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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - It Only Seems Impossible

Job Search Motivation

If you are discouraged with your job search today, I want to encourage you to keep going. Job searching can be frustrating. There's a lot of rejection built into the process. If you are rejected for an opportunity, learn what you can from it and put it behind you. Believe that you will get a job.

I do want to say that if something happens several times -- for instance, you are consistently sending your resume but aren't getting interviews, or you consistently get interviews but not job offers -- then what you need to learn from this is that it's time to make some changes.

The #1 resume improvement almost everyone can make is adding quantification, or describing your accomplishments in terms of numbers, dollars, and percentages. Get more information here: Write a Resume That POPS: Redo it with Numbers That Quantify Your Experience.

We do offer a perfect resume template plus coaching and review - Extreme Resume Makeover Kit. You are welcome to check that out.

If you are getting interviews but not job offers, you may need to practice better answers to interview questions or create a 30 60 90 day plan. (In my opinion, everyone has a stronger interview with a 30 60 90 day plan.)

Also, consider investing in yourself through personalized coaching. This is the fastest, most efficient and effective way to get you where you need to be in your search. Find out more about coaching with Peggy McKee or Zanetta Siciliano.

 

 

Interview Coaching Is a Game Changer!

how to get a jobJust wanted to share with you this feedback I received from someone I helped prepare for her webcam interview.

I contacted Peggy one week before an important job interview for help preparing for the interview. Since I was out of town, we spoke via Skype, which was helpful because my interview was by webcam.

Peggy gave me valuable feedback on how I came across on camera, and she gave me suggestions on how to be more confident and engaging.

I applied her suggestions and received the offer for my dream job a few months later! I cannot thank Peggy enough for her help--her interview coaching service is a complete game changer!

-Anonymous

Do you have a Skype interview (or any job interview) coming up? Personal coaching is the fastest, most targeted way to improve your interview performance.

Find out more about interview coaching and job search coaching here:

Peggy McKee Career Coaching

Zanetta Siciliano Career Coaching

 

 

How Long Should Your Resume Be?

How long should your resume beTraditional thinking holds your resume should be no longer than one page, but have times changed? An executive resume service will typically urge you to keep it to no more than two pages. However, some will say three pages is appropriate in certain instances. The bottom line is there are exceptions to every rule, and although your resume should be well edited, the focus should be on content, not length.

Applicant Tracking Systems

One important factor to consider is the use of Applicant Tracking Systems to vet candidates. This system allows employers to read and scan resumes by search terms. The difference between a live person reading your resume and the Applicant Tracking System analyzing it is a human typically looks for accomplishments, while the tracking systems search for keywords. So what does this mean for you the applicant? Since it is a bit tricky to try to please the Applicant Tracking Systems, as well as the employer, the best approach is to focus on quality content.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Outwork Them

If you can’t outplay them,
outwork them
.

~ Ben Hogan

 

Are you at a disadvantage in your job search? Maybe you're a little older. Maybe you don't have the connections that someone else has to draw on and network your way to interviews. Maybe you don't have the experience that someone else does. Maybe you were laid off from your last job, or you have a big gap in your employment.

All of the things I counsel job seekers on all the time--

...these are all things that will help you outwork the competition and win the job, no matter what disadvantage you are playing the game with. It does take a little more work on your part to do these things, but this is how you will get the job you want.

The good news is...anyone can do these things. It doesn't matter what your past is or what your situation is. These strategies work for people in all kinds of circumstances, in all kinds of fields, around the world.

Every week I teach job seekers about these strategies in my free training webinars. See what topics we're covering this week and sign up to attend. You will come away inspired, with solid tips that will give you the edge you need in your job search.

 

 

30 60 90 Day Plans for Teachers

30 60 90 day plan for teaching job interviewI often get asked if 30-60-90-Day Plans work for teachers in a job interview. These plans are famous for sales job interviews and are being used with extreme success in other white-collar jobs and executive roles. They show hiring managers that you are someone who approaches a task or job with strategic planning and smart goal-setting. You are someone who will be successful in the role.

So can this same approach work if you are interviewing to be a teacher? I have to say that they do (I think they help you even more if you are in educational administration). What administrator wouldn’t be impressed with someone who had clearly thought out how they would approach that role and ensure their success in the first 3 months on the job?

Think about it this way. You set up lesson plans for your students so you make sure that what needs to happen will happen, right? Well, you also need to create a plan to make sure you do all the things that will make you a successful professional in your role.

So now here’s the question: what kinds of things belong in a 30 60 90 Day Plan for teachers?

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The 6-Second Resume Challenge

Resume Writing Tips to Get an InterviewAccording to a famous study, employers spend an average of six seconds scanning a resume before deciding whether the candidate is worth calling for an interview. To put it mildly, that’s not a lot of time. With that in mind, the clear takeaway is you need to get the employer’s attention and fast. The question is, how? Here are a few tips in executive resume writing that will get you that call.

First Things First

Your cover letter is your chance to showcase your particular talents and set yourself apart. Rest assured, they do get read! Using an executive resume cover letter is the best way to get noticed right out of the gate.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Eat Problems for Breakfast

Expect problems
and eat them for breakfast.

