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How to Answer Interview Questions About Your Failures

How to Answer Interview Questions About Your FailuresInterview questions about your failures can be some of the most difficult to answer. You need to find a good balance between acknowledging the failure, making sure it isn't one that would reflect poorly on your ability to do the job you're interviewing for, and show that you learned from it so that now you are someone they want to hire.

Below are 5 possible interview questions you could be asked about your failures. Click on the question to see how to strategically and effectively answer it.

Discover the best answers to 202 tough job interview questions when you order How to Answer Interview Questions and How to Answer Interview Questions II, both available on Amazon.

 

How to Use Your Resume to Change Careers

resume writing tips for a career changeWriting a resume can be a daunting and tedious task. Between trying to figure out where to start and knowing what to include, creating a resume for a career change is even more difficult. Since a cover letter is crucial to your chances of getting noticed, opting to use a cover letter writing service is a great option. If that part of the process can be handled by a pro, writing the resume itself won’t seem quite so intimidating.

Are You Using a Functional Resume? Don’t!

First, let’s get familiar with the term functional resume. A functional resume is one that highlights certain skills, instead of the traditional chronological format. Those looking to change careers should use this technique to draw attention away from their former job titles and play up skills that may be relevant in their new desired field. This sounds like a great idea, except there’s only one problem: recruiters and hiring managers are all too aware of this method. They know you’re trying to hide something. They’ve seen it a million times, and it’s sure to get your resume in the trashcan.

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How to Answer Interview Questions If You Were Fired or Laid Off

Best Interview Answers if You Were Fired or Laid OffIf you were fired or laid off in your last position (or in recent years) you will almost certainly be asked about it in the interview. These can be difficult questions that can make even the strongest candidates stumble.

All you need to do is think about these questions ahead of time and prepare good, solid answers to their inevitable questions. Below are # questions you may be asked if you were terminated for whatever reason. Click on the question to go to the answer.

Discover the best answers to 202 tough job interview questions when you order How to Answer Interview Questions and How to Answer Interview Questions II, both available on Amazon.

 

How to Highlight Yourself in Your Resume

How to Highlight Yourself in Your ResumeResumes have one sole objective: to illustrate to a recruiter or hiring manager how you’re the best person to serve the company you want to work for. If you’re in the process of writing a professional resume, you should keep the concept of selling yourself to an employer in mind. Think about the desires an employer seeks in a potential employee as you describe yourself and how you are the best person available. Of course, this can be trickier than it sounds. To learn how to do this, we have a few handy pieces of advice for you. Here is some of the best information you can include on your resume to help yourself stand out.

Talk About Your Skills

Including a section that specifically highlights your ‘Core Competencies’ (and is titled as such) will help you bypass the automation that sorts through applicants and gets hiring managers to give you a closer look. Use the job listing you originally found as your guide by paraphrasing some of the requirements listed there. Apply them to your own previous work experiences by discussing how you’ve fulfilled these duties at your old workplaces.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Know People

The secret of my success
is a two word answer:
Know people.

~ Harvey Firestone

 

Harvey Firestone (founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company) knew a thing or two about how to be successful.

People are important to our job search and career success--we learn from them, ask for favors (and grant them), make connections to others that we may otherwise never meet, and more. Never discount their importance to your success.

If you'd like some insights into how to easily cultivate those kinds of relationships that will benefit you throughout your career and life, check out my ebook on Amazon, Networking Effectively: How to Build Your Network for Career Success

Networking isn't always something we like to do, or remember to take the time to do, but it can be a lot easier than you think, and it will be worth the time you invest in it.

 

30-60-90-Day Plan Secures Job in Non-Profit

30 60 90 day plan for non profit job interviewMany job seekers mistakenly think that a 30-60-90-day plan can only help in sales job interviews--but that isn't true. We've seen people in education, healthcare, finance, accounting, administration, operations, engineering, project management, management and executive level roles, and so many more.

Today's success story is from someone who used the 30 60 90 day plan to secure a role in the non-profit world--and who used it in salary negotiations to receive a better offer:

Dear Peggy,

I'm writing to you today to let you know, and to let others who are looking for a great job know, that your 306090 works, and delivers results!  I'm so happy to report to you that the document I prepared using the 306090 day template worked fabulously. I used your technique to develop my 306090 for my non-profit world.  I'm sure that it was instrumental in the decision my (soon to be new) employer made about hiring me.  I'm also sure it helped me in my salary negotiations.  Thank you for such a great strategy and product.

