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NetworkingMany of our career coaching clients are making the mistake of a) not using the internet to find a job or b) using the internet inappropriately to find a job.

Some clients don’t have LinkedIn profiles; others have weak ones that don’t show potential employers their skills and what they might be able to offer. A lot of new clients talk to us about all the job searching they’ve done on the internet, and how all these hours have lead to nothing. Most of the time, those people are doing it all wrong.

I saw this great article on Harvard Business Review’s website – “How to Curate Your Own Personal Job Feed” that gives specific advice on how to use the internet effectively. It’s an article part of the series “The New Rules for Getting a Job”.

Read more here: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/03/how_to_curate_your_own_persona.html

I encourage you to follow through with everything discussed in this article. These are the same tips we give to our clients, specifically her advice on using LinkedIn:

LinkedIn, unlike Twitter, is entirely focused on professional networking so there is no need to separate your job hunting activity. Your starting point for finding listings on LinkedIn is under the “Jobs” tab in the top navigation. At first glance, LinkedIn’s Jobs feature appears similar to other job boards in your ability to search by various criteria, but it offers another important element: the ability to search jobs based on how connected you are to the employer. After filling out your criteria on LinkedIn’s Advanced Search page, you’ll receive a list of results along with, on the left side of your screen, a list of ways to refine your search. When you refine by “relationship,” you can see job postings based on whether you have first, second, or third degree LinkedIn connections into that organization. This is crucial information for determining whether you might be able to ask someone in your network to personally introduce you to the hiring manager or recruiter at that organization.

In addition to searching LinkedIn’s job listings, check out LinkedIn Groups, which also feature job posting areas. Go to LinkedIn’s Group Directory and seek out groups for your industry or other niches. Then, for each group you join, click on the “Jobs” tab within that group. If the group is private, these postings won’t appear in a general Google search, so you may find opportunities that aren’t posted elsewhere.

To add these LinkedIn opportunities to your daily “rounds,” opt in to receive daily job alerts (available from LinkedIn’s main Jobs page) and to receive daily group digest emails from each group to which you belong.

Source:  http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/03/how_to_curate_your_own_persona.html

One last important note: While networking online is a good idea, nothing beats networking in-person. Make sure to get out from behind your computer and network!

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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UnemploymentThe WSJ’s reporting on the unemployment rate for June and lower amount of jobs added last month:

“Bad news for the U.S. economic recovery. New private-sector jobs barely outweighed government job losses, causing the unemployment rate to climb to 9.2 percent from 9.1 percent. It’s the third straight month the jobless rate has risen, and unemployment is now at its highest level since December 2010. In total, the economy added 18,000 jobs, far fewer than expected.”

Read it at The Wall Street Journal:
http://e.thedailybeast.com/a/tBOF085B7SwhTB8cRNtNsjmcK7H/dail2

Don’t let this affect your attitude in your job search. These numbers are the big picture and are important, but read them and move on. Go back to focusing on YOUR picture right away. If you focus on these numbers, you won’t be as confident in your search and that will not help you.

You can’t choose what happens to you, but you can choose your reaction to what happens. Take the reins. We can sit around bemoaning the low numbers or we can get out there and network to find a job, start a business, do what we need to do. I read an article in Time Magazine last night about a farming family in Nebraska who, for years, took odd jobs to make ends meet and had to sell off much of their land. But through persistence, courage and determination for years, they were able to hold onto their farm and have since purchased more land and surpassed where they were before the recession. Remember successful people don’t AVOID obstacles, they learn how to overcome them.

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Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach

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I spoke at the Junior League of Atlanta Wednesday night on “Find a job you love: 6 Steps to clarify your career direction”. It was a great event. I was thrilled to receive this feedback from one of the participants: “Enjoyed meeting you last night is such an understatement! Like I said, I got more out of that hour and 15 minutes than I did in most of my college classes! I went home and talked my husbands ear off about it!”. As a career speaker I don’t think feedback can get better than that :-) . Thank you to everyone who attended!

At the event I was speaking to a woman who really wants to own a dance studio. Currently she doesn’t have the financing to start a business, and she sees this as a huge challenge. She imagines being able to start her own business so far in the future that she hasn’t done much to even get started on it. She was very bummed and overwhelmed and asked me for my advice.

