Making your first 100 days in a new job a success

Starting a new job can be daunting - even more so if this is your first job since leaving the military. Taking on new responsibilities, meeting new colleagues, learning a new way of working and being immersed in a different culture can be overwhelming. To help you we’ve got 5 top tips so you can hit the ground running and make the first 100 days in your new job a real success.

Tip 1: Prepare for your first week in your new job

The first day, week and month will be challenging - you have lots of information to process so it is important to try and be as prepared as possible.

  • Before your first day, go over all the research you did about the job role and the company before your interview. Get to know the culture of your organisation.

  • Your first week is about absorbing a lot of information - take lots of notes!

  • Your new workplace should have a structured onboarding process and you should be introduced to your co-workers and perhaps a mentor, on your first day. But if no such introductions take place, request your manager set up a meet and greet or simply try and grab a coffee or lunch with your co-workers to find out more about them and your new workplace.

  • Ask questions: If you’re unsure about some of your responsibilities, a colleagues role, or any query about the business - don’t be afraid to ask. Everything is new to you and remember everyone has been in your shoes.

Tip 2: Be proactive in your new job role

You don’t need to go in like a whirlwind and demand to make big changes - but as the weeks go on, it is important to be proactive.

  • Keep up-to-date with what is going on in your new workplace, make sure you read any newsletters, check the business social media account and read annual reports. Set up a google alert so it is even easier to stay in the loop.

  • Update your Linkedin profile.

  • Bring in ideas! It’s important to get the balance right and not tread on any toes early on - but equally show initiative. The third month is a good time suggest making any changes (if appropriate to your job role) as you will have gained valuable experience in those first 12 weeks.

Tip 3: Take ownership of your own targets and development

Although your employer will set personal targets and review your performance regularly - take ownership of your own personal development.

  • Subscribe to relevant blogs or website to keep you up-to-date with any industry news.

  • Identify any training you might need.

  • Join a professional organisation.

  • If the business has an internal military network, get involved.

  • Request a three-month review with your manager - if this is not in place. This will be a great way to find out about your performance and receive feedback.

  • Develop a personal development plan for yourself - this will show great initiative.  

Tip 4: Build your own internal network at work

Networking is an important part of finding a job - and it will continue to be an important part of making this new job a success.

  • Just as it is important to establish a strong network of external contacts - don’t forget about establishing an internal network within the business. This internal networking starts on day 1. Make sure within your first week, you have a a list of who can help you with each individual situation.

  • Take time to further invest in your co-workers and external stakeholders and focus on developing your relationships with them.

And finally….

Tip 5: Give yourself a break!

The first 100 days can be challenging and will be a huge transition. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, it’s natural to get a little frustrated if you want to start making changes immediately - or you may have a few confidence wobbles as your adjust to your new role and responsibilities. But give yourself a break! Those first few months can be quite intense and stressful - but equally you need to remember it is the start of an exciting career.

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