Revealed: 5 Secret Strategies for Thriving
and Surviving in Your First 3 Months in Your Ideal Job
Knowing how to survive and thrive in your probationary period is the next big challenge after you’ve landed your dream job. In a nutshell, you’ve got to hit the ground running and aim to deliver some fast results within this crucial time period.
You’ve got to align yourself very quickly to the team and your supervisors. Following this 5 Step process will help you survive your first 3 months.
1. Mingle With Your New Team Members
When ever you are invited out on a Friday night for after work drinks….GO. If it means calling to reschedule something, …do it. These couple of hours can almost guarantee you will learn more about how the team ticks, you’ll learn the unwritten rules that will help you tremendously.
2. Optimize Performance in Your Daily Work
Be the very best employee you can be. Listen carefully to instructions and training and write down everything you learn for the first 3 weeks. You’re head will probably be spinning because you are learning so much, so make sure you have early nights, and not too much of a social life, so you can be the best you can be on the job.
3. Respect the Culture
There will always be a ‘Certain way of doing things’ in your new work environment, just go with the new way, and don’t try and change it for the time being. Even if the way you used to do it is substantially better, I would simply keep a note pad handy and record any ideas that you can propose to implement after the first 3 months. Keep in mind that certain attributes will be highly regarded. Try to figure out what is really valued within the culture of your new work environment and consider ways you can show you have these attributes too.
Discover How to Deal with Office Politics and you will not only Survive but Thrive in your Career. There is a certain amount of politics that occurs within every team, in every part of the world, so the sooner you learn how to deal with office politics, the sooner you can soar in your career. Find out who really influences the decision makers, who is respected and who are the ‘brains behind the organisation’ and choose a mentor from one of these people. Get to know everyone in the organisations, spend time with different teams and don’t align yourself with any particular group. If you don’t buy into the gossip, you will generally find that people won’t waste much time gossiping about you.
5. You’re Head of HR
In today’s work place, we all take responsibility for our own professional development. You can’t expect a company to put you through too many courses, or sit down and help map your career path. It just doesn’t happen. Be proactive about your performance, and keep the communication lines open between yourself and HR or your line manager. Be constantly striving to do a better job, and improve your skills and knowledge and you will always be a valued employee.