Applying for jobs online can be a pain…

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I can certainly understand exactly the level of frustration in that statement and the tedious task of applying for jobs online these days. Trust me, I understand and want to give a few tips and tricks to make this process as painless as possible.

Please understand that most employers are using applicant tracking systems (ATS) to process their applications and cutting down on the amount of candidates who will get to the interview process. It helps to have the right career tools, such as your resume, cover letter and letters of recommendations already prepared to help you move the application process along.

If you do not have any of these career tools or need help with getting them completed, please check out this resource to get your career tools completed, so you can get more efficient with your job application processes online. If you do have your career tools completed, then use it in the following ways.

-Save the full resume in Notepad version

-Upload this version of your resume to the ATS for the jobs you are applying for

-Create a different resume for every industry you have more than one year experience working

If you struggle with getting your career tools (your resume) to get you the desired result (a callback from an employer with an interview), then check out check out my other resource where you can have your career tools reviewed and updated, so they can produce the desired results.

If you have general career focused questions? Contact me here. You can leave me a voicemail or email message and I will return your voicemail or email within 24 hours.

Just graduated? Two ways to you can win in your career

1. You should have a complete professional portfolio to house all of your career tools, such as your resumes, cover letters, letters of recommendation, award certificates and other pertinent documentation. If you do not have a professional portfolio, check out these two options below:

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Please look into obtaining one of these portfolio, so you can stand out from the rest of the job candidates more professional, instead of showing up to an job interview with a manila folder.

2. Make sure you have all of the essential career tools completed and updated. If your career tools like your resumes, cover letters and/or letters of recommendations could use a well-needed make over, check out my career tools review service, which you can find here.

If you don’t have any of your career tools prepared? I will work with you directly to get the process started by you going here.

3.. Cultivate and Maintain Productive & Professional Relationships. Having key relationship can truly help you garner career opportunities normally not released to the public. It is important stay connected to your professional network through phone calls, social media and simple emails. Technology has made it much easier for you to stay connected, so there’s not excuse.

Still haven’t figured out your DREAM Career path after high school or college? Check my FREE resource here that will help you get CLEAR about the beginning stages of your career.

If you have general career oriented questions, please feel free to reach out to me here.

Don’t think you need a resume?

There have been times where I don’t want to be bothered with resumes, cover letters and all the other career tools because it seems like a chore….

Well, let’s consider this scenario for a moment. If you were a real estate broker attending a networking event where at least 60% of the people there stated on their attendance card, they are looking to buy or sell their current primary residence. As you “work the room” with some of these people, the conversations leads to them asking you what you do for a living and you say, I’m a real estate broker. At least five of the ten people you have spoken with in that event expressed a very strong interest in conducting real estate transactions.

Hmmm…Stop and think for a minute, do you think you are in the right place at the right time as a real estate broker? Let me ask you another question, do you want to be in that networking event without your business card and a way to obtain their contact information? You see where I’m going here. The moral of the story is….have your career tools ready for business, to cultivate promising business and #career opportunities.

Just like this story of you being the real estate broker, you do not want to hear about career opportunities and not take full advantage of them. Granted, you can garner career opportunities without career tools, but you always put yourself in a better position, when you have your career tools ready to work for you.

If you are struggling with having your resumes, cover letters or letters of recommendation work for you and you need to have them working for you again, check out this resource here.

If you don’t have any of your career tools completed and need my help to get them created and structured for the career of your choice, check out my resource here to discuss the career tools needed to jumpstart your success in your chosen industry. The saying goes, when preparation meets opportunity, SUCCESS is inevitable.

Have general career-oriented questions? Contact me here where you can leave me a voicemail or email message and I will respond to your voicemail or email message within 24 hours.

Are your career tools working for you?

Let’s be honest, if you’ve been working in the same position for a while, chances are, you have not updated your resumes. In this video, I talk about one of my clients looking make some career changes and ran into this problem. Her career tools had not been updated in at least five years, which was the length of time she has been on truck driving career path. I was able to help her by her using this resource here.

Once she her #careertools got the professional overhaul it needed, she not only applied but got the job she was looking for as part of her #career transition process….YAY!!! I’m grateful to have helped her in this process of transition.

The other resources that I shared in this video are:

Looking for self-directed interview help? Go here.

Do you want to change your career but don’t know where to start? Check out this resource here where we can cultivate your DREAM Career specifically tailored to what you know and love to do.

If you have general career and job related questions, reach out to me here….where you can leave me a voicemail message and I will return your message within 24 hours.

Just got Fired? 5 Power Moves to quickly get your next career opportunity

Let’s be honest, no one likes to hear these dreadful words…”you’re fired”, “we have to let you go” or “our professional relationship has now come to an end”….which boils down to you not having a job. If this is your only source of income…then this can be a devastating blow to your finances…Yikes! Nobody likes to be in that position, but all hope is not lost. In this video, I provide five powers moves to take back control of your career and your financial life. Here they are….

1.Don’t Panic…Mindset is the key to getting back your career on track.

2. Rediscover your personal and professional knowledge, #skills and resources…use my FREE Resource to help you discover your abilities by going here.

