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December 11, 2018

How to Assess your Success in a New Role


There is a lot of pressure when you start in a new role. In the case of a replacement, you want to live up to the standards set by your predecessor. If a role is newly created, naturally you want to prove your worth and convince your bosses that the role is necessary, and you are fundamental to the team. Despite the chaos that can come with transitioning, it is important to assess your own performance to determine your success in a new role.

Have Goals and Benchmarks from the Beginning

It’s likely that you had hypothetical goals before even going into the interview for the new role. Well now you have the job, it must be outlined what you are going to achieve and when. Targets may have already been given to you by management but in order to actualize them, it bodes well to have another conversation with your superiors and determine what is expected of you and what you expect to achieve.

Check-in and Measure Progress

Setting goals at the start of a job can go in the way of using a planner. January and February have dates and engagements covering the pages but come March, the planner is under your bed collecting dust. It’s important to keep yourself accountable, even if your manager isn’t doing that. Ideally, you are able to set up check-ins with management in order to keep you on track or reassess the achievability of the goals. Take time to review and analyze your progress. If something feels out of reach, rearrange your tasks or reprioritize. Do what needs to be done to stay on target.

Keep Looking Forward

Once you have achieved all you had set out to achieve, you must determine if you are ready to set new goals or move on to a new opportunity. Perhaps there is more you want to learn or maybe you are anxious to take these new-found skills and apply them to a new challenge elsewhere. Whatever may be the case, goals are perpetual. If you aren’t working towards something you are stagnant and that is not good for personal or professional development. Do your work with purpose and find meaning in what you do in order to keep moving forward.

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