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  • job search support“Here is the basic rule for winning success. Let’s mark it in the mind and remember it. The rule is: Success depends on the support of other people. The only hurdle between you and what you want to be is the support of other people.” (David Joseph Schwartz)

    There is usually a lot of stress in the air when going through a job search. You have to find a certified resume writer you can trust, call creditors to warn them of potential missed payments due to unemployment, and perhaps even have some difficult conversations with family members until the things are back on track. If not careful, going through this process can prove to be taxing mentally and even cause you to spiral into depression. As with any difficult period or task, one usually finds it easier to manage if there is some sort of support system that exists. Something to prop you up through the bad times and provide a bridge to success. Here are some tips to structuring a support system that can not only aid with the search, but relieve some of the stress associated with it.

    Get Family and Friends on the Same Page

    As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, having family members and friends that are not in alignment with your job search needs can be problematic. Sometimes they do not take your job search as seriously as you do. Not necessarily intentional, but it happens. Sometimes they just do not know any better. Well, it is up to you to turn those individuals into allies in the cause. Have conversations with all of your friends and family members. Let them know you not only need the space to conduct an effective job search, but that you can also use assistance from time to time. This can be in the form of transportation, housekeeping, babysitting, or just supportive conversation and positive reinforcement. Make sure they know about (and respect) your job search spaces and designated job search times.

    Meet with Other Job Seekers for Support

    Nothing makes a rough time easier quite like knowing there are others dealing with the same situation. Make arrangements to meet up with other individuals who are also conducting job searches. This is not only good for your morale, but you may also find out some excellent job search management tips from others that you have not considered before. Who knows, they may know about a position available that did not interested them, but may be of interest to you. These like-minded individuals can also help you remain accountable for using your time wisely, and vice versa. Did you know that has 138 groups specifically for unemployed support? Find our if there is one in your city and join.

    Find a Mentor

    The best way to get from point A to point B is to find someone who is already at point B and ask them how they got there. Mentors are great for this. Connecting with a mentor not only keeps your eye on the final goal, you get access to excellent advice to little known strategies for achieving your objective. Mentors also have connections. A conversation could lead to a phone call to one of their colleagues that results in an interview. One never knows. But it is always good to have a relationship with someone who is successful in your field. Think about it as a road map on a car trip. If someone has already mapped the terrain and tell you where all of the potholes, traffic delays and dead ends are, why wouldn’t you adjust your trip accordingly?

    Good LinkedIn Groups to Join

    As of the first quarter of 2015, the LinkedIn platform had 364 million users across the globe. It is fast becoming the primary business networking platform on earth. You can find additional support for your job search by becoming a member of any number of LinkedIn groups. Ask questions and let others help you to build a strategy. Weather it is groups targeting the job search process, interviewing skills, or industry specific information and current events, LinkedIn professionals will be able to give you feedback that can only strengthen your search process. And don’t just lurk, participate and contribute! By the way, if you are not on LinkedIn yet, you need to rectify that immediately.

    A Session or Two with a Psychiatrist Can Never Hurt

    Stress from mounting bills, family pressures, and other factors can weigh on you mentally. Hopefully chatting with friends and family can help to relieve that tension. But if you cannot find psychological relief there, consider one or two sessions with a mental health professional. These individuals can help you sort out feelings and perceptions that may be affecting your health, or even affecting your search effectiveness. Depending upon your health insurance plan, this may be a covered visit. But even if it is not, talking to someone who can help you to sort things out is always money well spent.

  • lessons in persistence“I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.”
    – From the poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

    As I watched what looked to be the end of the San Antonio Spurs as we know them, I began to reflect on that team’s accomplishments and what lessons I have learned watching them.

    The Spurs’ “Big Three” of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli and Tim Duncan have something like 5 NBA Finals appearances with 4 championships as a group. This wsn’ achieved with sky-walking athleticism. And while each was very good in what they did, none of them were considered the best in their era at their respective positions. But with cohesion in a coaching staff that got players to buy into the team concept 100%, they found themselves highly successful every year in racking up regular season wins, playoff series victories, and multiple titles.

    Now I am a Lakers fan, so trust me when I tell you that my appreciation for that team has nothing to do with favoritism and fandom. I simply enjoy watching trust and teamwork win out. I am a huge fan of successful systems and environments where effort and consistency is paramount.

