A 30-60-90-day plan is an outline of what you intend to do in your first 3 months on the job. It’s 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 initial efforts to grow the business. It’s very impressive for hiring managers because it shows that you’ve put a lot of thought into what you can do for the company, and it takes a lot of the “risk” out of hiring you. It can be overwhelming to create a plan, since it must be specific to the company to be the most effective. Where do you find the information you need to write a great plan?

Even though there are many sources of information you can tap into for your 30/60/90-day plan, the very best one by far is LinkedIn. If you 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 people who can help you with what you need to know are all parts of the very valuable LinkedIn whole.
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 in the groups, you can participate in discussions that both expand your knowledge base and help you to become known to others in your field (if you make good comments). These become resources for your 30/60/90-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 pages of people who work there or used to work there.

LinkedIn has a rich array of opportunities for you. If you’re not on LinkedIn yet, get a profile today.

Author's Bio: 

Peggy McKee has over 15 years of experience in sales, sales management, sales recruiting, and career coaching. Her website, Career Confidential (http://www.career-confidential.com) is packed with job-landing tips and advice as well as the practical, powerful, innovative tools every job seeker needs to be successful.
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