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'The 30 60 90 day plan was the 'something special' that got me the job.'

30 60 90 Day Plan for ExecutivesQualified executive Tom had trouble landing the job for 8 months...until he brought a 30-60-90-Day Action Plan to his interview. His new boss thought it was what set Tom apart and helped him beat out two other qualified candidates. Congratulations Tom!

Hi, Peggy,

After 8 frustrating months, I just landed a VP level position with a well known company. Being 62 years old made this even more remarkable. My resume was already in the format you suggest, but handing the 30/60/90 day plan to the hiring manager made the difference. There were two other qualified candidates, but my new boss specifically mentioned the action plan as something special. Thanks for your help!

Tom F.

I speak to a lot of people in their 60s who have real trouble getting a job...but with the right approach, you absolutely can get a great job. At any age, how you present yourself to the employer makes all the difference.

(1) The first thing anyone over 40 needs to do is attend my Free Training, 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search.

Age bias is a real problem (for a lot of reasons), but there are things you can do that make it a non-issue (or even an advantage).

(2) I cannot encourage you strongly enough to find out about 30-60-90-Day Plans and what they can do for you in the interview:

7 Ways a 30-60-90-Day Plan Gets You the Job

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

Why 30-60-90-Day Plans Make Your Interviewer Love You

30/60/90-Day Plan Example

 

30-60-90-Day Plan FAQs

30 60 90 day plan for job interviewsA 30-60-90-day plan is THE interview tool that will secure the job offer. However, if you’ve never created a plan before, you probably have a lot of questions.

I put together the questions I’m most often asked about 30-60-90-Day Plans and answered them here for you.

Why is a 30-60-90-Day Plan a ‘job interview miracle tool?’

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#1 Way to Improve Your Interview so You Get the Offer

use a 30 60 90 day plan to get the job offerPete had a lot of experience and success in his field as a retail store manager. Getting a new job should have been easy—but it wasn’t.

He’d already been to several interviews, so he had his answers down pat. He knew he interviewed well, and he had all that past job success to back him up. He’d get dressed up, drive to find the place, and go in—only to find out that he was competing against 20-30 other people who were just as strong as he was. Not only did he have all that competition, he was a little older, which was working against him. He never got the job.

Maybe you can feel his frustration. Even though companies are hiring, there’s still a lot of competition for the best jobs.

Job search techniques and strategies have changed. Job seekers are more sophisticated about how they prepare for interviews, and they are more mobile than they used to be. Many people are ready to pick up and move for the right position.

Pete knew he had to do something different so that he could get hired, but what? He decided to showcase how he would approach the job by creating a 30-60-90-Day Plan.

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12 Ways You Can Be Asked About Your Weaknesses in an Interview

Weakness Question Job InterviewEmployers ask you about your weaknesses in job interviews for a lot of reasons…because they want a realistic assessment of you, because they want to compare you to other candidates, or because they want to see how you react to a difficult question.

However, not all of their inquiries about your weaknesses are so obvious. They know that you’ll probably be ready for the big one, and so they have a lot of different ways to get at what they want to know. They can ask about how people criticize you, what you need the most development in, what scares you about this new job (because that could reflect not being ready for it), and more.

It’s important that you be ready to answer these kinds of questions.

Below are 12 different ways interviewers ask you about your weaknesses.

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Interview Coaching Is a Game Changer!

how to get a jobJust wanted to share with you this feedback I received from someone I helped prepare for her webcam interview.

I contacted Peggy one week before an important job interview for help preparing for the interview. Since I was out of town, we spoke via Skype, which was helpful because my interview was by webcam.

Peggy gave me valuable feedback on how I came across on camera, and she gave me suggestions on how to be more confident and engaging.

I applied her suggestions and received the offer for my dream job a few months later! I cannot thank Peggy enough for her help--her interview coaching service is a complete game changer!

-Anonymous

Do you have a Skype interview (or any job interview) coming up? Personal coaching is the fastest, most targeted way to improve your interview performance.

Find out more about interview coaching and job search coaching here:

Peggy McKee Career Coaching

Zanetta Siciliano Career Coaching

 

30 60 90 Day Plans for Teachers

30 60 90 day plan for teaching job interviewI often get asked if 30-60-90-Day Plans work for teachers in a job interview. These plans are famous for sales job interviews and are being used with extreme success in other white-collar jobs and executive roles. They show hiring managers that you are someone who approaches a task or job with strategic planning and smart goal-setting. You are someone who will be successful in the role.

