30-60-90 Day Plan: Things to Do in the First 90 Days of Your New Job
You have started off strong in your new job and have successfully completed two months. You are finding real value in having invested the time to create a 30-60-90 Day Plan either during the interviewing process or together with your manager after you were hired. In the 90-Day section of the plan, you are now getting settled in the new job, and it is time to demonstrate that you contribute real value to the organization.
Creating a 30-60-90 Day Plan to Secure the Job
Things to Do in the First 30 Days of Your New Job
Things to Do in the First 60 Days of Your New Job
90-Day Plan/Third Month on the Job
Meet with your manager to gather feedback on how you performed during the second month on the job. Discuss what you must accomplish during the third month on the job and adjust your 30-60-90 Day Plan. By now you know what is going on in the organization, and the things that are important to your manager. You also know what is keeping your manager up at night, so when you meet, have some ideas and possible solutions to share.
Establish short- and long-term goals based on your conversations with your manager. Goals must align with the organization’s strategic priorities, address biggest challenges, and utilize strategies to explore unexploited opportunities in the market.
Solidify the coalitions you have been building with your peers and direct reports. Find ways to demonstrate that you are reliable and worthy of their trust. Do what you say you are going to do when you say you are going to do it. Continue to seek their input and advice. And offer to assist whenever you are able, even if it means arriving earlier or later. You want to be seen as someone who is helpful.
Use milestones to gauge the progress you have been making. Map and track the aspects of your responsibilities that are getting done.
Adapt a lifelong learner mindset, and seek ways stay on top of trends and technologies that can transform the industry or your job function. Whenever you learn new information that will be helpful to others, share it. Information is better shared because more people can act on it.
Solicit feedback on new procedures that you have introduced. Are they working? Do you have to make changes to them? Develop and implement new strategies or procedures to continue to increase productivity and efficiency.
Manage your career by joining business associations, professional societies, and industry-related organizations. Stay in touch with the network that you created in conducting your job search, and look for opportunities where you can help them in return. You have now been on the job for two months so you have a sense of the things that are important to your boss, so help your boss achieve an important goal. For instance, you know projects that are important to your boss, so offer to assist her, and do so on your own time.
Keep a record of what you have accomplished to share with your manager at your 90-day review session. Include significant accomplishments, problems you solved or solutions you introduced, performance standards you achieved, and projects you successfully completed. How will you reward yourself for accomplishing what you set out to do?
By implementing all the sections in the 30-60-90 Day Plan, you will be better positioned to successfully navigate the first 90 days on a new job. By following the plan, in 90 days you will have established strategic priorities, identified key stakeholders with whom to create and build coalitions, created plans to address some of the organization’s biggest challenges, and capitalized on unexploited opportunities. With a plan in place, you are positioning yourself to start off strong in a new job.