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Is Mainstream Cover Letter Advice Preventing Your Success?

Is Mainstream Cover Letter Advice Preventing Your Success?

One of the questions that I get asked the most is if cover letters are dead. The truth is, no, they are not. As I wrote about last month, ATS is scanning resumes for keywords to filter them more carefully.

What are the Benefits of Gratitude?

I love gratitude.

This time of the year is the best time to learn how to express it.

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Gratitude is an appreciation for what an individual receives, whether it is tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the good in their lives. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. They can apply it to the past by claiming positive memories and being thankful for elements of their childhood or past blessings, the present by not taking good fortune for granted as it comes, and the future by maintaining a hopeful and optimistic attitude. Regardless of the inherent or current level of someone’s gratitude, it’s a quality that individuals can successfully cultivate further.

So, how can gratitude change your mindset? Let’s take a closer look.

 A Gratitude Journal

Gratitude journals have been known to help the reverse the cycle of negative thinking. The best way to do it is by just getting started and not overthinking how or a by employing a specific process. Make it a habit to write down thoughts about things in your life each day. Allow yourself just to write and not to overanalyze. A gratitude journal is a great way to think about what you’re grateful for in your life each day. What makes your life so amazing? What makes you feel blessed and happy? Think about those things and write about them!

There are some incredible benefits to keeping a gratitude journal, such as:

  • Feeling calmer at night
  • Decreased levels of stress
  • Gaining a new perspective of what is important to you and what you appreciate in your life
  • By clarifying your thoughts on what you want to have more of in your life, and what you can remove from your life.
  • Helps you focus on what really matters.
  • Help you become more self-aware
  • Read back through your gratitude journal to readjust your attitude and remember all of the wonderful things and people that you have in your life

It is important to plan to maintain your journal on a consistent basis in order to continually capture all of the benefits. I love to write in mine each morning with a cup of coffee before I start my day. Some prefer to do it before bed because then they can capture their day. There isn’t a right or a wrong; it’s about just doing it!

Giving Thanks Year-Round

Gratitude also has been known to improve health when it is expressed regularly. According to UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, expressing gratitude regularly literally changes the molecular structure of the brain, it keeps the gray matter functioning, and makes individuals healthier and happier. To consistently reap these health- and other- benefits we want to do this year-round. So, what else can gratitude do for us and our lives?

  • Gratitude opens the door to more- or improved- relationships
  • Gratitude improves physical health
  • Gratitude improves emotional well-being
  • Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression
  • Grateful people sleep better
  • Gratitude improves self-esteem
  • Gratitude increases mental strength

I have found that improving these things have also helped to improve other areas of life such as one’s career and job search and decisions related to those because it has improved the clarity and the power in which those decisions are made.

What better reason than to get started today?

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Is Fearing Stopping You From Reaching Success?

Hey ladies, have you ever been stuck in a job search that isn’t going anywhere? It’s frustrating, annoying, and makes you wonder what you’re doing wrong, right? So, you just start to second guess yourself?

Well, you know what? The truth is that this can be fatal to your job search and your career. At this point, once fear kicks in and knocks us around, it will construct an entirely new reality for us. Once that happens, we can think that we are making good decisions, when we are making them based out of misconceptions and misinterpretations due to the hold that fear has over us. It can also make us second guess ourselves.

Letting that voice that tells you risk-taking is bad, or that you can’t advance in your career, can’t get a salary increase, or can’t even find a job that will fulfill you and make you happy that  is when we’re self-sabotaging and it’s a problem. Do you know what self-sabotaging behavior is? Do you know how to recognize it? It’s when you get in your own way and create problems that didn’t exist before out of fear of failure, unhappiness, & low self-esteem. It’s a shame because it keeps you from achieving your career goals for even longer.

This is why you want to try daily mindset practices to help you get on the right track.

If you want to learn more about daily mindset practices and how they can help you in your job search and help you achieve your career goals, schedule a free strategy session today by clicking the link below!

