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How to Get Back in the Job Market After a Long Absence

how to get a job after a long absenceHave you not worked in a while? Whether it's because you've been laid off or took time off to care for children or family members, it can be difficult to get back in the job search and secure an offer. But there is a way.

You can secure multiple interviews and overcome any employer's doubts about you, like this job seeker did:

I [directly contacted] CEOs and [got] personal responses back that led to more interviews than I can handle.

I also have used the closing of "now that we've talked how do you see me fitting the role and what concerns do you have?"

[A] hiring manager ... had one concern which is that the job is in NYC and there was a bias in the market that you needed to be from NYC to run a market there. That gave me a chance to give examples of how I have tackled similar challenges and when I spoke with HR in a follow up I found I had overcome the objection.

I have also used the 90 day plan which gave me great confidence.

I took almost two years off from work and was concerned about getting back in the game...your recommendations totally changed my job search and stirred up a ton of activity. Thank you.

-Name Withheld

If you are in the job search after an absence for whatever reason, you can get a great job. To do this, you need to:

  • Bring a 30-60-90-Day Plan to lessen the 'risk' of hiring you and help them see your value

I highly encourage you to brush up on your job search skills and learn what strategies and tips will really set you apart in today's job search:

Attend one of Career Confidential's Free, Live Job Training Webinars.

 

The Halo Effect of a Quantified Resume

Halo Effect Resume Job SearchI've utilized the halo effect in my recruiting business for years, and it’s something you can use to give yourself a big advantage in your job search.

What is the ‘Halo Effect?’

The Halo Effect happens when we get an impression in one area that influences what we think of another area.

For example, we may assume that someone we think is attractive is also smart, kind, funny, or a good person. Or, we may see someone who’s good at something, and we assume that they’re also good at other things, or have a good personality.

The Halo Effect is the bias that’s created from those first impressions. It’s the reason that first impressions are so powerful.

Now that you know what it is and how it works, how can you make it work in your favor in a job search?

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How to Find a Career Coach

how to find a good career coachYou may realize that you want to work with a career coach for all the benefits you’ll gain from it—but how do you find the right coach for you?

Here’s a list of things to consider when searching for and deciding on a career coach:

  • Know What You Want to Get Out of Coaching

Do you need a Coach or do you need a Counselor?

In general, counselors will fall more heavily on the side of helping you determine which career path to take…what job you should do, what would make you happy, etc.

On the other hand, a Career Coach will tend to focus more on the here and now tools you need…how to get the job you want, how to market yourself, how to advance, etc.

  • What Kind of Coach are You Looking For?

You absolutely want someone with experience in coaching. No one wants to be the guinea pig for someone just starting out.

You may also want to consider finding someone with specific experience in your field. In some cases, their specialty knowledge can be invaluable.

  • How to Find the Right Person

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7 Reasons a 30-60-90 Day Plan Will Get You Hired

30 60 90 day plan for job interviewsHave you heard of 30-60-90 Day Plans? Simply put, this kind of plan is an outline of what action steps you plan to take in the first 3 months of your new job. You research and create it before you go to the interview. During the interview, you talk over your plan with the interviewer / hiring manager.

(See more details about what a 30-60-90-day plan looks like.)

In this post, I’m going to show you 7 reasons you absolutely need to bring your own 30-60-90-day plan to your very next job interview. In fact, my best advice to you is: never go to another interview without one.

When I first mention these plans to job seekers, I say, “Take a plan to your first interview.” You don’t want to take a chance with getting cut from consideration, so bring you’re ‘A’ game from the beginning. The job seeker typically responds with, “How can I make a plan if I don’t know what the job is or if I haven’t worked at that company?”

The answer is, “You have to do some research.” Look up information about the job and the company. Ask your network for help, too. Then put on your critical thinking cap and imagine yourself doing this job. What will you need to do in order to make sure you’re successful?

Let’s look at why this is so important and then how to make it easier.

Here are 7 reasons why this matters so much, and why a 30-60-90-Day Plan will get you hired:

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How to Answer 5 Interview Questions You May Hear If You’re Over 50 (or 40)

how to answer interview questions you may hear if you are over 50If you're over 50 (or sometimes 40) in a job search, you may be asked interview questions that are indirectly related to your age. Employers are restricted in asking direct questions (because of anti-discrimination laws) but still have concerns about you, and try to address them in other ways.

Below are 5 questions you may be asked in a job interview. Click on the question to see the best answer.

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 are over 40, I encourage you to sign up for my free training webinar, 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination and get the job offer!