Starting a new job can be filled with stress--meeting new people, learning new systems, making sure you're doing the things you need to do in order to be successful.
One of the surest remedies for nerves is preparation. The more prepared you are (for anything), the less stressful it will be. This includes starting a new job and interviewing for it in the first place.
A 30 60 90 day plan is simply an outline of actions and goals that you will take in the first 3 months on that job to be successful.
It can help you get a better job than you might have been able to without that extra effort, and it helps your new employer see you as someone special. Not only does this make you more confident and prepared for interviews, it makes you more confident and prepared for your first day on the job.
I received a great email from Kathy as an example of someone who has put this into practice, and I am excited to share it with you:
We just received this email from Jane. I wanted to share it with you because it goes to show that the most talented and qualified of us can have a lot of trouble landing a new job simply because of how we present ourselves to employers.
Jane had been downsized, was living in an unfamiliar city and 63 years old. She made it to final interviews 6 times and lost every one, which killed her confidence--until she got our 30-60-90-Day Plan and landed a job within 2 weeks:
I love your program & assistance! After getting your 30-60-90 plan 2 weeks ago & listening to several of your webcasts, I spent Labor Day weekend preparing for my 3rd interview with the same employer. I had to do a video conference on 9/7. I emailed the 30-60-90 plan following my interview with a thank you note.
I have been job hunting for almost a year now, after a traumatic downsizing, from my employer of 10 yrs. They transferred me across country 3 yrs ago, with promotion. I worked 60 hour weeks & was on call 24/7. I am 63 & was facing a lot of age discrimination as well as not having a professional network in my new city.
Getting thru to HR, computer screenings etc & multiple interviews, I made it to the finals on 6+ occasions, only to be excluded. It was a nightmare & very humbling as well as depressing!
I am happy to tell you that 3 hours after my video interview with the hiring managers, I received a call & awesome job offer!! Thank you for all your help & knowledge!!!!
Best regards, Jane
Simply changing how she presented herself to employers with a little training and a 30 60 90 day plan made all the difference, as it has for thousands of people. I can't recommend it enough to anyone interviewing for a job today.
Pete had a lot of experience and success in his field as a retail store manager. Getting a new job should have been easy—but it wasn’t.
He’d already been to several interviews, so he had his answers down pat. He knew he interviewed well, and he had all that past job success to back him up. He’d get dressed up, drive to find the place, and go in—only to find out that he was competing against 20-30 other people who were just as strong as he was. Not only did he have all that competition, he was a little older, which was working against him. He never got the job.
Maybe you can feel his frustration. Even though companies are hiring, there’s still a lot of competition for the best jobs.
Job search techniques and strategies have changed. Job seekers are more sophisticated about how they prepare for interviews, and they are more mobile than they used to be. Many people are ready to pick up and move for the right position.
Pete knew he had to do something different so that he could get hired, but what? He decided to showcase how he would approach the job by creating a 30-60-90-Day Plan.
I often get asked if 30-60-90-Day Plans work for teachers in a job interview. These plans are famous for sales job interviews and are being used with extreme success in other white-collar jobs and executive roles. They show hiring managers that you are someone who approaches a task or job with strategic planning and smart goal-setting. You are someone who will be successful in the role.
So can this same approach work if you are interviewing to be a teacher? I have to say that they do (I think they help you even more if you are in educational administration). What administrator wouldn’t be impressed with someone who had clearly thought out how they would approach that role and ensure their success in the first 3 months on the job?
Think about it this way. You set up lesson plans for your students so you make sure that what needs to happen will happen, right? Well, you also need to create a plan to make sure you do all the things that will make you a successful professional in your role.
So now here’s the question: what kinds of things belong in a 30 60 90 Day Plan for teachers?
Recently I was considered for a newly-created EVP role in the Branding Communications field -- it is a position that blends strategic planning, marketing and business development. The job not only demands expertise in those areas, it requires synergistic thinking for all three disciplines simultaneously. I am now in that job.
There were multiple factors that went into my getting the offer, certainly -- yet EVERY interview panelist noted the foresight and detail that went into my 30-60-90 day plan.
It is possible that competing candidates may have included a 'First 100 Days' set of milestones, since the hiring manager had suggested compiling that list. But as you know, a "list" alone doesn't differentiate the thinking or rationale.
However, the organized sequence and logic of progressively-built activities and objectives in 30-day periods (as clearly outlined in your 30-60-90 Day planning template) is clearly more understandable, believable and persuasive. It instantly establishes credibility and conviction.
And by the way, it works wonders as an on-boarding guidepost to facilitate rapid learning and job effectiveness. Thank you again -- I realize the folks participating in your webinars and workshops need "permission to believe" this can work for them. Please assure them IT DOES.
All the best, Don B.
I love getting emails like this one. Congratulations, Don! We are so happy we could help you get that job.
