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  How to Effectively Follow Up on Sent Resumes
by Kris Plantrich - Jul, 2010
As I talk with many candidates, the biggest frustration I hear is that there is no response to resumes they send out. Although many have worked hard to develop a large contact list, targeted specific companies of interest and have a specific system or plan in place to send out resumes, I find most do not follow up on sent resumes. When I ask the question, “Have you followed up with them?” I usually get the deer in the head...
 
  Getting Past the Fear – How to Succeed in a 21st Century Job Search
by Kris Plantrich - Mar, 2010
Most of my clients are experienced professionals in their 40’s or 50’s and come to me in the throngs of a failed job search. Usually their career has progressed easily through internal promotions or word of mouth referrals. Now faced with a struggling economy and a new job search arena, they feel unsure and even fearful of the challenge before them. Suddenly they are 6 years old again and afraid to step off their bed for fe...
 
  All I Need Is a Way To Get My Foot In The Door...
by Kris Plantrich - Mar, 2010
Recently I had a conversation with a job seeker which I have had similarly with many others in the past. The conversation begins with a recap of what actions they have taken in their job search and what thei r expectations are for working together. I often here something like, “I can handle the job search – I just need a resume to get me in the door, and I know I can talk my way into the job – I can talk my way into anything”....
 
  What Job Seekers Can Learn from a Close Call Ice Fishing
by Kris Plantrich - Mar, 2010
Learn From Others Mistakes, Failures and Successes An ice fishing outing a few weeks ago reminded me of a simple, yet valuable lesson. With weeks of cold weather and a previous weekend of successful ice fishing we thought we would try it again. The week had been beautiful with temperatures in the mid to upper 30’s and sunny, a nice change for Michigan. The weekend came and we decided to punch a few holes in the ice and see...
 
  Living the Dream
by Kris Plantrich - Feb, 2010
Living the dream is what the Olympians of the 2010 Winter Olympics are doing during the next couple of weeks. But the dream for them was born 5, 10 or even 15 years ago and has been achieved through countless hours and years of hard work, failure, tears, injury, smiles, joy, and triumph. Each Olympian has their own unique story but they all have one common goal — to be the best they can be. I think that is why we are so dra...
 
  Are You Phone Interview Savvy?
by Kris Plantrich - Feb, 2010
Phone interviews have been quite a prevalent topic for my clients this week. I received calls sharing that one client had completed a phone interview with two other clients having scheduled phone interviews for next week. With so many in one week, I wonder if this may be a new norm for some companies. When my clients called, they were thrilled at the opportunity but nervous of what to expect and anticipate. They had many qu...
 
  Are Your Job Hopping Days Haunting You?
by Kris Plantrich - Jan, 2010
5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Meandering Work History Each individual is different of course, but those with a history of job hopping might find resistance by hiring managers looking for candidates that will remain loyal to their company as the economy works to recover. I recently encountered such a client who was concerned with his resume and interview options because of the wide range of jobs he has had over the past...
 
  Social Networking or Socializing?
by Kris Plantrich - Jan, 2010
Social networking is vital in today’s job search. If a job seeker is not yet aware of the benefits of social networking, they may never be aware of their missed opportunities. The most utilized and effective networks today are LinkedIn and Facebook and now Twitter. They are invaluable for establishing relationships with targeted contacts. These networking sites are databases at your disposal for researching industries, loca...
 
  Being Nice Does Matter in Finding Your Dream Job
by Kris Plantrich - Jan, 2010
This week was the kick off of the 9th season of American Idol. Every year I say I am not going to watch it, but somehow the show finds its way on to the screen of my television. I tell myself, just the first night… to get a feel for what this season may hold. I admit that I watched the whole show and towards the end, when there were only a few contestants left, a man entered the room for his very long awaited audition and...
 
  Is Your Insanity Driving You Crazy?
by Kris Plantrich - Dec, 2009
Try Something New to Take the Insanity out of Your Job Search I’ve gone to the same mall area shopping for Christmas presents three times in the last couple of weeks. Each time I have gone, I come home less and less satisfied with the amount of purchases I made. I just can’t seem to find what I am looking for at the stores available in that location. With just a week left until Christmas and with more than a few presents le...
 
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