Every Joe’s Checklist for the First 100 Days of a New Job

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Every Joe’s Checklist for the First 100 Days of a New JobSo, you managed to be picked up for the job post and hurray, now you are faced with a plethora of alien things that you will hopefully be familiar with in the next few years. But since you’re a greenhorn and still have a lot of things to explore, we wouldn’t say yet that the job is a perfect fit, not unless you finished pulling the preppers off.

Basically, there are five key signs that you conquered your critical first 100 days in a new job, and these are:

            1.   You’ve decoded the company culture 

There is so much more to learn that you wouldn’t know without an insider buddy. So pick someone who can genuinely be your friend and let him introduce you to the ways of the company. If you’ve ditched the newbie blues, you must have stopped reading the company newsletter too frequently and started laughing at inside jokes. Of course, knowing the personalities, norms, and ways of being part of the group is integral to fitting in.

            2.   Show-off your competencies

The interview is not so much of a time to purchase all you’ve got to be a great employee, so you have to keep on impressing the employers even after you’re hired. Remember that if you want to be taken seriously for a lifetime career, you have to jumpstart and not just simply enter. They must feel that you have great potentials and that you’re worth the post. Being able to share something to the benefit of your colleagues and your company is a plus point in accelerating your performance.

            3.   Break the Ice, Be Known For Something

Sometimes, it also takes extra efforts in socializing with other employees, and this means that you should make your first mark as a part of the corporate circle. Project your personality. In order to fit in, you have to be somebody – probably the joker of the bunch, the listener, the too-nice, too-fashionable, too-sunny, or at least too-shy. The important thing is that they feel your presence in the short first 100 days of your new job, otherwise, it won’t make any difference if they lose you as part of the crew.

            4.   Improve your efficiency

Once you get the hang of what you do, everybody will expect that your speed or quality will increase as time goes by. Maintain the climbing trend of your performance; it isn’t yet time to halt into a plateau. If you started energetically, you must end up still with some adrenaline left on the hundredth day.

Of course, while there are things that you need to accomplish during your first few weeks, there are also these red flags that you need to avoid as a newbie:

Soaking in Company Politics

Knowing something about the politics is one thing; soaking on it is another. Not unless you want to establish a hate relationship with some of your colleagues, the advice is to avoid this at all cost.

Changing the Interview Cloak

Be the person they interviewed and hired. Don’t change your dress and attitude. It’s not yet time to go a bit casual.

Looking like a Clueless Colt

Your first 100 days in a new job may give you license to ask basic questions. However, doing this too frequently may annoy your colleagues. Appear to be the bright person that you are.

Fit in. Steady your ground. Accelerate your pace.

Related Article: Tips for an Office Newcomer

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