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‘I got my targeted job with my dream company!’

DonnyOsmondJobseekerPeggy,

Just had to share - yesterday I accepted an offer for my targeted job with my dream company! Specifically mentioned was that no other person had taken the initiative to submit a 30/60/90 plan. I was told that it was one of several points that elevated me above my competition and showed my dedication to going above and beyond what was required and instead do what was necessary.

I can't thank you enough!

John

30-60-90-Day Plans absolutely help you stand head and shoulders above your competition.

If you have an interview for your dream job coming up, you need to bring a 30-60-90-Day Action Plan to make sure you get it.

Read more about 30-60-90-Day Plans here.

 

Best LinkedIn Groups for Job Seekers

LinkedInAs a career coach, I see many job seekers making a big job search mistake on LinkedIn.  What's the mistake? Choosing the wrong groups.

Lots of job seekers think, "I'm looking for a job, so where should I be on LinkedIn? Job Seeker groups."  That has a certain logic, but it's the wrong conclusion.

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Presenting, Connecting & Engaging on LinkedIn

LinkedInIf you can accept "Networking is about meeting new people and developing some level of relationship where you can help each other," then I would like you to consider that networking involves the deliberate acts of PresentingConnecting and Engaging.

Let me explain what I mean by these three networking acts and why they are important to your network and you:

The way you Present yourself while networking is much more than the way you look. Yes, appearance is important. We need to make sure we are presentable, with a clean shirt and combed hair (what we have), fully and appropriately dressed for where we are and what we are doing at the time.

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Job Interview Questions and Answers – How to Avoid the ‘Deer in the Headlights’ Syndrome

canstockphoto13347250One of the worst things that can happen to you in a job interview is to get a tough interview question that makes you freeze, like a deer in the headlights.  You are surprised, you don't know which way to go, and so you just sit there waiting for disaster.

Most of the interview questions that make you freeze are questions like, "What's your greatest achievement?" or "What's your greatest failure?" or "What have you done that makes you a great fit for this job?" Even if you can answer those, you can easily get stuck when they follow up your answer with "How did you do that?" or "What happened?"

Here's a great exercise that will really prepare you to answer the toughest interview questions:

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Sales Job Interview – What Questions Should You Ask the Employer?

sales job interview questionsGot a sales job interview in your future?  You need to know what really sets you apart from your competition.

Besides a great resume, good grooming, punctuality, and good answers to interview questions, what separates you from your competition is the questions you ask.

Asking the right questions will show that you:

  1. have the confidence to ask the questions
  2. have thought about this job and how you'd be successful
  3. think strategically

Quick story

Once I had an entry-level sales candidate call me right before her phone interview. She said, “Hey, do you mind if I ask you a couple questions? I want you to tell me, without  worrying about hurting my feelings, what are my weaknesses and what do you perceive are my strengths?”

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Monday Motivator – It’s What You Do

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It is not what happens to you that determines how far you go in life; it is what you do with what happens to you.
- Zig Ziglar

 

If you've been laid off or even got fired; if you made a mistake in taking the job you have; if you've been struggling in the job search for months with no end in sight...let Zig Ziglar inspire you today.

What Zig is saying is that those circumstances don't define you or limit you.  It's all about your response.  It's what you do with it and about it.  It's turning lemons into lemonade.

I've coached people with situations worse than yours, and they were still able to move forward to success.  You can, too. It's all in what you do now. Take action and expect success.

If you need some extra help in figuring out how to get past the obstacle in your way, give me a call.  I'd love to coach you on to success.

Find out about Career Coaching here.

 

 

Top 10 Traits of a Successful Networking Professional

AgreementBill, “Teddy, I network my network so that my net works.”
Teddy, “How do you make that happen Bill?”
Bill, “It’s hard to do. Do you have any suggestions?”

We talked some more before I decided to write this article.

