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Revise Your Resume, Get Interviews

Update-ResumeI get calls and notes from job seekers asking me about all kinds of crazy plans to get certifications, take classes, pay job placement agencies, or otherwise spend a lot of money trying to get a job.  What do I say?  One, never pay anyone who says they can place you in a job; and two, before you invest a huge amount of time and money into something you may not need, look at the simple fixes first--like your resume.

Look at this note I got from Rebecca:

Hi Peggy,

Just a note to say THANK YOU for your help. Since I sent my newly revised resume, my phone is ringing and I am also receiving offers from e-mails for jobs. You Are GREAT!

God Bless,

Rebecca McConnell

She revised her resume and her phone started ringing.  Does your resume need a revision, too?

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How to Answer Phone Interview Questions

Phone-Interview (2)It's very important to prepare for phone interviews because these are a gating process for the company. They're trying to weed out candidates, which means they're looking for reasons to cross you off their short list. Part of your prep work (along with researching the company) should be preparing answers to phone interview questions.

If you have a phone interview coming up, read these articles on how to answer phone interview questions.

Here's a bonus:

Check out this article on 10 Phone Interview Tips to Get to the Face-to-Face.

 

How to Job Search When You’re Unemployed [CNN Article]

Beat the ObstaclesWhat's the most basic job search advice out there?  "The best time to get a job is when you have a job."  So what if you're already unemployed?  Maybe you've been out of the workforce for a while. What now?

Unemployment can take a toll on your finances, certainly, but also on your morale and your job hunt itself. There's a stigma that can become attached to candidates who've been out of the workforce for a while, for whatever reason. Employers think, basically, "If that person is so good, why hasn't he/she found a job yet?" Obviously it's an unfair blanket assumption, but there it is.

CNNLogoIf you find yourself in this situation, read this terrific article on CNN.com:  In the job hunt, the stigma of being unemployed is hard to erase (and I am thrilled to have been quoted in it!). It talks about the effect that being laid off can have on your job search, but more importantly, it shows you what you can do to overcome it. Very worth the read.

If you're unemployed, you're in a defensive position in the job search. That affects what you might normally do or say in the job search, but not by much. Here are the best strategies to get past unemployment issues and land the job:

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Thank You Emails After Phone Interviews – 10 ‘How-To’ Posts

thank-youSending a thank you email after a phone interview is just as important as sending one after a face-to-face interview.  It helps you stand out and reinforce why they should be talking to you.

Dig in to 10 of our best posts on writing thank you emails after phone interviews (although many will also help with your thank you emails after face-to-face job interviews, too):

1.   3 Reasons Why It’s Better To Send Thank You Emails After Your Job Interviews - why emails are better than hand-written notes

2.   Job Interview Thank You Email Guidelines

3.  Thank You Notes and Thank You Emails for After the Interview - Download a Free Report on How to Follow Up After Interviews, including writing emails and making any necessary phone calls

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Strike the Iron

FlowerDo not wait to strike till the iron is hot;
but make it hot by striking. 

- William B. Sprague

 

Have you heard that hiring is picking up speed?  It is--but I'm telling you:  Do not wait until a company you'd love to work for posts a job that would fit you.  Contact the company now.

This is what this quote is about.  Don't wait.  Strike now.  Everyone else will wait until the job is posted (or the iron is hot, if you're following the analogy.)  If you strike first by contacting the hiring manager (your future boss) in that company, you'll be ahead of everyone else who would apply for that job.  You'll make a hot opportunity for yourself to snag a new job.

See how this has worked for others:

Contacting Hiring Managers Directly (Skipping HR) Really Works! Here’s How

‘I Got The Interview Because I Contacted the Hiring Manager’

Then, watch this video where I tell you how to approach a hiring manager and what to say:

Job Search Tip: Go Directly to the Hiring Manager to Land the Interview

I wish you the best of luck this week in your job search!

 

Contacting Hiring Managers Directly (Skipping HR) Really Works! Here’s How

Happy Business ManHere's an important lesson for your job search:

Online applications will get you nowhere; but contacting hiring managers directly will get you interviews!

See how this happened for Claude:

Hi Peggy-

Funny thing, after the webinar yesterday, I looked at a few of the positions I had applied for in the past week that I am very interested in, but heard nothing yet, researched the organizations, did my homework, found the right people, and reached out to them directly. I sold myself and explained why I am the person they need, advised them my resume is in the "application pile", but would be more than happy to forward to them directly.

