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That Selfie Has A Price Tag

ErinK-SelfieWomen, particularly young women, get a lot of conflicting advice about how to look and how to act. But that advice doesn’t come with validity, and the cost of following some advice is pretty high. A recent study in Psychology of Popular Media Culture looks at The Price of Sexy: Viewers’ Perceptions of a Sexualized Versus Nonsexualized Facebook Profile Photograph and it shows a small part of that cost.

In the study, only the views of adolescent and young adult women were assessed. The result shows that among her peers, a young woman in a sexualized picture is considered less attractive physically and socially. She also is considered less competent to complete tasks, and the only difference between the two profile pictures is the way the same woman presents herself. This is the price tag among her female peers right now, and it doesn’t go into why the other girls think the way they do or how it affects future careers.

Counting The Career Cost

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3 Simple Ways To Dramatically Improve Your Resume Today

123 - CopyRecruiters and employers sift through stacks of resumes very quickly, so your resume needs to grab attention fast. What makes a resume stand out and get you the interview?

First, your resume must be easy to read (bullet points, not paragraphs) and error-free.  Mistakes will get your resume dumped fast. Beyond these basics, here are 3 simple ways to rev up your resume:

1 - Quantify Your Accomplishments

Sales resumes should absolutely, without question, show your performance numbers--sales numbers, rankings, etc.  But even if you aren't remotely connected to sales, quantifying your accomplishments (using numbers, dollars, and percentages to describe what you've done) will grab attention and show that you'll be a great asset.  (See How to Write a Resume That POPS)

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How to Prepare for a Job Interview: 7 Steps to ‘Crush’ It and Get the Offer

Portrait of business womanThe #1 Job Interview Rule for Crushing The Interview is:

You Must Be As Prepared As Or Better Prepared Than Your Competition.

An interview begins long before you step in front of the interviewer. Wise job seekers will prepare with this in mind. The best-prepared candidate makes the best impression, has the best interview, and almost always gets the offer.  When you get the interview, follow these steps:

Step 1 - Research the Company (and Interviewer)

Know as much as you can about the company's history, products/services, sales processes (if you're in sales), finances, plans, recent news, noteworthy executives, physical locations, operating challenges, operational approaches, and anything else you can find out prior to stepping into the room.  Do an internet search, but also check out LinkedIn and your network. Reach out to contacts, check blogs, and try to get the inside story on what is happening at your prospective company (and be prepared to talk about it).

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5 Job Interview Thank You Note Tips (with Sample Thank You Note)

Thank-YouJob Interview Thank You Notes or Thank You Email Tips

 

1.  Send a thank you note.  Everybody knows that you should send a thank you note after your interview, and yet many people don’t.  Thank you notes make you stand out from the other candidates, and really can make the difference in whether or not you get the job.

2.  Write a substantial note--not a form letter.  This is another opportunity to point out a key item or two in your favor.  It should mention that you enjoyed talking with them, some additional thoughts about how you and your skills are a great fit, and what you learned that makes you even more enthusiastic about working there. See this Sample Thank You Note.

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3 Reasons To Track The Numbers In Your Job Performance

ErinK-TrackNumbersSome of us liked math class, and some of us did not (I am in the latter group). But like it or not, numbers are essential in your career, from resume to retirement and everywhere in between. Job performance numbers are particularly useful for at least three reasons:

  1. they look good on your resume
  2. they help with salary negotiations
  3. and they give you confidence

Performance Numbers Validate Your Resume

When you can state that your work for a past employer resulted in a 15% increase in sales, that is an authoritative statement. It had better be a true statement that you can back up with more information, too! The fact is. illustrating your success with hard numbers always gets a good ROI on your resume because it is specific proof of your worth. Employers looking for a good return on their investment in hiring you will be impressed.

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Communication Coach for US Job Market (ESL)

peggy-redshirt158X210 - Copy (3)Is English your second language (ESL)?  This can cause significant communication problems during job interviews with US companies.  These problems can keep you from getting the jobs you are qualified for.

I've worked with many job seekers from China, Japan, Mexico, France, and Dubai, among others, to help them overcome language and/or cultural barriers so they can communicate more effectively in job interviews.

How a Coach Can Help

For instance, I just got off the phone with a highly skilled job seeker from China.  She knew that her phone interviews weren't going well, but she didn't realize just how much trouble she was having until she worked with a coach.

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Are You Thinking Of Quitting Your Job?

