Executive resumes deserve just as much attention as a resume for any other job. You may be surprised to know most resumes for executive positions are generally poorly done. However, that just gives you the opportunity to shine brightly when it comes to your resume! Your executive bio needs to stand out from the rest. Most importantly, it needs to be error-free and you need to avoid putting some things in it altogether. We’ve compiled a list of five common, but unnecessary, things people put in their executive resumes.
So…you’re in a job search, tight on money and worried about the future. Is hiring a career coach worth the investment of money or time?
Well, you could ask a client I recently coached…he received a job offer for somewhere he really wanted to work, but was a little dismayed at the salary they offered him. He contacted me (a career coach) to ask what to do.
I worked with him for an hour total on coming up with a counter offer that he felt comfortable with, and he ended up with a salary $50,000 higher than what he was originally offered.
How’s that for a return on investment?
Granted, that’s an extreme case…but I’ve worked with many, many people over the years who benefited in significant ways from coaching.
One person had no trouble getting interviews, but she never received an offer…until I role-played an interview with her and discovered that she was bringing up salary and compensation way too early in the process. It scared interviewers away from her, even though she was extremely qualified. As soon as she stopped doing that, she got an offer. She might have gone months or even years before she got hired…so that coaching time earned her thousands of dollars.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was speaking of big problems and big hopes in the struggle for civil rights when he said, “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness,” but this is wisdom for us all in every area of our lives.
The temptation to be bitter can be strong for a lot of reasons when you’re in a job search if:
- you’ve been laid off or fired, or forced to look for a new job because of problems in your current one
- you’re older and you know that you’re being passed over for interviews because of your age
- you think you’ve been passed over for interviews or jobs because of your skin color, name, ethnicity, religion or background
You can be completely in the right; you can be treated unfairly; the deck can be stacked against you…but your answer is not to be angry or bitter.
Bitterness will keep you from going after opportunities, and it will make you say things in job interviews that hurt you (trashing your old boss, not speaking in a positive way about failures or setbacks, etc.).
What is the answer? Keep moving. Move on to the next opportunity. Widen your net. Contact more hiring managers. Find the place and the position where you and your skills will be valued.
I think the only way to do this is:
- prepare to show your actual financial value to any company by quantifying the accomplishments on your resume and bringing a 30-60-90-day plan to the interview
- make a big effort to find and contact dozens or even hundreds of hiring managers directly instead of applying for jobs online
Keep moving forward.
Be positive always.
Know your job is out there—you just have to go find it.
Read more here about:
- how to stay positive in a job search
- how to find hiring managers (and hidden jobs)
- how to be your best self in job interviews
Best of luck!
Creating 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:
As you and nearly everyone else in the world have realized and are experiencing as we speak, technology has drastically changed the way people interact with one another. This goes not only for casual conversation, such as through social media, but through the way customers and businesses interact and even how people seek out jobs.
If you’re a senior-level professional on the hunt for a new position, you’re probably taking in just how much job hunting has changed since the last time you had to look for work. However, many of the changes delivered by technology are quite beneficial to job seekers!
We all know people who are lucky. The good things in life just fall into their laps, whether it’s love, a great career, or winning the lottery. It might be easier to throw up your hands and think that it’s karma, but in your more reflective moments you’ve probably realized that there’s a bit more to it than that. You do, after all, have to meet the right person to fall in love, and you at least have to buy a ticket to win the lottery. As far as success at a career, you have to be ready for it.
The Roman philosopher Seneca said that “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity,” and he’s been quoted and paraphrased many times over the centuries because there’s more than a bit of truth in the statement. If you haven’t done the prep, you can’t take advantage of the opportunity. Or, as Thomas Jefferson put it, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
In terms of finding a job in the business world and making the most of career opportunities along the way, you’ve got to be ready for every door that opens. That means:
The 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.
American inventor, scientist, author, printer, and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin is known for his wise and witty advice--his tips for your new year are a great example.
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors,
and let every new year find you a better man. - Ben Franklin
I believe we ought to do something every day to make us better and stronger than we were before. Read self-improvement books, spend time with a mentor, invest in time with a career coach, watch helpful videos, attend a webinar or other class to learn from experts. Lower your stress, start working out, eat healthy foods, and grow your friendships. Replace bad habits with good habits.
Here's the key:
If you want to have something different than you had last year,
you have to do something different than you did last year.
Here are a few resources to help you:
- Get some free training on how to be a better job seeker and a stronger interviewer--sign up for one of Career Confidential's Free Training Webinars.
- Consider getting some personal career coaching to move you forward faster or get you past a unique problem.
- Create a resume that will help you get the job you want: Write a Resume That POPS.
- Uncover new and better opportunities: start contacting hiring managers directly.