3. Revamp your #career tools (#resumes, #cover letters, #letters of recommendations etc.) by going here

4. Reconnect with your personal and professional network…by phone, emails, or in-person meetings.

5. TAKE MASSIVE ACTION!!!

If you have general career and job related questions, please contact me here, where you can leave me a voicemail or email message.

5 Steps to transition from Student to Career Professional

I understand the transition from high school or college to the working world can be scary but you don’t have to go through it alone. To help you transition and figure out what you want for your professional life, grab my FREE resource, the MentorShelly’s DREAM Career Guide! It will help you figure out your career goals and dreams based on what you truly love to do. Grab it here .

If you have other career-oriented questions or want to start your career with professional level guidance, start by scheduling a consultation with me here. We will work together to get your career started with strategies that WORK!

For general questions regarding job search or interviewing, please contact me here.

Are your high school or college kids ready for the workforce? Part 4

Hey awesome folks! I’m bringing the 4th and final part of the 4 Part series for #highschool and #collegekids. Share this video series with your friends & family that finds this series helpful.

Resources:

Need help with your first career venture or don’t know where to start? Go HERE & grab you FREE DREAM Career Guideto help you discover it.
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In Part 2…We talk about your #careertools and how they’re necessary in your #careerpath…to get your career tools completed…go HERE.

If you already have career tools like your #resumes #coverletters or #lettersofrecommendation to be reviewed & primed for employers to find you…go HERE

For Part 3, we talk about 2 of the 7 ways to prepare & Dominate in your next job interview. If you want to find out all 7 ways, go HERE.

In Part 4 of this video…we talked about #salarynegotiations & other areas of closing the #jobopportunities where you receive the #joboffer. If you need help with how to master these steps in your career…check out this resource HERE

Have any additional questions? You can leave a voicemail or written message HERE

Are your high school or college kids ready for the workforce? Part 2

This is Part 2 of the 4 Part Series to get them PREPARED for the workforce. I’m talking about ways to the #careertools necessary to function, especially when they are looking for new or better #jobopportunities. Check out the resources that will get them through this process easily!

Resources:

Looking for help to get your career marketing tools completed? Check out this resource

If you haven’t had a chance to review Part 1, go check it out HERE

Still didn’t grab the FREE DREAM Career Guide to help you discover your next career? Grab it here

Do you already have your career tools but they need to be updated to get you hired? Check out this resource here

Have any additional questions? You can always reach out here with written or voicemail message…

Self-Praise sounds conceited…Why letters of recommendation can boost your professional reputation

In your job search or business activities, you may hear people mention letters of recommendation, but do you really understand what it is? Do you understand how this #careertool can truly help to distinguish you from other candidates in the job market or in business, if you’re an entrepreneur? The title “Self-Praise sound conceited…Why letters of recommendation can boost your Professional Reputation”, speaks to how others view you and its influence on the new professional relationships you cultivate interviews and business meetings.

I don’t want to assume that everyone reading or listening to this post knows what a letter of recommendation is, so let me explain. A letter of recommendation is a letter written by a person(s) who have experienced working with you in a professional capacity and writes a letter communicating how they felt about the work you do, the way it which you do it and how they felt your work positively affected them and the organization you are both associated with. It’s not be textbook definition, but it gives you a better idea of what the letter of recommendation is and what’s included. Now, let’s talk about how this career tool can help you in your career and business ventures.

Your career and your business life cannot survive without other people. I know you wanted to think otherwise, but nothing can be further from the truth. In your career, you need people who will create and offer job/career opportunities. In business, you will need people to market your business to and continuously patronize your business, if you ever hope to keep your business alive. So taking the time to understanding how people work and what they respond to helps you utilize your career tools strategically. The letter of recommendation is no different. There are two major questions that your letters of recommendation will answer for your future employers or new business relationship, if it is structured correctly. Here are the questions:

1. Can this candidate or possible business partner do what their resume or professional snapshot says they can do?

The letter of recommendation written by an individual you worked with or worked for in a job, contract position or voluntary capacity answers the question of what you can do. Your skills and qualifications are validated in the letter of recommendation because it is discussed. The individual should reference two or three of your core skills and qualifications for the industry you have experience or education. This give the business person or interview another person’s perspective on your qualifications and how it will benefit their organization.

2. What is the work ethic or personality type of this person that I cannot find out from this interview?

Since the person writing the letter of recommendation is someone you have previously worked with some capacity, then they should also reference information about your “positive” or “energetic” personality. The person should also reference your strong work ethic and overall attitude of getting the job done well and quickly. These type of phrases in the letters or recommendation will communicate to the future employer or future business partner that you have the aptitude to meet their business needs because of how you work. It is vital to understand that someone else speaking on your behalf automatically bears more weight that you speaking for yourself.

Overall, the letters of recommendation will positively enhance your reputation without you saying a word. Other people you have worked with validates your experience, work ethic and overall qualifications, so it is extremely vital that you use letters of recommendation in your career strategy, especially during job interviews. I want you to know I am hear to help you to become a better version of yourself, professionally. If you need help with getting your letters of recommendation completed or reviewed to make sure this career tool is working for you, then check out the career tools review resource .

As always, if you have additional questions, please feel free to leave me a voicemail message by clicking the grab tab at the side of the screen or written message by clicking here.