I told her to achieve her dream she just needed to take one step. This would help make it real for her. I told her to look at real estate to rent a dance studio and I recommended joining an association for small business owners where she could network and learn more about starting a business.

The point I was trying to make for her was this: How do you eat an elephant? The answer is one bite at a time. If you don’t take one step, your dream is just looming out there. Your goal that will never happen!

What first step will you take in reaching your career goals?

Have a great weekend!

Hallie Crawford
Career Speaker

 

 

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  • Are you in career transition but aren't finding the job you want?
  • Do you feel like you're spinning your wheels and getting nowhere in your job search?
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Have a great weekend!
Hallie Crawford
Job Search and Career Coaching

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If you go through your job search with the wrong attitude, it’s going to be a downward spiral with a potentially unhappy ending. The good news is… you can prevent this.

You need to make career decisions from a position of strength or possibility and not out of fear, weakness or other negative feelings. It may take practice, but creating that feeling of strength and optimism can happen.

Here are some suggestions on how to do this:

  • Worrying does not help – Taking action does. Do something about the challenges you’re facing.
  • Evaluate your decision making process - Take some time to notice how you approach decisions. Are you approaching them with confidence and strength? If the answer is yes, then you’ll know that you’re getting a positive outcome as a result of your positive attitude and actions. If you approach decisions with fear or anger, then, conversely, you’ll notice the result is much less constructive.
  • Practice being positive – Consciously practicing being positive may feel strange at first so I encourage you to take small steps. Notice how you are feeling about the decisions you are making. If you are experiencing ‘bad vibes’ then it might be time to shift your mindset, or to table that important decision until you feel more comfortable and confident.
  • Invest in yourself - While money may seem tight right now, one of your best bets is to spend your resources making yourself invaluable to your current or potential employer. When you invest in education – through additional classes to beef up skills or through advanced programs to learn new skills – you enhance your value and marketability.

Join our job search teleclass "Stop Spinning in Your Job Search – 3 Ways to Get Ahead of the Traffic" on Friday July 17, 2009 at 12:00 noon ET. Register here.

Helping you get back in the driver's seat,

Hallie Crawford
Job Search Coaching

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Live event: Survive the Job Crisis: Creating Career Possibilities for Yourself in Three Short Steps

There's no doubt about it – the world can seem like a scary place right now. And for many of us, what is especially unnerving is the way the unemployment rate continues to rise. If you are one of those fearful of losing your job, have recently been laid off, or are searching for your ideal career – this presentation is a must-attend event.

Career transitions can be trying; and even more difficult during a job crisis. In this FREE workshop, you will learn how to successfully manage whatever career transition you are currently facing.

In this presentation, I will give you the three critical steps you need to take right now in order to survive the job crisis. I will show you how to create possibilities for yourself – despite the tough economy. If you want to find out how to survive, and even thrive, during these tough times, join us!

What: Get2Work! networking meeting at Mount Pisgah UMC in Alpharetta, GA
When: Tuesday June 9th at 7pm
Where: A019 (South Campus) *for directions click here*
Led By: Rey Versola – Click here to email Rey

**This event is free and open to the public! Please feel free to bring your friends, family and anyone else who can benefit.**

Hallie Crawford
Career Coach and Career Speaker

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Bad Economy?

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I was recently featured in a story for CNN titled "Bad economy? Do what you love". Here's an excerpt:

When a Wall Street financial firm let Kerschbaum go two years ago, finding new work was hard because his age made him less attractive to firms, he says.

He decided to make his talent for fixing clocks and his penchant for collecting them into a career.

At his cozy store surrounded by the melody of ticking clocks, Kerschbaum happily works seven days a week for an income that is meager but enough for him and his wife to live on.

There is no doubt small businesses have been hit hard by the financial crunch. Prospective entrepreneurs have plenty of reason to feel risk averse. Even in a good economy, the most successful businesses need a lot of capital, especially with tight credit markets, experts say.

Only 80 percent of businesses survive after the first year and the chances dwindle to 44 percent after four years, according to the Small Business Administration.

"It's not the ideal time, but that doesn't mean you can't do it," says Hallie Crawford, a certified career coach based in Atlanta, Georgia. "I think because of the way the economy is that you just have to be a little bit more careful."

Read the entire article here:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/02/24/economy.career/index.html?iref=newssearch

Here's to having a career you love!
Hallie Crawford
Career Coach & Career Speaker

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