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What Not to Include on Your C-Level Resume

Erin-K-C-Level-ResumeBuilding resumes that get you hired can feel like an insurmountable task. It can be difficult to determine which information is essential and what is better left unsaid. Below are some resume “don’ts”:


If you look at resume examples for lower level jobs, you will see an objective line at the top that details the goals of the individual. When it comes to executive level resumes, however, this section is unnecessary. Applying for the job indicates your goal. Instead, consider writing an executive summary that succinctly details your achievements.


Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Try

FlowerYou may be disappointed if you fail,
but you are doomed if you don’t try.

- Beverly Sills

There are many things a job search requires you to do that you probably don't want to do--contacting everyone in your network to let them know you're looking, contacting hiring managers directly, bringing a 30-60-90-day plan to your interview (if you've never done it), or following up after the interview with an email or phone call.

Most of the time, when someone hesitates to do any of these things, it's because of fear--fear of rejection or fear of failure.

It's true that you may not always get the outcome you want from any of these actions--but if you don't try, you absolutely won't.

Usually, when I convince someone I'm coaching to take a step out of their comfort zone like this, they are surprised and pleased by their results--you will be, too.

So, step out of your comfort zone and do the thing you're afraid to do:

Best of luck! – How to Network Effectively for Your Career Success!

Networking-ebookDo you hate networking? Do you want to learn how to network more effectively in less time?

Networking Effectively: How to Build Your Network for Career Success is now on Amazon!

It shows you how fast and easy it is to build a quality network that will benefit you many times throughout your career. Discover:

• How to Network Genuinely and Authentically Without Painful Small Talk
• Who Should Be In Your Professional Network (It’s More Than You Think)
• How to Keep Your Network ‘Fresh’ So It’s Easy to Tap When You Need It
• How to Reach Out to People You Haven’t Spoken to In Years Without Any Awkwardness
• What to Do If You Resigned (or Were Asked to Leave)
• What to Say to Everyone in Your Network (Includes Sample Emails)
• How to Grow Your Network by Leaps and Bounds
Amazon-Logo• How to Network on LinkedIn Without the Mistakes Most People Make
• How to Manage Aggressively Growing Your Network If You’re an Introvert

PLUS – Download a Free Worksheet to Kickstart Your Networking Success!

In just a few minutes, you’ll know how to network like a pro.

It has a BONUS SECTION, too: How to Work with Recruiters!

This is NOT just for job seekers...EVERYONE needs this book! 

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Who else wants multiple interviews and a great job offer?

Job-OfferIt's not always enough for me to tell you something works--sometimes you need to hear from people who were in the same boat...

If you want to be effective in landing interviews and getting a job, I highly recommend you purchase and follow closely the instructions Peggy McKee and the Career Confidential staff give. I got in front of hiring managers and landed multiple interviews by following their instructions. The 30-60-90 day plan and how to follow up after the interview are worth the price alone. Peggy and her staff are genuine and hung in there with me until I landed a job.

Thanks again,
Scott Love
Senior Right of Way Agent

Congratulations Scott!

If you're in the job search, I want to see a note like this from you soon.  So here's what you should do:

  1. Get multiple interviews by going directly to hiring managers with a killer quantified resume.
  2. Bring a 30-60-90-Day Plan to every interview.
  3. Follow up after the interview.

If you want personalized coaching to get your individual questions answered, join us in our Total Access Coaching Club.

Best of luck!

How Lying on a Resume Cost These 5 Executives Big Time

Erin-K-Lying-ResumeLying on your resume has always been taboo, but it’s a tempting prospect given the fact no one is going to check up on every little detail you claim. However, when you are putting together your executive resume bio, it’s critical to make sure every piece of information is irrefutable. Learning how resume lies have cost some executives at major companies will help you realize the importance of honesty when using an executive resume service.

Scott Thompson of Yahoo

Thompson, the former CEO of Yahoo, made a major blunder on his executive resume bio when he listed his degree from Stonehill College as a computer science degree. After all, he was applying to one of the biggest Internet companies in the world. Unfortunately, his actual degree was in accounting. Once this falsehood was discovered by an activist investor, he resigned his position in May of 2014.


How to prep your 30-60-90-day plan for the job interview (so that YOU get the offer)

JobOfferWhat's your biggest job interview problem?

