Job Search

Follow Your GOLD

While starting over isn’t the end of the world, wouldn’t it be better to build on what you already know? I call this your “Gold.” Through your work history, various contacts and connections, your education, experience, knowledge and training, somewhere along the way, you probably found something you excel at or even enjoy.

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ISO The Perfect Hire

Over the many years I have helped people to find work opportunities; one thing has always remained common place for employers, they seem to design job descriptions that scream “In Search of the Perfect Hire,” in order to weed out people who may not fit their laundry list of often times, over the top criteria…

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Job Search Game: Squirrels and Shiny Things

Tell me about your week, what kinds of things did you do to find work? The response I get from this question sometimes is fascinating…truly. I often wonder how people get anything done with so many “squirrels and shiny things” causing distractions…

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Time in the Big Picture-An Action Plan for Job Search Results

One of the biggest challenges I have when trying to support people in their job search efforts, is working with individuals who have not experienced time in the “big picture.” Through many assessments and interviews with clients, the thing that stands out most is how ineffectively they use their time to find work. Quite honestly I think many suffer from a common issue known as defeat. While defeat is very problematic there are ways to overcome it, starting with planning…

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The Fortune Cookie

So as I was looking at my Facebook site, which has nothing to do with my job search, I came across one of those apps for fortune cookies.  Mind you, I don’t usually even bother with the apps or games on Facebook because I think they are just another way to waste time that I don’t need.  I just use it to keep in touch with friends and family…

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Independent Contracting? Proceed with Caution

Scouring through the myriads of social networking sites and job boards, it finally struck me that the position I want is seemingly not accessible in Colorado Springs.  Well I can’t say, not at all, but there isn’t a large market for it being advertised.  However, I have had a little breakthrough in finding a site that allows me to bid for jobs, which I can work from home, so I joined.  The site is called Elance and is a site that allows employers and individuals to post job openings for those who want to do work as an independent contractor…

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Temp to Hire (Part 1) 

Once again, it’s time to get a job.  The homework is done, the positions are limitless and the recruiters are actively seeking their next meal ticket.  A world of opportunity awaits and so the search begins.  Narrowing down the choices to the fields of interest, posting a resume ready for action to every job board available and letting employers and recruiters know you’re ready to work, but is it really that simple?…

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Temp to Hire (Part 2) 

Congratulations, you did it!  You finally got that interview with the agency in charge of placing a candidate into the new position.  This is not something to take lightly.  The recruiter will evaluate you based on your timeliness, resume, interview skills, appearance and confidence in your abilities.  Remember they are “weeding out the less qualified” and all of these things are important, so be ten minutes early, appropriately dressed and ready to give them your best…

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Random Insanity 

Tooling through my day, yes the ever so grueling task of job searching, I open my email and find yet another advertisement for a “work from home” scam.  I have become quite the cynic when it comes to this, as I think these people have cornered the market on stupidity.  Not only do they want you to make a “small investment” but when you do, the information they give you is outdated, full of misinformation and most often filled with ridiculous promises to make money online…

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What is the Goal?

Every day is a good day to prepare for your next job, it doesn’t matter if it is a weekday or weekend, there are things we can be doing to actively seek our next source of income.  The first step however, is determining what needs to be done to start the whole process.  This step is all about time management and the best and most effective way to utilize the hours we have available…

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Finding Your Niche

Curious and contemplating the next step, the next move and the next possibility, a professional life of ever changing circumstances and no particular direction. Like seeing through the eyes of a child, the innocence of not knowing what comes next and the questions that one can’t help but ask. Doing the things you have to do to make ends meet, working a job that only fulfills requirements and offers no extras, all the while wishing for the lifestyle so many others have…

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