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Mastering Your First 30 Days

A Strategic Guide for Career Success

 

People seek new jobs for a variety of reasons: finding the better compensation, work/life balance, company culture, and growth opportunities. According to a survey shared in Entrepreneur, approximately 46% of workers plan on finding a new position in 2023.

If you’re going to take the next step in your career path this year, it’s important to think carefully about how you will make the right impression from day one.

The first 30 days in a new role can be both nerve-wracking and exciting. There are new processes and technologies to get used to, new people to meet, and new expectations to live up to.

Having the ability to navigate your new role during the first month can not only increase your chances of making a positive impression on your boss, but it can also accelerate your ability to fully reap the benefits of your new job.

Step 1: Form Crucial Connections

Internal networking is one of the most important things you can do during your first 30 days in a new role. Getting to know the people you work with will improve your experience within your new company and make you feel more comfortable in your position.

Communicating with others is also a great way to capture the attention of your managers and senior leaders. During your first couple of weeks with a new company, find out who you will be working with regularly, and commit some time to get to know each colleague.

It’s also worth finding out who you should be approaching if you have questions or concerns about your role. Discover when your contacts are most likely to be available, and determine how they prefer to communicate (E.g. in person, email, chat, or video).

Step 2: Learn as Much as You Can

Your first month with a new company is a critical period where you’ll have a lot to learn. You’ll need to familiarize yourself with internal processes, policies, and the general workflow of your colleagues. To succeed, focus on expanding your knowledge in areas relevant to your role.

For instance, you can proactively seek more information about the customers your business serves or how your team manages projects and deadlines. Additionally, review the documentation provided during your onboarding session and request extra training if necessary.

It’s equally important to pay attention to your surroundings and learn how to integrate into the company culture. Consider the organization’s values and identify ways to incorporate them into your work. Observe how people communicate and collaborate to understand the expectations when interacting with others.

By taking these steps, you can quickly adapt to your new environment and contribute to the team’s success.

Step 3: Confirm Expectations

During the hiring and onboarding process, your company may have provided you with some insights into the nature of your work and how it will be evaluated. However, it’s essential to confirm the expectations of your manager or supervisor to ensure that you meet them.

You can arrange a one-on-one meeting with your manager to discuss their expectations if this has not been covered during onboarding. This discussion will allow you to understand what your leaders will be looking for when assessing your work. It’s also a good idea to create a list of key performance metrics that your business will monitor to evaluate your progress.

To ensure that you’re meeting the expectations set for you, it’s helpful to schedule additional meetings with your manager bi-weekly or monthly during the initial stages of your new role. These meetings will provide an opportunity to collect feedback and address any concerns that you or your manager may have.

By proactively seeking feedback and clarifying expectations, you can set yourself up for success in your new role and demonstrate your commitment to achieving your goals.

Step 4: Find the Best Time to Ask Questions

Starting a new role can be overwhelming, and it’s natural to have many questions right away. However, it’s important to find a balance between asking questions and listening to what’s happening around you.

While asking questions is an excellent way to learn and demonstrate your commitment to your new position, it’s crucial to pick the right time and place to ask them. During the initial stages, it’s best to focus on observing and understanding what’s happening around you.

If you have questions or need clarification, make a note of them and prioritize the information that you need first. Ask yourself when it might be best to wait to ask certain questions until you have an opportunity to meet with your manager face-to-face.

By striking a balance between asking questions and listening, you can gain a better understanding of your role and organization, establish yourself as a thoughtful team member, and set yourself up for success in your new position.

Step 5: Constantly Demonstrate Your Value

Once you have a clear understanding of your new role’s expectations and the company’s vision and mission, it’s time to demonstrate your value. The first 30 days in a new role offer a unique opportunity to showcase your skills and prove to your hiring manager that they made the right choice in selecting you.

To start, identify quick-win strategies that align with your understanding of how your work will be evaluated. For example, if your manager is concerned about meeting project deadlines, carefully plan your schedule and keep them updated on your progress with each task you complete.

Demonstrate your commitment to continual improvement and growth by volunteering for additional training sessions, seeking out a mentor to guide you, or requesting feedback whenever possible.

While the first 30 days in a new role can be overwhelming, they also provide an excellent opportunity for learning, growth, and demonstrating your value. By leveraging this opportunity, you can establish yourself as a valuable member of your team and set yourself up for long-term success.

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Written by

Lileah Akiode

919-813-2454

lileah@theblackdiamondagency.com
Lileah Akiode is the Managing Director of The Black Diamond Agency, a recruitment firm dedicated to connecting talented people with rewarding career opportunities. With a strong background in Talent Acquisition across different corporate retailers, Lileah brings a wealth of experience to ensure a seamless and positive candidate experience. In addition to corporate retail, Lileah also experience supporting the Financial Services and IT industries.

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