What Happened?!?!

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Always….ALWAYS have a backup plan. Whether you are looking for a new career, a new job, or you have a pretty good job right now. ALWAYS have a short-list of companies you’d be proud to work with. There will come a day when you decide to leave your company (or the company decides to leave you). It will be far easier to get a new job if you’ve been making contact with your target company.

Attitude Strategies – because “Attitude is everything!”

Staying upbeat and positive during your job search or a career change can be extremely challenging. Doubts can creep in at every turn. It all seems like a series of rejections and actions without results. Yesterday, my friend and fellow career expert, Regina Moser observed that her clients who have a positive attitude, a “it’s going to happen no matter what” belief, seem to be doing much better in this employer’s job market…

Throw yourself at the ground and miss

I’m convinced that finding the positive spin is THE key to having strong emotional resilience. Some might accuse me of having a pure “Pollyanna” outlook because of this. You know, like I always look for the “silver lining” and all that. Well, I do look for the silver lining, but I didn’t always. I’ve worked hard to get into the habit of finding the positive spin because there have been many times in my life where it’s worked to help me be happier. About 13 years ago, I took a job with a company that recruited me (I was very flattered, of course), but I didn’t know then what I know now, and I realized 30 or so days into…

Starting From Where You Are

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n our show on Saturday we had special guest Linda Wilson. Linda, her parents, and 5 sisters lost their homes in hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Linda had made extra payments on her house to pay her home off early, but now all that was gone. She and her family moved to Austin, Texas and started over, but it was at the height of the economic downturn. Even with her MBA and 25+ years of human resources experience, she found herself out of work for over 2 years. She began creating designer portfolio and business accessories, and sent them to well known people like Michelle Obama, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Arianna Huffington, and Oprah’s best friend Gail King. All of which contacted her to thank her. It’s an amazing story, and her story is featured in Arianna Huffington’s book Third World America.

You’ve lost your job, now what?

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A client I’m working with has been notified that his position has been eliminated. He’s still on the payroll as he transitions his responsibilities to various parties at the company. He asked me a very good question this week about something I’ve never addressed here on the Daily Career Blog. I want to share his question and my response. Feel free to chime in with any additional insights you have or resources you know about so we can pass them along. The question: What questions should I be asking human resources, and what else do you suggest I do before my separation…

Ready Yourself for Your Job Search – Get Clear of the Baggage

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In the READY module of the Job Search Boot Camp we not only teach about getting your resume ready, we teach about getting YOU ready for your job search. There are 3 parts to this process of readying yourself. Part I is “Get Clear of the Baggage.” Why do you want to get clear of the baggage? After all, if you have a good resume and your skills are in demand, you should be able to get what you want pretty easily. Not necessarily – not if you are carrying around worry, anger or any sort of baggage about your current or past career situation. Studies show…

6 Things to Avoid During Your Job Search

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Juliana Harris, past expert guest on The Job Search Boot Camp Show, gave a presentation today that I was privileged to attend. Her topic was about coping with job search stress. She openly shared her own personal experiences after being laid off twice in her career, and she added the insights from about a dozen clients she surveyed. She also gave us observations based on her role as supportive spouse for her husband during in his multiple lay offs…