Be grateful for what you have… in pursuit of what you want

Negative and pessimistic attitudes do NOT attract success. All success, especially when it comes to landing a good job, begins with self-enthusiasm, self-confidence, and genuine hope.  The best way to develop and maintain a positive and optimistic attitude is to be grateful for all you have today, so this deep, sincere appreciation leads to the attainment of your goal of …

Midlife Career Change: Changing Careers in Your 30’s

Midlife career change crisis at 30 – seriously? Yes, seriously. Anthony is a 31 year old MBA who is working in sales support for a mid-sized company earning a whopping $33,000 a year. He has an $89,000 student loan debt that’s just waiting to obliterate his credit rating; not to mention the chance for a better future. Oh, and his …

The REAL Secret to Being Happy: How to Enjoy Your Job Search

“Live life with passion and pursue excellence in everything I do.”  If you were to ask me what the purpose of life is for me, this is how I’d answer you. As you can see, the purpose of my life is NOT to achieve; but to pursue.  The purpose of my life is NOT the goal itself, but the journey …

How to Get the Attention of Hiring Managers: Are You Properly Dangling Your Carrot?

You have only 15-20 seconds, at most, to get the attention of hiring managers.  In a high unemployment job market, you just must dangle a “value carrot” and communicate what significant results you can deliver and produce better than other qualified candidates.  Common sense would dictate that assembly line, look-alike resumes (like chronological resumes) won’t stand out when over 20 …

Courage Can Be Learned: How You Can Develop (More) Courage

Courage is the most important characteristic for success, achievement, and happiness – Especially when looking for a job. Without courage – nothing of substance is possible. If desire is your wishbone, then courage is your backbone. Your backbone provides the sheer determination to achieve your desires – inclusive of fear, adversity, setbacks, pain, danger, hardship, and uncertainty. Harry Truman said, …

Laughter is The Best Medicine: Even if You Lost Your Job

Humor can combat any adversity – even if you lost your job. First let me tell you a quick story… Henry Ford was furious. He was called ‘an ignorant pacifist’ in a Chicago newspaper editorial during World War I. He brought suit against the newspaper. During the proceedings, attorneys for the newspaper tried to prove that Mr. Ford was, indeed, …

4 Questions an Effective Resume Answers in 15 Seconds

In today’s new job market, the old way of “job search” using outdated resumes simply doesn’t work. Think about it… when was the last time you bought something from a door-to-door salesman? It is time to stop knocking on doors, and giving them a copy of your “chronological obituary” (your old boring resume) and start a high impact, self-marketing job …

4 Ways to Improve Your Odds of Achieving Big Goals

You cannot create a rewarding career (or achieve any BIG GOAL for that matter!) with the same mindset you landed your boring job with. John: “Hey Sara, what’s new?” Sara: “Nothing. Same old, same old.” If we are not creating anything new on a regular basis, we are probably heading in the wrong direction and blaming others or finding excuses. If we …

The Hole in the Roof: A Story of Vision and Faith

With faith and vision NOTHING can stand in your way. This powerful story make unemployment seem like a small hurdle and will surely lift your spirits… * Note to the Reader: All accounts / events in this article are true and accurate. The ex con struggled to get in my car in arguably the poorest section of Detroit. It was …