How to succeed in your first 100 days at your new job

You nailed your job interview, aced the technical assessment and sailed through your first day at your new job. What next? You want to succeed in your new job!

To make a great first impression in your new job and hit the ground running you should plan for success. Here is what you need to do in your first 100 days:


  1. Understand expectations

Make sure you know what you are working towards and what your manager expects from you. What does success look like? How does your role sit within the team and organization.

There will also be expectations around organizational culture, the way you communicate and interact with your team. Get to know internal processes for briefing or approval and workflows through the team.


  1. Organize your schedule

Create a plan for your days and week that helps you to be productive and set up all the regular meetings you need. If you have routine tasks put them in your calendar, and if your team doesn’t already use a productivity tool, find one that works for you.


  1. Create a 30-60-90 plan

Structure what you want to achieve in your first few months with a 30-60-90 plan. Include learning goals, particularly in the early stages as well as performance goals. For every goal, highlight the action you will take to complete it.

Align your goals with your job description and expectations from your manager. Look to understand the business and identify quick wins.


  1. Get to know your colleagues

By the end of 100 days you should have tried to meet as many people as possible across the business. It’s integral to meet anyone you work with directly in your first couple of weeks and start to develop positive working relationships. Identify the key people you should be working with closely.

Even for people you don’t directly work with, make an effort to introduce yourself and get to know who they are and what they do.


  1. Bring in a fresh perspective

Ask plenty of questions and use your past experience to look at things in different ways. Coming up with new ideas is great to showcase your problem-solving skills and creativity.

However, be careful not to step on toes and don’t try to overhaul things too soon. Keep a note of ideas for potential changes further down the line when you are embedded in the company.


Staying organized and learning as much as you can will help you create a great impression and help you succeed in your new job! If you want more insights on recruitment and careers check out the Engtal blog and follow us on Linkedin and Instagram.