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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Know People

The secret of my success
is a two word answer:
Know people.

~ Harvey Firestone


Harvey Firestone (founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company) knew a thing or two about how to be successful.

People are important to our job search and career success--we learn from them, ask for favors (and grant them), make connections to others that we may otherwise never meet, and more. Never discount their importance to your success.

If you'd like some insights into how to easily cultivate those kinds of relationships that will benefit you throughout your career and life, check out my ebook on Amazon, Networking Effectively: How to Build Your Network for Career Success

Networking isn't always something we like to do, or remember to take the time to do, but it can be a lot easier than you think, and it will be worth the time you invest in it.



30-60-90-Day Plan Secures Job in Non-Profit

30 60 90 day plan for non profit job interviewMany job seekers mistakenly think that a 30-60-90-day plan can only help in sales job interviews--but that isn't true. We've seen people in education, healthcare, finance, accounting, administration, operations, engineering, project management, management and executive level roles, and so many more.

Today's success story is from someone who used the 30 60 90 day plan to secure a role in the non-profit world--and who used it in salary negotiations to receive a better offer:

Dear Peggy,

I'm writing to you today to let you know, and to let others who are looking for a great job know, that your 306090 works, and delivers results!  I'm so happy to report to you that the document I prepared using the 306090 day template worked fabulously. I used your technique to develop my 306090 for my non-profit world.  I'm sure that it was instrumental in the decision my (soon to be new) employer made about hiring me.  I'm also sure it helped me in my salary negotiations.  Thank you for such a great strategy and product.

My best to you,


Here is the 30-60-90-Day Plan that R.B. used:  30 60 90 Day Action Plan

We also offer plan templates and coaching for other needs:

30 60 90 Day Sales Plan

30 60 90 Day Plan for Managers

30 60 90 Day Plan for Executives

Get the best job offer possible with great negotiation tips - Jack Chapman Tells How to Make $1000 a Minute



In Today’s Tough Labor Market, Smart Clinical Labs Are Using Social Media, LinkedIn to Recruit and Retain Top-Performing Med Techs and Young Pathologists

It’s not limited to recruiting; social media and LinkedIn are just as effective at helping lab managers advance their personal careers by helping them find their ideal jobs

How to Harness the Power of Social Media to Expand Your Clinical Laboratory or Pathology Practice, Win New Clients, and Increase Revenue


It’s the toughest labor market in decades for skilled clinical laboratory and pathology professionals! In cities across the country, lab managers struggle—not only to recruit and fill open positions, but also to retain their most-skilled staff members, who are getting first-rate offers from competing labs.

How tight is the job market in pathology? Just ask the young pathologists who’ve graduated from their residency programs and fellowships. In recent years, it’s become tougher and tougher to find a position in a city of their preference that fits their sub-specialty training.

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How to Answer 5 Interview Questions You May Hear If You’re Over 50 (or 40)

how to answer interview questions you may hear if you are over 50If you're over 50 (or sometimes 40) in a job search, you may be asked interview questions that are indirectly related to your age. Employers are restricted in asking direct questions (because of anti-discrimination laws) but still have concerns about you, and try to address them in other ways.

Below are 5 questions you may be asked in a job interview. Click on the question to see the best answer.

Discover the best answers to 202 tough job interview questions when you order How to Answer Interview Questions and How to Answer Interview Questions II, both available on Amazon.

*If you are over 40, I encourage you to sign up for my free training webinar, 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination and get the job offer!


5 Ways You May Be Hurting Your Chances with Your Email Communication

5 Ways You May Be Hurting Your Chances with Your Email CommunicationEmail is an important part of professional communication, especially in this day and age where everything seems to depend upon the use of technology. However, a certain finesse comes with sending out emails in a professional context—which, for some, may be trickier to master. If you don’t know the decorum for sending out emails to potential employers, you could be missing out on a slew of amazing job opportunities. Here’s some advice from one of the top rated resume writing services on what to avoid while sending out professional emails to recruiters.

Don’t Assume There’s No One on the Other Side of the Screen

Some companies use automated services to handle their recruitment emails, but others still prefer the human touch. Because of this, you should never assume who you’re emailing. Try to get your foot in the door by sending out your application early, since many employers only read applications sent before a certain date. Also, don’t make employers jump through hoops to read your emails by creating extra work for them to see what you’re sending. This is a surefire way to get your application passed over entirely.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Help Someone

We can’t help everyone,
but everyone can help someone.

~ Ronald Reagan


Not only is this a great quote to remember in our everyday lives, it's great advice for our careers, too.

Mentoring is a wonderful thing you can provide for others. Lots of people need a mentor but are afraid to ask. When you mentor someone, not only are you helping them, you are developing leadership skills for yourself. If your company has a mentoring program, volunteer for it. If they don't, maybe you can start one.

Remember, mentoring doesn't have to be a formal event--it can just be lunch, coffee, or a quick phone call. What is really a small effort for you can turn out to be a big deal for someone else, and I think that will always come back to you in the end.

Want more motivation and encouragement? Come to one of our Free Online Job Search or Interview Training Webinars this week. I pack my webinars with top-notch tips, insights, and advice that will help you be more successful.  (Plus, we give free gifts for registering and attending each webinar.)

