Archive for November, 2014

How Gratitude Helps in your Job Search

November 21, 2014

In this season of Thanksgiving, I am grateful that each one of you is in my LinkedIn Group and a part of the “careers” community. I am also grateful for having had the opportunity to work with so many of you, in various capacities, you are some of the best people around!

As I reflect on this holiday, I really like that it’s all about giving thanks. And, I think having an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the most powerful emotions out there. Why is it so powerful? Because it has the capacity to change your life!

thanksgivingMonths ago, I started writing out 10 things I am grateful for every day. Each morning, before getting out of bed, I review the blessings that I have. I love doing this because it forces me begin each day by seeing all the blessings that I have in my life, and it starts my day in a positive frame of mind.

What’s so amazing about gratitude is it’s so simple, yet it has so much power. In fact, it’s so powerful, it can start turning things around for you. Now, granted, being grateful all by itself will probably not turn your life entirely around, but, it CAN be the catalyst to a transformation.

Why does this work? Well, if you’re a fan of the Secret and/or Law of Attraction, you’ve heard the phrase “what you focus on expands.” So, if you focus on all the things you’re grateful for, instead of all the things that aren’t working in your life at the moment, the universe will bring you more things to be grateful for and less of the things that aren’t working.

Now, while I do think this is true, I also know many people do not believe this, or, don’t think it’s true for them. Therefore, might I suggest another, more practical reason, for why gratitude works — because it makes you feel better.

So, start thinking about all the wonderful things in your life that you have to be grateful for. And, with that improved mindset, you most likely can see your situation a bit more clearer and start coming up with some solutions (and maybe even take some actions) to get yourself in a positive state of mind.

When you think about all the things you are grateful for, feel grateful as well – really feel that gratitude throughout your body. Focus on it, and feel it radiate everywhere, from your fingers to your toes.

My wish is that you have a Blessed Thanksgiving. Wishing you much success in life and in your career.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at paxton.joyce@gmail.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.***

4 of the Biggest Mistakes Job Seekers Make & How to Correct Them Now

November 12, 2014

job-opportunityWith elections out of the way and hopefully a rosier global economic forecast in the near future, smart job seekers are taking control of their career now, and wisely implementing simple procedures to increase their chances of finding a new job. It’s surprisingly simple to take control of your career right. In addition, once you put these procedures into place, your job search will take on a new energy. I’m sharing these FOUR simple tips to help you get a handle on your job search now,

1) What: Pass / send out a resume that is not totally effective
o Your focus / target is missing or unclear
o Your skill set is missing or incomplete
o Your key words are absent or might not be the most effective ones
o Your uniqueness, accomplishments or successes are weak or are missing completely
o Your resume isn’t formatted so that it is easy to read and that information flows well
o Your resume has misspelled words
o You’ve used a template, it looks like everyone else’s and is not unique to you

Why: If your resume is not a “10” you are hurting / killing your chances of getting calls for interviews. You only have 15 – 20 seconds to impress the reader, otherwise it’s a waste of time to send it out!

2) What: Spending most of the time in your job search on job boards, because you feel you are “doing
something productive”

Why: Job Boards are really quite ineffective. Most people go to Job Boards so you have tons of competition. While you might feel you’re being productive, what you’re doing is very ineffective and your job search will just drag on and on. Only 2 – 3% of job seekers get called to interview from job boards. If you want results, you must spend your time on job search activities that bring about much higher results – like the Hidden Job Market.

3) What: View professional help with your resume and cover letter / career coaching as an expense, not as
an investment in your career.

Why: Why should you consider having a professional work with you? Let me tell you about one of my clients. This person came to me thoroughly disillusioned after searching unsuccessfully for a job for two years. I reworked her resume and coached her on how to conduct a job search. Two weeks later she had two job offers from two different companies – doing work she loves at salaries she deserves.

4) What: Not having a carefully laid out job search plan to follow

Why: It’s important to know all the effective channels to use in your job search. You don’t want to have to take up valuable job-search time to figure out what works and what doesn’t – there is a step-by-step plan that works. I can’t tell you the number of people who initially choose to “go it alone” and end up spending valuable months in a job search that brings no results, before coming to me for help. Maybe some of you know someone like that.

I want you to have every opportunity to get calls for the job opportunities you want, so I am offering you a complementary resume critique. Just email your resume to me at paxton.joyce@gmail.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I would love to hear from you