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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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NetworkingHere’s a fun article I read that I wanted to share with all of you, 4 Job Search Lessons Learned from Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga’s networking strategy works incredibly well for her, as it would for any job seeker. Appreciate the people who are in your professional network by participating in conversations, helping others in their job searches, and making introductions. The more you put into your network, the more your network will put into you.

Read the entire article here

Networking is still the best way to get a job, hands down. This is especially true when employers are reluctant to post jobs because of the tough economy. They know once they post to the public, they’ll be flooded with applications and resumes.

In this day and age networking is moving more and more online. While networking online, be sure to leverage social media as this article references. One thing I noticed in this article that I’d like to point out is that people often lump LinkedIn.com into the category of social media (perhaps for the sake of keeping things simple.) Don’t be mistaken though – LinkedIn.com is purely a professional networking tool. Don’t discount how useful it can be!

Most importantly, there are many effective ways to network virtually, but face to face networking is always the best option to make a solid connection. You have to remember that the more you put into your network, the more your network will put into you.

Hallie Crawford
Ideal Career Coach

P.S. If you are looking for more help with networking be sure to check out our Free Resources Page.

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Today we continue to look at tips for people unemployed during the tough economy. If you missed Part I, you can read that article here.

Being laid off in any economy is hard. However, being laid off during a recession brings on new challenges. For example, there is more competition for the jobs that are available, only certain industries are hiring, and pay is often decreased for the jobs that are available.

What do you do if you are unemployed in a tough economy?
First of all don’t panic! There are jobs out there, but decisions made out of fear never have good results. Although you may have to work a little harder to find a job during a recession, here are tips 4-6 to help you:

4. Create a schedule. This is an extremely important step because it will keep your mind focused so you don't get depressed. Make a list of what you want to accomplish daily/weekly. Perhaps it’s writing your cover letter or updating your research. Maybe you will start researching potential jobs and looking at websites like CareerBuilder or Monster. Set realistic goals for yourself each day and stick to them!

5. Consider a temporary lower paying job. This may be a hard step for you to take, but it will give you the opportunity to get more work experience, will get you out of the house, boost your morale, and most importantly in a tough economy, it will offer some temporary financial assistance. Temp agencies are a great place to start.

6. Get support. Are you unsure of your ideal career path? Do you need help identifying values and goals? A career coach can help you find your ideal career path. If you need help contact me for a complimentary consultation.

Here's to having a career you love,
Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

Categories : Career Corner
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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!

Monday May 18th
7:30am to 8:30am

Peachtree Christian Church, Burns Hall
1580 Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309-2466
(enter at rear entrance on Church ground floor and take your first left)
http://peachtree.org

Please listen to my audio intro for this event here.

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

AND

Come join me at the Book Tent on Saturday May 9th from 12-5pm for the 5th Annual "Barefoot in the Park" Where: Town Green in downtown Duluth, GA *FREE* Click here for more info about the event.

See you there ;)

Hallie Crawford
Career Coach and Career Speaker

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Happy Monday!! I hope your weekend was great :)

This week I have some tips for people unemployed during the tough economy.

Being laid off in any economy is hard. However, being laid off during a recession brings on new challenges. For example, there is more competition for the jobs that are available, only certain industries are hiring, and pay is often decreased for the jobs that are available.

What do you do if you are unemployed in a tough economy?
First of all don’t panic! There are jobs out there, but decisions made out of fear never have good results. Although you may have to work a little harder to find a job during a recession, here are some tips to help you get started:

1. Make sure your resume is up to date. Take some time reviewing your resume. How do you stand out? Does your resume highlight your skills and professionalism? Do you have a cover letter that works? Think about hiring a professional to help you revise your resume and cover letter.

2. Network. Networking is still the best way to get a job. Tell family, friends, former co-workers, etc. that you are looking for a job. They can’t help you unless they know you are looking. Don’t just say “I’m looking for a job”. Give them specifics. Ask them about specific people they know that might be in your industry. Dig up names in your address book from internships or summer jobs you’ve had and reach out to those people.

3. Use blogs and social networking sites. Join online networking groups, especially if there are networking groups specific to your industry. Online networking tools are very important. Social networking sites like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook are great places to network online. Write on other blogs or start your own. That is a great way to show others what you know about your industry. All of these techniques help you get your name out there.

Stay tuned for tips 4-6 on Wednesday!

Here's to having a career you love,
Hallie Crawford
Career Coach

Categories : Career Corner
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