So, you’ve secured a new job and you’re ready to get into the office. Starting a new position can be an exciting yet stressful time. Not only are you learning new systems and processes, getting to know new people and finding your way around a new office, but this is also the time where the experience and skills you sold to your new employer in the interview are expected to have an impact.
The first 90 days are crucial. You are still being assessed on whether or not you are a good fit for the job and, depending on your role, it is often expected that you will hit the ground running in terms of implementing change and driving improved processes or results.
To ensure you impress when you start a new role, we’ve put together a customisable template for planning the first 30, 60 and 90 days in your new role.
The first 30 days plan
Step 1. Check in with your manager
It is essential when you first start your role to have a meeting with your manager. This is the time for you to get a better understanding of the business and how your role fits in with the overall priorities of the team. Be sure you ask about any upcoming projects you might be involved with, discuss your goals and establish what outputs are expected from you over the first three months.
Step 2. Establish your priorities
To ensure you can get stuck in and make tracks in the business it is key you identify and fully understand the business priorities and how your role supports them.
Step 3. Plan the actions you need to take
In the first month, we suggest you meet with your manager to discuss these priorities and get an overview of all projects you are going to be involved in. Following this, be sure to meet with any colleagues who you will be working with to get a better understanding of how you will be working together. As you learn more about the ongoing and upcoming projects, everyone’s roles and responsibilities, and your place in the team you should be able to identify areas where you can add real value or make changes you can introduce fast that will have a positive impact. The more you meet with your colleagues the faster you will get to know the team dynamics and culture within the office which is key for building strong professional relationships early.
Step 4. Determine your deliverables
Analyse your current situation. Are there any existing or potential problems you may face or that you can see the team is dealing with that you are responsible for creating a solution to? Based off of these observations create a list of your key deliverables to resolve these issues and highlight any opportunities for you to make a positive change within the team.
Use these deliverables to create a plan for your first 30 days. Create steps to achieve them, delivery dates and create milestones to help track your progress.
Step 5. Identify your development needs
As you are a new starter you will undoubtedly need extra training or guidance when it comes to the specifics of the business. Key areas to consider when you first start include the marketplace your business operates within, the current customers and target audiences, the products and services being delivered as well as the systems and processes that are key for your role.
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