This is why we created our line of 30-60-90-Day Plans. It is difficult to think of everything you should include in a solid interview plan--especially if you're in a time crunch. And if you take a plan that's too short or too simple, it's almost an insult to the job. Your plan doesn't have to be letter-perfect to everything you will do, but it does need to be smart, thoughtful, and strategic.
If you have a difficult job interview coming up (or any job interview) get my plan today.
Gerald had tons of experience in his field, but was going for a higher job title than he'd ever had before. He said that the 30-60-90-Day Plan helped him nail the interview and get the job, and he doesn't think he could have done it without it. Now, because he's making the most money ever in his career, he can live the life he wants for himself and his family.
I just wanted for you guys to know that I received the JOB as an (Assistant Store Director) with one of the largest grocery chains in the [name withheld] metro area. I don't believe I could have done this without this program. I helped me out in so many difference ways especially the 30/60/90 day format and the questions and answer sample interview questions. Your help and professionalism was awesome and I truly thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last thought" I've been working in the grocery industry since graduating from high school' I've been with two other firms here in the St. Louis area and made pretty good money' but this particular position will be the highest title ever and will able me to make the most money in my career (which will allow for me and my wife to care for our (Foster Daughter) whom we will have in our home later this month and for that I'm grateful and thankful for what you [are] doing for people like myself.
Jean was depressed at the thought of applying for jobs and all the hoops job seekers have to jump through these days to get hired. Turns out that with the right training and tools, it was easier than she thought...
I just want to say a massive thank you to you and your team for all your help over the past few months.
Having been in a lucky position to take time off to renovate a couple of properties, I was keen to get back to work, but the thought of applying for jobs made me feel quite depressed. So much to do these days to gain a position.
Signing up with your company is one of the best decisions I have ever made and it has paid off.
I presented a 30-60-90 day plan on a first interview and the interviewers were very impressed. I had covered so much with the plan, actually, that they had to make up another scenario for my second interview.
I am lucky, I love research and with the guidance of your products and wise advice, it has all gone according to plan and I have just been offered the job. It is a company I have always wanted to work for too.
It is unusual for me to so enthused in writing a thank you, but your webinars and the 30-60-90 day plan have made a massive difference in how I approached the company and prepared to interview.
I have recommended you to a couple of friends who are looking to change careers.
We are so happy for Jean and want you to know that with the right tools and training, getting a job you love can be much easier and more fun than you expect.
I want to encourage you to come to one of our webinars. I will show you what to do that will get you a great job very quickly. See what's available this week here: Career Confidential Online Training Classes. They are free.
And, absolutely always create and bring a 30-60-90-Day Plan to your job interviews. It is the best job interview prep you can do and it will give you the best interview you've ever had.
We have plan templates and coaching that will help you write your plan and discuss it in the interview. Check them out:
Many job seekers mistakenly think that a 30-60-90-day plan can only help in sales job interviews--but that isn't true. We've seen people in education, healthcare, finance, accounting, administration, operations, engineering, project management, management and executive level roles, and so many more.
Today's success story is from someone who used the 30 60 90 day plan to secure a role in the non-profit world--and who used it in salary negotiations to receive a better offer:
I'm writing to you today to let you know, and to let others who are looking for a great job know, that your 306090 works, and delivers results! I'm so happy to report to you that the document I prepared using the 306090 day template worked fabulously. I used your technique to develop my 306090 for my non-profit world. I'm sure that it was instrumental in the decision my (soon to be new) employer made about hiring me. I'm also sure it helped me in my salary negotiations. Thank you for such a great strategy and product.
I received this email from David--he was one of 129 people who applied for a National Sales Manager position. The company narrowed it down to 29 candidates (still a large field), and David said that he was told by a member of the hiring panel that the 30 60 90 Day Plan was a deciding factor in their decision to offer him the job:
I have been interviewing for a National Sales Manager Position ...for the past couple months. When the position opened, 126 individuals applied. These were narrowed down to 29 acceptable applicants. I received a very nice offer early this week surpassing my expectations and I accepted the position.
I have feedback from the interviewing team (12 members) what helped separate me from the rest of the applicants was the 30/60/90 Day Action Plan.
I used your template and my knowledge of the position to develop an impressive 30.60.90 Day Action Plan. A personnel friend a Global Account Manager was part of the interview team and explained in this very competitive position the 30.60.90 Day Action Plan was a deciding factor.
Once again, Thank You
If you want to stand out from the competition in your job interview, there is no better tool than the 30-60-90-Day Plan.
I strongly encourage you to find out more about 30 60 90 Day Plans and start creating your plan for your next interview today.
I was asked the other day if 30-60-90-Day Plans work to get job offers outside of the US. I wanted to share Amrut's story with you so you can see how effective these plans are all over the world, with large companies (and small), at executive levels. Amrut struggled in his job search until he utilized a 90-Day Plan. It made all the difference. Congratulations, Amrut!
