A Successful First 100 Days in a New Job

May 10, 2011  |   Career Coaching Blog   |     |   0 Comment

It is commonly recognised that a successful first 100 days in a new job is critical to how you are regarded in your company. Indeed there are figures which show that people who experience a poor first 100 days leave a company earlier and more quickly than those who manage the transition period successfully.  Some believe this figure may well be over 50%.


Do not make the mistake made by some of our career coaching clients. They believe that the standard induction provided will be enough to allow them to get on with the job. Our career coaching experience tells us that in order to make a quick and positive impact in your new company there are a set of specific things you need to know and understand. They are presented in no particular order of priority, but they are all important. Some may be relevant to your new job and others may not. You are the best judge of what is applicable to your situation and circumstances.

Things You Need to Know

  • Your boss – how does your boss like to work? Does he/she want formal reports or regular phone contact? How does he/she feel about emails? Does he/she prefer a formal or informal style? What are the three things expected from those that report to him/her?
  • Objectives – what are your objectives? How and when will your achievement of them be measured??
  • Senior people – how is your department regarded by others in the organisation? What would they like to see changed? What is it that they want from you? And how can you help them?
  • Team – get to know your team. Ensure they know your objectives. Explain to them what you expect from them and how you like to work. Address any immediate concerns that they may have.
  • Finance – getting a good understanding of how financial processes work can be critical. What is your budget? What is its current status? How and when do results get reported? What expenditure authority do you have? How do you arrange payment of suppliers?
  • Decisions – how do decisions get made on projects and initiatives? Who needs to be involved or consulted?
  • Unofficial organisation – who are the people that have a real influence on the organisation regardless of where they are on the official organisation chart? Who has most influence with your boss?
  • Company strategy – what is the business strategy? How do you contribute? What are the company values and where can you see them in action?
  • Products and services – make sure you are fully familiar with the services and products of the company. Ensure you spend time with the front line operational areas understanding how they work and what’s important to them.
  • Customers – understand your internal and external customers. Take time to understand them and their needs.


We know that if our career coaching clients can answer all these questions that they will make the transition into their new role quickly, and be equipped to make an immediate positive impression. More importantly they know how to get things done which gives them a great head start in achieving their business objectives.




Tony Goddard






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