After some intense job hunting and a series of nerve-wracking interviews, you’ve finally landed a job. Well done! Now comes the fun part- getting through the typical trial period, in which your new employer keeps a close eye on your suitableness for their company. 90 days, or three months, is the standard grace period for new employees have to get the hang of the office, learn and understand their respective functions, and to gel with their fellow officemates and other office personnel. Basically, it is the amount of time that you generally have to find your feet and deliver the company’s desired results.
Acing the three-month period may be easy for some but it can be quite tough on others. This is the time when you want to transition into the new roll as smoothly as possible. You need to learn company rules and regulations, understand the protocols in the office, and learn applications and other tools required to do your job correctly. Questions that may race through your mind will probably include whether or not you are the right person for the position.
The good thing is that it is only natural that you feel anxious about starting in a new job and working with unfamiliar faces. That said, you need to dispel your anxiety and start work with a very proactive mindset. You must understand that the first three months on the job are the best time to make an impression- and hopefully a good one! In order to do just that, you need to bear in mind that the key is to fit in well with the company culture and to accurately understand the role you will be playing for the team.
The first three months are crucial to your career, and if you want to excel and become a valuable asset to the team, you might want to follow these first-90-days pointers.
View criticisms constructively and let your superiors know about it. If you want to become an indispensible part of the company, you should always view feedback as part of your growth. Some employers are wary of giving feedback to new employees and would rather save them for the formal report and assessment. But why wait? If you want to get better at what you do, tell your boss that you are open to discussions about your performance and that you are willing to listen to them on how you can improve on your work.
Let them know what you are good at and what you are not. Always keep in mind that companies hire people because of their skills. So if you get hired, it is because what you are capable of doing something useful to them. When asked if you have an expertise in a specific area of concern, tell your superiors the truth. Never give false information about your skills and talents. Otherwise, you might be tasked to do something that is way beyond your skill set.
Avoid office pitfalls as much as possible. If you are still new in the office, steer clear of office pitfalls like gossiping and backtalking. Remember that you are still too new to engage in such activities, as you don’t want to make enemies or say the wrong thing to the wrong person when you really don’t understand the situation as well as everyone else does. Better not to engage in this behaviour at all if you can help it.
Keeping these tips in mind during your first three months especially- but also throughout your career- will help keep things running smoothly and make your tenure at the new company a long one.