30, 60, and 90-Day Benchmarks


Using 30-60-90 day plans to hit a bullseye.

Job searching isn’t something you want to go into blindly, especially if you want to see the results of your hard work. Staying organized and having a plan in place can be the difference between a successful job search and a chaotic one. One way to help you set concrete goals and lay out a job search plan in manageable chunks is to utilize 30-60-90 day plans to monitor progress.

Many business management professionals use 30-60-90 day plans to help onboard employees and monitor team operations and goals. Applying the same method, job seekers can create a platform that will support goal setting, monitor progress and achievements, and aide in successful job searching. Here’s how to organize your job search plan into 30-60-90 day intervals.

The First 30 Days of your Job Search Plan

During the first 30 days of your search, you should be focusing on getting everything prepped and perfected to send to employers. Use this time frame to:

  • Write your cover letter so it can be tailored for each company.
  • Build your resume with the most relevant and recent information. Make sure you can adapt it for each application.
  • Clean up your social media profiles and then get active in different professional groups.
  • Set intentions and goals of what you want to happen and where you wish to go over the next 90 days.
  • Start establishing communication with your network.
  • Map out a plan for job searching, such as desirable employers and the type of flexibility you are looking for in a job.
  • Create an online work portfolio or website for more exposure.
  • Look at joining professional organizations.
  • Consider learning new skills or volunteering for more experience.
  • Sign up for any job search services that will be of help.
  • Start an initial search.

The Halfway Point of your Job Search Plan: 30 to 60 Days

Once you have everything prepped and ready to present to employers, it’s time to get into the details of job searching. Here are a few tasks to keep track of:

  • Tailor your documents for every job you apply for.
  • Start practicing and prepping for interviews both in person, on the phone, or through video chat.
  • Continue to reach out to your network, and follow up with connections you have created.
  • Continue to add items to your portfolio and update your website frequently.
  • Set weekly job search intentions, such as the amount of time you will spend searching.
  • Attend networking events and job fairs.
  • Monitor feedback and progress from the first 30 days to ensure your success.

Your Job Search Plan at 60 to 90 Days

At this point in the process, most job seekers start to feel confident in their searching abilities. However, some job seekers begin to feel defeated if milestones aren’t being met. This is a good time to evaluate your plans and further drive your job search forward. Here are a few tips:

  • Maintain momentum in your job search. If you start to lack motivation, walk away for a bit and do something you enjoy to help you get back on track.
  • Reach out and establish new contacts through those you have met over the first 60 days.
  • Follow up with employers, hiring managers, and HR professionals on your performance and candidacy.
  • Analyze your prior goals. If they are proving successful, continue to build on them. If you find where your success is lacking, reevaluate your methods to address the shortcomings.
  • Send out thank-you notes and emails.
  • Be fully prepared for job interviews.

Monitor Your Job Search Progress

Always remember that a job search will likely take more than 90 days. If you get to the end of your 90-day job search plan an offer, don’t give up and don’t be hard on yourself. Often times, job searching can take months, and if this is the case in your situation, simply continue with a new 30-60-90 day plan. While the new plan will continue to build on established goals, it can also serve as an opportunity to evaluate anything from your initial 30 days.

Job searching is a job unto itself. Instead of haphazardly searching and applying for jobs, take control and utilize a job search plan to have a clear picture of where you are and where you are heading.

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A version of this article was originally published on January 28, 2016.