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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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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

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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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.

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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:

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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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Thank You Emails After Phone Interviews – 6 More ‘How To’ Posts

ThankYouI recently posted an article on Thank You Emails After Phone Interviews - 10 How To Posts.  I dug a little deeper and found 6 more for you.

Your thank you emails or notes are so important--maybe more than you know (see the first article here).  It's worth it to read as much as you can to write a great thank you note that moves you forward in the hiring process.  Enjoy!

1.  Send Thank You Emails After Every Single Interview  (see a true story about how not sending a thank you email after a phone interview was the kiss of death for one candidate)

2. Thank You Notes After the Interview: 3 Great Tips (this one has a tip for how to get the interviewer's email address)

3.  Thank You Email Tips for After Your Job Interview

4. The Thank You Email After Your Interview – What To Write To Get The Offer  (this post has a link where you can download a free report on following up after your job interviews)

5.  A Thank You Note Will Boost Your Chance to Get the Job  (this post has a link where you can download a free Job Interview Prep Kit)

6. Send a Follow Up Email After Your Job Interview

 

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%

 

Thank You Emails After Phone Interviews – 10 ‘How-To’ Posts

thank-youSending a thank you email after a phone interview is just as important as sending one after a face-to-face interview.  It helps you stand out and reinforce why they should be talking to you.

Dig in to 10 of our best posts on writing thank you emails after phone interviews (although many will also help with your thank you emails after face-to-face job interviews, too):

1.   3 Reasons Why It’s Better To Send Thank You Emails After Your Job Interviews - why emails are better than hand-written notes

2.   Job Interview Thank You Email Guidelines

3.  Thank You Notes and Thank You Emails for After the Interview - Download a Free Report on How to Follow Up After Interviews, including writing emails and making any necessary phone calls

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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.

 

How To Fix Interview Mistakes

InterviewMistakesIt happens to everybody: You make a mistake about something during your important interview. It my the way you dressed for the occasion and you went too formal or too casual. It might be addressing your interviewer by the wrong name. There are lots of ways a candidate can make a mistake, and it’s true that a mistake can possibly cost you the job. It’s also true that the way you respond to your own mistakes can be what makes the interview successful and gets you the job.

Mistakes Can Be Opportunities

Everyone makes mistakes, but those who are confident enough to admit their mistake and correct it appropriately are valuable in any workplace. If you walk into the interview without having done anything to hone your interview skills or research the company, then your mistakes will be more like learning opportunities and use the interview as a reminder to be prepared next time. But a mistake by an otherwise qualified candidate is an excellent opportunity to display how you will be on the job.
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Phone Interview Questions: How to Cheat to Win (and Why You’d Be Crazy Not To)

TelephoneAnswering phone interview questions is the first step that has to go right in order to get to the in-person interview and then the job offer.

Watch the video below to see how to take advantage of the phone interview's unique qualities (i.e. "cheat") to make sure you ace it. Click on the video to watch.

Then, click on these 10 phone interview tips (you can even download my free Phone Interview Prep podcast).

‘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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