Will you pose a risk to my own continued employment?
One of a manager’s most critical tasks is to choose good employees. Their own job success depends on choosing the right people to be on their team. When you create a 30 60 90 day Action Plan, you answer all 4 of those critical questions and take the risk out of hiring you.
The 30 60 90 Day Action Plan is possibly THE most valuable tool for you as a job seeker. I would never, ever go to an interview without it.
A 90 day action plan is key to your success in your new job, but it's vital that you create your 90 day plan template for your new job BEFORE your first interview, or you might not get the job.
First impressions count, so you want to meet your potential new employer with not just your “A” game, but with an “A+++” game. Never treat the first interview as a get-to-know-you session. They will weed you out and move forward with the serious candidate. So don’t wait to “Wow” them. Bringing a 90 day plan for your first interview will make you at least a 20%-30% stronger candidate, and you’ll have a much more successful interview.
Take the information you learn in your first interview, revamp your plan for the second interview, and you’ll knock every other candidate completely out of the running.
Even though you might understand how much stronger you would be in your job interview with a 30/60/90-day plan, you could run into a problem finding the information you need, as well as actually creating a plan. Not to worry...it's entirely possible to find everything you need and create a plan that will knock the socks off any hiring manager.
You just have to know where to look and what to look for in order to make a great 30 60 90 day plan.
A 30 60 90 day plan is a written outline of what you will do in your first 3 months on the job. It's a strategic set of action steps to help you reach your goal, which is to be successful in your new job. What does a good 30 60 90 day plan look like?
I wanted to share with you this great email I got from Mike Wenning about the Kansas City Chiefs Football Coach, Andy Reid. It's a fantastic illustration of the power of good, thorough, strategic job interview prep. Thanks, Mike!
I'm sure you're going to find the following as coming straight out of left field but.....earlier today, I was reading an article on the Kansas City Chiefs Head Football Coach, Andy Reid which was written by Peter King of Sports Illustrated for its November 11, 2013 issue.
As you may know, Coach Reid lost his job with the Philadelphia Eagles at the end of the 2012 NFL season. One of the other teams in the league that was interested in interviewing Coach Reid for their open Head Coaching position was the Kansas City Chiefs. What caught my eye was that when the four man hiring team, led by the Chiefs owner, Clark Hunt, met with Coach Reid what thrilled them the most was Read more...
As a job seeker, you need more than 'how-to' tips....you need encouragement, and you need to know what's working for other candidates to get them hired now.
Below are 7 stories from real job seekers. These are emails I've received in the last few weeks that I've chosen to post here for you. They are from a wide variety of professions, ages, experience levels, races, and nationalities.
I want you to see what's worked for them--so you can make it work for you, too. I want you to be inspired to go after your dream job and have the tools to get it. Read more...
Interviewers like to try and put you on the spot with difficult job interview questions, like "How did you handle it the last time your boss chastized you or strongly disagreed with a decision you made?"
In the video below, I will tell you how to answer difficult job interview questions like this one. Click the video to watch.
Do you research the company before your job interview? How about the interviewer? You can give yourself a huge advantage in your job interview if you research the interviewer ahead of time.
In the video below, I'll tell you how to gather information about your interviewer...what questions you should ask, who you should ask, and what you're looking for. These tips will put you ahead of the other candidates and make you absolutely stand out as the best candidate. There are 3 important places you can gather information. Click the video to watch.
Find out more places to gather information and see how it can help you ace your interview in my blog article: Phone Interview Tips #8.
When you take the big step out of military service back into civilian life, the last thing you need to be worrying about are the difficulties of a civilian job search. It’s true that veterans’ unemployment rates are higher than average, and it’s true that there are specific obstacles in your way…but the good news is that there are 3 sure-fire solutions you can implement that will get you hired quickly.
Obstacle (and Solution) #1:
Civilian employers don’t understand how your training and skill sets will benefit them.
Here’s the first thing you have to understand about a job search: it’s a sales process. You’re the product, and the company you want to work for is your customer. It’s your job to tell them what you can bring to them…what solutions you provide, what benefits you bring, etc. Civilians can’t usually translate military experience into their own ‘language’, so it’s your job to translate and explain. Start studying job descriptions for things you are applying for and insert that language in your resume and cover letters. Think about how your skills can help a company make money, save money, save time, be more efficient, etc. They’re interested in the bottom line, which is, what’s in it for them?
Obstacle (and Solution) #2:
Companies are afraid that you won’t fit into corporate culture.
Just like you had to learn the language, customs, and culture of the military, you now have to learn the language and culture of corporate America. How?
Do some online research concerning the jobs you’re interested in. What are the buzzwords? What are the big dogs in the industry doing? What are the trends?
Talk to people in the field. If you can, use any and all of your civilian contacts to set up informational interviews with people in your prospective field. Try job shadowing someone who’s working in the job you want. Ask lots of questions and educate yourself so you can speak more knowledgably about the job.
Role-play interview questions with a civilian. Good interview preparation is priceless. The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll be in an interview situation.
Create a 30-60-90-Day Plan for every interview. There’s nothing in the world better than this for proving to an employer that you know your stuff (even if you’re brand new) and you can hit the ground running.
Obstacle (and Solution) #3:
Because you aren’t experienced in this whole civilian job hunt thing, you spend your time applying for jobs online—and your job search stretches out for months.
Applying online is a bad idea for any job seeker, but it’s especially bad for you because you already may be starting out at a disadvantage because you don’t have the ‘perfect’ background for your chosen job. Resumes and applications that don’t perfect match the keywords that Human Resources is looking for don’t get pulled up for interviews. So what happens is that even if you’d be the best employee they’ve ever had, you won’t even get a chance to discuss it with them. So, what do you do?
You must do everything you can to speak directly to hiring managers (your future boss, or your boss’s boss). That person is the decision-maker with the authority to interview and hire you. Therefore, that person is your strongest chance at getting the job. How do you find them?
Set up a profile on LinkedIn and start searching for people in your field who have the same military background that you do. Contact that person and let them know that you’re looking for a job. Ask if they know anyone looking for someone like you. Ask if you can send your resume. Use the bond between servicemen and women to your advantage. They want to help you, and they are also more likely to quickly recognize your value.
In today’s job market, all job seekers must be more aggressive than ever before. As a transitioning military to civilian job seeker, you are no exception. Use these tips, be aggressive, remember your value, and don’t give up. You will be successful.
** If you want more job search solutions for transitioning military personnel, go to Mission: Transition.
Handling questions about money or salary in job interviews is tricky. Everyone struggles with how to answer interview questions concerning money--but it's easier than you think to successfully answer salary questions.
In the video below, I will tell you how you can respond to any questions about salary in your job interview, and even why you can consider these questions to be a good thing. Click the video to watch.
Why would an interviewer ask you 'What excites you and scares you about this job?' It's another way to get at your weaknesses and strengths. It's a way to find out what scares you because maybe you're not ready for it, and what you think you're prepared to handle. Employers can get creative about how they ask these kinds of questions, and this is one.
In the video below, I will tell you what your strategy should be when answering this interview question.
As a recruiter who has conducted thousands of phone interviews myself over the years, I have seen candidates make a lot of mistakes. In the video below, I will tell you some of the biggest phone interview mistakes that candidates make, and how you can avoid making them yourself.