You finally landed the job of your dreams. You painfully crafted a successful job search, which required a ton of energy, preparation and diligence. Don’t think the work stops here. The first three months in a new job are the most critical for your success. There are a few things to keep in mind as you transition into your new role.
1. Establish contact before your first day. You can reduce a lot of the stress that comes along with a new job by connecting with your boss prior to your start date. One of my clients who recently started a new job exchanged email and met her boss for coffee to get the lay of the land before the first day. Upcoming projects were discussed and as a result my client felt much more at ease her first week on the job.
2. Actively listen. Maybe you have been hired to turn around a failing sales organization. After a few days on the job you have figured out why their sales are in the tank and can’t wait to implement a solution. Stop! One of the biggest mistakes newly hired employees make is initiating changes too quickly. Do your homework. Meet with key stakeholders and do your fact finding before jumping to conclusions.
3. Cultivate relationships. The key to your success in the new job is to build relationships from day one. You need to find out who the influences are in the organization and make it your goal to earn their respect and support. If you have been hired into a management role, spend quality time with your direct reports. Ask lots of open – ended questions to find out what has been working and what needs attention. Don’t promise anything until you know you have the authority to make changes.
4. Nurture your network. One of the biggest mistakes people make when they land a new job is losing touch with their network. If you were unemployed prior to your new job you most likely remember what it was like reestablishing connections with people you had lost touch with. Make a habit of reaching out to at least three people in your network every month. Forward an article of interest or comment on their LinkedIn status updates. As Harvey Mackay says in his book, ‘Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty’.
5. Update your LinkedIn profile. Just as you need to stay in touch with your network, your network needs a way to stay in touch with you. Update your profile with your new job and company information. And make sure your settings allow your updates to be broadcast to your network.
Plan for your first 90 days on the new job as you would for your job search. A little strategy goes along way to insure success and reduce the stress. Good luck and enjoy the journey. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.