Archive for July, 2013

Build your Dreams: See the Movie, Buy the Book

July 29, 2013

To a frustrated young person reading this who is not happy about looking at the jobs that are available out there:

Hey, You, have I got a suggestion!

Do you like to watch movies?  This  book has a movie to go along.

The authors and filmmakers, Alexis Irvin and Chip Hiden,  are also young.  They actually got those entry-level jobs that made their college programs look good and their parents sigh with pride and relief.  But wait!  Does it matter that they were not happy?  Because they weren’t.

So watch the movie first.  It’s called The Dream Share Project.  Coming to a college campus near you, or you can get information at thedreamshareproject.com

Ahem, I’m in it.  One of the talking heads, which was nerve-wracking for me.  I think they put in us career counselor types for a bit of gravitas after the flip flop guy and the comedian.

Are you persuaded?  Now it is time to get the book.  Build Your Dreams: How to Make A Living Doing What You Love is available for your kindle or in paperback.  Alexis and Chip do not promise you an easy path, but they do dangle the prospect of joy at the end.  And maybe even joy along the way.

The Birth of a Book

July 25, 2013

It’s not royalty, it’s not going to be King of England one day, but I, too, have given birth this week.  My bouncing baby ebook, Reflections on Resumes: Taking a Second Look, has been published and is available in the amazon kindle store, on the ebook store at lulu.com, and via my website.

As the title suggests, the thoughts expressed therein are inspired by interactions with clients and students over many years.  A few truths about resumes hold constant with time, but many do not.  If you know someone who is (or should be) job-hunting, this small book might be helpful.  I have blogged on this and similar career topics for over five years now, and I’ve learned how to discuss the questions most people have when compiling a resume.  I hope I have written in a conversational, concise style, and I can’t wait to hear from readers.

The QR Code – has its time come?

July 6, 2013

You know those little black and white boxes on products that will take your smartphone to further information?

Did you know they are called QRs, or Quick Response Codes?  (I didn’t know, either.)

I read recently that this little icon will be on the resume of the future.  And it will serve as a link to your website or whatever you’ve linked it to.

What do you think?  Are you already using one in your job search?  Would you be willing to share your experience with the rest of us?  I’d love to hear from anyone with personal experience using the QR code in your job search.

Reviewing your life…

July 2, 2013

Do you ever ponder the choices you have made in life – and think what if?

What if I had chosen a different graduate program?  The reward of clarity of thinking that I received from immersing myself in Women’s Studies would have been offset by how easy it might have been to get a job with a more recognizable degree.  Conclusion:  jobs come and go, but awareness is forever.

How about you?  What might you have done differently?  And what difference would it have made in your life?

Believe it or not, you have just been reminded of a job interview question.  Think about it and be ready!