Conduct your job search from a position of strength

A Test of StrengthOne of the challenges of a job search is that it is very hard to keep a positive mental attitude when you feel like you or your life is broken.

When I work with clients to design their career marketing strategy, we explore not only their accomplishments and strengths but what can be holding them back. Though I deliver career marketing documents like resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles and teach job search strategies, none of those are effective if my client is stuck on something else.

What barriers are in the way of your job search?

As we talk about the job search and start the resume writing process, I conduct in-depth interviews to determine what we need to showcase on the resume and what direction the job search needs to go. I often find that there is one barrier or another that is bigger than the problem of finding a new job.

The job loss job search

Particularly when someone loses a job, there is a road block. If they lose a job they had for 10 to 30 years the roadblock is even bigger. If they lose one more job after a series of other lost jobs perhaps caused by mergers, acquisitions, or job shutdowns, the impact can be just as confusing and troubling. Though the reasons for losing a job are many and some are tied to the person, even the person who has performed admirably and been an asset to the company with great people skills can be downsized.

It always hurts. And even if you see it coming, it strikes a blow at your confidence. In this economy, job loss is particularly devastating. My clients who have lost jobs are smart people who already know they need help to create compelling career marketing materials and they need someone who can lead them through the maze of using LinkedIn and other new job search strategies to reach their goal. They hire me and understand that my fees are an investment into their future.

But there is a roadblock to get a new position for many of them. The fears of how to find a job or the fears that they are past their prime or their fears of how to convince employers of their value overwhelm them. My job before I can write a new resume is to gain their trust and more importantly, help them gain their trust in themselves and their own abilities.

I can teach job search strategy and I can write targeted, focused professional resumes that capture their value but we need to get over the roadblocks first.

Clients who trust me to listen and share their fears are one step further to their new position, even before they are hired.

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  1. Paul on April 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    When I began in the industry, I saw some value in career coaching. Now that I’m in my 3rd decade, my appreciation for career and resume coaches has grown tremendously, particularly with those that are social media savvy.

    • Julie Walraven on April 30, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Paul. You are very wise and I am glad you feel that way. My clients are delightful and I am so happy they are there.

  2. Recruitment Companies on May 3, 2012 at 10:37 pm

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