Your career choices have a huge impact on every aspect of your life.
Don't leave something that important up to chance.
If you learn to use effective strategies to make smart decisions, you can live the life you want. You don't have to be bound by the whims of economic change.
Did you know there are more than 25,000 different types of jobs to choose from?
Surprisingly, most people leave their work-related decisions mostly up to chance and take the first random opportunity that comes along.
With so many possibilities, if you haven't made a thorough investigation of your options, you have almost certainly missed out on some fantastic opportunities that would be a great fit for you.
Of course, if you are making a change mid-way through your life, there are plenty of additional considerations to keep in mind. You need to go beyond just looking at the features of the position itself, and examine how your decision will impact other commitments and priorities in your life.
Making a mid-life career change will be so much easier if you factor in the impact a new line of work will have on the current life you've established and determine how to use strengths you already have to move into your new profession.
Making Career Choices
If you learn how to find a career that is a great fit for your abilities, interests and values, you can live the way you want to live NOW. Don't leave this important decision up to chance. Learn more...
Good career tests won't give you a magic answer to your questions, but they can provide ideas about new options, expand your self-knowledge, and help you make smart decisions. Learn more...
If you're making a change in mid-life, there are usually a lot more factors to consider. You probably have commitments and responsibilities that will be impacted by any decision you make. Learn more...
Job Search Mistakes Exposed
The Resume Writing Guide
"Clear, Concise Advice - I selected this book because it promised step by step instructions...The book is easy to read and clearly shows that the author knows her business." Vera Wilson
If you already know what type of job you are looking for, it's time to start an efficient, effective, targeted search.
You won't find advice based on theory and guesses here.
The strategies on this site have been tested on over 2000 of my clients.
It is real life advice that works for real people.
If you have been looking for work for a while, you need to know that the things you must do to find a good job quickly are not as difficult as you might think. You just have to do things slightly better than other job seekers.
This site is full of simple, achievable strategies that you can easily apply to your job search to enable you to stand out from your competition.
You might be surprised to know that most people do not take those extra little steps when job searching, so if you do go the extra mile, you'll be well ahead of your competition and ready to make a great impression with employers.
That's all it really takes to stand out - just be a tiny bit better. The extra steps are not difficult if you just commit to doing them.
Most people start off a job search by looking for resume and cover letter help. Writing a great resume (and, in fact, most people will need several great resumes) is essential to conducting a successful job search.
Your resumes and cover letters can make or break your hunt for work. In fact, I've worked with several clients who found work almost immediately after I helped them make a few simple resume changes.
Resume writing doesn't have to be a daunting task. It does require time, focus, and an understanding of how to make the most of your career-related strengths and minimize any potential weaknesses or challenges. My resume writing book shows you exactly how to do that.
Unfortunately, finding great leads, specifically accessing the hidden job market, is one of the most neglected aspects of the job search process. The quality of your leads will have a huge impact on the success of your search.
If you have only been applying to advertised positions, and if you don't know which strategies are best for finding great leads where there is very little competition, please be sure to read the section on finding job leads.
The strategies on that page have shaved months off the time my clients have had to spend looking for work.
Finally, once you have mastered resume and cover letter writing, and you have found and applied to some great openings, you'll start getting invited to interviews.
Many people squander amazing opportunities because they fail to plan well for their interviews. Don't be one of those people!
It is usually quite easy to predict most of the questions you will be asked in an interview, which means you can almost always prepare for the majority of questions you will face.
Good preparation, followed by good follow up will get you so much closer to landing the job you want.
I'm Lisa McGrimmon; I write everything you'll read on this site. As a job search workshop facilitator and vocational rehabilitation case manager, I have helped hundreds of clients find jobs, return to school, and make smart career choices.
I know how people struggle with career planning and searching for work, what bogs people down, what works, and what doesn't work. Most importantly, I know how people achieve amazing success.
I can't wait to share all of that information with you so you can start to live the life you want and feel the joy of empowerment that comes from knowing you can be in charge of your life's direction.
You can experience the optimism and empowerment that come from taking control of your work and your life.