In elementary school, your life revolved around marking periods.
In college, you were judged by the semester.
If you just landed your first job in the insurance industry, you’ll soon learn that everyone’s focused on the quarter—three months, or 90 days. It’s how companies are evaluated, and sometimes how employees are measured as well.
Think of your first 90 days at your new job as the first quarter of the rest of your career. It’s symbolic and can influence how you are perceived by your supervisors and co-workers for the rest of your time at the company.
There’s a lot of advice out there about how to make the most of these vital first three months. We’ve compiled the best advice and added our own firsthand understanding of what it takes to succeed in the insurance world.
Listen first, talk second
Even though you just spent the past 17 or 18 years in school, you still have a lot to learn when you start your first job. The smartest thing you can do is open yourself to your surroundings and absorb as much information as you can from supervisors and co-workers.
Meanwhile, the most unwise thing you can do is immediately start acting as if you know everything there is to know. It’s important to take time to understand the field you’re in and better grasp the personality dynamics in your office. When in doubt, be humble and be attentive.
Build relationships vertically and horizontally
It’s important to establish strong connections with your boss and co-workers, but many new hires make the mistake of creating connections with just their bosses or their co-workers.