Listen to this audio--I'll tell you how to develop and use a positive attitude in your job search to have more confidence and be more successful.
This was a Total Access Coaching Club presentation I did in December. Many commented that it gave them hope and a positive way to go. (For you, it's Christmas in May...you'll get it when you listen.) I hope you enjoy it.
You are currently employed, but want a different job for whatever reason. You don't like your boss, you are underpaid, you are under employed and looking for a better job. You have a LinkedIn profile but you don't want everyone to know, especially your current employer, that you are looking.
What are you options when it comes to your LinkedIn profile. You don't want to post updates saying you are looking, so you use Ninja tactics. What are Ninja tactics?
Step one is to go to your settings at the top right of your profile page and scroll over your picture. A dropdown will appear and you select "Privacy and Settings" and click on "review". This will take you to the settings homepage.
The first thing is to select under privacy controls is:
Are you bragging about yourself enough on your resume? I don't mean being fictitious or acting as an expert for something you’ve only done once, but more in a way of, ‘I excel at this and THAT is why you should hire me’.
One of the main things I notice with my clients and their existing resumes is that they don't BRAG enough about their accomplishments. They don't talk enough about what they've done above and beyond their daily responsibilities.
My data-mining system is C.A.R.-oriented. The C.A.R. methodology is this: Challenge, Action, Results. What Challenge did you face? What Action did you take to rectify it? And lastly, what were the Results? It is a very accomplishment-focused method and works very well in pulling you’re your accomplishments in an open-ended way. When I discuss this methodology with clients and ask them to sit down and write out their C.A.R. stories, I am amazed at the achievements that come pouring out. Many of us were raised to be humble about our accomplishments, not to be boastful. Remember, though, if you don’t let the reader know of what you’ve done, then why would they hire you? How do you stand out from the pile of candidates? You have to SELL YOURSELF.
5 Simple Tips To Beat Age Discrimination (or Bias) In Your Job Search
If you are over 40, you MUST know this to get hired now.
Age discrimination is almost impossible to prove, but still keeps thousands of job seekers over 40 from getting hired. With the right strategy, you can not only prevent it from hurting your job search chances, you can easily get hired at the job of your dreams.
In this webinar, you will learn simple, easy tips that anyone can use to beat age discrimination and get hired:
Easy Ways To Overcome The 5 Biggest Biases Against Older Job Seekers
PLUS, simple, PROVEN strategies and tips to
Write your Strongest Resume Ever (and eliminate age-related problems)
Get MORE INTERVIEWS than you've ever had before (with GREAT companies)
Impress them so much in the interview they'll BEG to Hire You!
You can not afford to job search without this information!
In this in-depth resume training webinar, you will go through actual resumes with an expert to learn:
How to Write a Resume That Gets Interviews
The Correct Format, Length, and Style
What To Do With Your Objective Statement
How to Make Your Job History 'Sell' You
What To Do With Too Much (or NO) Experience
What To Do With Your References
You can even send in your own resume as a possible choice for live evaluation during the webinar.
This Interview-Getting Training is Absolutely Free…
AND you get 2 Bonus Gifts, too!
Gift #1... Just for registering
When you register, you’ll receive my Podcast – 10 Deadly Resume Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs. If you find (and correct) these common resume mistakes, it will dramatically improve your chances of getting interviews immediately.
Gift #2... Just for attending
At the webinar, you’ll receive my exclusive Podcast: How to Write an Attention-Getting Cover LetterThis podcast is filled with easy tips for writing a cover letter that compels them to read your resume and think positively about you.
I've had a series of coaching calls recently with a guy who won't talk to his kids about his job search--and he's been out of work for a YEAR. His reason? He doesn't want to scare them or cause them concern. Underneath that, he doesn't want them to see him as a failure.
He's not alone. I spoke with a woman recently who's been in a job search for months, but she still leaves the house every day like she's going off to work--and her family has no idea. She doesn't want to upset anyone.
Here's why they're both wrong (and why you are, too, if you're keeping such an important event from your family):
1. A job search is stressful--there's no getting around that, even if it's going relatively well. If it's taking months, the stress builds. I guarantee that your kids (and your spouse) are picking up on your stress--so your 'sheltering' act is likely to fail anyway. It's not a healthy family situation. It's too much for you to handle alone--you need support from your loved ones.
2. Your kids won't see you as a failure. They just don't think that way. They only see that you need a job. Your kids' biggest concerns are going to be about them: will they have to move? will they lose their friends? You can reassure them. If you're not talking about it, they are worrying about these things alone.
3. You are missing out on a prime teachable moment in your children's lives. Do you think they'll never be in a difficult situation? You need to prepare them for the adversity they will no doubt face in their lives. Kids learn best by EXAMPLE. Show them how to pick yourself up, move forward, and overcome a tough spot. It will be something incredibly useful they will carry with them forever.
Here's a great way to show your kids how to take positive action in a crisis...sign up for a free job search webinar and tell them about it.
Lots of you do it every day, especially when it seems everyone’s on your case and you’re not hopping fast enough to please your boss. You begin to wonder: How can I get control of my own destiny and reap all the rewards of my labor?
Almost half of workers over the age of 35 want to branch out on their own, according to a recent survey by Harris Poll and CreativeLive (an online education company).
