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Client Testimonials

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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!”

How do you react when something isn’t working?

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I gave myself a late Christmas present, a behavioral profile, a DISC assessment. Perhaps that’s not what you would buy yourself as a present, but I was really curious after giving so many assessments to my clients in the last year. The reports really help me define my client’s strengths and weaknesses and tell me how they communicate so I can write in their voice. And they are great for preparing for interviews.

A few years ago, I completed the time management assessment but I wanted to see what would happen if I used the executive assessment that I give to many of my upper management, business owners, or executive clients. My report? Not a lot of surprises.

“Julie likes to deal with people in a favorable social environment.” and “She is good at solving problems that deal with people.” Top of the list of areas of improvement is: “Julie has a tendency to have difficulty planning and controlling time expenditure.”

Here’s the real kicker. We all have a Natural and Adapted way of dealing with things and the assessment talks about that. One of the areas is problems and challenges. My natural and adapted style for dealing with challenges match, but listen to this:

“Julie is ambitious in her approach to problem solving, displaying a strong will and a need to win against all obstacles.”

Today was clearly one of those days. I am overly enthusiastic about beginnings. So much so that though I went to bed early on New Year’s Eve, I was wide awake at 3:15am. I stayed up for a few hours and tried to clean up some of my e-mails but Outlook has been running slow for days and fought me every step of the way. Then I went back to bed for a few hours.

Normally, I’m a morning person. I rarely sleep in past 7am and only if I wake up during the night and struggle with getting back to sleep. I also prefer to write my blog posts in the morning. I love mornings. They are beginnings. I feel most creative then. But I didn’t write my blog post this morning. I didn’t even get into the shower early as I would have liked.

Instead, I spent a good chunk of the day still trying to tame the e-mail problem, get it to stop hanging up, and organize it for 2011. At the same time, I was really wishing I could get to the other things on my list.

On the first day of the year, I really like to get things done. Organize things, plan things… and definitely not fight losing battles with Outlook. However, see that strong will thing up there? I was bound and determined to win this battle because it was slowing me down.

When she has strong feelings about a particular problem, you should expect to hear these feelings, and they will probably be expressed in an emotional manner.

Ask my husband, I think he was in a duck and run for cover mode! I absolutely hate it when any of my  technology breaks, especially when I don’t really know what is wrong. I stubbornly kept trying alternatives to solve the problem:

  • Deleting the largest e-mails
  • Saving attachments to my hard drive and then deleting the e-mail version
  • Deleting random e-mails I don’t need any more.
  • Using the Mail Clean-up function to show me problem areas
  • Compacting files and folders
  • Checking settings in the options box
  • Deleting more e-mail
  • Emptying the delete folder (over and over again)

What I didn’t try was either asking Google, phoning a friend, or gasp, hire someone who knows more than me to solve the problem. As I started to write this post late this evening, I finally Googled “Outlook running slow.” Top of page one was a link with clear instructions on what to do. Yup, it was there all the time.

I followed the directions and I realized that one of the updates I let Windows install recently was Outlook connector. Outlook wouldn’t let me just disable the add-in (only the administrator can do that – I am the administrator but it didn’t seem to think so) so I had to uninstall the program in Control Panel.

I wanted to write a blog post all day after all it is New Year’s Day, a brand new beginning, but this Outlook problem was getting in the way. Had I not had such a desire to “win” against this technology problem, struggling all alone without help, I might have solved it much sooner and written much sooner.

Are you like that? So determined to do it on your own, whether it is writing your resume, looking for that new career, or creating your LinkedIn profile? So determined that you waste whole days because you wanted to win against all obstacles but were unwilling to ask for help?

But tomorrow is another day and I’ll just continue on… my report also says I have an “Optimistic, future oriented outlook…” See you in the morning!

3 Responses to How do you react when something isn’t working?

  1. I have a tech background and still find myself being drawn down these avenues of “Tech Dispair”. Just the other day, I spent all day trying to get grips with facebook and the solution, in the end, was simple and available in a video!

    Sometimes, the best thing is just to walk away from it and you end up seeing it in a new light.

    • Thanks for stopping by Kiff! I think we all do, no matter how techy we are. The changes in technology are so rapid and the variables for every application are amazing. You might find helpful resources and tips from my WordPress and FB expert, Kim Woodbridge, she’s on the sidebar!

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