Dear Peggy McKee
Greetings of the day
I wish to express my gratitude to you for all the advice you provided through your webinars. After having spent considerable amount of money and having registered myself on numerous job sites and trying in vain to land a senior management level job, I had almost given up. Then one day I found you on LinkedIn and registered myself for one of your very practical and informative webinars....I was very impressed and then as suggested, I prepared a 30-60-90 day action plan. This plan was also [reviewed] by you and I was given a go ahead to put it to practical use and I did.
Then came an opportunity for an interview with a renowned European entity with worldwide presence. I implemented your suggestions and studied the organization and prepared a 30-60-90 day action plan. I felt very confident even before I attended the interview. When I presented the 30-60-90 day action plan, the interviewer was pleased and he mentioned that he was looking for a prepared candidate like me and straightaway I was offered the position of MD & Country Manager. A copy of my 30-60-90 day action plan was requested.
I am grateful to you for this positive advice at a very critical juncture in my career and life itself. I owe my success entirely to you and the fabulous practical and timely advice you gave me.
I hope our paths will cross again and I have an opportunity to meet you in person.
Yours sincerely and a grateful
We offer 30 60 90 Day Plans for all levels, from beginning to executive positions, and I strongly encourage you to get your own plan and put it together so you can stand out in your next interview and get the job offer, too.
The story below shows what a difference a 30-60-90-Day Plan can make in the level and quality of your communication in the interview. For Dereck, it made the difference between losing out on a job he could have done with his eyes closed and getting an offer (from another interview) for a more senior role at a higher salary:
After taking a 5-year career break to look after my children following the death of my wife, I decided ...to resume my career now that I am remarried and the children are much more independent. After having sooooo many job applications ignored or turned down...I finally got invited for an interview. It went dreadfully even though I could have done the job with my eyes closed.
I studied these with interest and did my preparation. Went to the interview with my question list and 306090 day plan, but some of my experience wasn’t broad enough. Although I was turned down for the job, the interviewing manager recommended me to his directors stating “this was the best prepared candidate I have ever seen and we would be mad to let him go”.
So I was invited back for another interview for a more senior role that didn’t yet exist, and for which they had no other candidates. This was a unique challenge – but I still did a 306090 day plan for it (based simply on a one-word hint from the recruiting team), extending it to cover tasks in months 4-6 and beyond
Today I was offered this more senior job, on a good salary, with promise of a review after 6 months to increase that further once the role has been properly scoped. I’m defining my own dream job!
And all because your books taught me to be prepared. Thank you so much for all the great advice.
Without a plan, he was totally qualified for the job--but he didn't get it. WITH the plan, they were so impressed with him that they invited him back to interview for a HIGHER level position they created just for him. It doesn't get any better than that.
Meghan worried that creating a plan was too 'over the top.' See what Meghan's interviewer said about her 30-60-90-Day Plan:
I can't say enough about THE 30/60/90 day plan book. I bought it... in preparation for an interview I had coming up for my dream job. I have several years experience under my belt but I am just graduating from college.
I took my time, did my research and came up with a solid 30/60/90 per the book's instructions. I was nervous. I thought I could come across as arrogant or that doing the plan was being over the top. I brought the plan anyway and at the right moment, introduced it.
They were impressed but didn't act WOW'ed so I didn't know how to perceive it.
As I was leaving the interview, I ran into my competition. Someone with many years' more experience than myself and someone I know has had a degree for YEARS....decades, really.
Today, I got a call that they had chosen ME to move forward in the hiring process. What tipped the scales? My enthusiasm, my brag book (also a suggestion from Peggy) and my 30/60/90 showed them I was a forward thinker and the type of person they wanted on their team. During the panel interview, one person even said, "I'm glad you did this. I need someone who will think this way."
Thank you, Peggy. I hadn't gone on an interview for a corporate level job..well, ever. This was dynamite and I know it set me apart from my competition.
Creating a 30-60-90-Day Plan isn't arrogant--it's smart. It's forward-thinking, it's enthusiastic, and it's goal-oriented. It shows a potential employer what kind of person you are and what you are capable of, and it gets you the offer...even over competitors with more experience.
100-Day Plans aren’t just for Presidents and C-Level executives. Everyone interviewing for a new job can use a 100-Day Plan (or 90-Day Plan) to better prepare for the interview, enjoy more effective communication in the interview, and have a framework for success in those all-too-critical first few months on the job.
Stronger Interview Prep
To create an effective 100-Day Plan, you must research the job and the company extensively. It’s the only way to create a plan that is tailored to that company and that job. However, that research has a huge, ‘hidden’ benefit: with that knowledge, you will be able to deliver exponentially stronger answers to interview questions than you would without it.