Beginning Your Job Search This Weekend?

If you are one of the 40% or so of candidates looking to make a career change now that the jobs market has made it’s come-back, there are several things to consider before you get started.

  1. Have you updated your resume (to current standards)?
  2. Have you populated keywords for your target role/industry throughout your resume and cover letter?
  3. Have you researched your target company in preparation for the interview phase and tailored your cover letter accordingly?

To further help you along, here is a helpful article from CareerFAQs regarding some of the skills the majority of employers are looking for in potential candidates. As a final step in your preparation for your career search, you will want to be sure to demonstrate these skills throughout the body of your resume:  https://www.careerfaqs.com.au/news/news-and-views/the-10-skills-you-ll-need-by-2020-and-beyond .

Thanks so much for reading. Talk soon.

Trying Something New…

Drum roll please… I am stepping out of my comfort zone.

Again.

Not so far out as the vlog, but intended in the same spirit. Here is where I thank all my wonderful friends, clients and family for the encouragement and great counsel.

Again.

Today I am growing my community and launching a group page, Resume Central. You can read the group description for yourself, but, in a nutshell, I am hoping it will be a supportive and uplifting group. In my heart of hearts it is a positive place for professionals to commiserate and share wise counsel based on their experiences. Zero judgement.

Of course, I will share what I know about the industry, answer your questions, share industry factoids, my blog / vlog – and anything else I can to support you in your professional endeavors.

Looking forward to having you join us!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/461959227636089/?source_id=482220901902592

Click on the link above and then on the “Visit Group” button in top, right of the page below the banner.

professionals

Finding Your Perfect Place!

What a great, thought-provoking article from Money this morning. While it seems counter-intuitive, metropolitan areas are not the best places to go for work due to the high cost of living. Time to begin considering the lifestyle you want and where that means you need to live, prior to your career search. Read the article to learn more – >

https://amp-timeinc-net.cdn.ampproject.org/c/amp.timeinc.net/time/money/5306323/millennials-earn-in-every-state

 

 

HAVING TROUBLE BEING PRODUCTIVE? CHANGE SOMETHING!

I don’t know about you, but this week has been a total loss, professionally. Typically, I can crank out project after project and adhere to a timeline with respective deadlines and revisions without breaking a sweat. This week, not so much.

Once I realized that I had a backlog, I took a closer look at those backlog items. Most were simple revisions. They would take time, research and, possibly, re-formatting, but each one was a handful of hours, each. There were just so many. Additionally, we are in the middle of several home improvement projects. So, multiple, simultaneous client projects at the same time as multiple personal projects.

Today, however, I am killing it! What changed, you ask? I did. I changed my location. Clearly there are too many distractions at home right now. So, I am at the coffee shop, producing like crazy. Three client projects. Done! Three blogs and vlogs. Done!

I share this with you today because I believe we all reach these seasons in life and work where there is just too much. Too much clutter, disorganization or work itself. Taking the time to analyze the bottleneck in productivity is critical but was something I never used to take the time for. In my time at brick-and-mortar positions, I was pretty good about asking for one or two days a week to work from home or the coffee shop. Those were days I prized, because my productivity doubled – if not tripled. Not to mention the enhanced quality of my work on those days out of the office because I could give laser-focus to my work.

Are you having trouble with productivity? Try changing something about your work routine, location or environment. You will be surprised what taking a deep breath, analyzing the problem and making a small change will do for your results.

Thanks so much for reading, watching and subscribing! Talk soon.