review and fine-tune your job description with your manager. Make sure to sit down during those first 90 days and create an “individual development plan” for yourself and your role, which includes your short-, mid-, and long-term goals. This is critical to ensure that the job you landed becomes the job you love.
Maintain a healthy balance between your work life and your private life. Make sure that you don’t “go overboard” with enthusiasm for your new job. Family time, hobbies and “recharging your batteries” are all part of your long-term professional effectiveness and success.
Reprinted by permission of Ford R. Myers, a nationally-known career coach and author of “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring.” Download your free bonuses now at http://www.careerbookbonuses.com .