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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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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!

Amazon Interview Tips

You can find a ton of tips and information for how to interview well on Amazon (without a big cash outlay).

Bundled-Interview-Books

Check out this bundled set of ebooks from Career Confidential that includes a ton of powerful, proven tips for interview success:

If my nephew or aunt or sister or father were looking for a job and preparing to interview, this is the bundle I would insist they read.  It will do great things for you in your next interview.

Get the Amazon Interview Tips bundle today.

Also check out my other ebooks for your resume, LinkedIn profile, interview follow up, salary negotiations and more on my  page here:  Peggy McKee Amazon ebooks.

 

One Simple Way To Improve Your Language

Grammar - Erin KennedyDid you know you can set up your day to have a quick opportunity to improve yourself? One of the nicest things about the internet is the opportunity to learn, and improving your language is going to make a difference in your career.

Here’s why language is important: the things you write online stay there. The impression you make with your speech and writing doesn’t fade too fast, either. If you are consistently using language the way that “everybody” uses language online, then you are automatically closing the street to opportunity.

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90 Day Plan Makes You Stand Out and Get the Offer

Win the JobA 30 60 90 Day Plan is a key interview tool that will make you stand out and get the job offer.  A 90 Day Plan shows the employer your drive, knowledge, and fit for the job.  It even helps you answer interview questions better than ever before.

To create a 90-Day Plan for your next interview, take a look at these articles:

 

Does Your Ego Show During The Interview?

EgoThere was a very interesting study done at the University of British Columbia where narcissistic behavior was studied in context of job interviews. According to UBC Psychology Prof. Del Paulhus,

“A job interview is one of the few social situations where narcissistic behaviours such as boasting actually create a positive impression. Normally, people are put off by such behaviour, especially over repeated exposure.”

The study was conducted by having participants answer questions to rate their narcissism, then be observed in a job interview scenario. Those who fell higher on the narcissism scale made more eye contact, asked questions, talked about themselves, and joked around a bit. This made them more attractive as candidates despite the reality of what they’d be like as coworkers.

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Perfect Interview Answers Free Training Webinar

Did you know that employers are listening for certain words, phrases, and concepts in your interview answers? If you don’t say what they want to hear, you won’t get the job.

In this webinar, you will learn perfect interview answers you can adapt for any job in any field.

These answers are the “magic words” that will unlock job offers for you. You will learn:

  • Perfect answers for the 4 most common interview questions
  • How to make them want to offer you the job
  • How to relieve the hiring manager’s 4 secret fears about you
  • An interview technique that will make them beg to hire you

Don’t go to another interview without this information!

Register Here

30 60 90 Day Action Plan Got Me the Job Offer in 45 Minutes!

Job OfferA 30 60 90 Day Action Plan is an interview tool that allows you to interview more effectively, communicate better, and help them 'see' you in the job.

30 60 90 Day Plans get job offers.  Look at what happened with Sidney:

Peggy,

I had to write this email to say THANK YOU. I interviewed yesterday for a job I really wanted.  When it came time for me to ask questions I pulled out my 30, 60, 90 day plan and presented it to them. WOW WOW WOW they were won over!!! One of the individuals (the final say-so guy) replied "I have been interviewing candidates for hourly jobs all the way up to Managers for over 20 years and never has anyone ever presented a plan like this. This is impressive. My mind is made up I have no further questions."

The recruiter I was working with received a call (before I could drive home, a 45 min. drive) with a job offer. IT REALLY DOES WORK!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

Sincerely,

Sidney S.

Find out more about the plan that Sidney used here:  30 60 90 Day Action Plan  (also see 30 60 90 Day Action Plan Customer Reviews)

Get your own plan and get the job offer in your next interview!

 

Sales Job Interview Answers That Make You Stand Out

Stand-OutA common flaw that I see with candidates is that they speak in generalities when they interview for sales jobs:

  • "I'm a great people person."
  • "I'm very persuasive."
  • "I've got a strong work ethic."

