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30-60-90-Day Plan Gets You the Job Even If You Have No Experience

PattyAre you graduating soon? Or maybe you’re transitioning from one industry to another?  Either way, your lack of experience could keep you from getting the job you want. Luckily, you can overcome this obstacle with a 30-60-90-day plan for your job interview.  See how it worked for Patty:

Hi Peggy,

I just want to give you a big THANK YOU. I purchased the 30/60/90 Business Plan video. It really walked me through step-by-step on the structure and preparation. I used it on my very next job interview. I was competing with 3 other candidates that were just as qualified. I actually didn’t have the exact experience for the position. One of your videos indicated to erase that from your mind–that a company would not have scheduled me for a face-to-face interview if they didn’t think I was capable. I kept that in mind during the whole interview. With the help of your videos I was able to prepare for the interview and find a way to present my 30/60/90 day plan. I completely wowed them. Needless to say, I got the job offer. With experience in the job but with no industry experience, I got it because of your videos…I am so grateful. Thank you!!!

Patty

Patty, we are thrilled for you.

If you know you want the edge that a 30-60-90-Day Plan will give you in your job interview…

Best of luck!

 

 

How To Avoid Resume Buzzwords

ErinK-BuzzwordsDo you know what “buzzword” makes me think of? Big bugs with wings that beat so fast the individual sounds blur together. In a resume, buzzwords are words used so often the reader stops seeing you as an individual. It can be tricky, though, because you have to figure out what’s been overused to that point of overkill (i.e. “detail-oriented, or “responsible for” … just DON’T DO IT).

Buzzwords vs Keywords

Keywords are essential in your resume because they are the phrases or individual words the screening system is looking for. There is a lot of quality information on keywords and how to use them on this blog and on other career blogs. Basically, a keyword is the information the searcher is hoping to find. If an employer wants to hire someone who knows Microsoft Office and can come in to start work without training, they are looking for “Microsoft Office” on your resume. If you have the skill they are looking for, say so. Tell them how well you know it, too. “Uses Microsoft Office daily” implies competency.

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Questions You Should Ask During Your Job Interview

ErinK-QuestionstoAskMost of the time, a job interview will consist of you answering questions. But most interviewers will also ask if you have any questions, and it’s a good idea to be prepared to ask the right kind. You don’t have to use my phrasing, but think through why these questions are good to ask and how you can ask something similar:

  • “The job description cites these responsibilities. How are those responsibilities filled in a typical workday?” This gives you an idea about the work load and expectations involved.
  • “What do you hope to see this position accomplish for your company?” A question like this gives you an opportunity to hear what their goals are for this particular job and get an idea of the long term plans you will be a part of.

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Get the balance you crave in your life with a Franchise

kGReQyJIWhether you’re ready to slow it down after a lifetime in the workforce, or to restart your career after primarily being home with your kids, franchising has multiple opportunities for you to work at home.

Locating your business at home allows you to set your work hours around the needs of your life. So you can watch your grand-daughter’s afternoon softball game or take your kids to school without spending valuable time commuting. Or have more time to pursue hobbies or volunteer activities.

Working at home, in fact, is a growing trend, having increased 46 percent between 1997 and 2010, for people who work at least one day per week at home, according to the U.S. Census.

Increasing numbers of full-time workers are setting up their businesses at home, thanks to new technology that allows us to easily connect via the Internet. In its most recent survey, the Census reported that more than half of all businesses that responded to its 2007 Survey of Business Owners operated out of someone’s home.

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4 Reasons You Should Try Job Shadowing (as an Adult Job Seeker)

Business lifeJob shadowing isn’t just for high school or college students.  It can be a great idea for adult job seekers, too.  Job shadowing can help you if you are transitioning to a new career or if you are re-entering the job market after an absence.  Here’s why:

  • Job shadowing lets you dip your toes in the water to see if you’re really interested. You might think you want a particular job, but once you try it, you may not like the day-to-day tasks of it.  If you’ve been absent for a while, there may be some changes you need to know about.  On the day of your shadow, ask questions about the job, what the person likes and dislikes about it, what’s a good career path look like, and what you need to do to get your foot in the door.

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The Top Reason Your Cover Letter Is Important

ErinK-CoverLetterSome will tell you that nobody reads cover letters any more, so there’s no good reason to write them. But there actually are very good reasons to write a professional, researched, compelling cover letter, and here’s the top reason why:

It is your opening argument that the attached resume is worth taking the time to read.

