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  5 ways to position yourself for a return to prior career
by Julie Walraven - Jul, 2014
There are multiple types of career changes. One of those is the individual who started in one field and left it to pursue other interests. Are you one of those people who have worked in multiple fields? You aren’t alone. Many of my clients have worked in more than one field. If you leave a field for a period of time and then want to return, you may be facing a tougher struggle than if you had stayed in the field throughout you...
 
  Is it time to change my job?
by Julie Walraven - Jun, 2014
Many people mistakenly think that professional resume writers do better in a bad economy with high unemployment. Nothing could be further from the truth. Though I work with people who are unemployed and though I worked with both unemployed and those who want a career change throughout the recession that started in late 2007, it takes a good economy for professional resume writers to thrive. I’d like to discuss why you s...
 
  Your resume is not a history book
by Julie Walraven - Jun, 2014
When dealing with clients in their 50s and 60s, it isn’t uncommon for someone to think that they have to put every job in chronological order complete with dates. But your resume isn’t a history book. Resume IS a Strategic and Targeted Marketing Document Your resume MUST be a strategic marketing document that highlights your value, clearly defines your success stories, and positions you with the key words that match...
 
  5 questions to ask to determine if your network is effective
by Julie Walraven - Jun, 2014
We speak much about networking these days with some confusion about what defines networking. Though I do attend one networking group every month – my Christian Business Leaders breakfast – I don’t think running to networking events is the solution or what I mean by networking. Though I am a proponent of using social media for networking, I don’t think just signing up for all the social media you can find is what I mean by netw...
 
  Top 15 Misconceptions about Resumes Writing
by Julie Walraven - Jun, 2014
During my many resume writing and career marketing presentations to college classes, state job center groups, and AmeriCorps members, inevitably questions come up about resume strategies and assumptions about how resumes should be written. I always begin my presentations by saying that what I tell them will perhaps sound contradictory to what they have read in books or even learned in classes but as a Certified Master Resum...
 
  The 5 essential ingredients to a job-winning resume
by Julie Walraven - May, 2014
The myths in the resume writing field abound. I have clients who have been asked why in the world they would hire a professional resume writer when it should be so easy to write your own resume. The problem is that the conception that these people have of resume writing comes from the bare bones variety that they were taught in school. What is essential in my resume? If you ask a room full of people, many will tell you t...
 
  5 Tips to Being a Supportive Spouse in the Job Search
by Julie Walraven - Feb, 2014
Sudden job loss is stressful. Any job loss is stressful. All job loss affects the whole family and not just the job seeker. When your spouse has been the main source of income for years, panic can set in very quickly. If there are major health issues that require investment into medications or frequent treatments, you are in a position where the panic grows even more. 5 Steps to Take If Your Spouse Has Suddenly Become Une...
 
  No Job is Forever – Be Prepared!
by Julie Walraven - Feb, 2014
In today’s economy, there are no promises. Even if you have lost a job before and landed with a great new one, there are no promises that it will last. The volatility of the economy for the last decade or more has pushed many people onto the job market, some that thought it would never happen to them. Added to the economic crisis the multiple unknowns of the Affordable Healthcare Act and the uncertainty of what that will do to...
 
  What Attracts the Hiring Manager or Recruiter to Your LinkedIn Profile?
by Julie Walraven - Feb, 2014
Many people hate having their photo taken. Still others say they never take a good photo when given the opportunity to be photographed. Others just never get around to being in the picture because they are always the photographer. When it comes to using LinkedIn or other platforms, your photo is necessary. What attracts the hiring manager or recruiter to your LinkedIn profile? When a hiring manager or recruiter is usi...
 
  The confusing language of resume-speak
by Julie Walraven - Feb, 2013
I just received an inquiry from someone reading a professionally written resume that she assumed was incorrectly written. One of the rules of what we call, resume-speak is that the gIh is always implied. Simple Example Instead of writing gI managed the team charged with renegotiating the contract,h in resume-speak you skip the gI.h The sentence would read: gManaged the team charged with renegotiating the contrac...
 
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