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I Feel Much More Comfortable & Confident Now

“This is helping so much, I really can tell this (interview) practice and your input is helping me. I already feel much more confident & comfortable answering the questions.” –

I Know Now – Write Individual Cover Letters (Not a “One Letter for All”)

“Thank you so much for taking the time and making the effort with my resume.  It looks good and concise and gets to the point.  I saved your advice pertaining

Interview Practice VERY worthwhile!

“Thanks again for squeezing me in at the last minute. It was VERY worth while for me, now I have to go practice!” – Liz, Non-Profit/Volunteer Management, Oregon

I Got a Prestigious Job with My New Resume!

“Thank you for the time you spent on this (resume) with me . . you’ll be pleased to know that this one you helped me with got me a prestigious

LinkedIn Profile Make Over a Success!

“Oh my gosh Shannon! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the work you’ve done helping me to expand on my LinkedIn profile!!!! It looks great, sharp and feels conversational, which is EXACTLY

I am Now Employed!

“Thanks to you & your hard work on my resume, I am now an employed person.  Thank you very much, the resume was outstanding & if it wasn’t for you,

My Resume Now Tells My Story

“Thank you so much for crafting such a great resume for me. You are really great at picking up on details and capturing the essence of a person. I really

Interview Coaching Made Me Prepared – Exception Service!

Shannon’s fantastic!   I had already used one of the interview coach’s that come up at the top of the Google search, but was not overly impressed with the service I received

“Do You Want To Succeed?”

  “Shannon is a great motivator! Extremely professional, focused and sensitive to the needs of her clients. She tells it like it is and promotes practical ways to succeed. She

Another Happy Former Client Returns

“I’m happy to pay for your time. I have always had success with your resumes. Glad your still working in the industry.” – Liz, High School Teacher, Illinois This client

My New Resume is Getting Me Interviews!

“I will say that my resume & its format . . .are definitely working . .  AT & T Broadband called the same day they received it. This is the

Resume Confidence Gets Results:

“Two days after receiving my final resume from you I applied to a non-profit that I’ve always admired.  36 hours after submitting the resume we rewrote together and cover letter

I Now Look at My Accomplishments Differently!

“Shannon took the frustration out of resume writing for me.   We went through an interview process where Shannon drew information out of me, things I had forgotten or did not

Your Guidance Rejuvenated My Spirits!

“Thank you for your resume guidance.  It’s really rejuvenated my search and my spirits. I never would have gotten Home Depot (for HR Manager position) interested in me with my

Take it from an HR Manager . . .

Straight from my Resume Confidence Facebook page: Stephanie Goddard Resume preparation is CRITICAL for interview preparation. I agree with your thorough style completely. Thursday at 1:34pm · Unlike ·  1 Resume Confidence by Shannon Terry Thanks,

This Process Helped Me Regain Control of My Life

Thank you Shannon.  This process definitely gave me more than I bargained for — in a good way.  This was a giant step in taking back control of my life.

Interview Prep for FBI Wins Job Offer

“I called upon Shannon for her assistance in preparing for an interview with a federal government agency.  Preparation was essential.  Shannon was very familiar with (behavioral) interview process and her

I Feel Better, Empowered! Thank you!

“You’ve done an awesome job with this (resume) – I feel so empowered – thank you so much!” – Rylie, Graphic Design, Florida “I’m glad you were able to pull

Shannon Came Recommended, Then I Recommended Her

“Being someone who had never had a resume I was afraid to start, let alone know where to start. Shannon was recommended to me by a dear friend, I contacted

More than just a Resume Writer….


I was so thrilled by this feedback from someone that found me online, I have to share:   

Frankly, I am intrigued by your method of presenting yourself.  Might be an odd way to say this.. but, I felt you weren’t presenting yourself just as a resume writer who will write a resume, get paid and move on.  Seems you approach your job more like holistic medicine…  wanting to help a person not just get something done but help the person help themselves get the job done…”   


Job searching is challenging.  I believe it’s a combo of concrete work on marketing materials like resumes AND addressing our fears, insecurities & building confidence that together make for a successful job search!

You are Not Your Job: Spiritual and Practical Steps to Working with Self Esteem


Losing a job.  Not getting an interview.  Equating our job title or salary with our value as a person.  These are all ways that our self-esteem can be tied, erroneously, to our career.


Sometimes we fall into the trap of equating work-related events and status with our self worth.  Even though we all know that saying “It’s not personal, it’s business”, who hasn’t felt personally slighted by getting passed up for a promotion or getting laid off, even if you are one of many in your company downsize? Positive recognition as Sales Manager of the Month or a glowing review of your product can also affect how we are feeling about ourselves, too.


