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Interview coaching. Biographies. Essays. Cover letters. Job search guidance. Resumes. CVs. Thank-you letters. Confidence counseling.

Hire me as your publicist; hire me as your cheerleader; hire me as your researcher, crying towel, and advocate — whatever your challenge, need or goal, let’s — together — get it done.

Accept no substitutes! Bypass resume factories and online templates, with their explosions of bullets (so many, the bullet holes make the documents disintegrate) and stock phrases (“competencies?” Competence is merely adequate — why not proficiency?) and adverbs. Go straight to one-on-one with Portland’s doyenne of resumes.

EXPLOSIVELY EFFECTIVE PRESENTATIONS

Client TestimonialsDon’t let applicant tracking systems ruin your life. Don’t let unfounded hesitation hold you back. ATS or OCR programs are not your friends, but they don’t have to be your enemies.

For a given job opening there might be 10-500 candidates, and “fairness” isn’t generally part of the equation: An individual who’s been out of work more than a few months is less likely to net an interview than is a newly-available person, and your zip code can jettison you. Yikes!!! Yet canny strategies abound, and I have them for you.

 The most important aspect to a job search is a word that begins with r. It begins with “re-,” actually, but it is not “resume.” Do you know what it is? (sorry, “rebar” is wrong ;-))

SAVVY JOB SEARCH GUIDANCE

  • Resumes were invented to eliminate people. Employers and scanners HOPE for red flags. Your focus as a candidate is to dodge the mines and fly the beautiful flag (and not at half-mast!).
  • Employers are very busy. Never mind your Nobel prizes and world-altering patents; you have just 10-15 seconds to be anointed.
  • Cover letters can be more important than resumes. A generic letter will create the same excitement as a “Dear Occupant” letter in your home mailbox. Do not neglect cover letters. Do not use a multi-purpose letter. You might as well send a robot in your place to an interview.
  • You need an evidence book.
  • Research (see above fact in blue) is paramount. Period. And what is the best way to “connect” with an employer? Ask me..

YOU ARE NOT TOO OLD

Worried you are over the hill? Many people older than 62 are still in the workforce. 14.2% of tax preparers are older than 66, as are 12.7% of farmers/ranchers, 12.6% of bus and ambulance drivers, and 11.7% of real estate brokers (these data from www.time.com). Other good fields for “retirement age” candidates: insurance, courier/delivery services, clothing tailoring, private investigation work, career coaching, medical assistance, bookkeeping, sustainability, politics, tour guiding, property management, home health … for ideas about returning to work after a long time away, try https://www.irelaunch.com/about-us]

THINKING OF CHANGING CAREERS?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth will be in the three Cs: Care, Computers, and Clean energy. Demand for solar-panel installers, wind turbine technicians, software developers, mathematicians, personal aides, and home health workers will burgeon from now through 2026.

140 character-interview, anyone?

From the Wall Street Journal: Employers are conducting more early-stage interviews by text, adapting their approaches to young workers’ communication habits. The messaging app Canvas suggests interview questions employer can use, including “What motivates you?” and uses software to analyze candidates’ responses. At staffing firm Aegis, recruiters who used to schedule 30 back-to-back calls now juggle as much as 120 separate text conversations at a time, while also helping clients connect with younger workers. Only 12% of Millennials say they prefer phones for business use; 45% prefer chatting online or texting. “To them, it was like ‘duh, why wouldn’t we use this,’” said Aegis CEO Kirby Cuniffe. ‘That’s how we communicate now.’”

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