See what's on the schedule this week:  Career Confidential Free Training Webinars Page.



Interview Preparation with Total Access Coaching

TACIf you have interviewed and not gotten the job, it's easy to feel bad about yourself. However, in many cases, the problem isn't you--it's in how you prepare for the interview. Karen failed in 18 different interviews before she began preparing differently. With the right preparation, she did well in her next two interviews and she got the job offer.

I am happy to report that I have landed a job with the State of [name withheld], administrative support in the International Business Division.

Thank you for all of your support, encouragement, and for providing the tools necessary to put into the full-time search effort. I originally found Peggy's videos searching on You Tube. A month or so prior, I had blown a second interview on an inside sales position...the deer in the headlights syndrome for some of my behavioral interview answers. ...depressed about this for weeks, laying around in my PJ's, dazed and in a real funk. I finally got out of the pity party and found your videos, ultimately leading me to sign up for Total Access, which has really made a difference, and so worth the investment.

I feel so much more confidence and felt hope, that there would be light at the end of the tunnel. After almost a year of unemployment, the rejection can wear on you. I had 20 interviews over 11 months, but only felt I did a great job on the last 2 of them, thanks to my study of your materials. Attitude is everything! My resume was okay (it was generating interviews), but I did tweak it with more keywords based on your suggestions.

What really helped, was studying my answers to questions and practice. It's really amazing--you know yourself, but putting it into words when you're nervous and so much is on the line, is really difficult. It was nice to hear you say that I wasn't the only one that was having this difficulty.

Thank you again for all you do and sharing your knowledge. I will spread the word and share my good fortune of discovering you.

Best regards,

Karen P.

If you aren't doing as well as you'd like in your job interviews, I encourage you to do something different:

Best of luck!


How to Answer 13 Common Job Interview Questions


What Not to Do With Your Executive LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn Profile MistakesSetting up a LinkedIn profile can be just as tough as putting together the right resume, especially if you aren’t particularly savvy with the Internet. You have to figure out just the right way to frame yourself, all in a format that’s slightly different from the average resume. Whether you already have a LinkedIn account or are just now setting up an account, we have some advice regarding common mistakes that keep individuals from maintaining an optimized LinkedIn profile.

Don’t Ignore the Privacy Settings

Having other employees (or your supervisor) find out you’re in the middle of a job search isn’t the best situation. In fact, it’s often more trouble than it’s worth.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Be Like George Foreman

That's my gift.
I let that negativity roll off me
like water off a duck's back.
If it's not positive, I didn't hear it.
If you can overcome that, fights are easy

~ George Foreman


I love this quote. There's a lot of negativity and rejection automatically built into job searching, and it can get you down if you aren't taking steps to counteract it.

Let job search negativity roll off you like water off a duck's back.  If one hiring manager doesn't have a job for you, move on to the next one.  If a situation seems negative, look for the positive--for instance, if you interview and don't get the job, ask the interviewer for any feedback they can give you and learn from it. Remember that you will be better and stronger from this experience moving forward. That is very positive.

Having said that, don't ignore rejections over and over again without doing something to correct whatever may be causing the problem. If your resume isn't getting interviews, find out how to improve your resume. If you aren't finding jobs that fit you, find out how to find hidden jobs. If  you are interviewing but not getting job offers, find out how to interview more effectively (and learn how to create a 30-60-90-Day Plan). You may want to work with an interview coach.

Remember to look at your job search like a field of stones. Under one of those stones is a job offer. If one stone isn't 'it,' simply move on to the next one.

Want more motivation and encouragement? Come to one of our Free Online Job Search or Interview Training Webinars this week. I pack my webinars with top-notch tips, insights, and advice that will help you be more successful.  (Plus, we give free gifts for registering and attending each webinar.)

See what's on the schedule this week:  Career Confidential Free Training Webinars Page.



National Sales Manager Job Won With 30 60 90 Day Plan!

30 60 90 Day Plan Gets National Sales Manager JobI received this email from David--he was one of 129 people who applied for a National Sales Manager position. The company narrowed it down to 29 candidates (still a large field), and David said that he was told by a member of the hiring panel that the 30 60 90 Day Plan was a deciding factor in their decision to offer him the job:


I have been interviewing for a National Sales Manager Position ...for the past couple months. When the position opened, 126 individuals applied. These were narrowed down to 29 acceptable applicants. I received a very nice offer early this week surpassing my expectations and I accepted the position.

I have feedback from the interviewing team (12 members) what helped separate me from the rest of the applicants was the 30/60/90 Day Action Plan.

I used your template and my knowledge of the position to develop an impressive 30.60.90 Day Action Plan. A personnel friend a Global Account Manager was part of the interview team and explained in this very competitive position the 30.60.90 Day Action Plan was a deciding factor.

Once again, Thank You

David K.

Congratulations, David!

If you want to stand out from the competition in your job interview, there is no better tool than the 30-60-90-Day Plan.

I strongly encourage you to find out more about 30 60 90 Day Plans and start creating your plan for your next interview today.

