My teeth were chattering as I made my way to my desk. Not sure where to set my things, I let my purse drop to the floor next to my feet while I glanced around. My new coworkers were bent over their keyboards or talking intently on their phones. Everyone was busy; everyone knew what to do.
My supervisor had greeted me at the door as I walked in, and he pointed to my desk. “I’ll be over in a few minutes to help you get started.”
I tried to ignore the trembling in my knees while I turned on my computer. At this time next week, it will all be routine, I chanted to myself. I couldn’t wait for the days to pass so I could get to that point.
My stomach lurched when I heard a voice behind me: “Alright, Joan, let’s get started with some calls today, okay?”
I used to get so nervous when I started a new job. I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t know what anyone would think of me, I had no idea what to expect, and I always had the feeling that everyone was waiting for me to let them down.
And I’m thinking a lot lately about what I wish I’d known to do back then, because I could have started each job with confidence, and I could have gotten so much more from each position, and I could have blown all my new bosses and coworkers away with how much value I brought in.
It’s a little late for me at this point, but I want to help you do those things.
Maybe you’re starting a new job, or maybe you’re looking for one, or maybe it’s on your mind. But whatever the case, you want to excel in it, you want to get the most from it, you want to be valuable to your company right away, and you don’t want to go in terrified like I used to.
In the first ninety days of your new job, you’re going to do the following things, and you will be a superstar at work.
KNOW YOUR REASON TO DO WELL HERE
No matter how excited you are now about the company and your position in it, you are going to have plenty of days in the future where you are just not in the mood, and you need to know exactly what this is all for and why you want to excel every single day there.
Your reason to give your best to this job is that you can use it to achieve your biggest personal goals. If this is the first you’re hearing about that, READ THIS.
MAKE A PLAN FOR THIS JOB
Now that you know what your job is really for, you’re going to pick it apart for every single opportunity and advantage it has to offer, and make yourself a very specific and detailed plan. You’ll never walk into work again without knowing exactly where it’s taking you, and if you need help with this part, READ THIS.
GET TO KNOW YOUR COMPANY
Exactly what it does and how that happens. How it’s evolved, where it’s going, and what the goals are for where it’s going. This step is pretty involved, and SO important, and you’ll need it for the next part:
HELP YOUR COMPANY TO REACH ITS STRATEGIC GOALS
This is the Number 1 way to qualify for a raise or promotion, and when you can get this part right, you will be be one of your company’s most valuable assets. You can learn about how to get to know your company and support its goals HERE.
GET TO KNOW YOUR DIRECT SUPERVISOR
You want to learn things like his/her responsibilities, challenges, goals for that position, and who he/she reports to. You want to learn things like his/her communication style, how he/she likes to be updated, and what he/she values in an employee.
WORK WELL WITH YOUR DIRECT SUPERVISOR
You take everything you learned, and you take action. You find ways to help your supervisor to spend more time on priorities, you give him/her uninterrupted time to work, you help solve the challenges, you support his/her goals, and you make your supervisor look good to whoever he/she reports to.
THIS POST will explain how to get to know your direct supervisor and build a great working relationship.
WORK WELL WITH YOUR COWORKERS
Doing this will help you to have so much happiness and fulfillment in your position. Even if you’re not in love with the company itself, or the work you do, the people there can make you love your time at work. Getting this right will result in coworkers who value you, respect you, and love to work with you. READ THIS to learn how it’s done.
UNDERSTAND AND SUPPORT THE VITALS
Those are the sales, the collections, and the profits - the stuff that keeps the company alive. Once you’ve learned your company, it’ll be easier to figure out how you can support these from your position.
Maybe you can find ways to reduce or eliminate waste, reduce liability, get things done faster and with less mistakes, do something in a more cost-effective way, streamline project processes and keep things from being forgotten, make sure promises are kept to customers, reduce returns, etc., etc., etc.
There’s so many ways to do this from your position, and figuring them out is so vital for you and your opportunities there, that I’ll be making videos and posts on this topic very soon.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
…so you can keep your happiness and energy up, and have a fantastic presence at work. This is also crucial, and the topics within it will get their own videos and posts soon. You’ll want to do things like build your confidence (and you can read about that HERE), give yourself breaks/rest, have daily personal development time, daily physical activity, and take time everyday to do something you love.
BE PRODUCTIVE AND INCREASE ACCURACY
You’ll put things in place to help you complete tasks in full, remember everything you need to, and reduce mistakes. You’ll do things like schedule your tasks, set up reminders, communicate clearly, reduce distractions and interruptions, and give yourself time to work on priorities.
This is another one that will soon have its own posts and videos.
TRY A 90-DAY CHALLENGE
…because this is the perfect time to start and make a giant leap ahead! Use Your Job: A 90-Day Challenge will give you actions and strategies from all twelve steps of the process of using your job to reach your biggest dreams and goals. It will make you a high-performing superstar at work, while you make your time there work for you. It’s available in paperback or Kindle, and you can get it HERE.
There’s your game plan, and I can’t wait to hear your results! Please come back and comment to let me know how it’s going!
And if you’d like to see the video on this topic, you can watch it here: