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Guest Post–Karen D’Anna–Career Change February 28, 2007

Filed under: Career & Workplace,Job Search — erinkennedy @ 9:14 pm
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Hello,

My name is Karen D’Anna and I have been collaborating with fellow writer Erin Kennedy, owner of Professional Resume Service for over a year. I first began contributing to Professional Resume Services when I realized the extraordinary standards and high-caliber services offered.

I myself have changed careers several times since leaving college. I realized that there was a process that I went through each time I was ready to move to another challenge. I thought I would share some interesting information about what triggers us to begin a new job search.

Is it time to make a career change?

Do you feel restless at work? Are your values being met by the job or the environment you are working in? Do you answer “yes” to any or all the following questions …..?

· Do you feel down on Sunday as Monday looms nearer?

· Has your work become routine and predictable?

· Are you drained of energy after a day at the office?

· Does work lack a sense of importance or purpose?

· Do you see little or no room for advancement?

· Do you think there is work you would be better suited for but you just don’t know what it is?

These are indicators that you are discontent in your career. It is inevitable that you will periodically re-evaluate your occupation. Your job is constantly evolving. Corporate politics, economic shifts, mergers and personnel upheavals can cause unexpected changes. At the same time the world is changing you are also experiencing shifts in your internal life. Your values, needs and life expectations develop as your life evolves.

You have goals that are not met, both personal and professional, your job has stalled and you feel the loss internally. You think to yourself, “there must be something better out there.” Fear of change often stops us from taking the step to start the job search process.

Many times you sit by passively thinking things will eventually get better but when they don’t you begin to explore the opportunities that exist with other organizations. Facing your fear of the unknown can result in a rewarding career change. Be pro-active and anticipatory and look at this as a new beginning.

It might be time to invest in your future and consult with a professional career coach. A career coach can give you necessary tools to access your current position and evaluate your future goals. Mapping out a game plan will allow you a positive approach to a job search and give you the ability to find the position that will meet your personal and professional goals.

 

Guest Post–Kris Plantrich–Did you know? Facts March 20, 2006

Filed under: Career & Workplace — erinkennedy @ 6:15 pm
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Did You Know?

Hi, my name is Kris Plantrich and I am a Certified Professional Resume Writer and currently I contribute writing services to Professional Resume Service owned by fellow writer Erin Kennedy. As this is my first entry to the blog I thought I would stay in the spirit of the name Did You Know? and delve into this question a little further.

Did you know Tuesday is the most productive day of the week?

Did you know as many as 35% of employers are now using your credit report history as a means of judging personal responsibility, especially in occupations dealing directly with money?

Did you know 65 to 70% of jobs are gained through personal referrals or networking connections – so get networking!

Did you know only an average of 36% of those job hunters interviewed regularly send thank-you notes while 75% of employers like or expect the notes?

Did you know that over 90% of employers seek their assistant’s opinion when interviewing and making hiring decisions?

Did you know business cards are a great way to network – plain and simple or with a photo works best?

Did you know having a mentor can be also be a great way to network?

Did you know 60% of large companies do salary planning in the fall – a great time to ask for a raise!

Did you know that while the average job hunt takes 19 weeks, 40 – 50% of job seekers give up after just 2 months?

Take these facts to heart while preparing, searching, and interviewing for your next job.

Bye for now,

Kris