Get some help for your job-search…

June 10, 2010

You cannot do an effective job-search by yourself. It simply does not work. You need to find people that can help you. This help may come in many forms. If you are struggling by yourself, here are some suggestions as to some type of people that might be able to help you!

Find job search experts who can help you. – Visiting is certainly a great place to start, but it should not be your only destination!

Career and Life Coaches can assist with the self-evaluation process. – Many Community Colleges also provide self-assessment tools for FREE! You can also visit’s “Career Assessment” page.

Make sure you have the RIGHT resume with your positioning statement. – So many times job seekers continue to send out their “career obituary” rather than a document that truly reflects their knowledge, skills, passion and abilities.  get a professional to help you write your resume!

Connecting with recruiters – If you are only working with one recruiter you are making a mistake. Remember they do not work for you… so make sure you get out there and connect with as many as you can.

Customized job search programs – Have you visited The Career Artisan, Mary Elizabeth Bradford? She has an amazing program to assist job seekers with all phases of the job search – from identifying companies and positions to working with you on your resume and obtaining interviews.

Participate in social/community/industry groups. – It is good to let people know that you’re looking for a new position. LinkedIn is a great place to start! You can join groups that are directly related to the industry you are in and start networking with people. Start “what do you do” conversations. Be curious about what others do and how you might help them. Ask your contacts how they got their jobs. You can also apply for jobs through LinkedIn!

Find a mentor/accountability partner – A mentor could be a wise business person you’ve known for many years. Call them up and ask them for a face to face meeting or take them to lunch or for coffee. Then listen, engage, ask for their advice. You’ll be surprised how many will assist when you have the right attitude and approach. An accountability partner is a trusted friend that can help you to stay on track with the goals that you set for yourself. Ask them to be tough on you! You will thank them later!

The bottom line is you cannot and you should not feel that you are alone in your situation. There are people who care deeply about you and want to help you to be successful in helping you find your next great career opportunity.

If you’re interested in more information please check out my page on – Your Career Transition Resource

Want to make your voice heard? Ask me a question – Career Doctor, Ask Me A Career Question


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:

25,000 Ups Jobs!

April 9, 2010

Looking for a new job? Want one with great benefits, low turn over and a low stress workplace?  Now you have an opportunity to work for the US Postal Service.  It’s a huge opportunity for the next 5 years.

If you’re interested you can check out the application page from the US Post Office

Looking for job is the game for job seekers and landing interviews is scoring points.  When you win the game you’ve landed a job! So now that we’ve established the rules to game, what is your strategy to score quickly?

Do you know what type of steps you need to quickly infiltrate a company and make a contact?

Do you know what is the best way to convey your skills to an employer without even sending a resume?

Find out by checking out Mary Elizabeth Bradford’s Article: Why Targeting Your Job Market Gets Your More Interviews & Offers

Do you know how to get an interview?

April 8, 2010

Did you know that 80% of jobs are filled before they are advertised? That’s why relying only on jobs you find posted on job boards is like slapping the handcuffs on your job search.

Identifying your target market or industries is one of the steps you need to take if you are wanting to break free of job board reliance and start taking the initiative that is going to bring you more quality job interviews and offers!

Maybe you know your market really well – in which case this could be a really fun and simple step for you as you write down all your industries, sub industries, geographic preferences and favorite “A” list companies…

Interested in learning the next steps to landing an interview and having job search success?

Learn Why Targeting your Job Market Gets More Interviews

Welcome a New Career Doctor, Mary Elizabeth Bradford to

March 31, 2010

Mary Elizabeth Bradford the Career Artisan comes to

Mary Elizabeth Bradford, also known as “The Career Artisan,” brings 15 plus years of helping people achieve their dreams through coaching during their career search. Known as a hidden job market expert, Mary Elizabeth is the author of two guidebooks; “Secrets of the Unadvertised Job Market” and “Phone Networking Secrets Revealed.

In addition to advising users on the Career Doctor at, Mary Elizabeth Bradford continues to work directly with clients where she offers both resume writing services, eBooks and her popular “Job Search Success System”, a step by step system to setting up a turnkey job search system that empowers people in job transition to access the hidden job market.

I Lost My is a transition focused website that helps people who have lost their jobs and are seeking information, ideas and inspiration to find their next employment situation. Launched in 2009 the growing web property boasts a robust content delivery system that integrates written word with powerful video content.

If you’re interested in receiving advice from a career expert: Ask the Career Doctor

If you’re interested in learning more about – Your Career Transition Resource