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Between the Trapezes How One Job Seeker Landed His New Job
February 2010


Welcome to Between the Trapezes! That space between two certainties can be unsettling. But taking the leap across is what brings career success. -- Joanne Meehl, aka The Job Search Queen

  • One Job Seeker's Diary: The Numbers Tell the Story
  • Landing! And a Thank You
  • What Are You Waiting For -- Really?

  • One Job Seeker's Diary: The Numbers Tell the Story

    Don was a member of our Face2Face job search networking group, who joined in the 6th month of his search. He was finding his lone search frustrating, so he enjoyed getting the tips and encouragement that Face2Face gave him.

    Don was still having his ups and downs, but was trying some new things, especially networking. In the 8th month of his search, he landed a great job at a great salary only 15 minutes from his home.

    He made it a special point to tell me how he did it. "I did what you the networking! And here are the numbers to prove it." He then showed me a chart he'd made, with columns of figures. "Using the 'respond to postings' method, I applied to 175 jobs" -- not unusual given the length of time he'd been looking. "What a depressing waste of time that was," Don said. There were no responses to 85 of those, and 87 did respond -- but 74 of these 87 were those anonymous "thanks but no thanks" emails. That left 13: all but one of these were phone interviews, one of which became a face-to-face interview. This one in-person interview did not result in a second, or in any offer. This represents an enormous and frustrating effort for only one interview, a 0.005% return for his work. And 0% in terms of offers.

    Don then said, "I then took your advice and began to network. I held 7 networking meetings with people, and one of those generated a face-to-face interview. At that interview, they made me an offer, and it was perfect." This represents a 14% return on his attempts to land a face-to-face interview. And we don't need to tell you that the offer made every one of those mere 7 meetings worth doing. Networking elevates trust levels from the start. That's one reason it makes such a difference.

    "If I'd only started networking sooner, I would have landed months ago", Don added. "And with a lot less disappointment. Please keep telling your people to NETWORK. That's what really works."

    Landing! And a Thank You

    Congratulations to client Thomas H., for landing in exactly the career area you were aiming for: college student advising. We know you'll have a long and enjoyable career in your new position!

    And thank you for referrals from Robin, Jayne, Gene, Estelle, Garth, and others. All our clients come to us via word of mouth, so we deeply appreciate your endorsement of us and trust in us.

    What Are You Waiting For -- Really?
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    Are you tired of waiting for "something" to happen in your career? Are you ready to take action and land where you should be? Do you want to laugh at the Great Recession? Then consider a Quick Consult with the Queen. Job search and resume queen, that is!

    Here's what one Marketing Manager said about his Quick Consult: "I definitely felt like the session gave a fresh direction to my job search and have already begun to implement a number of your ideas into my strategy."

    Why let more time go by with no salary or a too-low salary? Find out what's right AND what's wrong during a Quick Consult with the Queen. This 1 1/2 to 2-hour session gives you concrete steps to follow for getting unstuck. It also gives you practical insights into what YOU bring a new employer, knowledge about what sets you apart from the crowd of other candidates. The fee is $175 and the results are priceless!

    And if you choose to work with one of us on these steps, that fee is applicable to your search project.

    Joanne Meehl does Quick Consults in person, via Skype, or over the phone. Call or email us today to schedule your session.


    Joanne Meehl

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    A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping stone to the optimist.

    -- Eleanor Roosevelt


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    Face2Face Job Search Networking for Professionals in Wayzata, Minnesota, is the group that Joanne Meehl and Kelly Oslund facilitate two Thursday mornings a month.
    What will you find, if you attend? An upbeat, lively atmosphere, plenty of new information about the job search in this very competitive job market, effective networking, camaraderie with 60 to 75+ of your peers, great speakers on current topics, and a chance to sharpen your focus so that you get noticed by hiring managers. We guarantee this group will add energy and power to your job search. All info is at


    Ever since a colleague called Joanne Meehl "The Resume Queen" years ago, and she then trademarked the title, Joanne has worked to live up to the name by constantly keeping her resumes in tune with what employers will read. Since then, she added "The Job Search Queen" (now also trademarked), and uses this title more often, because it better reflects the breadth of her services.


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