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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.

 

Project Manager's Opinion of the 30-60-90-Day Plan

30 60 0 day plan for project management interviewWill you be interviewing for a project management position?

A 30-60-90-Day Plan can dramatically improve your interview conversation and get you the offer. See what Paul said about using it in his interview (he got the job!):

Peggy:

I just wanted to update you and let you know that I have accepted a new position in project management. Your course and the examples for creating resumes was invaluable.

I also believe that I would not have gotten the job with the 30, 60, 90 day plan. This plan provided so many talking points in the interview I can not even imagine what I would have done without it.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Paul J.

30 60 90 Day Plan for Job InterviewsFind out more about 30-60-90-Day Plans and get started on your job-winning plan today.

 30 60 90 Day Action Plan

Brag Book: The Powerful 'Reference' You Take With You to the Interview Amazon eReport

Brag books aren't just for jobs in art or sales. Brag books can help almost anyone in a job interview, because it offers powerful proof and visual representation of what you say you have done.  It's evidence that acts as another reference for you.  These are very impressive in job interviews, and can strengthen your candidacy and improve your offer.

Take a peek inside my report on how to create a brag book, available on Amazon. Get the book, read it, and create a brag book for your next interview.

 

Interview Answers That Get Job Offers

Job Interview answersJob interview answers that make hiring managers sit up and take notice of you are ones that clearly show how you will be a benefit to the company. With that in mind, here are 9 links to answers in my How to Answer Interview Questions Series that will especially help you grab that attention—and the offer.

Click the links to go to detailed answers for each interview question.

  • Tell me about yourself – your answer here sets the tone for the entire interview and gives them a succinct framework for why you would be a great hire.

Read more...

Job Interview Question - How Do You Plan to Tackle the Job?

30 60 90 day sales planIn job interviews, employers will be very interested to know how you will plan to approach the job if they hire you.  The best way to answer that question is with a 30-60-90-Day Plan.

Jeanne was having a lot of trouble landing a job offer (lots of applications, lots of interviews).  She knew she needed help to land the job offer, so for her next interview, she got my 30 60 90 Day Sales Plan. See what happened:

Hello Peggy!  I just wanted to let you know my results from using your 30 60 90 day sales plan.  ...I moved from NJ to AZ [but] I didn't have a job waiting for me here and thought it would be easy to get a job once I got here.  Well, turned out to be the exact opposite.

Fast forward almost five months, after countless online applications and interviews that I never heard anything back from, I was contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn about a job that sounded amazing!  My confidence [was] now a bit shaken and deep down I had some insecurities that I was never going to get this job.

I had a phone interview with the recruiter (who works for the employer) and took an online assessment and made it to my first in-person interview with the hiring manager. The interview went great!

As we wrapped up he said we are going to have another interview and I want you to be able to tell me in our next meeting how you plan on tackling this job.  I really wanted this job so I started researching online and came across your web site.  After watching any video that was available on you and the 30 60 90 day plan, I knew I needed you.  Let me also say that since I have been without a job for so long, money was super tight!   I knew I couldn't afford  not to spend the money on this.  I was going to do whatever I had to do to nail this interview.

With the help of your site, I put together my 30 60 90 day sales plan.  At my next interview, when the hiring manager asked if I had given any thought as to how I would tackle the job and when I responded with "well yes I have.  I have prepared a 90 day plan that I would love to share with you" the look on his face was priceless!!  He was not expecting this Peggy!!!  I was so prepared for this interview with my written plan and with your guidance on how to present it.  The interview went amazing.  I was offered the job within 24 hours.

I can't thank you enough.  What valuable information you pass along to job seekers.  I start my new job on [date removed] and know I have you to thank.  I thought you may like to hear my story and how the 30 60 90 day sales plan worked for me.

Jeanne R.

With a 30-60-90-Day Sales Plan, Jeanne got the job offer within 24 hours!

Bring a 30 60 90 Day Plan to YOUR next interview and land the job offer!

 

Follow Up After The Interview: Beyond "Thank You" Amazon eReport

 

Seal the Deal and Get the Job with a Smart, Professional Interview Follow Up Plan

What you do after your interview can win the job offer or lose it.  More than just a thank you note, a good follow up strategy is essential.

Preview this Amazon report on how to follow up after the interview by clicking on the cover below:
What's in this report?

  • What to do in the interview to ensure a perfect thank you note
  • What to say in your thank you note
  • When it’s OK to call after you send your note
  • What to say if you call the hiring manager
  • How to keep your candidacy moving forward

This report will show you how to keep the conversation going after the interview and give yourself the very best chance of getting the job.

