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LinkedIn Changes for 2017 - What You Need to Know (and Do) Now

LinkedIn UpdatesLinkedIn is updating their user interface for 2017. Some users already have it, and some don't --but will soon.

What do you need to know and do with your LinkedIn profile ASAP?

Save Your Information Just In Case

Wayne Breitbarth has some great advice for saving all your information in case LinkedIn takes some features away (along with your information). Even if nothing gets taken away now, it's a good habit to back up your info and keep it elsewhere...just in case. As Wayne says, you never know when LinkedIn will update again. He has some step-by-step 'how to's in this article, including how to request a free archive of your data.

Become Familiar With LinkedIn's Updates

LinkedIn changes so often, the only thing you can count on is 'there will be change.'

If your LinkedIn page already looks different and confusing, check out Vivika von Rosen's take on what's different between the old user interface and the new to help you get your bearings. She says (and we agree):

Make sure to EXPORT your contacts now. You can do it from either your connections tab (settings icon that looks like a cog) or do a whole data export in settings (that is what I would recommend!)


Remember That You'll Get the Hang of It

Typically, LinkedIn keeps the basics (profile, education, contacts, messaging others, etc.) but just rearranges them. You have to just go exploring a little to find what you need.

You Can Get Help

We have coaches at Career Confidential who can help you create the perfect LinkedIn profile and strategy moving forward into 2017.

Check out our coach listings here.



What Does the Best 30-60-90 Day Plan Look Like?

best 30 60 90 day planA 30-60-90-Day Plan is the most important tool or document you can bring to an interview (besides your resume). It gives the potential employer a glimpse into the future by outlining how you will approach the most important tasks and action steps of your first 3 months. It lets the hiring manager or interviewer have a ‘test drive’ of what you’d be like in this new job. As a result, it changes the dynamics and scope of your interview in a big, impressive way. It’s the #1 way to improve your interview so you get the offer. I would personally never interview without one.

However—sometimes, people come to me and say, “I brought a plan, but I didn’t get the job.”

My question for them is, “What does your plan look like?”

You can’t just Google ’30 60 90 day plan’ and expect to find a good plan. Not all plans are created equal. I’ve seen plenty of useless (and even damaging) free plans online—some are too short, some are too long, and some don’t focus on the right actions.

In this article, I’m answering the most common questions I get from job seekers about what your 30-60-90-day plan should look like in order to get you the job offer—and I’ll show you where you can get a template that’s proven to be successful in a huge variety of jobs at all levels (entry-level to C-suite).

So…what does a good 30 60 90 day plan look like? How can you write the best plan?

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Job Search? What You Should Know About Career Coaching

What you need to know about career coachingCareer coaching can be an extremely valuable tool for job seekers, but there are vast differences in quality and experience. To find a good coach, you should know what you can expect from a coach in terms of scope, time, and cost; as well as what to look for in a good coaching fit.

What do career coaches do for you?

A career coach will focus on specific problems you are having in your career or job search and give you solutions for those problems. Some coaches may try to figure out why you believe/behave the way you do so that you can change your behavior and actions going forward. Others will give you straightforward ‘how to’ advice to overcome your particular issues.

Career coaches are can help you with any career-related issue: creating or refining your ‘brand,’ marketing yourself in the job search, resume writing, interviewing, getting promotions, raising your profile within your organization for long-term growth, negotiating salary or compensation packages, building your confidence, and even refining your speech habits so that you can inspire confidence from others.

What can you NOT expect from a career coach?

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Be Sure to Avoid These Five Typical Mistakes While Networking

networking tips for job searchCompanies are leaning on referrals more and more these days. A referral allows the company to find an excellent candidate without paying a pricey recruiter or hiring multiple HR people to sort through resumes. It’s a win-win for businesses, employees (who often get referral bonuses) and job seekers.

… Except when you’re a job seeker who doesn’t know how to network. With networking becoming more and more important in the competitive job market, those who cannot connect end up without a job (or at least one they like). 

So make sure you get that dream job by upping your networking game and avoiding these five mistakes:

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Stop Applying Online Webinar 'Inspiring' and 'Eye-Opening'

job search motivationEach week, we hold special informational webinars for job seekers to teach the best job-seeking skills and tips to anyone who needs them.

We focus a lot on teaching you how to take a new and stronger approach to finding jobs, getting interviews, and getting the offer.

It's so rewarding for me to get the feedback I hear from attendees like this one from Bertrand in Switzerland:

I thank you so much for your very inspiring webinar about online applications. It was a real eye opener for me, and I considered it an invitation to take back control of my career destiny and outcome.

You have demonstrated … very logically and progressively the steps to follow and the project-like approach [in preparing] for reaching out efficiently to decision-making managers, and how to successfully connect and perform in the interview in an entrepreneurial way in order to be recognized as the candidate, separate from the crowd, to fill this job.

Thank you very much for giving me a new vision on new possibilities and boosting my confidence.


I am thrilled that we could to help Bertrand, and I wish him the best of luck in his new job.

