February 10, 2010
Certainly we’re all aware of the value of cover letters to introduce ourselves and highlight contributions we could make when we can’t just hand the resume to the person we’d like to give it to. Richard Bolles, in What Color Is Your Parachute? 2010, Chapter 5, Resumes and Contacts, writes that not only he but many other experts and employers, too, suggest sending a cover letter instead of a longer resume. He recommends looking for “Susan Ireland’s free Cover Letter Guide” online. Check it out!
February 1, 2010
When we’re faced with a job search–by our own dissatisfaction or by our employer’s decision to let us go–one of the first concerns is our resume. Know that it’s a piece of the “How do I get a Job?” puzzle, but is often given more credit than it deserves. To save yourself time and money, check out the book, What Color Is Your Parachute? 2010: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers. This comprehensive book, revised annually, is written by Richard Bolles.
In Parachute, see Chapter 5, Resumes and Contacts. Here he talks about the limitations and values of a resume, and recommends cover letters and job-portfolios as alternatives. There’s also a great section on how to jog your memory to come up with achievements (for resumes and interviews), and how to network with your contacts for help. More soon about these topics.
For an easier, more effective job search campaign, I highly recommend, especially in light of today’s economy, a current edition of What Color Is Your Parachute? as a reference book throughout the process. I trust and recommend all that Bolles writes; it’s well researched, clear, helpful. Actually, the beginning of my career counseling work, even before I started working on my master’s degree, was reading this book (earlier edition!) years ago, and sharing what I was learning and using myself, with returning adult students looking for new careers.
January 23, 2010
Recently, when I was talking with a good friend, she pointed at the fence beyond her apartment patio, and told me a story. She said that once, when she’d had a bill due that she wasn’t sure how she’d be able to pay, she’d talked to a bird that was sitting on the fence. She saw the bird as an angel messenger, and asked the bird to carry her concerns to God. The bird immediately just fell off the fence — into an oleander bush, and lay there very still! She was appalled, and thought, “Wow, that was really heavy for me, that concern about paying that bill. The bird has shown me how heavy, but I’ve killed the bird!” Shortly, however, she heard a rustling in the bush as the bird came to and flew off. She turned to me and added, “I’ve never even heard of such a thing; have you?” I had not.
Clearly, I was hearing this for a reason. This story reminds me of how very important it is to let go of things that are heavy for us: clothes we no longer need, outdated files, worn out habits, limiting beliefs, counter-productive activities, out-grown jobs and careers. When we let go of those, we create room for our new good. May you — and I — let go of lots that we no longer need or want, and thereby create beautiful space for new abundance.
December 12, 2009
Any time we get to know people and genuinely connect with them is great! It’s enjoyable and often good for reciprocal business leads. I want to tell you about an especially wonderful networking experience I had today.
I have these two delightful, ambitious girlfriends; we’ve been friends for years, and were meeting for lunch once a week for the past couple years. In the past two months we got hooked on hiking together on Saturday mornings. We share what we’ve been doing in our lives and in our work, and ask each other for the help we’d like to receive and offer the assistance we’d love to give.
This gets more and more exciting, as the skills and knowledge we have are utilized to assist one another. Recently one offered to assist the other two with powering up our websites to attract more clients, and asked in return for us to tell others about the good results we’re getting. Easy enough to do!! Another asked us to be part of a brainstorming group for a project she’s working on, and we may become a part of this project, a very large and inspiring project. I was asked by one to take a photo of her for her website; we took pictures this morning, she chose one, and the third friend (the techy one) put the photo onto the friend’s site this afternoon.
Think about ways you and your friends can collaborate and assist one another. It’s great fun to receive assistance and to share talents. Enjoy!
August 28, 2009
One day I sat down for my 5 minutes at the computer in the morning, feeling tense, wary about a lunch meeting with a new acquaintance, a colleague, that day. What I got was, “Just relax!! You’re meeting a new friend, and you are so going to enjoy this person! Just relax and enjoy the time!” So, my mindset shifted, my expectations changed, and sure enough: we had a delightful exchange and are now good friends; the business aspect seemed to just be a means for us to come together and know one another better.
So I encourage you to experiment and ask for guidance, regarding your career decisions or other aspects of your life. Be open to what Spirit is nudging you toward, and expect more joyful moments in your life!