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How to Start a New Job with Less Stress

job search success tipsStarting a new job can be filled with stress--meeting new people, learning new systems, making sure you're doing the things you need to do in order to be successful.

One of the surest remedies for nerves is preparation. The more prepared you are (for anything), the less stressful it will be. This includes starting a new job and interviewing for it in the first place.

In over 15 years of recruiting and career coaching with thousands of candidates, I have found that the surest way to prepare for interviews and the job itself is creating a 30-60-90-day plan for the interview.

A 30 60 90 day plan is simply an outline of actions and goals that you will take in the first 3 months on that job to be successful.

It can help you get a better job than you might have been able to without that extra effort, and it helps your new employer see you as someone special. Not only does this make you more confident and prepared for interviews, it makes you more confident and prepared for your first day on the job.

I received a great email from Kathy as an example of someone who has put this into practice, and I am excited to share it with you:


Investing in Yourself with Training for Your Job Search Works

interview preparationLynn was able to transfer from a temporary position to a permanent one because she made the investment in herself by getting training and preparing for her behavioral job interview. She said it was invaluable--it made her more confident and gave her better interview answers.

Not all job seekers make the effort to invest in themselves,  but it always pays off and Lynn is proof that it works. Congratulations Lynn!

Peggy, (and team!),

I sat in on several webinars and it really helped me keep my motivation, skills and morale up! I joined the [Total Access Coaching Club] and it was invaluable!

I am happy to say I did land a nearby government job with good pay and excellent benefits. I had submitted an online application, had attended a job fair just after that, signed up with one of their main temporary agencies and got on quickly for a short temporary position. In a couple of weeks, I was called in for a behavioral interview and I was very confident and thorough in my answers.

Your advice helped me clinch the job! I am very grateful and want others to know that even after age 55, there are great jobs out there! Just keep looking!



'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


Zanetta Siciliano - Job Search & Interview Coaching

Zanetta Siciliano Job Search Interview Coaching

Zanetta Siciliano - Career Coach, IT Recruiter, Sales & Marketing Expert

Coaching can make the difference between you getting a so-so offer (or even a job offer at all) and a fantastic offer. It's a fast, easy, customized solution for one of the most difficult, complicated, life-changing events in our lives. See more about how coaching can help you and find out more about Zanetta below.

Zanetta Siciliano Job Search and Interview Coaching

We'll give you a comprehensive strategy for your resume, interviews and salary negotiations. Get the promotion, enter a new field or more. (Can be broken up into segments.) Best Deal - Get 3 Hours for the Price of 2!


Zanetta Siciliano Job Search and Interview Coaching

We'll help you find more opportunities, get you prepped for the best interview of your life, and more!

Buy 1 hour of Coaching (Can be broken up into segments.)


Zanetta Siciliano Job Search and Interview CoachingWe'll improve your Resume or LinkedIn profile, prep you for a Phone Interview, craft a great explanation for a complicated situation, or more.

Buy 1/2 hour of Coaching (Can be recorded for you to listen to later.)

How Career Coaching Helps You

Career Coaching cuts through generic job search advice to laser-focus on what YOU need.  It's a super-fast, personalized solution for some of the most demanding, high-stakes tasks we face in our career lives:  job hunting and interviews. With career coaching, you can pinpoint whatever may be holding you back and find the right solution for it fast.

  • Create a resume that sells you to employers (specific recommendations for YOU)
  • Know what to say to employers to show your value, based on your background and personality
  • Refine your interview performance so you consistently get offers
  • Discover personalized strategies for contacting employers in YOUR space
  • Craft a great explanation for that awkward situation (job loss/employment gap/etc.)
  • Find solutions that specifically fit your personality and style
  • Target your approach to go after your dream job

With expert advice tailor-made for you, you gain inspiration and encouragement to tackle your job search with confidence.


Zanetta's Background

As VP of Sales and Marketing at Career Confidential, Zanetta Siciliano has a valuable blend of experiences that make her a powerful ally for your job search.  Her 15+ years in IT recruiting, 5 years in medical recruiting and 3 years in executive recruiting give her sharp insights into what hiring managers really look for in a candidate they will hire.  Her 18 years in sales and marketing greatly benefits job seekers who must sell themselves for the job.

Every day, she guides job seekers through cutting-edge resume writing, interview prep, job search methods, and social media skills (she's a social media wiz).


How a Career Coaching Call with Zanetta Works

All coaching will be done by phone or Skype. You can buy coaching time in several options: 30-minute increments, 1 hour spots, or 2 hours (when you buy 2, you get 1 hour free)--as much or as little as you need.