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



How to Answer Interview Questions About Your Future Career

How to Answer Interview Questions About Your FutureJob interview questions aren't always about the past or about the now. They also want to know your plans for the future. If you get those questions, it's likely that they're trying to figure out if you will fit in with this company or if you're really interested in this job (as opposed to simply wanting a job).

Below are 6 questions you may hear on this topic. Click on the question to go to the answer.

Discover the best answers to 202 tough job interview questions when you order How to Answer Interview Questions and How to Answer Interview Questions II, both available on Amazon.



How to Create a Great Executive Sales Resume

Executive Sales ResumeIf you’re involved in the sales industry, you already know the importance of a great pitch. The ideal pitch should take only a few seconds to hook a consumer and can be the ticket to making a worthwhile sale or gaining a regular client. The same factors apply to your resume and executive resume bio. These serve as a self-pitch, meant to illustrate your experiences, skills and other related attributes to hiring managers. Keep in mind recruiters have only a small amount of time to view your resume. If you go into too much detail and don’t stick to relevant information, you risk being skipped over entirely. Let us offer you some advice on how to make your resume stand out from the rest.

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Military to Civilian Job Search Help - Mission: Transition

military to civilian job searchThe military-to-civilian job transition can be tough. For job-seeking veterans, finding jobs that fit and communicating the value of their skills to civilian employers can be difficult.

This is why we at Career Confidential created Mission: Transition--a specially-designed job search training package for active-duty military, veterans, and their families.

These tools can make the difference in getting stuck in frustrating unemployment (unemployment rates for veterans are higher than average) or finding the perfect job quickly. See how these tools helped TLR:

I am retiring from the military in two months. My first interview was not good, but in my post-interview review I found you.
Your system is a great one - I nailed all of the subsequent phone interviews and my face to face interview. The result is I landed my dream job against some stiff competition.
The brag book was a game changer and when I brought out the 30-60-90 day plan I could sense the deal was sealed. Thanks! ...I have told all my peers about you!
- Cheers, TLR

If you know anyone transitioning from a military to a civilian job, please share this post.

Find more details here - Mission: Transition



Best Military to Civilian Job Search Tips

Veteran Job SearchIf you are active duty military or a veteran in a civilian job search, what are your biggest problems?

  • Finding enough opportunities
  • Finding the right opportunities that fit your skills
  • Some employers are wary about you and how you may relate and adapt to civilian work culture
  • Explaining your skills in a way that civilian employers see as valuable

These problems can get in the way even when you have true job skills and employers feel favorably about hiring veterans. This is why the unemployment rate for veterans is higher than average. Many a veteran has been passed over for jobs they were completely qualified for.

To overcome these issues and get good job offers, you need to...

Find More Opportunities

When you first begin job searching, you probably get on some kind of job board and look at listings. It looks like a lot at first, until you start narrowing it down to what fits you. What you're left with is a few jobs you can apply for. But guess what? For most people, it won't be enough. Very few of those online applications result in actual interviews (some say it's as low as 2% of applicants).

The big "secret" of job searching is that for every job you see listed, there's at least one more that isn't. That's the hidden job market. That's what you need to access in order to find the opportunities you need.

*See How to Find Unadvertised Jobs and Get Interviews.

Contact Hiring Managers Directly

You need to contact hiring managers directly, because applying online through HR departments won't cut it for you. This method doesn't work for anyone who isn't a letter-perfect fit for the job.

The most effective move any job seeker can make now is to stop applying for jobs online and instead go straight to the hiring manager. Very few online applications result in interviews (and this is true for everyone), so don't even waste your time. Think about what the job title of your potential boss would be, and look for people with those job titles at companies you're interested in and send them an email with your resume. 96% of executives say that contacting hiring managers gets more interviews.  It will probably take some research on your part, but your interviews will be worth it.

* See this video about How to Go Directly to the Hiring Manager to Land the Interview.

Have a Resume That Markets You

In today's job market, a resume that is only a job history won't get you the interviews you want. You need a resume that acts as a marketing document. It should 'sell' you for the job, and grab the attention of employers with a clear, strategically-written objective statement, bullet points, and quantification.

Communicate Effectively in the Interview

When you get the interview, you need to communicate in a way that helps them visualize you in the job. The very best way to do this is to bring a 30-60-90-Day Plan that shows how you would approach this job in the first 90 days. These plans take a lot of research to complete, but the effect on a hiring manager is huge.

30-60-90-Day Plans are the most effective interview tool for everyone from brand-new graduates to those with years of experience. The last time I was in a job search, my plans got my 5 job offers, and when I was a recruiter, I insisted that my candidates bring them, too (and they got hired at a very high rate).

* Find out more about 30 60 90 Day Plans and start creating yours for your interview.

Job Search Success for Active Duty Military and Veterans 

Because military folks (and their spouses, too) can have difficulty effectively communicating your value to employers and getting hired, we put together a targeted collection of tools especially for you called Mission: Transition.  It solves unique issues like job searching long-distance, translating military experience for civilian hiring managers (on resumes and in interviews), answering interview questions, 30-60-90-Day Plans, and more.

*See what's included - Mission: Transition.