3 Things to Do During Your First Few Months on the Job
Starting a new job is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. You have to learn the ropes of a brand new company and position; if you had to relocate for the job, you’re also juggling the added stress of unpacking and navigating a brand new community.
However, no matter what else is going on, you need to make time for yourself and your career. Here are three things you should be doing when you start a new job to ensure your continued success, both in your current position and in the future:
1. Keep Track of Your Accomplishments
At the end of each week, record what you have learned, what duties you have performed, what things you have accomplished, and any words of praise you have received in your new role. Try to quantify the results of your actions whenever possible. All of this information will be used to update your resume and LinkedIn profile.
You will also want to review your job description to ensure you are completing your listed job duties. If you see something listed in your job description you are not yet doing, you will want to bring this up when you meet with your supervisor (see tip No. 3 below).
2. Update Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile
I know you just started a new job, but your memory will fade over time. That’s why I recommend updating your documents now instead of waiting until you’re on the job hunt again. Put your duties and accomplishments in writing today so that you don’t forget any of them later.
If you fear your employer will take an update to your LinkedIn profile as a sign you are looking for a new job, be prepared to explain that you are only keeping your profile updated so you can represent the company online in a positive manner.
3. Meet With Your Supervisor
After you have been on the job for 60-90 days, ask your supervisor for a meeting. If your supervisor seems dismissive, try to explain why you’re interested in a meeting. If your request is denied entirely, document the date and time of the denial, and then send your supervisor the list of questions you would have asked during your meeting.
Your intent for this meeting is to ensure you are meeting or exceeding the company’s expectations. You do not want to wait until it is performance review time to find out there is a list of things your boss wishes you had done differently. Instead, you need to be proactive and seek out feedback yourself, especially if your boss is not forthcoming with it on their own.
Prepare for the meeting by writing down a list of very specific questions you’d like to ask. When the day of the meeting arrives, be open to constructive feedback. Enter the meeting with a smile on your face and thank your supervisor for their time. Don’t forget to bring a pen and paper so you can take notes! You will want to also bring your written diary of accomplishments and results to highlight your achievements so far. Keep the meeting as short as possible while still getting answers to your questions.
Your first 60-90 days on the job can be critical for both you and your employer. Each of you is formulating an opinion about the other. You want to be able to squash any unfavorable views of yourself and your work before they get out of hand. Your intent is to work in harmony with your fellow employees and supervisor, and this 60-90 day meeting shows your employer that you are committed to doing the best job possible.
Jaynine Howard is a military veteran whose work as a career strategist and reinvention specialist has been recognized by professional organizations throughout the nation.