ErinK-QuittingEverybody thinks about quitting occasionally… …and sometimes, quitting your job might be the best decision you make. But there’s some real downsides to quitting unprofessionally, and you need to be careful to avoid them because they will haunt your future career. These are bad ideas:

  • breaking an employment contract
  • venting your anger online in public forums
  • raging at your boss in a final dramatic recount of all your frustration
  • stealing to make up for the way they treated you
  • leaving suddenly without preparing the person taking over your job
  • not having money to live on while you look for another position

I sure hope you see why these are bad ideas! It’s easy to talk yourself into thinking they are good ideas, though, because your emotions get in the way when work conditions become intolerable. Every single idea has future consequences, and thinking about those consequences is a good idea. Future employers will look at your past jobs and contact past employers about your behavior. They look at what you say online. Theft is a crime and you will get caught. How’d you like to take over someone’s job who left it like you did? And money is important for bills and groceries, am I right? Here are some good ideas:

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Just Do It

FlowerNothing will ever be attempted
if all possible objections
must first be overcome.

- Samuel Johnson

 

Job searching can be a scary, uncertain time.  That's why it's all too easy to come up with all kinds of reasons you shouldn't do something:

"I can't apply for that job because I don't have the number of years of experience they're asking for."

"I can't apply because I don't know that software as well as I should."

"I can't contact the hiring manager because the listing says, 'Do not call.'" 

"I can't email John Smith from my old job because I haven't spoken to him in 5 years."

If you're a job seeker, chances are that you can probably come up with objections all day long.

The truth is that:

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30/60/90-Day Plan Helps 67-Year Old Get the Job (at a Higher Salary Than Expected!)

Executive (2)Paulus has never had to apply for work before. It always came to him...until now. He found himself in a job search, so he updated his resume, and created a 30-60-90-Day Plan (which he was told would not work--ha!).  The twist to his story shows the absolute power of persistence in a job search.

Enjoy his story.  I hope it inspires you.

Dear Peggy

Greetings to you and your team from Canada. Allow me to share just a short note with you all. In May of last year  I was at a cross road regarding my work. I have been working in Canada for over 4 years and have not had a weekend off. We my wife and I are not young anymore but still fit and healthy to do a good days work. In all my working career, I have not had to apply for work ever, the work always came to me.

So it was a real process for me to apply for a job here in Canada.  I’m so glad I found you at Career Confidential . I listened to many of the webinars and bought some of your material and studied it till I knew it well.

I wrote my resume and sent it to you, made the corrections and then did something which even my children said will not work. They are in Top Jobs here in Calgary one in the Legal sector and one senior town planner.

They said they never heard off such a thing as a 30/60/90 day plan. Well I did not listen to them. I presented my resume to a top 100 company and they were blown away with my plan. Bearing in mind I’m not that young (67-year old) I competed against top graduate young people.

The company told me they are very interested  but would have to offer the Job in-house first. Long story short the candidate only lasted 3 months. In the mean time, I completed a managers 30/60/90 day plan and sent an email off to the company informing them that I’m still interested and have done some more courses and would like to present them with my updated 30/60/90 day plan.

Well I’m happy to report that I got the Job and will start on X -X- 2015 and my salary is more than I expected.

To you and Carl and the team a BIG THANK YOU!

Paulus B.

 

How Paulus wrote his resume and got me to review it:  Extreme Resume Makeover Kit

The 30-60-90-Day Plan Paulus used:  30-60-90-Day Action Plan

I loved how Paulus followed up with the company--I am positive that his persistence and follow up helped him get the job.

Way to go Paulus!!!

 

 

Amazon.com – Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Success

Amazon-Logo - CopyBe super impressive in your next interview with this 4 - book bundle for a great price on Amazon:

Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Success

This bundle will get you prepared for any job interview (phone interviews or face-to-face) so you can get the offer!

 

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Check out the 5-Star reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars    Two interviews, two job offers!    March 26, 2015
By Derrelynn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This bundle is a fast read and definitely increased my confidence in interviewing for new nurse position. I nailed the phone interview and received two job offers. Saved so much time in preparing for interview and priceless advice for any field! Highly recommend.

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7 Things To Do To Get Ready For Your Job Search

ErinKennedyCareerDerailmentIf your goal is to get a new job this year, here are seven things you need to do to prepare yourself for your job search.

1. Update your résumé. While ideally your résumé is customized for a specific job, having an up-to-date résumé targeted for a specific “type” of position is the next best thing. So if you’ve taken on additional responsibilities in your current job, or you’ve changed your job target, or you’ve added new training or educational credentials, now is the time to talk with your résumé writer about updating your résumé. (And if you don’t have a résumé at all, now is definitely the time to put one together! A professional résumé writer can help!)

