Posts Tagged ‘Job Seekers’

Achieving Success

September 13, 2012

I cannot believe that summer is over and school has already begun.

I taught school for many years, so I look at every September as an opportunity for new beginnings and fresh starts. In addition, September and October are two of the busiest hiring months of the year. Are you ready for a new beginning? Are you out of work or not happy in the job you are in? If you are thinking about conducting an active job search, now is a terrific time to jump-start it into high gear in order to get optimum results. My goal is to have you be successful in that endeavor.

When I think about success, I think about what I want to accomplish – things that are important to me. I do not have to look at what others consider success, because their vision of success is different than mine. I try not to compare myself to them, because when I do that, it only affects my success, and I cannot control the success of someone else.

I believe that success is achievable for each of us – however you must believe in yourself and in the fact that you can accomplish what you want to do. When considering success, let’s keep in mind the dictionary definition, just to help keep it in perspective: success is “An event that accomplishes its intended purpose.” That’s it; it does not have to be about conspicuous wealth, nor does it have to be highly public.

Success is not always a straight line – sometimes you can take one step forward and two steps backward. The important thing is that you have the persistence to continually go forward, despite any setbacks. Think of something you would like to accomplish in the next 30 – 60 days (maybe it’s getting a new job), and go after it. Challenge yourself and let me know how well you succeed!

Your Success is My Goal – be the architect of your life, not the victim of your career!


Are You Ready For A Job Search?

September 11, 2012

A client came to my office this morning, devastated because he had worked for a company for 16 years and recently found out that his position has been eliminated. This man turned 60 last month and thought he would be retiring from the job he just lost. Now, he is scared, angry, feels he has no control over his career, and doesn’t know what to do next.

I bet there are many of you who feel the same way. You have lost a job, or are worried about loosing your job and you are not sure what to do next. Ultimately, each of you works for yourself and each of you is responsible for your own career. Remember – nobody cares about your career as much as you do, so make sure you take control and lead yourself to success.

Having said that, I want to introduce you to a profound idea. People need to be thinking about job hunting all the time. Not heavily, but consistently. Know that with the economy the way it is today, anyone could loose their job at any time – there is no more job security, or staying at one job until you retire – especially people over age 55. By the time you loose your job, you’re somewhat at a disadvantage because it takes quite a bit of time and work to find the right job. It’s better to be prepared on a continual basis. Many people are job hunting because they took the wrong job to begin with….maybe they had to take the first position they were offered in order to pay their bills. If you are in a job that you don’t love, or, is not fulfilling to you, you might want to begin a job search right now – while you’re still employed.

One of the first things you need to address when conducting a job search, is checking to see if your resume is up to date and to determine if it reflects your true value. If you were hiring you for a new position, would you call you in for an interview based on the value that is reflected on your resume?

The busiest hiring season of the year is here – September and October. NOW is the time to send your resume out if you are seeking a new job, and if you are currently working, it’s time to make sure your resume is a “10,” just in case you are notified about a new job possibility.

Wishing you much success in your career!

How Your Resume Will Bring You Calls to Interview

August 21, 2012

Are you getting calls for interviews in response to the resume you are sending out?

If you are, that is wonderful, your resume seems to be working for you.

If you are not getting calls (be honest), or you’re getting calls for positions you are not interested in, your resume simply is not doing its job and needs to be changed.

Here are some reasons why your resume could be keeping your phone from ringing:

  • There is no clear job target or focus
  • Your qualifications for that job are not apparent to the reader
  • There are just a few key words, or no key words, so your resume will not be pulled up in an employers database – it disappears into the deep dark hole.
  • There are no accomplishments listed that show a potential employer your value
  • Your resume is poorly formatted and difficult to read; or it does not look professional
  • The skill set on your resume does not match the skill set the employer is looking for
  • Your resume is over two pages
  • You go back so far in your employment history that it is evident you are over age 50

Human Resources departments are looking for reasons to eliminate resumes in order to get their “yes” pile down to a manageable amount, so they say “no” for all the reasons listed above.

In today’s economy, your resume has to have all the right information, look great and represent you well. If it does not, it is a waste of your time to send it out. I am not trying to be hard or mean here, this is just a fact of life. If you are not getting results when you send your resume out, changes have to be made. It’s as simple as that.

I bring this up now because, as I stated earlier, one of the busiest hiring seasons of the year is almost upon us – September and October. Companies are searching for job candidates right now. If you are really serious about getting employment, NOW is the time to have your resume in tip-tip shape and get it out there immediately.

