The process of getting a new job is scary. But finally getting the job can be pretty intimidating too.
Here are a few ways to help you succeed in your new role.
1. ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS
Your first three months on the job is the ideal time to ask a lot of questions.
Everyone knows that you're new and they remember what it's like to be the new guy or gal. Take advantage of this short season to ask a lot of questions, learn about the company, and truly understand your role.
Extra Credit: Ask three people in your company to coffee and ask them questions about their job, what success looks like in their role, and any current goals that they're working on.
2. PICK 1-3 SMALL WINS TO ACHIEVE IN YOUR FIRST 90 DAYS
Ask your direct manager:
"What are 1-3 things that I could achieve in my first 90 days that would be really beneficial for setting the tone for my career at this company?"
I initially read about this concept in the book, The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins, and it is a game changer.
We can get into a lot of trouble when we assume our boss' priorities, but you can find quick ways to add value to your company and show your boss that you care about their goals by asking this question.
Extra Credit: Ask your boss: What is one thing that I could do to support you in my first 90 days?
3. DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS WITH THREE PEOPLE
You need to focus on developing strong relationships with (at least) three people: a subordinate, a peer, and a superior.
Developing these relationships will be invaluable over time as each relationship will offer insight into the company and your career in a way that the other will have a tough time providing.
For instance, a subordinate can provide insight into what is going on in the front-lines of your company and the logistical challenges that they're facing. A peer can offer you wisdom into how you're being perceived or ways that you can improve how you interact with others. Finally, a superior (supervisor, manager, or company leader) can offer you insight into how you can navigate company bureaucracy or learn about what is on the horizon for the company.
Extra Credit: Make a list of 10-50 people that you'd like to connect with in your company or industry and start requesting to meet with them for coffee.
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