This is NOT for everyone. If you are READY to stop struggling & finally LAND your dream career & earn the salary you’ve been longing for, then book a call with me & we can chat.

These calls are free and have the power to transform your career and your life. All you need to do is click on the link below and find a time that works for you…

On this session, we will create an action plan that works for you- and work through any fears that might be holding you back from doing so. Limited slots available- book now before they are filled!

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Are ATS Keeping You On The Sidelines?

Many jobseekers are unaware of what an ATS is or how it affects them or even their results.

I have seen jobseekers spend months to even years sending out resumes and not getting a response or only receiving rejections. And typically, when this happens, they assume that there is something wrong with them, their skills, or that they weren’t qualified for the job.

However, where is the proof that any of this true??

You weren’t provided any feedback so you’re going by only what you THINK is true- not what ACTUALLY is.

How many rejections does it take to realize that the problem isn’t you- it’s the fact that resume writing has gotten more complicated, complex, and difficult? Would it take 100 rejections or 10 years’ worth? What would life be like then? Can you imagine the hell of that constant writing and editing hoping that you got it right only to come up short again? Can you imagine how desperate you would feel? Think about bringing that desperation to a job search. It will only result in a negative impact and not the results that you were seeking.

What many may not realize is that jobseekers battle with feeling inadequate or desperate regularly.

What they also do not realize is that it can be avoided altogether.

Those feelings of inadequacy, frustration, and aggravation can go away.

They can be replaced with feelings of happiness, satisfaction, and fulfillment.

The question is are you ready to do so?

This requires giving up things that don’t work and trying things that do.

It also requires building new beliefs about what is possible.

If this sounds like you and if you are serious about your job search and your career, then let’s talk!

This is NOT for everyone. If you are READY to stop struggling & finally LAND your dream career & earn the salary you’ve been longing for, then click the link below to get started by booking your strategy session TODAY! Limited slots available- book now before they are filled!

WANT TO REACH CAREER BLISS? BOOK A CAREER COACHING STRATEGY SESSION TODAY! 

Is Negotiation Keeping You From Your Success?

The media has made negotiation much more difficult for women- and this has made it overwhelming, intimidating, and nerve-wracking.

They have told us some big lies and portrayed it to be an impossible feat that can only be accomplished by our male counterparts.

Because of this, many women fear losing a job offer because asking for more will make them look:

  • Greedy
  • Bossy
  • Intimidating
  • Aggressive
  • Difficult

This emphasizes all the self-doubt that we feel about ourselves, our skills, and our career trajectories. They are using this self-doubt to prey on us, which makes us even more fearful, and has kept many from even trying.

And if you search negotiation advice for women, articles will tell you to do things like:

  • Come in prepared
  • Have reasonable expectations
  • Listen
  • Practice
  • Watch your tone

🤯 WOW! Those aren’t helpful. How will that advice lead a job seeker to a positive outcome in negotiating a job offer?

This is only making it worse by either keeping you from trying, keeping you from learning how it’s really done, or even from succeeding.

So, you’re never supposed to earn more? I don’t believe that. Imagine finding a role you loved so much with an employer who couldn’t wait to have you as part of the team, you were made an offer, but the salary just didn’t meet your expectations. Imagine you learned how to ask and BOOM- you’re earning more than you ever thought you could imagine!

It really could be that simple. I am so passionate about changing this and getting women into careers that they love that I created a process, which has helped women find their dream careers. This process has also helped women earn salary increases of $15K- $60K.

If you are serious about your job search, your career, & your salary, then I will show you exactly how to do this.

I am so passionate about changing this and getting women into careers that they love that I created a process, which has helped women find their dream careers. This process has also helped women earn salary increases of $15K- $60K.

If you are serious about your job search, your career, & your salary, then I will show you exactly how to do this.

