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Making Your Executive Job Hunt Easier: Some Tips from Us to You

executive job hunt tipsIt can be difficult to find a new job when you’re involved in an executive field—more so than it seems to be for those in lower positions. If you’ve been out of the job hunting game for a while, going back down that road can seem more intimidating. However, it doesn’t have to be. If you’re having trouble navigating today’s job market, we can help you. In this article, we’ll give you a few helpful tips for job hunting in today’s era so you can land your next career position more easily.

Don’t Forget About Networking!

The connections you have within the industry will be the most valuable resource you have as you search for your new job. Keep in touch with them regularly. You’d be surprised how easily an opportunity could be sent your way based on the people you know! Of course, you should also aim to build new professional networks as well. Visit industry gatherings and put yourself out there. You may run into someone who can put your skills to great use! Another great idea would be to get back in touch with those industry colleagues you haven’t contacted in a while. They may be able to help with leads.


Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Lift Up Someone Else

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To lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

It's a simple concept but a true universal principle.

When you lift up others, you get multiple benefits ranging from feeling great about yourself right now to reaping the reward of that emotional capital investment later. That person you invested that effort into will return the favor in one form or another later on.

So maybe you say, "Hey, I'm looking for a job. How can I possibly lift up someone else when I'm doing everything I can to keep my own head above water?"

It's easy--one of the most important and helpful things you can do is to pass on job leads that aren't a good fit for you. If you know someone who would be a good fit for an opportunity, tell them about it whether you think they're looking for a new job or not. (You never know.)

If you're working with a recruiter who has a job opening you don't want, give them the names of other great people. Recruiters want to know about talented people they can place in a company (and get a paycheck for).

Think about other ways you are gathering information while you job search. Pass along appropriate, non-confidential news, articles, etc. to individuals in your network or even share them on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.

When you reach out to others, they will have you in the top of their mind when they run across something (like a job lead) that could help you.

Learn powerful, practical job search tips in one of my FREE Job Search Training Webinars.

Not only will you know the best tips to get you hired, you can join the Q&A session at the end--bring me your questions!

Find out more about Career Confidential's Job Search and Interview Training Webinars.


30 60 90 Day Plan Leads to Interview Success

30 60 90 day plan for job interviewI had to show you this...Ken was having a typical interview for a VP of Strategic Accounts position until he asked the interviewer, 'Can I show you something I put together to give me a game plan for this position?'

Of course, it was his 30 60 90 day plan.

The interviewer was so impressed with his plan, he immediately showed it to another VP, and planned to show it to the President / CEO as soon as possible.

He told Ken that his plan was a major factor in why he was going to recommend Ken for hire:

Peggy, thanks again for your input and review of my 30/60/90 day plan. [Note: We provide free reviews with purchase of our 30-60-90-Day Plans.]

I just wanted to give you an update on my interview that I had [yesterday].

I was unable to bring out my 30/60/90 day plan due to the questions that were or should I say were not asked.

However, after I said, "Based on our conversation we have had, will you recommend me for this job?", I did ask him if I could show him something that I put together to give me a game plan for this specific position, VP of Strategic Accounts.

After he reviewed it, he immediately showed it to another VP within the organization and said he was going to see the President/CEO of the company the next day and he was going to show it to him!

He concluded our meeting by saying he not only has never had a candidate do something like this but the fact that I did was an example of why he was going to recommend me to the President to hire me.

It worked like clockwork. If anyone has a reservation about doing a 30/60/90 day plan before an interview, you are missing out on a great opportunity to distance yourself from the competition.

Thanks again Peggy.


Ken's experience demonstrates not only the power of a 30-60-90-day plan--it also shows the power of closing.

Closing is basically asking for the next step. This is an essential skill ALL job seekers need.

See more about closing here.


Find out more about 30-60-90-day plans and how to create one for your interview.

Check out Career Confidential job-winning plan templates and coaching here:

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

(All plans come with optional free review by Peggy.)

Three Reasons Resumes Are So Significant

resume writing tipsSome people might think in a highly digitized world resumes would have become a thing of the past. Even though the resume itself has become more digital in nature, it remains the best way to share your work history, point out your specific skill sets and demonstrate you have what it takes to get hired for a specific job or position. With this understanding comes the responsibility of making sure you create resumes that get you hired. There are many reasons resumes remain significant in the professional arena. Here are the top three reasons.

Reason #1 – Demonstrate Self-Confidence

A resume easily demonstrates your level of confidence in yourself, your training and your skills. It’s the selling point to a company or potential hiring agent. The document must come together in such a way it highlights your abilities and knowledge about the job you are requesting. It shows you have the confidence to apply for the job, as well as perform it. It’s acceptable to write your own resume or to hire a top rated resume writing service to construct it for you. There is absolutely nothing wrong with obtaining help to get it just the way you want it.


Why an IT Certification Is Important for Moving to the Next Career Level

IT career certificationOver the years, you have probably encountered a number of colleagues and employees who are looking to move up to the next rung on the career ladder in IT. Perhaps they have been in the same position with their employer for a number of years and are looking for new challenges. Or perhaps they have been putting themselves out there for a promotion, but keep getting passed over and aren’t sure why. Regardless of the reasons, though, one thing that most mid-career professionals have in common is a desire to move forward.


Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Think Positive

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Think of your job search like this: If you have to look for a job anyway, you might as well do it with a positive attitude.

A positive outlook really will make things easier--you won't be as nervous sending out your resume, because you know you'll have many opportunities. You won't be as nervous about interviews for the same reason.

You will expect your conversations to go well, which makes it more likely that they will.

