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There are good and bad ways to stand out at your new job. You probably went through an intense process of applying and interviewing, background checks and testing, but you made it here. Now you’re excited and anxious and ready to make a great first impression with your boss and coworkers. The first 90-days on the job are probably going to feel like a roller coaster. Here are some tips for what to do and what not do as you get started on your new career path.

Fake it Till You Make it

Being confident on the job when your knees are probably knocking together is important. You’ll feel anxiety about all the new things you need to learn and all the people you’ll meet. During this process make a conscious effort to breathe deeply and hold your head up high so that your coworkers and employers start to trust your work. You may not feel confident inside but stay positive even when you feel overwhelmed. It may help to take time to recognize that, out of all the applicants the company probably had, they picked you. You bring a lot to the job. Just make sure when you feel the most vulnerable and uncertain, you still fake it till you make it to a good comfort level in your new environment.

Give It Time to Learn the Culture

Keep in mind you’re learning two big things during this time:

  • The job you’ve been hired to do.
  • The culture and people you’ve been paired with.

The first 90-days will be an eye-opener in both areas. Many times, we see job candidates that wash out during this time frame because the job wasn’t what they thought, or the culture didn’t fit. Make sure you work to make friends during your first quarter on the job. These friendships will help you navigate the ins and outs of a brand-new setting and they will also make the job more enjoyable in the long run. One way to impress during this period is to go outside your comfort zone and meet the people you’ll collaborate with. When coworkers invite you out for lunch, go along and get to know them. Try to ask questions and listen more than you talk about yourself. That’s a good way to acclimate to the new role and impress those around you.

Stay Positive

Staying enthusiastic and positive during this period is important. Make sure you’re not overpromising; it will be easy to say yes to everything to get along. Set some standards realistically about what you can and can’t do. For example, staying two hours late every night to get more done may set an unrealistic expectation with your employer that you won’t want to continue later. Even though you’re bursting with enthusiasm about the new job, pace yourself and set some boundaries.

Taking on a new job is exciting and exhilarating. If you’re ready to take the plunge into something new, contact the talent team at IES. We have all kinds of roles available and will spend the time working hands-on to be sure you find the right fit. Contact us today.

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