Tools to Help Your Career
I'm going to build a collection of free tools for you to use to help advance your career based on the questions I get asked by readers. These are templates and models I've used successfully in my own career and I want you to benefit from them. Instead of charging for these, I'd only ask that you share on social media and leave comments so I can keep improving them.
30 60 90 Day Plan Template
When built correctly, the 30 60 90 day plan gets everyone aligned to a common definition of what success looks like so you can guarantee you’ll leave the first 90 days on pace to your next promotion. Many people don't fully appreciate what the real purpose of a 30 60 90 day plan actually is. I wrote a full blog post on how to build and use one effectively. Here is a template I’ve used in my own career. You should personalize it so it relates more directly to your own job or career situation. I’ve intentionally made the design professional but not flashy – it should be easy to customize for your own purposes. Make sure you delete the speaking notes before sending it out!
performance review template
Everyone should have a personal performance dashboard to make sure they stay aligned with their boss. This is a great accompanying tool for the 30 60 90 day plan. There is nothing worse than going into a quarterly or annual performance review and getting blindsided by a negative assessment. The personal performance dashboard, when used correctly, will make sure that never happens to you. Here is a template I've used in my career. I use it as the framework for 1-1 meetings with my boss. It distills your performance down to the most important things and keeps you and you boss on the same page all the time.
PERSONAL LEARNING CALENDAR TEMPLATE
The Learning Calendar is a tool I use to force myself to actually work on broadening my skill set. Without a Learning Calendar I find it too easy to de-prioritize this vital aspect of my career plan. It is not enough to build deeper expertise in a single subject matter area either. Being a specialist doesn’t lead to career advancement – career security perhaps – but definitely not advancement.
It’s vital to plan and document your learning curriculum and agenda at least a month at time. I like to start by selecting three themes for the quarter and focus in on one per month. Check out my template and feel free to customize it for your own unique situation.