We have some great posts to help you in developing your own positive thinking muscles:

Get the App:  Motivation Quotes for Your Success [New App]

For more motivation and practical tips and job search strategies, attend Career Confidential's free Job Search Training Webinars. Hear the best tips to get you hired and join in the Q&A session at the end. Bring me your questions!

Find out more about Career Confidential's Job Search and Interview Training Webinars.


Holiday Job Search? Don't Miss Out on Getting Hired

holiday job searchWhen is the best time of year to look for a job? Contrary to popular belief, it's right now--during the holidays.

Companies hire the most people (on average) in December - January.

Employers typically do more hiring in December and January than in any other 2 months of the year.

Why? Some are using up year-end budgets, and some are gearing up for the new year.

On top of the heavy hiring rate, many job seekers take a break from the hunt during the holidays--which leaves you with less competition.

When you contact hiring managers, you have less noise to cut through to be heard.

What are the networking and job search tips you need to get a job during the holidays?


The Best Ways to Tweak Your Resume to Match a Position

tailoring a resume for the jobHidden inside every job listing is key information about the position. There are some useful points in a job posting you can use when writing a professional resume and cover letter. In fact, you can use the information the company provides to make resumes that get you hired by matching it up with precisely what they are looking for. Here are some tips for tweaking your resume to match the position you are trying to obtain.

Match Your Skills to What They Are Looking For

You’ll find most professional job listings to be inclusive of all the skills needed to perform the job properly. First of all, remember you most likely don’t need to have mastered all of the skills they are seeking. Don’t disqualify yourself if you don’t have all of the ones listed. Think about your skills versus the ones they are looking for and ask yourself these questions:


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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Develop an Attitude of Gratitude


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Attitude is everything.

Develop an attitude of gratitude.

Cultivate positive thinking.

Keep looking and moving forward.

Happy Thanksgiving!

For more motivation and practical tips and job search strategies, attend Career Confidential's free Job Search Training Webinars. Hear the best tips to get you hired and join in the Q&A session at the end. Bring me your questions!

Find out more about Career Confidential's Job Search and Interview Training Webinars.


You got the offer...should you take the job?

should i take the jobYou may have done a lot of work to get the job offer, but should you take it? Maybe...maybe not.

I think you should try to get as many offers as you can, because that gives you options and leverage. Also, sometimes you'll get a job offer for a higher-level job than the one you interviewed for (this has happened when job seekers bring a 30-60-90-day plan).

However, not every job offer is one you should take. Turning down a job offer can be a difficult thing to do, because you may have a fear of uncertainty about when you'll get another offer--but making the wrong choice can be disastrous.


Job acceptance email: how to nail it

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If you have just been offered a new job, it is an excellent practice to send a job acceptance email. It affirms to your employer that you are a ready communicator and appreciate the opportunity you've been offered. It also gives you a chance to confirm the terms of the job, such as the salary, any benefits, the start date, and any other items of interest.

Learning how to nail a job acceptance email is just as important as writing an excellent CV. Here are some tips on how to write a brilliant email for job acceptance.


4 Reasons Advanced Education Will Get You Your Dream Job (and 2 Reasons It Won’t)

4-reasons-advanced-education-will-get-you-your-dream-jobMany American students spend 16 years attending classes, writing essays, and taking tests, so when college graduation finally happens and they are free to enter the “real world,” they cave and apply to graduate school instead. In fact, graduate school isn’t a bad idea to help those students find better jobs ― but it isn’t always a good one, either.

No matter where you are in your professional career, grad school can help or harm your future potential. If you are on the fence about whether grad school is the right choice for you, the following reasons might help you decide one way or the other.


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What Turns Employers Off from Your Resume?

executive resume mistakesEven when you hire the best executive writing service to write your resume and cover letter, many hiring agents will only take a second to skim them. It’s important to grab their attention so your resume doesn’t end up filed away with all the rest. What are they looking for? What makes them read on or lay a resume aside? Is it possible to write resumes that get you hired?

There are several things potential employers may find off putting. Here are a few things to avoid so your executive resume bio gets read and considered.


What I Teach My Clients about Getting a Job That You Need to Know, Too

#1 Job Search Tip In my business as a recruiter and career coach, I talk to job seekers every day who are kind of all over the place in terms of a job search strategy.

There are a lot of moving parts and details in a successful job search, but the typical job seeker focuses on only one or two things—their resume, or answering interview questions, or maybe how to write a thank you note. They zero in on whatever piece that’s currently tripping them up.

There’s nothing wrong with making a weak area stronger—but what happens is that they get so focused on one or two details, they miss the bigger (and more important) picture.

Once they see it, it changes the way they approach their entire job search and it makes them more successful—they get more interviews, they have better interviews, and they often get multiple job offers.

Because this is so important, this is typically the first thing I teach my clients as a career coach:


Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Change Your Self-Image

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The way we talk to ourselves has a huge impact on how we think and what actions we choose to take. So ultimately, what you say to yourself has a dramatic impact on your success.

Change your self-image (and your success) by being good to yourself. Say great things to yourself. Some of us have an 'inner voice' that isn't doing us any favors. Change that voice. If you wouldn't say it to your friend or your child, don't say it to yourself.

I love, love, LOVE this video of the little girl giving herself a pep talk:

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Jessica's Daily Affirmation Video

Watch the video for a smile this morning and see what great things you can tell yourself today.

As always, I invite you to attend one of my free Job Search Training Webinars where I show  you what you need to be doing to get hired. (Plus we have question-and-answer sessions at the end--bring me your questions so I can help you!) Job seekers tell me that they come away from these training sessions with renewed enthusiasm and motivation!

Find out more about Career Confidential's Job Search and Interview Training Webinars.