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You Are The Star

Posted by on Jan 11, 2022 in Blog

Finding or creating a new, better fantastic job is not unlike a play with actors, actresses, stagehands, producers, and directors. Putting on a successful play takes commitment to producing the best possible performance, coupled with the wiliness to expend the time and energy to assure it will happen.

Finding a new and rewarding employment opportunity really has many similarities and you are the star, and hopefully, you have many positive, encouraging, and committed helpers assuring that you will have a winning performance to an audience that wants to give you a welcome reception and rave reviews.

Stars take their gifts and talents seriously, have a focused plan, practice like crazy, knowing that each time they step onto the stage, they will be performing to a new audience. Each time you extend yourself to someone, you too, are in effect performing. Are you really ready? Do you have a plan to achieve the desired outcome? Unfortunately, many job seekers really don’t. Even seemingly small acts like making a phone call and really knowing what you are going to say if you reach voicemail or a real person can have less than desired outcomes if you are not fully prepared to perform.

The same surely goes for interviews. Networking to job interviews needs to be researched, planned, and rehearsed if they are to be truly successful and given a welcome reception. The more your “own” your staring role in the job search process, taking your unique self seriously, listening to your heart, and following your smile, your audiences will take you seriously with a standing ovation and an enthusiastic bravo.  My best wishes to each of you in your staring performance.

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Referral Very Encouraged

Posted by on Jan 7, 2022 in Blog

Since our birthing in the early 1980’s CareerMakers has touched the lives of over 9,000 individuals, most of whom were referred by a previous client, friend, or corporate outplacement.

Referrals came in all shapes, sizes, and abilities. What bound them together was the love and caring of others, wanting to help them achieve a new, better fantastic job and that is exactly what we have been blessed to be a part of. From presidents to first jobs. Pilots to nurses, finding or creating new and rewarding employment opportunities in all sectors, from for-profit to non-profit, government, and universities. A true collage of landing places.

If you know of someone who is struggling to find or create a new job or is currently employed, but unhappy in their situation, please feel very encouraged to send them my way, and be assured I will take very good care of them.

People often ask what I do, and I most often respond “I’m in the personal services business, helping good people find their way in the world of employment.” But I am quick to add that this cannot be achieved without the gracious help of others, just like you and this gift is what sets CareerMakers apart from others.

So we’re all in this process together, people helping people. So as you have been helped by the good efforts of others, take a minute and think of someone you can help by sending them my way, thereby putting a smile on their face and hope in their heart.

My best to each of you and wishing you a safe and happy day.

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Commitment and Willingness

Posted by on Nov 17, 2021 in Blog

Almost on a daily basis, I am privileged to receive inquires about my services and I am more than pleased to discuss what I do, how I work, and what results potential clients can reasonably expect when engaging me.

Knowing I can’t do it for them, but being their successful mentor, coach, and partner in their potential job transition, I focus on two very important considerations they must make. Commitment and willingness.

Commitment to doing something good and positive for themselves. On a scale of 1-10 where are they/you? 1 is a phooey and 10 is a wow! If they/you are in the upper quadrant, then we could be a good match, other, probably not because of the lack of real motivation.

Secondly, is the willingness to expend the time, energy, and resources to make the commitment happen. Again, using the scale of 1-10, in the upper quadrant, looking to find or create a new and rewarding employment opportunity as an investment in themselves, then we are probably a good match. Anything less and probably not going to work.

Finding a new job in today’s environment takes focus and dedication, with a “doable” and realistic integrated plan of action, balanced 85% involving people first and 15% with the Internet second. People help, create and hire people they know and are comfortable with. Hard, if not impossible to effectively tell your story on a resume and submit blindly to an electronic job description that may, or may not be real.

My best to each of you and Happy Holidays!

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Don’t Sit On The Sidelines

Posted by on Nov 12, 2021 in Blog

Don’t sit on the sidelines! Unfortunately, too many potential job changers look at this time of year through January 1st saying to themselves, “Not Now” with the misguided belief that everyone is too busy to help them, thus making what they have said to themselves become their reality and stay stuck.

The next eight weeks can provide unique networking opportunities and potential access to individuals otherwise challenging to meet. As my Senior HR Director friend told me, “with many job seekers becoming inactive at this time, my staff and I are often more available to meet and help the serious job seeker than at other times of the year.” If you are looking to be seriously considered for a new, better fantastic job in early 2022 then please don’t sit on the sidelines.

Take your gifts, skills, talents, and interests seriously. Make a plan of action for yourself and surround yourself with realistically positive people who have successfully survived and succeeded in managing the transition of finding a new and rewarding employment opportunity. So off the sidelines, you go, one day at a time, listening to your heart and following your smile.

All my best to each of you!

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Holiday Cheer

Posted by on Nov 3, 2021 in Blog

The holiday season is almost upon us! Too soon for many, while not soon enough for others.

This time of year hopefully brings you a pleasant or joyful time with family and friends, enjoying 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 your 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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More Real World Thoughts

Posted by on Oct 27, 2021 in Blog

Over my nearly 38 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 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 creating your next job or career. All my best to each of you!

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