You landed the job. Congrats! Now, it’s time to make your boss love you by becoming a star employee. So start with what star employees to make the most of the first three months in your new position.
Here’s exactly how…
Execute and Reflect on Plans and Goals
Reflect on the goals you initially created at the onset of your new position.
“Whatever you sold them on in the interview, make it your mission to demonstrate that you’re going to do it,” Amanda Augustine, career advice expert for TopResume, previously told Business Insider.
Examine how your goals have changed. Then look at how you can improve your workflow in order to get more done. Your one goal: become the star employee you wanted to be on day one.
Become an Invaluable Team Member
Three months is enough time to learn the lay of the land. It’s also enough time to make it clear to your coworkers how much you have to offer. Augustine previously told Business Insider that starting in your first week, you should be showing up to meetings and conversations and also establishing your expertise to become a go-to person on your team.
Find a Way to Resolve Frustrations
Annabel Action, founder of Never Liked it Anyway, shared a few tricks for creative problem-solving with The Muse, including starting with small projects, banning your go-to solutions, and even asking yourself “What would my hero do?”
“Consider how Willy Wonka would solve a packaging challenge. How Coco Chanel would tackle a communications issue. And how Salvador Dali would take on streamlining a supply chain can be very enlightening,” she wrote.
Reevaluate Your Social Group
It is all too easy to become comfortable with our office neighbors. But once you know them, it’s time to branch out and meet other people in the company. You might want to start by asking for their advice and perspectives on becoming a star employee.
Rachel Bitte, chief people officer with a software recruiting firm Jobvite, previously told Business Insider that “People are willing to talk about themselves. People are willing to share what they learned being in that field. So don’t be afraid to go leverage that network, just to even learn.”
Explore Ways to Achieve More
Stewart Butterfield, chief executive of Slack, told Adam Bryant of The New York Times that he encourages employees to experiment and innovate.
“I feel like people in their early- to mid-20s are very earnest,” he said. “They’re very serious. In addition, they want to feel like they’ve accomplished a lot at a very young age rather than just trying to figure stuff out. So I try to push them toward a more experimental attitude.”
Continually Tweak Your Habits
Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit,” wrote in his book:
“Typically, people who exercise start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change.”
Other positive activities that can improve your work might include meditation, or hobbies such as writing, painting, or reading.
Identify Time Wasters and Kick Them
We’re all guilty of time-wasters here and there. But to be a star employee, it’s up to you to eliminate them.
The first step? Keeping track of how you spend your days. That way, you can identify the most and least productive tasks.
Always Demonstrate Your Value
A star employee will always demonstrate how much value they bring to their respective role.
“I never think in terms of convincing anyone of anything — I think in terms of inspiring them,” FBI agent Robin Dreeke previously told Business Insider. “If you want to move into a position of leadership, or you want to move up in the company, the first thing to ask yourself is, ‘How can I inspire them to want me?'”
He continued: “You’ve got to understand what’s important to them. How do they see prosperity? What can you do to make their job easier?”
Establish New Goals According to Expectations
Now that you’ve had some time to get settled in, consult with your managers to see if your goals are still good fits.
Career advice expert Augustine wrote on Top Resume that “this is a great opportunity to get some early feedback on what you are doing right. Also, know what needs to be done better and how you can spend your time next week for the greatest benefit of the team.”
Take Every Opportunity to Network
“Networking” sounds intimidating, but it’s as simple as grabbing coffee or talking Game of Thrones with your coworkers.
Joanna Coles, the former editor in chief of Cosmo and Marie Claire, says that connecting with your peers is just as, or more, important as connecting with your bosses.
“The thing I always try and say to young people starting out is your peer group is really the most important influence on your life. After all, you are going to rise and fall together,” she previously told Business Insider. “And I have always got jobs through the loose ties of friendships and someone knowing someone who might know a job.”
Rekindle Relationships with Former Coworkers
Augustine previously told Business Insider that near the start of a new gig, new hires should “go back and reconnect with people at your old company, and ask for LinkedIn recommendations.”
The best time to get referrals isn’t when you’re hunting for a job — it’s well before you need it.
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