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between two certainties. But taking that
chance is what brings success.
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|Time to Change Careers?
When do you call it quits with your current career? When
do you say "This isn't working and I'm just going to
have to do something else"?
It just may be that your
field has far fewer openings than candidates and that
would be years and years before there would be
enough "next step" openings for you to consider. If
networking contacts confirm such a situation, you may
have little choice but to make a change. As
emotionally difficult as that decision can
be, at times it's the only choice. Or, you are simply
ready for something else.
If that's your decision, then start toward your
next step by researching. Read job descriptions and
weigh your qualifications and what you may need to
do to update them. Check the demand for those in the
field. Does it fit your values, interests, and personality?
The best way to know if the new career is a fit for you
is to talk with as many people as you can who are
actually DOING the job. They will tell you about the
realities of the field, including realistic salaries and
possible advancement. They'll answer many
questions. You'll be able to tell if they truly enjoy the
work, and if it possibly fits you.
And it's that last point that's key: you deserve
a job that
fits you, one in which you'll be happy; this means you
can't wait for an ad to appear, which means you need
to do a job search proactively, which means you need
to network into the career and into companies that
Period. And although this kind of search takes about
as much time as one during which you wait for ads to
appear, the result is far better: you vastly increase your
chances of getting a great job, in a new field.
Aren't you worth it?
|Joanne "On Tour" in Massachusetts in August
Joanne Meehl will be the featured speaker at
Networkers in Acton, Mass., on August 14th. Her
topic: "Why Should Employers Hire YOU When They
Have Lots of
Other Good Candidates?". The day before this,
August 13th, she'll be
the featured speaker at
WIND South, in Canton, Mass.
Her topic: ""Recession-Proof Your Resume: How to
Use an Extraordinary Resume During Extraordinary
Times". See the groups' web sites for
more details and directions. Joanne will be signing
her books which will be available at both appearances. So for
those of you in Massachusetts, this is an opportunity to
see Joanne, learn the latest about job search, and
have her sign her book(s) for you. If you haven't seen
Joanne in action, you'll definitely enjoy her warm and
lively style and will leave with new ideas about and
new energy for your search. Hope to see you there!
See our new space! For those of you in the
Minneapolis area, you're invited to the Joanne
Career Services Open House on Thursday, July
from 4-7 pm, still in 13911 Ridgedale Drive,
Minnetonka, but NOW in Suite 490. We're with the
Spirit of Hope counseling center in that space and it's
been a great move for all of us. Kindly send Joanne an
email to let her know you're coming, so that we can
plan for enough great refreshments. It will be
wonderful to see you there!
Does your career and/or job search need more
Is your job search going nowhere fast? Why let more
time go by with no salary or a too-low salary? Find out
right AND what's wrong during a Quick
Consult with the Queen. This
1-2 hour session gives you concrete steps
to follow for getting unstuck. It also gives you practical
insights into what
YOU bring a new employer, knowledge about what
sets you apart from the crowd of other candidates.
The fee is $175 and the results are priceless!
And if you
choose to work with one of us on these steps,
that fee is applicable to your search project. Joanne
and Career Consultant Kelly Oslund
do these in person or over the phone. Call today to
|Free Video Tips and Downloadables
Want some tips about career choice and job search from
Joanne, without leaving your keyboard? Go to her home
page, and scroll down to the media links.
Joanne's been in the news recently and the clips (the
longest is 6 minutes) have many tips you can use.
Let us know what you think!
|Tip of the Month
Thought of the Day:
Actions are seeds of fate. Seeds grow into
-- Harry Truman
Tip of the Month:
Keep up your job search over the summer
It's amazing how many people let up on their job
searches over the summer. Don't be one of them!
Whether you have a job or are between jobs, know
that decision makers are more accessible, often
because their regular gatekeepers are on vacation or
because they feel more relaxed because of the
season. As other job hunters slack off, that means
there's less competition for you. So don't wait for
September: keep networking and applying for jobs so
that you increase your chances you're in the job you
want by September.
We are proud members of:
- Assn of Career Professionals Int'l
- Career Management Alliance
- Chapman Private Practice Alliance
- Business Networking International
Ever since a colleague called Joanne Meehl "The
Resume Queen" years ago, and she then
trademarked the title, Joanne has strived to live up to
the name by constantly keeping her resumes in tune
with what employers will read. Since then, she added
Queen" (now also trademarked), and uses this
title more often,
better reflects the breadth of
Follow Joanne on Twitter for frequent nuggets
of info about job search: jobsearchqueen1
Joanne's Blog: The Heart of the Matter
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Job search networking, August 6th,
Face2Face Job Search Networking, Wayzata,
Minnesota. Speaker: Tom Colosimo of the
Univ. of St. Thomas/Opus College of Business Career
Services Office, on "Changing Your Career: Is It Time?
Search Networking in Wayzata, Minnesota,
is the group that Joanne Meehl and Kelly Oslund
Thursday mornings a month in Wayzata.
What will you
find, if you attend? Plenty of new
information about the job search in this very
competitive job market, effective networking,
camaraderie with 55 to 70 of your peers, great
speakers on current topics, and a chance to sharpen
your focus so that you get noticed by hiring
managers. We guarantee this group will add
energy and power to your job search. Details are at face2.net.