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How a Med Tech Moved From the Bench to the Medical Sales Team

Medical Sales Rep - CopyIt can be a difficult, intensely competitive process for a medical technologist to move from the bench into medical sales.  I have a great example of how Jenn did this (even beating out two other candidates with sales experience), and wanted to share the story with you so you can gain some insight for yourself:

Dear Peggy,

Thank you! ...I have just accepted a promotion that will move me from the bench (I'm a medical technologist) into sales with my company. This opportunity will do wonders for my career options and my ability to keep providing for my family in this economy. The competition was intense. I made it through:

  • an initial on-line skills test
  • a 3rd party personality test
  • a phone interview
  • a face to face interview with the hiring manager
  • a second interview with the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for my division

I read your article about what it takes for med techs in particular to transition into sales and I vowed I would be one of the few who could do it successfully. I used your insight on that to tailor my interview answers towards highlighting my product knowledge, existing client relationships, and adaptability.

I studied for each step by reading everything you had to say and viewing all your videos. I went into the interviews armed with a brag book, a 30/60/90 day plan, and several letters of recommendation from current clients I already worked with that I presented as evidence of my ability to sell myself. It worked!

I found out later that there was a lot of behind the scenes political pressure to hire a candidate with outside sales experience,instead of promoting from within. There were at least two other candidates with sales experience I was up against. The hiring manager told me later that "You nailed it", "You overcame all our objections", "I was about to move on and wrap up the first interview when you brought out your plan and changed my mind" and that the VP told her after the second interview "She just closed this with no sales experience!"

Thank you, sincerely, for all your effort with your company, your blog, and your videos. Your insight helped me immeasurably. You make a difference in people's lives by doing what you do! ...I will be advocating for you on my personal blog as well as on twitter and in real life, and in the future should I need career coaching you are my go-to resource! Thanks again!

Jenn Mangino, BS, MT(ASCP) and now Key Account Executive!

Moving from the lab into sales can be hard work, but it can be done!

Here are links to two interview tools that Jenn used to get her medical sales job:

And here is a comprehensive, step-by-step resource that will give you a lot of direction and coaching from me:  How to Get Into Medical Sales.

 

Unusually Awesome Career Paths You Should Consider

Unusual-Career-PathChoosing a career path is never simple or straightforward. And the problem is these days, people are expected to know exactly what they want to do at a young age. Don’t feel like you have to decide on a permanent career when you’re young. You might change your mind and your career path many times throughout your life. And that’s okay. The most important thing is to try to find something you love.

This might involve a bit of work and quite a lot of research. You’ll have to prepare the perfect resume, and you’ll need to go about applying for jobs. This can be a long and frustrating process, so you need to prepare for disappointment. But this shouldn’t put you off. Try to make yourself stand out from the crowd, and then you’ll be more noticeable.                                                                                     Image Source

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Amazon.com – Salary Negotiations: How to Handle Questions About Salary

If you've ever felt uncomfortable or uncertain when asked about salary in an interview, or discussing a compensation package with benefits in a job offer, or felt that you didn't get everything you could have, then you NEED this new report on Salary Negotiations (available on Amazon).

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You CAN comfortably and professionally discuss salary, compensation, and benefits with potential employers--AND get a better job offer!

Read this report so you can discover:

• How To Find Out What You’re Worth In Terms Of Salary

• How To Deflect Salary Questions In the Interview

• Why Employers Would Rescind An Offer—So You Can Avoid Mistakes

• How To “Set The Bias” For A Higher Salary / Benefits Offer

• Put The Employer On Your Side (Instead Of Setting Them Up As An Adversary)

Words, Phrases, And Responses That Guarantee You The Best Offer Possible

If you do even a LITTLE of what I tell you to do in this report, it will be a whole lot more than you’ve done before. You’ll get such great results from it that you’ll feel empowered and you’ll be stronger next time. So then, next time you’ll be better, and the time after that you’ll be even better. Each time, you’ll get better offers.

Get the Salary Negotiations Report right now.

