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  • Anyone who knows me knows that I am a big proponent of ramping up the job search come holiday time simply because everyone else will be powering theirs down. Bills don’t take the holiday off and neither should you (in fact, your bills seem to be putting in overtime around this time of year). Stay motivated and perhaps you’ll go into the New Year with a new job.

    Here are some great ideas to help you keep that search active and impactful:

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  • College GraduateRemember the “good old days” when landing corporate job meant a fat income, a robust benefits package, and lifelong employment stability? Well, as you know, those days are over. What has replaced job security and longevity is a consistent uncertainty, no matter the career level. That’s right, everyone from the mail boy to the Director of Finance is looking over their shoulders for the Hatchet Man. But that doesn’t mean you can’t put yourself in the best position possible.

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  • motivation resumes“The will to win is not nearly so important as the will to prepare to win.” – Vince Lombardi

    It is perhaps the most common, yet commonly overlooked reason why most of us do not reach our goals: lack of motivational staying power. We all start the year the same way. January 1st is packed full of energy, will power, and motivation that has us joyously hopeful when it comes to our careers, our health, and our family commitments. We then Read more

  • resume serviceAs a job seeker, there are many reasons why you may not have identified a job target. Perhaps you have grown weary of your current career and need a change. Maybe you were suddenly downsized and don’t feel you have the flexibility to be selective. Whatever the reason, consider spending some time thinking about the type of employment you will be seeking before having your resume written.

    Your resume should not simply be a listing of jobs and education (in the industry, we call these “resume obituaries”). With an identified target, your resume writer can focus the reader on the skills most relevant to the goal you are trying to achieve. If you are seeking a position as a law clerk, you wouldn’t want your experience as a retail sales clerk dominating the resume’s landscape.

    Your resume writer may be a talented one, but even a resume written by the best in the business is a shot in the dark without a clear and identifiable target. There are many factors that can affect your resume’s effectiveness, but this is one that can be prevented on the front end.

    Make certain you don’t blow your resume budget on a crapshoot. Take time to reflect on your future so that the resume service that you select can do a good job of getting you there.


    William Mitchell, Certified Professional Resume Writer
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