Your first three months on the job can lay the groundwork for major achievements down the road.
Successful people know this when they start a new job. When it comes to your first few months in a new workplace, it’s important to set goals, prove the worth you sold in your interviews, and make social ties outside of your own team.
Here’s what else successful people do in their first 90 days on the job:
They say yes to exciting opportunities, even if they’re not quite sure how to execute them
Even if you’re not sure how exactly to complete the task or what its benefit to you might be, if you’re offered with an exciting opportunity, go ahead and say “yes.”
“Say ‘Yes, absolutely’ even though you have no idea what lies ahead and maybe this is the right decision or maybe it’s not but who knows and who cares,” author and speaker Danny Rubin wrote in a Business Insider post.
They make sure they have achievable goals established
Otherwise, you might not know what you’re working towards every day.
Hopefully your boss developed goals for you to accomplish during your first six months or year of work — whether that’s a sales goal, a number of projects to complete, or something else. Those goals should be clearly linked to your job description and the overall goals of the company.
Did your boss not give you any goals at all? Then, Salpeter advises you develop those goals yourself.
Then, they reflect regularly on those goals
It’s easy to set lofty goals, then forget about them. But you should reflect regularly on whether you’re actually achieving what you promised to do in the outset of your job.
“Whatever you sold them on in the interview, make it your mission to demonstrate that you’re going to do it,” Amanda Augustine, a career advice expert for TopResume, told Business Insider.
Examine how your goals have changed and how you can improve your workflow to get more done and become the version of yourself you wanted to be on Day 1.
They find a way to solve problems on their team
When you’ve just joined a new organization, faults in their structure or business model might be instantly clear to you.
But don’t just tell your boss what you think is wrong with your team, or leave the issues for more seasoned employees. Discuss what you’ve noticed, and present a solution.
“I love employees who have a passion for tackling problems versus avoiding them,” Weebly CFO Kim Jabal previously told Business Insider. “I want to be surrounded by employees who want to take the steeper hill because they know there will be a big sense of accomplishment at the top as opposed to those that prefer to coast on the easy road.”
Jabal recommended saying something like this to your boss: “We have a huge opportunity to fix something that has gone wrong. Here are a few ideas. I’d love your input.”
And, be sure you don’t base your analysis on how your old company functions. It can be irksome when a new employee just talks about their old workplace and constantly compares the two.