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‘I got my targeted job with my dream company!’

DonnyOsmondJobseekerPeggy,

Just had to share - yesterday I accepted an offer for my targeted job with my dream company! Specifically mentioned was that no other person had taken the initiative to submit a 30/60/90 plan. I was told that it was one of several points that elevated me above my competition and showed my dedication to going above and beyond what was required and instead do what was necessary.

I can't thank you enough!

John

30-60-90-Day Plans absolutely help you stand head and shoulders above your competition.

If you have an interview for your dream job coming up, you need to bring a 30-60-90-Day Action Plan to make sure you get it.

Read more about 30-60-90-Day Plans here.

Best LinkedIn Groups for Job Seekers

LinkedInAs a career coach, I see many job seekers making a big job search mistake on LinkedIn.  What's the mistake? Choosing the wrong groups.

Lots of job seekers think, "I'm looking for a job, so where should I be on LinkedIn? Job Seeker groups."  That has a certain logic, but it's the wrong conclusion.

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Job Interview Questions and Answers – How to Avoid the ‘Deer in the Headlights’ Syndrome

canstockphoto13347250One of the worst things that can happen to you in a job interview is to get a tough interview question that makes you freeze, like a deer in the headlights.  You are surprised, you don't know which way to go, and so you just sit there waiting for disaster.

Most of the interview questions that make you freeze are questions like, "What's your greatest achievement?" or "What's your greatest failure?" or "What have you done that makes you a great fit for this job?" Even if you can answer those, you can easily get stuck when they follow up your answer with "How did you do that?" or "What happened?"

Here's a great exercise that will really prepare you to answer the toughest interview questions:

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Sales Job Interview – What Questions Should You Ask the Employer?

sales job interview questionsGot a sales job interview in your future?  You need to know what really sets you apart from your competition.

Besides a great resume, good grooming, punctuality, and good answers to interview questions, what separates you from your competition is the questions you ask.

Asking the right questions will show that you:

  1. have the confidence to ask the questions
  2. have thought about this job and how you'd be successful
  3. think strategically

Quick story

Once I had an entry-level sales candidate call me right before her phone interview. She said, “Hey, do you mind if I ask you a couple questions? I want you to tell me, without  worrying about hurting my feelings, what are my weaknesses and what do you perceive are my strengths?”

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Monday Motivator – It’s What You Do

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It is not what happens to you that determines how far you go in life; it is what you do with what happens to you.
- Zig Ziglar

 

If you've been laid off or even got fired; if you made a mistake in taking the job you have; if you've been struggling in the job search for months with no end in sight...let Zig Ziglar inspire you today.

What Zig is saying is that those circumstances don't define you or limit you.  It's all about your response.  It's what you do with it and about it.  It's turning lemons into lemonade.

I've coached people with situations worse than yours, and they were still able to move forward to success.  You can, too. It's all in what you do now. Take action and expect success.

If you need some extra help in figuring out how to get past the obstacle in your way, give me a call.  I'd love to coach you on to success.

Find out about Career Coaching here.

 

‘I’ve been offered 3 jobs!’

TACI received this fantastic email from a TAC (Total Access Coaching) Club member:

WOW, you did it again!   Since signing up for CC job seeking advice, I have been offered THREE positions.  Yes, that's right, THREE positions!  I followed every word of your advice and it produced the results for me.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  It was the best investment I've ever made in myself!

- Connie B.

I love that Connie talks about investing in herself.  We all need to invest in ourselves with knowledge, tools, or effort to be more, stronger, and better than we were before. Investments in yourself pay off. It paid off for Connie in 3 job offers.  Imagine having a choice of 3 job offers!

What's TAC?  Total Access Coaching Club is (basically) all of Career Confidential's tools combined with direct, biweekly coaching from Carl and me.  It's the ultimate job search success toolkit.  Check out TAC here.

 

Observations From a Hiring Manager For Your Interviews (How to Answer Interview Questions)

canstockphoto3149152I received this great comment from a hiring manager on interviewing, and thought her insights would help you in your next interview, when you answer interview questions.

My observations as a hiring manager are in line with what you are saying in this video. I've interviewed candidates for a position in software development team and asked them a standard question: "Where do you see yourself in three years?" Many responded enthusiastically, "I want to be a manager", not realizing that this be viewed as a threat to the continuous employment of a manager :) A safer answer is "I want to be a senior programmer."

The biggest assumption people make is that if they tell you what they did, you will understand that they will and can do the job. I think this approach is far from perfect, and they will be better understood if they spell this out explicitly. For example, "I can support Oracle database and resolve performance issues because I have such and such experience to rely upon." What I heard often was "I am passionate about Oracle and done a lot of Oracle programming" - how [your passion helps] me was not spelled out for me.

Just my 2c

Cheers,

Olga

The video Olga refers to is this one:  The 4 Unasked Job Interview Questions You MUST Answer

The big ideas here are to remember who you're speaking with and adjust your answers accordingly, and give evidence-based answers (especially quantified ones that include numbers, dollars, and percentages) instead of only talking about your passion.  Passion and enthusiasm are good, but evidence is better.

