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30-60-90-Day Plan Gets You the Job Even If You Have No Experience

PattyAre you graduating soon? Or maybe you're transitioning from one industry to another?  Either way, your lack of experience could keep you from getting the job you want. Luckily, you can overcome this obstacle with a 30-60-90-day plan for your job interview.  See how it worked for Patty:

Hi Peggy,

I just want to give you a big THANK YOU. I purchased the 30/60/90 Business Plan video. It really walked me through step-by-step on the structure and preparation. I used it on my very next job interview. I was competing with 3 other candidates that were just as qualified. I actually didn't have the exact experience for the position. One of your videos indicated to erase that from your mind--that a company would not have scheduled me for a face-to-face interview if they didn't think I was capable. I kept that in mind during the whole interview. With the help of your videos I was able to prepare for the interview and find a way to present my 30/60/90 day plan. I completely wowed them. Needless to say, I got the job offer. With experience in the job but with no industry experience, I got it because of your videos...I am so grateful. Thank you!!!

Patty

Patty, we are thrilled for you.

If you know you want the edge that a 30-60-90-Day Plan will give you in your job interview...

Best of luck!

 

How to Prepare for a Job Interview: 7 Steps to ‘Crush’ It and Get the Offer

Portrait of business womanThe #1 Job Interview Rule for Crushing The Interview is:

You Must Be As Prepared As Or Better Prepared Than Your Competition.

An interview begins long before you step in front of the interviewer. Wise job seekers will prepare with this in mind. The best-prepared candidate makes the best impression, has the best interview, and almost always gets the offer.  When you get the interview, follow these steps:

Step 1 - Research the Company (and Interviewer)

Know as much as you can about the company's history, products/services, sales processes (if you're in sales), finances, plans, recent news, noteworthy executives, physical locations, operating challenges, operational approaches, and anything else you can find out prior to stepping into the room.  Do an internet search, but also check out LinkedIn and your network. Reach out to contacts, check blogs, and try to get the inside story on what is happening at your prospective company (and be prepared to talk about it).

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5 Job Interview Thank You Note Tips (with Sample Thank You Note)

Thank-YouJob Interview Thank You Notes or Thank You Email Tips

 

1.  Send a thank you note.  Everybody knows that you should send a thank you note after your interview, and yet many people don’t.  Thank you notes make you stand out from the other candidates, and really can make the difference in whether or not you get the job.

2.  Write a substantial note--not a form letter.  This is another opportunity to point out a key item or two in your favor.  It should mention that you enjoyed talking with them, some additional thoughts about how you and your skills are a great fit, and what you learned that makes you even more enthusiastic about working there. See this Sample Thank You Note.

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30/60/90-Day Plan Helps 67-Year Old Get the Job (at a Higher Salary Than Expected!)

Executive (2)Paulus has never had to apply for work before. It always came to him...until now. He found himself in a job search, so he updated his resume, and created a 30-60-90-Day Plan (which he was told would not work--ha!).  The twist to his story shows the absolute power of persistence in a job search.

Enjoy his story.  I hope it inspires you.

Dear Peggy

Greetings to you and your team from Canada. Allow me to share just a short note with you all. In May of last year  I was at a cross road regarding my work. I have been working in Canada for over 4 years and have not had a weekend off. We my wife and I are not young anymore but still fit and healthy to do a good days work. In all my working career, I have not had to apply for work ever, the work always came to me.

So it was a real process for me to apply for a job here in Canada.  I’m so glad I found you at Career Confidential . I listened to many of the webinars and bought some of your material and studied it till I knew it well.

I wrote my resume and sent it to you, made the corrections and then did something which even my children said will not work. They are in Top Jobs here in Calgary one in the Legal sector and one senior town planner.

They said they never heard off such a thing as a 30/60/90 day plan. Well I did not listen to them. I presented my resume to a top 100 company and they were blown away with my plan. Bearing in mind I’m not that young (67-year old) I competed against top graduate young people.