I actually received follow up, and [was] advised that I will be included in the interviewing next week.

- Claude M.

If you have applied for some great jobs but haven't heard anything back, take a page from Claude's book and contact the hiring managers for those jobs.  (The hiring manager is the person who would be your boss or your boss's boss.)

If you're not sure how to get this done, use my Hidden Jobs Finder.  It shows you how to find the hiring manager you need to speak to, and it tells you what to say to them (and you'll find more jobs overall).  Best of luck!

 

The Top 5 Skills Sought By Employers In 2014 (and what that means for 2015)

2014SkillsDid you ever wonder what the global job market is actually looking for? LinkedIn is in a unique position to find out, so after analyzing over 330 million LinkedIn member profiles, they came up with The 25 Hottest Professional Skills of 2014. Of that 25, the top 5 are:

  1. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
  2. Middleware and Integration Software
  3. Storage Systems and Management
  4. Network and Information Security
  5. SEO/SEM Marketing

What This Means For 2015

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Mental Strength

FlowerNothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. 
- Thomas Jefferson

 

We've all heard, "Attitude is Everything." I think because it's so common, a lot of us miss the significance.  This Jefferson quote explains it a little bit more.  Attitude is part of mental strength, that we need for every difficult thing we do.  A job search is definitely something we need mental strength for.  If you have the right attitude, nothing will stop you from your goal.  If you have a poor attitude, everything can stop you.

I hope you cultivate the right mental attitude this week by reading positive things, listening to positive things, and reminding yourself of your successes.

I also invite you to boost your mental strength by attending one of my Free Training Webinars!  Check out the Webinar Schedule to see what's available now.

I wish you the best of luck this week in your job search!

 

Accountants Need Marketing Skills to Get Hired

AccountantI got this great comment from a CFO / Controller that I want to share with everyone looking for new roles in Accounting or Finance fields:

Having been in the Accounting field for over 20 years and received many job offers in the past, I realized that the job market now has changed and I was getting conflicting advice from everyone. The only person to make sense is Peggy, as I realized how much marketing and sales is required these days and Peggy's system makes all the sense in the world. It is unique and it is a game changer. I am truly excited to get started her on her program and know that it will lead to great results. - Mario Reyes

I always recommend that everyone needs a mentor (or several) for many reasons, but the main one is that because we can learn from their experiences.  Mario's 20 years in accounting is something we can learn from.  So what I think that you should take from this (not just if you are in accounting or finance) is that to get a job these days, even if you have been successful at getting hired before, you need to use concepts and techniques from sales and marketing to be your most successful. But don't let that scare you.  Anyone can learn how to do this.

These techniques can help in a lot of areas--your resume, your LinkedIn profile, and preparing for job interviews.  But let me give you a direct example:  one thing that comes directly from sales is something called closing in the interview.  Check out this video where I explain what that is:  Don't Make This Critical Interview Mistake.

Best of luck.

 

Phone Interview Questions: How to Cheat to Win (and Why You’d Be Crazy Not To)

TelephoneAnswering phone interview questions is the first step that has to go right in order to get to the in-person interview and then the job offer.

Watch the video below to see how to take advantage of the phone interview's unique qualities (i.e. "cheat") to make sure you ace it. Click on the video to watch.

Then, click on these 10 phone interview tips (you can even download my free Phone Interview Prep podcast).

Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Don’t Be Discouraged by Failure

FlowerI have missed more than 9000 shots
in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot
. . . and missed. And I have failed
over and over and over again in my life. And that is why . . . I succeed. 

- Michael Jordan

 

Michael Jordan is one of the greatest basketball players of all time.  No one can dispute just how good he was at the game--and yet, look at those stats.  He missed more than 9000 shots.  He lost 300 games.  And 26 times he went for the win...and failed. So why was he such a success? Because he kept going.  He got better and better with each shot he missed.  He kept playing and racked up enough wins to become a legend.

If you ever get discouraged by rejection in your job search, I want you to think about Michael Jordan.  We can learn something from each failure that can make us better the next time.  And if you keep going, you will succeed.

