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Are You Ready for “This”? Thinking Ahead in Your Job Search

 Interview August – Being Prepared “Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity”   Being prepared has definitely been a theme in my life in central Florida during Hurricane Season (June 1 – Nov. 30). Starting every May or June, I buy a few items each week at the grocery store to stock up & check the supply list for necessities.  In years past, we weathered threats of Hurricane Charley here in Tampa Bay in 2004 with nothing but a day of occasional drizzle and normal wind gusts materializing – luckily for us.  The storm turned a mere hour before it was Read More





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It’s a Bit Stuart Smalley, but . . .

    I came upon this from a post from a page I am a “fan” of on my Facebook Page & thought how fun it would be to make some of these & secretly, randomly post them around town – and I just might!  And I encourage you to do, so, too, if so inspired! (and then write & tell me about it!)   Then I thought, “If I did a Positive Thoughts just for Job Seekers” version, what should it say?   Here’s a few of my thoughts – love you to add yours in the comments below.  Read More





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Real Client Stories: Networking Well

  Most people know that networking is THE best way to get considered for a job – an advertised one, or more importantly, the “hidden job market” – those job openings that aren’t posted anywhere.   There are many people, though, maybe even most (?), that are not sure HOW to reach out to their networks (personal or professional), when they are job searching.     Here are two creative, inspiring examples from REAL job seekers:   Use Social Media Well:   I stumbled on what I thought was a great example of one way to communicate your job search & needs Read More





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FUNCTIONAL RESUMES EXPLAINED

Answers to Common Questions About Functional Resumes   After my post “Chronological vs. Functional Resumes“, I’ve received a few questions – and I know it can be puzzling to figure out which resume format works best for YOUR unique work history, and most importantly – current job goals!   So this post is for you, dear readers, hope it helps! How is it different from a chronological resume? A chronological resume is what most people think of, listing their work history in reverse time order including job title, company name & location and dates, then listing the skills, experiences and Read More





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Client Stories: 3 All Too Common Resume Mistakes

  Real clients, real resumes – real mistakes!  I have reviewed some resumes today with mistakes I commonly see, unfortunately. Make no mistake about it – these types of errors WILL adversely affect your chances of landing an interview to be considered for the job!   — Mistake #1: TOOOO LOONNGG:  I regularly see 3 page resumes – no no no!  (or even more – up to 8 (ugh!) pages (NO!)… Often it seems this is because the person is trying to space things out, divide content sections with titles to make it easier to read. This is actually a good idea Read More