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Executive Job Search– Not For The Faint Of Heart

Executive-Job-Search-Faint-of-HeartSearching for executive jobs in today’s world can be tougher than ever. It’s imperative that executive-level job seekers stand out from their competition and prove to their potential employer that they offer a high return on investment. To do this, job seekers need certain tools, including the essential job-search documents needed to effectively market oneself in the job hunt: executive resume, cover letter, career biography, reference dossier, etc.

If you are a part of the executive job hunt remember that personal branding is important to strategically position you ahead of the crowd. It links your key personal attributes, passions and strengths with your value proposition. Does your resume brand you? What about your LinkedIn profile? Does that let the reader know that you are the leader their company needs? If done right this will translate into a crystal clear message that differentiates your unique promise of value that will resonate with your target audience. By showcasing your expertise and unique personal brand in the best possible light, you’ll open doors that others can’t and be in charge or your career destiny.

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Phone Interview Question: What If the Company Won’t Tell Me Yes or No? [Video]

confusedSo you've had the phone interview, and now you don't know if they're moving you forward to the face to face or not. You even tried to call the nice HR woman you spoke to, but you still don't have an answer. Do you just give up? What if you really want this job?

Watch this video to get cutting edge tips on who to you need to talk to and what to say to that person in this situation to give yourself a shot at moving forward to the face-to-face.

Click to watch, and then download my Free Report on How to Follow Up After the Interview. You'll know exactly what to do after phone interviews and face-to-face interviews, in every circumstance--from your thank you note to any follow up phone calls you may need to make. This report will help you get more job offers.

 

 

The Top 5 Skills Sought By Employers In 2014 (and what that means for 2015)

2014SkillsDid you ever wonder what the global job market is actually looking for? LinkedIn is in a unique position to find out, so after analyzing over 330 million LinkedIn member profiles, they came up with The 25 Hottest Professional Skills of 2014. Of that 25, the top 5 are:

  1. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
  2. Middleware and Integration Software
  3. Storage Systems and Management
  4. Network and Information Security
  5. SEO/SEM Marketing

What This Means For 2015

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Common Phone Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Phone-InterviewPhone interviews are a big, big deal--companies use them to screen job candidates and weed them out before they get down to the more serious business of face-to-face interviews. Before you get on any phone interview, you need to know what phone interview questions you'll probably be asked--so you pass their screen test and get invited to interview in person.  Here are some common phone interview questions:

  • Tell me about yourself. Don't fall into the trap of thinking it's a social question to break the ice. It isn't. All your answers should relate to the job.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Mental Strength

FlowerNothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. 
- Thomas Jefferson

 

We've all heard, "Attitude is Everything." I think because it's so common, a lot of us miss the significance.  This Jefferson quote explains it a little bit more.  Attitude is part of mental strength, that we need for every difficult thing we do.  A job search is definitely something we need mental strength for.  If you have the right attitude, nothing will stop you from your goal.  If you have a poor attitude, everything can stop you.

I hope you cultivate the right mental attitude this week by reading positive things, listening to positive things, and reminding yourself of your successes.

I also invite you to boost your mental strength by attending one of my Free Training Webinars!  Check out the Webinar Schedule to see what's available now.

I wish you the best of luck this week in your job search!

 

 

Accountants Need Marketing Skills to Get Hired

AccountantI got this great comment from a CFO / Controller that I want to share with everyone looking for new roles in Accounting or Finance fields:

Having been in the Accounting field for over 20 years and received many job offers in the past, I realized that the job market now has changed and I was getting conflicting advice from everyone. The only person to make sense is Peggy, as I realized how much marketing and sales is required these days and Peggy's system makes all the sense in the world. It is unique and it is a game changer. I am truly excited to get started her on her program and know that it will lead to great results. - Mario Reyes

I always recommend that everyone needs a mentor (or several) for many reasons, but the main one is that because we can learn from their experiences.  Mario's 20 years in accounting is something we can learn from.  So what I think that you should take from this (not just if you are in accounting or finance) is that to get a job these days, even if you have been successful at getting hired before, you need to use concepts and techniques from sales and marketing to be your most successful. But don't let that scare you.  Anyone can learn how to do this.

