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3 Best Tips to Ace Your Skype Interview

skype interviewIs an online interview or digital interviewing in your future? Almost certainly—if you haven’t experienced one already. More and more, employers are utilizing Skype, Google Hangout, or other video platforms to save time and money on first-round interviews.

How can you make sure you rock your video interview and get the job offer (or at least an invitation for a second interview in person)?

Here are 3 tips to ace your Skype interview:

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56 Year Old (No College Degree) Lands 6 Figure Job

6 figure salary jobI wanted to share this with you to encourage you in your job search. If you're reading job listings and wondering how you're going to get hired, or if you're applying for jobs and getting no response, this is for you.

Tim had only a high-school diploma and was 56 years old. He applied for many jobs online but didn't get any interviews from that and he was terrified.

Did he have to go back to school? Did he have to take a lesser-paying job? No and No.

He only souped up his job search and interview skills - and got a 6-figure job offer! It's a great story:

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A Hiring Manager’s Advice on Creating a 30-60-90-Day Plan

30 60 90 day planWhen you bring your 30-60-90-day plan to your job interview, there are a few things hiring managers wish you knew.

What advice would they give you BEFORE you create your plan?

Some hiring managers know what 30-60-90-day plans are, and some don’t—until you introduce them to it in your interview.

Whether they’re new to the plan or have seen it many times, hiring managers agree that there are a few ‘need-to-know’ tips that would help you (and them) have a better experience and a more effective job interview.

Check out our hiring manager’s guide to creating the most effective 30-60-90-day plan:

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The Most Effective 30-60-90-Day Plan for Job Interviews

effective 30 60 90 day plan

Creating a 30-60-90-day plan for your job interview is a wonderful idea—but not all 30-60-90-day plans are equal. I’ve seen a lot of free plans online that are worth about as much as you pay for them (nothing!). These plans can help you crush your interview, but you must have a smart, strategic, effective plan.

What makes a truly effective 30 60 90 day plan?

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Creating a 30-60-90-Day Plan that Wins the Job Offer

creating a 30 60 90 day planCreating a 30-60-90-day plan is a fantastic way to stand out from your competition in a hiring process. I’ve seen it help people with less experience (or zero experience) beat out others with substantial experience. I’ve seen it boost the value of job offers for those who bring it. I’ve even seen it help job seekers get offers for bigger titles and more senior roles than what they actually interviewed for. It really is kind of an interview miracle worker.

However (there’s always a catch, right?)…some job seekers have said to me, “I don’t know what you’re talking about…I took a plan and didn’t get the job.”

I respond, “Let me see your plan.”

Almost without fail, I see one of two problems:

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8 Reasons to Hire a Career Coach

hire a career coachThe list of reasons to hire a career coach is as long as the number of people with careers. Everyone has their own story, their own issues and obstacles, and their own needs.

However, hiring a coach can give you distinct advantages in a number of areas that many of us could benefit from in our job searching and career paths.

When should you consider getting a coach?

  • You’ve been job searching for a while with no luck.

Many a job seeker is making mistakes they don’t even realize. Sometimes it’s a resume problem. Sometimes it’s how you’re coming across in interviews. Sometimes you’re not marketing yourself well online.

If you’ve been searching with no luck and you’ve already tried some changes that aren’t working, it’s time to call in an expert to diagnose the problem and give you a solution that WILL work.

  • You are transitioning to a new career.

A coach with experience in the field you want to enter is the perfect resource to help you market and present yourself to potential employers. They can help you decide how to present your experience in a way that makes sense and appeals to hiring managers in that arena.

  • You have a difficult situation in your past that you have no idea how to talk about with potential employers.

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7 Reasons a 30-60-90 Day Plan Will Get You Hired

30 60 90 day plan for job interviewsHave you heard of 30-60-90 Day Plans? Simply put, this kind of plan is an outline of what action steps you plan to take in the first 3 months of your new job. You research and create it before you go to the interview. During the interview, you talk over your plan with the interviewer / hiring manager.

(See more details about what a 30-60-90-day plan looks like.)

In this post, I’m going to show you 7 reasons you absolutely need to bring your own 30-60-90-day plan to your very next job interview. In fact, my best advice to you is: never go to another interview without one.

When I first mention these plans to job seekers, I say, “Take a plan to your first interview.” You don’t want to take a chance with getting cut from consideration, so bring you’re ‘A’ game from the beginning. The job seeker typically responds with, “How can I make a plan if I don’t know what the job is or if I haven’t worked at that company?”

