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30 60 90 Day Plan Leads to Interview Success

30 60 90 day plan for job interviewI had to show you this...Ken was having a typical interview for a VP of Strategic Accounts position until he asked the interviewer, 'Can I show you something I put together to give me a game plan for this position?'

Of course, it was his 30 60 90 day plan.

The interviewer was so impressed with his plan, he immediately showed it to another VP, and planned to show it to the President / CEO as soon as possible.

He told Ken that his plan was a major factor in why he was going to recommend Ken for hire:

Peggy, thanks again for your input and review of my 30/60/90 day plan. [Note: We provide free reviews with purchase of our 30-60-90-Day Plans.]

I just wanted to give you an update on my interview that I had [yesterday].

I was unable to bring out my 30/60/90 day plan due to the questions that were or should I say were not asked.

However, after I said, "Based on our conversation we have had, will you recommend me for this job?", I did ask him if I could show him something that I put together to give me a game plan for this specific position, VP of Strategic Accounts.

After he reviewed it, he immediately showed it to another VP within the organization and said he was going to see the President/CEO of the company the next day and he was going to show it to him!

He concluded our meeting by saying he not only has never had a candidate do something like this but the fact that I did was an example of why he was going to recommend me to the President to hire me.

It worked like clockwork. If anyone has a reservation about doing a 30/60/90 day plan before an interview, you are missing out on a great opportunity to distance yourself from the competition.

Thanks again Peggy.


Ken's experience demonstrates not only the power of a 30-60-90-day plan--it also shows the power of closing.

Closing is basically asking for the next step. This is an essential skill ALL job seekers need.

See more about closing here.


Find out more about 30-60-90-day plans and how to create one for your interview.

Check out Career Confidential job-winning plan templates and coaching here:

30 60 90 Day Action Plan

30-60-90-Day Sales Plan

30-60-90-Day Plan for Managers

30-60-90-Day Plan for Executives

(All plans come with optional free review by Peggy.)

Three Reasons Resumes Are So Significant

resume writing tipsSome people might think in a highly digitized world resumes would have become a thing of the past. Even though the resume itself has become more digital in nature, it remains the best way to share your work history, point out your specific skill sets and demonstrate you have what it takes to get hired for a specific job or position. With this understanding comes the responsibility of making sure you create resumes that get you hired. There are many reasons resumes remain significant in the professional arena. Here are the top three reasons.

Reason #1 – Demonstrate Self-Confidence

A resume easily demonstrates your level of confidence in yourself, your training and your skills. It’s the selling point to a company or potential hiring agent. The document must come together in such a way it highlights your abilities and knowledge about the job you are requesting. It shows you have the confidence to apply for the job, as well as perform it. It’s acceptable to write your own resume or to hire a top rated resume writing service to construct it for you. There is absolutely nothing wrong with obtaining help to get it just the way you want it.


Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Think Positive

Job Search Positive Thinking

Think of your job search like this: If you have to look for a job anyway, you might as well do it with a positive attitude.

A positive outlook really will make things easier--you won't be as nervous sending out your resume, because you know you'll have many opportunities. You won't be as nervous about interviews for the same reason.

You will expect your conversations to go well, which makes it more likely that they will.

We have some great posts to help you in developing your own positive thinking muscles:

Get the App:  Motivation Quotes for Your Success [New App]

For more motivation and practical tips and job search strategies, attend Career Confidential's free Job Search Training Webinars. Hear the best tips to get you hired and join in the Q&A session at the end. Bring me your questions!

Find out more about Career Confidential's Job Search and Interview Training Webinars.


Holiday Job Search? Don't Miss Out on Getting Hired

holiday job searchWhen is the best time of year to look for a job? Contrary to popular belief, it's right now--during the holidays.

Companies hire the most people (on average) in December - January.

Employers typically do more hiring in December and January than in any other 2 months of the year.

Why? Some are using up year-end budgets, and some are gearing up for the new year.

On top of the heavy hiring rate, many job seekers take a break from the hunt during the holidays--which leaves you with less competition.

When you contact hiring managers, you have less noise to cut through to be heard.

What are the networking and job search tips you need to get a job during the holidays?


Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Develop an Attitude of Gratitude


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Attitude is everything.

Develop an attitude of gratitude.

Cultivate positive thinking.

Keep looking and moving forward.

Happy Thanksgiving!