If you'd like great answers to specific interview questions, check out my blog series, How to Answer Interview Questions.

 

How to Do an Action Plan for Your Job Interview

Interview2Preparing an action plan for your job interview is the best job interview prep in the world.  It will help you speak more confidently about your ability to do the job, and demonstrate that you are someone who not only can do the job, but will do it and be very successful at it.

How do you do an action plan for your job interview?

The best way to come up with an action plan is just like with any other goal:  break it into smaller goals and figure out the steps to reach those.

An action plan can refer to any length of time you'd like--from 30 days to a year.  Most people use an action plan for the first 90 days, or a 30-60-90-Day Plan.

When you break up your plan into 30-day increments, it becomes easier to figure out what you should be doing in each section.

The first 30 days normally focuses on learning the ropes:  meeting co-workers, support teams, customers, clients; learning software and systems; and getting settled into the job.

The next 30 days (60-day section) usually finds you digging deeper, past the surface stuff.  You're learning more details and becoming familiar with the job and the company, and you're getting feedback on how you've done so far.

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Monday Motivator – Take the Shot

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You miss 100% of the shots
you don’t take.
- Wayne Gretzky

 

If you're ever afraid to make that call or contact that hiring manager, think about this:  You may not get the interview from that effort, but if you don't make the effort, you definitely won't.

It's always going to be worth it to take the shot.

So this week, contact your network and contact those hiring managers.  Do the thing you're afraid to do.  Take the shot. Take the chance.

If you need help with figuring out how to find hiring managers or knowing what to say to them, check out my Hidden Jobs Finder.

 

‘2 Weeks – 3 Interviews – 3 Offers’

TACThis is the kind of letter I love to get from TAC (Total Access Coaching) Club members:

I got a job! Thank you all so much for your help. I have used the tools and in less than 2 weeks I went on 3 interviews and received written offers from each position. I took the 3rd position and had my first day today! WOW! Awesome support, tools and coaching from Peggy, Carl and the rest of the Staff. Thank you!

- D. Long

What's TAC?  Total Access Coaching Club is (basically) all of Career Confidential's tools combined with direct, biweekly coaching from Carl and me.  It's the ultimate job search success toolkit.  Check out TAC here.

 

Executive Career Coaching Services

peggy-redshirt158X210 - Copy (2)Why would you need Executive Career Coaching?

  • Because you want to job search with no mistakes
  • Because you want to navigate your way through the job search quickly
  • Because you've gotten burned by your last company and are struggling
  • Because you want to climb to the C-Suite fast
  • Because you want to change industries
  • Because you want to move to a bigger company or better opportunity

All these reasons are great reasons to hire an executive career coach.

A coach can help you where you may not be able to help yourself.  If Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and Deion Sanders all needed coaches to climb to the top of their game, then it shouldn't surprise you that a coach can help you climb to the top of yours.

If you are great at your job--strategic, proactive, problem-solving, growth-oriented--but not so great at promoting yourself, you need a career coach.  We can help you break a bottleneck or catapult you forward in your career.

If you are stumbling or even paralyzed by what happened in your last company, you need a career coach.  I recently coached an executive who was so shaken up by being laid off that he stuttered when talking about it.  In one session, we came up with a new way to talk about it so he got his confidence back--and got a job.

If your resume and LinkedIn profile aren't getting you called or contacted, you could use the expertise of a career coach.

If you can't find opportunities that fit your level of experience and expertise, you could use a career coach. I helped someone who'd been laid off from a Director position land a COO job with a $40,000 pay raise within 2 months.  He'd expected to be out of work for at least 6 months.

If you are getting interviews but no offers, you need a career coach. Let me give you another example:  I recently coached an executive who'd been out of work for 5 months.  He got interviews, but no offers.  He had told his wife to get used to cutting back, because even though they used to make $120,000, he didn't see how he could get any more than $90,000--when he eventually found something.  I coached him for 1 hour, and taught him how to directly contact decision-makers.  Within 24 hours of sending 30 messages, he had 2 Face to Face interviews scheduled:  one was with a major company in the auto industry, and the other was with a $7B company within 30 miles of his house that he'd never heard of.  End result:  he got a great job at the level he had made before.

Whatever issue you have...if you are not where you want to be, or you're just ready to make things happen, give me a call at (800) 691-2562.  I'd love to work with you and get you to the top, too.

Find out more about Executive Career Coaching here.

 

 

 

How to Interview for a Sales Position

Sales job interviews are different from other job interviews.

Watch this video to see how they're different, and then check out the tips below for how to prepare for a sales interview.