Be real honest with yourself. Does your resume meet all of the criteria that are listed above? If you were doing the hiring for a company and came across your resume, would you pick up the phone and call you to come in for an interview?

Investing in having your resume show your value, and meet the employers’ needs, is a shortcut to reaching your career goals much more quickly. My goal is to guide you to rewarding employment by providing you with valuable advice and marketing materials – a resume and cover letter – so that you will land a position that is a good fit and you will get paid what your worth. In addition, I do everything I can to make your job transition an easy and pleasant experience.

I have helped thousands of people get new, rewarding jobs and I can help you too. I write hundreds of resumes for job candidates like you every year. And the important thing is my clients get results – they get interviews.

I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the job opportunities you want!

I look forward to you sharing your comments on the blog.

How To Find a Job – Even In A Recession

August 16, 2012

I have great news! My clients are still finding great jobs, and have been all along, even in this slow job market. Companies are still hiring and job seekers are landing jobs on a daily basis. So, what are these people doing that others are not? They are setting themselves apart from the masses. And, how do they do that?

  • They are selling their potential to deliver RESULTS rather than just their skills and basic qualifications
  • They are communicating their ability to deliver VALUE and BENEFITS to the employer
  • They have resumes that tell what they have accomplished, and more importantly, the value and benefits those accomplishments have produced for past employers
  • They know what value they bring to an employer and are able to communicate how they can contribute to an employer’s bottom line.

When we talk with our families and friends these days, often we are discussing how to SAVE money or how to MAKE money. The same is true of companies. Employers see you as an investment, and they invest in you with the expectation that you will produce returns on that investment. These returns are in the form of how you will SOLVE a challenging problem, help them MAKE money, help them SAVE money, or help them INCREASE their efficiency. By communicating how you have delivered these types of results in the past, you illustrate that actual return on investment (ROI) that you delivered. This is what will easily set you apart from your competition.

So, don’t let the rising unemployment rate throw you into a panic. There are job openings that come up every day. Make sure you focus on emphasizing what is in it for the company. It’s not about what’s in it for you. IT”S ALL ABOUT THE COMPANY. What can you do for them? How can you solve their problem? How can you make more money for them? In what ways can you save them money? How can you help them in these tough economic times? Emphasize and communicate how you can be an asset to the company, and you will be surprised how quickly you will see positive job search results.

Your comments are welcome and appreciated!


10 Quick Tips To Put a Job Search Plan Together – Part 1

July 24, 2012

Every effective and efficient job search has a Plan of Action. Without a plan, your job search will probably seem overwhelming and scattered. The very act of creating a plan puts you in control with simple steps to reach your goals. Plans make dreams materialize. They move desires from your head and heart to your hands and feet. Here are ten quick tips to make your career dreams a reality.

Step 1: Take Small Steps

Your first small step in your job search is to develop a plan of action. When listing the stps you need to take, the goal seems easier to conquer, and you can plot out a time frame for what you need to accomplish.

Step 2: Understand The “A-E-I-O-U” Phases Of Your Job Search: Analysis ~ Express ~ Investigate ~ Orchestrate ~ Uncover

Analyze your best fit in relation to market realities, and then settle on one or two targets for the focus of the search. Express skills in resumes, verbal scripts and interviewing responses. Investigate by assembling a list of 5-100 companies and identifying their TOP issues and key contacts. Orchestrate targeted/active and traditional/passive search strategies. Finally, Uncover the employer’s priorities, needs and motivation to hire; clarify the key deliverables of the target position and offer proof the candidate can do the job.

Step 3: Get A “Gotta Have It” Goal

Front and center to any effective plan is a “gotta have it” goal. This goal should be inspiring – what is it that drives your job search – why is it so important to you?

Step 4: Understand The 10 Factors That Affect Attainability Of A Job Search Goal

There are 10 factors that help you in attaining the job you want:

1) your skill set;

2) industry experience and education;

3) motivation;

4) social skills;

5) support systems and network;

6) search strategy;

7) computer skills;

8) target salary;

9) amount of free time available for the search, and

10) potential obstacles.

Using a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest), rate yourself on each of these 10 factors. Shore up any areas needed to speed up the search. If your score is below 50, consider changing the target to a “bridge” job if you want to be in a new position quickly.