Some people network looking for an opportunity, a prospect, a deal or maybe a job. I stopped doing this years ago.

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‘I’ve been offered 3 jobs!’

TACI received this fantastic email from a TAC (Total Access Coaching) Club member:

WOW, you did it again!   Since signing up for CC job seeking advice, I have been offered THREE positions.  Yes, that's right, THREE positions!  I followed every word of your advice and it produced the results for me.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  It was the best investment I've ever made in myself!

- Connie B.

I love that Connie talks about investing in herself.  We all need to invest in ourselves with knowledge, tools, or effort to be more, stronger, and better than we were before. Investments in yourself pay off. It paid off for Connie in 3 job offers.  Imagine having a choice of 3 job offers!

What's TAC?  Total Access Coaching Club is (basically) all of Career Confidential's tools combined with direct, biweekly coaching from Carl and me.  It's the ultimate job search success toolkit.  Check out TAC here.

 

 

Let Your Networks Overlap

LinkedInDo you let your networks of people overlap? You should.

In most of our lives there are three unique networks of people.

Facebook LogoYour Friends and Family is one such network. These are the people who are generally the closest to you. These people are the people who hopefully trust, respect and care for you the most.

Your Community Connections is the second network of people in your life. These are people in the schools, charities, civic groups and churches you attend or visit. Your neighbors can be members of this network as well.

Your Business Connections is the third unique and important network of people. This includes your fellow employees, business partners and customers. Your mechanic, plumber and hairstylist could be members of this network.

Individually these networks can help in your life, community, career and business.  When you let these networks organically overlap, the benefits become far more rewarding.

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Engaging on LinkedIn

LinkedInEngaging is "to occupy the attention of a person or persons: He engaged her in conversation."

We can be engaging in person, at networking events, on the phone, via email, in a letter and on LinkedIn.

Being engaging is an important networking skill. I encourage you to always strive to be engaging in any setting, including LinkedIn.

As LinkedIn continues to increase it's popularity as the #1 business social networking tool, we need to be more engaging when using it. Otherwise, we’ll just be a part of the never ending buzz of social networking noise.

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Observations From a Hiring Manager For Your Interviews (How to Answer Interview Questions)

canstockphoto3149152I received this great comment from a hiring manager on interviewing, and thought her insights would help you in your next interview, when you answer interview questions.

My observations as a hiring manager are in line with what you are saying in this video. I've interviewed candidates for a position in software development team and asked them a standard question: "Where do you see yourself in three years?" Many responded enthusiastically, "I want to be a manager", not realizing that this be viewed as a threat to the continuous employment of a manager :) A safer answer is "I want to be a senior programmer."

The biggest assumption people make is that if they tell you what they did, you will understand that they will and can do the job. I think this approach is far from perfect, and they will be better understood if they spell this out explicitly. For example, "I can support Oracle database and resolve performance issues because I have such and such experience to rely upon." What I heard often was "I am passionate about Oracle and done a lot of Oracle programming" - how [your passion helps] me was not spelled out for me.

Just my 2c

Cheers,

Olga

The video Olga refers to is this one:  The 4 Unasked Job Interview Questions You MUST Answer

The big ideas here are to remember who you're speaking with and adjust your answers accordingly, and give evidence-based answers (especially quantified ones that include numbers, dollars, and percentages) instead of only talking about your passion.  Passion and enthusiasm are good, but evidence is better.

If you'd like great answers to specific interview questions, check out my blog series, How to Answer Interview Questions.

 

 

How to Do an Action Plan for Your Job Interview

Interview2Preparing an action plan for your job interview is the best job interview prep in the world.  It will help you speak more confidently about your ability to do the job, and demonstrate that you are someone who not only can do the job, but will do it and be very successful at it.

How do you do an action plan for your job interview?

The best way to come up with an action plan is just like with any other goal:  break it into smaller goals and figure out the steps to reach those.