This is NOT for everyone. If you are READY to stop struggling & finally LAND your dream career & earn the salary you’ve been longing for, then click the link below to get started by booking your strategy session TODAY! Limited slots available- book now before they are filled!

WANT TO REACH CAREER BLISS? BOOK A CAREER COACHING STRATEGY SESSION TODAY! 

Do You Fear Your Financial Success?

Most people associate doing more work with earning more money. 💸

There’s a problem with this thinking.

How would it ever be possible to earn a raise?

Work 24-hours a day? 7 days a week?

Would doing one more project or working extra hours automatically earn us salary increases?

Why do we believe that we need to do more, for the same or less? If you’re already doing additional work (something beyond the scope of your current role)- shouldn’t you being getting paid appropriately for it? This flawed thinking only makes the problem worse because it forces women to struggle asserting their true value because they’re not being compensated properly for their work to begin with.

What many may not realize is that compensation is not based on the AMOUNT of work you do. It’s based on your ABILITY and SKILLS to do that work effectively and to solve organizational issues in your role. So, when we begin to work outside of the scope of our current role and build new skills and abilities to solve new problems, we should be paid appropriately for it.

This flawed thinking is only making the problem worse for job seekers and career changers.

It means that if we get paid according to the amount of work that we do, then we can’t ever make more money because most working women are already stretched thin enough.

Time away from home. 🏡

Time away from our spouses/ partners.

Time away from children.

Time spent at work unhappy, feeling unfilled, unappreciated, and unsure of where your career is headed- or how it will get there. 🙍🏻‍♀️

Time spent at home dreading going back to work because you know you could do better, but you have no idea how to get there.

I am here to help you bust through these ruts and finally earn the salary increase that you’ve been dreaming of!

I am so passionate about changing this and getting women into careers that they love that I created a process, which has helped women find their dream careers. This process has also helped women earn salary increases of $15K- $60K.

If you are serious about your job search, your career, & your salary, then I will show you exactly how to do this.

This is NOT for everyone. If you are READY to stop struggling & finally LAND your dream career & earn the salary you’ve been longing for, then click the link below to get started by booking your strategy session TODAY! Limited slots available- book now before they are filled!

WANT TO REACH CAREER BLISS? BOOK A CAREER COACHING STRATEGY SESSION TODAY! 

Are These Myths Thwarting Your Job Search?

We have been told some big, fat LIES when it comes to job searching and our careers.

It all starts with the dishonest, harmful advice online. Much of it tells people that their search is supposed to take awhile and supposedly what to do when that happens.

They are failing to tell you WHY- the real reason- and how to get to the root of the real problem or how to fix it. If someone told you the real reason- what would you actually DO with that? Would it change your behavior? Your life? The way you’re approaching your job search and your career?

The Myths & Their Impacts

If you Google such, reasons that come up include:

  • Lack of motivation
  • Holding out for something that doesn’t exist
  • Lack of flexibility
  • Having a bad attitude
  • Waiting for the job to come to you

REALLY?!

And many will tell you to do things like:

  • Let go of perfection and focus on what you can control
  • Accept that it will take awhile
  • Don’t look for a dream job because, well, they don’t exist…So we’re supposed to all be unhappy at work? Is that normal?!

This only PERPETUATES the problem, keeping job seekers searching longer and never finding a solution- or a career that truly fulfills them and makes them happy.

What does this mean?

Every time you search for a job you will likely encounter the same issues because you never learned how to fix them. You will also never find a fulfilling career because society continues to impose the standard that we are supposed to hate work and dream careers just don’t exist.

Those who constantly receive rejections – or worse- no response at all assume that they weren’t qualified for the role.

Some quit and give up what they’re looking for thinking that they will never be qualified enough, always missing the mark, not meeting their goals, and not fulfilling their dreams.

Others assume it’s their age.

Or their salary history.

It’s Time For a New Process…

I am here to BUST those MYTHS and tell you that those aren’t the real reasons.

