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How to Ensure Success in the First 90 Days of a New Job

Updated on Aug 30, 2018 4075 views
How to Ensure Success in the First 90 Days of a New Job

“Starting a new job can be nerve-racking, but it's also exciting. You're embarking on a new future, positioning yourself to write a fresh story on a clean slate”.

This quote accurately summaries how we feel when we land a new job.

Landing a new job can be exhilarating but this feeling can quickly disappear once you realize that you starting almost afresh on a new job.

New boss, new environment, new process, new co-workers, new practically every day?

So how do you position yourself for success within the first 90days on a new job?

Is there a secret formula to follow?

Can there be a simple step to step guide to helping you achieve great success so your new job become part of a fulfilling’s career?

Since the first 90 days of a new job is important to your professional development within the company, we have decided to give you these tips to ensure your success during this period.

If you are wondering how to start a new job successfully, here are the first things you should be doing in the


First 30 Days



Acquaint Yourself with the Job and Environment:


The first few days of your new job should be a time for you to acquaint yourself with your new job role and the work environment generally. The first rule to achieving success in a new workplace is to get comfortable around the new environment and people. Discomfort could lead to anxiety which is not healthy for you and your career at this stage.

To kill anxiety, you will need to take your time to gather all the information you need to succeed in working with these new set people and also undertaking a new task. Embrace every tool or assistance that you may be offered to perform your task.

Acquainting yourself with the new job will require you to create extra worktime aside from the working hours to enable you to troubleshoot challenges that may likely occur while performing the task. Taking extra time to work with tools and aids will help you maximize your work time and will also increase your productivity during the first 90 days of your new job.

The following steps will help you acquaint yourself with your new job and environment;

  • Be friendly, warm and open
  • Don’t be shy to ask questions when you are not clear about something
  • Focus on the positive aspect of the new environment


Be ready to Learn


One of the greatest ways you can achieve success during the first 90 days of your new job is opening yourself up to learning. Keep an open mind to learn from your colleagues. The truth about being in a new workplace is that even if you have to perform a role similar to what you have been doing in your previous place of employment there will still be something new for you to learn. If you are not learning a new role, then you are learning how it is done in the new company.

Opening yourself up to learning from everyone is a great path to achieving success during this period. If you actually want to achieve success during the first 90 days of your new job then you have to be willing to learn and also willing to assist others with their task when the need arises. Helping others will also help to build your knowledge base over time combining the .experiences you must have gathered.



Next 30 Days


Once you get past the first 30days, then here are the next sets of tips that can help you move past that as you begin to prepare for the next 60days.



Challenge Yourself and Add Value


Your goal should be channeled to how you can add value to the organization and make a positive difference undertaking your task during the first 90 days of your new job. To achieve success within this period, you would need to challenge yourself to do more and add more value to the company.

Challenging yourself doesn’t translate to being hard on yourself to take up extra tasks and overworking yourself beyond the limit. Challenging yourself simply means setting organizational goals within your capacity and making effort to achieve those goals over a period of time.

Setting goals that will challenge you to perform your task better will help you achieve success during the first few days of your new job.


Ask Questions

From research, we have noticed that the best and fastest way to learn is by being inquisitive. People that ask questions usually learn faster than those that don’t ask any question at all. Developing an inquisitive mindset is a tool that can help you achieve maximum success during your first 90 days at work.

It is known that inquisitive people are great thinkers, they question and try to find out the reasons behind everything they are faced with. So developing the habit of asking questions can help you gain more understanding about the things you don’t know or the things you struggle with.

Asking questions helps you cope better with the job and also facilitate your adaptation to the new situation. The following tips will help you ask well-timed questions;

  • Think about what you want to know (you can put it in writing to make it more organized)
  • Prioritize the information you need in order of importance
  • Raise your questions at the appropriate time



Next 30 Days


By now you have spent about 60days. Now you should be preparing to get things revived up by doing the following:


Review your Work from Time to Time

One sure way to know if you are making progress or succeeding within the first 90 days in your new job is to constantly review yourself from time to time. Evaluate your work every month to make sure you are still on track with the company’s vision and goal.

Taking a close evaluation of your role, and what you have been able to achieve within this period will help you discover areas that you need to pay more attention to, and maybe skills you may need to acquire to help you perform your task better.

In some organizations, a 90-day review for new employees is a common practice for a performance evaluation. Even if your company doesn’t have a formalized review, you can ask your supervisors or managers for an informal review. Asking your superiors to evaluate your performance will even help you know what they expect of you. Undertaking frequently review will help you achieve success fast within the first 90 days of work.


Keep Only Positive Perceptions


Achieving success actually starts from the mind. If you want to become successful within the first 90 days of your new job, then you should start planning to become successful in your mind first.

During the first 90 days of your new, you may encounter some challenges trying to get used to the new role and environment. Even at this time, you should always focus on and develop positive perceptions only.

Welcoming only positive perceptions will help your relationship with your colleagues and also drive you towards achieving the goals you have set for yourself earlier during your first few weeks.

In many companies, during your first weeks, you may be undergoing training, so you would need to see every aspect of your learning process in the positive light.

You can keep a positive perception by;

  • Creating an attitude of gratitude
  • Identifying a positive act as positive


The first 90 days is one of the most important periods of your employment, and as such must be well prepared for. Achieving success during this period is mostly based on how much effort you put into the job. 

Staff Writer

This article was written and edited by a staff writer.

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