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
|One Job Seeker's Diary: The Numbers Tell the Story
Don was a member of our Face2Face job search
networking group, who joined in the 6th month of his
search. He was finding his lone search frustrating, so he
enjoyed getting the tips and encouragement that
Face2Face gave him.
Don was still having his ups and downs, but was trying
some new things, especially networking. In the 8th month
of his search, he landed a great job at a great salary only
15 minutes from his home.
He made it a special point to tell me how he did it. "I
did what you said...do the networking! And here are
the numbers to prove it." He then showed me a chart
he'd made, with columns of figures. "Using the
'respond to postings' method, I applied to 175 jobs" --
not unusual given the length of time he'd been
looking. "What a depressing waste of time that was,"
There were no responses to 85 of those, and
87 did respond -- but 74 of these 87 were those
anonymous "thanks but no
thanks" emails. That left 13: all but one of these were
phone interviews, one of which became a face-to-face
interview. This one
in-person interview did not result in a second, or in
any offer. This represents an enormous and frustrating
effort for only one interview, a 0.005% return for his
work. And 0% in terms of
Don then said, "I then took your advice and began to
network. I held 7 networking meetings with people,
and one of those generated a face-to-face interview.
At that interview, they made me an offer, and it was
perfect." This represents a 14% return on his attempts
to land a face-to-face interview. And we don't need to
tell you that the offer made every one of those mere 7
worth doing. Networking elevates trust levels from the
start. That's one reason it makes such a difference.
"If I'd only started networking sooner, I would have
landed months ago", Don added. "And with a lot less
disappointment. Please keep telling your people to
NETWORK. That's what really works."
|Landing! And a Thank You
Congratulations to client Thomas H., for landing
exactly the career area you were aiming for: college
student advising. We know you'll have a long and
enjoyable career in your new position!
And thank you for referrals from Robin, Jayne,
Gene, Estelle, Garth, and others. All our clients come to
us via word of mouth, so we deeply appreciate your
endorsement of us and trust in us.
|What Are You Waiting For -- Really?
Are you tired of waiting for
"something" to happen in your career? Are you
ready to take
action and land where you should be?
Do you want to laugh at the Great Recession?
consider a Quick Consult with the Queen. Job search
and resume queen, that is!
Here's what one Marketing Manager said about
Consult: "I definitely felt like the session gave a fresh
direction to my job search and have already begun to
implement a number of your ideas into my strategy."
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.
does Quick Consults in person, via Skype, or over the
email us today to
schedule your session.
Thought of the Day:
A stumbling block to the pessimist is a
stepping stone to the optimist.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
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And see her profile and recommendations on
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Job search networking: Next meeting
Face2Face Job Search Networking, Wayzata,
for all meetings are at the
Upcoming Meetings/Dates link.
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? An upbeat, lively atmosphere,
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
Ever since a colleague called Joanne Meehl
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
We are proud members of:
- Assn of Career Professionals Int'l
- Career Management Alliance
- Chapman Private Practice Alliance
- Business Networking International