What to Do in Your First 3 Months of Work

Typically when you start a job, your first three months of work are considered to be a probationary period.  During this time, your employment can be terminated for any reason.  The employer can use this period to determine whether or not you are the best fit for the job.  Here are some tips that will help you make the right impression:

Understand the requirements of the position.

To be successful, you need to know exactly what you are required to do.  Make yourself aware of your manager’s priorities and understand what measures will be used to evaluate your performance.  It is essential that you are focusing your energy on the right tasks.

Learn about the organizational culture.

In your first few months of work, you should be spending most of your time listening.  Every workplace has its own set of values and expectations so it is important that you familiarize yourself with them.  As you better understand the organizational culture, it will be easier for you to demonstrate that you are a good fit for the job.

Reach out to your coworkers.

While you may feel that you don’t have time to chat, now it is more important than ever that you build strong relationships with your coworkers.  Eat your lunch in the lunchroom and make an effort to get to know them.  Your coworkers can help you perform well in your job and your manager will be watching to see how well you fit in with the team.

Work harder than is required.

This is one of the moments in your life when you need to make an impression.  Your employer is trying to make up their mind about you and they are using your work performance as a gauge.  Spend this time going above and beyond the call of duty.  Show your employer that you are grateful for this opportunity and that hiring you was the right decision.

Stay out of office politics.

You won’t be the new kid in town for long before people start lobbying you.  There are politics at every workplace and everyone will want you on their side.  Don’t let yourself get sucked into it.  As a new employee, the last thing that you want to be doing is fighting someone else’s battles.  Be respectful and friendly to everybody but don’t get too involved.

Now that you have a job, you may be tempted to take it easy.  While it’s true that the hardest part is over, you still need to be vigilant about your performance at work.  Don’t let yourself develop bad habits; sometimes it’s the little things that  cause an employer to give up on you.

(Written by: Karen Bivand)

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