How to make the most of your first 100 days in a new job.
The first 100 days can be vital to your success in the company. It is an opportunity to position yourself, offer a fresh perspective, make a positive impact to your employees and boss and build a platform for continuing success. To do this, it pays to have a clear strategy in mind.
We have put together a ‘First 100 Days Plan’ to help get you off to a flying start!
The first month
Learn about the company: You probably conducted some research about the company before your interview. However, now you need to take this opportunity to learn as much as possible about the company, understanding what their aims and objectives are and how your role fits into this. This way you will get a better understand of the culture and brand, to successfully do your work.
Read the website, staff bio’s, blogs, social media, reports, anything you can find.
- Ask questions: Sometimes asking questions is the best way to learn and it is always good to portray that you are curious and interested in understanding your new role and responsibilities. But try not to ask the same question more than twice!
- Take notes, a lot of notes: You will be bombarded with a load of new information making it almost impossible to remember everything! Colleagues names, job roles, important company information etc. The best way to remember, is to write it down.
- Sit with your boss and learn what is expected: Set clear expectations so you know what your boss expects from you and what they want you to accomplish in a specific time scale.
- Get to know your colleagues: Building strong relationships with your colleagues is a good way to feel comfortable in your new role and feel part of the team. Especially gaining valuable insight into the company culture. Maybe set up getting-to-know meetings, especially with those who know your work area well and can offer support and knowledge.
Now that you have learnt, asked questions, listened and written notes, you should understand the company and your role itself and be ready to show what you can do.
- Professional development: It is important to know what value you can add to the company, so it is time to take responsibility for your own development and seek out new learning opportunities. Small steps you can take is by attending meetings, training courses, read industry news or familiarise yourself with their content management systems.
- Your ideas: Try to avoid stepping on anyone’s toes but now is a good time to reveal your ideas in line with the company’s objectives. Portray those key skills you used in your interview to sell yourself, whether that was a problem solver, strategic thinker or creative mind. Take the opportunity to show what can you do, even if you think it’s only minor, as it still might make a positive difference.
- Volunteer: Take this opportunity to volunteer for any extra work, for example charity work the company are involved in. It will show your eagerness to take on more responsibilities, along with giving you the chance to build on your network. However, don’t take on more responsibilities if you are unable to focus fully on the role you were originally employed to do.
- Mentor: Seek out a mentor within the company that you respect professionally. Having a mentor can help grow your network, improve performance and help you up the career ladder more quickly.
- Three-month review: Request a three-month review with your manager. This is your chance to gain feedback about how you are doing in your role, what you are doing right and what you could do differently. It gives you the opportunity to present your accomplishes to date and any new challenges you would like to implement. The three-month review is an ideal time to review objectives and development goals and put new ones in place.
At the end of your 100 days you should be confident in your role and be ready to start making decisions and taking action. Good luck!