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Global Marketing Director

Fortune 500 Company, Pennsylvania

“Hey Julie, Just a short note to say thanks for your help with my resume. It was a great help for me in landing a couple of opportunities that led to offers.”

Senior Vice President

Banking, Maryland

“It has been a whirlwind since you completed my resume, a lot of changes to the organization in light of the merger, a busy market, and as well a lot of folks making decisions to leave versus stay.

For me, an offer was made that I will be accepting. I can tell you my resume has been met with rave reviews so I trust you implicitly, have recommended you, and will be a customer for life as I may need to re-engage you.”

Office Manager

New York, NY

I wanted to find someone who will work with me live, so I can explain all my responsibilities and accomplishments to a literate professional, who will then be able to put it into right words and create a “WOW” resume for me.

Next day I woke up and for some reason my gut told me to work with Julie, so I called her, and boy was my gut right. I am so happy with my new resume and cover letter, I have a second breath for job search. We worked live on Skype all the time, I could see exactly what she was doing, and I couldn’t ask for a more personalized experience for my money.

Executive Vice President, Marketing

Boston, MA

I wanted to reach out and let you know I landed my next exciting opportunity! On March 28, I'll be joining ABC Company as their EVP Marketing. The fit couldn't feel more perfect! I'm so excited and can hardly wait to get started. Thanks so much for everything you've done to help make me look good! :) It worked. (again!)

Career Change

Transportation Industry, New York, NY

"My first walk-in transportation company (ABC Freight) and my first job opportunity! I can't thank you enough!"
His goal - the transportation industry. He was ready to leave a successful career selling Manhattan real estate to follow his passion!

Instructional Designer

University, Wisconsin

“I highly recommend Julie as a professional career management consultant. Her ability to assess her clients needs and desires, and then creatively collaborate with them to create an overall digital profile that truly represents “who they are” is amazing.

It was time to give my professional profile some pizzaz, and create a professional online presence, and the first person that I thought of was Julie. After working with Julie as a professional, I can say that the service Julie provides is nothing short of the way to (as her web site states) “find your perfect career marketing strategy”. Give her personal face-to-face strategy a try!”

5 Pitfalls to Being a Rescuer

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I’m a rescuer. I want to jump in there and make everything right for everyone around me. I hate conflict and prefer sunshine. When there is conflict, I want to make it better. It’s not necessarily a bad quality totally, there are times when it is exactly what needs to be done.

Here’s the pitfalls (a pitfall is an unforeseen or unexpected difficulty or disaster – or a trap in the form of a concealed hole):

  1. Rescuing is close to enabling and most people know that enabling never helps at all. There are times when you are better off to stay out of the fray. It helps the other parties learn to resolve their own problems and develop solutions.
  2. When you are known as a rescuer and then deliberately try to stay out of a conflict, you will still get blamed. You’re the one who usually finds the solutions. But if you decide they should solve their own problems, those around you may be mad at you for not helping.
  3. Emotionally, rescuing is draining. You find yourself tired and out of energy or tired and out of focus even when you have work to be done. You find it hard to move out of a mood.
  4. Physically, rescuing takes a toll. You need to find outside sources for replenishment and soul restoring because the people you are rescuing will not do that for you. You need to take care of you.
  5. Financially, rescuing is a burden. When you either throw money you don’t necessarily have to help someone solve a problem or just can’t focus on doing your own work, you aren’t solving the problem at all.

Thoughts? Any other rescuers out there?

3 Responses to 5 Pitfalls to Being a Rescuer

  1. It is very common for those in the helping profession carry that sense of “have to help them see” into personal lives. Not until the “hero” stands back and lets the chips fall where they may, will the rescueer see that their “stand down” is sometimes exactly what they and others need to grow.

  2. Ah, yes. You know I am a fellow rescuer, Julie. I’ve known other rescuers, as well. It can be good, but it definitely has its dark side.

    One thing that I’ve noticed about rescuing is that it can sometimes mask what’s really happening with the rescuer. In other words, they keep getting into rescue mode so that they don’t have to deal with their own life issues.

    One person I knew who was a rescuer would keep going from one person to another, helping them; it was like he had a Superman complex. The need to be needed by other people was so bad that it ended up costing him a relationship.

    • Very true, Melissa! I actually Googled the rescuer personality and read most of page one. Nothing compelling but it was in agreement with what you just said. Sometimes it takes someone from the outside to step in and say “you think you are helping, but you are not… you are enabling! Do you know the difference?” Yes, someone did have that conversation a long time ago when he admitted that he too has a rescuing personality. But I need frequent reminders.