In job interviews, employers will be very interested to know how you will plan to approach the job if they hire you. The best way to answer that question is with a 30-60-90-Day Plan.
Jeanne was having a lot of trouble landing a job offer (lots of applications, lots of interviews). She knew she needed help to land the job offer, so for her next interview, she got my 30 60 90 Day Sales Plan. See what happened:
Hello Peggy! I just wanted to let you know my results from using your 30 60 90 day sales plan. ...I moved from NJ to AZ [but] I didn't have a job waiting for me here and thought it would be easy to get a job once I got here. Well, turned out to be the exact opposite.
Fast forward almost five months, after countless online applications and interviews that I never heard anything back from, I was contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn about a job that sounded amazing! My confidence [was] now a bit shaken and deep down I had some insecurities that I was never going to get this job.
I had a phone interview with the recruiter (who works for the employer) and took an online assessment and made it to my first in-person interview with the hiring manager. The interview went great!
As we wrapped up he said we are going to have another interview and I want you to be able to tell me in our next meeting how you plan on tackling this job. I really wanted this job so I started researching online and came across your web site. After watching any video that was available on you and the 30 60 90 day plan, I knew I needed you. Let me also say that since I have been without a job for so long, money was super tight! I knew I couldn't afford not to spend the money on this. I was going to do whatever I had to do to nail this interview.
With the help of your site, I put together my 30 60 90 day sales plan. At my next interview, when the hiring manager asked if I had given any thought as to how I would tackle the job and when I responded with "well yes I have. I have prepared a 90 day plan that I would love to share with you" the look on his face was priceless!! He was not expecting this Peggy!!! I was so prepared for this interview with my written plan and with your guidance on how to present it. The interview went amazing. I was offered the job within 24 hours.
I can't thank you enough. What valuable information you pass along to job seekers. I start my new job on [date removed] and know I have you to thank. I thought you may like to hear my story and how the 30 60 90 day sales plan worked for me.
When you’re not looking for a job, but an opportunity that is too good to pass up crosses your desk, you may find yourself rushing to update your resume so you can meet the deadline and apply. In some situations, you may not have the time needed to tailor your resume to the specific employer, so what can you do when time is of the essence? A cover letter writing service can help you use an executive briefing, which is a form of executive resume cover letter.
So you’ve selected a franchise and have your initial investment capital saved and now you want to know: How much money will I make? To answer the question you’ll need to weigh your costs against expected potential revenues.
The beauty of a franchise is you actually have a good shot at figuring all these numbers out. Between the financial disclosure document (FDD) and information available from existing franchisees, you can get a good feel for expenses, as well as potential revenues, so long as you factor in differences related to location, local market and, not to be forgotten, the range of talents and experience individual franchisees bring to their businesses.
Why is it so important to do this math upfront? In a phrase, operating capital.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words...this one shows you how your job search works and why it's so important to reach out to as many people as you can and contact hiring managers by the hundreds. (Thanks for the pic, Gregory Winkeleer!)
The more people you put into the top of your funnel, the more job offers you'll end up with.
How can you throw as many people as possible into your jobs funnel?
Here's a quote to help you get your swagger on in your job search this week: "Either I will find a way, or I will make one." This is a great thing to say to yourself as you contact our network, contact hiring managers to get an interview, or before you go to the interview.
Remember that knowledge is power...learn what you need to in order to make things happen.
Are you considering attending my Perfect Interview Answers Webinar? See what Matt had to say about how it helped him be more confident and advance through the hiring process:
I thought the webinar was extremely well done. I have been using a lot of the recommendations that you discussed in my Job Acquisition phase that I am currently in.
I was laid off ...from a company I spent the past 23+ years with. Needless to say I had not interviewed other than various promotions within the company I had been with for a number of years.
I have had 5 interviews with a company that I am currently pursuing and am scheduled to fly to their home headquarters ... to meet with their CEO, COO, CFO, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Clinical Officer.
The timing of the [webinar] yesterday could not have been better for me as a refresher and I plan to use a lot of what was presented yesterday for my interview on Friday and am feeling very confident.
This is a free webinar where I coach you on how to deliver perfect interview answers to 4 of the most important interview questions, and give you insights on how to communicate with the hiring manager (interviewer) stronger and more effectively than ever before.
You even get a chance to get personalized expert advice in a free Question and Answer session!
With what you learn in this webinar you will have a big edge over your competition and you can get the job offer.
