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A 30 60 90 day plan is a simple idea with a powerful impact.  Basically, it's an outline of what you intend to do in your first 3 months on the job.

But it's also a goal-setting document that shows you understand the job and you know what it takes to be successful at it.  It covers everything from your training to your efforts to help grow the business.

Using a 30-60-90-day plan to show that you’ve done your homework, analyzed the position, and thoughtfully considered how you can best serve this particular company in this particular capacity is very impressive to a hiring manager. This kind of effort is the advantage you need that will set you apart from other candidates and get you hired.

Every job has a period where you’re learning the ropes, getting up to speed, and moving out on your own to make significant contributions to the organization. All a 30-60-90-day plan does is elaborate on that, and demonstrate what that will look like with you on the job.

How you put together your plan will vary by whatever industry or career area you’re in, but all jobs will have a basic structure you’ll follow when you start:

(1) an initial period of learning the specifics of the company—systems, procedures, getting to know your team—that’s the first 30 days;

(2) a secondary period of getting your feet wet—getting more in-depth, evaluating changes you’ll be making; and

(3) a “ready to run” period of implementing changes, initiating action plans, etc.

Customize your plan with the research you do on the company and its position in the industry, since these plans are even more impressive the more you tailor it to the job. Use Google, LinkedIn, and your recruiter to start finding essential information for your plan.

The more specific you can be in the details, the better off you are—by that I mean specifying the name of the training you’ll need, rather than just indicating that you’ll “get training,” for instance. That’s why you research the company, not just the position!

** Read more about creating a 30-60-90-day plan here=> 30-60-90-Day Plan: How to Create and Use It to Knock Their Socks Off in the Job Interview

*** If you want a fast way to write a plan that's proven to get results, and you want some detailed coaching on how to use a 30/60/90-Day Plan in your job interview, see my 30-60-90-Day Plan tool.