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After a long search, you have your dream job. Don't blow it in the first few months.

There's an old adage that says: "onboarding begins in the interview phase and ends, hopefully years later, when you are looking for another job."​

Certainly, companies have taken more steps than ever before to insure you are able to hit the ground running, fully integrated into culture and teams. After all, it's in their best interest to protect their investment. Unfortunately, most companies don't follow the first couple weeks of onboarding activities with support you can count on after the honeymoon. What does this all mean?

It means that, if you want to make it past 90 days, you need to establish quick wins without using a scorched earth policy. It means you need to be accessible and let people know - clearly - who you are and what you stand for. It means you need to have a detailed yet flexible plan, with weekly metrics, and be focused on both learning and acheiving in 30-60-90 increments. It means that onboarding is your responsibility.

What's that? You're in a love fest with the company and are guaranteed good performance without all the extra work on your end? OK. Let's say we accept that. Then my question becomes: "how much higher could you soar if you put just a moderate amount of effort into additional onboarding activities?" And remember, the only constant is change - what if on day 68 that big project you are working on suddenly disappears? Will you be somewhat innoculated or will you be beginning a long, slow decline into another career change? Length: 1 hour. Price: $150./hour.