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How to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Stand Out

LinkedIn Profile TipsLinkedIn profile development is an often overlooked aspect of the job search or career change. The most popular business social network is vastly underused and unappreciated. Most individuals in business don’t understand how to make it work for their benefit.

You may not need a LinkedIn profile writer to find value throughout the social network. Here’s how to stand out on LinkedIn.

Get Grouped

With more than two million LinkedIn Groups in existence, there’s bound to be one (or hundreds) within your industry. You can use Groups to meet others in your industry and develop your reputation as an expert in the field. The more value you add to a group, the more likely new opportunities come your way.

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30-60-90-Day Plan FAQs

30 60 90 day plan for job interviewsA 30-60-90-day plan is THE interview tool that will secure the job offer. However, if you’ve never created a plan before, you probably have a lot of questions.

I put together the questions I’m most often asked about 30-60-90-Day Plans and answered them here for you.

Why is a 30-60-90-Day Plan a ‘job interview miracle tool?’

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Go Confidently

job search motivation

If you're job searching this week, I want to encourage you! There is a lot of hiring going on now, and you are in the right place to find the tools that will get you the job you want.

Job searching and interviewing are skills that not everyone has, but everyone can learn. With the right tools, you can get the job, you can get to the next level in your career, and you can even beat out more qualified competition to do it.

Build your job-getting skill set this week by attending one of my free training webinars. They are packed with motivation and practical tips to help you improve your resume, get interviews, and get the job offer you want.

See what's on the schedule for this week:  Career Confidential Free Training Webinars

Best of luck!

 

30 60 90 Day Sales Plan Wowed the Interviewer

30 60 90 day sales plan for job interview

You need a 'Wow' from the interviewer in your      sales job interview, too.

Dan had been in sales 30 years, but was let go. He had been in the job search for about 9 months, and then he came to one of my free training webinars and learned that he should take a 30 60 90 day sales plan to his job interviews.

He'd never thought of bringing a plan to an interview before, but he prepared a plan and got a 'Wow' out of the interviewer--and had an offer within the week.

The plan even gave him more confidence starting his new job.

Check out Dan's story and see why you need to bring a 30 60 90 day sales plan to your next interview:

Peggy,

I just want to thank you for your time and expertise, especially the 30-60-90 plan. I had an interview scheduled on Monday, heard about your company on the previous Monday.  I have been in sales 30 years but was let go in a business change. Sales plans are nothing new, I just hadn't taken one into an interview.

I attended a free webinar on Thursday, began building plan that evening, finishing and polishing thru the weekend. I came out of the interview flying. The hiring manager literally said "Wow" when I handed him the plan as part of my close. I met with the corporate sales manager on Wed, got a verbal offer on Friday. I am wrapping up my first week with the new company. Maybe the best thing is the confidence I have going forward because I have a plan.

Thank you, it works!

Dan W.

Ag Sales Consultant

Career Confidential offers a perfect 30 60 90 day sales plan template along with video coaching for how to research the company for your plan, introduce it in the interview, and close for the job.

See reviews for our 30 60 90 Day Sales Plan here.

 

Adding Testimonials to Your Resume

Adding Testimonials to Your ResumeYour resume is the one surefire way to market who you are and what you can do. Top resume writing services understand this. The companies considering employing you know this too. As such, your resume will be scrutinized in every way possible during the hiring process. While there are many improvements you can make to your resume, one of the easier ways is to add testimonials.

Testimonials Lend Credibility

Talking about who you are is tough, but it’s also easy to spin your abilities in a positive light. Whether you’re just writing an executive bio or developing personal branding for senior level management, you need every advantage. Even if references aren’t required until down the road in the hiring process, you need an edge. If the selection is between you and another candidate, you will need extra support tipping the scales in your favor. Including testimonials would be that tiebreaker.

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Should You Ever Answer the Job Interview ‘Greatest Weakness’ Question with the Cold Hard Truth?

How to Answer Interview Questions about Your Greatest WeaknessWhy do employers ask about your greatest weaknesses in job interviews? It isn’t because they’re dying to hear you talk about how obsessed you are with work and having everything be perfect. What they really want is a skills assessment about you, from you.

Some people could argue that you really need to tell them what your weakness is, so that they and you can get a realistic view of whether or not you’re a good fit for the job. After all, it wouldn’t be a good idea to end up in a job that isn’t a good fit, right? Poor choices in jobs have resulted in firings, layoffs, and awkward situations to explain later.

