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Knocking the Stupid out of Job Search & Career Enhancement for Professionals

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Career Enhancement

There are many things you can do to maintain and grow your career trajectory... Important topics include learning and more important, applying what you learn to do more for your employer or nonprofit organization you volunteer for.

As you research and add best practices, tools, and experience to your professional expertise, take a minute and document as you go. Update your LinkedIn profile, resume, and other social media areas appropriate for your industry, or yearly performance documentation to ensure you have ready answers and can present a brief summary of the area including benefits of adoption to others.

As you see in-house or external jobs you may want to apply for, grab relevant keywords and make sure your materials contain them and synonyms.

As a leader, think about documenting your current practices this way as well. Many others in your organization or even outside your organization may benefit.

Career & Resume Coach

Are you confused, frustrated, and worried…not getting results from your job search and resume? Lost in all the advice others give? Ready for a change…want to listen to something new? The PIP System is the answer to the loud job battle-cry, “how do I get attention?” 6 years in development and some 100 case study participants, the PIP System offers a new approach to Career Success and Job Search that actually changes the way we think, who are, how we and others behave and, most importantly, how the market is hiring and how to sell you!

Doug Whatley is the best, period. He will put you through a process that will focus you and help you dramatically increase your traction… If you want very intellectual help from perhaps the best resume and career coach in the business, contact Doug Whatley, be persistent… www.linkedin.com/in/dougwhatley and tell him we sent you! Doug has a massive network and has been known to place a few people with great organizations too!

Job Search Resources

Austin Job Seekers Network: www.linkedin.com/groups/1696057/ Run by a DA&R alumni and sponsored by the Hill Country Bible Church has many resources, meetings, job fairs, tutorials, and other very useful tips and events.

Launch Pad Job Club: www.linkedin.com/groups/3078 Is a longstanding great group that meets Fridays in Austin and has all sorts of resources for job seekers.

Austin Digital Jobs: (Facebook Group) www.facebook.com/groups/austindigitaljobs/

Austin Freelance Gigs: www.facebook.com/groups/freelanceatx/

Remote Jobs: www.facebook.com/groups/901954586546769/

There are dozens of local job groups as well, check your area with search terms in Facebook such as 'Austin Job'.

There are even sites dedicated to 'experienced' older workers:

https://jobs.aarp.org/v#index - http://www.workforce50.com/ - http://www.seniorjobbank.org/

Volunteering Resources

Everyone should volunteer and it is especially important for job seekers. Expand your network, increase your skills, and give back, all at the same time! Volunteering looks great on a resume, especially if you have a gap... Don't limit yourself to local opportunities, you can do a lot remotely.

www.volunteermatch.org www.idealist.org www.allforgood.org www.catchafire.org www.serve.gov www.taprootplus.org http://encore.org www.pointsoflight.org/handsonnetwork www.goldenvolunteer.com

Attitude

Please be mindful of your attitude... We see so many people who have been laid off, sometimes multiple times, through no fault of their own and you can feel the anger still burning in them. Don't blame others, always be cheerful. Don't be what people in the industry call, "Damaged Goods" with a chip or martyrdom on your shoulders...

"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." - Proverbs 17-22 NIV.

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