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paNASH Success Story: A better resume results in more interviews

I recently heard from a client whom I helped overhaul her resume for a career change. She made the changes I’d suggested for her resume, and ended up with seven phone interviews for opportunities from Maine to California. She has four more interviews lined up next week. Here’s what she had to say:

The new resume is working and you’re to thank! It looks good and the response so far has been very positive. I just had to be patient during the quiet season.

The quiet season she’s referring to is the time right around the holidays when hiring goes down. There’s an ebb and flow to hiring practices. Hiring, especially within certain industries, have their own seasons, much like sports do! So your patience is important during the down times.

Avoid a Cookie-Cutter Resume

What’s interesting about this case is my client came to me with a resume she’d had critiqued by a professional resume writing service. While the advice the service provided wasn’t necessarily wrong, it was somewhat out-dated. In fact, most of the info on the Internet in regards to resumes is very outdated.

Her resume was also what I call “cookie-cutter.” There was nothing about her resume that made it stand out from the competition. You can’t run the risk of having a cookie-cutter resume that doesn’t stand out among others’ or even your own. What do I mean by “your own”? You can’t use the same resume for every job for which you apply! It must be tailored to each and every job, and there are certain ways to do this.

This client’s original resume also didn’t include the “secret weapons” I share with my clients. Want to know what those secret weapons are? I’ll soon be sharing them in my upcoming on-demand coaching program due out this spring (subscribe here for updates). I’m also always available for a personalized resume critique in a one-on-one coaching session. Email me at lorib@yourpassioninlife.com to schedule a resume and LinkedIn profile critique!

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paNASH Success Story: Making a living on rediscovered passions

I always love sharing paNASH Success Stories, and here’s another one! I’ve been working with this client for about six months. When I first met her, she was coming out of a very successful career as a professional athlete, and didn’t know what was next for her. She had a lot of interests, skills, and creativity, but didn’t know how to put them to use. She was working a retail job that didn’t match any of those skills or interests and hated it.

Rediscovered Passions

Since we started working together, she has quit her retail job, explored a variety of possible career options, and has rediscovered her previous passion for writing. She has also rediscovered her love for all things design, including graphic design and interior design, and is putting into action a way to help her and her family prosper.

She is using her love for writing to write for her husband’s home improvement and renovation business’s company blog, and she is revamping her own interior decorating blog she started a long time ago. In addition, she is using her graphic design skills to improve the brand and promotion of her husband’s business, resulting in new clients. And, she is developing her interior decorating talents to keep current clients by providing a “next step” service for them after their home renovations are completed. It is the perfect complement to her husband’s own business and passion.

The Process of Experimentation

It took some time for this client to arrive at this plan. She was trying several different things and considering an array of possible options. This often made her feel like she was aimless and all over the place. I reminded her this is a season of experimentation for her and encouraged her to embrace it.

I told her that by trying different things she would eventually arrive at the answer to her “What’s next?” question. And she has. She did so probably sooner rather than later because she was using the tools my coaching services provide, including:

  • goal-setting
  • accountability
  • encouragement
  • soul-reflection and self-assessment
  • personal branding
  • and much more.

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Lessons Learned

Some of the biggest lessons she says she’s learned from the coaching is to not try to fit someone else’s mold and to not listen too much to what other “well-meaning” family members say she should be doing. She’s instead learned to take the talents and interests that go all the way back to her childhood and discover ways to incorporate them into adulthood. 

Adulting doesn’t mean letting go of your childhood passions. It just means learning how to rediscover those talents and interests and develop them in a responsible way that benefits the world around you.  Is it time for you to do this? Let’s talk!

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paNASH Success Story: Client finds job after just 4 sessions

Since transitioning from a fasionista to a “passionista” in the first quarter of 2016, I am already seeing success in my new clients’ pursuit of their passions, especially when it comes to their careers. For instance, last week one of my clients who has been out of a work for 2.5 years found a job after just four sessions with me. And she didn’t find just any job. It was a job related to her areas of interests and skills with opportunities to move up and the ability to work remotely, which saves her money in gas, car and daycare expenses!

Not only that, being able to work remotely will allow my client the schedule to continue her passion of rescuing and placing dogs, something she did full-time while unemployed, creating her own non-profit for homeless dogs. In addition, being able to work remotely will allow her the flexibility to learn some new skills she’s been wanting to develop so she can use her creativity and eventually move up in her new company.

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The remaining time working with this client will be spent helping her set herself up for success in her new role with onboarding coaching and preparation for a promotion sooner rather than later. I will also work with her on other long-term career and passion goals, and will help her improve her networking skills since networking doesn’t end after getting a job. It’s continuous and necessary for future success!

Need help with your own success story? Get started with the complimentary 8-Step Goal-Achievement Plan. Need some personal assistance? Complete the paNASH intake form and we’ll get in touch with you to set up an initial consultation.

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How this client landed her dream job (and how you can too!)

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I love hearing from a client saying they’ve found a job doing what they love! This happened a couple of weeks ago. The client landed a job doing social media management (her passion) for a toy company.

When she first came to me, she knew from her previous job interview what she needed to improve upon. She just wasn’t sure how to do so (can you relate?). It was clear from our first mock interview what the problem was, and it was easy for me to show her how to correct the problem.

Holiday Wishes Come True

This client understood the importance of improving her interview skills. And, she recognized the return on investment in paNASH’s career coaching services.

With just a few coaching sessions, she was able to apply what I had taught her and land the job with the toy company! Now, in her own unique way, she’ll help put smiles on children’s faces this holiday season when they unwrap their new toys!

Need Help?

Is there a wish you’d like to have fulfilled in your career? Do you need to work on your job search or your quest for a promotion? Need help with updating your resume, preparing for an interview, or negotiating a salary or pay raise?

paNASH is here to help! Click here to schedule a complimentary initial consultation!

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