Wow, I heard 3 client success stories this week. It’s incredibly satisfying to hear, “I’ve landed!” and learn how the job search went (pretty quickly), how the new job was found (recruiter, network referral, Internet resume posting), and the enticing prospects at each exciting new position.
When it’s your turn to land, will you be prepared?
- Start with a clear understanding of your expectations for the first 6 months. You should have uncovered this during the interview process, but it makes sense to verify with your new boss. After all, how will anyone know you’ve succeeded if there is no definition of success?
- Get to know your new organization and people.
- Create a plan and invite input from your new team.
- Track and share results. Keep refining your plan, set new goals, and create momentum for the next 6 months.
There are countless books and articles that delve into much more detail on this topic. Here are a few:
- Mastering the First 90 Days in a New Job
- Make it or Break It: The First 90 Days at Work
- The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels
- Fatal Mistakes When Starting a New Job
- 9 Steps to New Job Success
Just don’t forget to first celebrate your success – enjoy the moment and congratulate yourself on your effort and your results. Then you can plunge into the new, exciting challenge.