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

Cover letters. Biographies. Essays. Curriculum vitae. Resumes. Interview coaching and confidence counseling. Just ask.

EXPLOSIVELY EFFECTIVE PRESENTATIONS

Client TestimonialsIn a perfect world, you wouldn’t need a resume. You’d simply go to a business,  make your pitch, and—huzzah!–land that terrific job offer. Or you would place a quick phone call or send a zippy e-mail, and –sha na na! — start to work! It still happens that way sometimes, and in-person visits are rarely a bad idea (except at monolithic corporations where Cerberus guards the gates).

But what if you are timid, tongue-tied, or miles from your destination? You can still land interviews. More than likely an ATS will control your destiny. Not sure what an ATS is? If you’ve submitted a resume online, an ATS or OCR has probably scanned your document. These acronyms 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 always 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!!!

Here’s a fact too often ignored. 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 are overloaded, and they want to filter you. They look at resumes HOPING for red flags or minefields. Your focus as a candidate is to dodge the mines and fly the beautiful flag (and not at half-mast!).
  • Employers are very busy. You might claim two Nobel prizes and several world-altering patents; you might leap skyscrapers in a quick hop; but you have just 10-15 seconds to be anointed, and seemingly small things can delete you.
  • Cover letters can be more important than resumes. A spot-on cover letter will generate an interview most of the time, even if accompanied by a substandard resume. A “generic” letter, though, will create the same excitement as a “Dear Occupant” letter in your home mailbox. Do not neglect cover letters. They really really really matter.
  • Your “brag book” should be top-notch.
  • Research (see above fact in blue) is paramount. Period. And what is the best way to “connect” with an employer? Hint: Job boards are almost always the worst way. LinkedIn is, right now, among the best ways..

shadowYOU 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, tour guiding, property management, home health … for ideas about returning to work after a long time away, try https://www.irelaunch.com/about-us]

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THINKING OF CHANGING CAREERS?

The five “best” jobs in America, based on earning potential, job satisfaction, and number of openings, are: Data Scientist, DevOps Engineer, Data Engineer, Tax Manager, and Data Analytics Manager.

Barbers are mostly happy, too.

As for growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is in the three Cs: Care, Computers, and Clean energy. Demand for solar-panel installers, wind turbine technicians, software developers, mathematicians, personal aids, 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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