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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!

 

Communication Coach for US Job Market (ESL)

peggy-redshirt158X210 - Copy (3)Is English your second language (ESL)?  This can cause significant communication problems during job interviews with US companies.  These problems can keep you from getting the jobs you are qualified for.

I've worked with many job seekers from China, Japan, Mexico, France, and Dubai, among others, to help them overcome language and/or cultural barriers so they can communicate more effectively in job interviews.

How a Coach Can Help

For instance, I just got off the phone with a highly skilled job seeker from China.  She knew that her phone interviews weren't going well, but she didn't realize just how much trouble she was having until she worked with a coach.

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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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Check out the 5-Star reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars    Two interviews, two job offers!    March 26, 2015
By Derrelynn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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Will a 30-60-90-Day Plan Get You the Offer? 98% Say Yes

98When we tell job seekers about 30-60-90-Day Plans (what they are and what they do for you in the interview) and then ask, "If you brought a detailed, customized 30-60-90-Day Plan to your job interview, would you get the offer?" 98% say yes.

If you want to learn more about 30-60-90-day plans, go here:

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

If you want a tested and proven 30/60/90-Day Plan Template and Coaching, go here:

 30-60-90-Day Action Plan

 

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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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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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%

 

Common Phone Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Phone-InterviewPhone interviews are a big, big deal--companies use them to screen job candidates and weed them out before they get down to the more serious business of face-to-face interviews. Before you get on any phone interview, you need to know what phone interview questions you'll probably be asked--so you pass their screen test and get invited to interview in person.  Here are some common phone interview questions:

  • Tell me about yourself. Don't fall into the trap of thinking it's a social question to break the ice. It isn't. All your answers should relate to the job.

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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.

 

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).