How to add value in a new job – straight away
First impressions matter – because they last. Here are a few tips for starting well in a new role. Because, as they say – make a plan or plan to fail!
Your first few months in a new job have a major impact on your success in the company (think the first 90 days). Start well and you open a door for success.
So, here’s what you need to do to provide value in that new job straight away.
#1: Find out what’s expected of you
Ask your manager three questions straight away:
- What do stakeholders expect me to accomplish?
- In what timeframe?
- How will my progress be assessed?
This will set clear expectations for you, your managers and business leaders.
Make sure you manage those expectations too. If you feel too much is being asked, break down the priorities and focus on those first. Slow and steady wins the race.
#2: Make some allies
Your success will usually be reliant on other team members. Find out who these people are, what they need and what motivates them.
Once you know whose support you need, you can then focus on securing their backing.
If you really want them on your side, identify what support they need from you to be more successful. Talk to them about those things – and you’ll have their ear.
After all, it’s a team sport. If you help them be successful, they’ll likely do the same for you.
#3: Get some early wins on the board
Identify quick, noticeable improvements that you can make early on. They don’t need to be big, but they should demonstrate your ability to do what you say you can.
The critical part is to make sure what you’ve done is noticed.
Whether you create the latest breakthrough for the company or improve process efficiency, if no one knows about it, no one will care.
#4: Identify skills you need to develop to excel in the role
Your current skills may not be (all) the ones you need to do well in your new role.
Identify skills you lack or ones that need development and focus on them. Not only will it show your drive, it opens up the potential for future career advancement.
So remember, first impressions matter. Make yours count!
And if you ever need career advice or tips, please reach out to one of the team. We’re here to help.