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Tip of the Day; Sat., March 31

March 31, 2012 Leave a comment

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Network, Network, Network:

Everyone knows that the majority of available jobs will be filled through networking efforts. Last Sunday I had planned on spending the entire day on the computer working on my website, doing research, and searching for a job for my husband. He is presently living and working over 800 miles away. Anyway, a friend called to ask if I wanted to go see a popular local band and have a few beers at the Harley Davidson Shoppe. It was such a nice day. I did feel guilty for shrugging off my responsibilities but went to meet my friend anyway.

While listening to the band four different people, all former co-workers came up to us and told us, “Boeing’s hiring!” The next day my husband applied for all seven assembler jobs that were listed on the website.

Go listen to a band and have a beer or three; network, network, network!

Good luck with your job search,

Jackie White
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Tip of the Day; Thur., March 24

March 24, 2012 Leave a comment

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Use Your “Pat-on-the-Backs”

Keep copies of all awards, performance appraisals, congratulatory emails; any type of pat-on-the-back you receive from management and peers alike. Not only can a professional resume writer gather useful information on your achievements but reading these documents will also boost your self-esteem.

I suggest reading over your “pat-on-the-backs” before every interview; they will remind you of how valuable your contributions were and of what a great asset you can be to your next employer. Do not be shy about your achievements; modesty has no place in an interview!

Good Luck

~ Jackie White, PRW

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Tip of the Day; Thur., March 22

March 22, 2012 Leave a comment

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Fill the Gaps, do not leave a big gap on your resume. If you are unemployed for longer than three months think of a creative way to fill some of that time. Prospective employers are not impressed with couch potatoes. They will want to know how you spent your days.

A few ideas:  Learn a hobby; perhaps one you could turn into a home business, learn a new language, start a blog, volunteer, take a class (learn something new or refresh your skills), or do what I did; signup to be a background actor. You may even make a little money.

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Unemployment Panic

March 4, 2012 Leave a comment

resume writer Slidell, resume service Slidell, professional resume writer Slidell, professional resume writing Slidell.A Note from Christine:  

As a creative professional, I’ve learned that business fluctuations are inevitable. Knowing this, though, does not make dealing with it any easier.  Luckily (thanks to perpetual marketing), most of my “dry spells” are brief. Once in a while, though, I hit an extended patch of slooooow. Like anything that causes us grief, I go through marked phases of coping. Does the following resonate with you?

Day One – Sleep late, clean every nook and cranny, call friends, go out with my camera, “Living the life! Yeah, baby!”… I have enjoyed an unexpected day off.

Day Two – Get up early, ignore personal hygiene in favor of immediate “productivity,” check email 400 times (per hour), read something work-related to stave off feelings of guilt, stare into the refrigerator, watch a movie on the computer and stay up until midnight… having never showered. (I devolve very quickly, what can I say!)

By day three I’ve fallen headlong into panic mode, buzzing along relentlessly, electrified in a workaholic frenzy. I DO NOT recommend the burnout-inducing approach of spending 14 hours a day ramping up every marketing strategy known to man.

Much as I hate to admit this, I have had slow periods that last beyond 10 days.  I can cope rationally during the holidays; slowdowns at those times are expected. During the unanticipated lulls, I am empathizing more than ever with the plights of the recently-downsized, the clients who come to me during the most stressful periods of their lives.

Personally speaking, I am slowly gaining the skills needed to avert full-fledged panic.  I try to pass on these coping lessons to my clients.

No one functions well under such circumstances, job seekers included.

In the first year of marketing my writing talent as a business – before blogging, social media and Twitter – I had very little online presence, no networking outlets and I simply couldn’t afford professional association memberships.  Add to that, I was rather shy socially, and so getting myself out there to hobnob with other professionals… oye!  I had a huge learning curve! So do most job seekers.

Today it is so much easier to be found, to be known, even those among us who are socially-awkward. Try to avoid negative thinking when your response rate doesn’t match your effort.  It happens.  Stay the course.  Remember that everything is temporary–good and bad.  Practice daily strategies of professional marketing and use available tools to broadcast yourself.  Work on your LinkedIn profile; write a short Tweet; post a meaningful link on your Facebook page; reach out to someone in your network for some positive affirmation.

But first, have a shower and pull yourself together.

~Christine Robinson, CPRW

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