The way you go about your job search is more important than anything else (like your age, your employment gaps, or whatever unemployment rates you're dealing with). Jennifer faced some big issues, but got her dream job after her first interview.
I'm one of those people who gather information from every corner of the universe and then distill it down for my own consumption. Having gone through that process with my job search strategies, I found that Peggy McKee has the best, most forward-thinking and effective information. She is 'Best Practices' job strategizing. The information she offered helped me to land my dream job after my very first interview. I'm in California where the effective unemployment rate (including those just recently graduated, those returning to the job market after a lengthier time away, and those who simply do not fit the statistical model for how the unemployment rate is calculated) is one in five (20%). I had age issues (I'm 59), I hadn't worked in 1 1/2 years due to health issues, so I was not among the candidates most likely for immediate hire. I started my new job last week and I could not be happier. Thank you, Peggy. - Jennifer Toland
What Job Search Best Practices should you be following?
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A C-Level executive stuttered when explaining his job loss (he didn't even realize it) and couldn't get hired. In just a few minutes, we discovered the problem and gave him a powerful way to explain the situation. He got a great new C-level position.
I Skyped with a job seeker about to interview via webcam to help him become more confident and engaging on camera--he got his dream job!
An extremely talented and experienced professional got lots of interviews but no offers--we role-played to discover that she mentioned compensation in every interview. When she stopped, she got an offer.
Out of work for months, a management-level candidate was about to take a job with a large pay cut. We worked on how to approach new companies, and he got an interview and a great role at his same salary as before (no pay cut!).
One woman told me that coaching helped her value herself differently and speak more confidently about herself, which extended outside of her career into other areas of her life. Who doesn't want to feel more confident about who they are and what they do?
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Job seekers should always have questions of their own to ask in the interview. Being strategic with the questions you ask will ensure a better interview, a stronger performance, and a boosted shot at getting the job.
Always ask these 3 questions in your job interviews:
Say your ideal job candidate walked through the door. What qualities would that person have?
You may be afraid to ask a question like this because you believe you'll put yourself in a negative light, but that isn't true. Ask this question near the beginning of the interview, and you'll have a blueprint for how to best answer their questions for the rest of the interview. You'll know what they care about most, and can highlight your skills and accomplishments accordingly.
Based on this conversation, can you see me being successful here in this job?
Yes, it can take some courage to ask a question like this--but if you do, you will boost your chances of actually getting the offer. Why? Because if they say yes, you will have nudged them toward an important psychological point where they've committed to being in favor of hiring you. If they say no, you can find out right then why not and possibly clear up any issues. Many job seekers have turned around a negative interview this way, and received a job offer they would have otherwise lost.
What are the biggest challenges of this role?
This is a great way to uncover critical tasks or potential pitfalls. Once you know what the challenges are, you can show them how you'll use your skills to conquer those challenges, or how you've approached and solved those kinds of problems before.
Find out more questions to ask, how to research the company, and lots of interview dos and don'ts in our Free Job Interview Prep Kit.
Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.
~General George Patton
One of the greatest generals the United States has ever had, General George Patton, knew a thing or two about navigating his way through a complicated situation and succeeding. Let's take a page from his book today...
Contacting hiring managers directly and using 30 60 90 day plans in your interview may seem rash if it's something you haven't done before. However, the experience of thousands of candidates show that they work brilliantly to get interviews and offers.
Anyone who's tried to move from a government job to the private sector knows that it can be difficult to escape the "government worker" label. I want to share Missy's story with you (she's a lawyer) to show you how you can bridge that gap and get the job with a 30 60 90 Day Plan:
Dear Peggy, thank you for promoting the 30-60-90 day plan. As a former government agency head, I was really stymied in trying to find job opportunities outside of the government sector as I was labeled a "government worker."
As someone who has never been in the box and has always excelled at creative workarounds in an environment that set me up for failure, I found it discouraging and totally unwarranted.
In any event, I put together a unique 30-60-90 day plan for how to implement a real in-house counsel office within a publicly-traded corporation and bam, I got the interview and the job. The general counsel told me they'd never gotten homework from anyone during an interview, until they met me. Thank you!!!!!
I have been promoting you and your common sense approach to all of my lawyer friends who are looking for new opportunities and there are many of them...many thanks for all of your efforts and dedication.
If you are moving from one work environment to another, one career to another, or are just new to a job, a 30-60-90-Day Plan demonstrates that you have the knowledge and the drive to do the job. It takes away any fears or doubts they may have about hiring you.
*Find out more about 30 60 90 Day Plans, and get started on yours today so you can get that job offer!
Job interview advice is everywhere—but what really works? Here are 4 examples of how job seekers have been incredibly impressive in the interview and got the offer.
1) Build a Really Big Brag Book
A brag book (aka Kudos folder or portfolio) is a collection of career successes that don’t necessarily fit on your resume—like performance reviews, projects, brochures, presentations, complimentary notes, etc. (Read more about brag books here: Brag Book Essentials for Every Job Hunter.)
