When you are changing careers, the first ninety days of your new job are very important. Once you are hired, the first ninety days or three months is considered your probation period. During this time, either you or your new employer can change your mind.

Just because you got hired, does not mean that it is time to breathe yet. This is the time period during which you need to prove your ability to do the job. This is when you show what you can really do. Of course, everyone is aware that you are new on the job and even if you worked in this field before, you are in a new environment and working with new people. It is taken into consideration that you may be a little nervous.

During the probation time the employer will be watching to see how well you work with others and how well you follow instructions. They will evaluate you to see if you are progressing enough to assure them that you can do the job. And they will also take into account whether you are prompt and whether or not you are already missing a lot of work; they need to know how reliable and dependable you really are.

A lot of people make the mistake of thinking they are already hired and that they can be have as badly as some of the older employees they are watching. This is simply not true, while older employees may be able to get by with bad behavior, they may be tenured and it may be difficult to remove them from their position, you are not. Do not let older employees influence your work ability or habits, you may be sorry. This is a new employer and a new beginning for you; do not allow another’s grievances to influence you. Just because they are disgruntled, does not mean that this is not your dream job.

While you are in the probation period, you are generally not allowed to use any of your earned time off, your sick time, or your vacation days. Any time that you miss now may be counted against you. This is not a good way to start your new employment. This is a great time to show how valuable you can be, do not let anything deter from your abilities.

Keep in mind that your benefits will not usually begin until the probation period ends. A lot of companies do not want to go to all the bother of getting your benefits set up until they are certain you are going to be a permanent employee. This will probably govern your insurance benefits, as well as your earned time, sick time and vacation time. If the company you are working for is union based, it will also refer to your union membership.

Of course, the company considers this your evaluation period, but you should also consider it their probation period. Make sure they are living up to your expectations as well. Do not settle if you are not satisfied.

Author's Bio: 

David Couper is a career coach and writer who for the last twenty years has worked in Europe, Asia, and in the USA with major organizations including the BBC, Fuji Television, Mattel, Sony, and Warner Bros.

He has successfully coached individuals at all levels including CEOs of major companies wanting a new challenge, frustrated souls wanting to make their dream come true, and front-line employees laid off and desperate to get a job.

David has published seven books. His works on interpersonal skills, counseling in the workplace, and management issues (published by Connaught, Gower, HRD Press, Longman, Macmillan/Pearson Publishing, Oxford University Press) have been translated into Swedish, Polish, and Danish, and published in the UK and the USA.

David has a degree in Communication, a postgraduate qualification in education, is certified in a number of training technologies, and has a Masters in Psychology. He is a member of the American Society of Training and Development, Society of Human Resources Professional, Writers Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television.

He has dual US/UK citizenship and speaks French and Japanese.

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