You begin by always expecting
good things to happen.
~ Tom Hopkins
Why should you always expect good things to happen? Because if you do, YOU are different. Your attitude is better, you are more open, and others will be more receptive to you. Then, more good things actually do happen.
Develop an attitude of gratitude,
and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
~ Brian Tracy
On this Thanksgiving week, I want to encourage you to keep moving forward in your job search. Stay positive, know that your job is out there, and remember to thank everyone who helps you on the way.
The best part of my job is receiving emails like this one...
Diane followed the steps she learned in one of my Free Job Search Training Webinars and got a great interview within 24 hours! (And then told me I'm a goddess! It made my day. Thanks, Diane!)
This is a direct result of following the steps in the program, and happened less than 24 HOURS! after the webinar today:
...I received a request for an interview at a Healthcare Company in Providence, RI...as Director of Nurses. Money is reputed to be terrific, and this will launch me into bigger and better things!!! ... That is exactly what I wanted!!! I sought the hiring manager out, and did not apply ON LINE!!!
You're a Goddess!!
Come to one of my Free Job Search Training Webinars and learn how to skip online applications, contact the hiring manager directly, and GET INTERVIEWS!
Many job seekers take a break from the job search during the holiday season, but that doesn't mean you should. Absolutely keep going and stay active. Why?
1. Companies still hire during November and December.
Contrary to popular belief, a lot of hiring takes place at the end of the year. Some companies have money to spend in the last quarter of the year, and will use those funds to hire new positions.
2. Even if they aren't hiring now, they will be in January/February.
If you are making contacts, sending your resume to hiring managers, and keeping in touch with recruiters, you will be top of mind as soon as positions become open.
3. You have less competition.
Because so many others will sit out the holiday season, you will have fewer competitors to worry about. That means you have a greater chance of getting the interview.
4. Recruiters are still working.
The holidays are a great time to reach out to recruiters in your space. If you've sent your resume before, send it again with a holiday note. Again, fewer job seekers will be active, so you will stand out more.
5. You have better networking opportunities.
There is no time like holiday time to network. People expect cards and emails during the holidays, so take advantage of that. The season means you also have a reason to reach out to people you haven't talked to in a while. (Get some awesome networking messages in the Hidden Jobs Finder.) There are parties to attend and volunteer opportunities to take advantage of, too. If you feel awkward about telling others you are unemployed, watch this video: Be Positive When Explaining Your Unemployment.
Job references can be an important part of the interviewing process. While it’s no longer necessary to include them when writing a professional resume, you should still be ready with a list of people potential employers can contact. Choosing the right individuals can make a difference in your C-level personal branding, allowing you to make a great impression.
A Recent Boss
It may be tempting to list the boss from your first job because he felt you did a great job and appreciated your work ethic, but depending on how long it’s been, he may no longer remember you well enough to give a good reference. Choosing a more recent boss is your best option. If you choose not to include your current boss, be ready to explain why, even if you simply don’t want him to know you are looking for a new job. Read more...
It’s very important to maintain your confidence in any job search—because that optimism will show up in your approach, your conversation, your body language, and make you ultimately more successful. Conversely, negative thinking will also show up—you’ll feel less confident. You won’t feel like the strongest candidate, so you won’t look like the strongest candidate, and you’ll lose another opportunity. It ends up as a vicious cycle that leaves you in the job search a lot longer.
Mark says that step 7 in how to stop negative thinking is to ‘Stop making stuff up and believing it.’ Imagination is a powerful tool, and too many times, we use it to scare ourselves with all of the terrible things that could happen, whether it’s likely to happen or not. So, to fight that, we need to use our imagination to imagine things going well.
So, in your job search, you should imagine and expect to be successful in every encounter—every time you contact the hiring manager, every time you walk into an interview, and every time you negotiate a compensation package.
What are your job search expectations? In a job search, it’s important that you rid yourself of negative thinking or negative expectations and stay positive. Not only will you turn what can be a difficult situation into an easier, more pleasant one, you will ultimately be more successful.
Writing a professional resume is often more difficult than you could imagine. This is why many people turn to a professional resume writing service. If you’ve been looking for a job and are having difficulty getting interviews, let alone the job you want, it may be time to look at your resume. Using these and other clichés could be the cause.
