If you are struggling in your job search, I hope Jake's story inspires you. I speak to job seekers every day who only need to change how they approach some part of their job search (resume, finding jobs, getting interviews, interview answers) and they get hired fast--like Jake.
...Thank you so much for your services. It literally took less then a month for me to get a job after using your products and putting your advice to work. I was prepared for the interview, had a solid resume and most importantly found ways to go around recruiters which I would not have done. It took a lot of work on my end but the service you provided gave me the stepping stones to get there. I have received a career in medical sales and am thrilled. ...Thank you once again.
Check out these blog posts to see some of the tips and strategies Jake used:
I'm excited to let you know I was interviewed for a Monster.com article on Conducting Offsite Job Interviews! This article by Dona DeZube, Monster Interview Expert, has some great advice on interview setting and strategy when conducting offsite interviews. I am thrilled to have been a resource--thanks, Dona!
As a career coach, I spend a lot of time talking to job seekers about improving their resume, how to answer interview questions, how to find jobs by contacting hiring managers, etc.--but very often the biggest issue in the way of their success is a simple lack of confidence. They're full of fear that keeps them from doing what they need to do to get a job.
If lack of confidence is holding you back in your job search, let me ask you the same question I ask my clients:
"What would someone who didn't care what others thought, or didn't care if the answer was no, do?"
Think about that for a second...got your answer? Great. Do that.
Make the Call.
Ask the Question.
Show Your Interest.
Reduce their Risk.
Make them Feel some Emotion.
Are you one of those people who talk when they are nervous? It’s pretty easy to do — and very damaging to your career if you don’t learn how to control it. That old adage about having two ears and one mouth so you can listen twice as much as you talk is actually good advice for every part of your working world, from the interview to get the job to the moves into management and executive leadership.
The Big Mistake You Can Make
When you sit down for an interview, one of the big questions in the interviewer’s mind is what you will be like to work with. It’s a valid question because most jobs do involve some level of teamwork. So in order to answer the big questions, the way you answer smaller questions is observed. Speaking without listening is a red flag because it indicates that since you don’t listen here, in the job interview, you won’t listen later, on the job.
In every difficult situation
is potential value. Believe this,
then begin looking for it.
- Norman Vincent Peale
No one gets through life or career without trouble. A job search can be a very difficult situation...maybe you've already lost your job and are looking, or things are difficult enough in your current job that you're looking for a way out. And everyone fails at something at some point. If you've never failed, you've never taken a risk or tried anything new.
If you're in a difficult job search, I want you to look for the value in it. What are you learning from this? Are you going to end up with a better job than what you had before? Is your new job going to set you up for moving further ahead in your career? Maybe you're meeting people now who will help you down the road. Focus on the positive in this situation. Not only will you feel better, you'll come across as a more positive, confident person, which will help you tremendously in your job search.
If you are job searching with some kind of failure in your past, look for the value in it. What did you learn? Being able to talk about what you learned from it and how it's made you better going forward is a huge plus in your favor. Check out these blog posts to help you positively answer questions about failure:
Are 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:
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, 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...
Do 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.
Most 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.
Whether 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.
Job 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.
Some 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.
Success 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.
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 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:
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!