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Being Relevant is How You Get Hired

Relevant

 

Put relevant information on your resume, and you’ll have a chance at getting hired. Ignore this point, and you’re wasting your time.

Too often job seekers email copies of their resumes to anyone and everyone with no true, honest concern for how their skills, experiences and expertise compare to the job requirements. This is such a waste of energy and, in part, the reason so many people get frustrated applying for jobs.

If your resume does not show recruiters how your skills, experiences, expertise and accomplishments are relevant to their needs, there is no chance in the world you’ll get that job. You need to show RELEVANCE.

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Best Words to Describe Yourself in a Job Interview

wordsThe words you use to describe yourself in the job interview should be as strategically chosen as any job interview answer you give. Every word you use in the job interview should work for you to sell you for the job.

What are great words to describe yourself in a job interview?

  • Dynamic – this says that you can change and adapt in order to succeed
  • Successful – if you are successful in some areas, chances are you’ll be successful in others
  • Strategic – you can make good decisions with the big picture in mind
  • Motivated – great for sales positions
  • Creative – this is a must for creative-type jobs, of course, but also good for companies that need problem-solvers
  • Focused – you don’t get distracted by unnecessary or unhelpful things
  • Organized – organized means you are in control and things happen the way they are supposed to
  • Enthusiastic -  this means you will also be motivated to work hard and well
  • Valuable – this is a great lead-in for some way you have made or saved money for your previous employers

Think about what qualities you possess that would be especially valuable for this job, and point those out in your interview.

For more words to describe yourself in a job interview, see these posts:

How to Answer Interview Questions Q69 – What makes you unique?

How to Answer Interview Questions Q41 – Tell me about yourself.

How to Answer Interview Questions Q7 - Describe yourself to me in one word.

 

 

Don’t Let Your Network Die

interviewIf you build your network properly, it can become one of your most valuable assets.

A car can be replaced, computers are just commodity items, cell phones get replaced every two years and even your house is replaceable, ask your insurance agent.

Your network is built one person and relationship at a time. You can’t borrow someone else’s network, you can’t pick up a new network at the local big box store, and I doubt Lloyds of London will insure your network.

A dying network cannot help you, nor the people in your network. A dying network is almost always terminal. Few people have been able to revive a dying network.

Therefore you need to do everything you can to make sure your network thrives so that it never dies.

Here are five activities that if executed properly will help your network to thrive.

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Monday Motivator – Don’t Get Discouraged By Job Search Rejection

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When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
- Alexander Graham Bell

 

Job searching is filled with rejection (sometimes beginning with losing your job in the first place). Statistically, you will have to go through a certain number of contacts to get an interview and a certain number of interviews to get an offer.

I want to encourage you today to just expect some rejection and don’t take it personally, because that will only keep you focused on the door that closed, not the other door opening up in front of you.

In a job search, there’s always another door. You just have to keep looking until you find it.

Not that I expect you to plod through a long, slow job search…

If I were in a job search, I’d want to find all the open doors in front of me at once. That’s why I developed the Hidden Jobs Finder. It is the best tool for finding more jobs, contacting dozens or even hundreds of hiring managers, and getting multiple interviews.

Either way, I want to encourage you to stay positive! Your job is out there waiting for you.

I invite you to come to one of my free job search training webinars this week. In many of my webinars, I teach about how to move toward that job you want faster.  See Weekly Webinar Topics Here.

 

 

Stop Applying for Jobs–and Get Hired Instantly Free Training Webinar

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Come to my free webinar, Stop Applying for Jobs and Get Hired Instantly. I'll show you how job seekers are going from no interviews to LOTS of interviews--fast.

STOP Filling Out Job Applications
--Discover This Easy, PROVEN Method That Makes You
Stand Out, Get Interviews, and Get the Job

What You Will Discover In This Free Job Search Training:

  • Why You Must STOP Applying for Jobs NOW
  • How to Get Interviews Faster Than Ever
  • 3 Deadly Resume Mistakes You’re Probably Making
  • How to Make Your Resume Stand Out and Get Interviews
  • How to Find the Right Person to Contact at Any Company
  • How to Get Anywhere from 2 to 20 Interviews in Days
  • The 4 Questions You Must Answer to Get Hired
  • How to ‘Crush’ Every Interview and Get the Offer

 

This Need-To-Know Information is Absolutely Free…

AND you get 3 Bonus Gifts, too!

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How to Get a Job In 6 Weeks … GUARANTEED Training Webinar

How To Get A Job in 6 Weeks… GUARANTEED!

