During your first 90 days in a new position, there are a lot of positive steps you can take to ensure both your confidence and competency in the position, and your potential longevity in that position. Taking steps to ensure that your communication is clear, your role is defined, your boundaries are firmly established, and your objectives are identified is vital to success in this competitive job market.

Phase 1: Mapping the Territory
The first 30 days at any new job, no matter what field or specialty, are going to be all about settling in and establishing boundaries. This is the time to get clear about what exactly is expected of you—and if you’re in a management position, what you expect of your team.

This sounds easy, but sometimes it’s harder than it seems. Make a concerted effort to pin down your job description in writing. Get confirmation from your boss about what exactly is expected of you on a daily basis. What are the standard procedures you’ll be expected to adhere to? Do different rules apply to different projects? What items or issues are recurring, and which are project-related?

Establishing well-defined boundaries about what are (and are not) your responsibilities can help you delegate more effectively, streamline communications, and establish a clear chain of command. When questions or issues arise during this critical “introductory” period, be sure to adhere to the protocols you’ve established, and when appropriate, make it clear that your staff are expected to do the same. There’s no time like the present to build good habits!

Here are some questions to ask yourself during your first 30 days on the job.

  • What exactly is your job description?
  • Who is your immediate superior? Whom are you expected to supervise? (You’d be amazed how many people can’t accurately answer this question!)
  • What are your primary and secondary responsibilities? What items take priority?
  • Where and when is it appropriate for you to delegate—and to whom?
  • What is the general dynamic and attitude of your new workplace (businesslike, casual, creative, friendly)? How does that influence the way you schedule and prioritize in your new position?

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As a certified professional coach, radio show host and workshop leader, Dawn helps sales, marketing, advertising and creative entrepreneurs to accelerate their career so they’ll love their life!

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