I had a candidate who compiled a brag book that was 1-inch thick—it was overwhelming evidence of her success. During the interview, she used a highlighter to mark specific things the hiring manager really needed to see, based on their conversation. She then showed the interviewer only about 10 specific pages that were amazing in terms of illustrating her success. This gave her a huge advantage, because it emphasized for the interviewer just how amazing she was, and had him thinking about what else was in that book.
Imagine the excitement you feel when you’re contacted by a recruiter for the job of your dreams. If you want to increase the number of contacts you make, it’s important to use the best executive resume format, as well as an effective cover letter for your resume. Thinking like your recruiter will ensure you understand what they’re looking for and increase the chances they will contact you over the other candidates.
Good Searches Are Essential
When you post your executive resume bio, you need to make sure it is fully searchable to increase the chances recruiters will find you. In general, blogs can be difficult to search. However, social media sites, such as LinkedIn, are highly searchable. Always fill out your profile as much as possible to ensure your profile will hit more frequently. Read more...
Don't let them screen you out in the phone interview! Learn how to ace every phone interview so you move on to the face-to-face in my ebook, How to Ace Your Phone Interview, available on Amazon. Check out a few Sample pages from the book below.
This is what you need to know before your next phone screen. Download this book and read it today!
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
Is the biggest enemy in your job search fear? Maybe you're afraid to go after the job you really want, or the company you really want to work for. Maybe you're afraid to contact a hiring manager (your future boss) directly, or afraid to stop applying for jobs online.
This job search is a huge opportunity for you. Don't be disappointed by what you didn't do.
Learn what it's going to take for you to be successful--then, step out and go after what you really want.
30/60/90-day plans work for job interviews at all levels...from new graduates to President of the company. In Allan's case, the plan helped him show his fit for the job and the company. He says it 'unequivocally differentiated' him from the other candidates. What job seeker doesn't want that?
I hope this finds you well. I'm happy to tell you that I recently began a new role as President of a small, privately held distribution company in Las Vegas. As we discussed, "fit" was a key criteria for me in my search, and the alignment on every level with the business owners is remarkable. I'm excited about the role and the opportunity ahead of us. It's different than anything I've ever done, yet will require all of the skills and experience I've accrued in my career.
Obviously I was a client, but thank you for your support and counsel during my search. As you know it isn't an easy process, and the tools and advice that you provided were critical to success. In particular the advice about being relentless on the networking process, the tips about dealing with ageism, and most especially the 30-60-90-Day Plan were key for me. I would be happy to provide a testimonial about the 30/60/90-Day Plan...it unequivocally differentiated me in the search and interview processes, and provided a basis for guiding the discussion where I wanted it to go...to the skills and experience that I could bring to a role.
If you are ready to stand out from your competition and show your fit for the company, find out more about 30-60-90-day plans and get yours started today.
We offer plans with templates and coaching for all professional levels:
When shopping for a new business, lots of first-timers choose a franchise for its many benefits, from a well-tested brand name and marketing program, as well as lots of back room support and training to help new business owners succeed.
But you have to do your due diligence to make sure you select the company that best matches your goals. When it comes to preparation, there are no short cuts. You have to read the fine print before signing any contracts.
The good news is that Federal Trade Commission requires franchise companies to disclose a great deal of information to help prospective franchisees learn everything they need to know to make a good choice.
Cover letters for resumes may be a necessity, but they are often seen as a stumbling block. Many people mistakenly think a cover letter is simply a summary of what is contained within the resume to help employers determine if they want to read further. While this is partially true, there is much more to creating a great cover letter that makes a difference. Hiring a cover letter writing service can help, but this advice will allow you to get a start on your own.
Give Them a Reason to Talk to You
Your cover letter and resume create a first impression you can’t often overcome. It’s what employers use to determine whether they want to call an individual in for an interview. Within your cover letter, it’s important to give them a couple of reasons why they should consider you a valuable candidate. Do your research to find the main points of the company so you can address them in your cover letter.
Some of the best job interview prep you can do is to formulate great interview answers ahead of time. You'll be more impressive and better able to show why they should hire you. I put together 101 tough job interview questions along with strategies, tips, and examples to answer them in my book, How to Answer Interview Questions, available on Amazon. Enjoy a FREE PREVIEW of the first few pages below:
These are the answers you need before your next interview! Read it today!
If you learn something from a failure, you're smarter, stronger, and better than you were before you began. That's when failure becomes success.
In a job search, how can you turn failure into success?
If your resume isn't generating interviews, don't assume no one needs you. Find out how to improve your resume.
If you interview but don't get the job, don't assume you aren't good enough. Find out why you didn't interview well. Ask the person you interviewed with what their thoughts were.
Learn from your mistakes and use that knowledge to be better and stronger next time.
If you need some direction and help with your job search, attend one of my Free Training Webinars. I pack my webinars with tons of information and tips for your job search success. Find out more about our free job search webinars and register now.