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New GraduatesI was honored to be a guest again with Matt Jones on Q100 and Cumulus Stations here in Atlanta. This 20 min audio is from our segment regarding job search advice for new graduates. Listen here

Hallie Crawford
Ideal Career Coach

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Pay cutI was thrilled to work with Jada Graves again for a US News and World Report article about, How to Handle a Demotion and Pay Cut. Remember, if you think this is happening to you, find out why and determine if they are things you can work on.

Hallie Crawford
Ideal Career Coach

P.S. Be sure to check out our LinkedIn Consulting Program where you can learn how to effectively leverage your LinkedIn account for your job search and ongoing professional development.

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Co-workersI was honored to be a guest on Gretchen Carlson’s Fox News Show Real Talk, live from New York last week. How do you handle when your boss interrupts you, much less a chatty co-worker? Go here to find out more :)

Hallie Crawford
Career Coach

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Co-WorkersYour talkative co-worker wants to talk to you all the time about conversations totally unrelated to work.  You have work to do and the quicker you do it, the quicker you can go home instead of working overtime.  What do you do?

Co-workers can interfere with your time if you let them.  Your goal is not to let them.  How?

Here are some effective ways to handle those oh-so-talkative co-workers:

  • Say, “I’m sorry, I can’t talk right now, but would you like to have lunch with me today and we can talk then?”
  • Put a note on your cubicle or office that simply says, “Not available until 2:00 p.m.”
  • When your co-workers walk to your desk, stand up to encourage them not to sit down.  Say, “I’m working on something now, but I can meet you to talk at break this afternoon at 3:00.”
  • Put books or papers in your empty chair so your co-worker will have to stand up.
  • Walk to the door of your cubicle or office so that your co-worker will follow.  Explain you are unavailable due to deadlines but would like to talk later.

The key to the effectiveness of all these strategies is following through in actually meeting your co-worker at break or lunch to chit-chat.  In doing so, you demonstrate that you want them as friends and you are modeling effective time management skills for them.   You may not be able to break their talkative habits, but you can control when you allow them to interrupt you while you’re working.   And, the more you can control when they interrupt, the sooner you can go home at night.  Isn’t time management a wonderful thing?

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

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.

Check out my latest video as I share three final ways you will know if you are in your dream job. This is part of my series on how to know if you’re in the right fit.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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Stop selling yourself short – Top 10 tips for your search

Business CardIt’s almost cap and gown season, time for recent grads to look for a job. With the economy slowly on the rebound, their prospects look better but… these 10 critical tips still stand regardless of the state of the job market. Grads can feel an unsettling sense of urgency in their search which doesn’t help them in their search because they come across as desperate. Listen to this 20 minute radio interview  to learn the top 10 tips for recent grads. To help you or your grad get any experience they can to put on their resume, how to stand out from the crowd, and approach their search with confidence.

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Hallie Crawford
Career Transition Coach

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ResumeRead the following bullet point describing a secretary’s duties and form a picture in your mind:

  • Answer telephones, file, and word process.

Do you have a picture of this person’s level of responsibility in your mind? 

Now, read the following bullet points quantifying the same duties:

  • Answer as many as 25 customer service calls per day.
  • Maintain and update filing system of over 4,000 accounts.
  • Word process all correspondence for 8 managers.

Did the picture in your mind change substantially?

The best way to convey the level, depth, and breadth of your responsibilities to an interviewer is by quantifying each accomplishment. If you can’t think of a way to add a number to your responsibilities, then add a statement of why your duty is important.  For example:

  • Compile monthly report and submit to manager for use in company’s monthly financial forecasting.

Quantifying makes the difference in an acceptable resume and an outstanding one, so review your resume and quantify, quantify, quantify. If you need any help, just contact us. We’ll help your resume look exceptional!

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

P.S. Are you in the ideal career for you? Find out if you’re in the right career with our Ideal Career Quiz.

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LinkedInWe get questions all the time from clients regarding their LinkedIn profile and how to handle some uncommon situations. For example, if I’m unemployed, what do I put in my summary at the top? Or, if I want to change industries, do I list my current one or the one I want to get into? We interviewed our own LinkedIn expert Stacy Smyk-Santiago to find out answers to these questions and more… Thank you Stacy!

What do I list as my title under my name (in the profile box at the top) if I’m looking to change industries?

  • This is your brand and should only be your current title if you are seeking that type of position. If you are looking for something different than your current industry, list that position and industry instead. If you have concerns about your current employer viewing your updated profile, use key words in your summary that blend your current experience and skills as they are relevant to what you want to do in the future. Keep in mind, key words in your profile are more effective than a job title for branding and recruiters searching LinkedIn. So if you need to leave your job title as is, that’s ok.

What do I put under my name, in the profile box at the top – and in the summary section – if I’m unemployed?

  • Under your name in the profile box at the top, you have 2 choices: You can say “Seeking position as XX in XX industry”. Or you can list volunteer, part time or pro-bono work as your current experience.
  • In the summary box: List previous experience relevant to the positions you are looking for.

What should I say in the summary section if I’m interested in or open to relocating?

  • In the profile box at the top, you must list where you currently reside. If you are looking to relocate or are open to doing so, mention that in the summary section, being as specific as possible about your desired location. If you do not have a specific location determined, you can say “open to relocating.”

Education

  • Be sure to list here the education you want to appear first, the most relevant to the jobs you’re applying for. One of our clients listed a Dale Carnegie course as his most recent educational experience and as a result, it appeared at the top of his list as if that was his only degree. Be sure to review your profile one more time once you save your profile information after entering it, to ensure it looks the way you want it to.

Summary info – can I make changes here?

  • This is pulled from what you enter in the more detailed sections below it and for the most part cannot be altered; however, LinkedIn has recently offered more flexibility in the arrangement of content under each section. For example, you can re-order your work experience so that the top position will appear in your summary box and first in your experience section.

How do I customize my public profile so it’s not a jumble of random characters?

  • To customize your public profile URL
  • Click on Edit next to the given URL
  • Second box in the right side column – click customize your public profile URL
  • Delete the random numbers and type in your name
  • Include your customized link as a footer in your resume.

Hallie Crawford and Stacy Smyk-Santiago
Certified Career Coaches

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