I am so passionate about changing this and getting women into careers that they love that I created a process, which has helped women find their dream careers. This process has also helped women earn salary increases of $15K- $60K.

If you are serious about your job search, your career, & your salary, then I will show you exactly how to do this.

This is NOT for everyone. If you are READY to stop struggling & finally LAND your dream career & earn the salary you’ve been longing for, then click the link below to get started by booking your strategy session TODAY! Limited slots available- book now before they are filled!

WANT TO REACH CAREER BLISS? BOOK A CAREER COACHING STRATEGY SESSION TODAY! 

The Powerful Truth About ATS Friendly Resumes

The Powerful Truth About ATS Friendly Resumes

HR departments receive more resumes than ever because job applicants have more options than ever to apply. This also means that resumes must be filtered more carefully. To handle the increase in applications, more and more organizations are turning to Applicant Tracking Systems, or ATS to scan resumes much more quickly.

Is Your Scarcity Mindset Limiting Your Career?

Scarcity. Not everyone is quite sure what this word means. In the simplest of terms, it means that one has a mindset that there will never be enough, whether that is money, food, emotions, or something else entirely. Most people suffer from scarcity and unfortunately, most people don’t realize it, either. However, when you suffer from scarcity your thoughts and actions stem from a place of lack. Instead of believing that you have enough or that there is plenty to go around, you cling to everything that you have out of fear of coming up short.

How Does Scarcity Manifest?

It can manifest as something small, such as not getting yourself a coffee even though you know you’re in dire need of caffeine or undertipping a server to much more substantial decisions, such as not investing in your retirement because you’re afraid of what might happen to the money or not changing jobs because you fear your salary might be less- so you settle and stay stuck and unhappy. This mindset keeps you from achieving wealth, growth, and advancement. Fear holds you back, so you’re constantly focused on keeping what you have and don’t seek new opportunities. So, you decline to fulfill your dreams, including your career dreams. You know that you’re underpaid but have a false sense of security by thinking you have to keep what you have and neglect to negotiate for more. Or you’re unhappy in your role and you would love to find something that fulfills you instead of feeling bored and like you’re not doing anything meaningful. But there’s a risk associated with that too because you have to give up your current paycheck and routine for something new and you prefer to cling to what you have.

The scarcity mindset also makes you feel unworthy of success and abundance. Instead, you will be focused on just getting by and avoiding any potential disaster. There likely won’t even be a reason to believe that things will even fall apart (this is an issue alone!) You will be putting all of your efforts towards just staying afloat so you will be reluctant to take any chances- even if it involves a small amount of money. The scarcity mindset will also force you to make poor choices and decisions. If you’re worried about your bank balance you might not want to open up your bills and even end up paying them at the last second- or worse, late. And I have news- the feelings do not go away on their own. In fact, they get EVEN worse, which increases the feelings of scarcity. So, how does all of this affect your career?

Scarcity and Your Career

A scarcity mentality doesn’t see opportunities. Instead, it sees limitations. Change seems impossible and life is unfair. An abundance mindset is about believing that there is always more. This includes more opportunities, more ways to grow, and more ways to turn a bad situation into a success. And when someone is looking for new role, it can be mentally challenging. It requires an abundant mindset because not every interview will work out, not every role will be meant for you, and you won’t want each opportunity that is presented to you, either! It will force you to pass on opportunities and wait for the next one trusting the process and trusting that it exists and will appear.

So, let’s break this down a little further. Those with a scarcity mindset are more likely to hang onto a miserable job because they don’t think that they will ever find another one unlike those with an abundant mindset. Those with a scarcity mindset are more likely to fear competition, begrudge others of their accomplishments, and struggle relentlessly to achieve a milestone that proves you’ve arrived. In addition, they are likely to claim credit for themselves, constantly themselves to others, hold onto things that they never use, hoard money instead of making smart investments- even in oneself, and limits plans to only safe baby steps.

