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I was honored to be a featured guest on WXIA TV CH.11 about the ever-changing job market and what you need to know to get hired. What can you do to make yourself stand out? Watch this video to learn more.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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Check out my latest video as I discuss how our job search coaching program works. In this video I share what is covered in the job search coaching program, how it can help you improve your job search and leverage the hidden job market.

Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach

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Job MarketI was unable to attend this webinar but very intrigued by the principles in his book. I’d highly recommend it for your career search: Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring.

Today’s job market is the toughest since the Great Depression, and many of the challenges are here to stay. Even so, you CAN get the job you want IF you apply fresh approaches to the search. “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring” is a powerful seminar based on Ford Myers’ best-selling book of the same name. Attendees will learn:

  • How to land a good job in the midst of an economic crisis
  • How to address the realities of this job market with real-world, actionable steps
  • How to see this economic downturn as a positive career opportunity
  • How to seize on job opportunities that aren’t posted yet
  • How to make yourself an instant asset to potential employers
  • How to clearly stand-out as the best candidate
  • How to “recession-proof” your career for the long term

There is no magic bullet for your career search. It takes time, commitment, persistence, and focusing your time on the areas that pay off the most – networking, networking and networking. I find the people who succeed at their job search are the ones who have a specific plan that they implement every single day and week. They stick to it and they are consistent in their networking efforts. They continuously follow up with the people who can help them the most.

I attended a seminar years ago where the speaker described a colleague who built his business on 10 critical networking contacts. Who are your best networking connections? Write them down and prioritize them. Then develop a strategy to stay in touch with them on a regular basis.

Hallie Crawford
Job Search Coach

P.S. If you would like more help with your job search and networking, be sure to check out our Free Resources Page today!

Job MarketI was honored to be on the radio about the job market with Matt Jones at Cumulus here in Atlanta. I wanted to share the content we talked about on the radio with you here.

The economic climate recently has felt like a roller coaster for job seekers. They get mixed messages about the job market, some days it’s good news and some days it’s bad. It can be hard to know how to handle it! For example: Median salaries for college graduates increased by 4.5%in 2012 and employers’ plans to hire them are up 10.2% (per surveys from The National Association of Colleges and Employers). Yet, early April also saw unemployment claims rise to 380,000—the highest levels since January 2012. Sure it’s changed again.

So how do you know how to handle seemingly conflicting information? For a long time job seekers, including graduates, have been told to sit tight because you can’t land your dream job. In some ways that’s been true. Then we get some good news mixed in with bad and people aren’t sure whether to make the leap.

I suggest several things to keep your cool when you’re receiving conflicting information:

Temper your enthusiasm with pragmatism. I’ve said this regardless of the economic climate. You can land and work towards your dream job, and you absolutely should! Sometimes you need to be more cautious than others. Don’t give up on it, just measure the landscape, the economic climate and how quickly or slowly you need to make your change. Make a plan, and adjust the timeline based on how things look for your industry. Combine passion with pragmatism. Find something you truly enjoy and focus on it. Move towards it consistently but … figure out a way to pay your bills, take care of yourself and make the transition slowly. Take a part time job outside of your current one, volunteer, take a class, whatever. Go slowly but don’t lose enthusiasm for where you’re going.

Keep your eye on the ball. I have too many people who get excited about a career direction, then go off track. They get disappointed because they’re not moving forward quickly enough and they give up, OR they get distracted by something else and move the wrong way. When I was working with my career coaching client Luke last week, he was doing just that. It’s the bright shiny object syndrome (which I also have.) I did this too when I determined that I wanted to teach in some way, but then I was offered a job in something completely different and I said ok and took it even though I knew it wouldn’t be a long term fit! It was offered and it was easy. Yes I had to pay my bills and that was part of it, but I should have instead said I’ll take this job while I’m working towards teaching or coaching on the side. Instead 2 years later I was stuck there and miserable. Always ask yourself, will this move me towards my goal?

