Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wishing You Good Will

"May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door." Irish saying

Are you making the first steps in your job search about how you can be of help to others?

What skills, experience, education and knowledge, successes can you use to help your next boss, your next co-workers, your next company?

Have you identified what you have of value and appeal to your employer market?

Make that your first step.

Identify how you can help potential employers be successful.

How can you put a smile on their faces, joy in their hearts and money in their pockets?

And how can you do the same for your fellow job seekers?

How can you be of help to those who are ready, willing and able to help you?

Do you have "warm words" for them on those "cold evenings" during this tough economy?

Do you bring the light of hope, the "full moon," when it is hard for all to see that during "dark nights?"

Do you help make the road easier, "downhill all the way to their door?"

Start by thinking first and always foremost about how you can spread good will and be of help to your next employer and to those who already care about you.

We at JVS want to help.

Visit us at

Attend any or all of our events, meetings, and seminars as shown on our calendars at and our main website.

Join me and my groups on LinkedIn.

"May good fortune be yours. May your joys never end."

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Take Action

"Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball." Billie Jean King

One sure way to achieve your goals, to realize your dreams, is to get started!

Get your job search house in order.

Visualize your desired, your ideal, job and worklife. Identify what aspects of that job are important to you and picture the actual work place. If you have a difficult time imagining any of this, consider working with a career counselor. JVS offers career counseling services. To learn more, go to or contact me directly at

Learn how to ride your job search emotional roller coaster. The ups and downs are, and will, certainly be there. So find ways to survive, maybe even enjoy (and even get a picture afterward...:-)), the ride. Seek out support and use your personal network. If you are having a hard time and need help in finding support, please contact me by email or call me at 248.233.4231. I can also provide you with a list of area job seeker support and networking groups.

Prepare your marketing materials. Again, if you need help with your resume, your cover letters, your personal card, portfolio and the like, get in touch with me.

Have a plan and put it into motion. Assemble your job search team, use any and all resources at your disposal. And, regardless of how and where you are stuck, contact me to help get you unstuck.

"Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action." Benjamin Disraeli

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Beware the Ides of March

What is holding you back from your job search?

Are you afraid, anxious or worried about what may happen if you take action?

Is it difficult for you to take steps because you are not certain of the outcome?

"Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person." Dr. David M. Burns

Do your steps have to be perfect before you make a move?

"If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin." Ivan Turgenev

What is it that is blocking you from taking steps in your job search?

If you are unsure, confused, not certain of what to do, where to start or how to keeping going, help is out there.

You can start with us at JVS and go from there. Visit our website at and take advantage of our Online Job Search link and plan on attending a weekly job seeker support group meeting or job search seminars listed on our monthly calendar.

Contact me by email at or call me at 248.233.4231

Don't let this quote be where you are and where you are stuck.

"Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed." Michael Pritchard