Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Winston Churchill
One of the hardest things to deal with in your job search is rejection. Statistically, it takes a certain number of contacts before you get an interview, and a certain number of interviews before you get an offer. The number isn't as important as the idea that you are going to have to go through some 'no's before you get to the 'yes'. I hope this quote encourages you to keep going, and keep trying.
I also want to encourage you to make those statistics work for you, and here's what I mean: Most job seekers follow a pattern. They apply for a job, get excited about it, and go after it. When that falls through, they go on to the next one. What that does is simply prolong the time you'll be in the job search. What I encourage you to do is get through those 'no's as fast as you can, so you can get to the 'yes' that much faster.
For executive job interviews, demonstrating your ability to think strategically and plan for success is more critical than ever.
Here is a great success story that shows how a 30-60-90-Day Plan helped secure a COO position within weeks, at a higher salary than he had earned before--even after he was downsized as a Director!
For all you executive types who think your job search will take months, pay attention to this story and sign up for my free Executive Job Search webinar! It will cut months off your job search.
I came across your web site because I had to make a 30-60-90-Day Plan for a job interview here in Norway. I had never done one before and found your web page through a Google search.
I can tell you now that I killed the competition in the job interview with my plan using your templates and all the information that I was able to get through webinars, videos and the like.
The company I worked for downsized almost 50% of their staff and the last employees that were hired were the first ones that had to go. This is the first time in my life (I am 51) that I was out of work.
I had a Director position in that company and the loss of the job came as a shock.
I can tell you that with the help of your tools and templates, I was able to land a job as the COO of the Norwegian Branch of an insurance investment company based in London.
In my previous Director position I had an annual salary of about $160,000 before benefits. My new job now pays $200,000 and as soon as I bring in another $300,000 of new business they will raise my salary to $250,000!
Needless to say, your system of job searching and interviewing can help anyone in any position. Apparently anywhere in the world!
It only took me 2 months to find this job. I thought I was going to be out of work for at least 6 months. Thanks again for all your help!
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Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.
- Kyle Chandler
Often, we need an opportunity NOW--not sometime in the fuzzy future. So I want to encourage you not to wait for opportunity to knock, but go beat down that door and find the one you need.
If you are in a job search, the opportunity you need is finding the job that will be a good fit, and getting the interview for it.
Waiting for that opportunity to knock is waiting for the job listing to appear, so you can apply for it. Making that opportunity present itself by beating down the door is contacting hiring managers directly. Don't wait for the job to show up. Go find it. It's there. Over 70% of all jobs are unadvertised or unlisted at any given time. I encourage you to go beat down those doors to find them. Contact hiring managers (this would be your boss, or your boss's boss) and say, "Here I am, here's what I can do, can you use someone like me?"
If this feels difficult to do, get my Hidden Jobs Finder and use it. It will beat down those doors for you and find the opportunities you want and deserve.
I hope this statement is not news to anyone; “There are 100’s, if not 1000’s of people applying for the same jobs.” For the most part, these people have the same skills, experience and training you have. You have to be a unique candidate to get the job. So find a way to be unique.
Unique means you have to put a little more effort into your preparation, presentation and interview. Here are a few tips that can help you to stand out from every other job seeker:
2 Years of Trying On My Own Got Me Zip—
But One Shot With the Hidden Jobs Finder Got The Interview (And the Job)
I wanted you to see this story…Mr. Allen had 98% of all the qualifications but could not get the interview. Using the techniques and proven messages in my Hidden Jobs Finder, he contacted a hiring manager and got a phone interview within a week. A couple of weeks after that, he got a very nice job offer.
A few weeks ago, I wrote to you about a company that I had applied to twice in the last 2 years since they kept posting their ad and I had 98% of all the qualifications for the Technical Trainer position, yet still was not getting a call or an interview.
My wife said I should try your system [Hidden Jobs Finder] with this company and see if that would make a difference. I went on LinkedIn, looked up the company and could not find a recruiter or manager, but I did find a VP of Delivery & Solutions, so I figured: what have I got to lose? I sent her a message and the intro letter. About a week later, I received an email from the Training Manager who was given my resume by the VP and she was contacting HR to set up a phone interview. Today I was called by the new VP who formally offered me the position!!!!
