How many times have you replied to a job ad via e-mail by shooting them a copy of your resume and cover letter? I’m going to venture a guess and say at least 20 (but more likely hundreds of times) if you’ve been searching for any significant length of time. Here are some of the most notorious mistakes we’ve seen—and what you can do to greatly improve your chances of being noticed.
Creating a vision of your ideal life or scenario is like having your own north star to follow and guide you. The more clearly and specifically you can define what your dreams and goals look like, however bold they may be, the easier it will be to gradually work your way there. It doesn’t matter what stage of life you’re in. This is an invaluable exercise any time you’re contemplating your future.
In an ideal world, we would all have great mentors who help us craft the vision of our highest possible self –then hold us accountable to achieve it. But we all know that true mentors are endangered species these days so if you don’t have someone in your life right now filling that role, take a leap and seek them out
Always be ready to introduce yourself to anyone with confidence and a great story to tell. Pitching is critical to landing great contacts, jobs, new clients or even dates!
Recently one of our readers shared their experience of what it was like to start a new job, find themselves overwhelmed and stressed out to the point of quitting without having something lined up. We know many of you are going through similar situations so we asked this reader to share their story…we hope you find it comforting to know that you are not alone!
As more and more companies choose to hire or promote from within, the opportunities left for job seekers is scarce. The competition is fierce, and when you’re forced to rely on your resume to get in the door – it better stand out from the crowd. Beware…there are several elements to your resume that may actually be putting HR and managers to sleep…
How many jobs in your life have you hunted down like a heat-seeking missile… and how many have just “fallen in your lap?” — Think about the one you hold now. Would you consider it your calling or, at least, a good step on the road to your true passion? We talk a lot about “dream jobs”, but how many of us are actually living ours?
There are always people who are just “hanging out” any time of day: sitting in coffee shops, reading the newspaper, walking their dog, surfing, working out at the gym, shopping… you name it. People of all ages… and I’m pretty good at picking out the tourists. So, I always find myself wondering, “What do they do for a living?”
I’m sure that you, like most people, have daydreamed about what you’d do on the day when you hit some “magic number”. Even when times are tough, this kind of thinking isn’t all pie in the sky. There’s some real tangible value to contemplating questions like this.
From time to time, you will undoubtedly find yourself at major crossroads with very important decisions to make. Since it’s far too easy to feel overwhelmed by these, we came up with a very simple, but pretty useful tool to help you navigate these critical times more strategically and smoothly.
Whether a career change is something you’ve been contemplating for a while or has suddenly been forced on you due to “unexpected circumstances”, rest assured there’s plenty you can do to make the transition a successful one. Here are a few thoughts to get you started.