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Archive for the ‘Getting Hired’ Category

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.


Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Be Brave

FlowerFortune favors the brave.
- Publius Terence


Have you ever heard anyone say, "You make your own luck"?  Or, "The harder I work, the luckier I get"?  That's what this quote is all about.  If you're brave enough to step out of your comfort zone and take action, good things can happen.  (If you don't take action, you can't make anything happen.)

Job searching can be a scary time of putting yourself out there and getting rejected.  It can seem like everything you do in a job search is difficult.  But I want to encourage you this week that if you're scard or having difficulty, remember this quote.

If it makes you nervous to contact a hiring manager, think "Fortune favors the brave," and do it.  If you're uncomfortable letting your network know you're out of work and looking, think "Fortune favors the brave," and go for it. Good luck will find you.

I want to encourage you to attend one of our free training webinars.  I keep them upbeat and motivating as well as educational.  Check out what topics we're covering this week and next:  Free Training Webinars.  Pick a webinar and show up.  You get free gifts, too--and who doesn't get a lift out of a gift?

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


30-60-90-Day Plan Helps Land an Executive Legal Assistant Job

Legal-AssistantA lot of people think about 30-60-90-Day Plans as being mostly appropriate for sales jobs, but that just isn't the whole story.  30/60/90-Day Plans work very well for jobs in medical, finance, accounting, IT, marketing, customer service, management-level, and executive-level jobs, to name a few.  In this case, it worked for an Executive Legal Assistant:

I am happy to report that I have landed an Executive Legal Assistant job, and I could not have done this without my 30-60-90 day plan and resume assistance. Thank you so much Peggy and Career Confidential for providing me the education and tools needed nowadays to get interviews and land a job. Your training, webcasts, tips and tools are well worth every cent charged, and you offer a lot of valuable information for free. I have already recommended Career Confidential to friends! Thank you again.


Join me in congratulating Cathy!

If you want a proven 30-60-90-day plan for your own  interview, check out my plan that comes with a template, sample plans, and coaching on how to create it and use it:  30-60-90-Day Action Plan.


Will Your Recruiter Help You Create a 30-60-90-Day Plan?

RecruiterWill your recruiter help you create a 30/60/90-day plan?  The short answer is yes--especially if it's an external recruiter whose paycheck depends on you getting the job.

What's the catch? The key word is 'help.'  You will have to get the ball rolling by asking the right questions to get the recruiter to share with you what they believe and know about the company and the job. Then the recruiter can point you in the right direction for your research on the company.

Here are some basic questions to ask your recruiter to help you create a killer 30/60/90-day plan:


Do You Get Nervous Before Job Interviews? Watch This Video for Help

Job interviews make everyone nervous...some more than others.

Watch this video to learn great tips to combat job interview nerves so you can be calm, cool, and collected.

Having a positive attitude is very important in your job search and interviews.

Want more? Listen to this audio: Use a Positive Attitude to Build Your Job Search Confidence

96% of Executives Say Contacting Hiring Managers Gets More Interviews

96Here's a fun fact to help with your job search:

We poll executives in our webinars and ask,

"If you contacted 100+ hiring managers, would you have more interviews?"

96% of them say YES
--contacting hiring managers (that's your future boss, or boss's boss) would get you more interviews. (Check out Ed's success story--it's a good one.)

If you want more interviews, but you're not sure how to contact hiring managers at all (never mind contacting them by the hundreds), check out my Hidden Jobs Finder.  It shows you exactly what to do and say to skip HR, contact hundreds of hiring managers and get more interviews.

Watch this VIDEO to see why contacting hiring managers gets more interviews.


Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Swim To Your Ship

FlowerIf your ship doesn't come in,
swim out to it! 

- Jonathan Winters


I love this quote.  Sometimes when things aren't happening for you, you need to make them happen.  In a job search, this means that if the right job isn't showing up on job listings, or if you haven't heard of a great job through your network, you need to go find it.

As many as 70% of all available jobs at any given time aren't listed.  They may not be actively looking yet--but will be soon.  They may be so busy they haven't gotten around to posting it.  The point is, it's there--but you won't know until you ask.

If you're ready to swim out to your ship, watch this video:  Find More Jobs and Get More Interviews

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


Project Manager Uses 30-60-90-Day Plan To Get the Job!

balooonsI want to share Dan's story with you for 3 reasons:

1. It shows that even after a layoff, you can step up into senior management (Dan got a Senior Project Manager role)--so if you've been laid off, don't give up hope.

2. It reminds us that when you're in a job search, it's important to stay connected to things that keep you motivated and upbeat.

2. It shows that a 90-day plan can help you overcome a lot of obstacles that might otherwise hold you back--so if you're dealing with a difficult job search for whatever reason, use a 30-60-90-day plan in your interviews.  It will do great things for you, like it did for Dan.


30/60/90-Day Action Plan Helps You Land Any Job!

groupI have recommended for years that my clients and candidates use a 30-60-90-day plan when they go into job interviews (I've even used it myself), and for good reason--it WORKS!

