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Tips to Re-Energize Your Job Search


You’ve been searching for your next position every day since your layoff. It’s now been months. It’s getting frustrating at best; tedious at worst. You don’t like feeling this way and you know you need to change things up to bring life back into your search.

Here are some ideas to boost the job search adrenalin and energize you back to your normal productive and positive self. (more…)

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Groundhog Day and Your Job Search


Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. As the legend goes, if the groundhog comes out of his hole and sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. Of course, this may or may not be true. Many think the groundhog has strong predictor abilities; others scoff at his legendary skills.

But as the movie Groundhog Day so humorously portrays, the day of wondering about the end of winter (your period of career transition) will keep coming again and again until you take charge of yourself, choose to see that spring (your job) is coming, and then make changes to head you in the right direction. (more…)

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The Gorilla in the Room: Your Nagging Need for Employment


“Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.” – Robert Strauss

You’ve been searching for a job for a while. And now it’s Monday and time to get back to it in earnest. Frankly, you don’t want to. You are tired this morning, and tired of the search. You’ve been at it for weeks now — maybe even months, or longer. Sometimes it seems as if all your efforts will never pay off.

But is your “gorilla” tired of it? (more…)

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Facing the Job Search Mountain in 2016


This past year, I had a really interesting conversation with a job seeker. I’ll say his name was Joe.

At the time of our conversation, Joe had been job searching for over a year, and as his goal for employment he had chosen a very particular career at a very well-known company. However, due to his lack of experience, he had been told by many people that he was aiming too high and that he was crazy for doing so.

His question to me was, “Do you think I’m crazy?” (more…)

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Monday Motivation: Success is Measured in Obstacles Overcome


Success. Everybody wants it, but achieving it can be tricky.

In your job search, your work history, skills, and interests combine to form your unique background. These are your strengths, which contribute to the specific choices available to you in finding your next position. Your strengths help you achieve career success.

You also have a set of weaknesses – we all do – and these combine to create the obstacles to success that need to be overcome. The good news is that you can adapt in order to face your challenges, to the best of your ability, just as the two following celebrities have done. (more…)

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Monday Motivation: Plan Your Work and Work Your Job Search Plan


It’s Monday!  Yes!

Monday.  Time to get back to the job search after a great weekend.  You feel refreshed, restored and ready to go. A whole new week!  Five whole days to get stuff done and find your new job!

Sound familiar?  I thought not.

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Many of us, frankly, hate Mondays — or at least, Monday mornings.  Let’s face it: it’s not easy leaving behind the weekend and all it means: sleeping in, being with family or friends and feeling accepted; spending Saturday outside in the sunshine, enjoying weekend meals together, going to a great movie, reading a great book, having some down time — you know, all that stuff that we can enjoy on Saturday and Sunday that we don’t have time for during the week…


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Monday Motivation: Job Search is About the Goal and the Journey


Job searching takes focus, hard work, dedication, and lots of patience. Often, it will feel like you’re putting forth monumental effort without getting promising leads or callbacks from employers. The good news is that you’re not alone. While you’re working to reach your next goal, remember that most successful people have been in your place.

Below are the stories of two very famous people whose journeys to success included some unexpected detours. (more…)

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