Congratulations on making a successful career transition. You probably experienced many road bumps along the way, question yourself about the new direction countless times and summoned up lots of motivation and discipline to keep going. Now, it is time to celebrate your achievements and plan for success in your new role.
This section provides information on how to get started on the right foot at work and home. You are not the only one impacted by the new change. If you have a family, they will also be impacted and need time to adjust to the new cycle. We will discuss how having a plan for the first 90 days of work can help you make the right impression. Setting and clarifying life goals will also be covered to ensure that you keep your priorities in check. We also develop a 30-60-90 day plan to clarify you life/work goals.
Staying on Track
The desired end result of your career development efforts is greater “Career Resilience.” Career Resilience is the ability to successfully adapt to career changes (whether they be economically, organizationally, or self-initiated), make smart career decisions, effectively market yourself and your value, and proactively manage your career. It derives from a strong understanding of yourself, your strengths, and goals; your economic value in the marketplace; and your ability to anticipate and adapt to career-related changes and challenges. In this section, we will go through the various techniques and tools that are essential for you to proactively manage your career.
Your career is a constantly-evolving resume. Staying on top of your accomplishments and keeping your resume current will help you stay fresh and ensure you are on the right track. Think about these questions:
- How will I keep myself on track when I find myself straying?
- Who will be on my career support team?
- How will I know if I am on the wrong track?
To become resilient you really need to be forward thinking and oriented toward the future. You need to ask yourself the basic question, “How can I best equip myself for success now and tomorrow?” To help you equip yourself for your new career, we recommend that you develop a 30-60-90 day plan.
The 30-60-90 Day Plan
It is all too easy to lose ourselves in the excitement and challenge of a new career, job and, industry. You have worked hard to make the transition. Now it is time to make the right impact, right? Yes and no. Of course you must learn all you need to learn and do all you need to do. Included in “all you need to learn” and “all you need to do” is the idea of having a plan. Unless you expect this to be the last job you ever have, this job is part of your overall career strategy. As we discussed earlier, it is important to have specific goals at each stage of your career and as a part of each step along the way.
Before you start your new job, lay down some goals for the first 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days. Some questions to help you get started are listed below:
- What do you want to accomplish to validate your new employer’s faith?
- What do you want to accomplish to lay the groundwork for continuing progress?
Depending on your manager and the company’s policies, you should establish some basic goals with your immediate superior for each of these milestones and then work together to set a review process in place. In our experience, you should focus on the following activities during each of the specified time periods:
- Learn about the company and its products or services
- Understand the company’s “written” values and cultural traits
- Understand organizational structure (reporting relationships)
- Learn about the responsibilities of your role
- Set small and achievable goals to generate modest wins
- Meet with key managers to understand company dynamics
- Recite the issues the company faces with respect to its products and services
- Know the company’s key customers by name
- Understand who holds power and influence in the company (it is not necessarily the managers)
- Set preliminary expectations about your role
- Take on slightly bigger problems or projects to generate important wins
- Meet with key influencers to better assess company dynamics
- Make recommendations/observations that you notice about product and service strengths/weaknesses
- Gain perspective on what key customer think about your company
- Reshape your role to fit the needs of the organization and customers
- Build relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
- Introduce plans and recommendations for tackling bigger problems
- Be open to feedback and insight about your contributions and style