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Driving Your Career Starts *Now* The Newsletter
September 2013


Welcome to Driving Your Career Starts NOW - The Newsletter, showing you how you can manage your career!

Be in charge of your career and don't wait for someone else to do it for you. Your career funds your life, so no parking allowed: drive it now!

- Joanne Meehl, aka The Job Search Queen - Celebrating 10 years as a your career choice and job search coach

What's here:
  • What the person who landed the job YOU were after can tell you
  • Parents: Give Your New Grad Space and Time to Land a Great Job
  • Social Media: Not a Fad

  • What the person who landed the job YOU were after can tell you
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    Ouch: someone else got the job you really wanted.

    And now you're seeing the announcement about it on LinkedIn or in your Twitter feed.

    Is that the end of it?

    It doesn't have to be.

    Watch Joanne in this short video to see what see suggests about making friends with your former competitor!

    Hints: Connect with the successful candidate, and congratulate them. Then ask the three questions Joanne outlines in the video. Then take that one more step -- it will definitely help you in your search.

    Comments there are welcome! And subscribe so that you get advance notice of new videos.

    Parents: Give Your New Grad Space and Time to Land a Great Job

    To all parents who want their new grad to land a professional job, using that expensive degree: Your new grad needs to have time for job search. Like 25-hours-or-more-a-week time for job search.

    So although you like to see them busy and maybe earning some spending money by having them help you with your renovation jobs around the house, or by sending them on errands for you, you're doing them NO favors by keeping them out of an effective job search, which should come first.

    If they graduated in May 2013, then time's a tickin': the longer they take to get a job in their field after they graduate, the more it looks like something's wrong with them. Meaning, company recruiters start thinking, "Why is this person still not in a good job?" or "What's taking them so long -- can't they get hired?"

    That then leads the potential employer to wonder why they should be interested in a candidate no one else seems to want.

    So encourage your new grad to have a new first job -- the job of LOOKING for a good job. It won't be a paying job. But the more aggressively they look now, the sooner they'll land that paying job that fits their brand-new career.

    (from Joanne's blog)

    Social Media: Not a Fad

    Hoping to wait out the world's fascination with all things social?

    Guess what: It's not going away. LinkedIn -- more business than social but it follows the same "group" and "follower-influencer" model --as well as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and others are here to stay.

    One piece of proof: leading companies are using these tools internally, or some version of them. This socially-based collaboration is generating new ideas like never before. And those leading social media-based groups who are gaining followers from within their own companies are thus advancing their careers.

    And that's no passing fad, is it?

    So pick one and learn it a bit at a time by using it. You don't need to be an expert. But you do need to be familiar with these if only so in your interviews you can say, "Yes, I use social media". It will make a huge difference to you now AND in your career's future.

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    Joanne Meehl


    Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get where you want to go, no one else.

    -- Les Brown, Writer and speaker


    Tip of the Month:
    Although you'll hear lots of people say "don't bother with a cover letter" -- and it's true that HR and recruiters don't usually read them -- many hiring managers DO want to see them. So write a good cover email, making sure to match your qualifications to their requirements.

    _______________________ One Meeting That Can Speed Up Your Search!!
    A Career Consult with the Queen is a 1-to-2-hour session with me that helps you get unstuck, unstalled, or unconfused -- or all three. You get feedback, possibilities, ideas, and a plan of action, as well as useful materials. It zeroes in on what's working in your search and on what needs fixing. In-person or via Skype, it's $175 and applicable to most additional services if we decide you need to do more work with me. For more info, just contact me.


    Useful links:

    Joanne's YouTube channel - new link to see Joanne's helpful videos!

    Thurs, Sept 12th, Mpls - Face2Face Job Search Networking for Professionals "Company of One: Personal Branding and Your Job Search", Robert Allan Paul

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