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Do you hold on to the old way too long?

Do you hold on to the old way too long?

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Do you hold on to the old way too long?We all have things we hold on to for longer than we should because we are afraid to let go of old things or old ways of doing things. Perhaps we are afraid of anything new and different.

Why do we hold on to the old way or old things?

The answer is change is uncomfortable. Sometimes the answer is much deeper. Take the photo at the left. Pictured are two hairbrushes. The hairbrush on the left is decrepit, worn out and ruined because of age and overuse.

The hairbrush on the right was hardly used, albeit in my husband, Bill’s possession for more than 10 years. Yes, both are my husband’s hairbrushes. He has a hard time letting go. Bill tends to hold on to things for a very long time.

He had the hairbrush on the left before we were married 36+ years ago. As he recalls, he first got the hairbrush when his roommate left it behind in college in 1967. Yup, that makes it 50 years old this year. It was ruined when we met in 1979. But he held on to that hairbrush even when he had a replacement available and even when he could have bought any hairbrush he wanted. Bill finally agreed recently that he would change to the new brush now.

Job seekers hold on to old ways of job search too

When I work with job seekers, they are often stuck too in old ways of doing things. Someone called me and asked what is the most current way of writing resumes recently. The reality is though certainly things changed but there is no one “right” way. The right way to write your resume is the way to best showcase your unique value! Finding the right strategy for your job search is critical to your success.

I use a different strategy with every client. What works for an attorney may not work for a company President. The resume style that fits a VP of Global Sourcing may be all wrong for a Director of Strategy and Planning. The VP of Sales in IT software solutions for compliance needs a different kind of resume than a Director of Global Accounts, Private Equities, and Group Purchasing Organizations in OEM construction product sales.

Don’t hold on to the wrong job search strategy because it was the way you always did it before. I deliver individualized resume writing, LinkedIn coaching and profile writing to a diverse range of professionals in many career paths. As we work together, we discover the right path for you to help you reach new goals.

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Is this the right time to look for a different job?

Is this the right time to look for a different job?

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Is this the right time to look for a different job?Is it time for a different job? How do you know when you should move on to another role or another company?

The better question is: are you ready for a different job?

If someone said, “send me your resume, you would be perfect for this position,” do you have a resume that’s ready to go?

I can’t tell you how many times people have told me that they had an opportunity for the perfect job but they didn’t plan and their resume is from college or is 15 years old. Or their resume doesn’t come close to representing their value.

You may think you are never going to change jobs but today there is no assurance that your job will be there tomorrow, much less in 10 years.

You need to be ready to market you

Throughout my work with clients, I run into some people who understand this and live by it. They strategically plan their career to build skills in diverse areas. These leaders look for opportunities within their company to grow skill sets in different areas and different jobs. Some people evaluate what they need and actively look to grow those skills even if it means getting a different job outside their company.

If someone understands the manufacturing process but doesn’t know how that product gets to market, they select a role in product marketing to learn. A few companies deliberately rotate young professionals through an intensive leadership training program. This allows them to get a taste of the variety of positions available. They build a knowledge basis in multiple facets of the company.

While that process isn’t common, staying in the same company for 30 years is almost non-existent today but was common 20 years ago.

Your resume is the foundation of the job search

Be prepared with a value-filled resume because you don’t know when you will need one. As I speak with hiring managers and human resource professionals, they tell me they don’t want someone who stayed in the same job for life. Rather, they look for people who can change roles, expand their capacities, and continue to innovate.

Are you ready for a different job? The resume is one ingredient.

Savvy job seekers have a current accomplishment-driven resume combined with a quality LinkedIn profile. They keep in contact with their network throughout their career and continue to build connections with people who help them grow both personally and professionally. Is it time for you to become one of those savvy job seekers?

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How to check if online career advice has value

How to check if online career advice has value

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How to check if online career advice has valueHow do you know if the online career advice is true? Too many people believe everything they read or hear on the internet. The problem is that everyone sounds like an expert.

Is there a way to check online career advice?

When I see an article shared, I check the author. There are many people in the career industry I know personally. I have no trouble accepting their advice.

Sometimes mainstream press articles actually ask people who work in the career industry and most of the time I agree with that online career advice.

When I see an article that is written just to garner attention  and views repeating tired strategies that give bad advice like the one page resume or don’t use color or stay away from anything graphic, I cringe.

What is the worst online career advice?

I hate it when an article focuses on only how to win a job through the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) and lists all kinds of rules to make sure you can pass through the ATS systems.

I create presentation resumes in Microsoft Word and convert those to PDF versions and text or ASCII versions.

You should be using the value-filled, compelling presentation resume to network and to email contacts you already know. Most people focus far too much on the ATS version so they avoid anything that actually will draw in the human reader.

I believe in creating advocates who will help you through the door to the job you really want. It is much more work but you will get a job you really want instead of fighting the online system.

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How to prevent fear from driving your career

How to prevent fear from driving your career

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How to prevent fear from driving your careerOur times seem to let fear win. I want to teach you why you should prevent fear from driving your career and how to do it.

What does fear driving your career mean?

If you determine that outside forces are the reason for you not getting the job you want, you are letting fear drive your career —  and probably your life.

What outside forces?

  • Economy
  • US Election
  • Weather
  • Time of Year
  • Age

You name it. People find reasons that things aren’t working and they blame those things. The economy takes a dip and panic sets in, you will never find a job. Someone other than your candidate was elected and you assume things will go bad. It is storming. No one hires at Christmas time. You’re too old.

I could go on with more outside forces but you get the idea. People let something else drive their career, their job search, their businesses, and their lives.

Why prevent fear from being your career driver?

Fear is counterproductive. When it wins, you lose. If you assume that the factors above are the ones you aren’t succeeding, you will fail. You gave outside forces permission to drive your career.

Fear is powerful. It takes over and pretty soon we can’t see straight.

How do you prevent fear?

You stop fear or prevent fear from driving your career by moving forward without letting those factors rule your life.

The economy goes up and down continuously. Throughout the last big recession, I saw clients win new jobs. They prepared with strategic job search tools. Their resume was value-driven and they took a proactive approach to job search.

There have been many elections. Life goes on. Focus on forward and do your part to make life better for others around you.

Sunny days, rainy days, or snowy days all give you an opportunity to keep going.

Holiday parties and Christmas dinners are the perfect time to get to know more people who can help you reach your goals.

Many of my successful clients are between 50 and 60. They win great jobs! One 60+ is now President of a company. Don’t assume you will fail. If you do, you already have failed.

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