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Creating a 30-60-90-Day Plan that Wins the Job Offer

creating a 30 60 90 day planCreating a 30-60-90-day plan is a fantastic way to stand out from your competition in a hiring process. I’ve seen it help people with less experience (or zero experience) beat out others with substantial experience. I’ve seen it boost the value of job offers for those who bring it. I’ve even seen it help job seekers get offers for bigger titles and more senior roles than what they actually interviewed for. It really is kind of an interview miracle worker.

However (there’s always a catch, right?)…some job seekers have said to me, “I don’t know what you’re talking about…I took a plan and didn’t get the job.”

I respond, “Let me see your plan.”

Almost without fail, I see one of two problems:

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7 Reasons a 30-60-90 Day Plan Will Get You Hired

30 60 90 day plan for job interviewsHave you heard of 30-60-90 Day Plans? Simply put, this kind of plan is an outline of what action steps you plan to take in the first 3 months of your new job. You research and create it before you go to the interview. During the interview, you talk over your plan with the interviewer / hiring manager.

(See more details about what a 30-60-90-day plan looks like.)

In this post, I’m going to show you 7 reasons you absolutely need to bring your own 30-60-90-day plan to your very next job interview. In fact, my best advice to you is: never go to another interview without one.

When I first mention these plans to job seekers, I say, “Take a plan to your first interview.” You don’t want to take a chance with getting cut from consideration, so bring you’re ‘A’ game from the beginning. The job seeker typically responds with, “How can I make a plan if I don’t know what the job is or if I haven’t worked at that company?”

The answer is, “You have to do some research.” Look up information about the job and the company. Ask your network for help, too. Then put on your critical thinking cap and imagine yourself doing this job. What will you need to do in order to make sure you’re successful?

Let’s look at why this is so important and then how to make it easier.

Here are 7 reasons why this matters so much, and why a 30-60-90-Day Plan will get you hired:

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What Does the Best 30-60-90 Day Plan Look Like?

best 30 60 90 day planA 30-60-90-Day Plan is the most important tool or document you can bring to an interview (besides your resume). It gives the potential employer a glimpse into the future by outlining how you will approach the most important tasks and action steps of your first 3 months. It lets the hiring manager or interviewer have a ‘test drive’ of what you’d be like in this new job. As a result, it changes the dynamics and scope of your interview in a big, impressive way. It’s the #1 way to improve your interview so you get the offer. I would personally never interview without one.

However—sometimes, people come to me and say, “I brought a plan, but I didn’t get the job.”

My question for them is, “What does your plan look like?”

You can’t just Google ’30 60 90 day plan’ and expect to find a good plan. Not all plans are created equal. I’ve seen plenty of useless (and even damaging) free plans online—some are too short, some are too long, and some don’t focus on the right actions.

In this article, I’m answering the most common questions I get from job seekers about what your 30-60-90-day plan should look like in order to get you the job offer—and I’ll show you where you can get a template that’s proven to be successful in a huge variety of jobs at all levels (entry-level to C-suite).

So…what does a good 30 60 90 day plan look like? How can you write the best plan?

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Best Tip to Get Back in the Workforce: 30-60-90-Day Plan

Have you been a stay at home mom but you're ready to get back into the workforce? Maybe you took time off to be a caregiver for a loved one in ill health.

If it's been a while since you had a full-time job, you've probably been told to brace for a long job search, reset your expectations, and plan on coming back at a lower level than before. Not only do employers assume you're out of touch with current best practices, they're probably discriminating against you because of your age (according to an AARP survey).

This all sounds awful, but the good news is that this doesn't have to be your story. Need proof? Look at what happened to Dereck:

Peggy,

After taking a 5-year career break to look after my children following the death of my wife, I decided...to resume my career...

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 was invited for another interview...at a different company so I purchased a copy of your Interview question books and 306090 day plan book [on Amazon].

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.

Warm Regards,

Dereck

Without a plan, he was totally qualified for the job--but he didn't get it.

WITH a 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.

What's so special about a plan?

A 30-60-90-day plan is a written outline of your prioritized tasks and goals for the first 3 months on the job. It dramatically illustrates your value and helps you secure the job offer, no matter how long you've been out of the game.

When you bring a 30 60 90 day plan:

  • You ease their fears that you've lost your touch while you were gone
  • You show that you can minimize any 'learning curve' and contribute immediately
  • You demonstrate your knowledge, work ethic, and strategic thinking
  • You communicate more effectively and have a stronger interview
  • The hiring manager (your future boss) will easily see your value
  • You will get a better offer than you would have without it
  • You'll have more negotiation power

Take a 30-60-90-Day Plan to your next interview!

We recognize that creating a plan is harder than it sounds. There are a lot of parts and pieces to it, and you need to know what's really important. You also need to know how to present it most effectively in the interview. For these reasons, we developed plan templates that make it easy for you to create your own customized plan. We included coaching to help you use it to get the job.

30 60 90 day plan for job interviewWherever you are in your career, we have a plan for you:

 

Take a Game Changer to Your Job Interview

30 60 90 day plan for job interviewWhy do I insist that my candidates bring a 30-60-90-day plan to their job interviews?

Because it gets them hired.

