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Check out my latest YouTube video as I explain why Pivot Planet can be helpful in your effort to learn more about possible career paths when you are working towards defining your dream job. Informational interviews can be conducted for free using your network as well, but many people do not have the contacts necessary for the industries they are looking into. Pivot Planet can provide those contacts…

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

Check out my latest video where I recommend a great website to help job seekers manage their job search more effectively and efficiently. In this video I talk more about the advantages of this site. *Reminder there is a fee associated with the site, but users can test it out for free before purchasing to decide if it’s right for them.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

I was excited to have recently been featured in this article from Kiplinger.com, 5 Ways to Dress for Success on a Budget:
http://www.kiplinger.com/columns/starting/archive/dress-for-success-on-a-budget.html. Here’s an excerpt:

For young professionals, dressing appropriately for work can be just as important as showing up at meetings on time or making project deadlines. With a professional wardrobe, you can help battle negative stereotypes associated with Generations X and Y and show the higher-ups that you’re serious about your career, says Hallie Crawford, a career coach based in Atlanta. “You want to let people know that, despite your age and lack of formal professional experience, you care about your job and take it seriously,” she says.

Check out this video I did on a similar subject from my YouTube Channel.

People’s perception of you can really have an impact on your life and career. Because of this, it is important to always try to make a good impression in the workplace. Your attire can impact other people’s perspective of you, and therefore impact your job success. When you get dressed in the morning think about how people might perceive you. Remember, how you dress is part of your brand. It sends a message about who you are. Be mindful of this and choose carefully when you buy clothes for work.

For further career advice, please contact us for a complimentary consultation today.

Hallie Crawford
Career Advice Coach

Certified Career CoachI presented at the GCDA event on Friday and I met some great people. One of whom has a killer book I want to recommend. “Headhunter” Hiring Secrets: The Rules of the Hiring Game Have Changed . . . Forever! by Skip Freeman (an executive recruiter in Atlanta). I highly recommend it to find out how you can get your foot in the door for your next job.

One thing I discussed with Skip at this event was how the job stats you hear on the news can be skewed sometimes. Yes, you are hearing how high unemployment is, but that can vary dramatically by industry. For example, Skip said he has 35 open positions that haven’t been filled yet.

This is important to think about for those of you who are in college, or are starting college and have no idea what direction to go in, especially in a tough economy. Using informational interviews to learn more about prospective industries can be very helpful. Learn what employment rates are like for industries that interest you.

I hope you get a chance to check out his book. He has a kindle version too so you could start reading today!!

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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job searchThere are so many free career resources out there on the web that people just don’t know about or haven’t taken the time to find and utilize. I know job searching is tough; sometimes we just get sick of it and want to throw in the towel. You can’t do that though. You have to get creative with your job search and figure out how to keep going!

I’m always surprised at speaking engagements when I mention the O*NET database and most of the people in the room haven’t heard of it. Career transition can be tough guys. You have to get creative with the resources at your disposal. There are so many more out there that you just probably don’t know about. The O*NET database and website is one of them. Be sure to check it out this week: www.onetcenter.org.

Check out the latest video on my YouTube channel, Get your foot in door: Call them up, for more tips to help you get creative in your job search.

Hallie Crawford
Career Transition Coach

Career TransitionAs I wrote in a previous post, business cards are NOT optional when you’re in career transition. You absolutely have to have them. Your cards need to look professional, like you put thought into them.

Always put your best foot forward in your job search. I recommend to my job search clients not to print them on a home computer, and use a more professional service. Vistaprint.com is one of those that can provide you with great low cost, or even free business cards that look clean and professional.

The first impression counts. If you need help with what to put on your business cards, ask one of our certified career coaches any question you have in our 24/7 online career center: http://www.halliecrawford.com/products/careercenter.html.

Check out my YouTube video on this topic, Networking Advice: Business cards are not optional.

Hallie Crawford
Job Search Coach

P.S. If you would like to learn more about our job search services, Contact us for a complimentary career consultation.

job marketI receive regular job market updates from Indeed.com. This is a job search website I send all of my clients to. I highly recommend this site, so please bookmark as a helpful resource for your job search. My career coaching client, Paul, said these job search notifications are the most helpful he has subscribed to. You will receive less junk and more quality job postings.

This is the June report for job market/industry trends:

Indeed.com industry employment trends, a leading indicator for the job market, show online job postings were relatively unchanged in June.

Highlights:

    • Real estate job postings increased for the first time in 2011
    • Manufacturing job postings slowed
    • Retail declined slightly over the prior month

Further analysis and detailed June Industry Employment Trends are available on the Indeed Blog.

Another feature of Indeed.com is a helpful salary tool to see the salary ranges for the industries you’re researching. If you are interested in receiving additional help with your job search, please contact us to learn more about our services today.

Hallie Crawford
Job Search Coach

P.S. Be sure to check out our new 24/7 Online Career Center. Start immediately with a 30 day trial for only $1 that features a monthly Career Q&A Call and is commitment free.

 

Continutation of the 5 steps to reinventing yourself to find your dream job: STEP ONE WAS DEFINE YOUR UNIQUE TALENTS. STEP TWO: Conduct an effective Brainstorming session to identify career ideas. So here’s the deal. I was speaking to my client Kim in Atlanta recently and she said, I have so many career ideas I can’t choose just one! I understand what she’s saying, I felt that way AND, I hear this all the time from my clients! People get confused when they’re brainstorming career ideas-they come up with so many and it seems like they’re going in all different directions. This is normal—and it’s not going to help you. What you need to do is learn to conduct an effective brainstorming session that doesn’t leave you spinning like you’re in the dryer on spin cycle. They key is to Scructure your brainstorming time.

Hallie Crawford
Career Transition Coach

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