Archive for July, 2015

An Effective Tool To Help With Your Job Search

July 30, 2015

I recently came across my Vision Board from six years ago and was pleasantly surprised at what I saw. This board is a compilation of the things I wanted to manifest in my life at that time. It consists of both pictures and words that conjure up clear images of what I want to have happen in my life.

Vision BoardOne of the things I wanted to manifest six years ago was having a home on the water. One year while on vacation, I took a picture of a house I really liked, that had waterfront footage on Lake Michigan – the picture showed both the house and the water so that the image was very clear to me.

My vision board was put in a prominent place in my office so I would see it several times each day. Since our brain thinks in pictures, it makes sense that images of what we want, latch into our subconscious and will become attracted into our life at some point – pictures work much more effectively than just words.

The Law of Attraction states that whatever you focus on expands, or comes into your life, whether it is good or bad. If you focus on good, then good comes into your life. If you focus on the negative, negative things come into your life. Think about some of the people you know. I bet you know people who seem upbeat and life is going well for them. And, you probably know people who are struggling, and who seem to be depressed, or are down on themselves.

Fast-forward seven years. Now, I do have a home on the water. It wasn’t the home I envisioned – it’s a boat, but we do live on it six months a year, in Florida, and I love it. Vision Boards do work!

If you are looking for a new job, it is important that your mind-set is positive, and that you believe in your capabilities. Employers are not interested in people who are not excited about their line of work, or excited about their life. Nor are they excited about people who aren’t confident in what they can do. Make sure your mind and your resume reflect positive images about you.

***I want to make sure you 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 careerist@aol.com, put “Resume Critique” in the subject line and I will be happy to critique your resume. I would love to hear from you. Your success is my goal!*** Also, I have a proven step-by-step plan to conduct an effective job search – just ask me!

The Best Jobs Usually Do Not Go to the Best Qualified Candidate! Here’s Why …

July 14, 2015

Here is a quote by Richard Bolles, the author of What Color is your Parachute?:

“The one who gets the job is not the best qualified, but the one who knows the most about getting a job”

I cannot stress enough how important that statement is. When it’s you who is looking for a job, it’s critical that you know exactly what to do and not flounder around, wondering what works and what doesn’t. Those of you who are currently in a job search, and those of you who could be in one within the next several months, now is the time to learn all you can about how to conduct a successful job search, so that your career gets back on track, and you are back to earning the salary you deserve.

We are in the middle of summer and many people think this is a good time to back off of their job search and take a break. Well, I have news for you. This is not the time to slack off – employers are in the mist of looking for great candidates and are making a concerted effort to line up job candidates NOW. Many corporate budgets are opening up at this time and management is looking to added members to their staff.

Do you know what it takes to conduct an effective job search? Are you sending out your resume to companies on job boards and not getting results? Are you sitting by the phone and wondering why it is not ringing with interview offers? Are you sending out 20 – 100 resumes per week and are still not getting any response from employers?

There are three basic areas that must be covered and mastered to dramatically improve your chances of getting called for interviews, thus shortening your job search. They are:

  1. A dynamite resume that shows your value – employers won’t contact you unless they know the value you can offer them
  2. A LinkedIn Summary that highlights the skill set and the value you have to offer – 98% of employers check your LinkedIn before picking up the phone to call you
  3. A comprehensive job search plan that shows you how to navigate the Hidden Job Market – utilizing the Hidden Job Market puts the power in your hands and not in the hands of the companies

Without all of these basic elements in place, your job search will take much longer, no matter how qualified you are, or how many great skills you have. If you’re not having the success in your job search that you would like, let me guide you!

***To get you started on the road to job search success, I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get interview calls for the jobs you want – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume. I know what it takes to get results. Just email your resume to me at careerist@aol.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then give you a complimentary resume critique. I look forward to hearing from you.***

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

July 8, 2015

facepalmWith summer getting into full swing, and companies increasing their search for qualified candidates, smart job seekers are taking control of their career now, and wisely implementing simple procedures to increase their chances of finding a new job at this very opportune time. 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 mistakes and the 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

  • Your focus / target is missing or unclear
  • Your skill set is missing or incomplete
  • Your key words are absent or might not be the most effective ones
  • Your uniqueness, accomplishments or successes are weak or are missing completely
  • Your resume isn’t formatted so that it is easy to read and that information flows well
  • Your resume has misspelled words
  • 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!**

**Also, I can show you what to do to get quick job search results, give you a step-by-step process to get you there, and support you each step of the way. Let me help you reach your career goals as we enter into the second half of 2015!**

How to Discover Your Value To Others

July 3, 2015

Patriotic SunsetAs I write this article, July 4th is just a few days away. Our family’s plan for celebrating this important holiday is to have a BBQ with family and friends, to watch fireworks, and to make s’mores around a bonfire. These are traditions we have followed over the years and it is a special time to enjoy my family and friends.

With all the changes happening in the US today, it is good to reflect on past memories that are meaningful to us and on changes that will be made to move the country forward.

My wish is that each of you takes time to celebrate something special over the next couple of weeks. See how great it feels to set aside a specific time to celebrate – with just one person, or a whole group. With all the negative focus in the world these days, let’s take time to concentrate on something, or someone special and just enjoy being with them.

When you take time to celebrate and appreciate others, it is also a great time to celebrate and appreciate yourself.  Each one of us is unique, in our own way. We all have our special gifts to share with others – I hope you will take the time to reflect and to discover your own uniqueness – both in your personal life and in your career. Your uniqueness contributes to the value you provide others. Become aware of what it is, and come to recognize it as your special gift to offer the world.

***In order to discover your value and uniqueness 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, an effective LinkedIn Profile and a system to navigate the Hidden Job Market. I know what it takes to get results. Just email your resume to me at careerist@aol.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then give you a complimentary resume critique.***

I can help you clarify the direction you want to take, give you a step-by-step process to get there, and support you each step of the way. Let me help you reach your career goals as we enter into the second half of 2015!

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