The danger lies in thinking that our jobs are a reflection of who we are as a person.  Ironically, I think it’s really the other way around – that how we feel about ourselves as people has a much bigger impact on our work and job performance.  When we are confident and feel good about ourselves, generally, we show up to work happy.  When we are relaxed and self-assured, we naturally want to do good work, and our relationships with co-workers, clients, even our grumpy boss go more smoothly, if only because we feel good, so our feathers don’t get ruffled as easily.  We are more able to think creatively, think on our feet, and take well calculated risks because we feel valuable overall, and thus valuable on the job.


 job search encouragement


I work with job seekers, and I can often tell when someone is struggling with attaching their self worth to their current state of joblessness. Job searching can make us feel uncertain, fearful, or resentful – all examples of self-esteem sabotaging emotions.  We can perceive a rejection even where none may exist, in losing a job and during a job search.


For example, it can be a blow to our egos to be out of work, even if we lost a job through no fault of our own.  Or, we think we’re a shoe in for a position and we don’t even get called for an interview.  We’ve gone to round three in the hiring process and aren’t selected in the end.  These are very real disappointments, and yet, we really have no idea why things worked out as they did.


Remember, business can be a strange animal.  Jobs gets posted externally when the intention from the beginning is to hire internally. Secondary skill sets, personality fit with existing team members, and yes, that good old networking system also come into play.  Your past experience may be an exact match for the posted requirements, but your competition may have experience with a rival company, or be the sister-in-law of the VP’s neighbor.  The point is, there are reasons and situations you know not of.  Don’t worry about these things.  We do our best, and we let it go in trust that ‘all works out as it should’.


Maintaining that trust can be particularly challenging during the emotional, financial, and mental strain of being unemployed.  Here are some fairly simply things you can do, whether we are currently employed or looking for work, to keep feeling good about ourselves within, and outside of, our career life.


  • Find a quiet space and time to get in touch with your spiritual self and nurture that connection.  Have a space in your home to pray or meditate, or do yoga or tai chi.  Spend time in nature. Whatever gets you personally in touch with that which you consider divine – do it. Everyday. Creating this quiet, calm space makes room for the answers come.  It helps release our fears, doubts, anxieties.  Whatever our path and specific practices, when we feel grounded and confident in our spiritual selves, then how we feel about ourselves and our ability to handle the crisis and challenges in our daily lives is solid and rooted, drawn from these core believes and values. In her excellent book, “Bringing Yoga to Everyday Life, author Donna Fahri reminds us that through a practice like Yoga that, “Like a surfer out on the ocean swell, we start to align ourselves with the ebb and flow of life rather than fight with it. Gradually we begin to recognize that in between the ups and downs and the coming and going, there is a matrix of stillness that is the backdrop of all phenomena.”
  • Maintain hobbies/personal interests & activities outside of work.  Simply put, take time out for fun!
  • Be who you really are at work.  Avoid having one ‘work persona’ and one ‘the rest of my life’ set of values.  The split causes much confusion, and feeling ingenuine will never bolster self worth.


  • Meet with a coach/support person or job club at least once a week to help keep you on track, positive, and realistic.  Choose someone you KNOW WILL BE SUPPORTIVE – don’t go looking for courage and relief from your own anxieties from someone who is habitually fear-based, sees the glass half empty, and hellfire and damnation lurking at every corner. Avoid these well meaning but potentially self-esteem bashing people.


  • Give yourself credit by setting and tracking progress on daily/weekly job search goals (i.e. I will apply for 2 jobs/day; research 2 new companies each day etc.) The chart full of check marks can give a real sense of accomplishment and pride that you are working diligently and are focused on re-employment.


By combining a grounded spiritual practice with practical action-based strategies for keeping balanced and realistic in our work and lives, we can create a state of self esteem that is interwoven throughout our work and the rest of our lives.





You Are a Goldmine of Knowledge

You are a Goldmine of knowledge and wisdom!

In other words you know a lot of stuff that can really help people AND
there are people waiting to pay you for the knowledge you have.


3 Great Reasons Staying Active Helps a Job Search

A job search client was telling me about all the professional networking groups he attends, about an interviewing workshop he was going to, and was quite interested when I mentioned he might like to join Toastmasters, an internationally known group for learning and practicing public speaking.


I commended him for his diligent activities, but, immediately encouraged him, as is my tendency, to make sure he relaxed, enjoyed some of his free time while he had it, and basically not to overdo things.


I do this to balance out the messages I believe we usually get from our culture, our own ideas of ‘what people will think’, and guilt coming from ‘not working hard enough’ to find a job.


To my suggestion he replied, “Yeah, but I need to stay active or I get too down and unmotivated to do anything.


In thinking more in depth about his strategy, I definitely see wisdom in his approach.  I realize that even for myself, having a schedule of regular activities each week helps me organize my own flexible working style, and having some of my time committed to different pursuits does provide more structure and efficiency to the work I do during the rest of my unstructured time.


