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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 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:


...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.


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.


30 60 90 Day Plan Secures Newly Created Role for Executive Vice President

how to get a jobAre you about to interview for a new job the company just created? Or maybe it's a long-standing position but you haven't done anything like it before?

See how Don approached this situation and got the job offer:

Dear Peggy: As you know, I've long been a fan of Career Confidential, your webinar coaching and the tools you provide to make job search more effective for experienced professionals. Now, it gives me great pleasure to write this letter.

Recently I was considered for a newly-created EVP role in the Branding Communications field -- it is a position that blends strategic planning, marketing and business development. The job not only demands expertise in those areas, it requires synergistic thinking for all three disciplines simultaneously. I am now in that job.

There were multiple factors that went into my getting the offer, certainly -- yet EVERY interview panelist noted the foresight and detail that went into my 30-60-90 day plan.

It is possible that competing candidates may have included a 'First 100 Days' set of milestones, since the hiring manager had suggested compiling that list. But as you know, a "list" alone doesn't differentiate the thinking or rationale.

However, the organized sequence and logic of progressively-built activities and objectives in 30-day periods (as clearly outlined in your 30-60-90 Day planning template) is clearly more understandable, believable and persuasive. It instantly establishes credibility and conviction.

And by the way, it works wonders as an on-boarding guidepost to facilitate rapid learning and job effectiveness. Thank you again -- I realize the folks participating in your webinars and workshops need "permission to believe" this can work for them. Please assure them IT DOES.

All the best, Don B.

I love getting emails like this one. Congratulations, Don! We are so happy we could help you get that job.

This is why we created our line of 30-60-90-Day Plans. It is difficult to think of everything you should include in a solid interview plan--especially if you're in a time crunch. And if you take a plan that's too short or too simple, it's almost an insult to the job. Your plan doesn't have to be letter-perfect to everything you will do, but it does need to be smart, thoughtful, and strategic.

If you have a difficult  job interview coming up (or any job interview) get my plan today. 

30 60 90 Day Plan for Executives

30 60 90 Day Plan for Managers

30 60 90 Action Plan

30 60 90 Day Sales Plan

I'll even review it for you when you're done (it's part of the package) so you can be sure you have a plan that will help you get the job. Take a plan to your next interview!


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.


How to Answer Interview Questions About Your Salary

how to answer interview questions about moneyQuestions about past salary, salary requirements, or any inquires about compensation or benefits are tough to answer. What you say can have a big influence on the offer you eventually get (or don't get).

Here are 2 common money questions that come up in job interviews. Click on the question to see the answers you need to give.

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 want a smooth and successful salary negotiation, check out my recorded webinar with negotiating guru Jack Chapman: Salary Negotiations Webinar. Anyone can use these tips to secure a better, stronger job offer.


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:


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.


How to Answer Interview Questions About Your Failures

How to Answer Interview Questions About Your FailuresInterview questions about your failures can be some of the most difficult to answer. You need to find a good balance between acknowledging the failure, making sure it isn't one that would reflect poorly on your ability to do the job you're interviewing for, and show that you learned from it so that now you are someone they want to hire.

Below are 5 possible interview questions you could be asked about your failures. Click on the question to see how to strategically and effectively answer it.

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.


How to Answer Interview Questions If You Were Fired or Laid Off

Best Interview Answers if You Were Fired or Laid OffIf you were fired or laid off in your last position (or in recent years) you will almost certainly be asked about it in the interview. These can be difficult questions that can make even the strongest candidates stumble.

All you need to do is think about these questions ahead of time and prepare good, solid answers to their inevitable questions. Below are # questions you may be asked if you were terminated for whatever reason. Click on the question to go to the 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.


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.


30-60-90-Day Plan Secures Job in Non-Profit

30 60 90 day plan for non profit job interviewMany job seekers mistakenly think that a 30-60-90-day plan can only help in sales job interviews--but that isn't true. We've seen people in education, healthcare, finance, accounting, administration, operations, engineering, project management, management and executive level roles, and so many more.

Today's success story is from someone who used the 30 60 90 day plan to secure a role in the non-profit world--and who used it in salary negotiations to receive a better offer:

Dear Peggy,

I'm writing to you today to let you know, and to let others who are looking for a great job know, that your 306090 works, and delivers results!  I'm so happy to report to you that the document I prepared using the 306090 day template worked fabulously. I used your technique to develop my 306090 for my non-profit world.  I'm sure that it was instrumental in the decision my (soon to be new) employer made about hiring me.  I'm also sure it helped me in my salary negotiations.  Thank you for such a great strategy and product.

My best to you,


Here is the 30-60-90-Day Plan that R.B. used:  30 60 90 Day Action Plan

We also offer plan templates and coaching for other needs:

30 60 90 Day Sales Plan

30 60 90 Day Plan for Managers

30 60 90 Day Plan for Executives

Get the best job offer possible with great negotiation tips - Jack Chapman Tells How to Make $1000 a Minute