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Week 11: Two Weeks' Notice and Plan For Excellence

A Brighter Future: Plan for Excellence

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Creating a plan for excellence serves as an opportunity to impress your new employer right from the start.  By documenting a plan for success and sharing it with them, you are creating a positive image of yourself and work ethic.

Not only are you reassuring your new company that they made the right decision by hiring you, but you’re also building your reputation as a valued employee right away.  

Here's how to plan your course of action for your new job or career

1 Always prepare and research.

Know your new company’s culture, mission and business plan. Take time to coordinate your goals and ambitions with those of the company.

2Set specific goals. 

Make sure those goals and your expectations are attainable during your tenure with the company so you can always grow as an asset.

3Your goals should coincide with what you promised to provide. 

If you can’t deliver on your promises because they are too lofty or outrageous, the company may have no choice but to move on from you. You wouldn’t be satisfied if you only got half of a cake when you paid for the whole thing, would you? Deliver what you’re selling!

4Determine how you can go above and beyond. 

If you limit the definition of your role to what a company has written in a pamphlet or handbook, how can you ever expect to advance? Make yourself invaluable to your company.

Setting Yourself Up for Success

​Setting goals and developing a plan of action will assist you in becoming very productive, very quickly. Achieving these goals while helping the company succeed ultimately makes you a valuable asset to the company, setting yourself up for promotions and/or raises.

Here's How to Set Yourself Up for Success


Determine your goals and write them down. 

This will help keep you organized and focused. After all, if you don’t have a goal in mind, you might end up going in the wrong direction!


List the main priorities. 

When you take on a new position, figure out what needs to be addressed when you start. You’ll revisit this as you attain new status, respect and responsibilities.

3Salary will most likely be mentioned during the interview process. 

If you are asked what your expected salary is, instead of giving them a number, say something along the lines of “I will consider any reasonable offer”. Make them provide you with the first salary offer. You may come in with a lower number than anticipated paying you and cut yourself short on salary, otherwise.


Maintain a list of the company or team’s priorities and goals. 

These priorities shift and evolve as the company grows in age and size, and as such you may have to curate that list so that you stay on track with the company’s direction.


 List goals and tasks you can achieve that go above and beyond. 

Simply performing the job that you interviewed for initially is a great way to pigeonhole yourself into a dead end job.  Always look for opportunities to show the company what you can do with the experience, knowledge and skills you possess!


Creating a list of goals and priorities is great for your career, but never forget the importance of good networking! You should also continue to meet new people and grow your connections.