20 Retreats for Veterans and Active Duty Military

This week I came off a relaxing week at a totally free retreat for military veterans and their families in western Michigan. As a result, I was inspired to share with our largely military clientele base a list of 20 retreats for veterans and/or active duty military. Many of these retreats are available to significant others and families as well. What’s even more amazing is that all of these retreats are FREE! However, a few require a small, refundable commitment fee,...

The Importance of Having Hobbies

An article about the importance of hobbies from a company that helps you in your job search may seem a little counterintuitive. However, we at Vision to Purpose are firm believers in working hard and playing hard!  We find that hobbies are a fantastic way to keep stress levels low – an essential part of a successful work/life balance. WHY HAVE HOBBIES There are many reasons to have a hobby (or two, or three). Here are our biggest reasons: Hobbies Relieve Stress A...

5 Tips to Creating Brand YOU

WHAT IS PERSONAL BRANDING? L’Oreal told millions of women to buy their product “because you’re worth it." De Beers convinced us that “a diamond is forever." Everyone knows that Wheaties are "the breakfast of champions." These recognizable slogans are more than just marketing campaigns – they are the embodiment of the companies that they represent. It's hard to think of one without the other. Good branding tells what a company stands for, and helps consumers remember that company. Personal branding is no...

Develop Branding Statement

In today's competitive workforce, making yourself stand out can be a challenge. This is where a personal branding statement is invaluable. Developing and marketing your personal branding statement will help you grab – and keep – the attention of potential employers. WHAT IS A BRANDING STATEMENT? Before you can develop a branding statement it needs to be defined. A branding statement is a short statement – typically one sentence long – that briefly describes who you are and what you do...

Don’t Be Discouraged

FAILED JOB INTERVIEW Getting discouraged by a failed job interview is not an uncommon reaction. But there are several reasons why you shouldn't let a failed job interview get you down. THE STATS First, let’s look at some statistics: The average job opening attracts 250 resumes. Only 7-8% of people who apply for a job online actually get a job. The average job search takes five months. Only 2% of applicants are called in for an interview. Surprise! Only one person gets the job. That’s a lot of...

Blue Collar Skills

Blue Collar Skills  While some assume that “unskilled” or “low-skilled” labor jobs also referred to as blue collar jobs, don’t have any skill requirements, as implied by their title, this could not be farther from the truth.   Today, I asked a blue-collar business owner what he looks for in a hire, and his straightforward answers may surprise you. Keep reading for the five things blue-collar employers look for in a hire.   Blue Collar Workers  I come from a family of blue-collar workers. My...

Core Resume Message

CORE RESUME MESSAGE One of the most common mistakes people make when searching for a job is not being selective and intentional about what information they put on their resume, and not having a core resume message.   Instead, they list every experience they've had and end up drowning out the relevant information that a specific job may require. The problem becomes the lack of a central focus. DETERMINE YOUR CORE RESUME MESSAGE  Your resume must paint a clear picture to prospective employers....

Companies Still Hiring

With millions of Americans filing for unemployment last week, it may be a surprise to you that many companies are still hiring right now – some are even hiring more than they were pre-pandemic!  Let’s explore some of the companies that are still hiring.  Communication and Distance-Meeting Companies  Zoom, Slack, and Microsoft are all hiring right now in efforts to keep up with the surge in online meetings and schooling.  Childcare  With many working parents now faced with finding childcare as children are out...

Fabric Face Masks

It is easy to make a reversible, cloth face mask! Watch Melanie as she takes you step-by-step through the process of making a reversible fabric face mask in this easy to follow How-To video. WHAT YOU NEED: Sewing Machine Fabric Fabric Scissors Pinking Sheers Elastic Marking Chalk Embroidery Needle or Other Tool (to thread elastic)   Note: Janome Graceful is a very basic machine, while the Janome DC1050 is more advanced. FACE MASK TEMPLATE: One of the most important items need to make a face mask...

Objectives and Goals

You may think that objectives and goals are different words for the same concept, but there is a distinct difference.   Goals include your primary ideal outcome, and they tend to be broader in scope, and not specific in action planning.  Like goals, objectives are also results that you aim to achieve, but they encompass the strategies that you'll use to reach your broader goals. Objectives take into account the resources that you have at your disposal, add a time-specific element, and...