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30-60-90-Day Plan Gets You the Job Even If You Have No Experience

PattyAre you graduating soon? Or maybe you’re transitioning from one industry to another?  Either way, your lack of experience could keep you from getting the job you want. Luckily, you can overcome this obstacle with a 30-60-90-day plan for your job interview.  See how it worked for Patty:

Hi Peggy,

I just want to give you a big THANK YOU. I purchased the 30/60/90 Business Plan video. It really walked me through step-by-step on the structure and preparation. I used it on my very next job interview. I was competing with 3 other candidates that were just as qualified. I actually didn’t have the exact experience for the position. One of your videos indicated to erase that from your mind–that a company would not have scheduled me for a face-to-face interview if they didn’t think I was capable. I kept that in mind during the whole interview. With the help of your videos I was able to prepare for the interview and find a way to present my 30/60/90 day plan. I completely wowed them. Needless to say, I got the job offer. With experience in the job but with no industry experience, I got it because of your videos…I am so grateful. Thank you!!!

Patty

Patty, we are thrilled for you.

If you know you want the edge that a 30-60-90-Day Plan will give you in your job interview…

Best of luck!

 

How To Avoid Resume Buzzwords

ErinK-BuzzwordsDo you know what “buzzword” makes me think of? Big bugs with wings that beat so fast the individual sounds blur together. In a resume, buzzwords are words used so often the reader stops seeing you as an individual. It can be tricky, though, because you have to figure out what’s been overused to that point of overkill (i.e. “detail-oriented, or “responsible for” … just DON’T DO IT).

Buzzwords vs Keywords

Keywords are essential in your resume because they are the phrases or individual words the screening system is looking for. There is a lot of quality information on keywords and how to use them on this blog and on other career blogs. Basically, a keyword is the information the searcher is hoping to find. If an employer wants to hire someone who knows Microsoft Office and can come in to start work without training, they are looking for “Microsoft Office” on your resume. If you have the skill they are looking for, say so. Tell them how well you know it, too. “Uses Microsoft Office daily” implies competency.

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4 Reasons You Should Try Job Shadowing (as an Adult Job Seeker)

Business lifeJob shadowing isn’t just for high school or college students.  It can be a great idea for adult job seekers, too.  Job shadowing can help you if you are transitioning to a new career or if you are re-entering the job market after an absence.  Here’s why:

  • Job shadowing lets you dip your toes in the water to see if you’re really interested. You might think you want a particular job, but once you try it, you may not like the day-to-day tasks of it.  If you’ve been absent for a while, there may be some changes you need to know about.  On the day of your shadow, ask questions about the job, what the person likes and dislikes about it, what’s a good career path look like, and what you need to do to get your foot in the door.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Success is the Sum of Small Efforts

FlowerSuccess is the sum of small efforts,
repeated day-in and day-out.

Robert Collier

If you do just a little bit every day to make yourself stronger or better, then before long you’ll be significantly better, stronger, and more than you were before.

In a job search, that means learning something or doing something new every day to make you stronger or move you forward–improving your resume, finding employers or hiring managers to send it to, adding something new to your brag book, connecting with someone on LinkedIn, or even just taking the time to do something positive for yourself.  One guy I know started working out while he was between jobs–it didn’t take him long to lose 50 pounds, and he felt amazing.  Maybe you need to read something motivating or speak to someone who’s a positive influence.

In your career life, that may mean doing a lot of those same things, but also making a regular effort to connect with people in your network.  Here’s an excerpt from 4 Easy Networking Tips for Your Job Search and Career:

Every 3-6 months, send an e-mail to everyone you have an email address for.  This should be people you have something in common with:  you used to work with them, your spouse works with them, you went to school with them, you were/are in some kind of a group with them, and so on.  These don’t have to be close relationships–acquaintances are fine.  Your email should say something like,  “Hi, this is Peggy.  It’s been a long time since we’ve talked.  I’m still at ____________________, still doing _____________.  If you need anything, please give me a call.  Here are my phone numbers if you need to get in touch with me or give someone else my contact information if I can assist them.  If your personal e-mail has changed, please let me know.” If you can and it makes sense, offer them something–this can be something you know they need help with, an article that’s relevant for them, or even just a bit of news they might be interested in.  This little “Hi” will keep you in their minds so that when an opportunity DOES come up, they are likely to think of you.  (Facebook and LinkedIn updates don’t count.  You need this more ‘personal’ touch.)

One very positive thing to do this week to move you forward in your job search is to attend one of my Free Training Webinars.  Those who attend tell me they come away feeling refreshed, motivated, and armed with great new tips for job search success.

I wish you the best of luck this week!

