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How to Find Information for Your 30/60/90-Day Plan

A 306090 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.

It’s impressive to hiring managers because it shows that you’ve put a lot of thought into what you can do for the company, and it helps to answer the hiring manager's biggest questions about you.

It can be overwhelming to create a 90 day plan, since it must be specific to the company to be the most effective--so where do you find the information you need to write a great 306090 day plan?

Even though there are many sources of information you can tap into for your 306090 day plan, like

  • Google
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • the corporate website
  • the very best one by far is LinkedIn.

If I could only choose one, it would be that one.  Why LinkedIn?

The groups, the question-and-answer discussions, the company pages, the people pages, and the ability to reach out and contact actual human beings who can help you with what you need to know are all parts of the very valuable LinkedIn whole.

How to use LinkedIn to research

The first step for you is to establish a LinkedIn profile that stands out.  Spend some time on it, detailing your experience, crafting a compelling summary, and posting a professional photo.  Begin making contacts and connections, and join groups that will be appropriate for your area.

Once you’re accepted into the groups, you can participate in discussions that you can learn from and help you to become known to others in your field (if you make good comments).  Here's an interesting post on facilitating LinkedIn discussions.  These become fantastic sources of information for your 90 day plan.

When you’re interested in particular companies, you can research company pages that are often more informative than corporate websites and the personal profiles of people who work there or used to work there.  What clues can you get from their background?

LinkedIn isn't your only resource, but it's a good one.  It has a rich array of opportunities for you and your job search.  If you’re not on LinkedIn yet, get a profile today.

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