I say something a little different.  I say that your job in that interview is to sell yourself for the position. You don’t need them to decide that you aren’t a good fit. You are the one who needs to decide if you’re a good fit or not. You need that freedom of getting that job offer so you can make the decision that’s best for you.

So what does that mean? Does that mean that you are better off denying that you have any weaknesses at all? No. What it means is that just as you do with every other job interview answer, you need to be strategic.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - The Other Side of Fear

 

Job Search Fear

 

Job searching can carry a lot of fear and apprehension with it, which can sometimes keep you from doing the things you need to do. What I hope that you remember to do is always keep your eyes on your goal. Focus on what's on the other side of right now--a great new job, new opportunities, new friends, and new skills.

If you need a motivation boost, I invite you to attend one of my free training webinars this week. They are packed with motivation and practical tips to help you improve your resume, get interviews, and get the job offer you want.

See what's on the schedule for this week:  Career Confidential Free Training Webinars

Best of luck!

 

Job Search Game Changer: 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination

5 simple tips to beat age discrimination in your job searchIf you're over 50 (or even over 40) and experiencing a difficult job search, I strongly recommend that you come to my free training webinar, 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search.

I know what you're fighting and can show you what you need to do with your resume, interviews, and job search that will change the game for you and make you more successful than you can maybe even imagine right now.

See what it can do for you:

Peggy,

...I would like to inform you with pleasure that after 8 months of trying I finally got a job...I am 57 and needless to say the challenges are enormous and I had to face a lot of discrimination due to age. (By the way, in this part of the world, there is no legal recourse available.)

However I followed all the tips and guidance I received from you --right from creating a killer CV, sharpening up my LinkedIn profile and crushing the interview with the 30/60/90 day plan!!

Peggy, I am so thankful to you for the tools you exposed me to --without which I would not have succeeded.

I did all the things that you suggested in the webinar for "job hunters over 50" and it was really a game changer.

I am not good at writing endorsements but you can use this in any manner you like --once again I thank you very much and I am going to recommend to all my job seeker friends that they listen to you and only you to achieve accelerated success in their job hunt.

Regards,

N Radhakrishnan

I invite you to attend 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search. It is packed with practical tips that will help you get the job you want (and I give you some free gifts, too!).

Best of luck!

 

Do You Have an Elevator Pitch for Your Resume?

Do you have an elevator pitch for your resume?You never know when you’ll need to spout your elevator pitch. Opportunity never comes calling at the right time. You need to have an elevator pitch for your resume, and you need to be ready to tell someone what you do in an instant.

What Is an Elevator Pitch?

Your executive bio, executive resume biography or your elevator pitch is a brief 30-second bit about what you do, how you do it and who you are. You’re telling any potential employer or contact why you’re the perfect candidate. An elevator pitch concisely explains why you’re the man or woman for the job.

The Hard Part

Talking about our individual abilities and accomplishments for 30-seconds shouldn’t be too tough. Still, most people find condensing years of experience and hard work into 30-seconds of chatter difficult. You’ve done so much, but you have so little time to articulate it.

If you’re back on the job market, you’ll want to create the perfect elevator pitch immediately. You never know when a great contact or opportunity will come up so you must be prepared.

With this in mind, here’s how to develop a perfected pitch:

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#1 Way to Improve Your Interview so You Get the Offer

use a 30 60 90 day plan to get the job offerPete had a lot of experience and success in his field as a retail store manager. Getting a new job should have been easy—but it wasn’t.

He’d already been to several interviews, so he had his answers down pat. He knew he interviewed well, and he had all that past job success to back him up. He’d get dressed up, drive to find the place, and go in—only to find out that he was competing against 20-30 other people who were just as strong as he was. Not only did he have all that competition, he was a little older, which was working against him. He never got the job.

Maybe you can feel his frustration. Even though companies are hiring, there’s still a lot of competition for the best jobs.

Job search techniques and strategies have changed. Job seekers are more sophisticated about how they prepare for interviews, and they are more mobile than they used to be. Many people are ready to pick up and move for the right position.

Pete knew he had to do something different so that he could get hired, but what? He decided to showcase how he would approach the job by creating a 30-60-90-Day Plan.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Choose to Be an Optimist

positive thinking job search

I believe that we need to think positively in every situation. There is no other alternative. Negative thinking only hurts us and makes us miserable. I am a big fan of Martin Seeligman's book Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life and recommend that everyone read it no matter where you land on the negative/positive thinking spectrum.