You know you need resumes that get you hired, but what is the best executive resume format? While most people still rely on traditional layouts for their resume, others are looking for something different to help them stand out from the other candidates. Many professionals have a blog they use to showcase their expertise, but is it really the best way to let your prospective employer know you are a good fit for the position?
A More Authentic Feel
When people are putting together their resumes, they often put their best foot forward, working hard to make sure everything is worded in a way that appeals to employers. Creating blog posts is an entirely different process that typically gives employers insight into your personality and can provide a more authentic feel for whether you will be a good fit for their business. They will be able to get inside your head and see how you think to help them make a more informed hiring decision.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
~ Helen Keller
Life is a mental game that no one prepares you for. The only way to approach it is with a positive outlook. If you are negative, you are killing yourself. You need a positive inner dialogue (how you talk to yourself) to achieve the things you need to achieve. A positive outlook keeps you from depression, boosts your immune system, makes you better at your job, and makes you happier. If you need a little help to get to a more positive mental place, I recommend that you read the book Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin Seeligman.
As you approach your job search this week, expect good things to happen. Remember the times you felt the best or strongest in your career, and try to feel that feeling again before you call a hiring manager, reach out to your network, or go to an interview. If you need help, look through your brag book (another good use for a collection of your successes). Also, check out How to Stay Motivated for Your Job Search.
I would also encourage you to come to one of our Free Job Search or Interview Training Webinars this week. I get a lot of feedback from job seekers who say these help them feel more positive, more confident, and more energized--both from the tone and from the wealth of tips and advice they get to help them be more successful. (Plus, we give free gifts for registering and attending each webinar.)
Do you dread job interviews? A lot of people do. How can you make job interviews exciting and fun? Ask Jane:
I am so thankful for your Phone Interview Tips. They are excellent. I wish I had had them sooner, because now I see why I was not successful in getting the jobs I really had wanted. I didn’t realize that a person could specify what time was best and thought I had to take it because they had phoned. I also had not known that I could be so bold as to ask for the next step in the interviewing process.
I now feel so much more confident in going for an interview — it was exciting and fun to be able to use these new techniques and watch the reactions of the interviewers. Thanks again. I still don’t have a job, but know one is around the corner. The products you offer are fantastic and you learn so much, and through it all you become more confident in yourself because of these. THANKS! - Jane
Jane says that gaining confidence from learning how to interview well is the secret to making interviews fun. Confidence while interviewing is huge...it will help you get hired.
What about interviewing holds you back and makes you not perform as well as you could? Take the reins into your own hands and learn what you need to be confident in your interviews. Here are some places to start:
When you hire an executive resume writer, it can be tempting to leave out information regarding times of inactivity when it comes to your employment. In most cases, there’s a legitimate reason for time gaps. Perhaps you needed time to take care of an elderly parent, a sick child or just took a sabbatical. However, leaving these gaps of time unexplained can cause employers to have doubts or negative suspicions about your resume.
Why Gaps Have a Negative Connotation
Each company may look at resume gaps in a different light. There are some businesses interested only in your specific skills and aren’t concerned at all about gaps. However, for more competitive fields, even a single gap can take you out of running for a key position. Even though gaps occur for a variety of reasons, employers may have their own view of them. If you leave huge gaps unexplained, the other party is left with only their imagination as to why they exist. It is always better to explain gaps in your employment history.
There is no such thing as a failed test.
You will learn every time
you challenge yourself.
~ Marsha Blackburn
I love this quote, and I hope that it inspires you this week. Some people don't try because they are afraid to fail; but if you can learn something from the experience, you are better and stronger than you were before. And you are much better off than the person who didn't try at all.
See what an HR manager thinks of Career Confidential's webinars, insights, and advice for getting hired:
I was a recent participant on your webinars and took copious notes on many of your interview techniques. As an HR manager, I was aware of and agreed with your approach and expectations. Although I knew what to expect and how to interview, your comments gave me a fresh perspective and reminded me of things I had forgotten. I brought these back into practice and I was able to sell myself extremely well in my following phone screen interviews. My first face to face following the screen resulted in an offer for my dream job!
Thanks so much for your insight. I am a great believer in that regardless of our position we can always take something away from a workshop that will prove to be valuable. You provided that value for me. I am very grateful for your assistance.
What can we learn from this?
(1) No matter how experienced you are in your career, you can always be refreshed in your interview skills and even learn something new.
(2) You can get your dream job in one interview, if you interview well enough.