Developing Your Career

Managing Your Career: 7 Steps to Succeeding In Your New Job

By Kristen Leverone on August 30, 2012

You’ve landed the job and now you want to succeed in your new role. But the honeymoon is short — about 90 days. Do you know what you need to do to successfully onboard? Here are some tips to put your career on the right path:

  1. Clarify goals. Ensure you have clarity around what is expected. Set goals as part of a collaborative effort with your new manager to ensure alignment on the role, responsibilities, priorities, timelines and objectives. Schedule regular check-ins to measure and evaluate progress.
  2. Make connections. Take initiative and ensure you are getting introduced to key stakeholders, leaders and peers to make certain you build the internal network necessary to assimilate and successfully collaborate to accomplish goals. If you aren’t assigned a mentor, ask for one, to help facilitate introductions.
  3. Create a development plan. As a new hire, you need to take responsibility for your onboarding. Work with your manager to create a formal plan for development that includes self-directed learning and cross-functional knowledge sharing.
  4. Achieve quick wins. Build into the plan opportunities for early wins that will enhance credibility. Identify opportunities to have immediate impact and achieve short-term goals. But remember to stay aligned with your new boss on what’s most important to the business and where to focus attention.
  5. Invest in impression management. Quickly schedule those introductory meetings with key stakeholders. Use the time to learn about stakeholder roles, priorities, common goals and expectations. These first impressions are critical to establishing productive, collaborative relationships. But don’t disappear after the introductory meeting. Stay connected and deliver on commitments.
  6. Respect the existing culture. Things will be done differently at the new organization. Listen and ask questions to learn processes, such as how decisions are made, how people communicate, and how conflict is handled.
  7. Ask for feedback and coaching. You need to actively participate in the onboarding process. Regularly check in with your new boss to share updates on progress, goals achieved, challenges, ideas and learnings, and ask for feedback from key stakeholders.


One Response to “Managing Your Career: 7 Steps to Succeeding In Your New Job”

  1. Edwina White

    Excellent overview of key steps to get the new job off to a good start.

    Sometimes managers are not around or are too busy when you start to review goals and objectives. It is so important, however, you need to take the inititiative, if your manager does not. Set up meetings with your manager on goals, expectations, and best ways to to communicate and stay in touch.

    Resisit the temptation to frequently cite how things were done at your previous employer’s. Your colleagues will quickly grow tired of hearing how much better things were there. It also diminishes your credibility as an expert if you are alway referring to the same source.


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