Archive for the ‘blogging’ Category

The colorful resume … literally!

January 21, 2015

What color is your resume?  If you are thinking I mean that metaphorically, sorry, that’s for another posting. Today it’s about color.  I could have named this post The Black and Blue Resume, but I think that’s a bit weird. Whether online or on a printed page, the all-black type on white background has a look of yesteryear about it.  You need a touch of blue. Blue as in hyperlinks. Blue that can lead the reader to a work sample, a photo, a positive review, press coverage, or any other aspect of your portfolio. Blue can guide one to your LinkedIn profile, your website, your blog, or your product. When I see a resume with no links at all, I worry that the writer isn’t connected to much.  Show us!  Lead us to your work and prove what you are saying about yourself. Reveal at least a touch of blue.

About that federal job …

August 4, 2014

I just discovered a wonderful resource for those of you who are seeking federal employment.  You already know it is a daunting task.  So you will welcome yet another source of information and inspiration.

Do you know Karol Taylor and her work?  Karol is one of the nation’s experts in this subject, having worked in career development from within a government agency for many years.  Now, in what we laughingly call retirement, she has published two books (Guide to America’s Federal Jobs and Find Your Federal Job Fit, both published by Jist) , teaches, coaches, and speaks on the topic.  She writes and tells it like it is.

She is also a blogger, sharing her subject in bite-sized chunks.  Job seekers, you should follow this:  You won’t be sorry.

Start by checking out the distinction between being eligible for the job and being qualified.  Who knew?

The job search must go on …

July 24, 2014

Job hunters – how on earth do you do it?

Planes are being shot down or just plain disappearing.  War, terrorist threats, and nasty politics are all around.  Fresh summer fruits are being recalled and discarded because of a threat of listeria.

And you are asked to get dressed professionally, go forth, and sell yourself, while tv news, the morning paper, and your favorite news websites, are screaming unending disaster.

I wonder if any job seeker is being asked questions about coping in the summer of 2014. Such questions might sound like this:

  • Thank you for coming in this morning.  Did you hear the latest news?
  • Did you hear about the food recall in our major supermarkets?
  • You didn’t have any overseas travel plans this summer, did you?

If this happens to you, how will you respond?   I know what I hope I would say.

It is hard not to be overwhelmed with the troubles of today.  But I try to focus on what I can do, and that includes sharing my skills and experience.

I am indebted to (experienced writer and new blogger) Paul Roberts Abernathy for an excellent take on the need to summon forth optimism in these troubled times.  If you would like a shot of perspective that is expressed far better than I can say, I suggest you follow the link.  Thanks, Paul, and welcome to wordpress blogdom.

Got Twenty Minutes?

September 5, 2013

I hope the answer is yes, because I’ve come across something you are going to love.  A Career Development Facilitator (a whole new credential) named Nakia Madry has posted a presentation on using social media in the job search.  Here it is:

So worth it.  Believe me, I don’t appreciate wasting my time.  Please don’t send me links to cute yowling cats or babies and dogs howling together.  This is different.

Ms. Madry analyzes the possibilities and dangers in Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  She’s clear, very pleasant, and uses graphics and examples effectively.

Looking for a job?  Take twenty minutes and sit down with this link.  I think you will be glad you did.  We can all learn something here.

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, 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.

Coming soon to a small screen near you…

May 24, 2013

Resumes!  Thoughts about them, the dos and don’ts, the history and the future….

Sometime this summer,  I’ll be publishing an e-book on resumes.  If you are a regular reader of this blog, some of the content will be familiar to you, only now in a more accessible and updated form.

You’ll be able to download onto your pad or nook or almost anything (the kindle will come a bit later).  So if you are an active user of your resume, that is, a person who is always ready for a new opportunity, or you have a relative, neighbor, or friend in need, watch this space for an exact release date and ordering information.

One last thing before the new year..

