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Archive for the ‘Over 40’ Category

Accountant Lands Role After 9-Year Break with Career Coaching

accounting job offerKeith had his last permanent job in accounting 9 years ago (at age 56). He was ready to jump back into a full-time job (at age 65).

Think the odds were against him? Of course they were. Age bias does exist, and employment gaps do cause problems.

He expected to have to go through many interviews before he finally landed a position.

With interview coaching, he got a great job offer after 2 interviews with his first company.

Here's what happened:

Hi Zanetta

Just to let you know that I am starting work on Monday in a full-time permanent role after 9 years since my last permanent job at the age of 56.

As you know I had completed my AAT level 4 in November and had been spending most of my [time] since building up my profile and presence on LinkedIn, registering with agencies, etc.

This was my first interview for a permanent job. I then got a second interview for that same job, yesterday and was offered the job today. I got this job via a recruiting agency.

I would like to thank you for the advice/help you gave me in preparing myself for interviews. To me this is quite amazing as I thought I would need lots of interviews before a first job offer was given.

Best regards,

Congratulations, Keith!

Interview coaching can result in a huge improvement in your performance that gets you hired.

Keith did interview coaching with Zanetta Siciliano.

Career Confidential offers a comprehensive lineup of experienced coaches who can help you meet your goals and have the career you want.

See Career Confidential's Coach Listing here.


Investing in Yourself with Training for Your Job Search Works

interview preparationLynn was able to transfer from a temporary position to a permanent one because she made the investment in herself by getting training and preparing for her behavioral job interview. She said it was invaluable--it made her more confident and gave her better interview answers.

Not all job seekers make the effort to invest in themselves,  but it always pays off and Lynn is proof that it works. Congratulations Lynn!

Peggy, (and team!),

I sat in on several webinars and it really helped me keep my motivation, skills and morale up! I joined the [Total Access Coaching Club] and it was invaluable!

I am happy to say I did land a nearby government job with good pay and excellent benefits. I had submitted an online application, had attended a job fair just after that, signed up with one of their main temporary agencies and got on quickly for a short temporary position. In a couple of weeks, I was called in for a behavioral interview and I was very confident and thorough in my answers.

Your advice helped me clinch the job! I am very grateful and want others to know that even after age 55, there are great jobs out there! Just keep looking!



'The 30 60 90 day plan was the 'something special' that got me the job.'

30 60 90 Day Plan for ExecutivesQualified executive Tom had trouble landing the job for 8 months...until he brought a 30-60-90-Day Action Plan to his interview. His new boss thought it was what set Tom apart and helped him beat out two other qualified candidates. Congratulations Tom!

Hi, Peggy,

After 8 frustrating months, I just landed a VP level position with a well known company. Being 62 years old made this even more remarkable. My resume was already in the format you suggest, but handing the 30/60/90 day plan to the hiring manager made the difference. There were two other qualified candidates, but my new boss specifically mentioned the action plan as something special. Thanks for your help!

Tom F.

I speak to a lot of people in their 60s who have real trouble getting a job...but with the right approach, you absolutely can get a great job. At any age, how you present yourself to the employer makes all the difference.

(1) The first thing anyone over 40 needs to do is attend my Free Training, 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search.

Age bias is a real problem (for a lot of reasons), but there are things you can do that make it a non-issue (or even an advantage).

(2) I cannot encourage you strongly enough to find out about 30-60-90-Day Plans and what they can do for you in the interview:

7 Ways a 30-60-90-Day Plan Gets You the Job

30-60-90-Day Plan: How to Create and Use It to Knock Their Socks Off in the Job Interview

Why 30-60-90-Day Plans Make Your Interviewer Love You

30/60/90-Day Plan Example


Over 50 in the Job Search? Aggressiveness Pays Off

job search over 50Are you over 50 and in the job search? Plan on being more aggressive than you may have ever had to be before. You are fighting some biases and pushing past some obstacles, but it can be done.

Tom got 4 interviews and 2 job offers even though he was over 50 and hadn't interviewed in 20 years. Because he interviewed so well, the company elevated the position and the pay.  (Goes to show that even if you're not entirely sure about the job, interview for it anyway and bring your A game--you never know what will happen!)