Get this follow up report here:  Amazon Follow Up Report

 

Perfect Interview Answers Webinar Review

Job Interview Questions and AnswersAre you considering attending my Perfect Interview Answers Webinar?  See what Matt had to say about how it helped him be more confident and advance through the hiring process:

I thought the webinar was extremely well done. I have been using a lot of the recommendations that you discussed in my Job Acquisition phase that I am currently in.

I was laid off ...from a company I spent the past 23+ years with. Needless to say I had not interviewed other than various promotions within the company I had been with for a number of years.

I have had 5 interviews with a company that I am currently pursuing and am scheduled to fly to their home headquarters ... to meet with their CEO, COO, CFO, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Clinical Officer.

The timing of the [webinar] yesterday could not have been better for me as a refresher and I plan to use a lot of what was presented yesterday for my interview on Friday and am feeling very confident.

Thank you,

Matt

My Perfect Interview Answers webinar is designed to help you 'wow' them in your interview.

This is a free webinar where I coach you on how to deliver perfect interview answers to 4 of the most important interview questions, and give you insights on how to communicate with the hiring manager (interviewer) stronger and more effectively than ever before.

You even get a chance to get personalized expert advice in a free Question and Answer session!

With what you learn in this webinar you will have a big edge over your competition and you can get the job offer.

Find out more about this webinar and sign up to attend:  Perfect Interview Answers

 

Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Success Bundle Amazon eBooks

Crush your interview and get the job with 4 bestselling Amazon ebooks in 1 convenient discounted Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Success bundle!  Preview this bundle by clicking on the image below:

 
 

These essential job interview books will give you the edge you need. What's in the bundle:

#1 - How to Answer Interview Questions

#2 - How To Ace Your Phone Interview

#3 - How Do You Prepare for an Interview?

#4 - Finding a Job Fast Using a 30 / 60 / 90 Day Plan

Get the bundle here: Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Success

How to Make Job Interviews Exciting and Fun

Fun Job InterviewDo you dread job interviews? A lot of people do. How can you make job interviews exciting and fun?  Ask Jane:

I am so thankful for your Phone Interview Tips. They are excellent. I wish I had had them sooner, because now I see why I was not successful in getting the jobs I really had wanted. I didn’t realize that a person could specify what time was best and thought I had to take it because they had phoned. I also had not known that I could be so bold as to ask for the next step in the interviewing process.

I now feel so much more confident in going for an interview — it was exciting and fun to be able to use these new techniques and watch the reactions of the interviewers. Thanks again. I still don’t have a job, but know one is around the corner. The products you offer are fantastic and you learn so much, and through it all you become more confident in yourself because of these. THANKS! - Jane

Jane says that gaining confidence from learning how to interview well is the secret to making interviews fun.  Confidence while interviewing is huge...it will help you get hired.

What about interviewing holds you back and makes you not perform as well as you could?  Take the reins into your own hands and learn what you need to be confident in your interviews.  Here are some places to start:

  • Phone Interview Tips (because you can't make it to the face-to-face interview without acing the phone interview)

 

How to Answer Interview Questions II Amazon eBook

My first How to Answer Interview Questions book was so popular (#1 Best Seller in Job Interviewing on Amazon) that I wrote another one:  How to Answer Interview Questions II.  It contains another 101 best answers to the toughest job interview questions. Preview it by clicking on the book cover below:

What's new in this book (besides MORE interview questions and answers)?

Scattered throughout the book: Keys to a Great Interview (extra hints and tips for a wildly successful interview—preparation, questions you can ask, and more).

Get How to Answer Interview Questions II today.

 

HR Approved Secrets to Getting the Job

Career Confidential Job Search WebinarsSee what an HR manager thinks of Career Confidential's webinars, insights, and advice for getting hired:

Peggy,

I was a recent participant on your webinars and took copious notes on  many of your interview techniques.  As an HR manager, I was aware of and agreed with your approach and expectations.  Although I knew what to expect and how to interview,  your comments gave me a fresh perspective and reminded me of things I had forgotten. I brought these back into practice and I was able to sell myself extremely well in my following phone screen interviews. My first face to face following the screen resulted in an offer for my dream job!

Thanks so much for your insight.  I am a great believer in that regardless of our position we can always take something away from a workshop that will prove to be valuable. You provided that value for me. I am very grateful for your assistance.

Sincerely,

Dawn C.

What can we learn from this?  

(1) No matter how experienced you are in your career, you can always be refreshed in your interview skills and even learn something new.

