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Moved from Government Job to Private Sector with 30 60 90 Day Plan

lawyer interviewAnyone who's tried to move from a government job to the private sector knows that it can be difficult to escape the "government worker" label.  I want to share Missy's story with you (she's a lawyer) to show you how you can bridge that gap and get the job with a 30 60 90 Day Plan:

Dear Peggy, thank you for promoting the 30-60-90 day plan. As a former government agency head, I was really stymied in trying to find job opportunities outside of the government sector as I was labeled a "government worker."

As someone who has never been in the box and has always excelled at creative workarounds in an environment that set me up for failure, I found it discouraging and totally unwarranted.

In any event, I put together a unique 30-60-90 day plan for how to implement a real in-house counsel office within a publicly-traded corporation and bam, I got the interview and the job. The general counsel told me they'd never gotten homework from anyone during an interview, until they met me. Thank you!!!!!

I have been promoting you and your common sense approach to all of my lawyer friends who are looking for new opportunities and there are many of them...many thanks for all of your efforts and dedication.
Missy Fulton

If you are moving from one work environment to another, one career to another, or are just new to a job, a 30-60-90-Day Plan demonstrates that you have the knowledge and the drive to do the job.  It takes away any fears or doubts they may have about hiring you.

*Find out more about 30 60 90 Day Plans, and get started on yours today so you can get that job offer!

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Job Interview Advice – 4 Standout Techniques That Will Get You Hired

Job Interview TipsJob interview advice is everywhere—but what really works? Here are 4 examples of how job seekers have been incredibly impressive in the interview and got the offer.

1) Build a Really Big Brag Book

A brag book (aka Kudos folder or portfolio) is a collection of career successes that don’t necessarily fit on your resume—like performance reviews, projects, brochures, presentations, complimentary notes, etc. (Read more about brag books here: Brag Book Essentials for Every Job Hunter.)

Example -

I had a candidate who compiled a brag book that was 1-inch thick—it was overwhelming evidence of her success. During the interview, she used a highlighter to mark specific things the hiring manager really needed to see, based on their conversation. She then showed the interviewer only about 10 specific pages that were amazing in terms of illustrating her success. This gave her a huge advantage, because it emphasized for the interviewer just how amazing she was, and had him thinking about what else was in that book.


Get Inside Your Recruiter’s Head

Erin-K-Inside-Recruiters-HeadImagine the excitement you feel when you’re contacted by a recruiter for the job of your dreams.  If you want to increase the number of contacts you make, it’s important to use the best executive resume format, as well as an effective cover letter for your resume. Thinking like your recruiter will ensure you understand what they’re looking for and increase the chances they will contact you over the other candidates.

Good Searches Are Essential

When you post your executive resume bio, you need to make sure it is fully searchable to increase the chances recruiters will find you. In general, blogs can be difficult to search. However, social media sites, such as LinkedIn, are highly searchable. Always fill out your profile as much as possible to ensure your profile will hit more frequently.

How to Ace Your Phone Interview Amazon eBook

Don't let them screen you out in the phone interview! Learn how to ace every phone interview so you move on to the face-to-face in my ebook, How to Ace Your Phone Interview, available on Amazon.  Check out a few Sample pages from the book below.


This is what you need to know before your next phone screen. Download this book and read it today!

Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – 20 Years From Now



Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.

~Mark Twain

Is the biggest enemy in your job search fear?  Maybe you're afraid to go after the job you really want, or the company you really want to work for.  Maybe you're afraid to contact a hiring manager (your future boss) directly, or afraid to stop applying for jobs online.

This job search is a huge opportunity for you.  Don't be disappointed by what you didn't do.

Learn what it's going to take for you to be successful--then, step out and go after what you really want.

Get inspired with these stories:


30-60-90-Day Plan Lands President Role

Job Offer President Role30/60/90-day plans work for job interviews at all levels...from new graduates to President of the company.   In Allan's case, the plan helped him show his fit for the job and the company.  He says it 'unequivocally differentiated' him from the other candidates.  What job seeker doesn't want that?