Get more motivation (and job-getting tips) in one of my Free Training Webinars!  Check out the Webinar Schedule to see what's available now.

I wish you the best of luck this week in your job search!

 

‘Treat Your Job Search Like a Career That Is 100% Commission’

BusinessmanHere is a great example of how to stand out from a pile of candidates to get the job:

Thank you for your support and offering all the tools you do to help others find a career.  I was on one of your webinars and invested in your 30/60/90 plan program...The 30/60/90 plan and the extensive information and advice you offer on interviewing, networking and negotiating were all instrumental in me being offered this position. 

Your advice to be 'bold' helped me turn around an interview with the hiring manager that would have otherwise had me passed over and would have kept me searching.  The 30/60/90 plan...was well received, as it was a tool the hiring manager said he has used with his teams in previous positions.  It helped me stand out and show excitement and preparedness to want to join their team. 

Your networking suggestions and information helped me learn more about the kinds of efforts to take in connecting with others to find positions.  In fact, this position was found through a message posted on LinkedIn by a recruiter.  This was even an IT recruiter who helped me in a sales role.  I connected with another person who knew a senior person at the hiring company and gave me a recommendation.  That too, helped me stand out in a pile of candidates.

Bottom line, treat your career search like a career that is 100% commission and look for valued-added ways to stand out and promote your value and how it will make a difference to that company.

Peggy, Thank you!  I wish you and your team the best of success and will surely recommend you and your programs to others.

J.H.

Here's what I want you to take from this for your job search and interviews:

1.  J.H. used networking (in this case, on LinkedIn) to get a foot in the door of this company.  The person he connected with wasn't someone he'd known already--it was someone he reached out to.  This person's recommendation helped him stand out and get the interview.

2.  The recommendation alone wasn't enough--he needed to bring MORE to the interview than other candidates, which is why he needed a 30-60-90-Day Plan. I would never, ever go to an interview without a 30-60-90-day plan because it does so many amazing things for you in the interview.  The training video I include with my 30-60-90-Day Plan also shows you how to uncover a hiring manager's objections while you're there to answer them and turn around an interview that isn't going so well.

3.  I love his bottom line:  "treat your career search like a career that is 100% commission and look for value-added ways to stand out and promote your value and how it will make a difference to that company."  Every time you 'sell' yourself for the job, it's about knowing what pain that employer is experiencing by not having that job done and showing them how YOU can relieve that pain.  And...what do you have or do that may be an additional bonus to that employer?  How can you meet and exceed their expectations?

I hope you'll join me in congratulating J.H. on a job well done.

3 Easy Ways to Strengthen Your Online Brand Without Having to Become a Social Media Expert

ComputerIn a job search (and in your career) you need an online presence.  When others search your name online, what they find is your 'brand.' It's your chance to make a great first impression.  You want recruiters and potential employers to find positive things about you that will encourage them to call you for interviews or recommend you to others. Plus, when you do apply for jobs or connect with hiring managers, they will search for you online--so you need them to discover great things.

So, what can you do to make sure your online brand identity is a strong recommendation for why someone should hire you?

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What’s the One Question That Can Make or Break Your Interview?

Question MarksAsking questions in the interview demonstrates your intelligence, drive, enthusiasm, and preparation for the job. It turns the interview into a conversation between professionals, putting you in a better psychological position in the interview. It also helps you decide if you really want to work there, in that environment, with that boss. All in all, having questions of your own to ask in the interview is a great thing.

However, the ultimate success of your interview can depend on you asking just the right question in the beginning of your conversation.  So, what's the one question that can make or break your interview?  It's this:

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How to Ace Phone Interviews in 2015

Career-Cloud-Phone-InterviewGet ready to ace your phone interviews in 2015!

Listen to this 30-minute Career Podcast I did with Chris Russell, founder of Career Cloud:

How to Pass the Phone Interview (with Peggy McKee of Career Confidential)

These are fantastic phone interview tips for:

  • The most important question to ask yourself before your phone interview
  • The most important phone interview questions to be ready to answer (and how to answer them)
  • How to build your confidence and prepare for your phone interview
  • What questions you need to ask during the phone interview that will help you get the offer
  • How to know the phone interview went well so you can move to the face-to-face

Listen to How to pass the Phone Interview now.

Thanks, Chris!  I had a great time. You are an awesome interviewer with a great website!