  • You don't have the perfect background or
    quite enough experience?
  • You don't stand out as the "wow" candidate?
  • You get interviews, but no offers?

The easiest and best way to get past those very common issues is to write a 30-60-90-day plan and bring it to your interview--that's the straightforward, honest truth. It works if you're a brand-new graduate and it works if you're a seasoned veteran of your career.

I've used it myself (and got 5 offers the last time I was in the job search) and I've had my candidates use it for years--because it gets them hired.

Once you use one of these plans, you will never go to another interview without one. They're that good. We have a ton of information about 30-60-90-day plans on this blog you can use to write one, but here are two to start with:

Or, if you want to just cut to the chase and get it done (or even if you just need the confidence of an expert who's got your back), check out our 30-60-90-day plan samples and templates that come with all my tips and tricks for writing and presenting these plans to make you very comfortable using this tool in an interview:

  • 30-60-90-Day Action Plans for everyone else (people always ask if these plans are worth it if you're not in sales, but actually they're even more impressive outside of sales jobs)

These plans really do work. You will communicate better and sell yourself for the job.

They give you an enormous boost over "you don't have enough experience."

They polish you so that you outshine every other candidate.

They get you job offers.

Create a 30-60-90-Day Plan for your next interview and you'll see what I mean.

Should You Use Your Middle Initial Professionally?

Erin-K-Middle-InitialI used to know a man who always used his middle initial. Even a quick note would be signed with his name & that middle initial. After a while, it started being a bit of a joke, but it isn’t a bad idea to use your middle initial professionally because middle name initials enhance evaluations of intellectual performance according to a research study in the European Journal of Social Psychology.

That study found that people think an author is more intelligent if there is a middle initial; more middle initials in an author’s name look smarter still. How does this play out in the working world?

Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Build Trust

FlowerIf people like you they’ll listen to you,
but if they trust you
they’ll do business with you.

Zig Ziglar

Zig's quote is a fantastic one to keep in mind for interviews.  This concept is exactly why it's so important for you to choose and coach great references; and bring a brag book and 30-60-90-Day Plan to your interviews...all these things inspire trust in you as a candidate.

References provide reassurance that you are who you say you are, you can do what you say you can do, and you will be a great person to have on their team.  You must have great references. Companies call your references more than you may think--and recruiters always call them.

A brag book serves as another type of reference.  This is a historical look at things you have done in the past.  It provides physical evidence that backs up your resume.  Anyone can put together a brag book, and when you bring one to your interview, you will be surprised at how much it impresses the interviewer.  Read this post for how to create and use a brag book in your interview.

A 30-60-90-Day Plan is a forward look at what life will look like with you on the job.  It answers the 4 unasked questions of every hiring manager, and makes it clear that they don't have to guess if you'll do a great job.  They can see from your plan that you absolutely will.  (As a bonus, all your interview answers will be better after you've created a plan.)  See how to create and use a 30-60-90-Day Plan in your interview.

Use all 3 pieces to inspire trust--and walk away from your interview with the job offer.

Best of luck!


30-60-90-Day Plan Helped Her Ace the Interview and Triple Her Salary

money (2)Imagine going into your interview full of confidence, getting the offer, and tripling your salary! See how Mildred did it...

Hi Peggy,

I just could not keep my success to myself; I owe you a huge “thank you.

After taking two of your webinars I begin to put what I learned into action. Finally, I received “the call”  for an interview...on interview was scheduled for the same week Friday.

The first thing that came to mind was the 30, 60, 90 day plan.  I was a bit stressed, only because I was afraid I did not have enough time to put together a good presentation, but guess what?  I did it.

The night [before] my interview, I felt like I was "armed and dangerous," all because I took your words, did my homework and prepared myself for the interview.

I aced the interview; the following Monday I got the job offer.  It was unanimous--all six people voted hands down for me and my salary tripled.

I thanked God first and then you.  The 30,60,90 day plan really works.

Many thanks!

Mildred M.

I am excited to share Mildred's story with you--what she learned in our free job search webinars helped her get the interview, and the 30-60-90-Day Plan helped her ace it and triple her current salary.

Sign up for a Free Job Search or Interview Webinar and get the interviews you want.