 

  • Prepare for a behavioral event interview. Hiring managers in sales like these because it helps them see how you'll represent the company in everyday situations, as well as in difficult situations like the ones you'll surely be in on the new job. Examples of how you've handled things in the past provide evidence they can use to determine whether you're a good fit for the job. Think about possible behavioral interview questions for a sales position and come up with outstanding examples of your fine selling and customer service skills.
  • Quantify your interview answers as much as possible. This means providing examples in terms of numbers, dollars, and percentages. The job of a sales rep is to ring the cash register, so show how you've done that.
  • Bring a 30-60-90-Day Sales Plan. Show your future sales manager how you'd attack the job in the first 90 days. It shows who you are and what you can do, and is the best tool for showing you're the one they should hire.

60 Day Interview Plan

InterviewThe better prepared you are, the more confident you will be in any job interview. If you're prepared and confident, you can better accomplish your job interview goals: (1) to demonstrate what you can do and how you can be successful; and (2) that you are the strategic-thinking problem solver they need on their team. The very best way to prepare for top performance in any job interview and accomplish your goals (and get the offer) is to create a 60-Day Interview Plan.

What is a 60 Day Interview Plan and how do you write one?

A 60 Day Interview Plan is simply a plan, or strategy, for how you will attack your new job in the first 2 months. (Some people do a 30-Day Business Plan, others do a 90-Day Plan, or a 30-60-90-Day Plan.) If you're creating a 60-Day Plan, it's most common to break that up into two 30-day sections.

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Monday Motivator – Follow Through

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When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word "succeed," you find that it simply means to follow through.
- F. W. Nichol

 

If 'succeed' means to follow through, what does that mean for your job search?

I think it means to follow through with the process, which to me means to follow up.

Too many job seekers don't follow up after their interviews.  They go to the interview, have that conversation, and then sit back and wait.  But if you're following through to success, you aren't just waiting.  You are still going after that job.  You are following up after that interview with thank you notes, phone calls, and emails until that job offer is in your hand.

To help you today, I want to give you a Free Report on how to follow up after the interview.

This report will help you write your thank you note, tell you when it's OK to call, and tell you what to say when you do.  It will make sure that you follow through to success.

Get your free Follow Up Report here.

 

‘Over 50 Career Change – Count Me Another Success Story!’

canstockphoto9945661Here is a fantastic job search success story from Eleanor, who got a job she is very excited about in a whole new industry as an ‘Over 50’ white-haired job seeker. Read her story to see how she did it.

In Eleanor’s story she mentions TAC, which is Career Confidential’s Total Access Club, and the 30-60-90-Day Plan, which comes FREE with TAC membership.

 

Hi Peggy and Carl,

I have some great news!

Last Thursday I wasn’t on the [TAC] call because I was at my second interview—a lunch with my prospective team. My first interview had been with the company president and operations head. Time constraints prevented me from presenting my 30 60 90 Day Action Plan, so in my thank you email, I mentioned wishing we had had more time because I would have loved their feedback on the Plan I wasn’t able to present. The operations head instead asked me to present it at my second interview with the entire team….Got some really good feedback from the team during my presentation, fleshing some of it out. I was taking notes.

There was a team meeting Thursday afternoon. The President saw the plan at that point, and was apparently even happier that he had already given me a thumbs up. By the end of day I had the job offer. I start tomorrow.

As you may remember, I am well over 50 and have white hair (since I was 30!!)…I have been in nonprofit fundraising for quite a while. I am no longer. Hallelujah! …

My new position (75% FT—30 hours a week in my new world) is as Client Services Manager for a startup firm that has a great client feedback tool that allows businesses to send a short (6-8 questions) survey to clients at certain touchpoints in a project…After enough surveys have been sent and completed, there are reports that indicate long-term trends that can help companies make some really good decisions in terms of best practices, assigning personnel to projects, etc. The company has grown to a point where they really need someone to make sure clients are well-cared for, and implementation of the client feedback process for them is managed well. That would be me.

They liked the 30 60 90 Day Plan so much, it looks as though I will be doing 30 60 90 Day Implementation Plans and having a PP presentation for each client so we all stay on track!

I have learned so much from both of you as a member of TAC. Because this is a huge industry shift for me, I was grilled both by the president and my team, and was able to effectively answer in a way that showed them I am a good fit for the job. I usually do interview well, but some of the things I’ve heard over these many months gave me both language and perspective I didn’t have before.

The parent company has been recognized as one of the best small businesses to work for in the country! The two companies share the same president. The President actually told me in my first interview that most architects don’t hit the right stride in their company until they are 60, which told me upfront that they value maturity and experience. You kept saying, Peggy, to look at the small companies [as an older job seeker]. I can say “Amen” to that.

And because of your teaching us how to sell ourselves, I actually have language to speak with and understand our Sales person. He and I will be working very closely together, so I have one less thing to learn. Helpful since I need to learn an entire industry!

Thank you so-o-o much for everything that you offer. And for the great interaction between the two of you, and for your honesty in all your presentations and how you answer questions. I have really enjoyed what has been a difficult time in some ways.

Count me as another success story.

Eleanor M.

 

Get the job you want (even in a brand-new industry) with Total Access Club!