How to Overcome Resume Writer's Block

A couple weeks ago, I talked about the reasons why people procrastinate on their resume. This week, I am providing a video that goes into more detail about how to overcome resume writer’s block. It’s my first-ever video (yikes). Let me know what you think. Video compliments of SB Productions1 If you need help with your resume or want to get out of a job you hate, but don’t know what to do instead, give me a shout. I’d love to talk with you about what’s getting in the way.

Want a Nonprofit Job? How to Get Your Foot in the Door

Here in Portland there are 7,445 nonprofits in Multnomah County alone, and 20,000 in the state of Oregon. Why, then, is it so hard to get a nonprofit job here? Some of those nonprofits are tiny, one-person-in-the-living-room outfits. Plus, with so many in the same area, there is fierce competition for federal, state and county dollars. The real question is, “How do you get your foot in the door?” Last week I had the pleasure of attending an event, “Piloting Your Nonprofit Career” put on by macslist.org. The panel discussion provided helpful insight about how to get into a nonprofit career here in Oregon. That said, the suggestions outlined below apply wherever you live. What the Pros Recomme

Stop Avoiding Your Resume: 5 Reasons People Procrastinate and How to Overcome It

Resumes are boring. With applicant tracking systems controlling the initial screening process, writing a resume has been distilled into an SEO exercise: use enough of the keywords to get you past the software algorithm and into the hands of a real, live human. The result is that resumes are largely formulaic and, often generic. They also comprise only 10% of the hiring process. And yet, we obsess over them. Sometimes the endless nitpicking and wordsmithing can get in the way of actually looking for a job. If this applies to you, do yourself a favor. Ask someone you trust to proofread it and then get out there and start talking to people. (Yes, you should have different versions for the diffe

Don't Quit 5 Minutes Before the Miracle Happens

Hello Good People and Fellow Laborers — Given that it's Labor Day, I couldn't resist saying...something. To be honest, life has thrown me some curve balls lately that have put me smack-dab in the middle of a big pity party. Since life is not all unicorns, rainbows and daisies, I want to talk about what I'm learning in walking through this. I thought that when I decided to stop drinking that life would miraculously deliver me everything I want. Immediately. I thought that once I discovered what I want to be — a career coach — everything would fall into place, I'd be motivated and happy all the time and life would be a series of peaks with no valleys. Basically, a neverending field of daisies.

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