- Find a mentor to help you.
- Check out these websites for free online learning.
- Watch a Ted Talk.
- Learn new time management skills (this is huge).
- Purposely do things to build your confidence and optimism. Practice positive thinking. (Possibly the most important thing on this list.)
Best of luck!
Sometimes, when I tell job seekers to bring a 30-60-90 day plan to their first interview, they don't agree with me. They say things like:
- "Isn't that a little presumptuous?"
- "How could I possibly know what to put in a plan this early?"
- "Don't I need to save that to wow them in my second interview?"
Here's what I say:
- It isn't presumptuous...you need to be competitive and stand out.
- You have to do some research--but the result is a better, stronger interview.
- You may not make it to the second interview if you don't show your best self in the first one.
Jim's story is a great example of this:
I just wanted you to know that yesterday I had a very competitive interview. I completed my 30-60-90 Day Plan and brought it with me.
- I was the only candidate who brought a plan
- The company typically asks their final candidates to provide their plan AFTER the interviews, to see how quick they can provide them with this data and to see how well organized they are in their approach.
- By bringing my plan to the interview, I was the one who received the offer 24 hours later.
Thanks, this was a game changer!
There is no doubt...you MUST bring a 30 60 90 day plan to your first interview.
You need to get the offer!
Find out more about 30-60-90-day plans and get your own plan template and coaching today:
Best of luck!
Have 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:
Olympic and pro athletes hire coaches and trainers to help them reach the top of their abilities.
Talented singers hire voice coaches to help them become better, stronger, and more skilled.
CEOs regularly consult with business experts, mentors, and personal coaches to help them stay at the top of their fields.
If all of these talented people invest in themselves with coaches or trainers who focus on them and their performance, why shouldn’t you?
Here’s something else: You went to school in order to gain the knowledge to do your job well. You do your job better than someone would without that training—right?
But let’s be real here...how good are you really at all the things necessary for your career, such as networking, interviewing, giving your elevator pitch, telling an employer why you’re valuable, negotiating a compensation package, or even working the office politics necessary to climb the ladder in your company?
January is always a BIG month for hiring in companies of every kind, everywhere (February is pretty popular, too). Why? New budgets, new plans, and new starts. This year could be even stronger--some are predicting the best job market in years.
How can you tell what companies are hiring?
How can you tell who's hiring? You can't. There really is such a thing as the hidden job market (70% of available jobs are not officially posted at any given time). You can't know what's going on:
- They may have firm plans to hire but don't have the job description written or posted yet. (This is one of the reasons that 70% of jobs are hidden.)
- They may have the job ready to post, and you'll catch them in the nick of time.
- They may have just received a resignation letter from someone on their team taking advantage of January hiring and moving on.
Your takeaway from all this is:
Don't wait around to see what's listed on job boards and company websites. Get ahead of the game and contact hiring managers at companies you're interested in first.
This puts you ahead of everyone else who knows that January is a good time to job search.
Set yourself up for January job search success!
Sign up to attend one of our free job search webinars--live trainings that will fill your brain with job-getting strategies for:
- Best Interview Answers
- Resume Improvements That Make You Stand Out
- How to Find and Contact Hiring Managers
- How to Crush Every Interview
See what's available here: Career Confidential Free Job Search Webinars
Let's get you hired in January!
So you’ve learned the importance of a personal brand and have made the decision to start working on your own…but what’s next? This is a very common question that has been asked by several senior level professionals just like you. As it turns out, building a personal brand is hard, but it can very much be done! Here’s how.
1. Think About Yourself
Every employee, and especially every senior level professional, has something significant to offer a company. You will have to tap into just what your skills and positive personal traits are before you begin crafting your personal brand. In fact, this is the first step of c-level personal branding. It may help to approach this issue from the perspective of an employer and figure out what traits are most desirable in any employee, then work backwards to hash out what makes you unique from every other applicant out there. Craft a story about yourself for your hiring audience to read.
Happy New Year 2017!
January is a fresh start for all of us.
I never want anyone to dwell on times that they failed or didn't do something as well as they could have. If you lost your job last year, if you've been searching for months, or if you bombed a big interview--it doesn't matter now. You can't go back and change it.
What you CAN do is learn from it. Take away something that makes you stronger, wiser, or better than you were before. And then move on, do better, and enjoy your new chance to get it right.
Are you ready to tackle your job search?
January is one of the best months to be in a search. Hiring is happening now.
What are you going to do this week, this month, or this year that's different from last year?
Remember - you've got to do something different to get different results.
Start with this:
You'll have proven, practical tips along with the motivation to take charge of your job search and your career.
See what's available this week: Career Confidential Job Search Training Webinars
Best of luck to you in 2017!
What 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! [😊]
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.