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Archive for the ‘Jobseekers’ Category

Jake Got a Medical Sales Job in Less Than a Month with Career Confidential Coaching!

If you are struggling in your job search, I hope Jake's story inspires you.  I speak to job seekers every day who only need to change how they approach some part of their job search (resume, finding jobs, getting interviews, interview answers) and they get hired fast--like Jake.

JakeG...Thank you so much for your services.  It literally took less then a month for me to get a job after using your products and putting your advice to work.  I was prepared for the interview, had a solid resume and most importantly found ways to go around recruiters which I would not have done.  It took a lot of work on my end but the service you provided gave me the stepping stones to get there.  I have received a career in medical sales and am thrilled.  ...Thank you once again.

Jake G.

Check out these blog posts to see some of the tips and strategies Jake used:

Write a Resume That Pops!jipkX92

How to Find Unadvertised Jobs and Get Interviews

Job Interview Prep: 7 Essential Tips

Download Career Confidential's Free Job Interview Prep Kit!



Unemployed? You Have Secret Powers!


Sometimes in the midst of a job search, you feel powerless. After all, you don’t make the decision to hire yourself. But you DO have the power to do things like this:

Read more... – Peggy McKee on Offsite Job Interviews

MonsterI'm excited to let you know I was interviewed for a article on Conducting Offsite Job Interviews!  This article by Dona DeZube, Monster Interview Expert, has some great advice on interview setting and strategy when conducting offsite interviews.  I am thrilled to have been a resource--thanks, Dona!

If you are a hiring manager, I encourage you to check out the article (there are also great tips for participating in college career fairs or job fairs from Kelly N. Harris , director of Florida State University’s Career Center and Kelly Kochis, director of the Center for Career Education at Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts).

If you are a job seeker, it's a good idea to see what hiring managers (employers) are thinking of when they conduct these interviews.  There's good advice here for you, too!

Check out the article here:  Interview Settings: Conducting Offsite Job Interviews


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#1 Way to Boost Your Job Search Confidence

As a career coach, I spend a lot of time talking to job seekers about improving their resume, how to answer interview questions, how to find jobs by contacting hiring managers, etc.--but very often the biggest issue in the way of their success is a simple lack of confidence. They're full of fear that keeps them from doing what they need to do to get a job.

Confidence QuoteIf lack of confidence is holding you back in your job search, let me ask you the same question I ask my clients:

"What would someone who didn't care what others thought, or didn't care if the answer was no, do?"

Think about that for a your answer?  Great. Do that.

Make the Call.
Ask the Question.
Show Your Interest.
Reduce their Risk.
Make them Feel some Emotion.

Really. Right now.  There is NO alternative.

Need more? Listen to this audio to build your job search confidence.

Or, schedule some coaching time with me.  I'd love to help you.


Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Look for the Value

FlowerIn every difficult situation
is potential value. Believe this,
then begin looking for it.

- Norman Vincent Peale


No one gets through life or career without trouble.  A job search can be a very difficult situation...maybe you've already lost your job and are looking, or things are difficult enough in your current job that you're looking for a way out. And everyone fails at something at some point.  If you've never failed, you've never taken a risk or tried anything new.

If you're in a difficult job search, I want you to look for the value in it.  What are you learning from this?  Are you going to end up with a better job than what you had before?  Is your new job going to set you up for moving further ahead in your career?  Maybe you're meeting people now who will help you down the road.  Focus on the positive in this situation. Not only will you feel better, you'll come across as a more positive, confident person, which will help you tremendously in your job search.

If you are job searching with some kind of failure in your past, look for the value in it.  What did you learn?  Being able to talk about what you learned from it and how it's made you better going forward is a huge plus in your favor. Check out these blog posts to help you positively answer questions about failure:

How to Answer Interview Questions - Q39 - Tell me about a time when you failed.

How to Answer Interview Questions – Q43 - Tell us about a failed project.

How to Answer Interview Questions – Q63 - What have you learned from your mistakes?

I wish you the best of luck this week!


30-60-90-Day Plan Gets You the Job Even If You Have No Experience

PattyAre you graduating soon? Or maybe you're transitioning from one industry to another?  Either way, your lack of experience could keep you from getting the job you want. Luckily, you can overcome this obstacle with a 30-60-90-day plan for your job interview.  See how it worked for Patty:

Hi Peggy,

I just want to give you a big THANK YOU. I purchased the 30/60/90 Business Plan video. It really walked me through step-by-step on the structure and preparation. I used it on my very next job interview. I was competing with 3 other candidates that were just as qualified. I actually didn't have the exact experience for the position. One of your videos indicated to erase that from your mind--that a company would not have scheduled me for a face-to-face interview if they didn't think I was capable. I kept that in mind during the whole interview. With the help of your videos I was able to prepare for the interview and find a way to present my 30/60/90 day plan. I completely wowed them. Needless to say, I got the job offer. With experience in the job but with no industry experience, I got it because of your videos...I am so grateful. Thank you!!!


