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  5 Tips to Being a Supportive Spouse in the Job Search
by Julie Walraven - Feb, 2014
Sudden job loss is stressful. Any job loss is stressful. All job loss affects the whole family and not just the job seeker. When your spouse has been the main source of income for years, panic can set in very quickly. If there are major health issues that require investment into medications or frequent treatments, you are in a position where the panic grows even more. 5 Steps to Take If Your Spouse Has Suddenly Become Une...
 
  No Job is Forever – Be Prepared!
by Julie Walraven - Feb, 2014
In today’s economy, there are no promises. Even if you have lost a job before and landed with a great new one, there are no promises that it will last. The volatility of the economy for the last decade or more has pushed many people onto the job market, some that thought it would never happen to them. Added to the economic crisis the multiple unknowns of the Affordable Healthcare Act and the uncertainty of what that will do to...
 
  What Attracts the Hiring Manager or Recruiter to Your LinkedIn Profile?
by Julie Walraven - Feb, 2014
Many people hate having their photo taken. Still others say they never take a good photo when given the opportunity to be photographed. Others just never get around to being in the picture because they are always the photographer. When it comes to using LinkedIn or other platforms, your photo is necessary. What attracts the hiring manager or recruiter to your LinkedIn profile? When a hiring manager or recruiter is usi...
 
  The confusing language of resume-speak
by Julie Walraven - Feb, 2013
I just received an inquiry from someone reading a professionally written resume that she assumed was incorrectly written. One of the rules of what we call, resume-speak is that the gIh is always implied. Simple Example Instead of writing gI managed the team charged with renegotiating the contract,h in resume-speak you skip the gI.h The sentence would read: gManaged the team charged with renegotiating the contrac...
 
  10 Tips to Better Networking for Job Seekers & Entrepreneurs
by Julie Walraven - Feb, 2013
As a career marketing professional, I coach clients and teach college classes on the importance of networking in your job search. Today we recognize networking comes in many forms and includes both online and in-person networking. For the past three years, I have expanded and experimented with my online networking skills and definitely grew a healthy and helpful network. In-person networking in my life has been large...
 
  Can’t all my cover letters be the same?
by Julie Walraven - May, 2012
NO! You can’t write the same cover letter for every job. It then is just an extra document, extra page, with no extra information. Almost every day I get this question from a client or inquirer: Can I use the same cover letter for all of them? or “Just write me a cover letter” (and some of those people don’t even bother to find a job they are targeting first. The confusion about what a cover letter is and is not never...
 
  What is the cutoff for old information on resumes?
by Julie Walraven - May, 2012
One of the AmeriCorps members asked a common question: What’s the cut off (time of years passed) when a job is no longer applicable on a resume? And what about training classes or memberships? This is a common question because my clients ask it all the time. Here are some of the points to remember when putting things on your resume or taking them off and some ways to use old information. One rule of thumb for prof...
 
  Jobseekers – Eight Tips for Getting Your E-mail Read
by Julie Walraven - Jul, 2010
Nothing is more frustrating as a job seeker than sending an e-mail out and not getting a response or even knowing if it was received. You might be doing several thing to block you from even getting to the employer’s inbox and you could look more professional when your e-mail does arrive in the inbox. #1. Your e-mail address should be your name and it should be on your resume as part of the header. If your name is John Sm...
 
  Jobseeker, Are You Interconnected & Plugged In?
by Julie Walraven - Jul, 2010
Today I spent the day in the hospital waiting while my husband, Bill, had outpatient surgery. Since I am not good at waiting, I packed plenty of work, books, my phone, and my laptop to keep me company while I waited. Interconnected I certainly wasn’t alone. The easily accessible wifi connected me with my e-mail and my Facebook status let my network know where I was and what was going on. I talked to clients via e-mail, t...
 
  Is Everyone Instinctively Competitive?
by Julie Walraven - Jul, 2010
Meet Beau and Titan, the visiting Newfoundland puppies who come to be socialized with Teddy, our German Shepherd. Beau and Titan belong to Lee, a friend of my sons, and his dad. Titan is Lee’s and Beau is his dad’s puppy. At 10 weeks old, they compete to get the same toys. Even when I give them identical toys, they fight to get the one the other one has. Lee insists that Titan is the alpha male but I see Beau (red collar) s...
 
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