SuccessHere is a great article on LinkedIn about what successful people avoid saying. The 7 Things Successful People Never Say.

My favorite is, “This will just take a minute.” I’m guilty as charged; I use this one all the time. It’s partly because I’m impatient, partly because I’m an entrepreneur and move forward too quickly sometimes.

Be more clear about what you need from a conversation from someone – the goal, purpose and outcome – as well as the realistic time-frame. It’s more respectful to you, and to them. They can plan ahead if needed and if it will take longer than they have at that time, they can say it needs to wait.

You and I can work on it together :)

Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach

P.S. How do you know if your resume is good? Take this Resume Quiz to find out how to keep your resume out of the trash can.

InterviewEver wonder what colors are best to wear to an interview? According to a recent article,  good choices of colors to wear to an interview are conservative ones such as black, blue, gray, and brown. On the other hand, green, yellow, orange, and purple are risky to wear to interviews because they express so much creativity.

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Following is an analysis of what the article states that specific colors express:

  • black expresses leadership
  • blue  expresses a team player
  • gray expresses you’re logical/analytical
  • white expresses being organized
  • brown expresses dependability
  • red expresses power

For the most part, employers want to hire people who fit their culture. Fitting in their culture means that other employees find you credible and so do the organization’s clientele. When choosing the colors you’ll wear to an interview, conservative ones are a safer choice than wearing brighter ones because of the message conservative colors convey. Still undecided as to what to wear? When it comes to your choice or colors, if you really want to impress a prospective employer, just remember the old saying, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

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

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ResumeIf you’re looking for a job, but not getting the interviews you want, your resume may be the reason. “Oh, but my resume is just fine,” you think to yourself. But is it really?

Many people write their own resumes. The danger of doing so is that you may not know what employers want to see, you may not give yourself credit for all of your accomplishments, and you may not use wise formatting. For example, does your resume have the following categories?

• Summary,
• Professional Experience,
• Volunteer Experience,
• Awards,
• Publications,
• Presentations,
• Registrations,
• Licenses,
• Certifications,
• Skills,
• Leadership
• Training,
• Education.

You may not need every category, but if you have information that fits these categories, list it. If you only list your jobs, you are short-changing yourself by not providing an overall view of your relevant abilities. One client whose resume I updated stated, “I didn’t even know some of the things I’ve done that mattered until I was questioned.” Another stated, “What a confidence builder to see my resume and realize how much I’ve done!”

Your resume has to be as competitive as others applying for the same job since your resume is your means for obtaining an interview. If you want to stand out from your competition, have a professional create or update your resume for you. That way, you don’t have to worry about tooting your own horn – the professional will be glad to toot it for you!

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

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Check out my latest YouTube video where I give career advice about a tough situation. What to do when you thought you’d landed your dream job and it turns out not to be the dream you thought it was? Here is how to manage the situation effectively and get back into an unexpected career transition.

Read more in this WSJ article

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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Vacation PolicyA friend of mine recently applied for a job with a company with no vacation policy. Meaning, you have unlimited vacation days as long as you performed in your job.

I heard about this trend again on the Today Show last week. I think it is still a new concept and I will be curious to see how it catches on. I think the factors to consider are – it sounds great, and I think for many people it would work well. But for others who need structure it’s not a good policy. So it depends on the employee. Some are empowered by this kind of freedom, some would be lost without it.

My client, Jason in Arizona, recently said he needs structure, at least some element of it. This policy probably wouldn’t work for him. But I like the idea and I am curious what you think. Please weigh in by commenting below.

Here’s a good article from CNN.com for more on this topic.

Hallie Crawford
Ideal Career Coach

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AgeIf you’re over 55 and looking for a job, do you need to worry about age discrimination? Technically, asking about age is an illegal interview question, but if you’re worried about your age, here are some tips to help you.

First of all, on your resume, leave off the dates you graduated from high school, college, and post-graduate school. What about the dates you worked 30 years ago – won’t employers know your age from your lengthy work history? On your resume, you only need to list your work experience for the last 10 to 15 years. On the other hand, if your work experience from years ago is relevant to the job for which you are applying, consider adding it. A clever way is to make a category title on your resume of “Other Relevant Work Experience.” Beneath the category title, list only the organization and your job title, but omit the dates you worked for the organization.

Once you do have an interview scheduled, will the interviewer know your age by your looks? The interviewer probably will guess your age, but interviewers try to guess the age of every person they interview. Will the interviewer discriminate because of your age? If you don’t get the job, you may never know the real reason.

The bottom line is that many employers prefer seasoned employees and as a job seeker, your job is to find the ones that want you!

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

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Chec out my latest YouTube video as I advise new graduates in their job search how to know what employers want. And it’s not just a college degree.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

GraduatesI encourage not just new grads to read the recent Accenture 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey because it reveals important trends about the workplace for professionals from new grad to mid-career. Here’s an excerpt:

“The research reveals that many companies are not providing the talent development and training programs expected by recent college graduates. The vast majority of students graduating from college in 2014 (80 percent) expect their first employers to provide them with a formal training program, however, 52 percent of students who graduated from college in the past two years say they did not receive training in their first job.”

Also check out the, What Awaits 2014 Grads in the Working World?—Infographic

This reminds us of one of the #1 mistakes professionals make in managing their career development – not finding a mentor. It’s on you to do this now. Gone are the days of apprenticeships; your company may or may not provide a mentoring program. It’s up to you to take charge of your success and development by finding a mentor and taking charge of your own education when necessary. Now this doesn’t mean shell out thousands of dollars you don’t have for a training program. But find ways to educate yourself – books, free online training (courser.org for example), or ask your employer if they will assist. The bottom line is, it falls on you to be proactive about your progression.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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