For more motivation and practical tips and job search strategies, attend Career Confidential's free Job Search Training Webinars. Hear the best tips to get you hired and join in the Q&A session at the end. Bring me your questions!

Find out more about Career Confidential's Job Search and Interview Training Webinars.


You got the offer...should you take the job?

should i take the jobYou may have done a lot of work to get the job offer, but should you take it? Maybe...maybe not.

I think you should try to get as many offers as you can, because that gives you options and leverage. Also, sometimes you'll get a job offer for a higher-level job than the one you interviewed for (this has happened when job seekers bring a 30-60-90-day plan).

However, not every job offer is one you should take. Turning down a job offer can be a difficult thing to do, because you may have a fear of uncertainty about when you'll get another offer--but making the wrong choice can be disastrous.


Job acceptance email: how to nail it

Job acceptance email: how to nail itjob acceptance email

If you have just been offered a new job, it is an excellent practice to send a job acceptance email. It affirms to your employer that you are a ready communicator and appreciate the opportunity you've been offered. It also gives you a chance to confirm the terms of the job, such as the salary, any benefits, the start date, and any other items of interest.

Learning how to nail a job acceptance email is just as important as writing an excellent CV. Here are some tips on how to write a brilliant email for job acceptance.


What Turns Employers Off from Your Resume?

executive resume mistakesEven when you hire the best executive writing service to write your resume and cover letter, many hiring agents will only take a second to skim them. It’s important to grab their attention so your resume doesn’t end up filed away with all the rest. What are they looking for? What makes them read on or lay a resume aside? Is it possible to write resumes that get you hired?

There are several things potential employers may find off putting. Here are a few things to avoid so your executive resume bio gets read and considered.


What I Teach My Clients about Getting a Job That You Need to Know, Too

#1 Job Search Tip In my business as a recruiter and career coach, I talk to job seekers every day who are kind of all over the place in terms of a job search strategy.

There are a lot of moving parts and details in a successful job search, but the typical job seeker focuses on only one or two things—their resume, or answering interview questions, or maybe how to write a thank you note. They zero in on whatever piece that’s currently tripping them up.

There’s nothing wrong with making a weak area stronger—but what happens is that they get so focused on one or two details, they miss the bigger (and more important) picture.

Once they see it, it changes the way they approach their entire job search and it makes them more successful—they get more interviews, they have better interviews, and they often get multiple job offers.

Because this is so important, this is typically the first thing I teach my clients as a career coach:


Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Change Your Self-Image

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The way we talk to ourselves has a huge impact on how we think and what actions we choose to take. So ultimately, what you say to yourself has a dramatic impact on your success.

Change your self-image (and your success) by being good to yourself. Say great things to yourself. Some of us have an 'inner voice' that isn't doing us any favors. Change that voice. If you wouldn't say it to your friend or your child, don't say it to yourself.

I love, love, LOVE this video of the little girl giving herself a pep talk:

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Jessica's Daily Affirmation Video

Watch the video for a smile this morning and see what great things you can tell yourself today.

As always, I invite you to attend one of my free Job Search Training Webinars where I show  you what you need to be doing to get hired. (Plus we have question-and-answer sessions at the end--bring me your questions so I can help you!) Job seekers tell me that they come away from these training sessions with renewed enthusiasm and motivation!

Find out more about Career Confidential's Job Search and Interview Training Webinars.


Marine Transitions to Private Sector Job - 'Your program works!'

job offer In honor of Veterans Day, I wanted to share this story with you. Many people from the military have trouble transitioning to civilian jobs simply because they don't present or market themselves to private sector employers as well as they need to. In other words, they have the skill sets but they don't effectively communicate them and how they translate.

Michael used a 30-60-90-day plan as a tool to show in the interview how he would tackle the job (in addition to other job search strategies)--and as he said, the result was 'truly magnificent':

Upon my retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps, I aggressively sought opportunities to transition (rebranding) to a new career. Part of my strategy was to participate in your Career Confidential program. After almost fifteen months, I am happy to report I have scored a major job with a very good organization.

Your program works. I am happy to say I applied as many of the techniques and procedures your team recommended and the yield was truly magnificent. For example, the 30/60/90 plan left my current employer speechless.