Those qualities are all great, but the problem is that even the candidates who aren't really telling the truth say those things.

The way to really separate yourself from the pack is to provide specific examples that back up what you say you can do:

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What does a 30 60 90 day plan look like?

30-60-90-Day-Plan-Look-LikeJob seekers in medical, finance, accounting, sales, and more are using 30-60-90-day plans in the interview to get job offers--sometimes they get offers on the spot, and sometimes they get job offers for jobs that are actually at higher levels and higher salaries than what they interviewed for.

So what does a job-winning 30 60 90 day plan look like?

A great plan is going to be at least 3 pages, with at least one page each devoted to each of the 30-day sections of the 90-day total.

The first 30 days should focus on learning your way around:

  • meeting co-workers, support teams, customers, clients
  • learning software and systems
  • getting settled into the job

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Sales Job Interviews – How To Set Yourself Apart From Your Competition and Get the Job

Stand-OutWhat does it take to set yourself apart and get the sales job? Is it a killer resume, a brag book, a 30/60/90-day sales plan, and how well you prepare for the interview?

Yes, it's all those things, and one more:  It's how you position yourself in relation to your competition.

In this video, I'll tell you how to differentiate yourself in the interview and find out exactly what the hiring manager (interviewer) wants to hear in order to hire you.

Click the video to watch.

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How a 306090 Interview Plan Got Me the Sales Job!

Sales-Job-Interview (2)I wanted to share this with you--this job seeker used a 306090 Day Interview Plan and got the sales job on the spot.  They didn't even interview the other candidate.

Peggy, these are the kind of emails you love! Just last weekend, I bought your 30-60-90 Day Sales Plan for an upcoming interview this past week. I appreciate your encouragement, assistance, tips and template. The sales position was down to two final candidates. I was the first to interview.

For the interview, I was to make a presentation, present a 90 day sales plan, and have a sales call scripted out. I was pretty set on the presentation and sales script, but I was a little nervous about the 90 Day sales plan. I found your site online, and was convinced it was going to help me.

Well, Peggy, it more than worked! They were so blown away by the interview, the 90 day sales plan and the vision I demonstrated, they made me an offer right there on the spot. They didn't even interview the second finalist.

The CEO said, "This is the exact vision and energy I want for my company."

I don't think I would have made the impression that I did, if it wasn't for your guidance.

Thank you again for our brief, but very effective encounter!

Wes R.

If you want to make an impression like this and get the job in your next sales job interview, get my 30-60-90-Day Sales Plan now.

 

Should you hire an interview coach?

Interview CoachYou can find lots of advice in books and online for how to answer job interview questions, and some of it says to practice your interview answers with a friend, or video yourself so you can play it back to see any weak spots.  It's good advice.  You need both practice and feedback to improve your game.  The flaws here are (1) a friend might just tell you what you want to hear, and (2) if you're critiquing a video of yourself, the problem becomes "you don't know what you don't know".

Here's a thought:  If you really want to improve your skills in something, you take personalized, individualized lessons from an expert...in other words, get a coach.

Think about it.  Even pro athletes, with amazing natural abilities and countless hours of practice, have coaches and trainers to give them that one last boost over the top to excellence.

Role-playing interviews with an objective, experienced industry expert can give you so much of a boost in your interview skills that you not only do well in the interview, you crush it....just blow the hiring manager out of the water with your confidence, competence and style.  An interview coach can not only help you shape your answers to interview questions, she can help you spin difficult situations into positives (or at least neutrals), and can help you pinpoint and develop those intangible qualities that are ultimately job-winners.

I do provide interview help for candidates from CEOs to entry-level, and maybe I'd be a good fit for you--and maybe not.  Either way, you should get some outside help in this competitive job market.

Find someone who is an expert in your field that you are comfortable working with.  Hiring an interview coach is a small investment in yourself that will pay off big for you when you land the job of your dreams.