Why you can’t start your job search by updating your resume

Career Clarity: Getting Clear & Plotting the Course for Where You’re Headed Next So many job seekers think their resume was the first step in preparing for a new job search – but – they don’t quite know what they wanted to do next. An effective resume **has to be targeted** to a specific job goal. So – if you don’t know what type of work you want to do now, it’s not effective (in time, energy or money) to (pay someone to) work on your resume. Knowing what you want – and don’t want – and having a guide Read More

What Are You Grateful for About Your Work?

  The best kind of attitude is gratitude, right? What about your job, or job search, do you feel grateful for? What are you learning, what’s been valuable for your professionally/personally through the experience?  Where have you experienced kindness, support, recognition? For me, I’ll give a big shout out to supervisors I’ve had, like Darrell & Sondi at the runaway shelter, an early job out of college for me.  They were the first to actively see and develop my potential as a mentor and facilitator, skills I skill use today. I also will also always be grateful for Donna, a more Read More

Resume Reader Pet Peeves – and WT..? Stories

  “We ought to be able to learn some thing second hand.   There is not enough time for us to make all of the mistakes ourselves.”  – Harriet Hall Just for fun (but also, some education, perhaps…) here’s just a sampling of some real life, straight from employers/recruiters (and one of my own memorable client experiences, too!)  I give to you the Real Resume Reader Pet Peeves & “Oh, Please Don’t Do This” stories… It’s the job search version of “What Not to Wear” – the don’t do’s, turn-offs and professional faux pas. Remember two things: 1) We can Read More

Please and Thank You (+ Sample Letter – You’re Welcome!)

  Say your “please’s” and “thank you’s”, please! My momma raised me to send thank you letters, whether it was for the gifts I’d received as a child all the way up to making sure I followed up promptly after my first job interviews in high school.  And I still do this, all the time as seems appropriate. I saw a colleague post on my LinkedIn page about this. She was in the job search industry as well, and wondered in a post:  is it common, or expected, anymore, to send a thank you note after a job interview? After a networking Read More