New Job, New You

When you start a new job, it can be a roller coaster ride. So much to learn! And you want to get started on the right foot, as they say.

Here are five tips for the first 100 days.

Situate - By accepting the job offer, you have situated yourself in a whole new place. A new context. You must now start to position yourself. Where are you now? What is your new position? What team are you on? Who is your customer?  The sooner you can get a good sense of your new situation, the better.

Measures - How will you be measured by the organization? What is expected of you? How will you be evaluated? What outcomes are others expecting from you?

Align - Vital to your success in a new position is alignment. To align means to arrange yourself in such a way that your thinking and your efforts are in support of the team you are now a part of. What are the goals and objectives of your new boss, your new team? What contribution can you make?

Relationships - Nothing gets done in business organizations without relationships. From Day One, start to connect with others. Figure out who you need to build a strong working relationship with. Relationships are built in installments so make a deposit each day.

Trust - With good workplace relationships comes trust. Keep your commitments. Do what you said you would do. Deliver with excellence. Be accountable for your actions and your outcomes.

As you situate yourself in the organization, you will get "the lay of the land." Sensemaking is a key priority for you now.

Listen carefully in meetings and conversations. Attune yourself to the values of the organization.

There are many factors that go into success in a new job, to be sure.

But these five will help you to chart a course toward success in your new job.

Terrence Seamon is a career transition coach who helps his clients achieve success. Follow him on twitter @tseamon

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