My best to you,

R.B.

Here is the 30-60-90-Day Plan that R.B. used:  30 60 90 Day Action Plan

We also offer plan templates and coaching for other needs:

30 60 90 Day Sales Plan

30 60 90 Day Plan for Managers

30 60 90 Day Plan for Executives

Get the best job offer possible with great negotiation tips - Jack Chapman Tells How to Make $1000 a Minute

 

In Today’s Tough Labor Market, Smart Clinical Labs Are Using Social Media, LinkedIn to Recruit and Retain Top-Performing Med Techs and Young Pathologists

It’s not limited to recruiting; social media and LinkedIn are just as effective at helping lab managers advance their personal careers by helping them find their ideal jobs

How to Harness the Power of Social Media to Expand Your Clinical Laboratory or Pathology Practice, Win New Clients, and Increase Revenue

 

It’s the toughest labor market in decades for skilled clinical laboratory and pathology professionals! In cities across the country, lab managers struggle—not only to recruit and fill open positions, but also to retain their most-skilled staff members, who are getting first-rate offers from competing labs.

How tight is the job market in pathology? Just ask the young pathologists who’ve graduated from their residency programs and fellowships. In recent years, it’s become tougher and tougher to find a position in a city of their preference that fits their sub-specialty training.

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How to Answer 5 Interview Questions You May Hear If You’re Over 50 (or 40)

how to answer interview questions you may hear if you are over 50If you're over 50 (or sometimes 40) in a job search, you may be asked interview questions that are indirectly related to your age. Employers are restricted in asking direct questions (because of anti-discrimination laws) but still have concerns about you, and try to address them in other ways.

Below are 5 questions you may be asked in a job interview. Click on the question to see the best answer.

Discover the best answers to 202 tough job interview questions when you order How to Answer Interview Questions and How to Answer Interview Questions II, both available on Amazon.

*If you are over 40, I encourage you to sign up for my free training webinar, 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination and get the job offer!

5 Ways You May Be Hurting Your Chances with Your Email Communication

5 Ways You May Be Hurting Your Chances with Your Email CommunicationEmail is an important part of professional communication, especially in this day and age where everything seems to depend upon the use of technology. However, a certain finesse comes with sending out emails in a professional context—which, for some, may be trickier to master. If you don’t know the decorum for sending out emails to potential employers, you could be missing out on a slew of amazing job opportunities. Here’s some advice from one of the top rated resume writing services on what to avoid while sending out professional emails to recruiters.

Don’t Assume There’s No One on the Other Side of the Screen

Some companies use automated services to handle their recruitment emails, but others still prefer the human touch. Because of this, you should never assume who you’re emailing. Try to get your foot in the door by sending out your application early, since many employers only read applications sent before a certain date. Also, don’t make employers jump through hoops to read your emails by creating extra work for them to see what you’re sending. This is a surefire way to get your application passed over entirely.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Help Someone

We can’t help everyone,
but everyone can help someone.

~ Ronald Reagan

 

Not only is this a great quote to remember in our everyday lives, it's great advice for our careers, too.

Mentoring is a wonderful thing you can provide for others. Lots of people need a mentor but are afraid to ask. When you mentor someone, not only are you helping them, you are developing leadership skills for yourself. If your company has a mentoring program, volunteer for it. If they don't, maybe you can start one.

Remember, mentoring doesn't have to be a formal event--it can just be lunch, coffee, or a quick phone call. What is really a small effort for you can turn out to be a big deal for someone else, and I think that will always come back to you in the end.

Want more motivation and encouragement? Come to one of our Free Online Job Search or Interview Training Webinars this week. I pack my webinars with top-notch tips, insights, and advice that will help you be more successful.  (Plus, we give free gifts for registering and attending each webinar.)

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

 

Interview Preparation with Total Access Coaching

TACIf you have interviewed and not gotten the job, it's easy to feel bad about yourself. However, in many cases, the problem isn't you--it's in how you prepare for the interview. Karen failed in 18 different interviews before she began preparing differently. With the right preparation, she did well in her next two interviews and she got the job offer.

I am happy to report that I have landed a job with the State of [name withheld], administrative support in the International Business Division.

