After what seemed like a long and arduous job search, you finally found a new job you’re excited about. One you think you can actually love.
Your job search efforts are over. But your career development isn’t. Now it’s time to position yourself to achieve your future career goals.
What are those goals?
They could include any of the following.
- Learning a new skill or software you’ve never had to use before.
- Expanding your network to include your new co-workers and higher-ups.
- Building your resume.
- Preparing yourself for promotion a year from now.
- Gaining extensive experience in a certain industry.
- Mastering a certain skill and becoming an expert in it.
- Continual movement up the ladder.
- Earning enough money to eventually strike out on your own.
How you spend your time and energy in the first 90 days of your new job will determine the likelihood of you achieving your short-term and long-term goals.
In fact, after my clients have successfully completed the job search component of my career coaching program, I then coach them on what they are to do on the new job.
Not just in the first 90 days, but in each quarter of that first year.
For example, Jamie is a client who first came to me having not been able to find a job in two and a half years. This rejection put her confidence at an all-time low.
She knew she must’ve been doing something wrong and needed to figure out how to correct her approach.
As soon as Jamie started the coaching program, she realized just how little she knew about doing a job search. The coaching revealed those blind spots to her.
Once Jamie applied what I taught her about the job search, her confidence went through the roof!
After only four coaching sessions, Jamie received a job offer. In fact, when the hiring manager called to offer her the job he said,
“By the way, you gave a really good interview. Do you think you could help my mom…she has an interview coming up next week?”
Once Jamie accepted the offer, I told her we could now use her remaining sessions to focus on helping her get promoted within the year.
She said the company’s rule was that an employee can’t be promoted until they’ve been with the company a full year.
I told her that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning now.
And within nine months of starting her new job, the company was already looking at promoting Jamie.
The Most Important Thing to Do in the First 90 Days on a New Job
To be successful in any new job, one of the most important things a new employee should do in the first 90 days is get to know as many people as possible.
This actually includes getting to know those in higher positions. Even C-suite level executives.
When I first suggest making an appointment to meet with a VP or CEO, I get a funny look from my clients.
Their immediate response is,
“I can’t go in and ask for a meeting with the CEO! I’m just the new guy!”
My response is,
If there’s ever a time it makes sense to schedule an appointment with a higher-up, it’s when you’re new.
Because your newness is the reason you want to learn as much about the company as you can and meet as many people as you can.
And, because you’re new, it won’t look weird that you’re scheduling such an appointment.
If you wait until you’ve been there six months or more to try to schedule an appointment, then it will really look weird!
Throughout the first year and beyond, you should also remember to think of your employer as your client, as I discuss in my post How to Think Like an Entrepreneur (Even When You’re Not One).
Are You In a New Job?
Career coaching isn’t just about helping you with the short-term goal of finding your next job.
It’s also about helping you achieve your long-term goals over the course of your entire career. (Check out What You Need to Know to Ensure A Successful Career.)
Have you recently started a new job or are you about to start one?
My Career Growth service program will help you know what else you need to do in the first 90 days, and in the other three quarters of your first year on the job.
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