Prescription: Resume Rehabilitation

May 26, 2010

I’ve seen many job seekers recently who are suffering from the same career illness.  Lack of quality resumes…It’s shame too because as the recovery takes place hiring will continue to increase but for the first year or so it will still be extremely competitive.

It’s my wish that no one who is qualified is turned down for a job simply because they couldn’t represent themselves on paper.  I have 3 very important articles for any person writing, rewriting or reformulating their resumes.

But first, here is my video which is an oldie but a goodie…I hope you enjoy…

Resume Writing Tips: Create a Powerful Opening Statement
Not knowing how to create an interest-generating opening statement on your resume can quickly lead to job-seeker discouragement before the job search even begins!

Learn how you can create a powerful and compelling opening statement on your resume.

Resume Types, Styles, Targeting
Defining the right type, style and format of your resume can be the difference between getting hired and remaining unemployed! Do you know what type of resume YOU should be using?

Make sure your resume is hitting its target.

Five Common Resume Mistakes
A resume is no place to cut corners on your job search…that’s like going on a first date with someone you really like without getting all cleaned up. Yikes!

Here are five common resume mistakes to avoid:

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Presidential Memorandum — Improving the Federal Recruitment and Hiring Process

May 19, 2010
The U.S. Job Market Today!

Monthly job loss graph starting in January 2008. The red columns point to monthly job totals under the Bush administration, while blue columns point to job totals under the Obama administration.

For those of you that might want to work for the Federal Government, your application process just got A LOT easier!  The federal government is about to go through some significant changes in the way it recruits new employees.

On May 11th President Barack Obama issued a directive that will streamline the the application process for Federal jobs.  The official memorandum — Improving the Federal Recruitment and Hiring Process — orders a broad reform of the government’s recruitment and hiring program.

Among the changes is a reduction in the time to hire, acceptance of resumes, simplification of online forms, and elimination of the written essays all candidates must submit just to apply. In addition, hiring managers will get to select from a pool of qualified applicants, rather than pick from among three candidates.

The Presidential memorandum drew praise from both sides of the political isle:

Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) – “I am pleased that President Obama has directed his department heads to reform the Federal hiring process.  The current hiring process is too slow and too complicated, which may discourage highly qualified candidates from pursuing Federal service.  Many of the requirements in the President’s memorandum mirror my Federal Hiring Process Improvement Act, and I will continue to work for the bill’s enactment to make sure that hiring reform is fully implemented across the federal government, and that reforms stand the test of time.”

George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio)“To be an employer of choice, the government must understand what the competition is doing and adapt to the changing environment.  I am pleased that President Obama’s department leaders will take steps to re-tool the federal hiring process, but we must ensure lasting change by passing the Federal Hiring Process Improvement Act.  We must make sure our processes result in hiring the right person, at the right place, at the right time to get the job done for current and future generations of public servants.”

These are all welcome changes to a system that has been commonly described as “archaic” and “straight from the 19th century” by HR professionals and applicants alike.  With over 40% of Federal employees eligible for retirement in the next seven years, this might be a good time to check out employment opportunities with the Government!

If you are interested in working for the Federal Government, you can visit the USAjobs.gov Web site, which categorizes available positions by city and type.

For any other career transition resources, check out iLostMyJob.com – Your Career Transition Resource

Need help on cover letters or interviews? Check out the Career Doctor, Robert Shindell

Click here to Learn About Resumes – What Type of Resume Do You Want?



At Last! U.S. Job Market starting to look pretty good!

May 12, 2010

Last week, the Washington Post reported some very good and long awaited news. The highlights of the article were:

• More confident employers stepped up job creation in April, expanding payrolls by 290,000, the most in four years. The jobless rate rose to 9.9 percent as people streamed back into the market looking for work. For a helpful article from the Washington Post on this topic, click here.

• The hiring of 66,000 temporary government workers to conduct the census helped overall payroll growth last month. However, private employers — the backbone of the economy — boosted jobs, too. They added a surprisingly strong 231,000 positions last month, also the most since March 2006, the Labor Department reported Friday.

• The unemployment rate rose from 9.7 percent in March to 9.9 percent in April, mainly because 805,000 jobseekers –perhaps feeling better about their prospects – resumed their searches for work. In the last four consecutive months, and five of the last six months, the U.S. Economy has actually ADDED jobs. The employment picture is starting to look a bit better, but millions are still struggling with extended unemployment issues.