(2) You can get your dream job in one interview, if you interview well enough.

What are the secrets to landing a great job?

You need to come to a webinar to find out.  🙂

See what's on the schedule this week:  Career Confidential Free Job Search Webinars

 

How to Answer the "Tell Me About Yourself" Job Interview Question Amazon eReport

How you answer “Tell me about yourself” sets the tone of the entire interview. Your answer will either establish a positive bias toward you in the mind of the hiring manager—or it will show them you are not someone to be taken seriously for the job.

Click on the report below to preview this important job interview report:

In this “Quick Read” Report, you will see how to answer “Tell me about yourself”:

- How to Start
- What to Include in Your Answer (And What to Leave OUT)
- How to Make Your Answer Special So You Stand Out

You will bias the interviewer in your favor and boost your chances of getting the job offer.

When you get this report, you also get a BONUS SECTION:

The first 5 Questions and Answers from the best-selling How to Answer Interview Questions II!

 

Job Interviews and Resumes - How Do You Convey Ability Without Actual Experience?

show ability to do the job without experienceThe classic dilemma for career changers and new graduates is this:  Employers want someone with experience (because they want proven ability), but you can't get experience unless you can get a job. So how can you show them you have the ability and get the job offer even when you don't have the actual experience of doing the job?

This was a question I recently received in one of the group coaching calls we have as a part of our Total Access Coaching Club, and I wanted to share it with you.

Here's the answer:

To convey ability without actual experience, the most important thing you can do is to provide them with a forward-looking document that shows what you would do in the job.

Present this document in the interview and communicate to them that “this is what I will do in the first 90 days of this job.”

When you create and present this document to them, you'll be demonstrating your ability to do the job without experience because you’ll be talking about key pieces of the job that you’ll execute on.  They’ll be asking you questions and you’ll be answering them. Through your ability to answer those questions, through your ability to present that plan of what you can do and show them the insight you’re going to have in this job, you will convey your ability to do this job without experience.

Of course, this document is a 30 60 90 day plan.  See a great example of how a 30 60 90 day plan shows your value.

Other things you can do to support your candidacy:

Read more...

30 60 90 Day Plans Show Your Value in the Interview and Secure the Job Offer


The story below shows what a difference a 30-60-90-Day Plan can make in the level and quality of your communication in the interview.  For Dereck, it made the difference between losing out on a job he could have done with his eyes closed and getting an offer (from another interview) for a more senior role at a higher salary:

Peggy,

After taking a 5-year career break to look after my children following the death of my wife, I decided ...to resume my career now that I am remarried and the children are much more independent.  After having sooooo many job applications ignored or turned down...I finally got invited for an interview. It went dreadfully even though I could have done the job with my eyes closed.

I was invited for another interview...at a different company so I purchased a copy of your Interview question books and 306090 day plan book [on Amazon].

I studied these with interest and did my preparation. Went to the interview with my question list and 306090 day plan, but some of my experience wasn’t broad enough. Although I was turned down for the job, the interviewing manager recommended me to his directors stating “this was the best prepared candidate I have ever seen and we would be mad to let him go”.

So I was invited back for another interview for a more senior role that didn’t yet exist, and for which they had no other candidates. This was a unique challenge – but I still did a 306090 day plan for it (based simply on a one-word hint from the recruiting team), extending it to cover tasks in months 4-6 and beyond

Today I was offered this more senior job, on a good salary, with promise of a review after 6 months to increase that further once the role has been properly scoped. I’m defining my own dream job!

And all because your books taught me to be prepared. Thank you so much for all the great advice.

Warm Regards

Dereck

Without a plan, he was totally qualified for the job--but he didn't get it.  WITH the plan, they were so impressed with him that they invited him back to interview for a HIGHER level position they created just for him.  It doesn't get any better than that.

When you bring a 30 60 90 day plan:

  • You Communicate Better So You Get the Offer
  • The Hiring Manager Will View You With Greater Value
  • Your Offer Will Be Stronger
  • You Will Have Greater Negotiation Power

Take a 30-60-90-Day Plan to your next interview!

Wherever you are in your career, we have a plan for you:

 

Video Interviewing: How to Do an Online Skype Interview Amazon eBook

This Quick Read report will show you exactly how to wow in a Skype or video interview:

•  Download the Free Software You Need
•  Set Up the Right Background, Lighting, and Sound -- Avoid BIG Mistakes
•  Choose What to Wear and Use the Right Body Language

Preview this report below.  Then get it, read it, and crush your online interview.

Video Interviewing: How to Do an Online Skype Interview Amazon eBook