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....

Failing Resume

Most Common Reasons Your Resume is Failing You In today’s modern job market, designing a resume that sets you apart from the competition is a must. Clients tell me they sent out 100s of resumes and receive no callbacks; they are genuinely perplexed and discouraged. Friends, just like technology has changed the way we work, it has also changed how we apply for jobs. The only way to get noticed is to create a resume using proven methods that ensure your...

Don’t Fudge Titles

Don't Fudge Job Titles Do you ever feel like you do more than your job title implies?  It is tempting to want to put an unofficial job title on your resume to align better to what you actually do at work, especially if it makes you the perfect fit for a job you are interested in; however, I caution you against the urge. Your resume is the first thing a prospective employer is going to receive from you. It serves...

Multiple Jobs?

Is Applying for Multiple Positions at the Same Company a Good Idea or a Bad One? As a career coach, I always cringe when I hear a client is applying for multiple jobs within the same company. Apparently, I am not alone. In a recent article by Lindsay Tigar, Recruiters reveal the qualities that are an instant ‘no’, this very topic was discussed.  According to Lindsay, job seekers applying for several open positions in hopes of increasing their odds of getting...

Holiday Job Search

Don’t Put YOUR Job Search on Hold During the Holidays! Top 5 Reasons Why Doing So is a BAD Idea! The thought of taking a break from your job search sounds appealing especially since it is becoming more difficult to set aside dedicated time for the task.  The holiday season is in full swing and I know, it is becoming more challenging for you to juggle tasks both at home and at work. At this point, all you can think...