Soooooo, [the Hidden Jobs Finder] worked! It got me to whom I needed to get to, in order to get my resume noticed and access through the back door. I got the salary I requested instead of having to take a 30-40K pay cut from the jobs I've interviewed for [for the last year]…[plus, I] will get a 5% bonus within 6 months of being hired which puts me over my previous salary within the first year; medical, dental, vision, life insurance benefits; 401K with 100% vesting [on] day one; 18 Paid Time Off days 1st year; 8 paid holidays and the opportunity to move up! …Plus, I get to travel for the company nationally and internationally with all expenses covered.
I could not be happier!!
Thank you so very much for coming up with the concept! I am a believer!
Is there a company that you haven’t been able to get your foot in the door with?
What's just as important as performing well in the interview so you get the job offer? Evaluating the company and your interviewer to determine if you should accept said offer.
If you're not sure how to tell if the job is a good fit, U.S. News and World Report has a great article you should see: How to Interview Your Interviewer. It has 5 good tips on how to go beyond the job description to find out the truth about the job, get a feel for company culture, what questions to ask in the interview, and more.
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I received this great letter from Stephanie about how the 30-60-90-Day Action Plan helped her shine in her phone interview and face-to-face interviews and beat out 3 internal candidates for the job!
I wanted to take a few moments to compliment you on the 30-60-90 Day Action Plan... Last month, I used them to prepare for a series high profile [face-to-face] interviews.
[I first had a phone screen.] After receiving feedback on my phone screen, the interview panel said that I did not distinguish myself from the other candidates in the pool. Once I heard this... I was on a mission!
I...decided to sign up for Career Confidential and download the [30-60-90-Day Action Plan] tools (Word doc and [PowerPoint] template). I thought I knew how to do an action plan - was I wrong! ;) Your course and tools made me even more confident during my [2nd] phone discussion with the hiring manager. I was very capable in discussing my specific plan if I were given the job assignment tomorrow. And he bought!
As a result, I was invited to participate in 8 F2F interviews with 3 VPs, 3 Directors, and 2 Sr. Managers. With your help... I delivered! I could tell that each panel member was very interested in my thought process and was very impressed that I had given great thought to my action plan for the first 30-60-90 days. Apparently, the other candidates did not have an Action Plan. Following my interviews with the Leadership team, I had a 3 1/2 hour lunch with the hiring manager. His first question was, "Tell me, how did you prepare for this interview?"
He was blown away by my in-depth review of the job and what would be needed to on-board the new hire quickly. And get this... I am an external candidate and the competition was three internal candidates!
I am very happy to report that yesterday afternoon, I received a phone call with their intent to move forward with me and they will have a job offer in my hands tomorrow! I can't believe this all took place in less than 4 weeks! Thank you!!!
Now, since I have to negotiate the salary, I will be checking out your course on this topic tomorrow. ;) [Salary Negotiating]
Thanks again for your awesome videos and practical tools needed to shine during interviews. Well done!
Please notice this about Stephanie...in her first phone interview, she was good, but she did not stand out. The only thing she did differently was to add a 30-60-90-Day Plan to her interview preparation and conversation. The plan made an enormous difference for Stephanie and ended up getting her the offer, even over 3 internal candidates.
If you are doing well in interviews, but not getting the offer, I encourage you to create a 30-60-90-Day Action Plan for your next interview so that you can get the offer, too.
The toughest job interview questions are often those that require us to tell about our greatest accomplishments. First, you have to know what those are--which ones will be impressive to the hiring manager? Next, you need to be prepared to explain those achievements. They want to know details.
In the video below, I will give you a very easy way to prepare interview answers that will get you the offer.
Are you interested in a career as an illustrator, artist, or journalist? If you've ever interned at a creative company or agency, you already know how stiff the competition can be for entry-level jobs. Internships are a good start to pad your CV and start making industry connections, but you'll also want to keep the following tips in mind to boost your chances of signing a creative contract.
Can you sum up what you have to offer in one or two sentences? If not, start writing a draft. You should be able to spin your talent and show recruiters what makes you unique from other candidates in a limited amount of time. Think carefully about what makes you stand out, and what you have to offer the industry.