So can this same approach work if you are interviewing to be a teacher? I have to say that they do (I think they help you even more if you are in educational administration). What administrator wouldn’t be impressed with someone who had clearly thought out how they would approach that role and ensure their success in the first 3 months on the job?

Think about it this way. You set up lesson plans for your students so you make sure that what needs to happen will happen, right? Well, you also need to create a plan to make sure you do all the things that will make you a successful professional in your role.

So now here’s the question: what kinds of things belong in a 30 60 90 Day Plan for teachers?

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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!

 

Assistant Store Director Gets Job with 30-60-90-Day Plan

how to get a jobGerald had tons of experience in his field, but was going for a higher job title than he'd ever had before. He said that the 30-60-90-Day Plan helped him nail the interview and get the job, and he doesn't think he could have done it without it. Now, because he's making the most money ever in his career, he can live the life he wants for himself and his family.

I just wanted for you guys to know that I received the JOB as an (Assistant Store Director) with one of the largest grocery chains in the [name withheld] metro area. I don't believe I could have done this without this program. I helped me out in so many difference ways especially the 30/60/90 day format and the questions and answer sample interview questions. Your help and professionalism was awesome and I truly thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last thought" I've been working in the grocery industry since graduating from high school' I've been with two other firms here in the St. Louis area and made pretty good money' but this particular position will be the highest title ever and will able me to make the most money in my career (which will allow for me and my wife to care for our (Foster Daughter) whom we will have in our home later this month and for that I'm grateful and thankful for what you [are] doing for people like myself.

Humbly submitted by Gerald T.

thanks you thank you thank you

Congratulations Gerald! I love getting emails like this, and I'd love to get one from you, too! Take a 30-60-90-Day Plan to your next interview (see why 30 60 90 Day Plans are so effective):

30-60-90-Day Action Plan

30-60-90-Day Sales Plan

30-60-90-Day Plan for Managers

30-60-90-Day Plan for Executives

 

Not Looking Forward to Your Job Search? Read This

how to get a jobJean was depressed at the thought of applying for jobs and all the hoops job seekers have to jump through these days to get hired. Turns out that with the right training and tools, it was easier than she thought...

Hi Peggy,

I just want to say a massive thank you to you and your team for all your help over the past few months.

Having been in a lucky position to take time off to renovate a couple of properties, I was keen to get back to work, but the thought of applying for jobs made me feel quite depressed. So much to do these days to gain a position.

Signing up with your company is one of the best decisions I have ever made and it has paid off.

I presented a 30-60-90 day plan on a first interview and the interviewers were very impressed. I had covered so much with the plan, actually, that they had to make up another scenario for my second interview.

I am lucky, I love research and with the guidance of your products and wise advice, it has all gone according to plan and I have just been offered the job. It is a company I have always wanted to work for too.

It is unusual for me to so enthused in writing a thank you, but your webinars and the 30-60-90 day plan have made a massive difference in how I approached the company and prepared to interview.

I have recommended you to a couple of friends who are looking to change careers.

Regards,
Jean Taggart

We are so happy for Jean and want you to know that with the right tools and training, getting a job you love can be much easier and more fun than you expect.

I want to encourage you to come to one of our webinars. I will show you what to do that will get you a great job very quickly. See what's available this week here:  Career Confidential Online Training Classes. They are free.

And, absolutely always create and bring a 30-60-90-Day Plan to your job interviews. It is the best job interview prep you can do and it will give you the best interview you've ever had.

We have plan templates and coaching that will help you write your plan and discuss it in the interview. Check them out:

 

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,

R.B.

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

 

How to Answer 5 Interview Questions You May Hear If You’re Over 50 (or 40)

how to answer interview questions you may hear if you are over 50If you're over 50 (or sometimes 40) in a job search, you may be asked interview questions that are indirectly related to your age. Employers are restricted in asking direct questions (because of anti-discrimination laws) but still have concerns about you, and try to address them in other ways.

Below are 5 questions you may be asked in a job interview. Click on the question to see the best 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.

*If you are over 40, I encourage you to sign up for my free training webinar, 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination and get the job offer!

