Congratulations! You just got a new job. Or better yet, a promotion! (I did)

But it’s a bad economy and if your department needs to save some money then firing the new guy can sometimes be an easy solution.

You have to show your new boss that you are a vital piece of his organization and that if he needs to cut some costs, your job isn’t going to be the first place he looks.

Here are a few ways to make yourself valuable in the first 90 days of your new job.

Fix a Problem

Every job has its frustrations. It can be a mundane status report, a frustrating new software, a printer that is never working, or anything else. The current members of your new team have accepted this annoyance and just deal with it.

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As the new guy or girl on the team, don’t just accept it as well. Learn the problem and fix it.

If it’s a stupid status report, find a way to automate it. If it’s a new software that everyone hates, learn it forwards and backwards and then help your new team members understand it. If it’s a stupid printer, Google the model number and find someone else who’s had the problem and fix it.

These are all pretty simple things that will make you a savior with your new co-workers. It will also show your boss that you are a problem solver and that you take initiative without needing to be told what to do.

Volunteer for Anything

The first piece of advice I got when I started my career was, “Volunteer for anything.” If you boss asks for something to be done, it’s because he NEEDS it to be done.

It might not be in your job description, but if you volunteer to train the new guy, run to the store to grab more printer paper, or even take out the trash, then your boss will see you as someone he can rely on.

Then when he needs someone to cover for him in the meeting with senior management, he’s going to ask YOU. There’s no better way to get exposure to senior management and learn new skills than to be your boss’s right hand man. This makes you incredible in your current job and helps you work towards your next promotion.

Establish Your Schedule

The first few months of your job are very important for establishing your schedule. Maybe you have kids that have to be picked up from school or you just prefer to work from home a few days a week.

If you spend the first 90 days working from 7am to 7pm in the office, your boss is going to expect that. She will probably assume that you need to be in the office 12 hours a day to be productive.

Use the first few months to establish your schedule and prove that you can be a high performer on your own schedule. Once you’ve already produced results on that schedule, you’ve proven to your boss that you can get everything done while maintaining your work-life balance.

Readers: What do you recommend in the first 90 days of a new job?