 

30-60-90-Day Plan Helps Nurse Practitioner Get Job Offer

Stock PhotoI wanted to share this wonderful note from a nurse practitioner to show you that 30-60-90-day plans can work in the healthcare field, and they can help students.  She got her job before she finished her degree.  See how she did it:

Dear Peggy,

I want to express my thanks and gratitude for your 30-60-90 Day Plan. I borrowed money from my Mom to pay for the program in October 20XX. I was starting to look for and apply for nurse practitioner positions before graduating from my nurse practitioner program. I was very scared and I didn’t have much confidence in my ability to interview or even that hiring managers would look at my resume since I wasn’t yet done with school.

My Mom sent an email of yours to me and I was interested in improving my chances of being noticed during the interview. I watched your YouTube videos and read your blog, but I knew I needed something more. The 30-60-90 Day plan was perfect. I listened to the presentations and created my own personal plan to present to hiring managers. I created it in color and sent them to Staples so that they could be printed in high quality ink and on heavy paper stock. I scored 6 interviews in the month of November and was presented with a generous offer the first week in December. I accepted the offer within a few days, it was that good.

After accepting the offer, the hiring manager said that it wasn’t as much the content of the presentation that was impressive, but the fact that I had a personalized presentation prepared for the first interview. So while I study for my nurse practitioner boards, I have a nurse practitioner job waiting for me. That is a huge weight off of my shoulders. While other students may have to interview and prepare and plan for interviews or apply for jobs while they study, I am able to focus on studying full time. That is an amazing gift.

I wanted to share this with you because you are so good at what you do and it’s wonderful that you are able to share your expertise and knowledge with other people, especially during a time when the job market is so competitive. Your program gave me the edge I needed to edge out other candidates with more experience than I had, which is priceless. It even improved my confidence overall, as I started to value myself differently and speak confidently about who I was and what I was able to do. So these skills have extended outside of the interview and hiring process and into other areas of my life. Who knew?

Blessings to you, your family, your team, your pets, everyone involved in allowing you to do what you do and to do it so well.

All the best,

P. Martin, RN MSN (soon to be ANP-BC)

I love that not only did the 30-60-90-Day Plan help her get the job she wanted, it also improved her self-confidence in other areas of her life.  These are life-changing tools!

Get my 30-60-90-Day Plan for your job interview!

 

That Selfie Has A Price Tag

ErinK-SelfieWomen, particularly young women, get a lot of conflicting advice about how to look and how to act. But that advice doesn’t come with validity, and the cost of following some advice is pretty high. A recent study in Psychology of Popular Media Culture looks at The Price of Sexy: Viewers’ Perceptions of a Sexualized Versus Nonsexualized Facebook Profile Photograph and it shows a small part of that cost.

In the study, only the views of adolescent and young adult women were assessed. The result shows that among her peers, a young woman in a sexualized picture is considered less attractive physically and socially. She also is considered less competent to complete tasks, and the only difference between the two profile pictures is the way the same woman presents herself. This is the price tag among her female peers right now, and it doesn’t go into why the other girls think the way they do or how it affects future careers.

Counting The Career Cost

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3 Simple Ways To Dramatically Improve Your Resume Today

123 - CopyRecruiters and employers sift through stacks of resumes very quickly, so your resume needs to grab attention fast. What makes a resume stand out and get you the interview?

First, your resume must be easy to read (bullet points, not paragraphs) and error-free.  Mistakes will get your resume dumped fast. Beyond these basics, here are 3 simple ways to rev up your resume:

1 – Quantify Your Accomplishments

Sales resumes should absolutely, without question, show your performance numbers–sales numbers, rankings, etc.  But even if you aren’t remotely connected to sales, quantifying your accomplishments (using numbers, dollars, and percentages to describe what you’ve done) will grab attention and show that you’ll be a great asset.  (See How to Write a Resume That POPS)

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How to Prepare for a Job Interview: 7 Steps to ‘Crush’ It and Get the Offer

Portrait of business womanThe #1 Job Interview Rule for Crushing The Interview is:

You Must Be As Prepared As Or Better Prepared Than Your Competition.

An interview begins long before you step in front of the interviewer. Wise job seekers will prepare with this in mind. The best-prepared candidate makes the best impression, has the best interview, and almost always gets the offer.  When you get the interview, follow these steps:

Step 1 – Research the Company (and Interviewer)

Know as much as you can about the company’s history, products/services, sales processes (if you’re in sales), finances, plans, recent news, noteworthy executives, physical locations, operating challenges, operational approaches, and anything else you can find out prior to stepping into the room.  Do an internet search, but also check out LinkedIn and your network. Reach out to contacts, check blogs, and try to get the inside story on what is happening at your prospective company (and be prepared to talk about it).

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5 Job Interview Thank You Note Tips (with Sample Thank You Note)

Thank-YouJob Interview Thank You Notes or Thank You Email Tips

 

1.  Send a thank you note.  Everybody knows that you should send a thank you note after your interview, and yet many people don’t.  Thank you notes make you stand out from the other candidates, and really can make the difference in whether or not you get the job.

2.  Write a substantial note–not a form letter.  This is another opportunity to point out a key item or two in your favor.  It should mention that you enjoyed talking with them, some additional thoughts about how you and your skills are a great fit, and what you learned that makes you even more enthusiastic about working there. See this Sample Thank You Note.

