Posts Tagged ‘Joyce Fortier’

Let People Open Doors For You

June 2, 2014

ConnectionsEvery person ever hired was hired by a person. Your sources of job leads and interviews are people you know, or are about to know. Don’t expect to get a job from the internet, or the want ads. Expect your friends, family, neighbors, LinkedIn, Facebook and business associates, fellow church members and other people you know to help you. When you ask others, with confidence, if they know of people who you might talk with, they are glad to help.

Here are some tips to guide you:

  • Conduct a people search instead of a job search – spend your time connecting with other people instead of looking for specific jobs on job boards or in ads
  • Let people know you are looking, but don’t specifically ask for a job – people love to help, but they don’t want to feel “put on the spot” with a direct request for a job
  • Companies are still hiring, however they are being more selective, relying more on referrals from current employees, and less on posting to job boards or placing ads. Now more than ever, it is not just what you know, or even who you know, but who knows what you know that differentiates those considered for existing positions – purposely network to develop strategic relationships and be connected inside your target companies
  • Focus on highlighting your value by establishing credibility, promoting trust, demonstrating extraordinary knowledge and skills, and inspiring confidence about your genuine interest to add value to an organization as a team player

Summer is almost here, and NOW is the time to ramp up your job search. Many budgets open up in July and people do get hired.

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 careerist[at]aol[dot]com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.

I would love your feedback on this!

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7 Tips On How To Conduct Your Job Search After Being Laid Off

January 30, 2013

Every week, and sometimes every day, we hear of more companies laying off employees, forcing those people to look for new jobs. The fact is that looking for work at any time can be challenging; but during our current economic times, it can be downright daunting. I’ve seen it strike fear into the hearts of even the most accomplished individual. It can cause successful, confident, and capable professionals to question their sanity, marketability, and expertise. If you let it, it can immobilize you.

job-opportunityWhere to start?

1)     Take time to acknowledge what you’ve lost. Even if your job wasn’t all that terrific, it did provide a certain amount of security, income, and identity. Admit your feelings of loss and recognize the range of feelings you are bound to have over the next several weeks and months: anger, sadness, relief, fear, embarrassment, and lack of confidence. Take time to process your feelings and get whatever assistance you need to regain your emotional footing. A positive attitude is essential for a successful job search.

2)     Clarify what you have to offer an employer. Identify what you are selling, and make no mistake about it, you are selling your services in exchange for something of equal value. A company isn’t going to hire and pay you for more than you are able to deliver. At the same time, you don’t want to be under paid for your contributions. Getting clear about your skills and expertise will make the next step – developing a value-packed resume and other marketing materials – easier.

3)     Create impeccable marketing materials. I am amazed at what are passed off as acceptable resumes and cover letters. However, I do realize that the people sending them are not always to blame. They just haven’t been told the truth as to what compromises a great resume. Most resumes concentrate on “tasks & duties” – what they are expected to do on their job description – and fail to mention how they have made a difference, or in other words, the specific value they bring to the table. Some resumes include numerous typos, misspellings, and errors in grammar. Your marketing materials must be top quality – your professional credibility rests upon them.

4)     Develop and implement an active job search plan. You may be surprised to discover that only about 4% of jobs come from the Internet, so limit the time you spend looking online. What makes the prospect of spending hours online searching for job opportunities seductive is the feeling that you are doing something; when in fact you are like a caged squirrel running on the wheel to nowhere. It feels like you are accomplishing something, but in reality, you are simply killing time, time better spent on more active job search strategies. Of course, using passive job search methods results in a lot less out-and-out rejection and virtually no actual opportunities, but it feels like you are doing something.

5)     Take control of your search. If you don’t do it, know one else will. Harry Truman once said, “The buck stops here.” That saying has never been truer than when conducting your job search. Decide to be a person of action. Everyone has dark, discouraging days. Managing your search means persisting without exception. Nobody cares about your success, or job search, as much as you do. (Joining the Job Hunters Success Coaching Club will help with your job search – you will receive great support and learn all kinds of valuable information to implement immediately)

6)     Look for opportunities to create value. Savvy job hunters build credibility and trust by looking for ways to create value. Make every interaction a high quality one. Stop looking for a job and start looking for ways to contribute. Ask compelling questions, and probe for problems that need solving. Keep your attention on the other person’s agenda because finding the right job is really about solving someone’s pressing business problems.

7)     Plan for and expect success. Leap into your job search as though it is your new job, because right now this is the most important work you can do! Create your plan for success, work it, evaluate it regularly, and recommit to your success.

10 Secrets To Finding a Job – Despite a Scarce Job Market

January 8, 2013

ScarceEvery time we turn on the news, we seem to be bombarded with discouraging news about the job market. However, there are open positions that can be found, with persistence. Here are 10 ways you can stay positive and greatly increase your chances for great results. When you take action toward something you want, you remain more positive and feel more in control of the situation.

1)     Strive to be the best in your profession – Demonstrate at every opportunity how you can add value to an organization. Show what distinguishes you from your competition. This applies whether you are currently looking for a job, or whether you already have one. And, keep your job skills current.

2)     Brand yourself – How are you unique? What are your strengths? Who is your target audience? Do you have a personal brand statement? If you’re not sure about the answers to these questions, take the time to reflect on them so you know just what VALUE you offer a new employer, or your current employer.

3)     Network consistently – Join Internet networking groups such as LinkedIn and FaceBook. Also, join local and national professional organizations, such as your local Chamber of Commerce, or the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), to name a few. Networking is the #1 way to find a job!

4)     Develop a relationship with a recruiter – especially one that works in your field. Being in their database isn’t enough, you want to be the one that comes to mind when they have a position for which you’d qualify.

5)     Think about freelancing – Become more entrepreneurial, whether you work for yourself or someone else. Visit sologig.com. This is a site that hosts jobs just for freelancers and contractors.

6)     If you are out of work, join a support group – The Boot Camp for Job Seekers Who Want Quick Results™ is a terrific place to start. People support one other and provide leads and advice to others in the group.

7)     Embrace change – Keep your job skills up to date. Create a personal website, or at least a great profile (ask about the 60 Second Commercial) on websites such as LinkedIn and FaceBook. Take a class.

8)     Prepare for an evolving job market – Look for trends in the job market where there is increased hiring. Growth industries include health care, technology and green living, to name a few.

9)     Your resume is what gets you interviews – Make sure it shows the type of position you want, how you have the skill set for that type of position, and how you have used your skills to make a difference in the various jobs you have held. It must show VALUE, and it must look great, so an employer will pick up the phone and call you. I have an eBook that shows you how to accomplish all of that.

10)  Make sure your credentials and skill set matches the employers job requirements – Pay attention to the employer’s requirements or job posting – you should match about 75 – 80% of what they want.

 

Is Your 60-SECOND COMMERCIAL Helping or Hurting You?

September 26, 2012

I attended a local Chamber of Commerce meeting recently to do some networking. Of course, the question most often asked of me, and the one I always asked of others was, “What do you do?” While I was prepared to answer that question with my 60-Second Commercial, many I talked with were not. There were some answers to that question that left me confused as to what they did, and others who went on and on until I zoned out.

Your 60-Second Commercial is your answer to the question “Tell me about yourself” when you are in an interview, or “What do you do?” when you are networking. Do you have a 60-Second Commercial that that lets you hone in on exactly what you do and succinctly states the value you bring to your job?Can you answer the question why you should be hired over others? Your 60-Second Commercial is a great tool to use at any time, but it’s essential when conducting a job search. Make sure you have one that shows your uniqueness. Use it for the following situations:

  • While responding to the question, “Tell me about yourself” when networking
  • During an informational interview
  • At a job interview
  • In social situations with family and friends
  • Wherever there is an occasion to market yourself
  • At a pre-screening interview phone call

When was the last time you checked your 60-Second Commercial, or your mini bio for clarity, conciseness and simplicity? If you do not already have this important career tool, now is the time to get one – I can help you put one together.

I am here, and ready to support you in your success of landing a new job!

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!

Joyce

“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”.