>Find Out Why Here<

If you are getting interviews but not offers, take a look at what this plan can do for you:

30-60-90-Day Action Plan (if you are not in a sales role)

30-60-90-Day Sales Plan (a MUST for sales interviews)

30-60-90-Day Plan for Managers (show your analytic thinking and management skills)

30-60-90-Day Plan for Executives (show your strategic thinking and planning skills)

See what others have experienced with these plans:

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How to Prove You Have the ‘Soft Skills’ Employers Want Most

Along with your job experience and knowledge, employers want new hires to have certain intangible ‘soft’ skills—but the majority of hiring managers believe that those skills are tough to find.

If you can show employers that you have the soft skills they want, you would have an edge over the other candidates and secure the job offer.

So what are employers’ most-wanted soft skills in new employees and how can you prove that you have them?

A recent LinkedIn analysis showed that the top 10 most in-demand soft skills are these:

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How to Start a New Job with Less Stress

job search success tipsStarting 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.

In over 15 years of recruiting and career coaching with thousands of candidates, I have found that the surest way to prepare for interviews and the job itself is creating a 30-60-90-day plan for the interview.

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:

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Should You Ever Answer the Job Interview ‘Greatest Weakness’ Question with the Cold Hard Truth?

How to Answer Interview Questions about Your Greatest WeaknessWhy do employers ask about your greatest weaknesses in job interviews? It isn’t because they’re dying to hear you talk about how obsessed you are with work and having everything be perfect. What they really want is a skills assessment about you, from you.

Some people could argue that you really need to tell them what your weakness is, so that they and you can get a realistic view of whether or not you’re a good fit for the job. After all, it wouldn’t be a good idea to end up in a job that isn’t a good fit, right? Poor choices in jobs have resulted in firings, layoffs, and awkward situations to explain later.

I say something a little different.  I say that your job in that interview is to sell yourself for the position. You don’t need them to decide that you aren’t a good fit. You are the one who needs to decide if you’re a good fit or not. You need that freedom of getting that job offer so you can make the decision that’s best for you.

So what does that mean? Does that mean that you are better off denying that you have any weaknesses at all? No. What it means is that just as you do with every other job interview answer, you need to be strategic.

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#1 Way to Improve Your Interview so You Get the Offer

use a 30 60 90 day plan to get the job offerPete 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.

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12 Ways You Can Be Asked About Your Weaknesses in an Interview

Weakness Question Job InterviewEmployers ask you about your weaknesses in job interviews for a lot of reasons…because they want a realistic assessment of you, because they want to compare you to other candidates, or because they want to see how you react to a difficult question.

However, not all of their inquiries about your weaknesses are so obvious. They know that you’ll probably be ready for the big one, and so they have a lot of different ways to get at what they want to know. They can ask about how people criticize you, what you need the most development in, what scares you about this new job (because that could reflect not being ready for it), and more.

It’s important that you be ready to answer these kinds of questions.

Below are 12 different ways interviewers ask you about your weaknesses.

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30 60 90 Day Plans for Teachers

30 60 90 day plan for teaching job interviewI 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?

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30 60 90 Day Plan Secures Newly Created Role for Executive Vice President

how to get a jobAre you about to interview for a new job the company just created? Or maybe it's a long-standing position but you haven't done anything like it before?

See how Don approached this situation and got the job offer:

Dear Peggy: As you know, I've long been a fan of Career Confidential, your webinar coaching and the tools you provide to make job search more effective for experienced professionals. Now, it gives me great pleasure to write this letter.

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. 

30 60 90 Day Plan for Executives

30 60 90 Day Plan for Managers

30 60 90 Action Plan

30 60 90 Day Sales Plan

I'll even review it for you when you're done (it's part of the package) so you can be sure you have a plan that will help you get the job. Take a plan to your next interview!

 

Assistant Store Director Gets Job with 30-60-90-Day Plan

how to get a jobGerald 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.

Humbly submitted by Gerald T.

thanks you thank you thank you

Congratulations Gerald! I love getting emails like this, and I'd love to get one from you, too! Take a 30-60-90-Day Plan to your next interview (see why 30 60 90 Day Plans are so effective):

30-60-90-Day Action Plan

30-60-90-Day Sales Plan

30-60-90-Day Plan for Managers

30-60-90-Day Plan for Executives

 

How to Answer Interview Questions If You Were Fired or Laid Off

Best Interview Answers if You Were Fired or Laid OffIf you were fired or laid off in your last position (or in recent years) you will almost certainly be asked about it in the interview. These can be difficult questions that can make even the strongest candidates stumble.

All you need to do is think about these questions ahead of time and prepare good, solid answers to their inevitable questions. Below are # questions you may be asked if you were terminated for whatever reason. Click on the question to go to the answer.

Discover the best answers to 202 tough job interview questions when you order How to Answer Interview Questions and How to Answer Interview Questions II, both available on Amazon.

 

30-60-90-Day Plan Secures Job in Non-Profit

30 60 90 day plan for non profit job interviewMany 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:

Dear Peggy,

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.

My best to you,

R.B.

Here is the 30-60-90-Day Plan that R.B. used:  30 60 90 Day Action Plan

We also offer plan templates and coaching for other needs:

30 60 90 Day Sales Plan

30 60 90 Day Plan for Managers

30 60 90 Day Plan for Executives

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