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Between the Trapezes Cutting edge career management and job search
2nd Quarter 2011


Welcome to Between the Trapezes, showing you how you can make your way from one career certainty to the next!

- Joanne Meehl, aka The Job Search Queen

What's here:
  • A Narrow Focus Means Success
  • How Much Time Should You Give to Your Job Search?
  • Changes Ahead

  • A Narrow Focus Means Success

    Trying to be all things to all employers just doesn't work any more, if it ever did. The candidate whose resume says "Project Manager" AND "Engineer" has to decide which she is. Otherwise, she comes across to potential employers as confused. And unfocused.

    Why is this?

    Think about those who specialize and how they become known for their specialty. "Google" is synonymous with "search". "Mercedes" means "luxury and performance". "Hershey's" means chocolate. Because of this focus, those companies are considered experts in those areas. The narrower your focus, the more you're looked to as knowledgeable, effective and successful. You are the expert.

    So before you list "Product Manager / Marketing Manager / Project Manager" on your resume, pick one. Cite your success stories in that single area, show your knowledge and enjoyment of it, and you'll see a difference in response.

    How Much Time Should You Give to Your Job Search?
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    This week I saw a job hunt group email discussion about the best amount of time to spend on a search each week.

    One person wrote this:
    "I might spend 2 hours on a busy day. Most of that checking job boards/emails. I haven't had much traction with informal interviews or researching target companies."

    He was joking, right?

    Continue reading here

    Changes Ahead

    "The only constant is change." Heraclitus was right.

    Soon there will be more changes to the JMCS web site. And to this newsletter.

    A few hints: Via the site, Joanne will answer your job search questions by email. And more. The newsletter will point more often to Joanne's blog.

    We'll announce those new features as they happen!


    Joanne Meehl

    Thought of the Day:

    You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.

    -- Sheila Graham


    One Meeting That Can Impact a Career!
    A Career Consult with the Queen is a 1-to-2-hour session with Joanne Meehl that helps the candidate get unstuck, unstalled, or unconfused -- or all three. You get feedback, possibilities, ideas, and a plan of action., as well as useful materials. It zeroes in on what's working in their search and on what needs fixing. It's $175 and applicable to any additional services if the candidate wants to do more with us. For more info, just contact us at


    Want more?

    July 21st, at Face2Face - Making Decisions Using Logic, Not "Gut"

    Ten things you don't want to hear about job search but need to

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