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The first 100 days in a new job

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This is the time of year, post-Commencement and into the fall, when many are in job search mode. New graduates, whether at the undergrad level with a freshly minted bachelor's degree or at the graduate level with a Master's or PhD in hand, are actively seeking to put their new credentials to work. The lucky among them will be starting a new position sometime soon. 

So after the demands of the job search are behind you, the coveted offer of employment is in hand and you have successfully negotiated your arrangement, then what? What happens when you actually show up to work and finally make the switch out of job search mode and into work mode? At a new position and with a new organization? And possibly for the very first time?    

Well, there is a lot to take in, and you might benefit from some helpful hints from those who have gone before and know the turf. The critical first three months are when you establish yourself in the organization -- your work habits, your persona, and your credibility as a worker and team member. As Idealist.org says:

"Starting a new job can be overwhelming. Between meeting new colleagues, mastering new skills, and tackling new responsibilities, your first three months might leave you feeling exhausted and burned out. To help alleviate some of that stress, we've put together a First 100 Days plan that will help you avoid rookie mistakes, impress your boss, and endear yourself to your colleagues. So print out the plan below, set up some auto-reminders, and hit the ground running!"

Read the full article here and then make your own "First 100 Days" plan. Good luck to all you new hires out there, and remember, even as an alum you can always check in with us here in the CEC for any career-related issues.  

   

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