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!

Conference Call Monday - 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search

Peggy McKee Job Search Interview CoachingCall me Monday May 9th @ Noon (Central Time) for...

5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search


- No sign up required - just show up!

 - Q&A time - bring your questions!

- Resume tips for those with 20+ years of experience!

- How to find jobs and get interviews!

- How to interview and get the offer!


How to Join the Conference Call

Simply dial in and enter your Participant Access number.
Dial-In Number:  Philadelphia, PA  +1 (267) 930-4000
Participant Access: 101-916

To join the conference from your iPhone, click this link:

To mute your line, press *#6 on your keypad.

Talk to you soon!


Facebook Live Streaming - 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search

Peggy McKee Job Search Interview CoachingMeet me on Facebook  - Monday May 9th @ Noon (Central Time) for...

5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search


Live Streaming on Career Confidential’s Facebook Page

- No sign up required - just show up!

 - Q&A time - bring your questions!

- Resume tips for those with 20+ years of experience!

- How to find jobs and get interviews!Facebook Live Streaming

- How to interview and get the offer!

See you there!


Over 50 with 3 Job Offers...Here's How

Job-OfferIf you are over 50 and in the job search, you may be frustrated like Mariana was (for 7 months).  She made a change that included a resume makeover and a 30-60-90-Day Plan for Interviews.  The result?  3 Job Offers!  Read her story:

Hello Peggy,

I felt I needed to send you a big "thank you!". Here's why:

I have been looking for a job for 9 months after being laid off...I am over 50 so it hasn't been easy and I can't remember how I found you and your resources but I want to say it was approximately 2 months ago and I knew I had to do something different so I decided to invest the money and purchase your services...I am so glad I found you!

What I found to be the most valuable assets were the 30/60/90 day plan and the advice of making sure you include numbers, percentages, etc. on your resume (i.e., increased leads by 40%, etc.). These were the 2 keys that got me the phone interviews and then the face-to-face meetings. The look of surprise when I mentioned I had a 30/60/90-day plan prepared was priceless - they all were most impressed.

So now for the good news, or should I say great news! I literally have 3 solid job offers that I am in the process of deciding on. Because they are all great offers and literally came in within 1 day of each other I was honest with each of them letting them know that there were other companies that had made offers and that I owed each of them the respect of doing my due diligence as I had spent significant time with each of them. They all said they completely understand and now I am getting emails from all 3 asking what they can do to get me on board with their companies. It's seriously amazing! It is a very difficult decision to make as they have all offered me equity in the company, salary is 15K more than my previous job and all are in an exciting space. So, by end of day Monday I will have made my decision and will be happily employed again.

Please tell your members that there is hope for those of us over 50. All 3 of these companies mentioned during our last conversations that they were looking for people with "experience" and "maturity".

Bottom line - your product(s) and you really do work! I am impressed!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


Congratulations Mariana!

If you'd like to learn more about how to job search successfully over 50, come to my Free Webinar:  5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination.  You'll learn a lot AND receive free gifts that will help you in your search.


5 Simple Tips To Beat Age Discrimination (or Bias) In Your Job Search - Free Training Webinar

5 Simple Tips To Beat Age Discrimination (or Bias) In Your Job Search


If you are over 40, you MUST know this to get hired now.


Age discrimination is almost impossible to prove, but still keeps thousands of job seekers over 40 from getting hired. With the right strategy, you can not only prevent it from hurting your job search chances, you can easily get hired at the job of your dreams.

In this webinar, you will learn simple, easy tips that anyone can use to beat age discrimination and get hired:


  • Easy Ways To Overcome The 5 Biggest Biases Against Older Job Seekers

PLUS, simple, PROVEN strategies and tips to

  • Write your Strongest Resume Ever (and eliminate age-related problems)
  • Get MORE INTERVIEWS than you've ever had before (with GREAT companies)
  • Impress them so much in the interview they'll BEG to Hire You!

You can not afford to job search without this information!