Patty, we are thrilled for you.

If you know you want the edge that a 30-60-90-Day Plan will give you in your job interview...

Best of luck!


Top 10 Tips to Find and Get the Job You Want

Get the balance you crave in your life with a Franchise

kGReQyJIWhether you’re ready to slow it down after a lifetime in the workforce, or to restart your career after primarily being home with your kids, franchising has multiple opportunities for you to work at home.

Locating your business at home allows you to set your work hours around the needs of your life. So you can watch your grand-daughter’s afternoon softball game or take your kids to school without spending valuable time commuting. Or have more time to pursue hobbies or volunteer activities.

Working at home, in fact, is a growing trend, having increased 46 percent between 1997 and 2010, for people who work at least one day per week at home, according to the U.S. Census.

Increasing numbers of full-time workers are setting up their businesses at home, thanks to new technology that allows us to easily connect via the Internet. In its most recent survey, the Census reported that more than half of all businesses that responded to its 2007 Survey of Business Owners operated out of someone’s home.


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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Success is the Sum of Small Efforts

FlowerSuccess is the sum of small efforts,
repeated day-in and day-out.

- Robert Collier

If you do just a little bit every day to make yourself stronger or better, then before long you'll be significantly better, stronger, and more than you were before.

In a job search, that means learning something or doing something new every day to make you stronger or move you forward--improving your resume, finding employers or hiring managers to send it to, adding something new to your brag book, connecting with someone on LinkedIn, or even just taking the time to do something positive for yourself.  One guy I know started working out while he was between jobs--it didn't take him long to lose 50 pounds, and he felt amazing.  Maybe you need to read something motivating or speak to someone who's a positive influence.

In your career life, that may mean doing a lot of those same things, but also making a regular effort to connect with people in your network.  Here's an excerpt from 4 Easy Networking Tips for Your Job Search and Career:

Every 3-6 months, send an e-mail to everyone you have an email address for.  This should be people you have something in common with:  you used to work with them, your spouse works with them, you went to school with them, you were/are in some kind of a group with them, and so on.  These don’t have to be close relationships–acquaintances are fine.  Your email should say something like,  “Hi, this is Peggy.  It’s been a long time since we’ve talked.  I’m still at ____________________, still doing _____________.  If you need anything, please give me a call.  Here are my phone numbers if you need to get in touch with me or give someone else my contact information if I can assist them.  If your personal e-mail has changed, please let me know.” If you can and it makes sense, offer them something--this can be something you know they need help with, an article that's relevant for them, or even just a bit of news they might be interested in.  This little "Hi" will keep you in their minds so that when an opportunity DOES come up, they are likely to think of you.  (Facebook and LinkedIn updates don't count.  You need this more 'personal' touch.)

One very positive thing to do this week to move you forward in your job search is to attend one of my Free Training Webinars.  Those who attend tell me they come away feeling refreshed, motivated, and armed with great new tips for job search success.

I wish you the best of luck this week!


30-60-90-Day Plan Helps Nurse Practitioner Get Job Offer

Stock PhotoI wanted to share this wonderful note from a nurse practitioner to show you that 30-60-90-day plans can work in the healthcare field, and they can help students.  She got her job before she finished her degree.  See how she did it:

Dear Peggy,

I want to express my thanks and gratitude for your 30-60-90 Day Plan. I borrowed money from my Mom to pay for the program in October 20XX. I was starting to look for and apply for nurse practitioner positions before graduating from my nurse practitioner program. I was very scared and I didn't have much confidence in my ability to interview or even that hiring managers would look at my resume since I wasn't yet done with school.

My Mom sent an email of yours to me and I was interested in improving my chances of being noticed during the interview. I watched your YouTube videos and read your blog, but I knew I needed something more. The 30-60-90 Day plan was perfect. I listened to the presentations and created my own personal plan to present to hiring managers. I created it in color and sent them to Staples so that they could be printed in high quality ink and on heavy paper stock. I scored 6 interviews in the month of November and was presented with a generous offer the first week in December. I accepted the offer within a few days, it was that good.