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Communication Coach for US Job Market (ESL)

peggy-redshirt158X210 - Copy (3)Is English your second language (ESL)?  This can cause significant communication problems during job interviews with US companies.  These problems can keep you from getting the jobs you are qualified for.

I’ve worked with many job seekers from China, Japan, Mexico, France, and Dubai, among others, to help them overcome language and/or cultural barriers so they can communicate more effectively in job interviews.

How a Coach Can Help

For instance, I just got off the phone with a highly skilled job seeker from China.  She knew that her phone interviews weren’t going well, but she didn’t realize just how much trouble she was having until she worked with a coach.

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Are You Thinking Of Quitting Your Job?

ErinK-QuittingEverybody thinks about quitting occasionally… …and sometimes, quitting your job might be the best decision you make. But there’s some real downsides to quitting unprofessionally, and you need to be careful to avoid them because they will haunt your future career. These are bad ideas:

  • breaking an employment contract
  • venting your anger online in public forums
  • raging at your boss in a final dramatic recount of all your frustration
  • stealing to make up for the way they treated you
  • leaving suddenly without preparing the person taking over your job
  • not having money to live on while you look for another position

I sure hope you see why these are bad ideas! It’s easy to talk yourself into thinking they are good ideas, though, because your emotions get in the way when work conditions become intolerable. Every single idea has future consequences, and thinking about those consequences is a good idea. Future employers will look at your past jobs and contact past employers about your behavior. They look at what you say online. Theft is a crime and you will get caught. How’d you like to take over someone’s job who left it like you did? And money is important for bills and groceries, am I right? Here are some good ideas:

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Just Do It

FlowerNothing will ever be attempted
if all possible objections
must first be overcome.

Samuel Johnson

 

Job searching can be a scary, uncertain time.  That’s why it’s all too easy to come up with all kinds of reasons you shouldn’t do something:

“I can’t apply for that job because I don’t have the number of years of experience they’re asking for.”

“I can’t apply because I don’t know that software as well as I should.”

“I can’t contact the hiring manager because the listing says, ‘Do not call.'” 

“I can’t email John Smith from my old job because I haven’t spoken to him in 5 years.”

If you’re a job seeker, chances are that you can probably come up with objections all day long.

The truth is that:

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30/60/90-Day Plan Helps 67-Year Old Get the Job (at a Higher Salary Than Expected!)

Executive (2)Paulus has never had to apply for work before. It always came to him…until now. He found himself in a job search, so he updated his resume, and created a 30-60-90-Day Plan (which he was told would not work–ha!).  The twist to his story shows the absolute power of persistence in a job search.

Enjoy his story.  I hope it inspires you.

Dear Peggy

Greetings to you and your team from Canada. Allow me to share just a short note with you all. In May of last year  I was at a cross road regarding my work. I have been working in Canada for over 4 years and have not had a weekend off. We my wife and I are not young anymore but still fit and healthy to do a good days work. In all my working career, I have not had to apply for work ever, the work always came to me.

So it was a real process for me to apply for a job here in Canada.  I’m so glad I found you at Career Confidential . I listened to many of the webinars and bought some of your material and studied it till I knew it well.

I wrote my resume and sent it to you, made the corrections and then did something which even my children said will not work. They are in Top Jobs here in Calgary one in the Legal sector and one senior town planner.

They said they never heard off such a thing as a 30/60/90 day plan. Well I did not listen to them. I presented my resume to a top 100 company and they were blown away with my plan. Bearing in mind I’m not that young (67-year old) I competed against top graduate young people.

The company told me they are very interested  but would have to offer the Job in-house first. Long story short the candidate only lasted 3 months. In the mean time, I completed a managers 30/60/90 day plan and sent an email off to the company informing them that I’m still interested and have done some more courses and would like to present them with my updated 30/60/90 day plan.

Well I’m happy to report that I got the Job and will start on X -X- 2015 and my salary is more than I expected.

To you and Carl and the team a BIG THANK YOU!

Paulus B.

 

How Paulus wrote his resume and got me to review it:  Extreme Resume Makeover Kit

The 30-60-90-Day Plan Paulus used:  30-60-90-Day Action Plan

I loved how Paulus followed up with the company–I am positive that his persistence and follow up helped him get the job.

Way to go Paulus!!!

 

Amazon.com – Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Success

Amazon-Logo - CopyBe super impressive in your next interview with this 4 – book bundle for a great price on Amazon:

Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Success

This bundle will get you prepared for any job interview (phone interviews or face-to-face) so you can get the offer!

 

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5.0 out of 5 stars    Two interviews, two job offers!    March 26, 2015
By Derrelynn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This bundle is a fast read and definitely increased my confidence in interviewing for new nurse position. I nailed the phone interview and received two job offers. Saved so much time in preparing for interview and priceless advice for any field! Highly recommend.

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