Starting a new job can be filled with stress--meeting new people, learning new systems, making sure you're doing the things you need to do in order to be successful.
One of the surest remedies for nerves is preparation. The more prepared you are (for anything), the less stressful it will be. This includes starting a new job and interviewing for it in the first place.
A 30 60 90 day plan is simply an outline of actions and goals that you will take in the first 3 months on that job to be successful.
It can help you get a better job than you might have been able to without that extra effort, and it helps your new employer see you as someone special. Not only does this make you more confident and prepared for interviews, it makes you more confident and prepared for your first day on the job.
I received a great email from Kathy as an example of someone who has put this into practice, and I am excited to share it with you:
A lot of resume advice articles you’ve seen have likely told you to keep the fluff to a minimum. In most cases, this is true. Recruiters generally only have a short amount of time to read your resume, meaning you’ll have to make it count by marketing yourself and your experiences in an easily consumable way. However, there’s no reason to dress your resume up, especially if you’re part of an industry where creativity is a highly valued skill. In fact, creating an original design for your resume may be an excellent C-level personal branding tactic, depending upon your execution. We’ve gathered some ideas for your consideration.
Susanne Jones, University of Minnesota Associate Professor of communication studies, says that about 65 to 75 percent of everything we communicate is non-verbal in nature, according to The Houston Chronicle. That means a lot of what you communicate gets lost in translation, which is not an ideal scenario for general conversation with friends or family, let alone a job interview. It is important to be eloquent, precise and engaging with an interviewer.
However, what if the venue of the interview is not a sleek office, but your living room? Interview via video conferencing is very common these days. Its saves you time as well as travel cost. Most importantly, you get the opportunity to explore new job opportunities right from the comfort of your home.
Nevertheless, focusing on a job interview via webcam or video conferencing can be tricky, and you need to make some preparations in advance.
Think of a sport you haven't played before--maybe rugby or tennis or even basketball. If someone challenged you to a game, how well would you do if you showed up cold--no coaching, no practice, and no knowledge of the rules? You'd have a good chance of losing, right?
Job searching is a lot like that. It is a game (a numbers game) and it takes specific skills that most people either don't have or don't use very often so they're rusty. The more you learn and the more you prepare, the more successful you'll be.
I even hold free training webinars every week to help you learn how to get interviews and prepare for them (no charge). I invite you to attend one or all of these free online training classes that will set you up for success.
Rebecca had been laid off from her job and came to Career Confidential for help. What she learned boosted her confidence (not just in her job search, but in her career life) and got her a better job than what she had before:
I wanted to say thank you for the help you have provided me. I must say that the one thing I learned from you is never give up, have confidence and always be selling. It had even helped me in my day to day work. It is well worth the price of subscription to your service.
I have successfully secured a position in a company of my dreams, now after six months on the job, I had a pay increase of 15%, now putting me back to the same level I was earning before the last layoff. I am at a better job, with great bosses and good work life balance. Thank you.
If you're in a rough spot with a layoff or tough job search, don't give up. All you need are the right job search skills and confidence in yourself. We have tons of resources to help you, too--with confidence, skills, and getting the job you want.
I love receiving emails like this one from Rebecca (Congratulations Rebecca!). Please let me know about your successes in your job search, too. Comment here or email me at Peggy@CareerConfidential.com.
Change can be a scary thing, especially when the change directly affects your future. This is why so many people hesitate when it comes to shifting industries. Those in this process may be transitioning into a new industry with little to no experience or with only indirect experience from their previous jobs. If you’re in this situation, you may be wondering just how to approach this change. First of all, we would like to congratulate you on this important first step! Second, recreating your resume to match your transition to a new field is not the easiest task, but it is certainly doable. Let us show you how.
I personally make a point of spending time with people who are successfully doing things that I also want to be good at. I also read books and articles by successful people that I can learn from. What you put into your brain and who you hang out with will have an impact on your own success. Gravitate to productive and positive people to help yourself be more productive and positive.
