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“Have you ever been laid off?” your interviewer asks you and you begin to sweat.   Without sweating, calmly answer, “Yes,” or “No.”   Being laid off is no reason to feel shame.   A layoff differs from a termination.   A lay off is the same as being downsized and occurs when a company either cannot afford to pay your salary or no longer has work for you to perform.  Millions of people have been laid off from their jobs and you may be just one more of them.

interview-tipWhen you are laid off, some companies offer severance packages, meaning at the time you are laid off, the company gives you additional money or benefits for an extended period of time as a means of compensating for your job loss.   Such packages are welcome gifts especially when you had no idea your job would be cut.

If you are laid off, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits from the Department of Labor and don’t hesitate to apply for them.   The Department of Labor also offers valuable resources such as job-related seminars, access to career-related computer programs, information about educational opportunities, job listings, and much more at no charge whatsoever.   While the process of applying for unemployment benefits may seem tedious or cumbersome, the monetary benefits are helpful in paying for necessities while you find another job.

After you are laid off, you may be angry and upset about your job loss.   Emotional reactions are understandable.  On the other hand, layoffs can be an opportunity for you.  Ask yourself:

·         What job will I seek next?

·         What do I want my new future to look like?

·         What new co-workers will I meet?

·         Will I make an even higher salary than I did before?

Initially, your career future may be uncertain for you, but when it does arrive, you can tell yourself, “If I hadn’t been laid off from my previous job, I never would have found this new one.”   And, after the word “new,” in all honesty, your goal is to be able to insert the word “rewarding!”

We hope this is helpful to you! Terry L. Wynne, Ed.S., LPC, BCC, Associate Career Coach at HallieCrawford.com.

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If you were to change your resume for every job for which you applied, you’d spend all your time writing and re-writing your resume, especially if you’re considering a range of different jobs.  Even worse, you might be paying a resume writer to do so for you!   Once you have a well-written professional resume, all you have to do is change your cover letter to reflect the name of the job for which you are applying.

For example:

Dear Mr. Jones:

cover-letter-helpI would like to be considered for your opening for (an accountant, or customer service representative, or flight attendant).

If you want the reader to notice specific parts of your resume, you can add a sentence to your cover letter referencing them.

For example:

As my enclosed resume shows, I already have 10 years of experience working as a flight attendant for two major international airlines.

So simplify your writing and only change your cover letter.  Job searching will be so much easier and so much less time consuming when you do!

We hope this is helpful to you! Terry L. Wynne, Ed.S., LPC, BCC, Associate Career Coach at HallieCrawford.com.

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I was honored to be interviewed by U.S. News for an article regarding interview tips.

The article discusses important things you should ask about during an interview to help you form an educated decision about the company and the position.

Once you snag that interview, be sure to read this article to learn about the “8 Important Questions to Ask a Job Interviewer – And Yourself“.

We hope this is helpful to you! The career coaches at HallieCrawford.com.

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Wanted to share this inspirational story with you about a recent grad who was brutally honest on his cover letter – and it paid off. He said he would fetch coffee, shine shoes, do whatever it took to get and keep the internship he was applying for. And he wouldn’t send them a list of inflated credentials-the same old same old. Will this work for you? It could – and here’s what we would suggest. It’s more likely to work for a recent grad applying for an internship where you can get away with being less formal and saying things like this because it’s in internship. But, the strategy of being up front and direct regardless can pay off. You can let them know it’s a career transition for you and explain why you’re incredibly passionate about your change. Tell them you are willing to do what it takes to succeed in that job. Have a reference contact the hiring manager via email to put in a good word for you. It is ok and actually a good idea in your search to take some risks – as long as they are professional, tasteful, authentic ones that will help you stand out. It can be hard to know the difference so run your ideas by friends, family members or your career coach. Here’s the article: Brutally honest cover letter lands grad dream job

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Clients ask us these questions all the time: Should my resume be 1 or 2 pages, or longer? (Academic resumes tend to be much more than 2 pages). Do people even read my resume? Do I include all my experience? What about objective statements, are those still pertinent?