If YOU would like to:

  • Be inspired
  • Have a clear, step-by-step plan for getting a great job
  • Stand out from your competition
  • Enjoy greater confidence

...then I would love to invite you to attend one of my upcoming job search and interview webinars.

See what webinars are available now.



Five Helpful Methods of Incorporating Social Media as You Look for Work

social media for job searchWhen you’re in the middle of a job hunt, it can be hard to know which resources to focus on most and which are worth your while. While the Internet—and especially social media—has been brushed off in the past as a means of finding work, it now can serve as an extremely valuable tool during your job search efforts. Here’s how you can make the most of it!

1. Communicate

Social media is just that: social! Now is a prime opportunity to try and reach out to other people in your industry. Many of today’s social media platforms feature chat rooms about a myriad of subjects. You can easily find one related to your chosen industry and get to know other professionals in your area of expertise. They can help point you in the right direction as far as who’s hiring and what’s going on in your field.

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9 Reasons 30-60-90-Day Plans Make Employers Say 'You're Hired'

In one minute, I'll give you 9 strong reasons you must have a 30-60-90-day plan for your job interview. (If you're not getting offers, this is what you're missing.) Watch this video:


Warning: You can't just use any old plan and still expect it to deliver these kinds of benefits.

I've had people come to me and say, "Hey, I took a plan and it didn't work." I ask to see their plan and I almost always find that it's super short (ineffective), too long (all about you--not the employer) or some free download they were told was a good plan (it wasn't).

I've seen a lot of free templates that are totally worthless, and I don't want you to be misled into using them.

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Career Coach vs. Career Counselor: What’s the Difference?

career coaching or career counseling

When you’re stuck in your job or career path, you may start looking around for help. That’s great. Mentors, coaches, and outside trainers make us better, stronger, and more than we were before.

However, once you know you want some input, you may be overwhelmed at the choices in front of you.

Before you decide, it's a good idea to understand the difference between career coaching versus career counseling.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Keep Your Focus

job search success inspiration quote

It is so easy to get distracted by all of the details of life and the mistakes we make along the way. In fact, we may even be wired to remember negative events more easily than positive ones. order to be successful we need to retrain our brains. Jack Canfield is right...successful people maintain a positive focus.

Have you made a mistake or had a failure? Learn what you can from it and move on smarter and wiser than before. Stay focused on what you need to do next to keep moving toward your goal. does this apply to your job search?

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Accountant Lands Role After 9-Year Break with Career Coaching

accounting job offerKeith had his last permanent job in accounting 9 years ago (at age 56). He was ready to jump back into a full-time job (at age 65).

Think the odds were against him? Of course they were. Age bias does exist, and employment gaps do cause problems.

He expected to have to go through many interviews before he finally landed a position.

With interview coaching, he got a great job offer after 2 interviews with his first company.

Here's what happened:

Hi Zanetta

Just to let you know that I am starting work on Monday in a full-time permanent role after 9 years since my last permanent job at the age of 56.

As you know I had completed my AAT level 4 in November and had been spending most of my [time] since building up my profile and presence on LinkedIn, registering with agencies, etc.

This was my first interview for a permanent job. I then got a second interview for that same job, yesterday and was offered the job today. I got this job via a recruiting agency.

I would like to thank you for the advice/help you gave me in preparing myself for interviews. To me this is quite amazing as I thought I would need lots of interviews before a first job offer was given.

Best regards,

Congratulations, Keith!

Interview coaching can result in a huge improvement in your performance that gets you hired.

Keith did interview coaching with Zanetta Siciliano.

Career Confidential offers a comprehensive lineup of experienced coaches who can help you meet your goals and have the career you want.

See Career Confidential's Coach Listing here.



Best Tip to Get Back in the Workforce: 30-60-90-Day Plan

Have you been a stay at home mom but you're ready to get back into the workforce? Maybe you took time off to be a caregiver for a loved one in ill health.

If it's been a while since you had a full-time job, you've probably been told to brace for a long job search, reset your expectations, and plan on coming back at a lower level than before. Not only do employers assume you're out of touch with current best practices, they're probably discriminating against you because of your age (according to an AARP survey).

This all sounds awful, but the good news is that this doesn't have to be your story. Need proof? Look at what happened to Dereck:


After taking a 5-year career break to look after my children following the death of my wife, I resume my career...

After having sooooo many job applications ignored or turned down...I finally got invited for an interview. It went dreadfully even though I could have done the job with my eyes closed.

I was invited for another a different company so I purchased a copy of your Interview question books and 306090 day plan book [on Amazon].

I studied these with interest and did my preparation. Went to the interview with my question list and 306090 day plan, but some of my experience wasn’t broad enough.

Although I was turned down for the job, the interviewing manager recommended me to his directors stating “this was the best prepared candidate I have ever seen and we would be mad to let him go.”

So I was invited back for another interview for a more senior role that didn’t yet exist, and for which they had no other candidates.

