The first months in a job have a big impact if you succeed. Many people have difficulty deciding where to concentrate their energy earlier, so use three questions to guide them.
“How Will I Create Value?” I know what is expected of you, where and when your progress will be appreciated. Consider the interests of all stakeholders (not just your boss), and keep in mind that the answer to the question may change over time.
“Whose support is critical?” The company has a political landscape – learn to navigate. Learn who has power and influence and then builds alliances with them. If you can help them accomplish their goals, they can turn their favor later on.
“What skills do you need?” The skills you initially have to start work may not be the same as you need now. The sooner you understand what to gain and develop, the better.
Adapted from “5 Questions to Ask When Starting a New Job,” by Michael D. Wattins.