A message from Judy ...
Knowing the secrets to a successful Job Search and Career Happiness is more important than ever. A Powerful Résumé, Cover Letter, and follow-up skills are essential. Though your career isn’t your life, it does play a major role. Sure it probably won’t be easy, but your goals are always achievable if you invest in yourself. You can’t afford not to.
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It's time for your "Success Story !"
62 year-old Maurice was one of my first clients. He had come to this country from France at the age of 16. Maurice told me his entire career had been in the ¡°shoe mold¡± industry. Most of these jobs were now going overseas.
Maurice¡¯s manufacturing company was closing.
The first words Maurice said to me were ¡°Judy, I do not want to move to China.¡± A widower, Maurice was a charming, attractive man who told me he kept in shape by teaching ballroom dancing. He was also scared. He had little savings and only a small pension. He was adamant that he did not want to be a burden to his children. Most importantly, he said the thought of not having a job he enjoyed doing made him feel like his life had no purpose.
I worked intensively with Maurice as he did his occupational research. After several weeks he was able to determine a career in HVAC would be perfect. The only problem was he didn¡¯t have the necessary training. I then assisted him with school research and obtaining funding.
Maurice was a dedicated student with excellent test scores. When the time was right we re-focused on his job search. Armed with a great r¨¦sum¨¦ and interviewing skills he was able to get a job in his new field almost immediately.
He later said to me, ¡°No matter what, Judy, I will never be cold in the winter or hot in the summer.¡±
Maurice had found career happiness!
Question of the Month
Is taking a temp job ever a good idea? ...
Yes. If finances are tight taking a temp job will put money in your pocket while you continue your job search. It can also be a great way to research companies and occupations. Some temp agencies even offer health care insurance.
A word of caution -- Check out the temp agency¡¯s reputation and know exactly what you¡¯re agreeing to before you sign any agreements.
1. Dress for Success.
2. Arrive 10 to 15 Minutes Early.
3. Do Your Homework.
4. Be Prepared.
5. Show Enthusiasm.