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50+ Year Old Puts Career Confidential Advice Into Action and Gets the Job

Older Businesswoman - CopyAre you in your 50s or 60s and in the job search?  Lots of people in your position find that they have trouble finding a job, getting interviews, or getting hired.  But a job search in your 50s or 60s doesn't have to be difficult...see this story:

Hi Peggy

I would like to let you know for the last few weeks I have been reading and listening to your advice and would like to say a big 'Thank you' to you. I have put your advice into 'action' and was offered a position today from a quality company.

I am in my 50's and looking at the employees it looks as if I will be the most mature of the employees in the company and it did not affect my chances. Your experience, advice and enthusiasm has help me tremendously to have the confidence to answer the questions correctly knowing the reasons behind the questions, so I was armed with the correct tools, to do as you say 'nail that job'.

Thank you once again.


Connie F.

**Get the advice you need to find jobs, get interviews, and get offers in this free webinar:
5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search.



The Hidden Job Market: What It Is and How To Crack It So You Can Find a Job

Job Seekers: have you heard of the "hidden job market"?

It sounds like an urban myth, but it's very real. There are 'hidden' jobs not posted on Monster or Indeed or Simply Hired--and if you can find them, you are in a great position to get an interview and get the offer.

In the video below, I'll tell you more about the hidden job market and how to find these great jobs.

I've developed a tool that finds dozens of hidden jobs for you and puts you in contact with the hiring managers for those jobs. Check it out here: Hidden Jobs Finder. (Other job seekers have had great success with this tool--see our Hidden Jobs Finder Customer Reviews.)


Why You Should Always Be Hunting For A New Job

Erin-K-Networking-2Common wisdom suggests that when you have found a new job you quit hunting for a new one. This is a mistake that the vast majority of professionals make and it’s one that is typically detrimental to their careers. Constantly looking for new opportunities not only keeps you current with what positions are available, it also keeps you fresh in your current position.

Continuing to search for a new position isn’t necessarily an active pursuit. When you are reasonably happy in your current position and not really looking to change either your career or your employer, job search takes on a more passive role. Much of what you do during an active job search is ignored, such as cold calling, applications and interviewing. In a passive job search you keep your resume updated and you occasionally examine what is open in your field.

Read the rest of this article... – How to Answer Interview Questions (What will happen a year from now?)

Amazon_LogoSay you're asked this in a job interview:

Assume you come to work here. One year from now you go home at the end of the week and think that this is the best job you've ever had. What happened to make you feel that way?

What will you say?

If you ask others about the best job they’ve ever had, they almost never mention money. (If they do, it’s in relation to “I made great money while I was having fun!”)

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How Networking Affects Your Job Search

Erin-K-NetworkingMany people know that networking is important to their careers, but few understand how to effectively use their networking contacts when looking for a new job. Networking isn’t difficult, but is necessary, as it can be a very important tool in your job search strategy.

When you are actively looking for a new job, it’s always important to be dressed appropriately, use proper etiquette, and mingle comfortably at professional gatherings and events. Keep business cards with you and ensure that your contact information is always current. If you click with someone and they ask you to give them a call to follow-up to discuss a potential, be sure you do so within 1-2 business days.

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Three Ways a Franchise Can Lower Your Risk

ThreeTired of the 9-to-5 grind?

That has become a quaint expression in today’s economy since most people work far more than 40 hours, and some people are veritably chained to their employers seven days a week via email and text message.

No wonder so many people want to change jobs. More than half of all U.S. workers are not satisfied with their jobs, according to the most recent survey by The Conference Board. Moreover, upwards of 70 percent of them are thinking about changing jobs, according to

A better option might be to take complete charge of your career by going into business for yourself.

A great way to lower your risk is to buy a franchise, which offers a multitude of advantages for the new business owner.

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Evaluate a Company’s Culture — Before You Take the Job

Company CultureOne common misconception about job searches is that job candidates are the only ones being evaluated. Many companies forget that they, too, are being evaluated during the hiring process. Not only do candidates want to take jobs where they can perform competently in a field that interests them (and that pay well, of course), they want to work in a place where they will be happy and fit in.

That’s where company culture comes in. Since the late 1990s, company culture has been a major consideration for many jobseekers, thanks to the Silicon Valley startups that turned the notion of “corporate culture” on its ear. During that time, the idea of work being fun started to take shape, but beyond the ping-pong tables and nap rooms, the turn of the 21st century also saw more companies creating cultures that were inclusive, collaborative, and free of the negativity that defined many workplaces in the past. In fact, the concept of cultural development and change became so important that universities have even developed organizational leadership master’s degree programs to train leaders in how to shape organizational culture.

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How to Break Into Social Work

Social Work Social work is one of the so-called “helping” professions — it attracts people who are interested in giving back to their communities and helping the most vulnerable community members access the resources they need to thrive. Social workers often work directly with those in need, in settings such as public schools, hospitals, police departments, and public agencies. They also work as counselors in private practice.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for trained social workers is expected to increase by 19 percent over the next 10 years. If you want to break into social work, you’ll first need the appropriate educational background — a Master of Social Work is the preferred degree. You’ll need to start looking for social work jobs in the last semester of your graduate degree program. Work on networking, polishing your professional presentation, and talking about your strengths and weaknesses.