I hope this finds you well. I'm happy to tell you that I recently began a new role as President of a small, privately held distribution company in Las Vegas. As we discussed, "fit" was a key criteria for me in my search, and the alignment on every level with the business owners is remarkable. I'm excited about the role and the opportunity ahead of us. It's different than anything I've ever done, yet will require all of the skills and experience I've accrued in my career.

Obviously I was a client, but thank you for your support and counsel during my search. As you know it isn't an easy process, and the tools and advice that you provided were critical to success. In particular the advice about being relentless on the networking process, the tips about dealing with ageism, and most especially the 30-60-90-Day Plan were key for me. I would be happy to provide a testimonial about the 30/60/90-Day unequivocally differentiated me in the search and interview processes, and provided a basis for guiding the discussion where I wanted it to the skills and experience that I could bring to a role.

Best regards!

Allan O'Neil

If you are ready to stand out from your competition and show your fit for the company, find out more about 30-60-90-day plans and get yours started today.

We offer plans with templates and coaching for all professional levels:


Read up on your new business before signing any contracts

Start your own businessWhen shopping for a new business, lots of first-timers choose a franchise for its many benefits, from a well-tested brand name and marketing program, as well as lots of back room support and training to help new business owners succeed.

But you have to do your due diligence to make sure you select the company that best matches your goals. When it comes to preparation, there are no short cuts. You have to read the fine print before signing any contracts.

The good news is that Federal Trade Commission requires franchise companies to disclose a great deal of information to help prospective franchisees learn everything they need to know to make a good choice.


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Here’s the Best Cover Letter Advice

Erin-K-Best-Cover-Letter-AdviceCover letters for resumes may be a necessity, but they are often seen as a stumbling block. Many people mistakenly think a cover letter is simply a summary of what is contained within the resume to help employers determine if they want to read further. While this is partially true, there is much more to creating a great cover letter that makes a difference. Hiring a cover letter writing service can help, but this advice will allow you to get a start on your own.

Give Them a Reason to Talk to You

Your cover letter and resume create a first impression you can’t often overcome. It’s what employers use to determine whether they want to call an individual in for an interview. Within your cover letter, it’s important to give them a couple of reasons why they should consider you a valuable candidate. Do your research to find the main points of the company so you can address them in your cover letter.


How to Answer Interview Questions Amazon eBook

Some of the best job interview prep you can do is to formulate great interview answers ahead of time. You'll be more impressive and better able to show why they should hire you. I put together 101 tough job interview questions along with strategies, tips, and examples to answer them in my book, How to Answer Interview Questions, available on Amazon.  Enjoy a FREE PREVIEW of the first few pages below:

These are the answers you need before your next interview! Read it today!

Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Turn Failure into Success



Failure is success if we learn from it.

~Malcolm Forbes

If you learn something from a failure, you're smarter, stronger, and better than you were before you began. That's when failure becomes success.

In a job search, how can you turn failure into success?

If your resume isn't generating interviews, don't assume no one needs you.  Find out how to improve your resume.

If you interview but don't get the job, don't assume you aren't good enough.  Find out why you didn't interview well.  Ask the person  you interviewed with what their thoughts were.

Learn from your mistakes and use that knowledge to be better and stronger next time.

If you need some direction and help with your job search, attend one of my Free Training Webinars.  I pack my webinars with tons of information and tips for your job search success.  Find out more about our free job search webinars and register now.


Stay Motivated During a Stressful Job Search

inspirationThink your job search is stressful?  Most people do. But, what if an expert shared with you the secrets of what really works to find hidden jobs, get interviews, and get job offers (multiple job offers)?  In one hour, your job search could go from difficult and stressful to exciting and successful.  This is what we do for you in our Free Job Search Webinars.

See what one job seeker said after attending one of our webinars:

Thanks again for another informative session packed with lots of useful tips, advice, and recommendations. Most of all I love the tone which is so uplifting at this stressful time for job seekers! Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and expertise and helping all of us secure [our] desired job! Great job guys and thanks a lot!
Have a great weekend!
Thanks & regards,
Helena Sebastian

Ready to get motivated for a great job search?  Sign up to attend one of our Free Job Search Webinars today.  See what topics we're covering this week on our Job Search Webinars Page.