Everyone who has written a resume knows the difficulties involved: listing out all of your adequate experiences and education, figuring out the most efficient way to format and, most importantly, doing all of this in a way that will catch the attention of any prospective employers. This is a challenge for every job seeker and especially so for those on opposite ends of the spectrum. For people with little experience, it’s a matter of not having enough things to list. For those in executive positions, there’s often too much. If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably part of the latter group. In this blog article, we’ve compiled a list of great tips to help executive resume writers craft the best possible resume.
Networking is so critical to job search and career success that it’s pretty much ALWAYS time to build your network.
However, now really is a strategic time to pay deliberate attention to cultivating the relationships you have and developing new ones. Why?
For one thing, companies are hiring now—we’re seeing a lot going on with our coaching clients and customers. Even the ones who may be putting their hiring on hold right now may hire in December (actually a great time to job search) and after the New Year.
Reaching out to your network may result in you getting a job now, or it may set you up to be in the right place at the right time in a couple of months. It’s an ideal way to crack the hidden job market.
I speak to a lot of job seekers who get worried when they don't hear back from someone they've sent a resume to or someone they've interviewed with. Unfortunately, their tendency is to think that the person didn't like them, wasn't interested in them, or some other negative thing about themselves.
The reason I like Eleanor Roosevelt's quote is that it's a good reminder that everyone has their own stuff they're wrapped up in. They're not sitting around thinking negative things about you--they're thinking about what they need to do next or what they're having for dinner or that they need to find time to work out or that their kid is sick or that the project deadline is coming up or any of a million other things.
If you haven't heard from someone in a few days, don't imagine that they don't like you or don't want to hire you--call them (or email them) to check in. Communicate.
If your resume is full of paragraphs with no numbers in sight except for the dates of your employment, then it needs a little spiffing up. Break up your accomplishments into bullet points and quantify them. Add numbers, dollars, and percentages that describe what you did to make something better in your last role.
A lot of people get bogged down in this, thinking they have no way to quantify if they weren't in sales...but everyone can quantify. Nurses can talk about how many patients they saw. Teachers can talk about how many students they had and what percentage passed the state test. Accountants can mention what budgets or dollar amounts they managed. Everyone has something measurable they can talk about.
There are many common mistakes job seekers make throughout their searching process, especially where resumes are concerned. One of the most common is using the exact same resume for every position you apply for. Despite popular belief, your tactics for a job hunt cannot be one size fits all. Depending on the industry you’re in and the types of positions you’re seeking, you may have to adapt your resume to fit. This may mean having several copies for different purposes. Furthermore, there are many key elements to include while you’re writing a professional resume. Read on to find out just what they are.
If our lives aren't going the way we want them to, we have the power to do something about it. If there's a habit or thought or behavior that would help you get to where you want to go, you can develop that in yourself. I think that the key is to start today and feed yourself with positive, motivating material. Always think positively.
What are things that a lot of people get stuck on in their career lives? You may be getting stuck on inner thoughts like being positive or having confidence. You may be held back by actions you need to take but aren't: networking, participating on LinkedIn, contacting hiring managers, or even negotiating a better compensation package. Whatever it is, you can develop new habits, thoughts or behaviors that will make you better and stronger than before.
Lynn was able to transfer from a temporary position to a permanent one because she made the investment in herself by getting training and preparing for her behavioral job interview. She said it was invaluable--it made her more confident and gave her better interview answers.
Not all job seekers make the effort to invest in themselves, but it always pays off and Lynn is proof that it works. Congratulations Lynn!
Peggy, (and team!),
I sat in on several webinars and it really helped me keep my motivation, skills and morale up! I joined the [Total Access Coaching Club] and it was invaluable!
I am happy to say I did land a nearby government job with good pay and excellent benefits. I had submitted an online application, had attended a job fair just after that, signed up with one of their main temporary agencies and got on quickly for a short temporary position. In a couple of weeks, I was called in for a behavioral interview and I was very confident and thorough in my answers.
Your advice helped me clinch the job! I am very grateful and want others to know that even after age 55, there are great jobs out there! Just keep looking!