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
|Four Tips for Fighting Job Search Inertia
Inertia: The lack of movement. An object sitting
still. An object without movement. The tendency of
body at rest to remain at rest or of a body in straight
The enemy of a good job search -- a search that
the job hunter a good job sooner -- is lack of
movement, lack of activity. That might be due to lack of
motivation or momentum, or "waiting to see what will
happen next month", or "Let's see if I get that call" or
"There's a lot of info on the web, I'll find the secrets
there". Or job search activity that's only in a
straight line -- meaning, uncreative, as in using static
wording in your resume or LinkedIn profile instead of
showing your successes.
Or sometimes a job hunter will "need a break". This
happens after a burst of activity, and usually if that
activity -- an interview, for example -- does not result in
an offer. The dejected candidate stops their activity to
lick their wounds. Or, the candidate who does
second or third interview eases up on all other activity,
because they figure they've got this one in the bag.
If the job hunter's waiting or hoping
does not materialize into an offer, other activity
usually dries up, and they've lost momentum.
To overcome inertia: First, the best thing
to do is have a plan
search, and follow through with the plan
losses or wins during your search. Activity is key.
Second: Motivate yourself during the search,
too! Re-read your
excellent performance reviews from your current or
former job. Stay in touch with your references, who are
your biggest cheerleaders. Stay current with your field.
Refresh yourself in what VALUE you bring to a new
employer. They need you!
Try something new, and that will give you new
For example, at your next interview, bring a graph with
you that points out why YOU are the best fit for the job.
Or refresh your portfolio and make it a point to show it
to the interviewer. You want the job, don't you? Then
go all out for it.
Fourth: Keep yourself in the positive.
listening to bad economic news over and over again.
Associate with can-do people who will urge you on
instead of keeping you off-task.
Doing these things will
keep you in control of your search instead of it
controlling you and causing inertia.
Smart search activity -- and movement -- will lead you to
your next position. Keep moving, and see that you'll land
|Latest job landings! And a Thank You
Congratulations to clients Lee, in IT
management, and Tom, in hospitality management,
landed! Others are in multiple interview mode, so it's
just a matter of time.
And hearty congrats to Face2Face members Pat F.,
Mike M., George
D., Chris D., Mark K., and Steve S. -- Steve landed
because of a connection he made at Face2Face! The
logjam in the jobs part of the economy seems to be
loosening a bit, and that's good news!
Thank you for referrals from Scott F., Ingrid
H., James H., Marni H., Carl J., Bob S., and others
who've trusted us with their families and friends and
us via word of mouth, so we deeply appreciate your
endorsement of us and trust in us. I consider it an
to work with each and every person.
|When Is It YOUR Turn to Land?
Are you tired of waiting for
"something" to happen in your career while watching
others land good jobs? 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
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Why let more
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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 Joanne on these steps,
that fee is applicable to any job search project
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Thought of the Day:
Never let yesterday use up too much of today.
-- Will Rogers
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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,
Minnesota. Recruiter Marni Hockenberg gives the
latest in interviewing from an employer's perspective.
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 60-75+ 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
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