Archive for November, 2015

Be Thankful for What You Have and Focus On What You Want In Your Life

November 23, 2015

ThanksgivingIn this season of Thanksgiving, I want to thank you for being a part of my careers community, either on Facebook, LinkedIn, or one of the many clients I have worked with. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to communicate and/or work with you – 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.

Months ago, I started writing out 10 things I am grateful for. I love doing this because it makes me begin each day by seeing all the positive things 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 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, 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 a lot of people do not believe this, or, don’t think it’s true for them. So, 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 and 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 out of it.

When you are thinking 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,

Why You Need to Ramp Up Your Job Search Now!

November 9, 2015

With November here, many job seekers I talk with are thinking about putting their job search aside until after the holidays. Their thought is that companies will slack off during the Holidays and not seek new employees until after the first of the year.

I have found the exact opposite is true. Companies are gearing up their employee searches NOW so that they can go through hiring process, putting new employees in place when the New Year begins. Budgets for many companies open up at the first of the year and the companies want their staff in place so they can hit the deck running.

Job SearchNOW is the time to ramp up your job search. NOW is the time to focus on the companies where you want to work and send your resumes to them. It’s a great time because your competition will not be as strong, as many people do hold off their job search until after the Holidays. And, by the way, when you send out your resume, don’t forget to follow-up. It is your responsibility to follow-through, not the prospective employers. ACT NOW so you have a much greater chance of landing a job for the New Year.

***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. I know what it takes to get results with your resume – the main thing is to show your value (why employers should hire you instead of all the others candidates).There is a specific way to highlight your resume so it focuses on the employers needs. 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.***

10 Ways to Ensure Your Resume Will NOT Bring You Results

November 2, 2015

From talking with lots of job seekers I know many of you spend hours trying to craft the perfect resume. You spend hours reviewing your work history and try to include every detail you feel is important. You have gathered references from others that provide glowing reports of your work. And, you have sent your resume out to various job openings, but your phone is not ringing. What’s the problem?

bandaidYour resume that you worked so hard on may be hurting you. I know that is hard to accept, when you feel it represents you so well.

Human Resources & Recruiters scan your resume for about six seconds, as they are looking for anything to disqualify you, since they usually have so many resumes to review. They focus on key areas – your contact information, current job title, company, previous position & company, start & end dates, and education. From this, they decide whether you could be a possible fit or not. If your resume doesn’t stand out, it’s put in the NO pile.

The hiring manager does not want to guess what kind of position you want, or if you qualify for that position, with your skill set and previous experience. So, you have to think like the hiring manager, and arrange your resume accordingly. Before you send out your next resume, check for these common problems:

• There is no focus as to what type of job you want
• There are no specific qualifications for the type of job you want
• There are no key words, or words that don’t reflect the type of job you want
• The value you bring to the job is not clear to the employer – they want to know what you can do to meet their needs to help them succeed
• Your format does not look professional, isn’t easy to read and doesn’t flow well – not clear & concise
• Your resume isn’t long enough, or is too long – over two pages
• Your education is missing
• You have included pictures, personal information, etc.
• You have grammatical errors – this shows carelessness, and not paying attention to detail
• You do not have a cover letter that is addressed to the hiring manager, not Human Resources

I understand that being a Job Seeker is not easy. That is why I hope you take these tips seriously, and take a hard look at what you are sending out, especially if you are not getting calls to interview.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get interviews 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 critique your resume. I would love to hear from you***