After accepting the offer, the hiring manager said that it wasn't as much the content of the presentation that was impressive, but the fact that I had a personalized presentation prepared for the first interview. So while I study for my nurse practitioner boards, I have a nurse practitioner job waiting for me. That is a huge weight off of my shoulders. While other students may have to interview and prepare and plan for interviews or apply for jobs while they study, I am able to focus on studying full time. That is an amazing gift.

I wanted to share this with you because you are so good at what you do and it's wonderful that you are able to share your expertise and knowledge with other people, especially during a time when the job market is so competitive. Your program gave me the edge I needed to edge out other candidates with more experience than I had, which is priceless. It even improved my confidence overall, as I started to value myself differently and speak confidently about who I was and what I was able to do. So these skills have extended outside of the interview and hiring process and into other areas of my life. Who knew?

Blessings to you, your family, your team, your pets, everyone involved in allowing you to do what you do and to do it so well.

All the best,

P. Martin, RN MSN (soon to be ANP-BC)

I love that not only did the 30-60-90-Day Plan help her get the job she wanted, it also improved her self-confidence in other areas of her life.  These are life-changing tools!

Get my 30-60-90-Day Plan for your job interview!


3 Simple Ways To Dramatically Improve Your Resume Today

123 - CopyRecruiters and employers sift through stacks of resumes very quickly, so your resume needs to grab attention fast. What makes a resume stand out and get you the interview?

First, your resume must be easy to read (bullet points, not paragraphs) and error-free.  Mistakes will get your resume dumped fast. Beyond these basics, here are 3 simple ways to rev up your resume:

1 - Quantify Your Accomplishments

Sales resumes should absolutely, without question, show your performance numbers--sales numbers, rankings, etc.  But even if you aren't remotely connected to sales, quantifying your accomplishments (using numbers, dollars, and percentages to describe what you've done) will grab attention and show that you'll be a great asset.  (See How to Write a Resume That POPS)


How to Prepare for a Job Interview: 7 Steps to ‘Crush’ It and Get the Offer

Portrait of business womanThe #1 Job Interview Rule for Crushing The Interview is:

You Must Be As Prepared As Or Better Prepared Than Your Competition.

An interview begins long before you step in front of the interviewer. Wise job seekers will prepare with this in mind. The best-prepared candidate makes the best impression, has the best interview, and almost always gets the offer.  When you get the interview, follow these steps:

Step 1 - Research the Company (and Interviewer)

Know as much as you can about the company's history, products/services, sales processes (if you're in sales), finances, plans, recent news, noteworthy executives, physical locations, operating challenges, operational approaches, and anything else you can find out prior to stepping into the room.  Do an internet search, but also check out LinkedIn and your network. Reach out to contacts, check blogs, and try to get the inside story on what is happening at your prospective company (and be prepared to talk about it).


5 Job Interview Thank You Note Tips (with Sample Thank You Note)

Thank-YouJob Interview Thank You Notes or Thank You Email Tips


1.  Send a thank you note.  Everybody knows that you should send a thank you note after your interview, and yet many people don’t.  Thank you notes make you stand out from the other candidates, and really can make the difference in whether or not you get the job.

2.  Write a substantial note--not a form letter.  This is another opportunity to point out a key item or two in your favor.  It should mention that you enjoyed talking with them, some additional thoughts about how you and your skills are a great fit, and what you learned that makes you even more enthusiastic about working there. See this Sample Thank You Note.


Communication Coach for US Job Market (ESL)

peggy-redshirt158X210 - Copy (3)Is English your second language (ESL)?  This can cause significant communication problems during job interviews with US companies.  These problems can keep you from getting the jobs you are qualified for.

I've worked with many job seekers from China, Japan, Mexico, France, and Dubai, among others, to help them overcome language and/or cultural barriers so they can communicate more effectively in job interviews.

How a Coach Can Help

For instance, I just got off the phone with a highly skilled job seeker from China.  She knew that her phone interviews weren't going well, but she didn't realize just how much trouble she was having until she worked with a coach.


Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Just Do It

FlowerNothing will ever be attempted
if all possible objections
must first be overcome.

- Samuel Johnson


Job searching can be a scary, uncertain time.  That's why it's all too easy to come up with all kinds of reasons you shouldn't do something:

"I can't apply for that job because I don't have the number of years of experience they're asking for."

"I can't apply because I don't know that software as well as I should."

"I can't contact the hiring manager because the listing says, 'Do not call.'" 

"I can't email John Smith from my old job because I haven't spoken to him in 5 years."

If you're a job seeker, chances are that you can probably come up with objections all day long.

The truth is that: