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Use These Five Important Tips for your Job Search on LinkedIn

Use These Five Important Tips for your Job Search on LinkedInThere are a plethora of jobs to be found on LinkedIn. Once you have an optimized LinkedIn profile, you can start using the platform to find employment opportunities; however, how to optimize your LinkedIn profile is a whole different article. Most job seekers just check the Job Board on LinkedIn. After browsing the board, they spam some resumes and call it a day.

This method rarely works. LinkedIn is a social media site created with business networking in mind. There’s no networking in spamming resumes to job postings. Luckily, there are a number of different ways to find work using the platform with the help of your Linkedin profile writing service. Here are a few ideas for finding more great job opportunities on LinkedIn.

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Over 50 in the Job Search? Aggressiveness Pays Off

job search over 50Are you over 50 and in the job search? Plan on being more aggressive than you may have ever had to be before. You are fighting some biases and pushing past some obstacles, but it can be done.

Tom got 4 interviews and 2 job offers even though he was over 50 and hadn't interviewed in 20 years. Because he interviewed so well, the company elevated the position and the pay.  (Goes to show that even if you're not entirely sure about the job, interview for it anyway and bring your A game--you never know what will happen!)

Hi Peggy,

I've been involved in some of your webinar presentations and purchased the 30-60-90 day plan (I thought it to be genius!).  I just turned 50 & was 20 years at previous employer then took a few years off to recoup, educate & focus - several items to work through when seeking a new employer.

After your materials I became more aggressive & focused in job search - found five opportunities of interest, interviewed live after a phone interview for four and was offered two - the position of most interest initially paid less but they elevated the position and increased the pay.  I had another final interview scheduled but declined based upon this new opportunity fitting so well into my life.

Your materials and information are "point-on" and a huge benefit to anyone in the job market especially those over 40!

Thank you for your information & I have shared your contact with about anyone I know looking for a next position.  I am sure this new position is not my last and I look forward to learning, refining skills and going onto the next.... with your material assistance!

Thank You!

Tom K.

(Tom, congratulations on your job, and I love that you thought the 30-60-90-day plan was genius! I agree!)

What I hope you take from this is that it doesn't matter that you're a little older...you can be just as successful as ever, but you're going to have to turn up the heat and be more aggressive.

If you'd like more information about what being more aggressive in your job search really looks like, please attend one of my Free Job Search and Interview Training Webinars that I hold for job seekers every week.

Topics vary weekly--please check our Free Training Webinars Page for what's available now.

Can't wait to see you there!

Best of luck.

 

Job Search Game Changer: 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination

5 simple tips to beat age discrimination in your job searchIf you're over 50 (or even over 40) and experiencing a difficult job search, I strongly recommend that you come to my free training webinar, 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search.

I know what you're fighting and can show you what you need to do with your resume, interviews, and job search that will change the game for you and make you more successful than you can maybe even imagine right now.

See what it can do for you:

Peggy,

...I would like to inform you with pleasure that after 8 months of trying I finally got a job...I am 57 and needless to say the challenges are enormous and I had to face a lot of discrimination due to age. (By the way, in this part of the world, there is no legal recourse available.)

However I followed all the tips and guidance I received from you --right from creating a killer CV, sharpening up my LinkedIn profile and crushing the interview with the 30/60/90 day plan!!

Peggy, I am so thankful to you for the tools you exposed me to --without which I would not have succeeded.

I did all the things that you suggested in the webinar for "job hunters over 50" and it was really a game changer.

I am not good at writing endorsements but you can use this in any manner you like --once again I thank you very much and I am going to recommend to all my job seeker friends that they listen to you and only you to achieve accelerated success in their job hunt.

Regards,

N Radhakrishnan

I invite you to attend 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search. It is packed with practical tips that will help you get the job you want (and I give you some free gifts, too!).

Best of luck!

 

How to Get a Job in 6 Weeks Webinar Review

how to get a jobEvery two weeks, I hold a training on 'How to Get a Job in 6 Weeks--Guaranteed.' In that training, I help job seekers with new ways to approach the job search, their resumes, and interviews.

If you've thought about attending but weren't sure, please see what Debra achieved as a result of that training (a job offer the day after the interview!):

About 2-3 weeks ago I signed up for your webinar "How to get a job in 6 weeks" and ...I want to thank you...

I applied for a job on the 18th (about 2 weeks after I heard your webinar).  I had to submit it online and also attach my resume but I researched who my supervisor would be and addressed it to her. I was called in for an interview this past Tuesday.  I only had 1 day to prepare but I used your advice and prepared  a 30-60-90 day plan. I presented it to them and they were blown away about the plan, my initiative in putting the plan together and immediately said that just put me above the other candidates. A day later I got the call and was offered the job.

I just wanted to say thank you for all that you do. I'm excited about this new opportunity. I had applied for about 14 jobs several months ago with not even one call back/interview.

This was my first job I applied for after listening to your system and buying the program. It was a great investment!

Thank you again,

Debra C.

Taking the time to get some training for your job search is an investment in yourself just like your formal education was--only this one is free!

I encourage you to sign up for the next How to Get a Job in 6 Weeks training. You'll get free gifts along with some outstanding advice you can put into practice immediately.

Check out the schedule here: Career Confidential Training Webinars

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Know People

The secret of my success
is a two word answer:
Know people.

~ Harvey Firestone

 

Harvey Firestone (founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company) knew a thing or two about how to be successful.

People are important to our job search and career success--we learn from them, ask for favors (and grant them), make connections to others that we may otherwise never meet, and more. Never discount their importance to your success.

If you'd like some insights into how to easily cultivate those kinds of relationships that will benefit you throughout your career and life, check out my ebook on Amazon, Networking Effectively: How to Build Your Network for Career Success

Networking isn't always something we like to do, or remember to take the time to do, but it can be a lot easier than you think, and it will be worth the time you invest in it.

 

Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Help Someone

We can’t help everyone,
but everyone can help someone.

~ Ronald Reagan

 

Not only is this a great quote to remember in our everyday lives, it's great advice for our careers, too.

Mentoring is a wonderful thing you can provide for others. Lots of people need a mentor but are afraid to ask. When you mentor someone, not only are you helping them, you are developing leadership skills for yourself. If your company has a mentoring program, volunteer for it. If they don't, maybe you can start one.

Remember, mentoring doesn't have to be a formal event--it can just be lunch, coffee, or a quick phone call. What is really a small effort for you can turn out to be a big deal for someone else, and I think that will always come back to you in the end.

Want more motivation and encouragement? Come to one of our Free Online Job Search or Interview Training Webinars this week. I pack my webinars with top-notch tips, insights, and advice that will help you be more successful.  (Plus, we give free gifts for registering and attending each webinar.)

See what's on the schedule this week:  Career Confidential Free Training Webinars Page.

 

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Be Like George Foreman

That's my gift.
I let that negativity roll off me
like water off a duck's back.
If it's not positive, I didn't hear it.
If you can overcome that, fights are easy
.

~ George Foreman

 

I love this quote. There's a lot of negativity and rejection automatically built into job searching, and it can get you down if you aren't taking steps to counteract it.

Let job search negativity roll off you like water off a duck's back.  If one hiring manager doesn't have a job for you, move on to the next one.  If a situation seems negative, look for the positive--for instance, if you interview and don't get the job, ask the interviewer for any feedback they can give you and learn from it. Remember that you will be better and stronger from this experience moving forward. That is very positive.

Having said that, don't ignore rejections over and over again without doing something to correct whatever may be causing the problem. If your resume isn't getting interviews, find out how to improve your resume. If you aren't finding jobs that fit you, find out how to find hidden jobs. If  you are interviewing but not getting job offers, find out how to interview more effectively (and learn how to create a 30-60-90-Day Plan). You may want to work with an interview coach.

Remember to look at your job search like a field of stones. Under one of those stones is a job offer. If one stone isn't 'it,' simply move on to the next one.

Want more motivation and encouragement? Come to one of our Free Online Job Search or Interview Training Webinars this week. I pack my webinars with top-notch tips, insights, and advice that will help you be more successful.  (Plus, we give free gifts for registering and attending each webinar.)

See what's on the schedule this week:  Career Confidential Free Training Webinars Page.

 

Best Military to Civilian Job Search Tips

Veteran Job SearchIf you are active duty military or a veteran in a civilian job search, what are your biggest problems?

  • Finding enough opportunities
  • Finding the right opportunities that fit your skills
  • Some employers are wary about you and how you may relate and adapt to civilian work culture
  • Explaining your skills in a way that civilian employers see as valuable

These problems can get in the way even when you have true job skills and employers feel favorably about hiring veterans. This is why the unemployment rate for veterans is higher than average. Many a veteran has been passed over for jobs they were completely qualified for.

To overcome these issues and get good job offers, you need to...

Find More Opportunities

When you first begin job searching, you probably get on some kind of job board and look at listings. It looks like a lot at first, until you start narrowing it down to what fits you. What you're left with is a few jobs you can apply for. But guess what? For most people, it won't be enough. Very few of those online applications result in actual interviews (some say it's as low as 2% of applicants).

The big "secret" of job searching is that for every job you see listed, there's at least one more that isn't. That's the hidden job market. That's what you need to access in order to find the opportunities you need.

*See How to Find Unadvertised Jobs and Get Interviews.

Contact Hiring Managers Directly

You need to contact hiring managers directly, because applying online through HR departments won't cut it for you. This method doesn't work for anyone who isn't a letter-perfect fit for the job.

The most effective move any job seeker can make now is to stop applying for jobs online and instead go straight to the hiring manager. Very few online applications result in interviews (and this is true for everyone), so don't even waste your time. Think about what the job title of your potential boss would be, and look for people with those job titles at companies you're interested in and send them an email with your resume. 96% of executives say that contacting hiring managers gets more interviews.  It will probably take some research on your part, but your interviews will be worth it.

* See this video about How to Go Directly to the Hiring Manager to Land the Interview.

Have a Resume That Markets You

In today's job market, a resume that is only a job history won't get you the interviews you want. You need a resume that acts as a marketing document. It should 'sell' you for the job, and grab the attention of employers with a clear, strategically-written objective statement, bullet points, and quantification.

Communicate Effectively in the Interview

When you get the interview, you need to communicate in a way that helps them visualize you in the job. The very best way to do this is to bring a 30-60-90-Day Plan that shows how you would approach this job in the first 90 days. These plans take a lot of research to complete, but the effect on a hiring manager is huge.

30-60-90-Day Plans are the most effective interview tool for everyone from brand-new graduates to those with years of experience. The last time I was in a job search, my plans got my 5 job offers, and when I was a recruiter, I insisted that my candidates bring them, too (and they got hired at a very high rate).

* Find out more about 30 60 90 Day Plans and start creating yours for your interview.

Job Search Success for Active Duty Military and Veterans 

Because military folks (and their spouses, too) can have difficulty effectively communicating your value to employers and getting hired, we put together a targeted collection of tools especially for you called Mission: Transition.  It solves unique issues like job searching long-distance, translating military experience for civilian hiring managers (on resumes and in interviews), answering interview questions, 30-60-90-Day Plans, and more.

*See what's included - Mission: Transition.