The company told me they are very interested  but would have to offer the Job in-house first. Long story short the candidate only lasted 3 months. In the mean time, I completed a managers 30/60/90 day plan and sent an email off to the company informing them that I’m still interested and have done some more courses and would like to present them with my updated 30/60/90 day plan.

Well I’m happy to report that I got the Job and will start on X -X- 2015 and my salary is more than I expected.

To you and Carl and the team a BIG THANK YOU!

Paulus B.

 

How Paulus wrote his resume and got me to review it:  Extreme Resume Makeover Kit

The 30-60-90-Day Plan Paulus used:  30-60-90-Day Action Plan

I loved how Paulus followed up with the company--I am positive that his persistence and follow up helped him get the job.

Way to go Paulus!!!

 

Amazon.com – Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Success

Amazon-Logo - CopyBe super impressive in your next interview with this 4 - book bundle for a great price on Amazon:

Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Success

This bundle will get you prepared for any job interview (phone interviews or face-to-face) so you can get the offer!

 

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5.0 out of 5 stars    Two interviews, two job offers!    March 26, 2015
By Derrelynn
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This bundle is a fast read and definitely increased my confidence in interviewing for new nurse position. I nailed the phone interview and received two job offers. Saved so much time in preparing for interview and priceless advice for any field! Highly recommend.

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30-60-90-Day Plan: How to Create and Use It to Knock Their Socks Off in the Job Interview

Colorful striped socksWhat's your biggest job interview problem?

  • You don't have the perfect background or quite enough experience?
  • You don't stand out as the "wow" candidate?
  • You get lots of interviews, but no offers?

The easiest and best way to get past those very common obstacles is to write a 30-60-90-day plan and bring it to your interview--that's the straightforward, honest truth.  It works if you're a brand-new graduate and it works if you're a seasoned veteran of your career.

I've used it myself (and got 5 offers the last time I was in the job search) and I've had my candidates use it for years--because it gets them hired.

Once you use one of these plans, you will never go to another interview without one.  They're that good. We have a ton of information about 30-60-90-day plans on this blog you can use to write one, but here are two to start with:

Or, if you want to just cut to the chase and get it done (or even if you just need the confidence of an expert who's got your back), check out our 30-60-90-day plan samples and templates that come with all my tips and tricks for writing and presenting these plans to make you very comfortable using this tool in an interview:

  • 30-60-90-Day Action Plans for everyone else (people always ask if these plans are worth it if you're not in sales, but actually they're even more impressive outside of sales jobs)

These plans really do work.  You will communicate better and sell yourself for the job.

They give you an enormous boost over "you don't have enough experience."

They polish you so that you outshine every other candidate.

They get you job offers.

Create a 30-60-90-Day Plan for your next interview and you'll see what I mean.

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.

 

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:

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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.

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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.

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5 Killer Questions to Ask In Your Job Interview

Ask Questions in the InterviewFor many job seekers, job interview prep means getting your answers ready for the toughest interview questions--and there's no doubt this is important. But remember--interviewing is a two-way street. They're looking to see if they want to hire you, and you need to know what will make that happen.  You also need to know if this company is somewhere you can shine and advance in your career.  The questions you ask can give you all the information you need.

Asking questions also makes you stand out as a candidate. You seem more intelligent, more enthusiastic, and you elevate the conversation from a one-sided interrogation into a conversation between professionals. You establish better rapport, and discover what the interviewer is looking for--so that you can tailor your answers to what's going to make the best impression--and get you hired.

5 Killer Questions to Ask in Your Interview

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How to Successfully Ask for the Job

jobinterview - Copy - CopyYour amazing resume got you the interview.  You prepared for the interview, practiced your interview answers, and created your 30/60/90-day plan. Now you're in the interview, and it comes down to the end. What do you do? You need to ask for the job.

This is where you may stumble (many do). In this video, I'll give you critical tips about what to say, how to say it, and what great qualities it demonstrates to the hiring manager about you. This is vital for your success (the job offer).

Click on the video to watch.

Learn much more about how to do this easily and effectively here:

Interview Tips:  Boost Your Chances To Get the Job Offer by 40%

 

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.

 

‘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.

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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