Regardless of whether you’re an entry-level worker or a seasoned IT professional, it’s important to stand out in the first three months of a new job. The reason for this is straightforward: both your supervisor and your co-workers want you to add value to the team, so they’ll be watching you to see how well you’re performing.
We surveyed IT hiring managers in the U.S. and Canada to discover top ways professionals can succeed in the hiring process and on the job. Their answers show that you should focus on three important areas to lay the foundation for a successful IT career within your new company.
Your work ethic:
IT hiring managers say this is the top way to get noticed in the first 90 days.
- Make sure to be one of the first to arrive and one of the last to leave.
- Be punctual for all team meetings.
- Ask your manager what’s expected of you so you’re clear on what your responsibilities are and when they need to be accomplished.
Demonstrate that you’re team oriented:
The second most important factor hiring managers watch for in new IT employees is if you’re a supportive and valuable member of the team.
- Be helpful to the rest of the team by volunteering your assistance when possible or helping out when asked.
- Share credit with your team.
- Adopt the team’s communication styles. For example, if they use direct messaging instead of walking over to each other’s cubicles, you should do so as well.
- Accept invitations for social events. Your co-workers want to get to know you, so if you’re invited to lunch or an after-work event, accept the invitation.
Demonstrate your professionalism:
Your overall professionalism is the third most important feature. The following pointers will help you enhance your professional competence:
- Always complete your core responsibilities on time.
- Go the extra mile when necessary.
- Look for opportunities to demonstrate your skills, for example by volunteering to lead a project.
- Treat everybody on the team with respect.
- Refrain from gossiping
or other negative behavior.