Know your limits. This sounds silly but some people don’t know what they need to live on and/or aren’t absolutely certain about those numbers. Determine how much you need to live and know your limits so you can work from a workable budget to stay financially stable while you’re pursuing the dream. Being absolutely certain about where you stand and what you need financially gives you that peace of mind and a foundation that you can move forward from. This way you’re not worrying about that as much and can focus on the dream.

Think outside the box. Are there jobs out there related to what you want to do long term but that are easier for you to get right now and could help you move towards your dream job? Think creatively; be open to alternative ideas and options. While you do want to remain focused and not get off track, you also need to be flexible and open to other options if the job you’re wanting long term just isn’t attainable right now. Make a long term plan for making it happen.

Focus on career management. See your career as an asset you need to manage, invest in and maintain long term. Not something short term you can just assume will be there. More and more we need to see our jobs as an asset to nurture, grow and plan for long term. So if you can’t get that dream job right now, and a lot of people can’t, that’s normal! Figure out how you can get it long term…

I hope this is helpful!!

Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach

P.S. If you would like more help with your job search and networking, be sure to check out our Free Resources Page today!

Watch my latest YouTube video where I discuss a USNews.com article that I was featured in about creative and alternative places that can be used as networking opportunities. In this video I give specific networking tips about how to make the most of your networking events.

There are so many places we don’t even think of as networking opportunities. I’ve had clients get interviews at weddings through their in-laws, through their daycare provider, at sports viewing parties at bars and through friends who knew someone was going to be laid off before the company posted their job opening. The bottom line is networking really can happen anywhere, as cliché as that may sound.

If you’re in the job market, act professionally wherever you go. Put your best foot forward just in case. That doesn’t mean be stuffy, just be mindful of the impression you are making. Have some good icebreakers prepared for any networking event. What is something you can say to approach people and start a conversation? Have a way to gracefully exit a conversation as well. Even by simply closing things out with “It was great to meet you,” “Can we stay in touch?” or “May I follow up with you in a few weeks?” Make a plan for staying in touch with them so you design how you can best help each other in the long run.

Read the USNews.com article here

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach 

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Career GoalsI had the privilege of being on a radio show for Q100 here in Atlanta last week. We talked about staying on top of New Year’s resolutions. Here are 4 steps to help you meet your goals that I shared on the show:

  • Create a job search plan that includes your ideal career direction, plus two other possible ideas related to it, in case you need to expand your search over time.
  • Firm up your elevator pitch. What makes you unique? You have to know your brand or your value. Understand your strengths and what you bring to the table.

  • Network, network, and network. Networking is still the best way to get a job. Employers are still going to be hesitant to post jobs because they still get flooded with resumes. Set up as many informational interviews as possible.

  • Go for what you really want. The job market is getting better, but you have to realize it takes work and time. Sometimes a new approach to your job search is needed to stand a better chance to land the job you really want.

If you’d like help at achieving your career goals this year, contact us today to set up a complimentary consultation.

Hallie Crawford
Job Coach

P.S. If you are interested in furthering your career direction, be sure to check out these free tools, specially designed to help you on you career journey.

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I was honored to be featured on TV in Macon recently where I discussed the importance of Soft Skills in a tough economy. There are so many people who are unemployed, that the employers can pick whoever they want. The way you can stand out is to focus on your soft skills. What do you have to offer in this tough job market?

You can watch the news segment here: http://www.41nbc.com/blogs/coreen/8813-career-coach-urges-you-to-promote-soft-skills

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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Watch this video as I address the unemployment rates. Atlanta is one of the toughest markets currently, but at a recent career event I met a recruiter with a very positive outlook. The unemployment rates are not good in this current economy, but it really depends on the industry you are looking at. Some industries are really in need of employees during times like this. Google the unemployment rates to figure out which industries are growing. You can also check out the U.S. Department of Labor at www.bls.gov.

Hallie Crawford
Atlanta Career Coach 

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