What to do in your first 30 days on the job

How crafting an elevator pitch, interviewing your boss and being cautiously ambitious will make you an all-star new hire.

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There’s often an avalanche of introductions, orientation meetings, training sessions, new-hire paperwork and administrative tasks. While these are all important, there are six additional things you should do in your first 30 days to set yourself up for success.

1. Craft your elevator pitch.

You only get one chance to make a first impression. Before you start introducing yourself to everyone at your new job, figure out what you’re going to say when you meet them.

Prepare succinct responses for anticipated questions about what you were hired to do, what company or school you’re coming from and what your professional qualifications are. Give the people you meet a reason to continue building a relationship with you.

“This allows you to focus on the relationships you’re trying build as opposed to the tasks right away. It’s about getting to know people and letting them get to know you,” says Evelyn Walter, vice president of human resources at Inspirato.

2. Understand your role and how your boss will evaluate you.

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