This was a unique challenge – but I still did a 306090 day plan for it (based simply on a one-word hint from the recruiting team), extending it to cover tasks in months 4-6 and beyond

Today I was offered this more senior job, on a good salary, with promise of a review after 6 months to increase that further once the role has been properly scoped. I’m defining my own dream job!

And all because your books taught me to be prepared. Thank you so much for all the great advice.

Warm Regards,


Without a plan, he was totally qualified for the job--but he didn't get it.

WITH a plan, they were so impressed with him that they invited him back to interview for a HIGHER level position they created just for him.  It doesn't get any better than that.

What's so special about a plan?

A 30-60-90-day plan is a written outline of your prioritized tasks and goals for the first 3 months on the job. It dramatically illustrates your value and helps you secure the job offer, no matter how long you've been out of the game.

When you bring a 30 60 90 day plan:

  • You ease their fears that you've lost your touch while you were gone
  • You show that you can minimize any 'learning curve' and contribute immediately
  • You demonstrate your knowledge, work ethic, and strategic thinking
  • You communicate more effectively and have a stronger interview
  • The hiring manager (your future boss) will easily see your value
  • You will get a better offer than you would have without it
  • You'll have more negotiation power

Take a 30-60-90-Day Plan to your next interview!

We recognize that creating a plan is harder than it sounds. There are a lot of parts and pieces to it, and you need to know what's really important. You also need to know how to present it most effectively in the interview. For these reasons, we developed plan templates that make it easy for you to create your own customized plan. We included coaching to help you use it to get the job.

30 60 90 day plan for job interviewWherever you are in your career, we have a plan for you:



Do You Need a Career Coach?

Do you need a career coach?What problems are you facing in your career or job search?

  • Are you ‘stuck’ in your career?
  • Have you been job searching for a while but not getting anywhere?
  • Do you have a situation in your past (you were fired or made a mistake) that is clearly keeping you from getting a new job now?
  • Are you ready to move into a brand-new career?
  • Has it been years since you had to look for a job—but now you do?
  • Do you want to manage your career for the best outcome?

If you said ‘yes’ to any of these, then you need to consider hiring a career coach.

A career coach is someone who can help you break through the obstacles in the way of your career success. They can spot problems you didn’t even know you have, and they can give you solutions that are personalized for you.

Look at what others have experienced:

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Beware of These Myths About the Job Hunting Process!

job hunt mythsAs everyone knows, job hunting is a strenuous and arduous process. Everyone has their stories, and most people are good-natured enough to try to help other people in their position by spreading the word on what and what not to do. This has led to a tangled mass of information that continues to spread beyond control. Don’t believe the hype! Let us highlight what information you should disregard.

Be as Distinct as Possible

While you want to distinguish yourself from the competition, there’s a certain way to go about it. Being flashy is not the way to leave a great impression on your potential employers. If you’re considering doing something quirky to capture attention, such as making bold, sweeping statements about yourself and your abilities or changing your resume’s background from the standard white to hot pink, don’t do it! There’s a much better approach. Coach yourself on how to best prepare for meeting people you hope will employ you. Project an optimistic, collected demeanor and learn how to create the best executive resume biographies and you’ll go much farther!

(Not sure you can brand or market yourself on your own? Consider hiring a career coach.)

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - The Key to Your Happiness

job search inspiration

Never put the key to your own happiness in someone else's pocket. I like this quote for job seekers because too many people believe that they can't do something--typically, people tell me that they can't contact a hiring manager because the job listing says not to.

When you follow the system and apply for jobs online, you are putting the key to your happiness or success in HR's pocket. You are giving them control.

When job seekers tell me that they are afraid to contact a hiring manager for this reason, I always say, "We don't care about what they want. We care about you and what you need."

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Job Search Networking Tip Got the Job Offer

job search networking tips

Your career network is bigger than you think.

If you're in a job search, networking is vitally important to your success--that is something everyone should know.

What you may be missing is this: your network is much larger than you think it is.

Debbie reached out to someone who had come into her office for a temporary visit several years ago--and ended up with a job:

I would like to thank Peggy as I was able to get this job by following her advice and channeling my inner Peggy.

I knew I had to get my resume in front of a hiring manager. I decided to contact someone from a company who had audited a study at my office several years ago.

I sent an email to him asking if he remembered me. He forwarded my resume to two VPs at the company and two days later I was contacted by a company recruiter.

I had two phone interviews within about a week and a job offer two days later. I never had a face to face interview.

I don’t know if I would have thought to contact this acquaintance had it not been for Peggy’s coaching calls. The referral by an internal employee carried a lot of weight in my hire. Thank you for providing your service and great information.


The question for you is: Who have you forgotten about? Who can you contact?

Your network isn't simply the people you've worked with before--they are others within your company, outside of your company, social acquaintances, and so much more.

Check out my job search tips for networking to help yourself think about who you can add to your list and follow these networking tips.

Debbie, I love that you 'channeled your inner Peggy'! I am so happy we were able to help. Best of luck to you!

**We provide coaching through personal, one-on-one coaching and through our Total Access Coaching Club.