Comprehensive plan for your resume, job search,
and interviews will get you HIRED
.

Learn More Here

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‘I Got 8 Interviews Over 2 Days’

32Another success story where they were able not only to find a position within a month but got a higher level position than what they interviewed for, by using 30/60/90 Day Plan.  Don't think that you don't need this...this is an experienced job seeker!

Hi Peggy,

I wanted to thank you for your passion and expertise in assisting individuals in navigating the stormy employment waters; especially for the experienced job seekers out there.  It did take longer then I expected but I stayed true to the process and received an outstanding offer yesterday that I accepted.

I had 8 interviews over 2 days; one of which was with the President of the division.  I prepared from the beginning with researching the company, up-grading my resume, cover letter, interviewing questions, "Brag-Book" and yes my 30/60/90 day plan for success.  The process took less then 1 month to offer.  They were in the process of making an offer to another individual until they received my resume and cover letter.  The President actually took me out for lunch and expressed his appreciation on how well I was prepared and actually told me they would be making me an offer!  They started discussing money immediately which was outstanding when the offer came through it was almost 10% higher.  I actually was offered a higher position then I interviewed for and will be a Director of Domestic and International Business Development.

Thank You for all you do.

Sincerely,

David

 

 

 

90 Day Interview Plan

Businesswoman Interviewing Male Candidate For JobA 90 Day Interview Plan is also known as a 90-Day Plan, a Business Plan, or a 30-60-90-Day Plan. Whatever you call it, the point is that it’s a plan—a plan for how you will attack your new job in the first 90 days of employment. Having a plan, or a strategy, in place helps you show your true value to a potential employer.

Why does a 90 Day Interview Plan give you a better interview?

Discussing your plan with the interviewer goes much deeper than standard interview questions and answers. It helps them “see” you in the job and shows them who you really are and what you can do to benefit their company. It’s one of the best interview tools to enhance your communication (which is what interviews are all about).

What’s in a 90 Day Interview Plan?

The easiest way to create a plan is to subdivide it into 3 sections:

  • First 30 Days – This usually consists of getting familiar with the company and all the details of your new job. You’ll meet your co-workers, counterparts, customers, and support departments. You’ll organize yourself and get situated before you can be effective in your job.
  • Second 30 Days (60 Days) – This is when you get more involved in the details…become more active, make evaluations of your actions so far, and get feedback.
  • Last 30 Days (90 Days) – By now, you should be on your own…implementing changes, beginning projects, generating ideas, going after new customers, etc.

How to Create a 90 Day Interview Plan

Every plan should be customized for the job you’re interviewing for, and each section should be at least a page long. If you can do this on your own, that’s great. If you know you need help creating a job-winning 90 Day Interview Plan, get my proven 30-60-90-Day Plan with template, samples, and coaching. It will be the best move you can make before your next interview.

 

Are You Cut Out for a Franchise? Take the Quiz!

file2581282942185Buying a franchise is one of the quickest, safest ways to start your own business, but a franchise is not for everyone, particularly if you’re the type of person who likes to blaze your own trail.

For starters, to be successful with a franchise — that is to maximize your potential earnings — you must be prepared to follow the franchisor’s system, the time-tested method the company has for virtually every aspect of its operations, including staffing protocols, an advertising campaign and store build-out plans.

After working with dozens of franchisees over the years, I still see new franchisees decide they can cut corners, for example, by declining to hire enough people to cover the day-to-day responsibilities of meeting the needs of customers.

The owner may decide to save money by doing some of the work himself, for example, cleaning houses or caring for seniors. As a result the owner has less time to build the business, creating a steady and growing clientele to generate earnings. While that owner may save some upfront costs, he or she loses long-term earnings potential.

So how do you know if you are a good candidate for a franchise? Answer eight easy questions:

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Connecting Far and Wide

LinkedInYou likely have two specific networks in your life. The first of these networks is your In Real Life (IRL) network. The second is your Virtual social networks, unless you are not using social media.

Growing these individual networks and allowing them to organically overlap, where relevant and possible, can amplify your successes in life, career and business.

Whether in real life or on social media, consistently expanding your network will provide significant value. However, you can't ask people who don’t know you to connect. This is unacceptable and often will fail. So how do we grow our connections beyond the people we know today.

It’s really quite easy. Here are three ideas that work well:

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Executive Job Search

Complimentary Guide - 10 Steps to Getting an Executive Job in Mere Weeks

Complimentary Guide - 10 Steps to Getting an Executive Job in Mere Weeks

Are you in an executive job search? Statistics say that you’ll spend one month in the job search for every $10,000 you earn. Do you have that kind of time? Of course not.