“I’m Very Enthusiastic”
It might seem like a good thing to be excited about a new job, and it is; however, this statement can actually make you sound desperate. You may really want the job, but saying so isn’t going to make it a reality. It’s up to you to show your prospective employer why you are the right choice, not why you are excited about the prospect of working there. Read more...
What great thing would you attempt
if you knew you could not fail?
~ Robert Schuller
If you knew you could not fail, what would you do? What job would you go for? What company would you work for? Where would you live?
How many hiring managers would you contact? How many interviews would you get? How many offers would you get to choose from?
When I coach job seekers and people who just want to get ahead in their career, I sometimes find that the biggest thing holding them back is fear. A lack of confidence keeps them from achieving what they want and need to achieve. When they get past the fear (and get some direction on the best way to proceed), they are always thrilled with the results.
What great thing would you like to attempt in your job search or your career? Schedule some coaching time with me. I can boost your confidence and help you map out your path to success.
Are you a nurse in search of a new job? Look at Ramona's timeline of success with a 30-60-90-Day Plan:
She used our 30-60-90-Day Action Plan Template to put together her plan the evening before her interview. She interviewed in the morning, and by that afternoon, received a job offer as a Nurse Supervisor in a home care agency.
I thought that I'd drop you a line to let you know how the 30/60/90 day Action Plan worked for me. I bought your template and audio coaching yesterday afternoon and worked yesterday evening to put my action plan together. I had no time to lose. My second job interview was scheduled this morning. I brought my action plan in to my interview this morning and by this afternoon I received and accepted a job offer as a Nurse Supervisor in a well known home care agency.
Did you know that positive thinking in your job search will actually help you get a job faster? The bonus is that you will feel better, too, and have a much better experience overall. Negative thinking not only annihilates your confidence, it can actually cause you to do things that will hurt you in your search.
Mark says that the 5th step to staying positive is ‘Stop taking all the responsibility.’ What does this mean? It means that if something doesn’t work out, you think it’s all your fault--you don’t consider any external factors. For instance, if you don’t get the job, you may assume that it’s because they didn’t like you or that you flubbed the interview –but the real reason may be that the CEOs niece applied too, and the hiring manager was forced to choose her.
How you represent yourself with your personal branding can play a significant role in whether you are hired. However, it’s not all about hiring a professional resume writing service to write resumes that get you hired. In some cases, you need an executive recruiter who will be by your side to help you make the right career move. There are several reasons you should consider working with a recruiter as part of your job search.
There’s No Charge to Job Seekers
Recruiters are typically hired by employers to help them find the ideal candidate for any open positions. These recruiters have the experience and skills necessary to determine which applicants are the best fit for the job requirements. This means most recruiters are available free of charge to the job seeker. The person you hire will be paid by the employer for their services.
Positive thinking is a must for your job search—a positive person is more confident and gets hired faster. Negative thinking erodes our confidence, holds us back from doing the things we should be doing, and makes us miserable in the meantime.
Mark says that the 4th step to staying positive is ‘Stop mind-reading.’ Mind-reading causes us to assign motives (usually negative ones) to other people’s behavior before we have any hint about the real reason.
This is a classic job search problem. If a hiring manager hasn’t called you back, you may automatically assume that he or she doesn’t like you. Or, if you contact a hiring manager about a job and don’t receive a reply, you may assume that he or she is annoyed with you for reaching out. The reality is much more likely to be that the hiring manager just got sidetracked with work. Remember that while they’re trying to hire someone for this new position, they are also meeting deadlines, dealing with problems, and managing the other people who work for them. Make sure you stop to think about all the possibilities they haven’t called that have nothing to do with you.
There are 3 things you can do to stop or combat negative mind-reading in your job search:
Just like how the search engine algorithms are constantly changing, methods of writing an effective resume are also prone to the latest trends. While the overall best executive resume format doesn’t shift much, there are elements of a resume that need to be adjusted to ensure you stand out. Your executive resume writer can help you modernize your resume so it attracts the attention you deserve.
Keywords aren’t just for creating website content and blog posts. Today, many employers run the resumes they receive through a search, looking for particular keywords that apply to the position. Look over any job postings carefully to pick out skills and responsibilities that may be effective keywords to use in your executive resume. Incorporate these into your resume for the best results. Read more...