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January 12, 2022

The First 60 Days at Your Job

The first 60 days at your office sets the tone for your future. Everybody wants to starts off on the right note especially if it is a dream job. You want to create your image as a perfect professional –Both to yourself as well as others. But that does not mean you have to rush in with your goals and objectives Let us delve on how to make good habits and a good impression on your new job.

Most companies have a 3-6 months’ probation period in which they evaluate the performance of newly hired employees. Some may have it even shorter, but if you want to ensure a successful climb up the corporate ladder, then make a note of these things to do in your first 60 days in office – there could be more

First and foremost you must understand what is expected of you and what is your job role. Every job will have a set of responsibilities and functions to be carried. It is important to understand the functions and be able at it. A key expectation from the supervisor would be that you as an employee take ownership for the activities you perform and continue to closure. Some ways in which this would be visible would be a) speaking up when in difficulty b) asking for help c) Seeking clarity when you do not understand what is to be done / how to perform

Have your introduction ready

Make sure you have an introduction about yourself ready, and this should include your new job title! The key is to keep it down to 30 seconds. So just your name, what role you will be working in your new job, the team or manager you will be working under, where you completed your degree from and in what field, and lastly what are your interests. The last one is more suitable for when introducing yourself to other team members. 

Always show up on time

Make sure that you never show up late to work. If your office is located in a different place than the interview setting, make sure you know the route beforehand. Go ahead and do a practice run from your home to your workplace, especially during peak office hours, so that you get an idea of the travel time.. If you reach your destination too early, then it is advisable to spend time out of the office unless there is some extra work you need to catch up on.

Know more about the company, clients, and projects 

As you have already got selected, it is likely that you did your homework in researching the company to bag the interview and job. Now that you have some idea of which team or project you will be working on, it is ideal to do some more research. Do this in your first few weeks on the job. It is likely that you will be provided with extensive process and workflow documents to read through in the first few days. But to get a more in-depth approach you will have to get out of your shell and be more proactive. Don’t leave things to trial and error or take it easy knowing that you are still in training. This will also put you in a favorable light with your team lead and team members.

Work on your time-management skills

It is most likely that you are not starting off in a completely new team so there might already be process plans and workflow in place. Whether or not this is true, you don’t have to wait for one to be in place. If you want to be among the best, then you will have to time yourself and establish a process. Maybe you perform faster in the mornings or in the afternoon. Establish your own rules, so that you get your assigned work done error-free by the end of the day. Have at least your week planned in advance where possible.

Follow the 30-60-90 Day plan. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what gets you going.” If you have set the right momentum in the first 30 days at your job, the remaining 30 days fall into a rhythm automatically. Your first 60 days should comprise of orientation and reconnaissance followed by envision and planning. I’ll also touch on going beyond the first 60 days where you’ll leverage the knowledge and strategies of your first two months and put your plan for change into action.

Unfortunately, most colleges still do not prepare students for practical and career skills. New graduates are unprepared when they enter the workforce. The best bet for new graduates is to enroll in career training programs. These are usually short-term courses, unlike HCL First Careers which trains graduates on both technical and soft skills that makes them job ready. The program also provides career options for engineers by placing them at the company on successful completion of the course. Since the candidates get trained under the aegis of HCL, the first 60 days after getting deployed seems much simpler.

All the best!

Subbaraman Balasubramanyan
about author

Subbaraman Balasubramanyan has global IT business experience spanning over 25 Years. He is currently Vice President, HCL Technologies and Chairperson of CII Madurai Zone. A member of CEOs Club at HCL Technologies, Subba (as he is popularly known as) has a track record of driving high revenue businesses successfully and is leading HCL skilling business. He may be reached at Subbaraman Balasubramanyan

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