What to Do in the First 90 Days on a New Job

You accepted a new role and are new to everything — from your company to your team and everything in between. Your early days set the foundation for success in your future. Showing up on your first day of work comes with all manner of excited nervousness because you’re walking into something new and different.

It is good to go into your first week with the mindset to learn the basics of your new role, but what is beyond that? After your orientation and training, what is next? Ideally, you must go in with all your skills and knowledge you have acquired and apply it and learn exactly how your job is done. It is the only way you can stand out and excel. But most importantly, it is advised to start thinking and strategizing for the long term from the very start.


You Need a 30-60-90-Day Plan

The concept is simple. This is a lineup of what you plan to achieve during the 30, 60, and 90-day period after you’ve started a new role. You need to come up with goals that you want to achieve at each of these milestone days and map out how exactly you plan to accomplish them. Keep your goals realistic and attainable.


30 Days

Check-in with Your Boss 

As you’re in the first month of your new role, it is important to check in with your manager to understand their expectation, how to excel in the role, and how the team functions. Find out if there are developmental plans on how you can grow and ask for advice on how you can be successful generally in the company.


Set Your Priorities Right

Establish and plan your priorities for the 30 days, following the conversation you had with your boss. Be sure to include, your deliverables or target first before any other additional priorities that don’t fall directly to the success of your role. Remember first things first.


60 Days

Fish Out and Improve on Weak Areas

After developing the appropriate objectives, understand that you are likely not to achieve most of your goals, that is because you are still in the learning stage of your job, so don’t be too hard on yourself. In your 60 days period, the goal becomes clear, you will get to slowly identify where you are good at and where you need to double your efforts. Ask for help from teammates and be sure to document your improvements.


Build Relationships

No man is an island, to succeed at the workplace you must build relationships with people, you can begin to look for a mentor or even a sponsor at this point to talk to. Connect with other people in different departments, you never know when you will need help. Extend your reach within the organization by volunteering for larger projects, and office events, taking on a leadership role on a committee, and or starting a new initiative internally. This makes you visible and easily helps you build relationships.


90 Days

Introduce Other Creative Ideas You Can Add to Your Tasks

It is always a plus if you deliver your tasks and even go the extra mile of introducing new ideas that makes you or your team shine. As you integrate more into the team and company at large, new ideas flow through, be sure to discuss with your boss to align before executing. 


Identify Your Developmental Needs 

Personal and professional development is very much needed in this phase. Whether you will use this knowledge now or later, you still need to take development needs extremely seriously. You should always seek to increase your knowledge, and skill and grow your network, seek out any relevant office groups, or networks, or even outside the office, especially in the specific industry you find yourself in. This step is worth it and critical to your career growth. 

In the 90 days, it’s also a good idea to do another check-in with your manager to discuss what you’ve accomplished so far and get thorough feedback and build out longer-term goals and strategies for yourself. Your next phase means, you need to start building long-term goals, these objectives will be built on your prior success achieved. By the end of the 90-days, you would have gained a broader understanding of your work, built some relationships, and accomplished some success. It is now time to make a more significant impact than what you’ve already accomplished in your department and the company at large.



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