~ Alfred A. Montapert

 

It's true that job searches can be difficult--they're filled with uncertainty and rejection. It doesn't say anything about you personally. It just is what it is. Know those problems are coming and attack your job search with power and positivity! Be proactive.

As you go, it will help you to keep your focus on positive things. Check out my blog series on how to stop negative thinking and stay positive in your job search.

Know what the biggest issues are for job seekers and proactively attack them. What do you need?

Not sure what you need? Call my office Toll Free at 800-691-2562 or, if you're out of the US, 972-382-3139. We would love to help you get the job offer you want.

 

 

30 60 90 Day Plan Secures Newly Created Role for Executive Vice President

how to get a jobAre you about to interview for a new job the company just created? Or maybe it's a long-standing position but you haven't done anything like it before?

See how Don approached this situation and got the job offer:

Dear Peggy: As you know, I've long been a fan of Career Confidential, your webinar coaching and the tools you provide to make job search more effective for experienced professionals. Now, it gives me great pleasure to write this letter.

Recently I was considered for a newly-created EVP role in the Branding Communications field -- it is a position that blends strategic planning, marketing and business development. The job not only demands expertise in those areas, it requires synergistic thinking for all three disciplines simultaneously. I am now in that job.

There were multiple factors that went into my getting the offer, certainly -- yet EVERY interview panelist noted the foresight and detail that went into my 30-60-90 day plan.

It is possible that competing candidates may have included a 'First 100 Days' set of milestones, since the hiring manager had suggested compiling that list. But as you know, a "list" alone doesn't differentiate the thinking or rationale.

However, the organized sequence and logic of progressively-built activities and objectives in 30-day periods (as clearly outlined in your 30-60-90 Day planning template) is clearly more understandable, believable and persuasive. It instantly establishes credibility and conviction.

And by the way, it works wonders as an on-boarding guidepost to facilitate rapid learning and job effectiveness. Thank you again -- I realize the folks participating in your webinars and workshops need "permission to believe" this can work for them. Please assure them IT DOES.

All the best, Don B.

I love getting emails like this one. Congratulations, Don! We are so happy we could help you get that job.

This is why we created our line of 30-60-90-Day Plans. It is difficult to think of everything you should include in a solid interview plan--especially if you're in a time crunch. And if you take a plan that's too short or too simple, it's almost an insult to the job. Your plan doesn't have to be letter-perfect to everything you will do, but it does need to be smart, thoughtful, and strategic.

If you have a difficult  job interview coming up (or any job interview) get my plan today. 

30 60 90 Day Plan for Executives

30 60 90 Day Plan for Managers

30 60 90 Action Plan

30 60 90 Day Sales Plan

I'll even review it for you when you're done (it's part of the package) so you can be sure you have a plan that will help you get the job. Take a plan to your next interview!

 

 

Five Truths About Executive Job Hunting in 2016

Executive Job Search 2016Much like the rest of the world, the ways we look for and find jobs is rapidly changing thanks to the advent of technology. In the face of all of these changes, from smartphones to social media, all business people can do is try and keep up with it all. The same goes for anyone on the hunt for a new job position, especially at an executive level. Consulting executive resume writing services to figure out how to approach this new career climate is one way to go about it. We can help you learn how to stay afloat in this new job hunting environment. Here is a guide toward how things have changed and what you can do to adjust your search methods appropriately.

Ditch the Job Board

They aren’t nearly as effective as they used to be! The same goes for recruiting services. While these two methods are the most commonly used by unemployed or transitioning executives, they rarely land you a job in an efficient amount of time. In fact, research states executives find new positions through recruiters and/or job boards at an alarmingly low rate of below 20 percent. You are better off utilizing other methods within your job search to find success, such as networking.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Strive to Be of Value

Strive not to be a success,
but rather to be of value.

~ Albert Einstein

 

Not only is this a great guideline for life, this is a great guideline for your job search.

All potential employers want to know how you will be valuable to them. This is what you're doing when you are selling yourself for the job.

Many job seekers think, "Well, I can do what they say they want in the job description. Isn't that enough?" No, it isn't enough. All cars can get you from Point A to Point B, which is the primary purpose of a car. But when you go to buy a car, you are looking for things that make that car stand out and appear valuable to you.

How can you show your value to employers?

  • Quantify your resume. Candidate X and Candidate Y may both have been 'responsible for' some task, but the person who adds a number to that shows evidence of their value. See examples of how to quantify your resume.
  • Bring a 30-60-90-Day Plan to your interview. This will show your value in a big way. It shows that you are thoughtful, strategic, informed, driven, and already dedicated to the job. Candidates with no experience have beaten out candidates with years of experience through the power of these plans--because they demonstrate your value, now and in the future.Read more about how 30-60-90-Day Plans make you stand out and get the offer, and how to create a 30 60 90 day plan.