    If you are like me, then you have heard motivational speakers from all walks of life communicate that it isn’t always the smartest, fastest, or most talented that wins. In fact, it usually isn’t. There is a lot to be said for getting up again and again when you experience an knockdown. THESE are the people and/or groups who win out. Once you have chosen a direction and start down that path, you do not waver.

    Even if you don’t see the results right away, you have to trust the process and keep on pushing toward the goal. Pundits have been writing off the nucleus of the Spurs as being washed up for at least 5 years. In that time, they have been in the conference finals 4 times, the finals twice, won title. Those players and coaches trusted the process and no were persistent in their pursuit of flawless execution.

    The next time you find yourself staring into the abyss with your employment situation, your business, or personal goals such as your weight/health or education, remember that just because you don’t see it right now doesn’t mean progress isn’t being made and you are not getting closer to the goal. Just because others are telling you there is no use in pursuing your goal, it doesn’t mean their claims have merit.

    • Construct the plan.
    • Make a decision to begin … NOW!
    • Be persistent in your execution EVERY DAY.
    • Recharge your batteries often.
    • Don’t stop until you “see it”, no matter how long that takes or how many punches to the gut you have to take to get to it.


  • Holiday Depression

    For us resume writers, holiday season is a bit bittersweet one. Of course the lovely holiday displays, seemingly happy citizenry and overall festive atmosphere can put you in a great mood. But on the professional side, the holidays mean silent phones and emails, few-and-far-in-between clients, and a hope that January 1st comes right away.

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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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  • 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

  • A few days ago, I began a post on strategies you can implement that will get you ahead in the job search game. This is part 2 of that entry. What many don’t realize during their job search is that the majority of the competition will use “middle-of-the-road effort and tactics” to secure employment. Honestly, this is why most searches take as long as they do. When looking at the employment landscape on the aggregate, yes, the “average” job search can be lengthy in an economy such as ours. But the question is “WHY DOES YOUR JOB SEARCH NEED TO FALL WITHIN THE AVERAGE”? In this and the previous post, I highlight areas of the employment search that many job seekers fail to address (at least thoroughly) to fully optimize search and shorten the length.

    Tailoring your resume to the available position

    resume serviceWhen your resume has 20 seconds or less to communicate to a reader why they should call you in for an interview, you don’t want to take a chance that hiring managers will see where the value is on your resume just because “it appears on there somewhere”. A well designed resume takes into account the key skills, training and experience that employers are looking for in each target position, and optimize its layout, formatting, and content placement accordingly. In fact, depending upon your background and experience mix, applying to separate targets can mean completely restructuring the order of sections within the resume. When your reader is a tired and weary-eyed middle manager that has been given the mandate by his supervisor of going through 95 resumes to find 15 interview candidates by the end of business, you don’t want to take a chance on their missing anything important.

    Submitting your resume to companies that have not (yet) posted job openings

    Here is something that most job seekers don’t know: more than half of available jobs are filled BEFORE they are even made known to the public. Yes, when you are combing, and other boards, you are accessing less than half of the available opportunities. Now, what does that mean for you? You need to add a cold resume submission strategy to your job search mix. Research companies that hire professionals with your skill set and send in your resume. Your resume may come in at a time when the HR Department is preparing to begin a search for someone with your exact skill set. I can tell you I personally landed a position in this manner. Also, use LinkedIn to connect with those who may already be employed at those companies and see what kind of inside information you can acquire. Looking to get on with Coca-Cola, create a relationship with someone already employed there and ask about the company’s culture and short/long-range plans.

    Feeding your psyche with positive motivation

    Never, ever underestimate the power of maintaining a positive mindset during what can be a very stressful situation. Being in the right frame of mind allows you to see opportunity where you otherwise may not. It can be the difference between sending in that one last resume that results in landing your dream job and perhaps quitting right before that happens. Find a few of your favorite motivational quotes and make them easily accessible throughout the day. Create a file on your Smartphone or print them out. You can also read books on those who have overcome adversity. Whatever gets you thinking positive thoughts and carries you through the rough patches of resume submissions and interview preparation, you need to do it.

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