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Why negative thinking gets negative results

Why negative thinking gets negative results

Why negative thinking gets negative resultsAt our house, I often say, “negative thinking gets negative results.” I say it often when my husband is watching Packer games. He will call the game lost when the other team gets ahead.

The problem is that there could be 3 quarters left when he declares the game lost. Plus, of course the players can’t hear him anyway. I had to say that again yesterday when the Packers played the Cowboys.

If you watched the game, there were many “heart attack” moments when the game could easily go one way or the other, down to the last seconds when the Packers finally won.

How I impact my business with negative thinking

While my husband can’t impact the game with negative thinking, you and I impact our own endeavors by practicing negative thinking. My marketing coach told me years ago that if I start thinking I can’t, I won’t.

I would look at the month’s revenue and panic. He would say, “Julie, what does the calendar say?” I would tell him the date. He would then remind me that we had agreed not to look at the month in the month. Meaning if it was the 8th or 15th or even the 26th, there is no reason to let negative thinking take over.

When you do that, it impacts everything you do. As a small business person, you can’t write compelling marketing content, you show it when talking to prospective clients, you stall on new initiatives. In other words, you will get negative results because you are impacting your actions.

How does negative thinking impact your job search?

Job search is one of the toughest things anyone will do. You don’t know the result and you have to rely on other people to get you to the win. Depending on the level of your career, it can take a long time to win. But if you give up, you are giving in to negative thinking.

  • Think positively as you create a dynamic resume showcasing your value.
  • Don’t let negative thinking get in the way as you start writing your LinkedIn profile
  • Ignore the black hole talk and get your resume in the hands of decision makers and hiring managers.
  • Stop thinking all this new-fangled networking stuff will never work.
  • Even when you get a rejection, send a thank you for the “no”

Job search is tough and I know my clients often battle fear as they look for the next opportunity. But they keep going. You need to keep going too. Don’t let negative thinking take over. One of the benefits of my career marketing service is the live sessions that let us talk through those fears as we are working on your resume or writing LinkedIn or completing other job search projects.

I personalize everything I do with clients so that their job search gets the individualized attention that they need. Let me help you win!

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How to stop being counterproductive. Don’t delay career goals!

How to stop being counterproductive. Don’t delay career goals!

How to stop being counterproductive by not delaying career goalsWe don’t talk about being counterproductive much at all but delaying any kind of goal is always counterproductive. Let’s examine why we delay goals and why the reasons are counterproductive.

Fear is counterproductive

For example, I delayed remodeling my kitchen for years. The biggest reason is fear. It’s a big expense if I want to do it right. I am also trying to get out of debt. Yet, the kitchen is my favorite room in the house so the delay has definitely been counterproductive.

If I ever sell the house, the kitchen will hold back the sale so my logic of waiting doesn’t even work.

The good news is that I am moving forward this year. The cabinets and countertops are ordered and you will hear more about the kitchen going forward. I swallowed my fears to reach my goal.

Job seekers are often counterproductive

Sometimes the reason job seekers delay career goals is lack of knowledge. They don’t know how to correctly make the next career move so they stay in their old job. Or they go about it the wrong way and get frustrated.

  • Perhaps their resume is too long
  • Maybe the resume sounds too much like a job description
  • If they are on LinkedIn, they either are bare bones with details or they don’t attract readers with their content
  • Even if they get those things right, they don’t know how to find the people to hire them and their resume ends up in the black hole

However, even though I am going forward with my goal, I’m not the one who is building the kitchen. My construction skills are minimal. My contractor son who has built multiple houses will lead the project and for technical support, we will hire a plumber and other specialists.

If you don’t have the knowledge of resume writing, LinkedIn, or current job search strategies, consider hiring me to help you stop being counterproductive and stop delaying your career goals.

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How to write a targeted job-winning resume

How to write a targeted job-winning resume

How to write a targeted job-winning resumeYou want a new job. Your resume just doesn’t make it. Somewhere you heard you need a targeted job-winning resume, but what the heck is that?

What goes into a targeted job-winning resume?

A better question might be what doesn’t go in that resume? You don’t have to put in the kitchen sink. Sometimes when you are trying to do it yourself, you are working so hard to match up those keywords that your resume falls far short of a targeted job-winning resume, it looks like a pile of words.

I get it. One project I am working on now is a Medical Director in Pharmaceuticals. This talented gentleman heard that you need to put in the right words so your resume doesn’t fall into the black hole. He bought my top package and we already met 7 times starting before Christmas. We have a Master Resume now, a solution I finally reached when I realized that he needed a starting point so we could refine and rebuild the resume to target specific areas.

When you go to the doctor because you have an illness or sickness, you narrow it down to the specialty. If your ears are bothering you, you need an ENT physician. If the patient is a child, you need a pediatrician. You select the right doctor to solve your problem.

How do you target a resume?

If like this gentleman, you have a diverse range of skills and a long history of success, you have to match those success stories and keywords to the target. When you try to put everything in so you don’t miss anything, you often don’t hit the mark because no one reads it.

Writing a strong resume means carefully considering where you want to go and creating a strategy to get you in that direction. For this client, we are doing that with his first target and will continue with several other options. If we just sent the master resume, it would get lost in the black hole.

Get out of the black hole

Fortunately, this client has me as his guide. As we talk together in our interactive sessions, he is better understanding what targeted, job-winning resume. With me as his coach, I can help him to understand better ways to look for that job so his resume isn’t going into the black hole. We aren’t ready to start his LinkedIn training and writing but he is now beginning to understand how to position his value on LinkedIn.

After all the career marketing materials are complete, he will have several versions of his resume for different targets. We will connect him with my partner, an interview coach, who will help him through the complex maze of how to best share the value we uncovered while writing that resume.

While this project is complex, the strategies I use are the same with anyone who invests in my services. You select the level of service you need and we devise a plan to help you reach your goals.

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Are you ready for the next fantastic opportunity?

Are you ready for the next fantastic opportunity?

Are you ready for the next fantastic opportunity?You had a great career and you think it is time for the next fantastic opportunity, but are you ready? Perhaps you would like to think so but right behind you is someone else who spent time honing their skills to perfection.

I was reading an article about the Nokia CEO who ended his speech saying this “we didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost”. The context was the announcement of Nokia being acquired by Microsoft. The writer, Rahul Gupta, goes on to say that “their problem was that the world changed too fast. Their opponents were too powerful.”

He went on to say:

They missed out on learning, they missed out on changing, and thus they lost the opportunity at hand to make it big. Not only did they miss the opportunity to earn big money, they lost their chance of survival.

The message of this story is, if you don’t change, you shall be removed from the competition.

This happens all too often. Not just to companies but to people too. I work with many people who no longer have a role that they did well. A role they cherished with a company they loved. Maybe it was a merger acquisition, corporate restructuring, company shut down, or the products were outsourced.

Do you know how to make your skills shine for the next fantastic opportunity?

Often people don’t prepare. Like Nokia, they fail to keep up with technology and may not be up on the latest in their industry.

Sadly, many people are not ready when opportunity does come knocking. They don’t have a stellar resume and they may not even have a LinkedIn presence. Their network is lost in the weeds and it is going to take work to resurrect it.

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