December 26, 2012

I’m suggesting to many of my clients that they send a letter – NOW – to their member of Congress.  This fiscal cliff threat is so scary, and voicing an opinion is something we can all do.  Here’s my draft, which you are free to borrow:

To:  Rep. Steny Hoyer

1705 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr. Hoyer,

I am writing to voice my concern about the fiscal cliff legislation that seems to be going nowhere right now.

As a career counselor and a blogger, I am in contact with many unemployed people, people who are diligently looking for work right now.

The fact that they may lose their unemployment benefits as of next week is frightening to all of us.  Think of it:  the car payment, the utility bills, the rent or mortgage, and any other financial obligations accrued by even frugal people will be at risk.

Does this make sense?  No, it does not.  Please use whatever influence you have to lift your voice in protest of this irresponsible action.

You can contribute to a happy new year or a disaster.  Please do the right thing.


Anne Headley

5th congressional district, Maryland

Kid Wisdom

November 13, 2012

I’ve long observed that when you ask a six-year-old what she wants to do when she grows up, she knows an answer – or two or three.

One of my children wanted to be a writer.  And she’s a wonderful writer to this day.

The other one wanted to be a veterinarian or a pediatrician who sews her children’s clothing.  Not quite what she does today, being more entrenched in workplace safety and safety supplies.

But it strikes me that people who are stuck in their career dilemmas should think about it from the viewpoint of a kid.  Maybe it was easier then.

I think of a client whose young child said, “Mommy, you ought to do what makes you happy.  Like writing in that book.”  And that book turned out to be her journal.  And yes, I think Mom is pursuing a job that focuses more on creative writing, less on churning out proposals.

A colleague, Maureen Anderson, has posted a few recent stories about kids and their insights.  Check them out ( and then find your inspiration in what you used to think or what your kids are telling you.

Anyone care to join the conversation about how easy it used to be?

What a little blackout can do…

July 4, 2012

Exactly five days without power… in July… in Washington, DC.

Yuck.  It’s a horrible experience, as millions of people know.

Within a ten-minute flash electrical storm, we lost so much – a fan, air conditioning, the dishwasher, laundry facilities, the coffee pot, the telephone, a computer, television, a hair dryer, refrigeration, … I could go on.

What did we gain?

  • gratitude for windows that open and for large shade trees (no comments, please, on how those large shade trees brought down power lines all over the place),
  • a reminder of how useful a front porch can be.  You can catch up with neighbors while listening (and listening and listening) for those utility trucks that didn’t seem to come until today,
  • enjoyment of a breeze.  A breeze!
  • conversations with neighbors, unlike the usual hi-nice-to-see-you remarks,
  • patience for washing dishes and clothes by hand,
  • the joy of swimming in a beautiful pool, followed by an exquisitely cold can of soda from a vending machine that actually works,
  • the coolness of a movie theater, compounded by seeing an excellent movie (Moonrise Kingdom!).

Now it’s time to play catch-up.  Numerous appointments to be rescheduled, a blog to tend to, clocks to reset, friends to check on.

How is your July going?

2012: What’s a Career Counselor to Do?

January 3, 2012

Happy New Year to you.  Are you taking stock, making plans, setting goals?  This year, I’m skipping that usual stuff about losing 10 pounds, de-cluttering the basement, putting more time in the garden.  Maybe those things will happen, maybe not.

I’m excited to share the following plans with you, and ask your help in holding me to them:

  • Create more book reviews of works that may be useful to career changers/seekers,
  • Write more blog postings focusing on the good news of the economic recovery, including success stories,
  • Make presentations on how to get and how to leave jobs,
  • Assist my clients in establishing more effective networks of their own.
  • Continue to accept new clients into my practice until April 1, after which time I will only make appointments with existing clients.

About that last point; the time has come to wind down my private practice.  I will not stop working with the wonderful people I already have or that I may meet during the first quarter of 2012.  This is a  difficult decision, because I love being part of people’s stories and walking with them on their journeys for a brief time.  And it will be hard to say no.

If you have thoughts on successfully transitioning into retirement, I’d love to hear them.