Interview Preparation with Total Access Coaching

TACIf you have interviewed and not gotten the job, it's easy to feel bad about yourself. However, in many cases, the problem isn't you--it's in how you prepare for the interview. Karen failed in 18 different interviews before she began preparing differently. With the right preparation, she did well in her next two interviews and she got the job offer.

I am happy to report that I have landed a job with the State of [name withheld], administrative support in the International Business Division.

Thank you for all of your support, encouragement, and for providing the tools necessary to put into the full-time search effort. I originally found Peggy's videos searching on You Tube. A month or so prior, I had blown a second interview on an inside sales position...the deer in the headlights syndrome for some of my behavioral interview answers. ...depressed about this for weeks, laying around in my PJ's, dazed and in a real funk. I finally got out of the pity party and found your videos, ultimately leading me to sign up for Total Access, which has really made a difference, and so worth the investment.

I feel so much more confidence and felt hope, that there would be light at the end of the tunnel. After almost a year of unemployment, the rejection can wear on you. I had 20 interviews over 11 months, but only felt I did a great job on the last 2 of them, thanks to my study of your materials. Attitude is everything! My resume was okay (it was generating interviews), but I did tweak it with more keywords based on your suggestions.

What really helped, was studying my answers to questions and practice. It's really amazing--you know yourself, but putting it into words when you're nervous and so much is on the line, is really difficult. It was nice to hear you say that I wasn't the only one that was having this difficulty.

Thank you again for all you do and sharing your knowledge. I will spread the word and share my good fortune of discovering you.

Best regards,

Karen P.

If you aren't doing as well as you'd like in your job interviews, I encourage you to do something different:

Best of luck!

How to Answer 13 Common Job Interview Questions

How to Answer Interview Questions About Your Future Career

How to Answer Interview Questions About Your FutureJob interview questions aren't always about the past or about the now. They also want to know your plans for the future. If you get those questions, it's likely that they're trying to figure out if you will fit in with this company or if you're really interested in this job (as opposed to simply wanting a job).

Below are 6 questions you may hear on this topic. 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.

 

30 60 90 Day Plan Lands Senior Management Job with Global Company

30 60 90 Day Plan Lands Job Offer from Global CompanyhI was asked the other day if 30-60-90-Day Plans work to get job offers outside of the US.  I wanted to share Amrut's story with you so you can see how effective these plans are all over the world, with large companies (and small), at executive levels.  Amrut struggled in his job search until he utilized a 90-Day Plan. It made all the difference. Congratulations, Amrut!

Dear Peggy McKee

Greetings of the day

I wish to express my gratitude to you for all the advice you provided through your webinars. After having spent considerable amount of money and having registered myself on numerous job sites and trying in vain to land a senior management level job, I had almost given up. Then one day I found you on LinkedIn and registered myself for one of your very practical and informative webinars....I was very impressed and then as suggested, I prepared a 30-60-90 day action plan. This plan was also [reviewed] by you and I was given a go ahead to put it to practical use and I did.

Then came an opportunity for an interview with a renowned European entity with worldwide presence. I implemented your suggestions and studied the organization and prepared a 30-60-90 day action plan. I felt very confident even before I attended the interview. When I presented the 30-60-90 day action plan, the interviewer was pleased and he mentioned that he was looking for a prepared candidate like me and straightaway I was offered the position of MD & Country Manager. A copy of my 30-60-90 day action plan was requested.

I am grateful to you for this positive advice at a very critical juncture in my career and life itself. I owe my success entirely to you and the fabulous practical and timely advice you gave me.

I hope our paths will cross again and I have an opportunity to meet you in person.

Yours sincerely and a grateful

Amrut Desai

We offer 30 60 90 Day Plans for all levels, from beginning to executive positions, and I strongly encourage  you to get your own plan and put it together so you can stand out in your next interview and get the job offer, too.

30-60-90-Day Action Plans

30-60-90-Day Sales Plans (specifically for sales jobs)

30-60-90-Day Plans for Managers

30-60-90-Day Plans for Executives

I also invite you to attend one or more of Career Confidential's Job Search and Interview Training Webinars so you can learn how to job search more effectively (no more registering on

Check out our Free Training Webinars Page to see what topics we're covering this week.