You can have your pick of executive positions if you are as strategic with your executive job search as you are with your executive job.

How? Let’s start with this:

Here are the 3 things that keep most executives from getting interviews:

1) Your cover letter, or opening message, isn’t strong enough to make them notice you and read your resume. How you present yourself in this initial contact has a big influence on their perception of you.

2) Your resume doesn’t represent you and your skills and experience like it should…it doesn’t sell you.

3) You are not pursuing opportunities effectively. This means that you are not finding enough opportunities, you are not positioning yourself advantageously for them, and you are not communicating with the right people about these positions. The #1 mistake job seekers make in pursuing opportunities is applying online. This doesn’t help you find enough positions, it doesn’t put you in the best place for them, and it doesn’t put you in front of the right people.

If you attack and solve these problems, you can get the interviews you need and the job you want.

Get an action plan for executive job search success by downloading and reading my free guide:

"The Definitive Guide to Executive Job Search - 10 Steps to Getting An Executive Job in Mere Weeks"

 

 

 

Investing Time During Your Career Transition

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABeing haphazard, random, inconsistent or un-focused with your time will not create success during your career transition. And we all know that you want to be successful while in career transition.

I get asked this question often, “Teddy, how much time should I spend searching for a job?” My answer is, “Don’t spend any time looking for a job. Spend 40+ hours a week doing the important stuff that will help you uncover your next great job.”

It’s important to know what you want to do first. Once you know this, break down your career transition work into five deliberate activities:

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search– Have the Courage to Continue

 

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Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Winston Churchill

 

One of the hardest things to deal with in your job search is rejection. Statistically, it takes a certain number of contacts before you get an interview, and a certain number of interviews before you get an offer. The number isn't as important as the idea that you are going to have to go through some 'no's before you get to the 'yes'. I hope this quote encourages you to keep going, and keep trying.

I also want to encourage you to make those statistics work for you, and here's what I mean: Most job seekers follow a pattern. They apply for a job, get excited about it, and go after it. When that falls through, they go on to the next one. What that does is simply prolong the time you'll be in the job search. What I encourage you to do is get through those 'no's as fast as you can, so you can get to the 'yes' that much faster.

I invite you to come to one of my free job search training webinars this week. In many of my webinars, I teach about how to move toward that job you want faster. Get through those 'no's, don't let them drag you down, and get to your 'yes.'See Weekly Webinar Topics Here.

 

 

Perfect Interview Answers Free Training Webinar

Did you know that employers are listening for certain words, phrases, and concepts in your interview answers? If you don’t say what they want to hear, you won’t get the job.

In this webinar, you will learn perfect interview answers you can adapt for any job in any field.

These answers are the “magic words” that will unlock job offers for you. You will learn:

  • Perfect answers for the 4 most common interview questions
  • How to make them want to offer you the job
  • How to relieve the hiring manager’s 4 secret fears about you
  • An interview technique that will make them beg to hire you

Don’t go to another interview without this information!

Register Here

 

’30-60-90-Day Plan Helped Me Get a C-Level Job’

For executive job interviews, demonstrating your ability to think strategically and plan for success is more critical than ever.

Here is a great success story that shows how a 30-60-90-Day Plan helped secure a COO position within weeks, at a higher salary than he had earned before--even after he was downsized as a Director!

For all you executive types who think your job search will take months, pay attention to this story and sign up for my free Executive Job Search webinar! It will cut months off your job search.

 

Peggy,

I came across your web site because I had to make a 30-60-90-Day Plan for a job interview here in Norway. I had never done one before and found your web page through a Google search.

I can tell you now that I killed the competition in the job interview with my plan using your templates and all the information that I was able to get through webinars, videos and the like.

The company I worked for downsized almost 50% of their staff and the last employees that were hired were the first ones that had to go. This is the first time in my life (I am 51) that I was out of work.

I had a Director position in that company and the loss of the job came as a shock.

I can tell you that with the help of your tools and templates, I was able to land a job as the COO of the Norwegian Branch of an insurance investment company based in London.

In my previous Director position I had an annual salary of about $160,000 before benefits. My new job now pays $200,000 and as soon as I bring in another $300,000 of new business they will raise my salary to $250,000!

Needless to say, your system of job searching and interviewing can help anyone in any position. Apparently anywhere in the world!

It only took me 2 months to find this job. I thought I was going to be out of work for at least 6 months. Thanks again for all your help!

B. King