A 30/60/90-day plan is, of course, a written outline that tells the hiring manager what your plans are for the first 3 months on the job.  It covers how you'll get your training, how you'll begin to incorporate yourself in to the flow of the company, and how you'll begin contributing to the team.  It's very impressive because it shows your initiative as well as your strategic thinking skills, and it also demonstrates to the hiring manager that you are prepared for the job (even if you are new to the field).  I have never heard of any hiring manager who's failed to be impressed by this document and the candidate who created it.


Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – How to Do What You Think You Can’t

FlowerI am always doing things I can't do--
that's how I get to do them. 

- Pablo Picasso


Have you ever talked to someone who had a great job just fall into their lap? Where they just seemed to know the right person or be in the right place at the right time?  Well, those jobs didn't magically show up. That person did something or spoke to someone (or a lot of someones) to end up in that position where they got that job.

Talking to others about your job search may seem risky or embarrassing. Contacting hiring managers may seem like something you can't do.  I get a lot of pushback from job seekers who say, "I know you say to contact hiring managers, but the job listing clearly says, 'Do Not Call.'"

If you are one of those who think this, you need to know this story:  At one time, my office was located on a busy city street (I'm now in a small town).  Like many other businesses, I had a sign on my door that said, "No Soliciting."  But I'll tell you, almost every week I ended up buying something from someone who walked past the sign to talk to me anyway.  Not everyone who asked made the sale--but some did.  The ones who didn't ask, never did.

So, you may think you can't push past those virtual signs and speak directly to the hiring manager, but try it--and you'll see that you can do it. I've never spoken to anyone who told me they didn't get hired because they contacted the hiring manager.  The worst thing that ever happens is that they say, "You need to go fill out the application for HR."  That's not so bad. Plus, now they know your name and may even go looking for you. The best thing that often happens is that they say, "I'd love to speak with you.  Come in for an interview."

When you speak to hiring managers who don't have jobs listed, you will often find they have a great job available.  Watch this video to see more about how this works and how to easily do it yourself with a proven system:  Find More Jobs and Get More Interviews

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


How he got the job in a new field after 14 months of unemployment–at age 60.

gray haired manTalk about the odds being stacked against you...Patrick was 60 years old, out of work 14 months, entering a new career.  But he did it--he got a great job:

Peggy, I did it. I have never been unemployed before. However after 14 months of unemployment I got a job. I could not have done it without your help.

I succeeded in entering a new field without inside experience at 60 years of age. I did everything you said from getting on LinkedIn, creating a resume that showcased my translatable skills, going around HR, persistence, getting with the hiring manager, all of it.

I had four levels of interviews. The second, third and fourth levels were blown away by my 30,60,90 day marketing plan. It closed the deal. I started work last Thursday.

We all won! Thank you and Carl and the crew.

Patrick R.

How did he do it?  He stepped out of his comfort zone and took a few new action steps:

All of these things worked for Patrick and they will work for you.  If age in particular is a big obstacle in your job search, I encourage you to come to my free webinar, 5 Simple Tips To Beat Age Discrimination (or Bias) In Your Job Search.


The One Who Gets the Job Will Always Have These 4 Qualities

clipboardJob seekers are always looking for the “secret” to what the interviewer is really looking for, so they can make sure to say and do the things that will get them hired.

I've been a recruiter and a career coach for over 15 years now,  dealing with a massive variety of personalities, companies, and business arenas, and I've found something important that you absolutely need to know...all interviewers are looking for the same 4 qualities in every candidate:


What to Do When You Can’t Get a Second Interview

Overcome ObstaclesAre you getting interviews but not job offers?  Maybe you can't even get to the second interview?  I speak to job seekers every day who've had their confidence shaken because of situations like these--but believe it or not, this is an easy fix.  Here's what to do if you can't make it past the first interview:

  • Always bring a 30/60/90-day plan. If they aren't moving you forward (to a second interview or a job offer), you haven't clearly demonstrated to them that you understand the job, you can do the job, you will do the job, and you won't be a risk to their own job if they hire you.  A 360-60-90-Day Plan helps them to 'see' you in the job and makes them feel great about you. The first face-to-face interview is the ideal time to introduce to the hiring manager how you would attack the job in the first 90 days. It can be as simple as you want to make it, but it’s critical that you think about how you will be successful and write it down. It will result in a better interview conversation and make you stand out over other candidates.
  • Practice answering interview questions. Every question is another opportunity to sell yourself for the job.  Check out my How to Answer Interview Questions Series to see if you are answering interview questions the way that you need to.


How to Keep Your Job Search a Secret from Your Current Employer

ShhhThe best time to get a job is when you have a job--right?  But that means that you usually have to keep it on the down low.

Here are 2 ways to keep your job search a secret from your current employer:

1.  Polish your LinkedIn profile.  A great profile (filled with appropriate keywords) will cause recruiters and hiring managers to call YOU, which is the best way of all to get a job.  But paying attention to your profile also opens up your networking possibilities, and may very well lead you to a great oppportunity.


Job Hunters: What Will Employers Find When They Google You?

Computer SearchAccording to one survey, 70% of hiring managers and recruiters have rejected an applicant based on what they found online. Have you Googled your name lately to see what they'll find out about you?

Try it yourself to make sure what they see is positive.  If you have some negatives pop up, it's time to bury the old negative stuff under newer, more positive results.

You can manage your online identity to control your reputation and your image in the job market in 5 ways: