Welcome to Between the Trapezes! That space
between two certainties can be unsettling. But taking the
leap across is what brings career success. -- Joanne
Meehl, aka The Job Search Queen
|Three Ways to Shorten Your Job Search
The word today is that a typical job search is 6-8
months long. Most people hear that number and are
shocked. And those old-time notions of "one month of
$10,000 of income" no longer apply, if they ever did.
Time flies during a job search: it gets depressing to
keep turning calendar pages without having offers or
interviews. You want and need something to show for
it. Here are the things you can do:
1. Set up a schedule one week to two weeks at a time
being sure to
plan your activity. Don't "wait" for "something to
happen". Make it happen. Plan highly important
things first, like networking referral meetings, then plan
other things around those.
2. Make sure your activity revolves around
Prioritize this. If you haven't started this, start with
friends, family, neighbors, dentist, and others you
already know. Ask contacts not for a job, but
should I be talking with?" Time spent doing this will
pay off for you down the road. And don't wait for
other methods to "not work" before beginning to
If you're already networking,
don't forget your fellow college alums, fellow group
members on LinkedIn, colleagues in your professional
organizations. They can lead you to others, and so on.
During your networking activity, people are getting
know you, therefore you are upping your chances of
getting that phone call with those wonderful words,
"We now have an opening here, send me your
resume so I can forward it to my manager."
3. Be sure all your communications about you are
focused, and "on message". So make sure your
resume and LinkedIn profile share the same key
words about your work, and that both contain details
about your accomplishments. Make sure as you
introduce yourself to networking contacts and
recruiters and potential employers that you use those
same key words AND that you point out successes. In
other words, don't try to be all things to all people:
Those candidates with a coherent, focused
are the ones getting the offers.
Putting these three things into practice will make better
of your time -- and are much more likely to yield more
and more offers sooner.
|Your Holiday Season Job Search
Just because it's the holiday season doesn't mean
your job search should take a holiday!
The most important reasons to keep your job
search going during the holidays are:
- Staying in contact with others at this time of the year
is uplifting for you
- You'll meet with less resistance at this time of year
- Going to as many social events as possible is great
- Now is when companies discover they can do hiring,
before the quarter or annual business year closes
- The week between Christmas and New Year's Day
can be quiet in many offices, so your call might
actually be answered by the exact person you're trying
- You'll have a head start on your competition who are
probably postponing their search for January 4th.
A December networking tip: Don't insist on a
meeting right now. If the person is harried at this time
year, get their OK to contact them at a time and day
they name, and ask if it would help to send them a
reminder "via email tomorrow". Chances are they'll
readily agree to that. And they'll appreciate your
Our wishes for you are for a peaceful holiday season,
with quiet time for yourself and time spent with family and
|Landings, and Thank You for your referrals!
Our congratulations to Scott S., who landed the
job that several in his network told him "was made for
you". Being "on message", networking and
endorsements from his network are
what made the difference.
Thank you for your referrals. All our clients come to
us via word of mouth, and we appreciate your
endorsement of us. In specific, we'd like to thank:
Mike B., Alan S., Terri R., Pam M., and others
to see their associates, friends, and family members
land a great new position sooner.
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 1/2 to 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 Quick Consults in person or over the phone/Skype.
email us today to
|Now: Free Webinars! Also: Free Video Tips, Downloadables
Free webinars about job search from one of
the leading career consulting companies in the US?
Yes...Jack Chapman is a leader in the field, and his
offering these sessions because he wants those of
you in job search to know what high-quality career
services are like. And naturally, he wants to create a
Topics include salary negotiation, resumes,
management, e-networking, and others.
Interested? Click the link at the end of this
article to get to the site and to sign up. Be sure to tell
him we sent you.
Want some tips about career choice and job
Joanne, without leaving your keyboard? Go to her
page, and scroll down to the media links.
The clips -- the
longest is 6 minutes -- have many tips you can use.
|Tip of the Month
Thought of the Day:
The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the
best which is within us.
-- Marianne Williamson
Tip of the Month:
Cover letters today are usually cover emails.
Although some sources say that "no one reads these
any longer", over 80% of executive hiring managers
say they DO read cover letters/emails. So DO use
them -- they are another chance for you to match
yourself to an open position. It's better to have it and
get it read, or even ignored, than to not have it
and make the hiring manager wonder where it is.
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 worked 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
And see her profile and recommendations on
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Job search networking, next meeting
Face2Face Job Search Networking, Wayzata,
Minnesota. On Dec. 17th
is the annual
Face2Face Holiday Party! Details are at this
Upcoming Meetings/Dates link. Face2Face
Search Networking for Professionals in Wayzata,
is the group that Joanne Meehl and Kelly Oslund
Thursday mornings a month.
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 60 to 75+ 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. All info is at face2.net.