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).
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Learn much more about how to do this easily and effectively here:
The successful warrior
is the average man,
with laser-like focus.
- Bruce Lee
To find and get a job fast, develop laser-like focus on it. What does that mean? It means to go after it with intensity. An aggressive job seeker will be more successful than a timid one.
How does this apply to you? Don't wait until jobs are posted on Monster, send your application, and never check on your status. Instead, go to hiring managers (someone who could hire you) at companies you'd like to work for and tell them you're available. That's aggressive. What's more aggressive is contacting hiring managers by the hundreds. That's how you can get multiple interviews within just a few weeks. That kind of laser-like focus will make you successful and get you hired quickly.
I get calls and notes from job seekers asking me about all kinds of crazy plans to get certifications, take classes, pay job placement agencies, or otherwise spend a lot of money trying to get a job. What do I say? One, never pay anyone who says they can place you in a job; and two, before you invest a huge amount of time and money into something you may not need, look at the simple fixes first--like your resume.
Look at this note I got from Rebecca:
Just a note to say THANK YOU for your help. Since I sent my newly revised resume, my phone is ringing and I am also receiving offers from e-mails for jobs. You Are GREAT!
She revised her resume and her phone started ringing. Does your resume need a revision, too?
It's very important to prepare for phone interviews because these are a gating process for the company. They're trying to weed out candidates, which means they're looking for reasons to cross you off their short list. Part of your prep work (along with researching the company) should be preparing answers to phone interview questions.
If you have a phone interview coming up, read these articles on how to answer phone interview questions.
What's the most basic job search advice out there? "The best time to get a job is when you have a job." So what if you're already unemployed? Maybe you've been out of the workforce for a while. What now?
Unemployment can take a toll on your finances, certainly, but also on your morale and your job hunt itself. There's a stigma that can become attached to candidates who've been out of the workforce for a while, for whatever reason. Employers think, basically, "If that person is so good, why hasn't he/she found a job yet?" Obviously it's an unfair blanket assumption, but there it is.
If you're unemployed, you're in a defensive position in the job search. That affects what you might normally do or say in the job search, but not by much. Here are the best strategies to get past unemployment issues and land the job:
Techs who transfer to sales usually either love it or hate it. Why? It's because the laboratory is a black and white world with absolutes. In the sales world, there are many more variables, many more maybes, and much more fluidity involved in dealing with people. The laboratory person who has good people skills coupled with that extensive technical background and who can deal with the uncertainty and constant change in sales jobs will be very successful.
So, if you've got the people skills and the technical background necessary for success in laboratory sales, how do you make the leap?
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot;
but make it hot by striking.
- William B. Sprague
Have you heard that hiring is picking up speed? It is--but I'm telling you: Do not wait until a company you'd love to work for posts a job that would fit you. Contact the company now.
This is what this quote is about. Don't wait. Strike now. Everyone else will wait until the job is posted (or the iron is hot, if you're following the analogy.) If you strike first by contacting the hiring manager (your future boss) in that company, you'll be ahead of everyone else who would apply for that job. You'll make a hot opportunity for yourself to snag a new job.
Online applications will get you nowhere; but contacting hiring managers directly will get you interviews!
See how this happened for Claude:
Funny thing, after the webinar yesterday, I looked at a few of the positions I had applied for in the past week that I am very interested in, but heard nothing yet, researched the organizations, did my homework, found the right people, and reached out to them directly. I sold myself and explained why I am the person they need, advised them my resume is in the "application pile", but would be more than happy to forward to them directly.
I actually received follow up, and [was] advised that I will be included in the interviewing next week.
- Claude M.
If you have applied for some great jobs but haven't heard anything back, take a page from Claude's book and contact the hiring managers for those jobs. (The hiring manager is the person who would be your boss or your boss's boss.)
If you're not sure how to get this done, use my Hidden Jobs Finder. It shows you how to find the hiring manager you need to speak to, and it tells you what to say to them (and you'll find more jobs overall). Best of luck!
So you've had the phone interview, and now you don't know if they're moving you forward to the face to face or not. You even tried to call the nice HR woman you spoke to, but you still don't have an answer. Do you just give up? What if you really want this job?
Watch this video to get cutting edge tips on who to you need to talk to and what to say to that person in this situation to give yourself a shot at moving forward to the face-to-face.
Click to watch, and then download my Free Report on How to Follow Up After the Interview. You'll know exactly what to do after phone interviews and face-to-face interviews, in every circumstance--from your thank you note to any follow up phone calls you may need to make. This report will help you get more job offers.
Phone 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.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
- Thomas Jefferson
We've all heard, "Attitude is Everything." I think because it's so common, a lot of us miss the significance. This Jefferson quote explains it a little bit more. Attitude is part of mental strength, that we need for every difficult thing we do. A job search is definitely something we need mental strength for. If you have the right attitude, nothing will stop you from your goal. If you have a poor attitude, everything can stop you.
I hope you cultivate the right mental attitude this week by reading positive things, listening to positive things, and reminding yourself of your successes.
I 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.
Do you want to stand out in your phone interviews? Watch this 1-minute video to see why you should send a thank you email after your phone interview and when you should send it. You'll also see who else should get a note from you, and how you can use these as another way to stand out and be impressive.
Click on the video to watch--and then click to download my Free Report on how to write a Thank You Email After Interviews. You'll see what the best thank you notes say and how to keep the process moving forward to the face-to-face interview.
What do companies need to stay in business (and pay your salary)? Profits. That's their bottom line.
So how do you get employers interested in hiring you? Show them you're a 'Profit Machine.'
You may think that all sales reps are profit machines, because of the nature of the job--but that just isn't true. Not all sales reps consistently ring that cash register. That's where you'll find your greatest opportunity in your job search and interviews.