The obstacles sometimes seem enormous for older adults, ones who have picked up costly responsibilities along the way. Striking out on their own may sound too risky. They may not be certain they have the right skills for business ownership. The big question: How do I get started?
One way to lower your risk and help get you to a new and better career is to consider buying a franchise, which comes with a network of support to help you succeed in your new business. Another clear advantage of a franchise is the opportunity to talk to people already in the business to learn how they’re faring, how the franchise company’s systems work and whether they would do it again.
As a career coach, I talk to job seekers in difficult circumstances all the time. One of the biggest problems that job seekers can face is that at some point, they were fired--for fault. It wasn't downsizing. It wasn't the economy. They did something that caused the company to let them go. If you were fired, you might think that your career is over--but chances are, it isn't.
Let's put a little perspective into this situation....do you remember the Vanessa Williams scandal? Talk about a roller coaster of a career. First African-American Miss America, very publicly fired and forced to give up her crown because of nude Penthouse photos, came back to be an incredibly successful singer/actress.
How about Bill Clinton? President of the United States, very publicly disgraced because of his inexcusable Oval Office misbehavior with Monica Lewinsky, now gets paid millions of dollars for giving speeches, and even joined forces with George H.W. Bush.
So if you were fired...will you let that moment define you? Or will you move on and turn it around? If they can do it, you can, too.
I just got off the phone with someone who's been out of the workforce for 20 years (raising kids). Her husband has lost his job, they've run through their savings waiting for another to come along, and she has to go to work so they don't lose their house--and she is MAD.
As a career coach, I have this same conversation a lot: someone who's been a stay-at-home-spouse (often it's a woman, but not always) for a number of years finds themselves in a job search they never planned for, and they call me for help (a smart move).
Sometimes it's someone who stayed home with the kids and the spouse lost a job (or they're getting a divorce, or the spouse died with insufficient life insurance). Sometimes it's someone who supported the family business (or the spouse's business) and the business failed.
It used to be called Skills and Expertise section on your LinkedIn. Now it is called Skills and Endorsements. What ever you call it you used to be able to sort through the different skills and select the ones that pertained to you and your industry.
Now that LinkedIn has removed the skills and expertise section from the website, how do you add skills that pertain to you and the position you are looking for? One way that is available on LinkedIn is the alumni section. Alumni section?!
One of the hardest things for older job seekers to do is edit your work history, but you absolutely must. No resume should be longer than 2 pages, unless you are at the C-level. A too-long resume says (1) "I don't know how to tailor my resume to highlight what's important for this job" and (2) "I am at least over 40 and probably over 50, which you can see from my long list of jobs." The good news is that you have a wealth of experience to create a true marketing document for yourself. That leaves you with no resume fluff--only impressive, attention-getting accomplishments tailored for each job you apply for.
Experience doesn't matter nearly as much as what you've accomplished. How have you helped the companies you worked for make money or save money? Describe those accomplishments using numbers, dollars, and percentages on your resume and you will have hiring managers (potential bosses) racing to interview you.
Let’s put the social back into social media. I have to admit when I first joined LinkedIn, I wasn’t that social. I didn’t know how the platform worked. That was five years or three versions of the profile page ago.
I have been listed as one of the top LinkedIn specialists and someone you should know for LinkedIn speaking and presentations. LinkedIn says my profile is viewed a lot and they were impressed with the visual media I’ve added to my profile. But it took several years to get there. People on LinkedIn in 2009 were much more social and willing to help novices out. I remember connecting with a recruiter and he actually sent an email to me asking me to have a phone conversation to find out about one another and how we could help each other out.
Today with 289 million members it’s hard to be social with all the noise on your homepage. People are collecting connections instead of strategically searching for mutually beneficial contacts. Everyone wants attention or to sell you something. It’s about making your profile searchable, it’s about in-bound marketing, and it’s about me instead of being social and helping others.
So you’ve selected a franchise and have your initial investment capital saved and now you want to know: How much money will I make?
To answer the question you’ll need to weigh your costs against expected potential revenues.
The beauty of a franchise is you actually have a good shot at figuring all these numbers out. Between the financial disclosure document (FDD) and information available from existing franchisees, you can get a good feel for expenses, as well as potential revenues, so long as you factor in differences related to location, local market and, not to be forgotten, the range of talents and experience individual franchisees bring to their businesses.
Why is it so important to do this math upfront? In a phrase, operating capital.
Lots of folks eager to become entrepreneurs for all the usual reasons —to control your own schedule, achieve work-life balance, be your own boss, and make more money —may neglect to factor in all the capital requirements.
At the beginning of a new business comes the transitional stage. This means you need money to run your business until you learn your way around a new market, new procedures and customer care. During this transition, you won’t generate enough revenue to cover expenses. So it’s essential you have enough capital to keep the circuits humming.
Your first task is to get a realistic sense of how much capital you need to get started. Fortunately, the FDD will provide this view of your costs. Some companies will even provide an idea of potential earnings. A franchise coach can help guide you through the process, but it’s never too early to start your research.
Three Keys to Understanding Your Potential Earnings
Job seekers, if you use your LinkedIn profile as your on-line resume that is self-defeating. Recruiters and headhunters have already seen your resume that's why after they Google your name, they search your LinkedIn profile.