There are many helpful hints on writing your cover letter and it is a good idea to read up on this skill before you start drafting yours. Then start by taking the specific job description you are applying for and matching your qualifications to that description. Find the company’s goals and mission statement. Can you see how they mesh with the job and how you could be the best candidate for that opening?

If possible, discover who will be reading the resumes and use their name in the opening. Present your case for their consideration by a well-written and concise explanation of how your qualifications fit their needs and their goals. Reference any personal recommendations you have within the organization. Think of who will read your letter, what their goals are, and how to show them you can be the one to meet those goals.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Success is the Sum of Small Efforts

FlowerSuccess is the sum of small efforts,
repeated day-in and day-out.

Robert Collier

If you do just a little bit every day to make yourself stronger or better, then before long you’ll be significantly better, stronger, and more than you were before.

In a job search, that means learning something or doing something new every day to make you stronger or move you forward–improving your resume, finding employers or hiring managers to send it to, adding something new to your brag book, connecting with someone on LinkedIn, or even just taking the time to do something positive for yourself.  One guy I know started working out while he was between jobs–it didn’t take him long to lose 50 pounds, and he felt amazing.  Maybe you need to read something motivating or speak to someone who’s a positive influence.

In your career life, that may mean doing a lot of those same things, but also making a regular effort to connect with people in your network.  Here’s an excerpt from 4 Easy Networking Tips for Your Job Search and Career:

Every 3-6 months, send an e-mail to everyone you have an email address for.  This should be people you have something in common with:  you used to work with them, your spouse works with them, you went to school with them, you were/are in some kind of a group with them, and so on.  These don’t have to be close relationships–acquaintances are fine.  Your email should say something like,  “Hi, this is Peggy.  It’s been a long time since we’ve talked.  I’m still at ____________________, still doing _____________.  If you need anything, please give me a call.  Here are my phone numbers if you need to get in touch with me or give someone else my contact information if I can assist them.  If your personal e-mail has changed, please let me know.” If you can and it makes sense, offer them something–this can be something you know they need help with, an article that’s relevant for them, or even just a bit of news they might be interested in.  This little “Hi” will keep you in their minds so that when an opportunity DOES come up, they are likely to think of you.  (Facebook and LinkedIn updates don’t count.  You need this more ‘personal’ touch.)

One very positive thing to do this week to move you forward in your job search is to attend one of my Free Training Webinars.  Those who attend tell me they come away feeling refreshed, motivated, and armed with great new tips for job search success.

I wish you the best of luck this week!

 

 

30-60-90-Day Plan Helps Nurse Practitioner Get Job Offer

Stock PhotoI wanted to share this wonderful note from a nurse practitioner to show you that 30-60-90-day plans can work in the healthcare field, and they can help students.  She got her job before she finished her degree.  See how she did it:

Dear Peggy,

I want to express my thanks and gratitude for your 30-60-90 Day Plan. I borrowed money from my Mom to pay for the program in October 20XX. I was starting to look for and apply for nurse practitioner positions before graduating from my nurse practitioner program. I was very scared and I didn’t have much confidence in my ability to interview or even that hiring managers would look at my resume since I wasn’t yet done with school.

My Mom sent an email of yours to me and I was interested in improving my chances of being noticed during the interview. I watched your YouTube videos and read your blog, but I knew I needed something more. The 30-60-90 Day plan was perfect. I listened to the presentations and created my own personal plan to present to hiring managers. I created it in color and sent them to Staples so that they could be printed in high quality ink and on heavy paper stock. I scored 6 interviews in the month of November and was presented with a generous offer the first week in December. I accepted the offer within a few days, it was that good.

After accepting the offer, the hiring manager said that it wasn’t as much the content of the presentation that was impressive, but the fact that I had a personalized presentation prepared for the first interview. So while I study for my nurse practitioner boards, I have a nurse practitioner job waiting for me. That is a huge weight off of my shoulders. While other students may have to interview and prepare and plan for interviews or apply for jobs while they study, I am able to focus on studying full time. That is an amazing gift.

I wanted to share this with you because you are so good at what you do and it’s wonderful that you are able to share your expertise and knowledge with other people, especially during a time when the job market is so competitive. Your program gave me the edge I needed to edge out other candidates with more experience than I had, which is priceless. It even improved my confidence overall, as I started to value myself differently and speak confidently about who I was and what I was able to do. So these skills have extended outside of the interview and hiring process and into other areas of my life. Who knew?

Blessings to you, your family, your team, your pets, everyone involved in allowing you to do what you do and to do it so well.

All the best,

P. Martin, RN MSN (soon to be ANP-BC)

I love that not only did the 30-60-90-Day Plan help her get the job she wanted, it also improved her self-confidence in other areas of her life.  These are life-changing tools!