PS - You will see a couple of cranky reviews about this book--don't pay attention, because these were pre-revision.  I listened to what they said and responded with this version. I just uploaded the new, improved and EXPANDED version of this book yesterday (May 20, 2015).   Enjoy!

 

Amazon.com – How to Answer Interview Questions (How do you set and achieve goals?)

Amazon_LogoSay you're asked this in a job interview:

Give an example of how you set goals and achieve them.

What will you say?

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Dance!

FlowerOpportunity dances with
those on the dance floor.
- Anonymous

You will never hear about that perfect job or get that great interview if you don't get out there and find it.  So get out there on that job search "dance floor."

1)  Tell EVERYONE you know that you're looking for a new job--friends, family, acquaintances, past co-workers, customers/clients, Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections, former bosses, your hair stylist, your barista...the list goes on.

2)  Contact hiring managers directly (no online applications) about working for them.

If you get truly serious and take this kind of action (most job seekers won't), you will be surprised at the opportunities you find.  So...

Take Action.  (See #1 Way to Boost Your Confidence)

Network.

Contact a Hiring Manager (or 100 Hiring Managers).

Dance with Opportunity.

If you need some motivation this week to take action, I encourage you to attend one of my Free Training Webinars.  I pack my webinars with tons of information and tips you can use today to take action in your job search.  Register now.

 

‘Job Interview Questions and Answers App Most Helpful Interview Tool’

JIQA APP - Copy (2)Hey app users...are you getting ready for an interview?  Here's a comment we got about our (free) Job Interview Questions and Answers app:

I just wanted to tell you that your Job Interview Q&A iPad app was by far the most helpful interview preparation tool I utilized during my job search.  Your tips truly helped me get the job I was seeking – I was prepared, confident and professional during my interviews thanks to you, and I am very grateful for your top notch advice.  Thank you Peggy! You’re a gem.

David E.
Financial Advisor

Learning and practicing your answers to interview questions is one of the most important and helpful things you can do before a job interview.  That's why we created this app (for Android, iPhone, and iPad users).  It lets you watch me deliver great interview answers and lets you practice them and record yourself so you can see and hear how you come across to the interviewer.

This app works for job seekers in all kinds of fields:  finance, accounting, medical, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, law, or any other white-collar job.

Get the Job Interview Questions and Answers App today.

 

How to Talk About a Layoff in Your Phone Interview [VIDEO]

If you've been laid off, you can still ace the phone interview and get hired for a new job.

Layoffs make some job seekers so uncomfortable that they don't do well in phone interviews--so they get screened out immediately. In this video, I'll show you how to address a layoff in your phone interview (and how to do well in the following face-to-face interviews). I'll tell you:

  • What questions interviewers will have for you
  • How to answer their questions so the layoff is no longer an issue
  • How to not only eliminate their fears about you, but make them excited about you in the job
  • How to take the focus off the layoff and put it on the positives you will bring to this organization

Here's more information about some of the things I talk about in the video:

References
Brag Books
30-60-90-Day Plans

Amazon.com – How to Answer Interview Questions (Describe the boss who could get the best work from you.)

Amazon_LogoSay you're asked this in a job interview:

Describe the boss who could get the very best work from you.

What will you say?

This question is looking at fit—how you’ll fit into the organizational culture, and how you’ll fit with the person who would be your boss. Your answer shows your personality, your work style, and your communication skills. It also sheds light on your past relationships.

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Job Interview Mistake: 5 Things You Say That Lose Job Offers

There are words and phrases we all say in everyday language that, if you say them in a job interview, can absolutely kill any chances you have of getting the job.

In the video below, I'll tell you the 5 things you say that lose job offers--and then I'll tell you the 3 things to say that encourage employers to offer you the job. Click on the video to watch.

 

Are you getting ready for an important interview? Download my Free Job Interview Prep Kit! This kit is the ultimate job interview guide that will show you how to research the company, how to prepare for interview questions, how to ask insightful questions, what to wear to the interview, and critical interview dos and don'ts.

