Thursday, June 30, 2011

Storms Make Oaks Take Deeper Root

So says George Herbert...

Leaving a job is often a very traumatic experience even when the choice to leave is yours.

After years of being a member of a work group, being an important and accepted part of a work family, you are leaving home.

If you have been told to leave, the hurt can go very deep. No matter how unavoidable the layoff, no matter if the company had to close its doors, or no matter how generous and gentle the severance package, it still is painful.

BUT just because you have left a job, it does not mean you have lost all, or even any, of what you have gained, of what you have become.

You acquired experience, knowledge, skills and more in the time you spent with the company. You changed and developed talents and gifts that will be yours to keep forever.

You may have left a company, but you have not lost who you are and what value you can add to another company. You now have the opportunity to find your next workplace home -- a workplace that will appreciate what you have to offer and reward you with new relationships, new opportunities and greater possibilities for your new future.

First and foremost, you have not become just another job seeker.

To many employers, you are a highly valued resource provider.

Start with identifying the talents, the special gifts, you have that represent high value to the employer market. What can you do, and do well, that is most desired?

Learn how to communicate and present yourself as a value proposition to your next workplace home. How can you act best to send the right messages? Who do you know that can help you get out those words about you?

We can help with that at JVS.

Go to for more info or contact me.

Walt Tarrow

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Lonely Resume

Is your resume without any friends?

Do you send out or post resume after resume and get no responses?

When employers are having their hiring party, is your resume, your application, standing all alone in the corner? Or maybe you could not even get in the door...

Take a closer look at your resume.

Better yet, take a really close look at the people at the hiring party.

What did they ask for on the invitation? What types of people did they invite to the party?

What type of person did they describe in the job posting?

Does your RSVP to the party, your response to the posting, your resume, your application, read like, sound like, look like the kind of person they described in the invitation, the posting?

Or are you just anybody, just anybody looking for a party, any party, to crash?

If you do not present, communicate, that you are one of the invitees, one of the persons who meets their basic qualifications for a welcome party goer, why would they let you in, let alone want to party with you, or even talk to you?

Anyone who is looking for anything, any type of job, is a party crasher. Even if you have the potential to be a productive, successful and valuable employee, without making that clear up front, you are likely to be ignored. Employers will not spend the time with a stranger outside the door trying to figure out if it is okay to let you in.

If you think you would spend the time with that stranger, keep that in mind the next time a door to door salesman visits your home. At least that salesman has a pitch that might be of interest. Do you have anything of interest to say to anyone at the employer's hiring party?

At the least, match your resume as much as possible with the same keywords and related experience and education as stated in the job posting. If you don't show even that much interest in, that much consideration for, the employer, your resume will always be kept outside and never allowed into the party.

A resume in search of anything, any job, is a lonely resume.

Don't let your resume be that resume.

Get in touch and stay in touch with us at JVS and let us help you join the party.

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