It’s All About Choices

Your mindset is your choice. You can change it any time you’d like. You are not trapped there forever. We all have our circumstances that brought us there as well. However, as we grow up it is our choice to continue to stay there- or not. If you want to change your career and seek a massive salary increase, it will require an abundance mindset so you can think big and take the necessary risks. Once you remove the limitations placed on you, your career, and your life there is more than you could have ever imagined waiting for you!

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Build Your Tribe and Gain Clients Through Fun & Interactive Quizzes

We all love those quizzes that tell us about our personality types, how hard we hustle, or which profession you should choose.

How about the Buzzfeed quiz that tells you to grade yourself in a bunch of subjects and it tells what GPA you will graduate with? Or the one that lets you buy stuff for your dorm room and it tells you which job you choose after college? Or one of my favorites… plan your dream life and it reveals which bad ass woman from history you are?

If you’re not nodding in agreement by now…. I’m not so sure I believe you! These are so much fun and a great way to build connections and engagement.

Quizzes such as these are an amazing tool for your business to connect with potential clients and fans. It is so much fun to learn about yourself, even if it is in a humorous way.

One of the best part of these quizzes? They can be designed to fit your audience and your business niche. Here’s how you can do that based on your brand in coaching and consulting using Interact.

Giving Your Audience What They Want to Know

In the coaching and consulting industry, it is important not to begin teaching people about themselves before they are ready to hear it. If you tell them too soon, they probably will not listen to you. Or they may try it themselves and it will likely backfire.

With Interact, your audience can learn more about themselves, what they should do, and how they do it. These quizzes provide an opportunity not only to engage with potential clients and fans but to show them what they should do and how they should do it based on their own responses.
If you are a coach and consultant, particularly one in the Career and Leadership fields like I am, your main go-to is ensuring employment for your clients. Whether that’s just in the form of a resume, personal branding, LinkedIn, or a coaching program- your clients want to know that you know can guide them towards securing employment and advancement.

So, what can you tie into what your audience wants to know about themselves or learn about? Remember, you can’t teach people too much before they are ready. It’s best to teach them about your services and how your business solves their problems. For example, I would want to know about the services that are offered and how they differ from those of other coaches and consultants. Such as:

  •  Career Coaching
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Resume Writing
  •  Personal Branding
  • HR Consulting
  •  Management Consulting

Connect with Your Audience

How do these services connect with your employees on a personal level? Affect them? Impact their lives?
Interact has easy to use and edit templates, which are adaptable to you and your business. There are quizzes that are based on personality or branding and further break off from there into a scored quiz, assessment, or personality. These provide opportunities for your audience to learn about themselves, the value of your services, and how it impacts them.

After you have selected your type, you can easily select a template and add your branding information, such as your logo.
The most difficult and time-consuming part of creating the quiz is writing the questions and answers. They must excite and intrigue your audience to engage with the quiz.

Show Them the Services They Want and Need

This can be done through the quiz results, which are also customizable. Interact allows its users to map out which responses correspond to which result. This also helps to build your tribe. Interact allows users to enter their email address to receive their results.
By doing so it also allows you to collect their email addresses. Interact also integrates with whatever email platform you use. This allows you to set up specific funnels and triggers based on results.

So, if you want to market to leads for career coaching then once you have those email addresses, you can set up funnels and send automatic emails with calls-to-action for to schedule for that service.
One of the most important parts is to keep the quizzes fun and engaging.

Shareable + Fun= Success

To create a successful quiz, it should be something fun and easy to share.
Interact is the solution to create, customize, and share your own quiz. They are easy to share on social media and you can use them to create ads on different platforms, such as Instagram and Facebook. Quizzes can be embedded on your site, added to your newsletter, a blog, or used as social media content. The idea is to get more people to take your quiz to broaden your reach or audience.

Get started with yours today by clicking here!