03rd Jul 2015

Starting a new job soon? Prepare for your first 100 days...

Reed Racete, LinkedIn

Late August and early September have always been very busy months for us at First100. There is an upturn in the recruitment cycle during these months, and a lot of companies have new senior hires starting new roles following the vacation season. Starting a new role is a stressful and high pressure time, so now is the perfect time for candidates to prepare for a new role. Preparing well in advance allows candidates to have a bigger impact in the first 100 days – thus laying the ground work for successful role tenure.
Here are three tips that you can implement in advance of starting a new role to help set yourself up for success in the longer term.

1) Let go of your previous role. Very often people start a new job without having fully let go of their previous role. This can lead to a higher workload and unnecessary stress in the early stages of a new job. Of course it’s OK to help former colleagues out with minor items from time to time, but you don’t want to be expending too much energy on things that have nothing to do with your new role and your new objectives. Prior to starting your new role, be sure to negotiate a clear finishing date for your current role. This needs to be before you start your new job. Appoint an interim replacement if your successor is not in situ and take the time to create a transition plan for your interim replacement/successor and fully hand over.

2) Set up your energy management system. The first 100 days of any new role is an intense and stressful phase. You’re operating outside of your comfort zone, and your mind and body need to be performing at their optimum. Before you take on your new role, be sure to take some vacation time to rest you mind and body. In advance of your first 100 days, identify activities that will help mitigate rising stress levels and schedule time for activities that relax your mind. This can be going to the gym, listening to music, going for a walk or playing golf – whatever results in relaxation. Needless to say, it’s best to try to avoid activities that are likely to increase stress levels outside work - like moving house.

3) Create a First 100 days Plan. Business is happening faster than ever and companies expect new to role senior executives to have a high impact early on. The best way to do this is to create a robust first 100 days plan, and execute against it. Creating a plan prior to starting the job allows plenty of time for higher level thinking and reflection – something which isn’t always possible during a very hectic first 100 days. The best way to approach creating your plan is to start with the end in mind. Identify what you want to have achieved by the end of your second year in the role. With this in mind, identify what your priorities are for your first 12 months. Then, identify what you need to have achieved by the end of your first 100 days in order to realise your goals and priorities. Make sure your plan is in line with your boss and company expectations. But be ambitious with your plan – you can always adjust it once you start your new job.


Colm Flood



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