will make you a living;
will make you a fortune.
~ Jim Rohn
I think that we all ought to keep learning, growing, and becoming more than we were before. The way to do this is to be constantly furthering our own education in whatever it is that we're working for.
If you're in a job search, it means you should make the effort to learn how to job search and to learn as much as you can about the company before you set foot into your first interview.
If you're already in your job, you need to be reading about your field, your competitors, trends, and how to be better at what you do. This is how you get chosen for raises, bonuses, recognition, and awards, and these are what propel you up the ladder to success. Companies don't always provide opportunities for continuous learning or extra training, so this is something we need to take charge of ourselves.
Now and throughout your career: Get on LinkedIn and Twitter and follow thought leaders in your field. Read blogs and articles that make you better than you were before. Network continually to meet others that you can learn from. I wish you the best of luck!
For active-duty military or veterans, a job search can be difficult.
Civilian employers don't always know what to make of your skills or experience. As a result, many extremely valuable people have been passed over for jobs. (Unemployment rate for vets is higher than average.)
We don't want that to happen to you. So...
Join me on Facebook for 4 Days of Live Streaming Job Search Tips to solve the biggest issues facing military veterans in the job search!
What does my resume need to show my value as an employee? - Monday May 23 @ Noon (Central time)
Why can't I get an interview? - Tuesday May 24 @ 9 am (Central time)
How does LinkedIn fit into my job search?
- Wednesday May 25 @ 9 am (Central time)
How can I show my true value in the interview and get the company to hire me? - Thursday May 26 @ 9 am (Central time)
For many people, executive resumes are the most difficult to master, which is why many executives looking for new jobs seek professional resume writing services. So what does it take to craft winning executive resumes that gets you hired? Targeting is the master key.
What Is Targeting?
Targeting means catering your job hunting efforts to a specific role in the industry you hope to work for so you know exactly how to market yourself to potential employers. To do this, it is a good idea to research the field you’re trying to break into. This will tell you what is expected of you and can give you a sense of how to reformat your search efforts.
Maybe you've seen the news that America's job openings are near a record high of 5.8 million (see this story from CNN Money). That sounds like great news, but read on in that story and you'll see the catch: the job skills gap.
According to the article, employers are having a hard time finding people with the skills they want for the jobs they have open. Part of the problem is a real gap in the education needed for certain jobs, but for a lot of these jobs, employers' expectations are running a little too high. They want people who are ready to run on Day 1, who don't need any training in order to do the job. They got used to being able to ask for and get 'perfect' job candidates during the recession, and haven't all adjusted yet.
This is causing a problem for a lot of candidates. When you look at online job postings, you'll see a lot of overwhelming job requirements in their ads and think, "There's no way they'll look at me." If you respond to the posting and apply online so that your application goes to HR, that's probably true. Now what?
If you know you can do the job even though you don't have all that the employer is asking for in an applicant, here's what you can do: Read more...
This is a simple quote that tells it like it is. I like it because I work with job seekers all the time who are afraid to contact hiring managers directly to ask for an interview.
If you find yourself hesitating to take action, I want you to think about something: What's the worst that can happen? The worst that can happen is that the answer will be 'no.' That's it. It doesn't hurt you and it doesn't derail your career if they say no. The truth is that sometimes they will say yes. If you don't ask, you don't get.
If you're willing but you're not quite sure how to get it done, get my Hidden Jobs Finder. It will tell you exactly how to find the job opportunities you need and what to say to hiring managers to get the interview. You don't have to agonize over it. Just do it.
Want some motivation and encouragement? Come to one of our Free Online Job Search or Interview Training Webinars this week. I pack my webinars with top-notch tips, insights, and advice that will help you be more successful. (Plus, we give free gifts for registering and attending each webinar.)
I 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
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.
Tips and Tricks to Using LinkedIn Like a Pro That You Won’t Learn From LinkedIn
More than 80% of employers and recruiters search for potential employees on LinkedIn. If you want to attract them like a magnet to your profile and get them to contact you about great jobs, this is the report you need.