Positive thinking especially matters in a job search where you need the confidence to weather rejections and sell yourself for the job. You have to get up everyday and know that job is coming; you just have to keep going until you find it.

To help you, I recommend that you check out my blog series How to Stop Negative Thinking and Stay Positive in Your Job Search. I based it off of Mark Tyrrell’s fantastic post on How to Stop Negative Thinking in 7 Simple Steps  and adapted it for job searching. It is filled with practical tips to think positively every day.

Best of luck!

 

How to Get a Job in 6 Weeks Webinar Review

how to get a jobEvery two weeks, I hold a training on 'How to Get a Job in 6 Weeks--Guaranteed.' In that training, I help job seekers with new ways to approach the job search, their resumes, and interviews.

If you've thought about attending but weren't sure, please see what Debra achieved as a result of that training (a job offer the day after the interview!):

About 2-3 weeks ago I signed up for your webinar "How to get a job in 6 weeks" and ...I want to thank you...

I applied for a job on the 18th (about 2 weeks after I heard your webinar).  I had to submit it online and also attach my resume but I researched who my supervisor would be and addressed it to her. I was called in for an interview this past Tuesday.  I only had 1 day to prepare but I used your advice and prepared  a 30-60-90 day plan. I presented it to them and they were blown away about the plan, my initiative in putting the plan together and immediately said that just put me above the other candidates. A day later I got the call and was offered the job.

I just wanted to say thank you for all that you do. I'm excited about this new opportunity. I had applied for about 14 jobs several months ago with not even one call back/interview.

This was my first job I applied for after listening to your system and buying the program. It was a great investment!

Thank you again,

Debra C.

Taking the time to get some training for your job search is an investment in yourself just like your formal education was--only this one is free!

I encourage you to sign up for the next How to Get a Job in 6 Weeks training. You'll get free gifts along with some outstanding advice you can put into practice immediately.

Check out the schedule here: Career Confidential Training Webinars

 

Is Your Resume Easy to Read?

Is your resume easy to readYou’ve probably heard that statistically, employers spend an average of eight seconds scanning a resume. Obviously, that’s not a lot of time to make a lasting impression. If your resume is cluttered, unorganized and the text and font are clunky, it just might get passed over. Here are some tips for writing an effective resume that will ensure your resume gets the attention it needs.

Clear Sections

Your resume should have clearly demarcated sections. Top rated resume writing services might suggest using italics or a bold fold to differentiate between those sections, such as Education and Work Experience. There should be a break in the reader’s mind between different types of information.

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12 Ways You Can Be Asked About Your Weaknesses in an Interview

Weakness Question Job InterviewEmployers ask you about your weaknesses in job interviews for a lot of reasons…because they want a realistic assessment of you, because they want to compare you to other candidates, or because they want to see how you react to a difficult question.

However, not all of their inquiries about your weaknesses are so obvious. They know that you’ll probably be ready for the big one, and so they have a lot of different ways to get at what they want to know. They can ask about how people criticize you, what you need the most development in, what scares you about this new job (because that could reflect not being ready for it), and more.

It’s important that you be ready to answer these kinds of questions.

Below are 12 different ways interviewers ask you about your weaknesses.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - It Only Seems Impossible

Job Search Motivation

If you are discouraged with your job search today, I want to encourage you to keep going. Job searching can be frustrating. There's a lot of rejection built into the process. If you are rejected for an opportunity, learn what you can from it and put it behind you. Believe that you will get a job.

I do want to say that if something happens several times -- for instance, you are consistently sending your resume but aren't getting interviews, or you consistently get interviews but not job offers -- then what you need to learn from this is that it's time to make some changes.

The #1 resume improvement almost everyone can make is adding quantification, or describing your accomplishments in terms of numbers, dollars, and percentages. Get more information here: Write a Resume That POPS: Redo it with Numbers That Quantify Your Experience.

We do offer a perfect resume template plus coaching and review - Extreme Resume Makeover Kit. You are welcome to check that out.

If you are getting interviews but not job offers, you may need to practice better answers to interview questions or create a 30 60 90 day plan. (In my opinion, everyone has a stronger interview with a 30 60 90 day plan.)

Also, consider investing in yourself through personalized coaching. This is the fastest, most efficient and effective way to get you where you need to be in your search. Find out more about coaching with Peggy McKee or Zanetta Siciliano.