Creating a 30-60-90-day plan for your job interview is a wonderful idea—but not all 30-60-90-day plans are equal. I’ve seen a lot of free plans online that are worth about as much as you pay for them (nothing!). These plans can help you crush your interview, but you must have a smart, strategic, effective plan.
Navigating today’s demanding and ever-changing job market is tough—no matter what age you are. If you’re 50 or over, however, learning the ropes can be even more of a challenge. It’s highly likely that it’s been years upon years since you last searched for a job, and the market has changed tenfold since you were in this position.How do you navigate this strange new territory?How do you reach out to the people you want to hire you?Just what is the key to writing resumes that get you hired in today’s world?We have a few tips on things to avoid to help make your search easier.
Choosing the right career coach is important. How can you make sure that you are choosing a career coach with the right match of personality, skill sets, and experience for you?
Do your research and get a few questions answered before you commit to time with a coach.
What kinds of things do you want to know? (You may be able to find some of these answers on their websites or LinkedIn profiles, rather than by asking them directly.)
What is your field of expertise?
If you're in a specialized field, it makes sense to find a coach who understands your field and has experience in it. It also makes sense to find a coach with experience in helping people reach the goal you want to reach (getting the job, getting the promotion, etc.).
Your attitude is everything. If you can develop and maintain a good attitude, you have mental strength that keeps you going when things get tough.
This can be a really difficult thing to do in a job search, when you're uncertain, uncomfortable, possibly feeling rejected, and maybe even scared about your future. But, you'll always be better off with a positive attitude instead of a negative one.
You'll be happier, you'll reach out for opportunities more often, and you'll be more appealing to employers (which means you'll get hired faster).
Always know that if you're unemployed, this is a TEMPORARY situation. You will get a job.
If you need a little help with this (and don't we all, sometimes!), use these resources:
Executive resumes deserve just as much attention as a resume for any other job. You may be surprised to know most resumes for executive positions are generally poorly done. However, that just gives you the opportunity to shine brightly when it comes to your resume! Your executive bio needs to stand out from the rest. Most importantly, it needs to be error-free and you need to avoid putting some things in it altogether. We’ve compiled a list of five common, but unnecessary, things people put in their executive resumes.
So…you’re in a job search, tight on money and worried about the future. Is hiring a career coach worth the investment of money or time?
Well, you could ask a client I recently coached…he received a job offer for somewhere he really wanted to work, but was a little dismayed at the salary they offered him. He contacted me (a career coach) to ask what to do.
I worked with him for an hour total on coming up with a counter offer that he felt comfortable with, and he ended up with a salary $50,000 higher than what he was originally offered.
How’s that for a return on investment?
Granted, that’s an extreme case…but I’ve worked with many, many people over the years who benefited in significant ways from coaching.
One person had no trouble getting interviews, but she never received an offer…until I role-played an interview with her and discovered that she was bringing up salary and compensation way too early in the process. It scared interviewers away from her, even though she was extremely qualified. As soon as she stopped doing that, she got an offer. She might have gone months or even years before she got hired…so that coaching time earned her thousands of dollars.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was speaking of big problems and big hopes in the struggle for civil rights when he said, “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness,” but this is wisdom for us all in every area of our lives.
The temptation to be bitter can be strong for a lot of reasons when you’re in a job search if:
you’ve been laid off or fired, or forced to look for a new job because of problems in your current one
you’re older and you know that you’re being passed over for interviews because of your age
you think you’ve been passed over for interviews or jobs because of your skin color, name, ethnicity, religion or background
You can be completely in the right; you can be treated unfairly; the deck can be stacked against you…but your answer is not to be angry or bitter.
Bitterness will keep you from going after opportunities, and it will make you say things in job interviews that hurt you (trashing your old boss, not speaking in a positive way about failures or setbacks, etc.).
What is the answer? Keep moving. Move on to the next opportunity. Widen your net. Contact more hiring managers. Find the place and the position where you and your skills will be valued.
Creating a 30-60-90-day plan is a fantastic way to stand out from your competition in a hiring process. I’ve seen it help people with less experience (or zero experience) beat out others with substantial experience. I’ve seen it boost the value of job offers for those who bring it. I’ve even seen it help job seekers get offers for bigger titles and more senior roles than what they actually interviewed for. It really is kind of an interview miracle worker.
However (there’s always a catch, right?)…some job seekers have said to me, “I don’t know what you’re talking about…I took a plan and didn’t get the job.”
As you and nearly everyone else in the world have realized and are experiencing as we speak, technology has drastically changed the way people interact with one another. This goes not only for casual conversation, such as through social media, but through the way customers and businesses interact and even how people seek out jobs.
If you’re a senior-level professional on the hunt for a new position, you’re probably taking in just how much job hunting has changed since the last time you had to look for work. However, many of the changes delivered by technology are quite beneficial to job seekers!
We all know people who are lucky. The good things in life just fall into their laps, whether it’s love, a great career, or winning the lottery. It might be easier to throw up your hands and think that it’s karma, but in your more reflective moments you’ve probably realized that there’s a bit more to it than that. You do, after all, have to meet the right person to fall in love, and you at least have to buy a ticket to win the lottery. As far as success at a career, you have to be ready for it.
The Roman philosopher Seneca said that “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity,” and he’s been quoted and paraphrased many times over the centuries because there’s more than a bit of truth in the statement. If you haven’t done the prep, you can’t take advantage of the opportunity. Or, as Thomas Jefferson put it, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
In terms of finding a job in the business world and making the most of career opportunities along the way, you’ve got to be ready for every door that opens. That means:
You’ve been job searching for a while with no luck.
Many a job seeker is making mistakes they don’t even realize. Sometimes it’s a resume problem. Sometimes it’s how you’re coming across in interviews. Sometimes you’re not marketing yourself well online.
If you’ve been searching with no luck and you’ve already tried some changes that aren’t working, it’s time to call in an expert to diagnose the problem and give you a solution that WILL work.
You are transitioning to a new career.
A coach with experience in the field you want to enter is the perfect resource to help you market and present yourself to potential employers. They can help you decide how to present your experience in a way that makes sense and appeals to hiring managers in that arena.
You have a difficult situation in your past that you have no idea how to talk about with potential employers.
American inventor, scientist, author, printer, and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin is known for his wise and witty advice--his tips for your new year are a great example.
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man. - Ben Franklin
I believe we ought to do something every day to make us better and stronger than we were before. Read self-improvement books, spend time with a mentor, invest in time with a career coach, watch helpful videos, attend a webinar or other class to learn from experts. Lower your stress, start working out, eat healthy foods, and grow your friendships. Replace bad habits with good habits.
Here's the key:
If you want to have something different than you had last year,
you have to do something different than you did last year.
"How could I possibly know what to put in a plan this early?"
"Don't I need to save that to wow them in my second interview?"
Here's what I say:
It isn't presumptuous...you need to be competitive and stand out.
You have to do some research--but the result is a better, stronger interview.
You may not make it to the second interview if you don't show your best self in the first one.
Jim's story is a great example of this:
I just wanted you to know that yesterday I had a very competitive interview. I completed my 30-60-90 Day Plan and brought it with me.
I was the only candidate who brought a plan
The company typically asks their final candidates to provide their plan AFTER the interviews, to see how quick they can provide them with this data and to see how well organized they are in their approach.
By bringing my plan to the interview, I was the one who received the offer 24 hours later.
Thanks, this was a game changer!
There is no doubt...you MUST bring a 30 60 90 day plan to your first interview.