Landed a new job?? Now what… How to excel in your first 90 days

Starting a new job can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. On one hand, you’re excited to meet new colleagues, learn new skills, and make a great first impression. On the other hand, you’re terrified of accidentally walking into the wrong bathroom or spilling coffee on your boss.

But fear not! With these tips, you’ll not only survive your first 90 days at a new job, but you’ll also excel and maybe even become the boss’s favorite employee (shh, don’t tell anyone).

1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

When you’re new, it’s natural to feel like you’re expected to know everything. But guess what? You don’t. And that’s totally okay. So, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Just make sure they’re good questions, like “Where’s the coffee machine?” or “Is it okay to take a nap at my desk?”

2. Dress to impress.

When you’re starting a new job, it’s important to make a good first impression. And what better way to do that than to dress to impress? I’m not saying you need to wear a suit or a fancy dress every day, but at least make sure your clothes are clean and not covered in cat hair.

3. Bring your own lunch.

Bringing your own lunch to work is a great way to save money and stay healthy. But it’s also a great way to show off your culinary skills. Imagine your colleagues’ envy when they see you eating your homemade avocado toast while they’re stuck with a soggy sandwich from the cafeteria.

4. Be proactive.

Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do. Be proactive and take initiative. If you see something that needs to be done, do it. If you have an idea, share it. Just make sure it’s a good idea. Otherwise, you might end up being the person who suggested the company invest in a line of edible socks.

5. Embrace the company culture.

Every company has its own culture, its own way of doing things. And it’s important to embrace that culture if you want to fit in. So, if your company has a tradition of wearing Hawaiian shirts on Fridays, don’t be the person who shows up in a suit. Unless it’s a suit made out of Hawaiian shirts. Then, you’ll be the coolest person in the office.

6. Learn from your mistakes.

You’re going to make mistakes. It’s inevitable. But the important thing is to learn from them. And if you can’t learn from them, at least make them entertaining. Like that time you accidentally hit “Reply All” and sent a picture of your cat wearing a cowboy hat to the entire company. Classic.

7. Network.

Getting to know your colleagues and building relationships is an important part of any job. So, take the time to network. Go to company events, join the company softball team, or just hang out in the break room. Who knows? You might even make some friends. Or enemies. But hey, it’s all part of the experience.

I know that starting a new job can be daunting, but with these tips, you’ll be on your way to becoming the office superstar. Just remember to ask questions, dress to impress, bring your own lunch, be proactive, embrace the company culture, learn from your mistakes, and network. And if all else fails, just bring in donuts. Everyone loves donuts.