There are other obvious benefits to keeping busy as well:  you meet new people and have more opportunities to network and make business contacts and friends; you might learn new skills that could be added to your resume.


An activity such as weekly volunteer work or consulting jobs you do independently can also be added to your resume to fill the job gap created during your work search.


So while I do also encourage you to enjoy this “time off” while job searching by relaxing on the beach, in your hammock out back, or casually watching sitcom reruns, why don’t you also flip through a community college continuing education brochure for interesting classes, or look through your local newspapers and free magazines for information on local networking groups and events.  Keep your eyes & ears out for somewhere to volunteer in your community a few hours a week, whether or not the work is related to your professional field.


If you can use your professional skills to benefit a local non-profit as a volunteer, that’s excellent, but not necessary.


Consider joining a local group that does activities in an area of interest to you, such as the Sierra Club or the PTA, or join Toastmasters to improve not only your public speaking skills but your overall conversational skills and confidence.  Presentation skills are a great transferable skills, always helpful, whether you’re addressing the School Board, training co-workers on a new system, or giving a ‘roast’ for your father’s 65th birthday party.




Stay active and engaged in your life and community and the energy you put out there will fuel you for the job search activities you now need to fit into your newly busy schedule!


Job Searching Can Be FUN!


Okay, to be truthful, not usually.


BUT, we can choose to have some fun with it if we want to, because our attitudes and frame of mind can be sensed by employers.

 The Lionel Richie Method of Job Search?

Grumpy, beat down, or resentful?  Your interviewer will sniff that out like a bloodhound to a raw piece of meat.


Feeling good, positive, hopeful?  Your good nature will also shine through, unmistakeable.  By nature, people are attracted to confidence and ease.


Have a good laugh whenever you can. Do things that are fun when you’re not job searching.  PLAY! It’ll relax you & you’re easy going happy frame of mind will shine through in your interviews, and even the tone of your writing in cover letters, social networking posts, etc.!


 What Not to Wear:


And join my Facebook page for Resume Confidence by Shannon Terry. Most Fridays, in the spirit of good fun, I post a “Friday Funnies” to give you a chuckle & lighten your spirits after a long and diligent week of job searching.  (I also post lots of tips and share articles I find elsewhere relevant to job seeking and career topics for the currently employed (my past clients and others), too.)



Jimi on Jobs:


Be the “Big Fish” in the Great Sea of Job Applicants . . .


Here are some tips on how little details can make a big impression:


  • Tailor/customize your cover letter & resume to the specifics in the job posting.  Yes this is extra work for you, but if it’s a job you are really interested in, the extra effort is worthwhile.  Match your language to the language of the advertisement.  For example, if the job posting stated they wanted a teacher or two years of teaching experience, I’d use the words “taught” “instructed” in my cover letter/resume more often than I would say “trained” or “facilitated”, even though all words are basically synonymous.


  • Ask ahead of time how many people will be in the interview and what time you should arrive


job search tips

Stand out in the sea of job applicants

  • Remember names, use them once in a while during the interview.  Most people have a hard time remembering names so if you do, that may impress the employer.  Just don’t overuse their names . . . am I the only one that this annoys?  I doubt it!


  • Bring extra copies of your resume for everyone in the interview, plus one or two extra, just in case, and offer to distribute at an appropriate time in the interview (i.e. they start fumbling around in their piles of paper saying “I saw on your resume . . .”)  Often in group interviews, not everyone has a copy.  Providing one helps them feel included and on the same page as the rest of the interviewers.


  • Bring a portfolio or samples of your work to offer during an interview, if your work is something you can bring with you.  I keep mine discretely in my bag, only taking it out if it feels appropriate to do so.  It shows preparedness and that “extra touch” or “extra mile”, that you are indeed interested in the job and confident in your work.


  • Bring a list of references with contact information to the interview to offer at the end.  This can include copies of letters of recommendation as well.  Offer these if it seems appropriate, too.


  • Get a business card(s) at the end of the interview.


  • Follow up quickly with a thank you letter for all interviewers (or at least the key hiring staff.)  The business card (see above) ensure correctly spelled names, a professional detail that will impress.  If you can’t get cards for everyone, discreetly enlist the help of the receptionist on your way out if you can.


  • Contact your references ahead of the interview to give them the heads up that a certain company and/or person may be calling for a reference.  Call ahead of time, some employers call your references before you even get home from the interview! Give your references the job title & general duties so they are prepared for the phone call when it comes. You can even supply your references with information you’d like them to share with the potential employers.  Many people appreciate getting some direction from you on what they should say. And, most employers will be impressed if your references say “Oh, good, I’ve been expecting you, Sara told me you would be calling.”


“Let your net always be cast.  In the pool you least expect it, there will be fish.” – Ovid