5 Awesome Advantages Of A Military Career

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FatJoe-MilitaryHave you ever considered a life in the military? Many U.S.citizens enjoy a long and rewarding life serving their country. It's a career that can give you excellent skills and opportunities. There are advantages, too, such as free medical care and a good pension. But there are other benefits to life in the military that you may not realise, so we thought we would have a look at some of them.

It pays for your education

You can pick up scholarship and grants to attend university and college if you agree to sign up to the military post qualification. It could cover your entire tuition and course costs, as well as providing you that little bit extra for books and living expenses. Depending on your situation, it may even help you pay off your student loans, too. Have a look at some more education benefits at GoArmy.com.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Take Action

FlowerAction is the foundational key
to all success.
- Pablo Picasso

No matter what it is in life--getting an education, having good relationships, getting a job--you can't possibly be successful if you don't take action.  You can be the smartest, most talented, most wonderful person in the world, and it won't matter unless you take action.

Here's why I love this quote for today:  Every week, I speak to job seekers who are not taking some action they need to take. They're waiting to hear about a job, they're trying to keep it from their friends and family, or they're paralyzed by some situation or trauma (like they were fired) and can't move forward. But they must take action or they will not be successful.

You won't be successful every time you take action, but I can guarantee that you will never be successful if you don't.

If you need some motivation this week to take action, I encourage you to attend one of my Free Training Webinars.  I pack my webinars with tons of information and tips you can use today to take action in your job search.  Register now.

 

50+ Year Old Puts Career Confidential Advice Into Action and Gets the Job

Older Businesswoman - CopyAre you in your 50s or 60s and in the job search?  Lots of people in your position find that they have trouble finding a job, getting interviews, or getting hired.  But a job search in your 50s or 60s doesn't have to be difficult...see this story:

Hi Peggy

I would like to let you know for the last few weeks I have been reading and listening to your advice and would like to say a big 'Thank you' to you. I have put your advice into 'action' and was offered a position today from a quality company.

I am in my 50's and looking at the employees it looks as if I will be the most mature of the employees in the company and it did not affect my chances. Your experience, advice and enthusiasm has help me tremendously to have the confidence to answer the questions correctly knowing the reasons behind the questions, so I was armed with the correct tools, to do as you say 'nail that job'.

Thank you once again.

Regards

Connie F.

**Get the advice you need to find jobs, get interviews, and get offers in this free webinar:
5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search.

 

The Hidden Job Market: What It Is and How To Crack It So You Can Find a Job

Job Seekers: have you heard of the "hidden job market"?

It sounds like an urban myth, but it's very real. There are 'hidden' jobs not posted on Monster or Indeed or Simply Hired--and if you can find them, you are in a great position to get an interview and get the offer.

In the video below, I'll tell you more about the hidden job market and how to find these great jobs.

I've developed a tool that finds dozens of hidden jobs for you and puts you in contact with the hiring managers for those jobs. Check it out here: Hidden Jobs Finder. (Other job seekers have had great success with this tool--see our Hidden Jobs Finder Customer Reviews.)

Amazon.com – How to Answer Interview Questions (What will happen a year from now?)

Amazon_LogoSay you're asked this in a job interview:

Assume you come to work here. One year from now you go home at the end of the week and think that this is the best job you've ever had. What happened to make you feel that way?

What will you say?

If you ask others about the best job they’ve ever had, they almost never mention money. (If they do, it’s in relation to “I made great money while I was having fun!”)

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Three Ways a Franchise Can Lower Your Risk

ThreeTired of the 9-to-5 grind?

That has become a quaint expression in today’s economy since most people work far more than 40 hours, and some people are veritably chained to their employers seven days a week via email and text message.

No wonder so many people want to change jobs. More than half of all U.S. workers are not satisfied with their jobs, according to the most recent survey by The Conference Board. Moreover, upwards of 70 percent of them are thinking about changing jobs, according to monster.com.

A better option might be to take complete charge of your career by going into business for yourself.

A great way to lower your risk is to buy a franchise, which offers a multitude of advantages for the new business owner.

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