Once you purchase the time, you can use it as you see fit--all at once, or in increments over several weeks (whatever works for you).  Your phone calls can be recorded (let Zanetta know) and the audio sent to you--this is amazingly helpful when you're covering a lot of information you don't want to miss.


Supercharge Your Job Search in as Little as 30 Minutes

If you are struggling in any area of your job search, personalized coaching can make all the difference in the world.  As little as 30 minutes can supercharge your job search and transform it into an exciting, rewarding experience.  If you need more time, you can discuss it with Zanetta--the decision is yours.  Once you try it, you will agree that it's the best job search decision you've ever made.


Get Started Now - Click on the option that works best for you.

Zanetta Siciliano Job Search and Interview Coaching

Best Deal - Get 3 Hours for the Price of 2!

  • Comprehensive Strategy
  • Resume Improvements
  • Interview Prep
  • Salary Negotiations
  • Getting the Promotion
  • Enter a New Field
  • Can Break the Time into Smaller Sessions and/or Record the Sessions for Your Convenience

Zanetta Siciliano Job Search and Interview Coaching

Buy 1 hour of Coaching

  • Find More Job Opportunities
  • Prep for the Best Interview of Your Life
  • Give You the Solution for What May Be Holding You Back
  • Can Break Up the Sessions Into Smaller Time Frames and/or Record the Calls for Your Convenience


Zanetta Siciliano Job Search and Interview CoachingBuy 1/2 hour of Coaching

  • Transform Your Resume Into a Marketing Document for You
  • Boost Your LinkedIn Profile for Better Networking and Getting Contacted About Jobs
  • Prep You to Ace Your Phone Interview
  • Craft a Great Explanation for a Complicated Situation
  • Session Can Be Recorded for Your Convenience (optional)

See more information and what others have to say here.

Invest in yourself with career coaching and boost your success immediately!


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?’


30 60 90 Day Sales Plan Wowed the Interviewer

30 60 90 day sales plan for job interview

You need a 'Wow' from the interviewer in your      sales job interview, too.

Dan had been in sales 30 years, but was let go. He had been in the job search for about 9 months, and then he came to one of my free training webinars and learned that he should take a 30 60 90 day sales plan to his job interviews.

He'd never thought of bringing a plan to an interview before, but he prepared a plan and got a 'Wow' out of the interviewer--and had an offer within the week.

The plan even gave him more confidence starting his new job.

Check out Dan's story and see why you need to bring a 30 60 90 day sales plan to your next interview:


I just want to thank you for your time and expertise, especially the 30-60-90 plan. I had an interview scheduled on Monday, heard about your company on the previous Monday.  I have been in sales 30 years but was let go in a business change. Sales plans are nothing new, I just hadn't taken one into an interview.

I attended a free webinar on Thursday, began building plan that evening, finishing and polishing thru the weekend. I came out of the interview flying. The hiring manager literally said "Wow" when I handed him the plan as part of my close. I met with the corporate sales manager on Wed, got a verbal offer on Friday. I am wrapping up my first week with the new company. Maybe the best thing is the confidence I have going forward because I have a plan.

Thank you, it works!

Dan W.

Ag Sales Consultant

Career Confidential offers a perfect 30 60 90 day sales plan template along with video coaching for how to research the company for your plan, introduce it in the interview, and close for the job.

See reviews for our 30 60 90 Day Sales Plan here.


#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.


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.


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!


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 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!


How to Answer Interview Questions About Your Salary

how to answer interview questions about moneyQuestions about past salary, salary requirements, or any inquires about compensation or benefits are tough to answer. What you say can have a big influence on the offer you eventually get (or don't get).

Here are 2 common money questions that come up in job interviews. Click on the question to see the answers you need to give.

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 want a smooth and successful salary negotiation, check out my recorded webinar with negotiating guru Jack Chapman: Salary Negotiations Webinar. Anyone can use these tips to secure a better, stronger job offer.


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.

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:


How to Answer Interview Questions About Your Failures

How to Answer Interview Questions About Your FailuresInterview questions about your failures can be some of the most difficult to answer. You need to find a good balance between acknowledging the failure, making sure it isn't one that would reflect poorly on your ability to do the job you're interviewing for, and show that you learned from it so that now you are someone they want to hire.

Below are 5 possible interview questions you could be asked about your failures. Click on the question to see how to strategically and effectively answer it.

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.


How to Answer Interview Questions If You Were Fired or Laid Off

Best Interview Answers if You Were Fired or Laid OffIf you were fired or laid off in your last position (or in recent years) you will almost certainly be asked about it in the interview. These can be difficult questions that can make even the strongest candidates stumble.

All you need to do is think about these questions ahead of time and prepare good, solid answers to their inevitable questions. Below are # questions you may be asked if you were terminated for whatever reason. 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 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,


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