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  • For everything there is a season. Conversely, there are times when things are out of season. When it comes to landing employment, that “low season” is essentially from mid-November until after New Years.

    During this stretch of the year, businesses are usually operating at half-strength, both physically and mentally. It is usually around this time that employees request extended vacations and time off. And the staff that remains is more worried about Christmas parties and shopping than they are work. As such, hiring usually grinds to a halt around this time.

    Now, what does that mean or you? Well, this is prime time to get your resume and cover letter in before the big push back to productivity starts after January 1st. When all employees return to work after the start of the new year, it’s “catch up time”. By making a solid push in distributing your resume over the holidays, your resume should be right there in the first week of January for hiring managers to review. Also, you have a leg up on your competition that decided to take it easy during the holidays to pick up on the search after January 1st.

    So after your thanksgiving turkey and football, get right back to work. Send out those resumes with reckless abandon to position yourself at the head of the line. Don’t let Christmas activities interfere with the search either. Block aside some time everyday to tend to the job search. Who knows, maybe the best Christmas present of all is waiting for you in January: a good paying job!

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    William Mitchell, CPRW
    http://www.theresumeclinic.com
    Order a free resume critique today!

  • When you work from home, it can often give you a case of the “blahs”. You have little interaction with others and the walls can sometimes close in on you. I definitely get this feeling every so often.

    It is best to get out and change your view for several reasons. First, there’s the human contact. Working solo can turn you into a hermit. Interacting with people isn’t just good for the interaction, but you keep in touch for networking purposes. Next, how about Vitamin C? Staying in your home office for days at a time keeps you from the sunlight exposure that is good for your health.

    Find a nice coffeehouse at which you can work. If you have an air card, maybe you can get some work done in the park or at the lake (my personal favorite). Even the public library can present a nice change of pace!

  • If there is one thing that you can be certain of, it is that life is happening to everyone. We all tend to feel that our trials and tribulations are unique and that no one in the world has ever had they kinds of troubles that we have. This can at times bog down our progress in reaching our goals and dreams because we feel that the chips are stacked against us. Sometimes, in order to amass the strength and confidence to traverse a situation, it helps to find out that there were others facing the same issues who found a way to emerge triumphant.

    Biographies and autobiographies of people who have successfully overcome similar hurdles to ones you are going through serve as an excellent way to delve into the inner thoughts of those who are willing to share you you have arrived at where you wish to be. For instance, if you want to understand the mindset of the successful business professional, you might want to read the autobiographies of Donald Trump or Lee Iaccoca. Perhaps you’re struggling with weight issues. In that case, Ricki Lake may be a good read to find out how to harness strength and will power. For every situation from bankruptcy to debilitating illness to dysfunctional family life, someone’s been through it and wrote about how they overcame it.

    It is not always necessary to re-invent the wheel. Sometimes the blueprint to success already exists. Many extraordinary people have already been through the fire and documented their journey. Perhaps we can learn from their mistakes instead of our own.

  • resume writerIt may have begun with the U.S. economy, but it definitely is not ending there. As we saw over the past month, our behemoth of an economy carries the world with it. When we hurt, everyone does. The Resume Clinic, like many other resume writing services, has seen a spike in resume orders from professionals across the globe who have either lost their jobs already, anticipate doing so soon, or are just preparing for the worst just in case. We have also seen a spike in international resume orders from expat professionals being affected by mergers and consolidations. Clients from as far as China have smartly prepped themselves for the worst-case scenario by getting their resumes on the launching pad to hasten any transition.

     

    While resume business has been steady, the trend is worrisome for us as a nation and world. We are heading into the holiday season with thousands of people in mortgage trouble and employment peril. There’s talk from President-elect Obama of a new stimulus package, but can we afford to wait until January 20th for him to take action? Non-farm payroll employment fell by 240,000 in October and the unemployment rate rose from 6.1 to 6.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor.

    Hang on folks “¦ it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!!!

    “””””””””””””””””””””””””“
    William Mitchell, CPRW
    http://www.theresumeclinic.com
    Order a free resume critique today!


  • resume writerThe election is almost over but the economic struggle is just beginning for most of us. Watching the stock market’s erratic performance and banking credit freeze is enough to make anyone quake in their shoes. But while the situation seems dire, calmer and cooler heads will prevail.

     

    If you are in the stock market and not close to retirement, you are likely to be okay. One thing about a dropping market … It will always come back. It may not be in the next week or even next month, but it will be back. It always does. Wall Street parties don’t shut down forever. Remember, losses aren’t real until they are “realized”. Cashing out at the bottom is a rookie move that guys like Warren Buffet feast on. If you aren’t in need for immediate liquidity, stay the course.

     

    On the employment front, there may be more need for concern. Credit freezes by the bank could mean frozen payrolls, and we know where that can lead. The key is to have as many tools at the ready in case the hatchet falls. When you’re distraught after being let go, it is difficult to handle things like resumes. It’s best to have it at the ready. I once heard that the two things one should always have ready to go at all times are a passport and a resume.

     

    When it comes to one’s mortgage, it may be too late to make any adjustments. The credit freeze means no refinancing right now and the minimum credit scores have risen to over 700 for consideration. But when it comes to this area, all we can prepare for now is to be better advised when shopping for mortgage in the future … BE SURE YOU CAN AFFORD THE TOP SIDE OF AN ADJUSTABLE RATE MORTGAGE! Don’t accept a mortgage that has the potential to get away from you. All we have to do is look at the current foreclosure debacle and see the consequences.

     

    Responding to this (and any) crisis in a calm and levelheaded manner can put you ahead of the pack. Let’s be sure to not only stay ready for anything that comes around the corner, but learn from our mistakes and those of others.

    “””””””””””””””””””””””””“
    William Mitchell, CPRW
    http://www.theresumeclinic.com
    Order a free resume critique today!

  • We understand that in the middle and at the conclusion of a job search, it is not very high on one’s priority list to check in with your resume writer to let them know how the search and/or new career is going. But trust me, it is a big deal for your resume writer.

    If the search is not progressing as smoothly as anticipated, we want to know the details so that we can help you to get the search back on track. Perhaps the resume needs a bit of refocusing, or maybe your search parameters need to be broadened (or refined). As your resume writer, we have a vested interest in your success as you won’t be motivated to tell others about us if you aren’t experiencing success.

    If you are flooded with interview requests (as most of our clients are), this is great news that we need to hear. Perhaps there was an unorthodox strategy we implemented for your resume that seemed to work wonders. We’d want to be sure to make note of that for future situations. Also, we’d definitely want you to leave a testimonial regarding your success for future potential clients to read.

    Folks, resume writing is really a lonely job. Any contact is welcome and we love to hear from our clients for any reason. Feedback validates good processes and identifies bad ones that require a change. Be sure to stay in contact to let us know how we’re doing.

    By the way … did I mention that we’d love for you to send us your friends and colleagues?

    “””””””””””””””””””””””””“
    William Mitchell, CPRW
    http://www.theresumeclinic.com
    Order a free resume critique today!

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