These techniques can help in a lot of areas--your resume, your LinkedIn profile, and preparing for job interviews.  But let me give you a direct example:  one thing that comes directly from sales is something called closing in the interview.  Check out this video where I explain what that is:  Don't Make This Critical Interview Mistake.

Best of luck.

 

 

Does Your Resume Show Your Age?

Age-ResumeOne of the things that a resume is used for is getting a quick idea of what all your assets are and what you can contribute to the position you are applying for. This is good; you want your resume to be an introduction that leads to a longer relationship. But resumes should not show your age, because it is far too easy to assume certain ages have certain characteristics. This is one reason that “age discrimination” is one of the unlawful practices in the job market.

Even though age discrimination is unlawful, it still happens. People naturally do make assumptions about others based on initial information. But the resume that is professional, appealing, and updated gets past attitudes and showcases what you can do. That’s a good argument for making sure your resume does not show your age.

Avoid These Signals Of Age & Resumes

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Send a Thank You Email After Your Phone Interview [VIDEO]

ThankYouDo you want to stand out in your phone interviews? Watch this 1-minute video to see why you should send a thank you email after your phone interview and when you should send it. You'll also see who else should get a note from you, and how you can use these as another way to stand out and be impressive.

Click on the video to watch--and then click to download my Free Report on how to write a Thank You Email After Interviews. You'll see what the best thank you notes say and how to keep the process moving forward to the face-to-face interview.

 

The Key to Getting That Sales Job? Show Them You’re a ‘Profit Machine’

jackpotWhat do companies need to stay in business (and pay your salary)? Profits. That's their bottom line.

So how do you get employers interested in hiring you?  Show them you're a 'Profit Machine.'

You may think that all sales reps are profit machines, because of the nature of the job--but that just isn't true. Not all sales reps consistently ring that cash register.  That's where you'll find your greatest opportunity in your job search and interviews.

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How To Fix Interview Mistakes

InterviewMistakesIt happens to everybody: You make a mistake about something during your important interview. It my the way you dressed for the occasion and you went too formal or too casual. It might be addressing your interviewer by the wrong name. There are lots of ways a candidate can make a mistake, and it’s true that a mistake can possibly cost you the job. It’s also true that the way you respond to your own mistakes can be what makes the interview successful and gets you the job.

Mistakes Can Be Opportunities

Everyone makes mistakes, but those who are confident enough to admit their mistake and correct it appropriately are valuable in any workplace. If you walk into the interview without having done anything to hone your interview skills or research the company, then your mistakes will be more like learning opportunities and use the interview as a reminder to be prepared next time. But a mistake by an otherwise qualified candidate is an excellent opportunity to display how you will be on the job.
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Phone Interview Questions: How to Cheat to Win (and Why You’d Be Crazy Not To)

TelephoneAnswering phone interview questions is the first step that has to go right in order to get to the in-person interview and then the job offer.

Watch the video below to see how to take advantage of the phone interview's unique qualities (i.e. "cheat") to make sure you ace it. Click on the video to watch.

Then, click on these 10 phone interview tips (you can even download my free Phone Interview Prep podcast).

 

Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Don’t Be Discouraged by Failure

FlowerI have missed more than 9000 shots
in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot
. . . and missed. And I have failed
over and over and over again in my life. And that is why . . . I succeed. 

- Michael Jordan

 

Michael Jordan is one of the greatest basketball players of all time.  No one can dispute just how good he was at the game--and yet, look at those stats.  He missed more than 9000 shots.  He lost 300 games.  And 26 times he went for the win...and failed. So why was he such a success? Because he kept going.  He got better and better with each shot he missed.  He kept playing and racked up enough wins to become a legend.

