Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The First 90 Days

Originally Posted: 19 Jan 2014 08:26 AM PST

The first day on a new job is a big deal. Everyone in the office has been eagerly awaiting your arrival and really can’t wait for you to start, and you’ve been anticipating everything from deciding what to wear to meeting your new colleagues and familiarizing yourself with the lay of the land.

There usually isn’t much expected of you on the first day, it’s the first 90 days that are the most crucial and I will tell you why.

Even if your position doesn’t have an official “probation” period, the first 3 months are crucial to setting the precedence for your personal brand. So know that the first day of work is also the first day of your personal 90 day plan. Let’s go in.

Learn Even More About the Company/Business

  • Memorize the mission/vision statement.
  • Review the organizational chart so you know the members of upper management and subordinates.
  • Identify who your (and your boss’) internal point of contacts are.

Your role is apart of a whole, so be curious about everything. If your new job were your new neighborhood, let’s say, wouldn’t you roam it to learn as much as you could about it? Same rules apply for sure.

Create Positive Relationships

Establishing positive workplace relationships is important in the first 90 days. The best way to do this is to be yourself. Observe your co-workers work ethics and styles. Identify which employees make an impact on your job responsibilities and monitor how they work.


Become a People Watcher. Observe the behavior and mannerisms of your fellow co-workers. If you are being trained by someone, monitor their behavior and how they interact with people, there is a lot to be learned if you just look and listen.

Set Goals: How to Create A 90 Day Plan

In the first 90 days set 3 goals, one per month. Make them small and easy to attain, for example:

  • Set up lunch outings to pick the brains of your allies
  • Create new systems to streamline project management
  • Update the file drawer that no one has touched in 2 years
  • Reconnect with old contacts to let them know where you’re working now.

Make sure you keep notes of all of your accomplishments. No one will keep better track of your progress than you will.

Then, prior to the end of the 90 days, conduct a self-evaluation. This is a good time to note whether you have concerns or questions for your supervisor and identify any processes that are unclear. If you’ve discovered ways of making life better for the whole, don’t be shy in presenting your thoughts!

If your supervisor will be conducting a 90-day evaluation, have your self-evaluation prepared to compare results, along with a copy for them to have. This will show your supervisor and the company that you are dedicated to your success in the new position.

The first 90 days in a new position are important to your success in the new job. Learning more about the company, building positive relationships, observing, setting goals, and taking notes are vital to your growth. The world is yours, or I should say, as much as you want it to be. Your choice.

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  How does one start a column about one’s own professional life as it’s still growing and developing? (believe me, I’ve got more developing to do than a polaroid picture circa the 1980’s) I could talk about interviews gone wrong, in fact I could probably write a decent stand-up routine on this one depressing attempt I made at professionalism that could probably shake one’s faith in justice in the world. I could complain about jobs I’ve held in the past, jobs I have now, jobs I wish I’d gotten, jobs I might get, the fact we’re out of Gatorade in my house. I could even just keep making more jokes on how I’m most definitely still learning as a working person. (Somebody get me a gluestick and a staple gun, because I need to get it together. I look worse in an interview than Tyler Perry in drag)
  I, however, want to write this column in the hopes that you, the reader, might learn from my mistakes. That you might just be inspired to take your own level of professionalism and working experience, and turn it up to 11. I, as much as I have room for improvement, have come a long way from where I started, about as close to the bottom as you can get, I’d say. I am what the kids these days call a “Rising Sophomore” (doesn’t that sound so epic?) I for right now am undecided major-wise, and I enjoy long walks on the beach, pina colada’s and getting caught in the rain. 
  I’ll go more into detail on my actual journey to professional glamour and fabulousness as I write each entry, starting from my very first job as a counselor at a very rough and, for it being the more liberal part of the country, pretty homophobic summer camp. Now there’s the right foot to step out on. So I hope you join me on my epic quest to tell the tale of my professional journey, from the beginning to the future. If not, as the old Chinese proverb goes,
There’s always Netflix.”
Hopefully what my professional journey will look like:
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