Creating Momentum In Your Job Search

by Coach John on April 17, 2013

-Seas-Waves-DolphinsAttack your job search with a three prong approach. Your time and effort should be dedicated to (1.) search & research, (2.) production, and (3.) follow-up.

Search & Research might involve the use of specialty job boards, meta-search sites, the Careers/Employment page of company websites, job boards linked to professional associations, your alumni association(s), and networking (person-to-person + e~networking sites).

Production involves getting your personal marketing materials out the door, in response to job leads. This includes snail mail, email, fax, via job boards & uploads…and activating your network. Your resume needs to focus on strengths, areas of expertise and achievements. Develop templates for a standard cover letter and letter of introduction. And remember that your resume and letters are business documents – so make sure they’re focused and concise. During each week of your job search, make a commitment to respond to several qualified job leads.

And don’t forget to Follow-Up! This can be the most challenging and frustrating part of the search process. This step forces you to deal with obstacles, barriers, dead-ends, and rejection. But if you’re willing to be a bit tenacious, this step will allow you to gauge which leads are getting warmer (and deserve more attention) and which have gone cold. So track your weekly job search activity (use a simple spreadsheet), get tough… and complete those follow-up calls and emails.

Decide how much time you can realistically dedicate to your job search each week. Then follow an organized, three prong approach to finding your next career opportunity.


Meaningful Living

by Coach John on March 22, 2013

search for meaning in lifeI invite you to explore and experience the website for psychologist Dr. Paul T.P. Wong’s International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM). You will find a broad scope and depth of resources, organized by theme and subject. Two areas of the site that I was most drawn to included the page for Meaningful Living and the INPM Links Section.

The Meaningful Living page offers material under eight headings, including the Meaning of Life Course (MOLC) and the Worthy Lives Gallery. The MOLC is offers four content rich modules of self directed learning aimed at challenging the reader to explore and seek out answers to some very basic but enduring questions. I browsed through the content in each module but could easily spend months pondering and digesting information that seems philosophical, spiritual and practical all at once. Module one delves into 5 Basic Questions: Who am I?, Why am I here?, Where am I going?, What is the meaning of suffering and death? and How can I find significance and happiness? These were far from 5 simple questions, as each one offered a rich list of sub questions aimed at dissecting the core question.

As I truly enjoy biographical information, I was drawn to the stories presented within the Worthy Lives Gallery. This is a wonderful collection of concise biographies on a variety of historical figures whose lives and work have had a positive impact on the world. I was quite inspired by the list of people on the web page, while also being a bit awe struck by the scope of rousing contributions represented within this gallery.

Under the Links section, was an inspiring subsection called Positive News. This area includes links to content such as News for the Soul, The Optimist and Upbeat Positive News, just to name a few. What a brilliant alternative to the daily barrage of negativity that hits us on the radio, television and Internet, disguised as information that some producer decides we need to know.

What have I learned from all this material? I guess it would be that a person’s journey, their struggles, triumphs and engagement in the world around them, is what creates meaning. And each journey is unique, each creates ripples and some of those ripples become incredible waves for genuine goodness, growth and positivity.


I Thought of You Today…

December 30, 2012

…thank you for being a part of my journey. “People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person. When someone is in your life for a REASON…It is usually to meet a need you […]

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Practice Stress Management this Holiday Season

November 23, 2012

During the holidays we’re inundated with messages from the media and our brain to hurry up and get ready for this special time of the year. But as we rush and scramble and plan for the perfect holiday, stress mounts. We take it all in stride and tell ourselves that all this stress is just part […]

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Veterans Offer Proven Career & Life Skills

October 24, 2012

At the 2012 Global Conference of the National Career Development Association, I had the privilege of attending an information sessions with VetJobs. I was amazed at the scope of information, resources and support offered to Veterans by this premier organization, which is right here in Marietta, GA. Throughout the session we heard from Veterans who […]

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Mindfulness ~ Relaxation ~ Meditation

September 25, 2012

I invite you to digest the powerful message from Thich Nhat Hanh (TNH), a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, author, teacher and peace activist, from his interview with Marianne Schnall. TNH shares insights on core questions posed by Ms. Schnall, such as How can we balance being engaged with the world while nurturing our inner life? TNH: We must […]

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Your Life Calling ~ People Reinventing Their Life with Passion

July 28, 2012

Emmy-award-winning journalist Jane Pauley is shining a spotlight on people who are reinventing themselves in new and different ways. With her radio show and guest segments on the Today show, YOUR LIFE CALLING, Pauley is sharing stories of people who are choosing to embrace change and pursue a new path with the mindset that age is […]

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July 20, 2012

Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People continues to offer simple, powerful self coaching techniques. Covey passed away on 07/16/12 at the age of 79 and leaves behind a legacy of wisdom spanning such areas as organizational development, change management, leadership development, coaching, human development, motivational speaking, writing, and teaching. His work will continue […]

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Take a Moment to Reflect on Memorial Day

May 28, 2012

To E.T. by Robert Frost I slumbered with your poems on my breast Spread open as I dropped them half-read through Like dove wings on a figure on a tomb To see, if in a dream they brought of you, I might not have the chance I missed in life Through some delay, and call […]

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10 Things to Remind Yourself on a Daily Basis

May 23, 2012

By Madison Sonnier (Courtesy of MindBodyGreen) Bad days can be extremely overpowering sometimes. When we’re having a bad day, everything feels wrong and the day seems to get even worse as we sink further into frustration and despair. By the end of the day, all we want to do is pull the covers up over our […]

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