Now job openings are finally back! Get Some Free Coaching!?
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How do you cope with job loss?

May 7, 2010

Coping with job loss is easy, if you deal with the problem head on.  If you’ve been unemployed for either 24 hours or 24 months, how is the stress?

Has stress mounted on you yet? Do you feel like the world is crumbling around you?

Well if you’ve answered yes, what are you doing for the stress?

Well first, let’s be serious…what’s the worst that can happen to you today?

Are you behind on payments?

Have you lost your insurance?

Have the unemployment benefits run out or are about to run dry?

Have you answered yes to any of these? If so, stop for a moment. Take a deep breath…then tell yourself.  I am ok, everything is ok.  All I need to focus on is what I can do right now….

Now ask yourself, what can you do right now to deal with this stress?

Well first address the issue at the core.

How are you holding up?  Has your health been affected by the stress? Have you gained weight or felt a sense of lethargy grow over you recently?  If so, we need to do something for you today!

I’m serious about this, take a walk or go for a bike ride.

Stress will kill you but owing money won’t.  No matter how much money you owe someone one, you can not die from debt.  It might feel like you’ll die but that’s simply a sign you need to work off stress before you can deal with the problem.

Similar to how highly paid baseball players say, “You can’t let the pressure get to you.  It’s important to simply go out there & play the game like a kid.  That way I forget about the salary, the lights & the attention.  It’s just me, the bat & the ball.”

If you stress too much about the lights & all the attention, you’ll never accomplish any simple task.

So for you, if you feel stress. What can you do to work off the stress or move those thoughts out of your mind?

Well if you want my honest opinion, I say, exercise.  You need to get your mind off the stress you’re placing on yourself.  (Yes, I do believe the stress you feel is created by you & no one else) If you have time to sit online & read a blog, your life can’t be too immediately stressful. (Definitely not as stressful as people in third world countries who stress about food, clean water & clothing.  That’s actual stress)

When you feel stressed it’s impossible to make reasonable decisions.  You make quick & often rash decisions.  For those around us, it’s not hard to tell when stress is destroying our lives.  We become aggressive, irritated & edgy with the ones we love.  Has this started to happen to you?

What if you could lose 100 lbs & cut your stress?  Do you think you’d be happier & able to make better decisions for your future?

I ask about 100 lbs because a man lost his job, his health insurance, had a pre-existing heart condition & still lost 100 lbs – He says he’s happier, has more energy & is less stressed.  So are you ready to cope with job loss effectively?

If not, stop reading now & go back to being stressed & miserable.  No one can be helped if they don’t want to help themselves.  If you’re a parent you know this; a temper tantrum from a child who is stressed about their lack of a candy bar.  You can extend a hand to help them off the ground but if they never reach back, they will lay on the ground all day.

Don’t think you’re above help or being exposed to stress.  You are, we all are.  It’s how we respond & bounce back that’s important.

Now it’s time for an actual understanding to coping with job loss.

From Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, author of On Death and Dying:

  1. Denial (this isn’t happening to me!)
  2. Anger (why is this happening to me?)
  3. Bargaining (I promise I’ll be a better person if…)
  4. Depression (I don’t care anymore)
  5. Acceptance (I’m ready for whatever comes)

These are the 5 stages of coping.  Job loss is hardly different from coping with death.  For more on this issue, please check out our Coping with Job Loss Article

If you want more career transition resources check out – ILostMyJob.com – Your Career Transition Resource

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Apprenticeships Stands The Test of Time

May 5, 2010

Apprenticeships…

It might not be as glamorous as Donald Trump’s hit television show, but apprenticeships are making a comeback in the manufacturing industry here in the United States.

If you are out of work and looking to transition into a new and growing industry, checking out apprenticeship programs through local community colleges and local manufacturing companies. This might be your ticket to a stable job and trade that will benefit you and our economy for many years to come.

As a global competitor for the next decade, America manufacturing requires an exceptional worker. The main reason colleges have become the market place to advertise apprenticeships.

Manufacturing has become drastically different in the past decade. Larger reliance on math, science & computer programming are required now as the economy prepares to compete in a global future.

Apprenticeship programs range from unpaid internships to fully paid positions.

Many times these positions are advertised around local colleges. Rarely are apprenticeships posted as regular job openings. The prospective person has to show initiative to be accepted to any apprenticeship program.

Are you interested in a stable position in manufacturing?

If so, look for apprenticeships in your area, it could be the opportunity you’ve been missing.

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