What Am I Doing Wrong? I’m Not Getting Calls to Interview!

March 17, 2010

What am I doing wrong?” That question was asked of me last week by one of my new clients, a sales executive who’s been in a career transition for about a year now. This was our first coaching session. I gave him my honest answer…”I don’t know; let’s see what we can figure out.” I started by asking some routine yes/no questions to get a sense of what he knew about himself:

  • Can you speak about your product (you) with confidence and clarity? (He was unfamiliar with the concept of personal branding).
  • Do you know your product’s strengths and flaws?
  • Can you describe your competitive advantage?
  • Do you have a clearly defined target goal?
  • Have you identified organizations that are aligned with your target goal?
  • Is your resume absolutely  a-m-a-z-i-n-g in educating the reader about you?
  • Do you make it easy for someone to interview you, or is it more like ping-pong with pain?
  • Can you name five things you do better than the next person?
  • Can you name five of your best attributes that will make a positive impact on the employer’s bottom line?
  • Can you cite five good reasons why somebody should hire you over your competition?
  • Have you been consistently networking, both in person and on the Internet?

My client answered “no” to each of the questions. If you are looking for work in today’s competitive market, do yourself a favor; before you hit the streets, back up, rewind, and ask some hard, tough questions of yourself. When you can answer “yes” to these basic questions, plus others, you’ll be well on your way to landing your next job. And I’d encourage you to start this process sooner than later. I suspect you will notice an immediate difference in how employers respond to you, if you choose to do so.

Do You Go After the Right Interview … Or the Right Job?

February 26, 2010

What are you doing to find your next job? Are you blindly chasing interviews, or are you focused on finding the one job that’s right for you?

If you’re not sure whether you are looking for the right job, you need help defining the job you want. Often, a good place to start is with the job you have. Write out your responses to the following exercises. The results will help you keep an eye on what you really want.

1. What
Describe the job you would want to be promoted to at your current (or last) company. Be honest with yourself, and be realistic. But let yourself dream about what you really want to do next. List the title, salary, responsibilities, and level of authority. What are the three most important goals you would have to achieve in that job in order to be successful? What are the daily tasks you would be expected to perform?

2. How
How would you do this job if you had it? List the things you would need to do to achieve each of the three goals you described above. How would you perform the day-to-day tasks better than they are being performed now?

3. Why
Why should you be assigned this job? What profit would you add to your company’s bottom line if you accomplished your goals? Make your best estimate. If you need to do some thinking and research to figure this out, do it. The profitability question is at the heart of every hiring decision.

If you’re not satisfied with what you came up with, select another job and do the exercise again. Keep practicing until you feel good about the work and the job you want to do.

4. Reality Check
Review your plan with someone you respect and trust at the company, or with someone who understands your business. You may even be able to review it with your boss, explaining that these are your professional goals over the next year. Ask for suggestions to improve your plan. Listen carefully to all comments. (If you think this exercise might land you a promotion at your current company, you’re right. The same planning that will net you a new job elsewhere should work with your employer too.)

Now, use what you’ve learned here to define the job you want to find. Take some time to think about these questions – even write them down. Do not interview for jobs that fail to meet or exceed these requirements. Why waste your time settling for anything less?

Once you have identified the right job, you cannot be as powerful a candidate for any other job. In fact, you will fall on your face in such interviews. Don’t go after interviews — go after the right job.

Does Your Resume “Cut the Mustard”?

February 12, 2010

Did you know the busiest hiring season of the year is here? Now through the end of March – employers fill more positions than during the other months. This means that if you are thinking about changing jobs, or are currently in a career transition, NOW is the time to get your resume up to a “10” and send it out.

Your resume MUST be superior to those of your competition. Companies often get dozens of resumes for every opening, and they look for any excuse to hit DELETE to screen you out of the competition. So, with your competition as strong as it is, and with the economy still sluggish, it is more important than ever that your resume shows your unique value and is technically perfect in order to survive the scrutiny of the reader. You have only 10 to 20 seconds to capture the reader’s interest – make it count!

Your resume has to get through three critical points – the HR department, the company database and the decision maker – before you are likely to get asked to interview.