Step 5: Hone In On Functional Skills And Industry Experience

The two most common factors for screening applicants are functional skills and industry experience. If you don’t score high in these two areas, your search can stall in a hurry.


Be sure to check my next blog post on Thursday, July 26, 2012 for the remaining 5 tips. Thank you for reading this article. I welcome your comments below.

“Life Has No Remote – Get Up and Change It Yourself”

July 19, 2012

This quote was brought to my attention on the internet – I’m not sure who said it. However, I do really like the message.

This is another quote I have posted in my office – ‘If It Is To Be, It’s Up To Me“.

Basically, they both have the same message. We have to take charge of our own life, no one is going to do it for us.

I remember being down and having a pity party of one, wishing my life would be drastically different – hoping the magic genie would come to my aid and make everything perfect without me having to do anything. Can any of you relate to this?

Unfortunately, when I did nothing, nothing in my life changed. Imagine that. It wasn’t until I decided where I wanted to take my life and made a plan to get there, that positive things began to happen.

Right now in Michigan, we are having some very hot weather with high humidity and it is easy to just want to sit around and do nothing. It’s summer and we want to lay low and wait for cooler weather to come. However, if you are out of work or dissatisfied with your current position, NOW is the time to take action. NOW is the time to get your resume updated and set out. NOW is the time employers are looking in earnest at new job candidates to hire. NOW is the time to decide where you want to go and make a plan to get there. NOW is the time to take the action to find the job you want.

Relying on others to come to use with job offers, or promotions, or raises is most likely not going to happen. There is no magic pill or a quick fix solution to getting the ideal job, or attaining your ideal life.

Which is why I’m sharing 3 simple tips for you to take to get you started in the direction you want to go:

  1. Get clear on what you want ~ Decide what you really want in your career and write it down. What do you want to do? Where do you want to work? What kind of money do you want to make? What skills do you have that you do exceptionally well?
  2. What is stopping you? ~ List what is keeping you from attaining your career goals, and what you have to do, or who you have to talk to or work with to get around your obstacles.
  3. Plan your strategy. ~ Write out a detailed Plan of Action, listing as many points as you need to get to where you want to go. Prioritize your points and then start accomplishing them one at a time, making adjustments as needed.

I welcome your comments below. Tell me how you “changed your channel”.

Finally! Help For Those Who Are 50+ & Job Hunting

July 17, 2012

I am deep in preparation for launching my Affiliation for Business Professionals Over 50. My goal is to address the special needs and concerns for people in this age bracket, whether they are currently employed or looking for a job.

I have talked with many of you and asked about specific concerns. The responses I get include:

  • I am either under or over qualified for each position I apply for
  • My resume seems to vanish into some dark hole, and never receive any calls back from anyone
  • My perception is many employers/recruiters don’t want to deal with people over 50 or 55
  • It’s hard to keep a positive attitude when my job search lasts so long
  • I go to interviews, but never hear back from the company as to whether I got the job or not
  • Many companies want to hire contract help and not hire permanent employees directly
  • I’m afraid my savings and unemployment benefits will run out if I am out of work too long
  • When I apply on the Internet, I do not get any call-backs from the companies
  • I wonder if I can find a job in the same field I have been working

You have shared your valid concerns and I have listened. This is why I have created the Affiliation for Business Professionals Over 50. My goal is to make sure that you have the right information and tools to get as far in your career as you want to do. It’s not your fault that you don’t know this information. The rules are constantly changing and it’s hard to know what currently works and what doesn’t.

So, in order to address this concern, I will be holding a webinar each month where I will interview highly qualified experts in each of these subjects as to how best to address these challenges. I want to make sure you have every advantage to work int he job you want at the pay you deserve.

Please help me by letting me know of any other concerns you have in advancing your career, whether you are currently working or not. If yours are different than those listed above, please put them on the blog comments and I will be happy to address them. I look forward to your feedback.


7 Tips for Going Through a Career Transition – While Remaining Optimistic

July 12, 2012

Seek support and/or training – It’s always better to go through a job search having the support of others. You won’t feel so alone and you will get lots of terrific information and advice. If you want to take your career in a new direction, investigate to see if more training is needed.

Set goals – Know what specific direction you want to go and chart a path for getting there.

Create a plan and work your plan – List all the steps you need to take to go from where you are to where you want to go. Also, list those whose help you will need along the way.

Set and hold daily “Work Hours” – Set specific time aside each day, or each week, to work on your job search. Make sure to track your progress and follow up when necessary.