2. Develop — or update — your LinkedIn profile. A LinkedIn profile doesn’t replace the résumé…it complements it. Someone looking for a candidate with your skills and experience might conduct a search on LinkedIn and find your profile. Or, someone in your network might be interested in recommending you, and forward your LinkedIn profile URL. So make sure you have a LinkedIn profile — and make sure that it’s updated. (Yes, this is something your résumé writer can help you with.)

3. Know what you’re worth: conduct salary research. One of the most often-cited reasons to consider a job search is to increase your salary. But how do you know what you’re worth? There is more salary research data available than ever before. Websites like Glassdoor.com and Salary.com can help you see how your current salary and benefits package stacks up.

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Will a 30-60-90-Day Plan Get You the Offer? 98% Say Yes

98When we tell job seekers about 30-60-90-Day Plans (what they are and what they do for you in the interview) and then ask, "If you brought a detailed, customized 30-60-90-Day Plan to your job interview, would you get the offer?" 98% say yes.

If you want to learn more about 30-60-90-day plans, go here:

30 60 90 Day Plan: How to Create and Use It To Knock Their Socks Off in the Job Interview

If you want a tested and proven 30/60/90-Day Plan Template and Coaching, go here:

 30-60-90-Day Action Plan

 

 

30-60-90-Day Plan: How to Create and Use It to Knock Their Socks Off in the Job Interview

Colorful striped socksWhat's your biggest job interview problem?

  • You don't have the perfect background or quite enough experience?
  • You don't stand out as the "wow" candidate?
  • You get lots of interviews, but no offers?

The easiest and best way to get past those very common obstacles is to write a 30-60-90-day plan and bring it to your interview--that's the straightforward, honest truth.  It works if you're a brand-new graduate and it works if you're a seasoned veteran of your career.

I've used it myself (and got 5 offers the last time I was in the job search) and I've had my candidates use it for years--because it gets them hired.

Once you use one of these plans, you will never go to another interview without one.  They're that good. We have a ton of information about 30-60-90-day plans on this blog you can use to write one, but here are two to start with:

Or, if you want to just cut to the chase and get it done (or even if you just need the confidence of an expert who's got your back), check out our 30-60-90-day plan samples and templates that come with all my tips and tricks for writing and presenting these plans to make you very comfortable using this tool in an interview:

  • 30-60-90-Day Action Plans for everyone else (people always ask if these plans are worth it if you're not in sales, but actually they're even more impressive outside of sales jobs)

These plans really do work.  You will communicate better and sell yourself for the job.

They give you an enormous boost over "you don't have enough experience."

They polish you so that you outshine every other candidate.

They get you job offers.

Create a 30-60-90-Day Plan for your next interview and you'll see what I mean.

 

What Will Your Job References Say About You? Don’t Mention THIS In Your Interview

mistakeYour job references can make or break your chances of getting hired. Even if you have good references to call on when you're up for a new job, what you say about them can kill your chances of getting the offer.

You need to know what to say (and what not to say) when the interviewer asks about your references. In the audio below, I talk about a candidate who made a fatal mistake when I asked her about her references.

Listen to this audio to find out what a big references mistake is and how you can avoid it:

For more information, check out this blog post: Job-Winning References: What To Do and What Not To Do

 

3 Standout Interview Questions to Ask

questionsOne iron-clad job interviewing rule is:  Always have questions of your own to ask.

Here are 3 great questions to ask in your next interview:

  • What qualities does does the perfect candidate have for this job? Ask this near the beginning of the interview, and you'll find out specific desired skills that might not be in the description (who knows who wrote the description or when they wrote it?). Once you know what the manager really cares about hearing, you’ll be able to talk up those related skills you have in your interview answers.  This way, you'll get the maximum mileage out of every interview answer you give.
  • Is there any reason why you wouldn’t hire me for this job? This is a hard question to ask--but it’s the only way you’re going to find out if they have any doubts about hiring you. Knowing what they are gives you a chance to address those doubts and hopefully clear them up. Job seekers who ask this question increase their chances of getting hired by 30 percent.
  • What are the biggest challenges of this job? This question lets you know what the most important tasks are for this job, or what potential pitfalls may be waiting for you. Show how you’ll use your skills to handle the challenges.

Find out more questions to ask, how to research the company, and lots of interview do's and don'ts in our Free Job Interview Prep Kit.

 

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