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Intangible Factors That Positively Influence Decision Makers

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

A current career client questioned my decision to deliver a portfolio package containing his resume, curriculum vitae, references, writing samples, etc.  “Why bother he asked?”  I answered, “Delivering a tasteful and complete career package makes you positively standout from the crowd.  The old adage is true. An employer is looking to see if you can do the work, if you will, and if  they can stand you while you do it. A complete resume package shows that  you care enough about the employer to make a special effort to send your best.  This tactile and visual presentation appeals to those learning styles. Plus if you or your representative personally delivers the package you have the added advantage of auditory information added to the package. You may even get an opportunity to have a short conversation with the employer.  Plus, you have found the campus building where you will be interviewed! Very good!”

How do you know who should receive the package?  In one recent case the name was listed online with the application.  In a second case, I looked for the HR person in charge of employment whose name was found on an organization chart on the organization’s website. A phone call should also provide the correct name.  Just a little extra effort can move you to the head of the pack of applicants. Happy Hunting!

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Overcoming negativity in your career search

Friday, September 26th, 2014

A negative attitude toward your own  education and experience can ruin your career search. For example, you have a law degree from a southern state university law school.  You want to practice corporate law in the NE , but you don’t think it is worth a try.  I go on record to say that it is worth try.  There are many positive factors that overcome negativity  such as excellent grades in law school; a recommendation from someone in the NE firm; passing the bar exam of the NE state; interning with the NE firm; or having transferable achievements and transferable clients.

I dreaded my walk/climb today which was an eight times round trip adventure of 150 ft straight up steps  and a 150 ft straight up driveway. If I had talked myself out of this adventure I would have missed seeing three Camelias blooming in my yard in September.  And I  would not have had my have my eight yr old neighbor introduce me to her chocolate labs and tell me her life was in chaos!!

Take courage in your career search and in your life ; step out in uncertain times.

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Success Tips for Letting Your Career Go Positively Viral

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

The success tip for today is simple.  Always advertise your strengths in person and in print and social media.

Wherever you are, there you are maximizing your strengths or advertizing your negatives. You are a billboard for your professional self whether you are in a networking event or working out at the gym. Sure, I know that it is hard to always look and speak your best, but your success depends upon it.

Looking your best in print means in terms of your resume, cover letter, Linkedin, Facebook, U-tube and so on. My pet peeves are the goofy pictures individuals put on Linkedin and the careless e-mail and text messages with negative, hurtful remarks that go viral.

Get smart; pay close attention, and let your career go positively viral!

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Where to Find Your Next Job

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

You can find your next job in unexpected places. Networking with past acquaintances and going to formal networking events are high on the list. But, if you are “ready” in terms of your “60 second commercial” and have your business card you can find an opportunity in almost any situation. One of my clients was informally interviewed at her health club and later landed a job. A former insurance executive received a lead through Toastmasters that led to a coveted position. You can find your next job if you are out there and ready when the opportunity presents itself.

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Stumbling Blocks in Career Search

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Having a medium level of technical skills is a must in the career search because of the use of e-mail and Internet job posting. You will need to be competent in Microsoft Office Word and the Internet by taking a class at a local community college or having some one train you at your home. This is a stumbling block which can easily be eliminated.

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Motivating Yourself to Achieve Your Career Goals

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

I have done a number of goal setting programs for corporations and for individuals. When I look at the individuals who succeed in achieving their career goals I see 3 major attitudes and behaviors: 1) They are coachable and willing to act on career advice. 2) They are driven by a time frame and communicate with me regularly. 3) They are both persistant and flexible in their career search willing to accept their second career choice if the first does not pan out.

Happy Holidays!

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Visual Appearance

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Job seekers often give inadequate attention to their visual appearance on line. I see many linkedin photos that are unflatteringly candid. It’s great to have a visually attractive resume, and as a compliment you need to have a visually attractive professional looking photo.
Both hiring managers and recruiters search on linked in and look at your photo. They ask themselves if they would hire someone who looked like you. So, no dogs or significant others should join you in the photo. And the background should not interfere with the picture.

With today’s excellent cameras you can see your photo instantly, approve it and upload it quickly to linkedin.

You might even like your photo enough to create a visual cv (curriculm vitae) which can be posted without cost online.

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Should You use me as a career counselor?

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

If you are willing to accept career guidance and act on this guidance we may be a good fit. If you are polite and willing to communicate thoughtfully and frequently during the process we definitely will be a good fit. In 2011 I worked with 20 clients including key executives and recent college graduates. My success ratio was 18 employed in new careers or revitalized in their current careers.
Results speak the truth.

I hope to hear from you soon!

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Promoting Yourself Online and in Print in Your Job Search or Business Venture

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

There are so many effective ways to promote yourself. Here are a few:

1) Through your own website and linked in. When I first created my website, www.atlantacareertransition.com I was getting little action despite having embedded keywords. My webmaster assured me that this would improve over time. He was right and it blossomed. Jeff Cohan at www.nsiteful.com convinced me to blog and I did. Blogging is effective. Now, if you look up  my name, Gail Geary, or my business, Atlanta Career Transition, in Google you will find that my entries are legion. Consider developing your own website and learning how to blog.

In last Sunday’s Atlanta Journal my clients and I were featured in a half page article, “Getting help with your career transition”. This is worth a read at www.ajc.com/business/getting-help-with-your-1153427.html.

Consider how having a website, a wonderful linked in presence, and a blog can contribute to your status as an expert, making you easy to find and to interview.

 

 

 

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Should your resume bypass human resources?

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

One of my current clients asked if he should bypass posting his resume on line. He had heard that resumes died a slow death in the human resources department. In the meantime he had communicated with the the hiring manager contact.

I advised him to post the resume online and to send it to the hiring manager also. Originally, human resources did the bulk of interview screening, and now they often assist in the hiring process. In my experience many companies such as Home Depot insist that the resumes come into the HR Department first.

Having said this, you are ahead of the game if you also locate the hiring manager and send her/him a separate copy and set up an interview appointment.

What luck have you had using the dual approach? What other suggestions do you have for getting your resume in front of the hiring manager?
What techniques have you used to locate the name of the hiring manager?

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