Learn More about 30-60-90-Day Plans and ace every interview:

30-60-90-Day Action Plan

30-60-90-Day Sales Plan

30-60-90-Day Plan for Managers

30-60-90-Day Plan for Executives


Practice Interview Questions

JIQAVideoThe better your interview answers are, the more likely you'll get the offer.  To make that happen, practice your interview questions and answers.

We've developed a ridiculously easy way for you to do this:

Job Interview Questions and Answers VIDEOS

Videos give you something written answers don't:  tone, inflection, and other subtleties that make a big difference in the quality of your answer.  Not everyone learns the same, so videos may be just what you need to develop perfect interview answers.

99% of the job seekers (more than 270,000) who have experienced these say that they improve their interview answers immediately.

You have to try this.

In total, there are 50 different videos--and, you get the first 5 answers free!  (See the first 5 interview questions and answers here.)

Click the link below to go to the page and check it out: 

Job Interview Questions and Answers Videos



Signing up for Phlebotomy Classes: Things to Keep in Mind

phlebotomyPerhaps you fell in love with phlebotomy the first time you donated blood, or maybe needles were always fascinating to you. Whatever the case may be, looking into phlebotomy classes is no small chore. Phlebotomy jobs are supposed to increase by 27 percent over the next 7 years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which makes for an exciting time to jump headfirst into this exciting field.

Below, we’ve outlined some key things anyone should consider when looking into where to take phlebotomy classes.


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Weird Interview Questions CEOs Like to Ask

Erin-K-Weird-Interview-QuestionsWe are accustomed to any number of conventional interview questions, and everyone has their favorites. But many shrewd CEOs and executives are digging a little deeper, looking beyond what they see in a job candidates’ executive profiles, resumes and cover letters. They are asking some very unusual interview questions designed to reveal more of your personality and ensure you are the perfect fit for their company.

“What would you do in the event of a zombie apocalypse?”

— Ashley Morris, Capriotti Sandwich Shop CEO

Of course, there is no right or wrong answer here. It’s simply a fun question Morris likes to ask to see how a candidate will respond under pressure. This gives him a feel for how effectively they react without prior thought or planning, as well as insight into their moral compass and whether they will fit into the company’s culture.


Layoffs coming? Consider a Business You Can Call Your Own

Dan-Citrenbaum-LayoffsIn an era of big mergers, most notably the recent link-up of H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group, the all-too-often consequence is mass layoffs.

First we hear about all the economies of scale and efficiencies to be generated, and then a fresh group of experienced, seasoned professionals are cut loose into the workforce. In the case of Kraft Heinz, the first announced round of layoffs amounted to 2,500, but the company has huge cost reductions still planned, which will likely mean even more layoffs.

While the company casually sails along, these good employees may find themselves left aimless and adrift.


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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Learn to Fish

FlowerGive a man a fish
and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish
and you feed him for a lifetime.

- Chinese Proverb


If you get a job lead, or a recruiter calls you about possible placement in a job, that's giving you a fish that feeds you for a day.

If you learn how to find those job leads and get those interviews on your own, that is teaching you how to fish and you will be fed for life.  You will never be without the means to control your career and give yourself job security. You never worry about layoffs because you know how to quickly get another job.  This is what we're about at Career Confidential.

The best way to get started 'learning to fish' is by attending one of our online Job Search and Interview Webinars.

These webinars are free and packed with information, advice, insights and shortcut tips that show you how to find jobs (even when there doesn't seem to be any), get interviews, and crush those interviews so you get a job offer every time.

Go to our Free Training Webinars page to see what topic we're talking about this week and Sign Up Now.

With each webinar, you get Free Gifts, too!

Best of luck!


The Importance of Negotiating Salary and Benefits

NegotiateI recently disagreed strongly with Penelope Trunk's advice for women (Should Women Negotiate Salary?) and I got some fantastic responses from women who do negotiate job offers.  I wanted to share 3 of these with you because they teach important lessons for us all:

Edie negotiated for benefits when they wouldn't budge on salary, showing us that salary isn't the only valuable thing on the table:

I negotiated for the paid monthly parking space.  I was told they couldn't afford to pay an additional $5000/year for salary [so] I asked if they would pay for the parking fee. They said yes. That was $4200/year.  That's why I wanted the $5000 to begin with. It was a win-win situation for both of us, I'm sure.

Women must be assertive and must know what basics they need to include in the salary they are asking for.


Debbie learned the penalties of failing to negotiate a long time ago...