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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,

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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***

10 Tips That Dramatically Reduce The Time It Takes to Land a New Job

October 1, 2015

Plane landing by sunrise1. Operate with a peak performing, confident, enthusiastic and fearless mindset – a world-class resume is no good in the hands of a depressed or complacent job candidate

2. Treat the process as a campaign and a people search, not a job search – it’s people who interview and hire you

3. Have clear and concise job / career goals that align with your values – if you aren’t sure what you want, how will an employer know?

4. Identify your economic value; or organizational worth to a company – you get hired for your value, not because you need a job

5. Ditch the assembly line, look alike resume and produce a high-impact document that communicates your ability to produce results better than other qualified job candidates – – You must answer the only question that really matters – WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP THIS EMPLOYER SUCCEED? If I have written your resume, you already have one that highlights your value

6. Create a reference portfolio; make sure your references will say good things about you – contact each reference and go over with them what they will say about you

7. Develop a written Action Plan with daily, weekly and monthly tasks, goals and measurements – you can’t fix or correct what you can’t measure – this plan will keep you focused and on task

8. Take deliberate action to take care of yourself first – the greatest mastery in the world is the mastery of yourself – eat well, exercise and surround yourself with people who support you

9. Identify the 3 – 4 job strategies that will work best and quickest for you – spend 95% of your time on these strategies – except do not spend all of this time on job boards – they simply do not work 98% of the time

10. Identify potential obstacles to getting hired quickly and DO NOT ignore them – rather, develop a strategy to neutralize / eliminate them – whatever you ignore will lead to a longer, more painful job search

***So that you can take advantage of this peak hiring season – September & October – 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***

If you are currently in a job search and it’s not going the way you would like, let me show you the secrets and tips to get interviews quickly. Go to http://www.createyourcareernow.com & click on the “Job Search Coaching” butto

Effective Tips to Get in the Door to “Show Your Stuff” to the Decision Maker

September 8, 2015

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When clients ask me for an effective way to find a new job, my first response is to have them research companies where they would like to work and then get an interview with the person that would be the decision maker for their area of expertise. Once you get in front of someone who has the authority to hire you, you need to show them your value – they just might create a job for you.

How do you inspire a company to create a new job just for you? Forget about your credentials, your history and past jobs. They are irrelevant to a new company. If you focus on your past when searching for a new job, you’ll get yourself into the same dead-end job you just left.

Here’s what you do.
• Decide where you want to work.
• Study your target company (companies). Explore the problems and challenges it is facing, and figure out how you can help the company tackle those challenges profitably.
• Apply your skills and abilities in new ways to redefine your qualifications. Think in terms of what the company needs – that’s your new job to prove that you can do the job – and then create a specific plan of action that will bring results to the company in the form of profitability – provide as much proof as possible.
• Make a business plan, either on PowerPoint or sketched out, that you can present to the decision maker when you meet in-person.

Your job is to show the company how you are the perfect answer to meet their needs, by showing them the value you bring to the table. Don’t expect your target company to figure out what you can do for them, you must be ready to explain it to them so they feel justified in hiring you. Show how you’ll deliver profit in new ways. That’s what will make the company create a new job just for you.

You don’t get into a company by asking the HR department to let you in. To get into the inner sanctum where hiring decision are really made, you need someone with a key to unlock the door to get you a personal introduction.

So how do you get this personal introduction? Employees of the company are an obvious solution, but not the only one, and not the best one. You can develop great contacts in a company by talking to the company’s vendors and its customers, its bankers and real estate agents, its landlords and its competitors. These are “players” who can make the kinds of introductions you need. Find out as much as you can from each person so that you will have information the manager will be eager to hear. They can also provide you with insight as to what problems the company may be having. Research these people. Call them. Cultivate them.

Where do you find these people who can help you? You will find them by studying the appropriate periodicals and professional journals; by talking to industry associations; by interacting on Social Media; by attending industry events; by making some smart guesses; and by getting on the phone. That’s how headhunters get leads on good job candidates. It’s how you can get past the guard.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the job opportunities you want – you start with a stellar resume – 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. Contact me now – I look forward to hearing from you.***

How to Handle the Question: “What Salary Do You Expect?”

August 10, 2015

Salary NegotiationI know that from talking with so many of you, there is a lot of confusion about how to answer this question when asked in an interview, or on a job application.

Think carefully before divulging your past salary history in an interview. Many people think that by not doing so, it could prejudice an employer’s offer, so they gladly reveal their salary history if asked, so as not to be disqualified. Just because recruiters & employers keep insisting & pretending you must hand over you salary information, does not mean you have to come up with new ways to answer them.

Declining to divulge salary history is not about being uncooperative. It’s about shifting the interview to a higher plane. Don’t worry so much about getting disqualified. Any candidate can be cooperative, but few can demonstrate their value & get paid what they’re really worth. Your value lies in what you can do next; not in what somebody paid you to do last year. If you learn to hold your ground properly you will earn a manager’s respect, & maybe the offer you deserve.

Once you decline to reveal your salary to an employer, it’s up to you to shift the discussion to support your position. It’s not going to buy you anything to say “No” without helping the employer assess your value.

Here’s an alternative – instead of trying to placate an interviewer, focus on projecting a clear impression of what’s important to you & what you’re worth. When you withhold your salary history, it forces a candidate & an employer to negotiate based on the candidate’s future value. Do you really want to get stuck defending what your last employer paid you?

The only reason any employer hires you, and pays you what they do, is for the VALUE you bring to the company. So, the one question that must be clearly defined, by you, is how you will help the employer succeed – how you will bring them more, or equal value for the salary they pay you. Employers love to know that you have carefully thought about the job and how you would be able to profit them – how you will help the employer “win.”

You might just have to work through a live problem in the interview, or it might mean spending half a day shadowing the manager. Often, when managers see such motivation & willingness to work together during the selection process, they drop the demand for salary history in favor an actual demonstration of your value.

However, if you cannot explain exactly what you will do to perform the job more profitably, efficiently, quickly – better in some way, than the employer expected – then you have no business expecting a higher salary. It’s all about exchanging fair value for fair a fair salary, and you must be prepared to explain it. Your past salary has nothing to do with the job at hand – it’s your ability to do the required work that’s important!

***One of the busiest hiring seasons of the year is almost here! So, I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get interview calls for the jobs you want. In order for that to happen, you need to start with a stellar resume – one that shows your optimum value! I know what it takes to get results, and I can show you what to do. 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.***

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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