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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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How to make better career goals

How to make better career goals

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How to make better career goalsHunting for a job? Perhaps you need better career goals. As I work with job seekers, we talk about targets and goals.

In their hearts, most people desire success. How they define success is often very different. What is important is how YOU define success!

Better career goals for you

Even within the same field, people want different things. Whether we are talking about healthcare, marketing, engineering, or IT, people target different paths.

  • Define a specific target that motivates you.
  • Determine if you want a job with teamwork or independence.
  • Find the path that matches your leadership model.
  • Ask yourself if you need more training or credentials to reach your goal.

Successful career goals come from within you

You can’t borrow your goals from someone else. In the process of working with my clients, we work together to find those values they treasure, the tasks that aren’t work to them because those tasks make them happy, the people who inspire them, and the environment that fits their work style best. When we do that, we come closer to identifying the jobs that attract them.

Key Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you like to work alone or with people?
  • What kind of leader inspires you?
  • Is there specific work you like to do more than others?
  • Are you detail-focused or do you like the broader picture?
  • Do you need wide open spaces or small cubicles?
  • Is travel on your radar or are you a homebody?
  • Can you work without supervision?

Find the career path that fits you

Within any career path, there will be areas that better fit your personality and background. I believe in career happiness. My heart breaks when I find that someone has spent 10 or 20 years in a career path or area that they hate.

Perhaps you think the economy determines your career path. I don’t. I think if you want something badly enough, you can reach it. You may need extraordinary methods to get there but goals are achievable in any economy in any field.

You deserve happiness in your career. Don’t settle! I create career marketing materials and coach job seekers to reach their career goals.

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How to break glass ceilings and be successful

How to break glass ceilings and be successful

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How to break glass ceilings and be successfulWhile everyone is up in arms about glass ceilings, let me put in my two cents.

As a female business owner for 30+ years who chose to stay small, I know today there are limitless opportunities for those women with good ideas, great skills, and the willingness to execute.

In December 2009, I decided to expand my market and now I often work with clients outside of the US.

Back in 2000, when speaking to a class of 8th graders about my business, I told them I planned to go global someday.

It sounded silly then but today I routinely speak to clients in the UK, Canada, Belgium, and other countries. Not only do I work with people globally, they often stay friends and we message back and forth instantaneously with Facebook, sharing pictures and laughs.

I keep my company small because I like my independence and being able to give personalized service to my clients. But I know that I could grow if I wanted to grow.

If you have an idea for a new service, widget, or industry, get going!

I get frustrated with complaints. You want to be at the top?

Two paths:

  • Demonstrate your value to an employer who will let you go to the top. If glass ceilings in one company blocks you from rising, find another one. You are never forced to stay where you cannot find success.
  • If that doesn’t work and you really want to be successful, make your own way.

Glass ceilings only hold you back if you let them

I coached many women (and men) to consider the possibilities of owning their own business, which lets you break your own glass ceilings. If that is your goal, you can make your company as big as you want. If you want to only hire women, that is your right (or should be). Personally, I like a combination of men and women in my life. I think we bless each other with our differences.

Create your own destiny

You may think you can’t do it but you can do anything you want to if you want to badly enough. If you project a negative attitude, you will bring negativity to you. Self-fulfilling prophecy.

  • Think there is no money? Peer funding, micro lending, and KickStarter are there along with new initiatives daily for innovative ways to find funding and angel investors.
  • Wonder how you will market? Social media allows you to reach the world.
  • Don’t know how to build a business? Myriads of resources are available just by asking Google.

Excuses and protests are easy. Taking action and using the tools to gain your own success is harder. Which will you choose?

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