 

 

Assistant Store Director Gets Job with 30-60-90-Day Plan

how to get a jobGerald had tons of experience in his field, but was going for a higher job title than he'd ever had before. He said that the 30-60-90-Day Plan helped him nail the interview and get the job, and he doesn't think he could have done it without it. Now, because he's making the most money ever in his career, he can live the life he wants for himself and his family.

I just wanted for you guys to know that I received the JOB as an (Assistant Store Director) with one of the largest grocery chains in the [name withheld] metro area. I don't believe I could have done this without this program. I helped me out in so many difference ways especially the 30/60/90 day format and the questions and answer sample interview questions. Your help and professionalism was awesome and I truly thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last thought" I've been working in the grocery industry since graduating from high school' I've been with two other firms here in the St. Louis area and made pretty good money' but this particular position will be the highest title ever and will able me to make the most money in my career (which will allow for me and my wife to care for our (Foster Daughter) whom we will have in our home later this month and for that I'm grateful and thankful for what you [are] doing for people like myself.

Humbly submitted by Gerald T.

thanks you thank you thank you

Congratulations Gerald! I love getting emails like this, and I'd love to get one from you, too! Take a 30-60-90-Day Plan to your next interview (see why 30 60 90 Day Plans are so effective):

30-60-90-Day Action Plan

30-60-90-Day Sales Plan

30-60-90-Day Plan for Managers

30-60-90-Day Plan for Executives

 

 

How to Answer Interview Questions About Your Salary

how to answer interview questions about moneyQuestions about past salary, salary requirements, or any inquires about compensation or benefits are tough to answer. What you say can have a big influence on the offer you eventually get (or don't get).

Here are 2 common money questions that come up in job interviews. Click on the question to see the answers you need to give.

Discover the best answers to 202 tough job interview questions when you order How to Answer Interview Questions and How to Answer Interview Questions II, both available on Amazon.

If you want a smooth and successful salary negotiation, check out my recorded webinar with negotiating guru Jack Chapman: Salary Negotiations Webinar. Anyone can use these tips to secure a better, stronger job offer.

 

 

Consider These 2016 Job Trends as You Transition Into New Work!

2016 Job TrendsAre you ready to wipe off the old resume and update your executive bio? Before you do, you’ll want to pay attention to a few things. Each and every year brings new trends in the job market. One industry’s demand rises while another is on the brink of extinction. This is simply the nature of the job market.

If you haven’t been looking to change jobs for some time, you may notice a lot has changed since the last time you searched for work. While it can be tempting to completely change careers and reinvent yourself, most find a company culture change is all that’s needed to ramp up their enthusiasm for work.

No matter your situation, here’s a few things to consider when transitioning to a new company or career:

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Accept the Challenges

Accept the challenges
so that you can feel
the exhilaration of victory.

~ George S. Patton

 

If you're feeling the challenges and difficulties of a job search, this is a great quote for you. The bigger the challenge the greater the victory. Always keep in your mind the prospect of your success: the job offer. Imagine how great it will feel to get that offer and tell your family and friends. Always remember that is it coming and stay positive.

If you're having trouble, try purposely filling your mind with positive things. Read some inspirational quotes. Check out my blog series on how to stop negative thinking and stay positive in your job search.

If you're doing everything right as far as you know and you're still not getting anywhere, do something different now. Don't keep doing the same thing expecting a different result. You have lots of options:

Not sure what you need? Call my office Toll Free at 800-691-2562 or, if you're out of the US, 972-382-3139. We would love to help you get the job offer you're waiting for.

 

 

Not Looking Forward to Your Job Search? Read This

how to get a jobJean was depressed at the thought of applying for jobs and all the hoops job seekers have to jump through these days to get hired. Turns out that with the right training and tools, it was easier than she thought...

Hi Peggy,

I just want to say a massive thank you to you and your team for all your help over the past few months.

Having been in a lucky position to take time off to renovate a couple of properties, I was keen to get back to work, but the thought of applying for jobs made me feel quite depressed. So much to do these days to gain a position.

Signing up with your company is one of the best decisions I have ever made and it has paid off.

I presented a 30-60-90 day plan on a first interview and the interviewers were very impressed. I had covered so much with the plan, actually, that they had to make up another scenario for my second interview.

I am lucky, I love research and with the guidance of your products and wise advice, it has all gone according to plan and I have just been offered the job. It is a company I have always wanted to work for too.

It is unusual for me to so enthused in writing a thank you, but your webinars and the 30-60-90 day plan have made a massive difference in how I approached the company and prepared to interview.

I have recommended you to a couple of friends who are looking to change careers.

Regards,
Jean Taggart

We are so happy for Jean and want you to know that with the right tools and training, getting a job you love can be much easier and more fun than you expect.

I want to encourage you to come to one of our webinars. I will show you what to do that will get you a great job very quickly. See what's available this week here:  Career Confidential Online Training Classes. They are free.

And, absolutely always create and bring a 30-60-90-Day Plan to your job interviews. It is the best job interview prep you can do and it will give you the best interview you've ever had.

We have plan templates and coaching that will help you write your plan and discuss it in the interview. Check them out: