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Who Are We?

Posted by on Jun 29, 2020 in Blog

There is no doubt that we are living in challenging times that every day touches us or someone we know. Whether it Covid-19, political or social unrest accompanied by the adversarial media, it is easy to feel angry and depressed. Are we victims or survivors?

For the job seeker, it can feel hopeless, and sadly many have just given up, overwhelmed by the process that has become remote and unwelcoming. But wait, don’t retreat to the sidelines as there are jobs available, and good ones too, if you are committed and willing to take a fresh look at your job-seeking process. 

80%-85% of my clients are finding or creating new and rewarding employment opportunities via personal referrals and advocates. The proof, in the last month five of my clients were hired for new positions, each one via a referral or advocate, not the internet.

So please work smarter and maintain a balanced approach, relying more on your connections than the internet which in my opinion has more to do with deselecting us. Realistically, finding your new job on the internet is somewhere between slim and none, and can become very depressing too.

So don’t rely on the internet as your first choice. Be targeted/focused and stay close to like-minded positive people, those that care for you and willing to put their thinking caps on for you as this will allow you to really have and maintain a fresh look at a whole new future.


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Two Sides To The News

Posted by on Jun 7, 2020 in Blog

There Is A Bright Side 

No Jobs! Mass Layoffs! Unemployment Benefits Not Arriving! Today’s which is al headlines blare negative and certainly concerning news which is often impossible to avoid,

So I would like to share some good employment news regarding the latest of my clients who have successfully landed new jobs and others who are well-entrenched in the hiring process. So here goes:


Chief Administrative Officer, Multi office healthcare provider

Assistant Controller, Credit Union

Associate Vice President, Innovation, Major University

Actively interviewing:

State of Oregon, WorkSource

Apparel Company

Credit Union

Sporting Goods

And two clients researching franchise purchase.

So you see, with the understanding, support, doable plan of action, and connections, good employment opportunities do exist. It takes commitment, willingness, and persistence, but good opportunities are out there mostly given and created via personal referral or advocates.

If I can be of help to you or someone you know, please feel very encouraged to contact me.

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Posted by on Apr 3, 2020 in Blog

With everything we’re being challenged with today, the uncertainty compounded by physical separation, I thought this 15 minutes chat by Margaret Hefferman put a good and knowledgeable light on many of this issues we are facing today.

Please take 15 and enjoy and learned from her presentation.

My best to each of you. Be safe and well.

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I Have The Greatest Customers And Friends!

Posted by on Mar 5, 2020 in Blog

When it comes right down to it, I am very much in the business of people helping people to find or create new, better and hopefully fantastic jobs.

After all, when it is all said and debated about the best way to find a new employment opportunity, the fact remains that it is people who hire people. People don’t hire resumes or applications. They hire people they are comfortable with.

Individuals choose me and CareerMakers in just the same way. Yes, I help them solve their challenges, but the decision to use my services really is based on personal comfort, based on both emotional support and analytical understanding of what it takes in today’s world to effectively transition from one job to another.

Referrals made by CareerMakers clients and friends have to be at the top of my gratitude list. These gracious referrals truly reflect the spirit and the personal concern I have for each person I am privileged to serve. The people referred to my office are very special too. While they are often experiencing trauma and difficulties, they are none the less committed to finding a better job for themselves and the willingness to expend the time to make it happen.

Making the transition from one job to another is not easy, and I understand that every day. But with the dedication shown by my clients and with the help of individuals people sharing their objectivity, perspectives, and contacts, the whole process works and the transition is made so much easier than when trying to go it alone.

So, thanks to all my friends. Each of you in your own way represents the best in us ….. the desire to help and be of service to other people. 

My best to the each of you!

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Making It Easier To Say Yes

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 in Blog

Over my nearly 36 years of helping good people to find or create new and rewarding employment opportunities I’ve learned that effective oral and written communication is very often one of the most significant challenges job seekers face. From being raised to not toot our own horn to writing resumes that look more like historical documents or obituaries the process of effectively communicating for most can be a very daunting task.

We really just don’t know how to do it effectively and are therefore easily overwhelmed by fear of not really knowing what to say or write so people can and will say “Yes” to our request whatever it might be. A technique I’ve found helpful in trying to put yourself in the position of the person you are trying to communicate with instead of just thinking about yourself. Visualize, what can you say or write that will improve your chances of receiving a positive response?

When phoning, I’ve really found it helpful to do some scripting and practicing out loud in advance so your words will be targeted with positive focus regardless of receiving voicemail or you actually reach the person directly. By thinking, planning and practicing in advance, you are much more likely to have a successful performance and receive the action you are requesting.

In written communication keep in mind that you are the seller (selling yourself) and therefore your various documents should be built on a marketing plan of action and carried out by creating focused and targeted “sales brochures.” You need to tout your features and benefits supported by your successes, achievements, and results. In doing so you will dramatically increase the odds of writing a winning document, one that will get you the interviewing, leading to your next wonderful job that puts a smile on your face and money in the back.

I’m in your corner, so please feel very encouraged to reach out so that I can actively assist you in finding or create your next job or career. All my best to each of you!

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