If you ever get discouraged by rejection in your job search, I want you to think about Michael Jordan.  We can learn something from each failure that can make us better the next time.  And if you keep going, you will succeed.

Get more motivation (and job-getting tips) in one of my Free Training Webinars!  Check out the Webinar Schedule to see what's available now.

I wish you the best of luck this week in your job search!

 

 

Ace Your Next Video Interview with This Essential Advice

Ace-Video-InterviewOnline interviews are peculiar beasts. They're a strange quirk of the modern world, but increasingly people find them becoming a part of their job search. Usually employers use Skype, although they might occasionally use different software. There are lots of things you have to consider with an online interview that you don't have to think about when you meet someone in person. Even once you're past all the technical hurdles, there are ways that you need to adjust your interview technique to come across better over a webcam. Some people prefer video interviews while others would like to avoid them altogether. But whether you love them or hate them, they could be on the increase. You'll probably end up doing one eventually, so why not prepare yourself ahead of time?               Frank Mixson

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‘Treat Your Job Search Like a Career That Is 100% Commission’

BusinessmanHere is a great example of how to stand out from a pile of candidates to get the job:

Thank you for your support and offering all the tools you do to help others find a career.  I was on one of your webinars and invested in your 30/60/90 plan program...The 30/60/90 plan and the extensive information and advice you offer on interviewing, networking and negotiating were all instrumental in me being offered this position. 

Your advice to be 'bold' helped me turn around an interview with the hiring manager that would have otherwise had me passed over and would have kept me searching.  The 30/60/90 plan...was well received, as it was a tool the hiring manager said he has used with his teams in previous positions.  It helped me stand out and show excitement and preparedness to want to join their team. 

Your networking suggestions and information helped me learn more about the kinds of efforts to take in connecting with others to find positions.  In fact, this position was found through a message posted on LinkedIn by a recruiter.  This was even an IT recruiter who helped me in a sales role.  I connected with another person who knew a senior person at the hiring company and gave me a recommendation.  That too, helped me stand out in a pile of candidates.

Bottom line, treat your career search like a career that is 100% commission and look for valued-added ways to stand out and promote your value and how it will make a difference to that company.

Peggy, Thank you!  I wish you and your team the best of success and will surely recommend you and your programs to others.

J.H.

Here's what I want you to take from this for your job search and interviews:

1.  J.H. used networking (in this case, on LinkedIn) to get a foot in the door of this company.  The person he connected with wasn't someone he'd known already--it was someone he reached out to.  This person's recommendation helped him stand out and get the interview.

2.  The recommendation alone wasn't enough--he needed to bring MORE to the interview than other candidates, which is why he needed a 30-60-90-Day Plan. I would never, ever go to an interview without a 30-60-90-day plan because it does so many amazing things for you in the interview.  The training video I include with my 30-60-90-Day Plan also shows you how to uncover a hiring manager's objections while you're there to answer them and turn around an interview that isn't going so well.

3.  I love his bottom line:  "treat your career search like a career that is 100% commission and look for value-added ways to stand out and promote your value and how it will make a difference to that company."  Every time you 'sell' yourself for the job, it's about knowing what pain that employer is experiencing by not having that job done and showing them how YOU can relieve that pain.  And...what do you have or do that may be an additional bonus to that employer?  How can you meet and exceed their expectations?

I hope you'll join me in congratulating J.H. on a job well done.

 

3 Easy Ways to Strengthen Your Online Brand Without Having to Become a Social Media Expert

ComputerIn a job search (and in your career) you need an online presence.  When others search your name online, what they find is your 'brand.' It's your chance to make a great first impression.  You want recruiters and potential employers to find positive things about you that will encourage them to call you for interviews or recommend you to others. Plus, when you do apply for jobs or connect with hiring managers, they will search for you online--so you need them to discover great things.

So, what can you do to make sure your online brand identity is a strong recommendation for why someone should hire you?

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