Take inventory of your skill set, and investigate any job you consider interesting, that would use that skill set – Often times you will have to change industries, if not careers, so you need to know what other types of work you can do, and feel confident of the value you would bring to that position.

Leverage your job search tasks – Make sure the way you spend your time brings optimum results, no matter how much time you devote to your job search each week. Use job boards, but also research companies, network in person, network on the Internet, attend Job Fairs, and set up informational interviews.

Take time to care for yourself – As you know, being out of work and conducting a job search can be very stressful. Take time for yourself. Go for a walk, read, enjoy family and friends, soak in a tub – anything you enjoy that relieves stress for you. Also, give yourself rewards along the way – when you accomplish big and little successes.

I welcome your comments regarding this topic. Also – feel free to ask any questions you might have and I’ll be happy to address them in future blog postings. That way, I can address your needs, and make sure you get relevant information on what matters most to you!

Learn the “Right” Things To Do To Find a New Job

July 10, 2012

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

Richard Nelson Bolles, author of “What Color Is Your Parachute?

This is especially true in today’s challenging economy. It’s those who know what techniques to use and how to use them that are getting jobs ahead of their peers. For those of you who are currently in a job search, you are finding out that what worked in the past is not working now.

Do you know what job search techniques work the best? Do you know where to spend your time and efforts so that you are working on things that are effective instead of spinning your wheels? Here are some tips that will help:

  • Companies and recruiters look for candidates on LinkedIn (30 million members) and other online sites such as Indeed and Simply Hired.
  • Each job seeker must have a prominent/professional online presence
  • Every “professional” site needs a “Value Statement” that clearly shows the value you bring to a company

Use multiple channels in your job search:

Job Boards – Monster / Career Builder, etc. – about 5″ of people get jobs through job boards

Social Networking – make sure you are on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter’

  1. It’s critical that your profile on each reflect the message you want conveyed (your value)
  2. Think in terms of what employers are looking for
  3. Join niches within LinkedIn and other online groups that apply specifically to what you want, such as accounting groups, IT groups, sales groups, etc.
  4. Visit professional association websites that relate to the type of job you want, like ASTD, FENG, etc.
  5. Check out groups on the Women for Hire website – it’s not just for women!

In-Person Networking – local BNI, Chamber of Commerce, NETSHARE, MCC and job fairs

  1. Learn how to strike up conversations with people you don’t know. I struck up a conversation at a Chamber of Commerce meeting that could lead to me doing part-time coaching for a local university.
  2. Think about specific topics you could discuss so you wont’ feel so overwhelmed when you are actually with a group of people.

Target specific companies – Decide on 5-10 companies where you’d like to work and find out all you can about them. Find out their pain (where they need help) and show them how you can help.

  1. Avoid the “black hole” in a company. Find a referral or contact in the company and make a verbal/email contact to try to get a referral.
  2. Decide what companies interest you. For instance, would you prefer to work for a company founded by private equity or venture capital, would you prefer to work for a large public company, or a small privately held company, a forward-thinking, fast-paced company, or a time-honored, deliberate company, a regulated or non-regulated company?
  3. Research your ideal job and then find and talk with people who hold the kind of job you want.

Bottom line: Job search is all about networking and getting an internal contact to recommend you!


Google Searches and You

June 19, 2012

I talked with a client recently who was telling me about doing a Google search of their name and not liking some of the information that came up. Let’s say it was less than flattering to the client, and we were discussing ways to clean up what you might find floating around in cyberspace.

According to a survey conducted by Execunet, 93.2% of recruiters admitted to using online search engines to uncover information about candidates. Of these recruiters, 53% admitted to eliminating candidates based on negative information they found. So you can see – your image on the Internet is important.

In order for you to avoid “sticky situations” in your job search, it is necessary to clean up your digital dirt. This can be accomplished by doing the following:

  1. Google yourself routinely. Analyze your results to ensure that nothing unflattering is floating on the web. If you discover something you want removed, send an email to the host website asking that your information be deleted.
  2. Hire professional assistance. If you don’t have time, or know how to effectively clean up your online profile, hire a professional service to help. One such service is
  3. Develop a powerful personal PR file. Just as bad press can seriously damage your job search, an abundance of positive web entries will help to impress potential employers. Write a blog, comment on a blog or build a personal website that highlights your professional accomplishments and expertise.

I would like your feedback – have you experience some “sticky” information online?