Thank you for all of your support, encouragement, and for providing the tools necessary to put into the full-time search effort. I originally found Peggy's videos searching on You Tube. A month or so prior, I had blown a second interview on an inside sales position...the deer in the headlights syndrome for some of my behavioral interview answers. ...depressed about this for weeks, laying around in my PJ's, dazed and in a real funk. I finally got out of the pity party and found your videos, ultimately leading me to sign up for Total Access, which has really made a difference, and so worth the investment.

I feel so much more confidence and felt hope, that there would be light at the end of the tunnel. After almost a year of unemployment, the rejection can wear on you. I had 20 interviews over 11 months, but only felt I did a great job on the last 2 of them, thanks to my study of your materials. Attitude is everything! My resume was okay (it was generating interviews), but I did tweak it with more keywords based on your suggestions.

What really helped, was studying my answers to questions and practice. It's really amazing--you know yourself, but putting it into words when you're nervous and so much is on the line, is really difficult. It was nice to hear you say that I wasn't the only one that was having this difficulty.

Thank you again for all you do and sharing your knowledge. I will spread the word and share my good fortune of discovering you.

Best regards,

Karen P.

If you aren't doing as well as you'd like in your job interviews, I encourage you to do something different:

Best of luck!

How to Answer 13 Common Job Interview Questions

What Not to Do With Your Executive LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn Profile MistakesSetting up a LinkedIn profile can be just as tough as putting together the right resume, especially if you aren’t particularly savvy with the Internet. You have to figure out just the right way to frame yourself, all in a format that’s slightly different from the average resume. Whether you already have a LinkedIn account or are just now setting up an account, we have some advice regarding common mistakes that keep individuals from maintaining an optimized LinkedIn profile.

Don’t Ignore the Privacy Settings

Having other employees (or your supervisor) find out you’re in the middle of a job search isn’t the best situation. In fact, it’s often more trouble than it’s worth.

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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search – Be Like George Foreman

That's my gift.
I let that negativity roll off me
like water off a duck's back.
If it's not positive, I didn't hear it.
If you can overcome that, fights are easy
.

~ George Foreman

 

I love this quote. There's a lot of negativity and rejection automatically built into job searching, and it can get you down if you aren't taking steps to counteract it.

Let job search negativity roll off you like water off a duck's back.  If one hiring manager doesn't have a job for you, move on to the next one.  If a situation seems negative, look for the positive--for instance, if you interview and don't get the job, ask the interviewer for any feedback they can give you and learn from it. Remember that you will be better and stronger from this experience moving forward. That is very positive.

Having said that, don't ignore rejections over and over again without doing something to correct whatever may be causing the problem. If your resume isn't getting interviews, find out how to improve your resume. If you aren't finding jobs that fit you, find out how to find hidden jobs. If  you are interviewing but not getting job offers, find out how to interview more effectively (and learn how to create a 30-60-90-Day Plan). You may want to work with an interview coach.

Remember to look at your job search like a field of stones. Under one of those stones is a job offer. If one stone isn't 'it,' simply move on to the next one.

Want more motivation and encouragement? Come to one of our Free Online Job Search or Interview Training Webinars this week. I pack my webinars with top-notch tips, insights, and advice that will help you be more successful.  (Plus, we give free gifts for registering and attending each webinar.)

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

 

National Sales Manager Job Won With 30 60 90 Day Plan!

30 60 90 Day Plan Gets National Sales Manager JobI received this email from David--he was one of 129 people who applied for a National Sales Manager position. The company narrowed it down to 29 candidates (still a large field), and David said that he was told by a member of the hiring panel that the 30 60 90 Day Plan was a deciding factor in their decision to offer him the job:

Peggy,

I have been interviewing for a National Sales Manager Position ...for the past couple months. When the position opened, 126 individuals applied. These were narrowed down to 29 acceptable applicants. I received a very nice offer early this week surpassing my expectations and I accepted the position.

I have feedback from the interviewing team (12 members) what helped separate me from the rest of the applicants was the 30/60/90 Day Action Plan.

I used your template and my knowledge of the position to develop an impressive 30.60.90 Day Action Plan. A personnel friend a Global Account Manager was part of the interview team and explained in this very competitive position the 30.60.90 Day Action Plan was a deciding factor.

Once again, Thank You

David K.

Congratulations, David!

If you want to stand out from the competition in your job interview, there is no better tool than the 30-60-90-Day Plan.

I strongly encourage you to find out more about 30 60 90 Day Plans and start creating your plan for your next interview today.

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