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. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you make the transition.
1. Establish contact before your first day. You can reduce a lot of the stress that comes with a new job by connecting with your boss prior to your start date. Exchange an email or two or meet your new boss for coffee to get the lay of the land before the first day. I guarantee you will feel much more at ease your first week on the job.
2. Listen Actively. Maybe you’ve been hired to turn around a failing sales organization. After a few days on the job you’ve figured out why 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 initiating any changes.
3. Cultivate relationships. Key to your success in the new job is building relationships from day one. Find out who the influences are in the organization and make it your goal to earn their respect and support. If you’ve 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 to lose touch with their network. If you were unemployed prior to your new job you remember how hard it was 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 tells us, ‘Dig your Well Before You’re Thirsty’.
5. Work with a career coach. Most people hire career coaches to help them with their job search. But did you know the most critical time in a person’s career is in the first 90 days on the new job? This is when you really need the assistance of a skilled professional to help you transition successfully.
6. 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. Make sure your settings allow your updates to be broadcast to your network.
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