In the past decade, the job market has been adapting to the growing technological age we live in today. Naturally, this means the old ways of job hunting are on their way out, and those who are searching for a new career have to adapt their application methods in a way that helps them market themselves to today’s hiring managers. This is vitally important for those interested in getting into social media professionally because the entire industry thrives on snappy marketing and wit by nature. Here is some advice to help aspiring social media marketers spice up their resumes and LinkedIn profiles and land better job opportunities.
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
~ Golda Meir
How do you make the most of yourself and fan possibility into achievement? I think you do it by always investing in yourself--by reading books, talking to people, and doing the things that are difficult or that scare you a little.
Read books that sharpen your mind for work or for the things you need to do to open opportunities for yourself (like networking, job searching, leadership, management, etc.). Learn new things.
Talk to people around you (your network) and get a mentor or two to bounce ideas off of and learn from.
Do things that others won't do. Even if you only try or achieve 10% more than others, that still sets you apart. Make the effort to find hidden jobs. Create a brag book (and bring it to your interview). Bring a 30-60-90-Day Plan to your next interview.
Learn more and set yourself apart by coming to one of our Free Online Job Search or Interview Training Webinars this week. I pack my webinars with top-notch tips, insights, and advice that will help you be more successful. (Plus, we give free gifts for registering and attending each webinar.)
Searching for a job is hard work. No matter how diligently you try, it can feel like you are not doing enough to land the one you want. You most likely started with a solid resume crafted by professional executive resume writers, numerous job searches and an upgrade to your online information to show how employable you are. However, let’s face it, there’s a lot of competition out there and it takes something exceptional to stand out from the rest. You are basically marketing yourself by trying to sell your skills to a potential employer. Think of your job search like running your own marketing campaign.
I am excited to host several FREE coaching sessions this week for any and all—no sign up necessary!
Don’t miss the Live Q&A after each short presentation. Bring your most pressing job search or career advancement questions!
Choose the time and platform most convenient for you (Conference Call, Facebook Live Streaming, or YouTube Live Streaming). I look forward to seeing you there!
3 Big Mistakes People Make with LinkedIn
LinkedIn is the biggest and most important career network in the world,
but most people aren’t using it to their full advantage. Learn what mistakes hold you back and what you should be doing with LinkedIn. Session includes Live Q&A—bring your questions for me!
Tuesday May 3 @ 5 pm (Central) – Conference Call
Simply dial in and enter your Participant Access number.
Dial-In Number: Philadelphia, PA +1 (267) 930-4000
Friday May 6 @ 12 pm (Central) – Live Streaming on YouTube
How to Increase Your Confidence: Tips and Tricks to Be Stronger in Your Job Search, Career, and Life
A lack of confidence, negative thinking, and plain old fear hold too many of us back. Let me show you easy ways to boost your confidence, be happier, and achieve more in your job search, career, and life. Session includes Live Q&A—bring your questions for me!
Wednesday May 4 @ 9am (Central) – Conference Call
Simply dial in and enter your Participant Access number.
Dial-In Number: Philadelphia, PA +1 (267) 930-4000
Life is 10% what happens to you
and 90% how you react to it.
~ Charles R. Swindoll
Derek had taken 5 years off work to care for his children after the death of his wife. When he was ready to go back to work, he interviewed for a job he could have done with his eyes closed--but he didn't get the job.
What would you have done if that had happened to you? If you're like a lot of us, you may have decided in the face of that rejection that you needed to go back to school to refresh your skills, that you needed to aim for a lower-level job instead, or even that you no longer belonged in that field.
Derek didn't do any of those things. Instead of giving up or taking that rejection personally, Derek got another interview for the same type of job, but this time took a 30-60-90-day plan to show what he was capable of. Derek so impressed them in the interview with his plan that they created a role for him that was a more senior role (with a higher salary) than what he'd interviewed for.
Derek's reaction was amazing, and I hope you are encouraged by his story.
BTW - If you are sending out your resume but not getting interviews, don't assume that no one wants you. Instead, take steps to redo your resume and find more jobs by uncovering hidden jobs in your field (there will be a lot).