So impressed was my initial interview that I was flown within forty-eight hours of the initial interview to the corporate HQ to meet with the C-Suite executive team. Again, I was fully prepared with in-depth knowledge of the organization and had my 30/60/90 day plan specifically designed for the individuals I was scheduled to meet. I had extra copies that came in handy when I was unexpectedly asked to meet with additional senior level staff.

Again, the program works and for that I thank you...

Michael H.

I think that EVERYONE needs to bring a 30-60-90-day plan to their job interviews because it has this kind of effect for them--and it's especially great for those who are transitioning to a new kind of job or role, no matter who it is. Find out more about 30-60-90-Day Plans now.

I am thrilled that the plan was able to help this Marine get a great job. Michael, congratulations and I wish you the best of luck.

To all veterans and service men and women: Thank you for your service to our great nation!


How and Why Your LinkedIn Profile and Resume Aren’t the Same Thing

LinkedIn profile resumeWhen you are looking for employment, there are many tools at your disposal. Some of them are online, and a few of them are off. One of the most powerful online platforms for professionals is LinkedIn. This social platform is different from many other online networks because it caters to the professional. For anyone looking for a job in today’s competitive market, having an executive LinkedIn profile is a must. However, your executive profile on LinkedIn is meant to be much more than a place to post your resume. There are some distinct differences between the two.


Monday Motivator for Your Job Search - Bring That Little 'Extra'

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Some of the most common questions I hear from job seekers are, 'What's the best way to stand out from the crowd for employers?' and 'What will make them notice me?'

The answer is this:  the best way to stand out is to do more than others.

Don't just write a standard resume...take the time to learn what makes a resume stand out and sell you.

Don't send a boring, standard form cover letter...find out how to write a cover letter that will want to make them read your resume.

Don't show up at the interview without being as prepared as you can possibly be...which means: do your pre-interview research, practice answering interview questions, and create a 30-60-90-day plan.

All these things are the 'extra' touches that set  you apart from other job seekers--and anyone can do them.

Click the links above to find out more, and attend one of my free Job Search Training Webinars where I show  you what you need to be doing to get hired. (Plus we have question-and-answer sessions at the end--bring me your questions so I can help you!)


Interview Prep Gets the Job in Information Systems

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Good Job Interview Prep Makes You Stand Out!

Good interview prep can absolutely help you get the job...but what does 'interview prep' really mean? Researching the company? Yes--but wait, there's more.

Good interview prep also means:

  • learning how to present yourself more positively to employers
  • practicing better communication skills and techniques
  • preparing for not just the interview, but also the actual job with a 30 60 90 day plan

Being the best-prepared candidate helps you get the job.

Here's how Ting Zhao used all these tips and more, and had a GREAT interview:


Thank you so much for your great tips...

...thank you for your closing tips on your video. The technique was powerful. I used it with the end of my interview. I literally got them all to say "yes". Even though I was not able to get the boss' boss to make a commitment on the spot, he was impressed with everything I shared with him.

...I asked permission to show my 30/60/90 day plan without hesitation when the hiring manager's boss asked me if I had any questions...

Finally, here is my "tell me about yourself" pitch:

I am an eCommerce solution architect and information systems expert. I specialize in user experience and 3rd party content integration. My passion is to help businesses build a 5-STAR award-winning eCommerce site that delights your customers, awards your shareholders and makes your associates proud.

Then, I handed over a presentation of my last eCommerce project.

...Take care and be well until next time!
Ting Zhao

p.s. In addition to my brag book and my 30/60/90 day plan, I printed out their job description and highlighted my qualifications. My goal was to keep them on track.  I also prepared some slides to show my past performance that demonstrated my qualifications for each job requirement. That worked really well.

p.p.s. I got a remark. "You are the most prepared candidate. We had so many candidates. Nobody was this prepared."


Find out more about some of these concepts here:

Download a Free Guide to Job Interview Prep!


Take a Game Changer to Your Job Interview

30 60 90 day plan for job interviewWhy do I insist that my candidates bring a 30-60-90-day plan to their job interviews?

Because it gets them hired.

>Find Out Why Here<

If you are getting interviews but not offers, take a look at what this plan can do for you:

30-60-90-Day Action Plan (if you are not in a sales role)

30-60-90-Day Sales Plan (a MUST for sales interviews)

30-60-90-Day Plan for Managers (show your analytic thinking and management skills)

30-60-90-Day Plan for Executives (show your strategic thinking and planning skills)

See what others have experienced with these plans: