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How to hit the ground running in a new job

  • December 15, 2022

New job? Here’s how to hit the ground running and succeed!

The application, the interviews, waiting to receive and offer… there’s a lot that goes into finding yourself a new job.

Whether you’ve just landed your first role or you’re taking the next step in your career, amongst all the excitement, there’s sure to be some nerves as you enter a new environment with new people, systems, culture and new responsibilities.

There’s a lot to consider and breaking the first few months down into a series of milestones is a great way to make the right impression and set yourself up for success. Likewise, you’ll be able to keep track of your progress and have points to refer back to as you become more embedded in your role.

So, when it comes to navigating your first week, month and 90 days, here’s our guide to how you can hit the ground running. 

How to succeed in your first week:

Your first week is all about getting the balance right between making a great first impression and not putting too much pressure on yourself to get everything right immediately. Allow yourself a settling in period to learn about the business, your team and how things are done.

Make those early introductions

In your first few days, make getting know people a priority and enlist the help of others to make this happen. No doubt this will form part of your onboarding experience but commit to meeting as many people as you possibly can early on. Learning everyone’s names, roles and responsibilities is never easy so don’t be afraid to ask for a reminder or a breakdown of who’s who in each team.

Ask questions and be a sponge

Research shows the more questions new employees ask, the better they perform, so use this first week to understand how your team works best and how they communicate. Think about what’s most important to know and ask your manager and your team for it to get you up to speed as quickly as possible.

Identify where you can add value early on

While much of your first week will be focused on learning and getting to grips with how things are done, adding value to your team early goes a long way to succeeding in your new role. Offer a solution or fresh perspective to any issues the team may be having is always beneficial and a great way to add value to those around you.

How to succeed in your first month:

Now you’re getting settled in you can really start to demonstrate where your skills can be applied and what you can bring to the business.

Equally, you’ll have a better connection with people and will be more aware of the culture and dynamic that exists both within your immediate team and the wider business.

Establish and set good habits

How does your team like to work? How do they manage their team and their tasks to make sure they stay on track? A new job is a chance to unlearn habits from previous roles, develop new skills or practices and work in a way that’s more in tune with your team.

Determine what success looks like for you and your manager

The first month is the perfect time to set mutual expectations with your manager regarding what they can expect from you and what you can expect from them. Use this time to define what tools and resources you need and how your performance will be assessed.

Working with them early on to put performance metric in place, you’re set up to effectively review and measure your performance.

How to succeed in your first 90 days:

Use the first 90 days to take ownership of your role and demonstrate how you’ll add real value as an integral part of the team and the business.

Identify the challenges and set your goals

Consider the challenges you’ve already faced in your first three months and come up with a plan to overcome them alongside your manager and team. Having clarity on what you want to achieve and what goals you and your manager need to set to help you get there will make you more focused and valuable to your team. Applying yourself and being responsible for then hitting them will be significant in terms of your own professional and personal growth.

Organise a review

This may already be covered as part of your onboarding process or probation, but if not, it’s a good idea to book some time in with your manager to evaluate how things are going. Use this opportunity find out whether you’re meeting expectations and how you’re progressing. It’s also useful to set out new targets for the months ahead to keep you focused and motivated to succeed.

Final thoughts

Being proactive in your new role and taking the responsibility for your own learnings, development and milestones within the first three months of your role are an essential way to set yourself up for success.

It’s important to be measured in your approach and to get the balance right by not trying to do too much too soon.