An action plan can refer to any length of time you'd like--from 30 days to a year.  Most people use an action plan for the first 90 days, or a 30-60-90-Day Plan.

When you break up your plan into 30-day increments, it becomes easier to figure out what you should be doing in each section.

The first 30 days normally focuses on learning the ropes:  meeting co-workers, support teams, customers, clients; learning software and systems; and getting settled into the job.

The next 30 days (60-day section) usually finds you digging deeper, past the surface stuff.  You're learning more details and becoming familiar with the job and the company, and you're getting feedback on how you've done so far.

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Monday Motivator – Take the Shot

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You miss 100% of the shots
you don’t take.
- Wayne Gretzky

 

If you're ever afraid to make that call or contact that hiring manager, think about this:  You may not get the interview from that effort, but if you don't make the effort, you definitely won't.

It's always going to be worth it to take the shot.

So this week, contact your network and contact those hiring managers.  Do the thing you're afraid to do.  Take the shot. Take the chance.

If you need help with figuring out how to find hiring managers or knowing what to say to them, check out my Hidden Jobs Finder.

 

 

‘2 Weeks – 3 Interviews – 3 Offers’

TACThis is the kind of letter I love to get from TAC (Total Access Coaching) Club members:

I got a job! Thank you all so much for your help. I have used the tools and in less than 2 weeks I went on 3 interviews and received written offers from each position. I took the 3rd position and had my first day today! WOW! Awesome support, tools and coaching from Peggy, Carl and the rest of the Staff. Thank you!

- D. Long

What's TAC?  Total Access Coaching Club is (basically) all of Career Confidential's tools combined with direct, biweekly coaching from Carl and me.  It's the ultimate job search success toolkit.  Check out TAC here.

 

 

Executive Career Coaching Services

peggy-redshirt158X210 - Copy (2)Why would you need Executive Career Coaching?

  • Because you want to job search with no mistakes
  • Because you want to navigate your way through the job search quickly
  • Because you've gotten burned by your last company and are struggling
  • Because you want to climb to the C-Suite fast
  • Because you want to change industries
  • Because you want to move to a bigger company or better opportunity

All these reasons are great reasons to hire an executive career coach.

A coach can help you where you may not be able to help yourself.  If Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and Deion Sanders all needed coaches to climb to the top of their game, then it shouldn't surprise you that a coach can help you climb to the top of yours.

If you are great at your job--strategic, proactive, problem-solving, growth-oriented--but not so great at promoting yourself, you need a career coach.  We can help you break a bottleneck or catapult you forward in your career.

If you are stumbling or even paralyzed by what happened in your last company, you need a career coach.  I recently coached an executive who was so shaken up by being laid off that he stuttered when talking about it.  In one session, we came up with a new way to talk about it so he got his confidence back--and got a job.

If your resume and LinkedIn profile aren't getting you called or contacted, you could use the expertise of a career coach.

If you can't find opportunities that fit your level of experience and expertise, you could use a career coach. I helped someone who'd been laid off from a Director position land a COO job with a $40,000 pay raise within 2 months.  He'd expected to be out of work for at least 6 months.

If you are getting interviews but no offers, you need a career coach. Let me give you another example:  I recently coached an executive who'd been out of work for 5 months.  He got interviews, but no offers.  He had told his wife to get used to cutting back, because even though they used to make $120,000, he didn't see how he could get any more than $90,000--when he eventually found something.  I coached him for 1 hour, and taught him how to directly contact decision-makers.  Within 24 hours of sending 30 messages, he had 2 Face to Face interviews scheduled:  one was with a major company in the auto industry, and the other was with a $7B company within 30 miles of his house that he'd never heard of.  End result:  he got a great job at the level he had made before.

Whatever issue you have...if you are not where you want to be, or you're just ready to make things happen, give me a call at (800) 691-2562.  I'd love to work with you and get you to the top, too.

Find out more about Executive Career Coaching here.