We wanted to share a wonderful article that address those questions and should give you an idea that there is not set format for resumes, however some rules of thumbs you should think about! Search our blog as well for resume advice from Jasmine regarding how to best work with a resume writer and how to be a polite pest using your resume to get your foot in the door. Here’s the resume myths article: Major Resume Myths

Thank you to one of our resume experts Jasmine Marchong, for this article and the resume tips.

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We wrote about a similar topic a few posts ago and there’s another great article we wanted to share about optimizing your resume with keywords, but also where to place them and how to determine what to include. This is a must for your resume in this technically savvy day and age!

Add to your job search strategy list – before you apply to each position – conduct keyword research and apply those words to your resume. This will help ensure that it gets noticed! Click here to read the article.

Thank you to one of our resume experts Jasmine Marchong, for this article and the resume tips.

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Discouraged with your job search? Try positive thinking. Norman Vincent Peale and Wayne Dyer are just two of the prominent people who advocate the power behind positive thinking. And just how does positive thinking relate to your job search?

See yourself not as you are, but how you want to be. Visualize your bank account with the large pay check you’d like to have. Imagine yourself smiling and satisfied with your work. See yourself surrounded by competent coworkers. Get the idea? See the future as you’d like it to be and watch reality conform to it.

You can even take this technique a step further using affirmations. Affirmations are declarations of how you want your life to be using the present tense and omitting the word, don’t. For example:
· I am happy and fulfilled in my work.
· I make more money than even before.
· My boss and coworkers appreciate me and my contributions.
Write your own affirmations and read them at least three to five times a day.

Another way to stay positive is to create a vision board or treasure map. Cut out pictures and words from magazines depicting the future you want and paste them on the inside of a manila folder. You can even print them from the Internet. Your pictures can include a scenic view from your office window, an organized desk, laughing coworkers, and money. Words you choose can include “fulfillment, satisfaction, enjoyment, appreciation, money, and fulfilled aspirations.” Get the “picture?”

Don’t believe these technique works? Just ask your friends who use them to tell you their stories. Better yet, try them yourself and tell others your own stories. The bottom line is to focus on the way your want your life and career to be, believe your desires can become reality, think positively, read your affirmations and look at your treasure map daily, then enjoy the journey of walking into the future you create for yourself.

Terry L. Wynne, Ed.S., LPC, BCC and Hallie Crawford, Certified Career Coaches

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“I’m so nervous, I’m just so nervous.” If you tell yourself you’re nervous before an interview, you will probably follow your own instructions and you will be nervous. Instead of being nervous, before an interview, tell yourself you’re excited – and believe it! Relabeling your emotions is an effective way to control your reactions. After all, nervousness and excitement feel a lot alike.

What you say to yourself makes a world of difference in calming your nerves during an interview, so don’t even think of telling yourself that you’re nervous. Instead, tell yourself:

· I’m prepared and confident.
· I want to find out more about this job so I can decide if I want it.
· I have an opportunity to meet people I haven’t met before, talk about my skills and abilities, and show off my personality.

Once you’re in your interview, keep your composure the entire time. If an interviewer asks you a question and you don’t know how to answer, simply say, “Will you give me a minute to think about that?” Then, give the best answer you can. Remember, since interviewers are human and have been an interviewee themselves, most will understand.

Here is a recap: Relabel your name for your emotions, talk positively to yourself, act confident, look directly into the interviewer’s eyes, and show your excitement about having this job interview. Enthusiasm is contagious so if you’re enthusiastic about your interview, the chances are high that your interviewer will be enthusiastic about you too!

Ready? Show your best side and ace your next interview!

Terry L. Wynne, Ed.S., LPC, BCC and Hallie Crawford, Certified Career Coaches

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