How does your resume measure up?

  • Is it concise, yet shows optimum value? Results and strategic impact need to be shown on one or two pages rather than three or four.
  • Do you have supporting documents that highlight your value proposition, such as a one-page resume, a testimonials page, or an executive biography?
  • Does your resume show your brand so your uniqueness stands out?
  • Do you have a lot more accomplishments listed, than you do responsibilities? Accomplishments SHOW VALUE AND get YOU CALLS FOR interviews, responsibilities don’t.

Your resume must convey to the reader what makes YOU unique. It must showcase your credentials and expertise, so that the reader can see why you are the best candidate for the job. It must have strong content and a good visual presentation. Information must be focused on job requirements, presented in the most easy-to-read way, and must contain solid documentation of achievements and education. How does your resume stack up? Is it a “10” or could it use help?

Ask yourself this question: With the huge investment in time and money for your education, your solid career credentials, your noteworthy accomplishments and salary expectations of $30,000, $60,000, or $100,000+, do you want to be represented by an amateur resume? Our careers are very important to us. Is it worth having your resume be anything less than it can be?

When you have a resume that works:

  • Your job search is much shorter
  • Your resume and cover letter that is far superior to 99% of your competition
  • You understand the specific value you bring to the table, so you can share that value with prospective employers, in how you can meet their specific needs
  • You don’t have to struggle alone through the whole process – you will have a career expert to guide you
  • You get called to interview for the types of job you really deserve, and have a choice of positions, and you won’t have to sit around waiting for the phone to ring
  • You’ll receive higher compensation in your new position, so that you know you’re getting paid what you’re worth

Bottom line:  When your resume is a ”10,” your job search is much shorter, you get interviews for the type of job you really want, and you get paid the money you deserve – why ? Because your VALUE comes through effectively.

If your resume is not a “10,” it’s a waste of time to send it out!

I welcome any comments you have on this.

10 Secrets to Finding a Job – Despite a Scarce Job Market

January 12, 2010

Every time we turn on the news, we seem to be bombarded with discouraging news about the job market. However, there are open positions that can be found, with persistence. Here are 10 ways you can stay positive and greatly increase your chances for great results. When you take action toward something you want, you remain more positive and feel more in control of the situation.

  1. Strive to be the best in your profession – Demonstrate at every opportunity how you can add value to an organization. Show what distinguishes you from your competition. This applies whether you are currently looking for a job, or whether you already have one.
  2. Brand yourself – How are you unique? What are your strengths? Who is your target audience? Do you have a personal brand statement? If you’re not sure about the answers to these questions, take the time to reflect on them so you know just what VALUE you offer a new employer, or your current employer.
  3. Network constantly and consistently – Join Internet networking groups such as LinkedIn and FaceBook. Also, join local and national professional organizations, such as your local Chamber of Commerce, or the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), to name a few.
  4. Develop a relationship with a recruiter – especially one that works in your field. Being in their database isn’t enough, you want to be the one that comes to mind when they have a position for which you’d qualify.
  5. Think about freelancing – Become more entrepreneurial, whether you work for yourself or someone else. Visit sologig.com. This is a site that hosts jobs just for freelancers and contractors.
  6. If you are out of work, join a support group – The Career Conquerors Job Club or the Job Hunters Success Coaching Club – either one is a terrific place to start. Each week people support one other and provide leads and advice to others in the group.
  7. Embrace change – Keep your job skills up to date. Create a personal website, or at least a great profile (ask about the 60 Second Commercial) on websites such as LinkedIn and FaceBook. Take a class.
  8. Prepare for an evolving job market – Look for trends in the job market where there is increased hiring. Growth industries include health care, education, and green living, to name a few.
  9. Your resume is what gets you interviews – Make sure it shows the type of position you want, how you have the skill set for that type of position, and how you have used your skills to make a difference in the various jobs you have held. It must show VALUE, and it must look great, so an employer will pick up the phone and call you.
  10. Make sure your credentials and skill set matches the employers job requirements – Pay attention to the employer’s requirements or job posting – you should match about 75 – 80% of what they want.