The answer is, “You have to do some research.” Look up information about the job and the company. Ask your network for help, too. Then put on your critical thinking cap and imagine yourself doing this job. What will you need to do in order to make sure you’re successful?

Let’s look at why this is so important and then how to make it easier.

Here are 7 reasons why this matters so much, and why a 30-60-90-Day Plan will get you hired:

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Unconventional Interview Results in a Job Offer!

job offer success storyWhat happens if you haven't worked (or interviewed) in 7 years and then when you do get the interview, it doesn't go like you expect? If you're prepared (like Frank), you have confidence and you adjust.

Frank was able to deal with a last-minute change in interviewer (who didn't have questions prepared) and was able to adapt a 30-60-90-day plan to a faster timeline.  (Congratulations Frank!)

I just wanted to take a moment and share an interview experience after attending a couple of your webinars and reading through my products (How to Answer 50 Interview Questions, 30/60/90 day plan, Extreme Resume Makeover, LinkedIn Profile [Tutorial], Hidden Jobs Finder).

I [have been] working with a recruiter for a claims adjusting position since late June, 201x. I did this type of work [for 5 years]. Since it as been quite a while [7 years] since I was a claims adjuster, many companies were hesitant on interviewing me, and I was passed up quite often...

I got an interview with a company in my town on July 14, 201x...When I arrived at the interview, I was told that the person who was to interview me was called away, so someone else took their place. The person was not really prepared for the interview, so we just talked about the company, and my experience.

So, I remembered my favorite questions from the "How to Answer Interview Questions" manual, and just incorporated those answers into the conversation (without being asked them). Then, I remembered the 30/60/90 plan, and spoke if offered the job, I would incorporate a 5 day, 10 day, 20 day plan on how to best be successful. (Because for claims adjusting you pretty much are released into an active caseload and expected to dive in). I plan to use the actual 30/60/90 day plan on a future job interview.

Anyways, although the interviewer did not have a set of questions prepared, I was already prepared for the interview, because I had studied your material. Two hours later, I was told that the interviewer liked me and asked if I can commit to a August 15 start date ... First interview in several years, and I got the job! ...I felt very relaxed at the interview because I knew what to say! [😊]

Thank you!

Frank P.

What should your takeaway be from Frank's experience?

Preparation is everything.

You never know what you'll run into in an interview. The more prepared you are and the more you work on building valuable interview skills ahead of time, the better off you'll be no matter what happens.

It's an amazing feeling to walk into an interview feeling confident and ready for anything.

Here are links to the tools that Frank used, so you can have that feeling and that success for yourself:

Frank learned a lot from attending our free live webinars, and I want to invite you to attend, also.

See what webinars are available this week and get hired!

 

What Does the Best 30-60-90 Day Plan Look Like?

best 30 60 90 day planA 30-60-90-Day Plan is the most important tool or document you can bring to an interview (besides your resume). It gives the potential employer a glimpse into the future by outlining how you will approach the most important tasks and action steps of your first 3 months. It lets the hiring manager or interviewer have a ‘test drive’ of what you’d be like in this new job. As a result, it changes the dynamics and scope of your interview in a big, impressive way. It’s the #1 way to improve your interview so you get the offer. I would personally never interview without one.

However—sometimes, people come to me and say, “I brought a plan, but I didn’t get the job.”

My question for them is, “What does your plan look like?”

You can’t just Google ’30 60 90 day plan’ and expect to find a good plan. Not all plans are created equal. I’ve seen plenty of useless (and even damaging) free plans online—some are too short, some are too long, and some don’t focus on the right actions.

In this article, I’m answering the most common questions I get from job seekers about what your 30-60-90-day plan should look like in order to get you the job offer—and I’ll show you where you can get a template that’s proven to be successful in a huge variety of jobs at all levels (entry-level to C-suite).

So…what does a good 30 60 90 day plan look like? How can you write the best plan?

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Stop Applying Online Webinar 'Inspiring' and 'Eye-Opening'

job search motivationEach week, we hold special informational webinars for job seekers to teach the best job-seeking skills and tips to anyone who needs them.

We focus a lot on teaching you how to take a new and stronger approach to finding jobs, getting interviews, and getting the offer.

It's so rewarding for me to get the feedback I hear from attendees like this one from Bertrand in Switzerland:

I thank you so much for your very inspiring webinar about online applications. It was a real eye opener for me, and I considered it an invitation to take back control of my career destiny and outcome.

