“The Quest for Life’s Work Affirmations”

Recently picked up the latest revised edition of one of my favorite career books of all time, Zen and the Art of Making a Living by Laurence Boldt. Boldt offers what he calls “The Quest for Life’s Work Affirmations,” which is a list of affirming statementss that are meant to inspire you to keep working toward your goal of obtaining the work you love… the work you’re called to do. So, if you haven’t yet had your Recommended Daily Allowance of affirmations today, here you go!…

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…

5 Simple Strategies That Will Get You Hired Faster

Here are the 5 main things that I have observed over the last couple of decades that help people get hired faster. It’s not rocket science, people! 1. Get off the computer and get out there to meet people. Your resume is never going to be “perfect” so stop tweaking it before you start your search. And those job postings you’re seeing online? By the time you apply, it’s pretty much too late anyway. Yesterday, I was talking to a recruiter who said it well…

3 Attitudes You’ll Need to Survive the Adventure

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1. Be courageous… Christopher Robin to Pooh: “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” –A. A. Milne | “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson…

Welcoming Generation Y into the WorkPlace

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Yesterday my daughter, who will soon graduate from high school, had her first job interview. She walked into the clothes boutique with the intention of simply dropping off the application she had filled out over the weekend. The store manager invited her to stay for an impromptu interview which even included a role playing scenario. She breathlessly told me the details afterward – how her heart was beating wildly from her nerves; how she was “freaking out” because she didn’t know enough about the latest seasonal merchandise to help the manager who pretended to be a…

Resumes: Accomplishment Statements, Part II

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In part I of “Resumes: Accomplishment Statements,” I explained why you should consider adding your value proposition to your resume. I also told you what accomplishment statements can be based on: How you impacted the bottom line (money) and/or productivity (time); Your awards, patents, publications, etc.; Situations in which you exceeded your job description. Today, I want to show you how to develop your accomplishment statements and where to integrate them into your resume…

Resumes: Accomplishment Statements, Part I

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Accomplishments statements are used to elaborate on and liven up relevant task descriptions. However, the main purpose for accomplishment statements is to show your value proposition as it relates to the job you are trying to attract. Why do you have to show your value prop on your resume? I’ll put it right out there… I suggest you do what it takes to stand out from the pack. Let’s face it. We are still in an employer’s market. Even though …

Quick Tip for Job Search Networking with Former Colleagues

A Client’s Question: “A former colleague works for a company on my target list. Should I flat out ask if there are any opportunities at the company, or should I approach it in another more roundabout way?” Best Approach for Networking with Former Colleagues: Since your objective is to get your resume in front of the hiring authority, I would…

Brandon The Nurse

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Brandon Newsom was our guest this week on The Job Search Boot Camp Show. Brandon story may sound like a familiar (or even personal) tale. He wasn’t happy where he worked. He had a family to support, so he thought there wasn’t any way out. He started becoming depressed.

His wife saw what was happening, and helped him to make a decision to hire someone to help him on the way. He went through our program, and today Brandon is working at a hospital while studying to be a nurse. He saves lives and loves his work. Listen to the steps Brandon took on the replay of our show “Stepping Into The Perfect Career”,

Job Search: “What you need to know to get noticed.”

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Surely, by now you’ve heard that recruiters are using social media to find job candidates. Years ago, recruiters would type keywords into their resume databases or into a job board resume database (I know, I was one of them!), but today they’re typing keywords into social media sites like LinkedIn. On TheBostonChannel.com today, you’ll find a succinct article and video news story about a job seeker who was found and eventually hired because of her online presence. The reporter also interviews a recruiter…