Does the Post Interview Follow Up Really Matter?

Erin-K-Post-Interview-Follow-UpYou’ve already spent your time writing an effective resume and have gone through the interview process with a potential employer. Determining the next step is critical to increase your chances of getting hired, but what is that next step? Some people simply wait by the phone or check their email repeatedly, waiting for word regarding whether they are invited for another interview or to accept an offer. In addition to writing resumes that get you hired, it’s important to evaluate whether a follow up is really necessary.

You Haven’t Heard Anything Regarding Your Application


Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – The Time is Now



The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

~Chinese Proverb

If you're in a job search, you may be wishing you had done a few things differently in the past that would make your experience better right now.  Maybe you wish you'd paid more attention to maintaining your network.  Maybe you wish you'd done a better job documenting your successes for your resume.  Or maybe it's something else.

Would it have been better if you'd taken those steps way back when?  Maybe.  But guess what?  It doesn't matter.  You can't change it, so stop beating yourself up.  The only thing you can change is right now--and now is definitely better than never.

Have you neglected your network?  Starting contacting people today.  (See these networking tips.)

Are you missing some important information for your resume?  Start calling people you used to work with and see if they can help you remember.

If you wish you'd been more active on LinkedIn, get on LinkedIn, polish your profile, and participate.

If you need some direction and help with your job search, attend one of my Free Training Webinars.  I pack my webinars with tons of information and tips for your job search success.  Find out more about our free job search webinars and register now.


How to Have Employers Competing For You When You're Over 50

Job-OfferIf you are over 50 and in the job search, you know it can be tough.  I encourage you to read Mariana's story and see how she ended up with 3 companies pursuing her as a job candidate (for exciting jobs with increased salaries!):

Hello Peggy,

I felt I needed to send you a big "thank you!". Here's why:

I have been looking for a job for 9 months after being laid off from my previous employer. I am over 50 so it hasn't been easy, and I can't remember how I found you and your resources, but I want to say it was approximately 2 months ago and I knew I had to do something different, so I decided to invest the money and purchase your services...I am so glad I found you!

What I found to be the most valuable assets were the 30/60/90 day plan and the advice of making sure you include numbers, percentages, etc. on your resume (i.e., increased leads by 40%, etc.). These were the 2 keys that got me the phone interviews and then the face-to-face meetings. The look of surprise when I mentioned I had a 30/60/90 plan prepared was priceless - they all were most impressed.

So now for the good news, or should I say great news! I literally have 3 solid job offers that I am in the process of deciding on. Because they are all great offers and literally came in within 1 day of each other I was honest with each of them letting them know that there were other companies that had made offers and that I owed each of them the respect of doing my due diligence as I had spent significant time with each of them. They all said they completely understand and now I am getting emails from all 3 asking what they can do to get me on board with their companies. It's seriously amazing! It is a very difficult decision to make as they have all offered me equity in the company, salary is 15K more than my previous job and all are in an exciting space. So, by end of day Monday I will have made my decision and will be happily employed again.

Please tell your members that there is hope for those of us over 50. All 3 of these companies mentioned during our last conversations that they were looking for people with "experience" and "maturity".

Bottom line - your product(s) and you really do work! I am impressed!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


If  you are over 50 (0r even over 40) this is what you need to do:

Doing these things will put you far ahead of your competition so you can receive fantastic job offers, too.

Changes in Pharmacy Technician Training

pharmacytechnicianThere are many different types of jobs you can choose from, even within the medical field. So, now it's not as easy as simply deciding you're going to go into this field, now you must also decide what you want to do within this field. One job worth considering is that of a pharmacy technician.

Job Outlook for Pharmacy Technicians

According to the U.S. Government, there will be a 20 percent growth in jobs for pharmacy technicians before the year 2022. This is faster than the growth for most occupations. This is because the population is growing older and those people tend to use more prescription than younger people.


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