You have demonstrated … very logically and progressively the steps to follow and the project-like approach [in preparing] for reaching out efficiently to decision-making managers, and how to successfully connect and perform in the interview in an entrepreneurial way in order to be recognized as the candidate, separate from the crowd, to fill this job.

Thank you very much for giving me a new vision on new possibilities and boosting my confidence.

Bertrand

I am thrilled that we could to help Bertrand, and I wish him the best of luck in his new job.

If YOU would like to:

  • Be inspired
  • Have a clear, step-by-step plan for getting a great job
  • Stand out from your competition
  • Enjoy greater confidence

...then I would love to invite you to attend one of my upcoming job search and interview webinars.

See what webinars are available now.

 

9 Reasons 30-60-90-Day Plans Make Employers Say 'You're Hired'

In one minute, I'll give you 9 strong reasons you must have a 30-60-90-day plan for your job interview. (If you're not getting offers, this is what you're missing.) Watch this video:

 

Warning: You can't just use any old plan and still expect it to deliver these kinds of benefits.

I've had people come to me and say, "Hey, I took a plan and it didn't work." I ask to see their plan and I almost always find that it's super short (ineffective), too long (all about you--not the employer) or some free download they were told was a good plan (it wasn't).

I've seen a lot of free templates that are totally worthless, and I don't want you to be misled into using them.

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Best Tip to Get Back in the Workforce: 30-60-90-Day Plan

Have you been a stay at home mom but you're ready to get back into the workforce? Maybe you took time off to be a caregiver for a loved one in ill health.

If it's been a while since you had a full-time job, you've probably been told to brace for a long job search, reset your expectations, and plan on coming back at a lower level than before. Not only do employers assume you're out of touch with current best practices, they're probably discriminating against you because of your age (according to an AARP survey).

This all sounds awful, but the good news is that this doesn't have to be your story. Need proof? Look at what happened to Dereck:

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...

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 a 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.

What's so special about a plan?

A 30-60-90-day plan is a written outline of your prioritized tasks and goals for the first 3 months on the job. It dramatically illustrates your value and helps you secure the job offer, no matter how long you've been out of the game.

When you bring a 30 60 90 day plan:

  • You ease their fears that you've lost your touch while you were gone
  • You show that you can minimize any 'learning curve' and contribute immediately
  • You demonstrate your knowledge, work ethic, and strategic thinking
  • You communicate more effectively and have a stronger interview
  • The hiring manager (your future boss) will easily see your value
  • You will get a better offer than you would have without it
  • You'll have more negotiation power

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

We recognize that creating a plan is harder than it sounds. There are a lot of parts and pieces to it, and you need to know what's really important. You also need to know how to present it most effectively in the interview. For these reasons, we developed plan templates that make it easy for you to create your own customized plan. We included coaching to help you use it to get the job.

30 60 90 day plan for job interviewWherever you are in your career, we have a plan for you:

 

5 Tips for Writing the Most Effective 30-60-90 Day Plan

most effective 30 60 90 day plan writing tips30-60-90-day plans are fantastic for job interviews—no question. I am a big advocate for using these plans to secure job offers.  But I do sometimes have job seekers tell me, “Hey, I brought a plan to my interview but I didn’t get the job.”

My first question is always (of course), “Did you use a Career Confidential plan?” Regardless of their response, I ask to see the plan they brought to the interview.

I’ve noticed a few common factors in plans that don’t do well in the interview, and so I wanted to share some key tips to remember when you are writing your plan.

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Take a Game Changer to Your Job Interview

30 60 90 day plan for job interviewWhy do I insist that my candidates bring a 30-60-90-day plan to their job interviews?

Because it gets them hired.

>Find Out Why Here<

If you are getting interviews but not offers, take a look at what this plan can do for you:

30-60-90-Day Action Plan (if you are not in a sales role)

30-60-90-Day Sales Plan (a MUST for sales interviews)

30-60-90-Day Plan for Managers (show your analytic thinking and management skills)

30-60-90-Day Plan for Executives (show your strategic thinking and planning skills)

See what others have experienced with these plans:

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How to Prove You Have the ‘Soft Skills’ Employers Want Most

Along with your job experience and knowledge, employers want new hires to have certain intangible ‘soft’ skills—but the majority of hiring managers believe that those skills are tough to find.

If you can show employers that you have the soft skills they want, you would have an edge over the other candidates and secure the job offer.

So what are employers’ most-wanted soft skills in new employees and how can you prove that you have them?

A recent LinkedIn analysis showed that the top 10 most in-demand soft skills are these:

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