U is for Updating Your Resume

Updating Your Resume Whether or not you're in an active job search, regularly updating your resume is smart. Your resume must reflect your up-to-date skills and experiences. Why Keep Your Resume Updated? It is much easier to maintain your resume than start from scratch once each decade. If you wait that long, you may forget some of the details and valuable experiences you've gained. I recommend keeping a running note on your phone or in a file and adding skills, experiences, and...

R is for Resume

An effective resume is one that gets you the job. Sounds simple, right? Well, anyone who’s been in the job search for more than a month knows that it’s not quite that straightforward. What Makes a Good Resume? All good resumes have a few things in common. First, your resume should be free of grammatical errors and visually appealing. These two qualities show that you put time and attention into your resume. Remember that today's resumes are viewed on devices such...

J is for a Job You Love

There is a popular saying that says, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I think there is some truth to that, don’t you? So, do you love the job you’re at? If you can answer yes to that, then great! You can stop reading now. But if you answered no, then I have a few points for you to consider. A CAREER WITH PURPOSE You may be feeling restless in...

G is for Godly Goals

I have a feeling that for many of my readers, the idea of Godly Goals might be a foreign concept. Goals are just goals, right? Well, not so fast. In a recent conversation with a dear friend, she told me that she was in a knitting competition with one of her acquaintances. At first, her competitiveness came roaring alive but for all the wrong reasons. The passive aggressiveness of her competitor got the better of her, and soon she found...

C is for Career

What's the Difference Between a Job and a Career? Have you ever thought about the difference between a job and a career? While we often use those words interchangeably, there is a distinct difference between the two. One of the easiest ways to tell if you’re working a job or a career is to examine your mindset. Are you working this position as just a means to an end?  Do you work just to support your basic needs but aren’t passionate...

B is for Balance

Feeling Balanced is About Effective Time Management In today’s current work environment, many of us are working from home part-time or full-time. I know I am not the only person struggling to focus at home when my kid needs help with something, or the laundry needs switching out, or I think of something late at night, and decide to get a jump-start on tomorrow. When I constantly allow myself to be interrupted, I am not nearly as effective as I could...

What Companies Want

Job seekers, do you know “What Companies Want” when it comes to finding the perfect candidate for a position. You are going to love the advice our experts give to help you stand out against the competition. In Episode 14 of “Your Story Within Podcast,” as part of April’s Ask an Expert series, two experts joined us. Jessica Visek is a certified resume writer and owns a company called Your Resume Partner. Brenda Neckvatel is an award-winning human resources expert...

Asking for a Raise

If you are uncomfortable with the idea of asking for a raise, you’re not alone. Why is it so difficult to assess our strengths, then ask someone else to recognize our worth monetarily? The fear of rejection is real. Being rejected after asking for a raise can sew seeds of doubts about our value as a professional. That’s a challenging situation to put yourself in, and it’s no wonder why many people avoid asking for a raise. But don’t...

Creating a Stellar LinkedIn Profile

Every Thursday I stream a live video podcast, called “Your Story Within” that focuses on topics to help authors, job seekers, business owners, and other professionals. You can find all podcasts on my author website. In the month of April, the focus is on helping Job Seekers find jobs through a series I am calling  “Ask An Expert.” In Episode 13 of “Your Story Within Podcast,” I was joined by special guests, Thomas Powner, owner of Career Thinker, and Annette...