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Why You Still Need a Professional Resume – Even in the Age of LinkedIn.

Why You Still Need a Professional Resume – Even in the Age of LinkedIn. You may have heard some chatter about LinkedIn profiles surpassing the value of resumes.  There is another camp that says the opposite; that resumes will always have a more important place than LinkedIn.  Like most areas with two points of view, the answer lies somewhere in the middle. …

Where For Art Thou Confidence?

Today as I write this blog post, I’m smiling ear to ear about a  conversation I just had with a client.  She just landed a job that she is truly excited about.  As I listened to her enthusiasm and gratitude, I reminded her that her new employer is also “winning.”  She is qualified, hard-working, and she is going to bring a unique…

What’s Keeping You Stuck #1: The Art of Self-Promotion

  We notice that there are many barriers to a successful job search and career management. One of the most challenging for people today, because it is still so new is the delicate art of self-promotion.  If you are resistant to the idea of putting yourself out there on the web, as is required for a successful job search and career management…

The Five Things Missing from Your Job Search

The Five Things Missing From Your Job Search Based on feedback from clients across the globe, we have identified these common barriers, challenges or mistakes in the search process. 1.Old-school resume 2.Out-of-date Job Search Methods 3. Networking Confusion 4. Skills Gap 5. Your Mindset 1. Old-school resume A number of people are relying on outdated resume norms such as objectives and templates. …

4 Steps To Making Your Job Search A Habit

In the last few weeks I have met two people who have been at a job they hate for 10 years! Imagine what that does to your spirit, never mind your health.  Both of them claimed, “it was supposed to be temporary”.  In this current economy it is very easy to let your job search motivation lag.  A job keeps you extremely…

The Art of Accountability

In recent years some of us may, at times, scratch our heads and wonder what happened to accountability. Why is it so difficult an attribute for people to maintain? We have seen this decline in the media, in changing standards for food labeling and it’s certainly no secret that corporate America has suffered in this area. On a more personal level, we’ve all had to commit to something in our lives. Hopefully, we have weathered some challenges along the way but kept our sense of accountability in tact. I realize it is easier said than done. For instance, in the midst of January – a month with a trail of broken New Year’s resolutions, it’s a good time to take a closer look at this subject. If it weren’t for the newly launched gym-pact.com, who knows where my exercise endeavors would be. It is absolutely possible to learn to become more accountable and, particularly, when it comes to a job search, the benefits of accountability are well worth the efforts so let’s explore.

For starters, what goes wrong when people set out to be accountable to themselves or to others? It starts with a strong foundation of realistic goal setting. This is one of the biggest traps that people fall in to. If they begin with a lofty unattainable idea of what they can realistically do, this leads to feeling personally defeated instead of motivated. If you’re a job changer, you should spend some time in the research phase of your goal planning. It would be great to know how many hours (either before work or after work) you can actually devote to a search without being overly exhausted.