Your Career Is The Treasury of Your Life - news! | March 2020
Your Career Treasury

"Your career is the treasury of your life" - Joanne Meehl

As I type this, my cat is at my elbow, purring away, oblivious to the coronavirus or COVID-19.

I envy him.

He doesn’t need to know phrases like  social distancing, shelter in place,  and  elbow bump  which now spill out of our mouths as if we’ve always used them -- when we have not.

Despite humanity's technical prowess, many of society’s social systems are affected by this tiny particle we call a virus.

Right now, helping others feels especially good. There are ways to do this by donating online, a quick call or email checking in on that elder neighbor, similar. These acts will ease others’ pain in all this uncertainty, and that, in turn, eases our own.

A client who last week was trying to squeeze in his job search after his commute each day, is now working from home. So he says he’s now more upbeat in that he’s finding the time to upgrade his resume and his LinkedIn. "I’ll be ready for a new job sooner", he said. Great point.

His comments inspired me to still send out this newsletter, so that others, who, like him, want to "be ready sooner", can be.

Joanne Meehl
Resume expert who hopes you never need to actually use your resume. "The Resume Queen" ®
LinkedIn profile creator if you want yours to be an employer magnet.
Networking guru who coaches you in elegant (not needy, gimme gimme) networking, finding hidden leads.
Interview prep that puts you at ease matching what they need and describing why they need you.

BA, MS, IJCDC and Forbes Coaches Council Member

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What to put (and NOT put) in your LinkedIn Headline
Your headline is the line below your name

The headline of your LinkedIn profile is that 120-character line below your photo and name. A lot of people put their current job title and employer name there. Read on for a better use of this space.

The headline is designed by LinkedIn to carry the most "weight" in terms of search. What’s in this line is critical to your identity on LinkedIn. It’s here that employers look for titles that match the job(s) they’re trying to fill.

Your LinkedIn headline should not be --

Experienced Retail Professional seeking new opportunities

Why? It’s too vague: what does "retail professional" actually mean?

But instead, to reflect the candidate’s real successes and possible past titles, this should be --

Retail Operations | Merchandising Operations | Retail Management | Store Operations Manager

Also, it should NOT be --

Unemployed or In Transition


Highly motivated team player

But instead should be --

Titles that refer to your career. You may be between jobs but you haven’t forgotten everything from your last job, right?

Make yourself visible to LinkedIn, use your most recent titles.

Avoid vague wording like --

Student about to graduate

And instead, refer to what could be next for you:

Future Business Analyst: New grad, May 2020

Otherwise, that hiring manager who needs a Business Analyst won’t find you.

So use titles in this space -- so that you get found!

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This month’s Tip from Joanne:

Don’t do handwritten thank-you notes after an interview

For years, job search candidates have been told to write a personal thank-you note after an interview, to the interviewer.

But don’t do a hand-written one. Your handwriting might not be clear enough to be understood. Also, it’s said today that many younger people don’t even know how to write in "cursive", OR know how to read it! If someone on the selection team is one of these folks, they may not be able to read it.

Instead, I strongly urge candidates to send an email, and not only thank the person for their time, but also point out one more way you match their job, and how you can step right into it.

That, they’ll be sure to read.
Thought for the Month

The only people who never fail are those who never try.
Ilka Chase
American actress, radio host, and novelist
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