 > Register Here <



50-Something Job Seeker Gains Confidence and Gets the Job

50s Job Seeker C FrostI speak to a lot of job seekers in their 50s and 60s with flagging self-confidence (for a lot of reasons--age bias, a job search that's very different from the last time they had to look, health issues, or personal circumstances).

So, I wanted to share with you this email from a job seeker in his 50s who learned how to answer interview questions, gained confidence, and got the job:

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.


C Frost

Here are 2 ways you can give yourself a job search edge and get the offer:

Mr. Frost said it helped him to know the "why" behind interview questions.  I cover this information extensively in 2 ebooks on Amazon:

How to Answer Interview Questions

How to Answer Interview Questions II

Also, you can discover plenty of job-winning advice and insights in my
Free Training Webinar, 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search.

I encourage you to come to the webinar--you will leave it energized, positive, confident, and ready to win a great job.

> Sign Up For the Webinar Here <


Over 40 Age Discrimination - 5 Tips To Battle Age Bias In Your Job Search Live Webinar

Have you ever felt like your age was holding you back in your job search?

If you are over 40 (not to mention 50 or 60), age discrimination could be keeping you from getting hired.  It's almost impossible to prove, but it still happens.  And it's not just frustrating--it's threatening to your career and the quality of your life.

No matter how old you are, you deserve to get the job you want and are qualified for.  To make sure that happens, I am putting together a free webinar with Bobby Edelman, founder of Interns Over 40.  (If you haven't seen his website, you need to.)  Bobby is a true expert on the issues older job seekers face, as well as the solutions that work.

5 Simple Tips To Beat Age Discrimination (or Bias) In Your Job Search

In this webinar, we are going to teach you simple, easy tips that anyone can use to overcome the 5 biggest biases against ‘Over 40’ job seekers.  

These strategies and tips go way beyond ‘dye your hair’ and ‘leave the dates off your resume’.   You will learn smart, powerful, and PROVEN strategies to:

  • Overcome the 5 biggest biases that get in your way
  • Write your strongest resume ever (and eliminate age-related problems)
  • Get more interviews than ever before (with great companies)
  • Impress them so much in the interview they’ll BEG to hire you 

You can’t afford to job search without this information!

After you register, you will receive a free podcast:  Guide to Getting a Job After 50.  You get more gifts at the webinar!  Not to mention strategies and tools that will change your life.

> Read More and Register Here <





Is It Your Age, or Is It Your Resume?

Account manager resume. Blue tint.Job seekers over 50 (and over 40) can run into real trouble getting job interviews. Before you assume it's age holding you back, make a few improvements to your resume.

With the right resume know-how, your age and experience will be a huge positive for you in the job search.

Try these tips below to redo your resume, then download my free Guide to Getting a Job Over 50 (pdf).

  • Keep Your Resume to 2 Pages or Less

One of the hardest things for older job seekers to do is edit your work history, but you absolutely must.  No resume should be longer than 2 pages, unless you are at the C-level.  A too-long resume says (1) "I don't know how to tailor my resume to highlight what's important for this job" and (2) "I am at least over 40 and probably over 50, which you can see from my long list of jobs."  The good news is that you have a wealth of experience to create a true marketing document for yourself.  That leaves you with no resume fluff--only impressive, attention-getting accomplishments tailored for each job you apply for.

Experience doesn't matter nearly as much as what you've accomplished.  How have you helped the companies you worked for make money or save money?  Describe those accomplishments using numbers, dollars, and percentages on your resume and you will have hiring managers (potential bosses) racing to interview you.


Job Search Video Coaching Now Available!

Do you have a job search question you wish you could ask a career coach? Do you need a fast, targeted, solution for your

  • ResumeJobSearchVideoCoaching
  • Cover Letter
  • Interview
  • LinkedIn profile
  • Salary questions
  • Networking
  • Building a Personal Brand
  • Beating Age Discrimination
  • or something else?

I have put together dozens of pieces of my best coaching advice and insights into 8-12-minute videos, all on a convenient, one-stop page for you!

See Job Search Coaching Videos Here

If you're in a job search, you've got to see these. This is the advice that's giving hundreds of job seekers more confidence, better skills, and the best offers of their careers.