Subject: Holiday Cheer
The holiday season is
almost upon us! Too soon for many, while not soon enough for others.
This time of year
hopefully brings you pleasant or joyful time with family and friends, enjoying
on all that is good and taking the time to reflect on our bountiful gifts while
not overlooking the needs of others.
It is certainly an
important time of year for sharing ourselves with those less fortunate which in
itself will put a smile on your face and joy in your heart.
This time of year often
puts us in a reflective mood, the end of another year and our hopes and desires
for the upcoming year. Take you gifts, talents and interests seriously and make
a plan to do what you want to do, not just what you can do.
All my best to you and
your family and enjoy with Holiday Cheer.
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Over my nearly 35 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that look more like historical documents or obituaries the process of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 is 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
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
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
All my best each of you!
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The Internet, From My Perspective,
Fact and Fantasy:FACT: Probably one of our greatest inventions
FANTASY: One big paid unregulated ad
FACT: In using the internet, be a careful consumer
FANTASY: The jobs I am looking for are all posted on the internet While the internet is a marvelous invention and most of us would be hard pressed to get along without it today, for the job seeker or career changer, being a very careful consumer of information is absolutely critical. From my window on the world, internet job posting have more to do with deselecting rather than selecting. It is not about if the hiring process right or wrong, legal or illegal, abiding by laws, rules and regulations, it is the reality of how it really works. Behind the internet job posting scene, there are sophisticated applicant tracking systems, which have more to do with the collecting of applicant information rather than applicant selection. In fact, by name these are “tracking” systems, not “hiring” systems. A growing number of companies, organizations and agencies are required to comply with various laws and these applicant tracking systems provide an efficient process for appropriate data collection. Also, many smaller companies and organization who have the potential of good pay,benefits and security are often reluctant to post opening as they are wary of being overwhelmed with electronic responses from individuals they have no knowledge of. Personal networking, leading to personal referrals and advocacy is really the most effective way of accessing these potential employers, at least in my view. Any while there is no absolute one right way of finding or creating a new and rewarding employment opportunity, I feel that a balanced approach is the most effective. With 80%-85% of my clients finding new jobs via personal referrals, then a like percentage of you search time should be devoted to people networking and the remainder to the internet and the various tools it offers and promotes. In the end, people hire people, and more often than not, ones that are positively referred, or are otherwise known. At my last check, the internet and computers still really don’t hire anyone. All my best,
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Job Search Truth #10: A successful job
search or career transition is 20 percent analytical, technique, strategy,
planning and 80 percent emotion – how you are feeling about yourself and your
ability to relate to the rest of the world.
My clients who end up with meaningful work
made a “doable” plan of action and put one foot in front of the other to execute
it. They are both disciplined and flexible, optimistic and cautious, analytical
and emotional. The path to their new work did not run in a nice, tidy, straight
line. Instead, it was a path of zigs and zags, hairpin turns and detours. But in
the end, truly supported by what they wanted and were committed
and willing to find or create they found or created a new, better fantastic
Understanding, and taking seriously the
emotional side of the job or career transition is critical. Too many job seekers
are walking around with what I call “The Emotional Flu.” Not feeling good about
themselves, their world or the people in their world. Taking seriously what puts
a smile on your face and surrounding yourself with like minded and positive
people goes a long way to give you the emotional energy to go out and find the
job that is just right for you,
Over the past few weeks I have drawn on my
clients experiences to give you their their 10 tips or “Truths” on what it takes
to “do it” … find work that is, for you, worth doing. Taking them seriously
you will find the process of finding or creating a new job easier and much more
Happy hunting and my best wishes to each of
you for much success and happiness in your life.
And lastly, please remember that today is not
a dress rehearsal.
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Job Search Truth #8: You do not
need a resume to do a job search.
Based on what I’ve learned “on the street”
over the past 34 years, you do not write a resume until you have done your
research. That is why I say that you do not need a resume to do a job search. A
successful search if first about finding out what’s out there
in your areas of interest that fits what you really want. Then, when you make
the decision to generate job interviews in your area of interest, you might need
a resume to become a viable candidate to interview for a position.
And, you might not. You may develop such a
good rapport with your prospective employer that he/she simply invites you to
come to work! This really does happen quite often. Larger companies may need
your resume to satisfy a human resources requirement that sounds something
like, “It’s company policy that every employee has a resume on file.” In which
case, if you are asked for your resume, you could be writing it for the human
resource file. Your resume is simply a formality because the person who has the
power to hire has requested you for the position.
Whatever the case, from my perspective, any
resume you write should illustrate transferable skills and experiences that are
aligned with a particular position. Your resume is then targeted to that
position and is not as effective in any other situation.
As I’ve written about earlier, effective
written documentation requires extensive person to person research which
realistically allows you to move from the “I wonder” to the “I Know.”
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