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How a DNP Can Help You Become a Top Expert in the Nursing Field

DNPMany nurses, especially those just starting out in their careers, don’t immediately see the need to earn an advanced degree, especially a doctoral degree like the Doctor of Nursing Practice. It’s only later in most nurses’ careers that they see the value of advanced nursing education, for helping them transition into a different role or move into advanced practice.

The Institute of Medicine predicts that nurses will need to assume a greater role in primary care in the years ahead, and has challenged the nursing community to double the number of nurses with doctoral degrees by 2020.

If you’re interested in progressing to the top of the nursing field, a DNP can help you get there. This degree imparts a level of expertise that helps you hold your own as an expert in the company of psychiatrists, physicians, and other doctorate-educated care providers. A DNP prepares nurses to go in any career direction they choose, whether it’s advanced practice, nursing research, or teaching.
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Stay Confident in Your Job Search, Even When You Are Frustrated

Stay ConfidentLooking for a new job in public affairs, or in any field, can be one of life’s most frustrating — and confidence killing — activities. You know you have a lot to offer an organization, if only they would give you the opportunity to show it. Not to mention, when you’re unemployed, worries about money and the lasting impact that not working for a stretch will have on your overall career can keep you up at night, and lead you to consider applying for, or even taking, positions that you’re not really interested in just to have a job.

As a seasoned public affairs professional, you know everything that you need to do to find a job. You’ve reached out to your network and are staying in touch with people who can help, you’ve spruced up your resume, looked for the unadvertised positions, and even offered some pro bono services to your favorite charitable organizations. Still, the phone’s not ringing, and you’re thinking that maybe you should just resign yourself to a life in the world of fast food.

Before you practice asking, “Would you like fries with that?” though, take a few moments to consider what you can do to boost your confidence. Often, the reason that qualified people aren’t hired is that they aren’t presenting themselves as competent and confident professionals. Think about it: Would you hire a sad sack who doesn’t come across as a go-getter who can hit the ground running and bring unique skills to the organization? Probably not. So while you’re working on getting a job, work on building your confidence as well.
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How Continuing Education Helps Your Job Search (It’s Not What You Think)

Continuing EducationFor many professionals, continuing education is both a blessing and a curse. People working in fields like real estate, insurance, teaching — essentially anything that requires a license — generally have to complete a certain number of continuing education courses in order to maintain their credential and ability to practice.

On the one hand, these courses are useful and sometimes even enjoyable: Learning a new skill or gaining insight into a growing trend helps professionals do their jobs better and stay ahead of the curve. Sometimes, though, continuing education feels like a burden and the classes nothing more than an excuse to collect a fee from a captive audience.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Do. Or Do Not.

FlowerDo. Or Do Not. There Is No Try.
- Yoda


Here's a great Star Wars Day (May the 4th) quote for your job search.  How does it apply to your job search?  It's the idea of being fully committed, bringing every ounce of your best effort to this goal, and succeeding.  You won't "try" to get a job--you WILL get a job.  You won't "try" to / turn your resume into a marketing document / contact a hiring manager / get an interview -- you WILL do all those things.

Saying (or thinking) "I'll try" implies doubt.  Maybe you will, maybe you won't.  It's weak language that can seep into your subconscious and result in you being less successful than you could be.  (Side note: check out this blog post on how Weak Language Can Kill Your Job Offer.)

This is about setting positive expectations for yourself that dramatically increase your chances of success.  So, this week, go and DO.  And May the Fourth Be With You.



‘The 30-60-90-Day Plan Got Me 3 Job Offers On the Same Day!’

fireworks- anthonyIf you are getting interviews but no offers, you need to pay attention to this story.

Anthony was getting interviews, but never made it past the first one.

He improved his answers to interview questions (with my Job Interview Question and Answers App), but what really made the difference was a 30-60-90-day plan.  Job seekers can be hesitant about trying something new in job interviews, like a 90-day plan, but Anthony is a great example of why you must have a 30-60-90-day plan.

With a 30/60/90-Day Plan, Anthony:

  • got 3 job offers in the same day (for all 3 jobs he used it for),
  • was offered a more senior position than the one he applied for
  • ended up with 30K in additional salary from that more senior role

This is the power of the plan--powerful interviews, more job offers, better job offers, and more money!  Read Anthony's story:

Read the rest of this article... – Peggy McKee on How to End a Job Interview

MonsterI'm excited to let you know I was interviewed for a article on How to End a Job Interview!  This article by Margaret Steen, for Yahoo! HotJobs, has some great advice on what to make sure you do before you leave any job interview, including:

  • Know the Next Steps
  • Lay the Groundwork for Your Follow Up
  • Close the Sale

I am thrilled to have been a resource--thanks, Margaret!

Job seekers, this is need-to-know stuff.  Check out the article here:  How to End a Job Interview



How to Research the Company for your 30-60-90-Day Plan

Research the CompanyEven though you know how much stronger you'll be in the interview with a 30/60/90-day plan, you may have trouble finding the information you need to create one. Rest assured--if you're determined, you can find everything you need.

Step 1 - Start Online

Google the company first to see what's new with them lately, and then check out the corporate website.  After that, find the company's page on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.These kinds of pages often have different information than they put on their corporate site.

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