Get my 30-60-90-Day Plan for your job interview!

 

 

That Selfie Has A Price Tag

ErinK-SelfieWomen, particularly young women, get a lot of conflicting advice about how to look and how to act. But that advice doesn’t come with validity, and the cost of following some advice is pretty high. A recent study in Psychology of Popular Media Culture looks at The Price of Sexy: Viewers’ Perceptions of a Sexualized Versus Nonsexualized Facebook Profile Photograph and it shows a small part of that cost.

In the study, only the views of adolescent and young adult women were assessed. The result shows that among her peers, a young woman in a sexualized picture is considered less attractive physically and socially. She also is considered less competent to complete tasks, and the only difference between the two profile pictures is the way the same woman presents herself. This is the price tag among her female peers right now, and it doesn’t go into why the other girls think the way they do or how it affects future careers.

Counting The Career Cost

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3 Simple Ways To Dramatically Improve Your Resume Today

123 - CopyRecruiters and employers sift through stacks of resumes very quickly, so your resume needs to grab attention fast. What makes a resume stand out and get you the interview?

First, your resume must be easy to read (bullet points, not paragraphs) and error-free.  Mistakes will get your resume dumped fast. Beyond these basics, here are 3 simple ways to rev up your resume:

1 – Quantify Your Accomplishments

Sales resumes should absolutely, without question, show your performance numbers–sales numbers, rankings, etc.  But even if you aren’t remotely connected to sales, quantifying your accomplishments (using numbers, dollars, and percentages to describe what you’ve done) will grab attention and show that you’ll be a great asset.  (See How to Write a Resume That POPS)

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How to Prepare for a Job Interview: 7 Steps to ‘Crush’ It and Get the Offer

Portrait of business womanThe #1 Job Interview Rule for Crushing The Interview is:

You Must Be As Prepared As Or Better Prepared Than Your Competition.

An interview begins long before you step in front of the interviewer. Wise job seekers will prepare with this in mind. The best-prepared candidate makes the best impression, has the best interview, and almost always gets the offer.  When you get the interview, follow these steps:

Step 1 – Research the Company (and Interviewer)

Know as much as you can about the company’s history, products/services, sales processes (if you’re in sales), finances, plans, recent news, noteworthy executives, physical locations, operating challenges, operational approaches, and anything else you can find out prior to stepping into the room.  Do an internet search, but also check out LinkedIn and your network. Reach out to contacts, check blogs, and try to get the inside story on what is happening at your prospective company (and be prepared to talk about it).

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5 Job Interview Thank You Note Tips (with Sample Thank You Note)

Thank-YouJob Interview Thank You Notes or Thank You Email Tips

 

1.  Send a thank you note.  Everybody knows that you should send a thank you note after your interview, and yet many people don’t.  Thank you notes make you stand out from the other candidates, and really can make the difference in whether or not you get the job.

2.  Write a substantial note–not a form letter.  This is another opportunity to point out a key item or two in your favor.  It should mention that you enjoyed talking with them, some additional thoughts about how you and your skills are a great fit, and what you learned that makes you even more enthusiastic about working there. See this Sample Thank You Note.

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3 Reasons To Track The Numbers In Your Job Performance

ErinK-TrackNumbersSome of us liked math class, and some of us did not (I am in the latter group). But like it or not, numbers are essential in your career, from resume to retirement and everywhere in between. Job performance numbers are particularly useful for at least three reasons:

  1. they look good on your resume
  2. they help with salary negotiations
  3. and they give you confidence

Performance Numbers Validate Your Resume

When you can state that your work for a past employer resulted in a 15% increase in sales, that is an authoritative statement. It had better be a true statement that you can back up with more information, too! The fact is. illustrating your success with hard numbers always gets a good ROI on your resume because it is specific proof of your worth. Employers looking for a good return on their investment in hiring you will be impressed.

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Communication Coach for US Job Market (ESL)

peggy-redshirt158X210 - Copy (3)Is English your second language (ESL)?  This can cause significant communication problems during job interviews with US companies.  These problems can keep you from getting the jobs you are qualified for.

I’ve worked with many job seekers from China, Japan, Mexico, France, and Dubai, among others, to help them overcome language and/or cultural barriers so they can communicate more effectively in job interviews.

How a Coach Can Help

For instance, I just got off the phone with a highly skilled job seeker from China.  She knew that her phone interviews weren’t going well, but she didn’t realize just how much trouble she was having until she worked with a coach.

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