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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!

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The Powerful Truth About Common Job Search Advice on the Internet

As a Career Coach, sometimes I feel like I hear everything when it comes to why people dislike their jobs and are unhappy in their careers. However, sometimes people don’t think about how the job search and career advice that they oftentimes hear, and think is beneficial is actually doing them a disservice and keeping them from achieving their goals. Let’s look at the 8 most common myths that are keeping you from achieving your career goals and fulfilling your career dreams.

The 8 Most Common Myths Keeping You From Your Career Dreams:

  • You’re not getting a phone screen/ interview/ call back because you’re under or overqualified.

You more than likely just fell into the black hole. Who said that there’s something wrong with your candidacy? Unless you have fact to back up the story you’re telling yourself, stop telling it because it’s just not true.

  • You’re not qualified or have enough experience for an increase in salary. Or asking would make you overpaid and no one will pay that much. It also binds you to zero work-life balance.

Negotiation is a two-sided conversation and is supposed to work in the favor of all of the parties involved. This isn’t just about you being paid more, it’s also about an employer benefiting from your expertise. Win-win!

  • You’re too old or inexperienced for a career change.

Most people don’t work in the industry that they started out in and change careers at least once. If you want something new, stop waiting & just do it!

  • Job seekers who change jobs often are frowned upon by employers.

Most employers have been looking at this less and less because they have recognized that there is rarely any logical progression. If they’re not overthinking it, then why are you?

  • Lowering your salary demands will make you a more attractive candidate.

Jobseekers should never lower realistic salary demands because doing so will just make you appear desperate for the job — and will likely result in you not receiving the job offer. And even if you received the offer and accepted it, you would most likely never be happy in your job or with your employer because you would feel you were cheated out of the salary you deserved.

  • Recruiters have your best interests at heart.

Recruiters and headhunters get paid by the companies who hire them to fill those positions. Their loyalty lies with the company who hired them, not with the candidates. Recruiters will not market to jobseekers to companies, they will instead to try to fit jobseekers into well-defined positions with the companies that employ them. They’re selling you what’s available.

  • If you’re having difficulty, you should just take the first offer you receive.

I’m not a big believer of this one. Unless this offer represents absolutely everything you were already searching for, a better one will come along. If you and your family are truly struggling to make ends meet, then this might be a different story and that should be discussed in-depth. The best way to avoid desperate situations is by working with a professional who is well-versed at getting results and will get you the career and the salary that you want, too!

  • My friend (or family member) told me… {insert a specific piece of advice here}

Unless this individual is an expert, stop believing whatever they are telling you. Just because something happened for one person doesn’t mean that it will be true for you or that this is even practical advice. Read: It can keep you searching even longer and make the process even more difficult!

If you’re still falling for any these, you are falling victim to what’s on the internet or what’s been spread around for years. Just because it is information does not mean that it will help you or get you to your dream career. There are only a few things that can help you do that:

  • A Professional
  • A plan that works
  • Taking massive, determined action
  • Commitment
  • Resourcefulness

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Is Your Career Path Meant To Be Nontraditional?

WOW. I just spoke to a woman who has spent the last five years of her career on unpaid work. As a result of this, she is having extreme difficulty getting any traction. Julie* described herself as a writer and a researcher with a PhD but she isn’t sure on her career path. The idea of the traditional path into education wasn’t appealing to her. She opened up to me that her own expectations are harming her because they are forcing her to think in terms of what she is “supposed” to be doing instead of what fulfills her.

“I didn’t realize forcing my own expectations on myself would throw me off so much. You don’t ever imagine you will be here.”

All this second guessing has hindered her confidence and created a mindset mess- something that just deters the process and will keep her from attaining her goal.

Finding the Career of Your Dreams

Sure- but does that mean you can’t have the career of your dreams? She confided in me that the lack of clarity she felt around her career path led her to not even fully value her education, her work, her time, or what she could offer an organization. Her concern about this was because she was anxious if this would translate to her not being paid fairly and being trapped in a dead-end career path that would make her miserable. When you feel that way, it leads to additional unhappiness – even when you are home. This impacts the ability to also be a good mom and attentive to others in your life.

No one wants to spend time away from home, away from their families, in a workplace that will make you feel awful about yourself. Let alone spend time at home feeling badly about yourself as well.

The name of the game isn’t just to find any job. It wouldn’t be your dream career otherwise. However, imagine what your life would be like if you didn’t have to deal with this anymore? Imagine how amazing this would feel? Knowing for sure what you wanted wouldn’t be an issue and you would feel at peace with that decision. You would have clarity around your career path and how you can grow and thrive and would feel supported in securing a new position.

This Process WORKS!

I have a very specific process that I use that has earned my clients job offers and these offers have earned them raises upwards of $30,000. I’m not writing this to impress anyone, I’m writing this to let you know that this process is life-changing.

If you’re concerned that you won’t be able to clarify your own career path, have a stagnation in your career and wages, or struggle on your own without any results then, this masterclass is for you.

Over the past three years, I have a 100% success rate. This means that almost every single client has walked away with the job and the salary that she’s wanted. So, if you don’t want to risk getting left behind in your industry, becoming stagnant in your career, and never feeling fulfilled then register to watch this free masterclass.

This updated masterclass will walk you through the exact strategies that my clients that have helped my clients clarify their career path, which has led to multiple job offers and generous salary increases of $15k-$30k. Don’t hesitate- sign up now!

What Happens When Social Norms Can’t Run Your Career?

Do you think that your age will keep you from securing the position and salary that you’re dreaming for?

NONSENSE!

It is a societal notion that women must advance before they are 40-50, otherwise their careers are “over”. This simply isn’t true.

 This creates a daily struggle because you start to feel “less than” and like you may not ever achieve your career dreams of attainting management or leadership positions. You start to second guess yourself, your accomplishments, and your career. You wonder what the heck you have been doing every day. Are you wasting your time? Should you have been in another career? Should you be starting over? Getting an advanced degree?

This starts to eat at your confidence and your ability to do your job. You might start to lose sleep and wonder if this is even worth it in the first place.

Career advancement isn’t meant to be this difficult. With a powerful, proven process you can advance to a higher-level position and feel even more confident about yourself, your abilities, and your accomplishments.

The question is: Are you ready?

This process is so seamless and powerful that is has begun to work in just a few weeks and changed the way women approach their careers.

Some of the steps include:

  • Your Communication Skills. Are you communicating like a bold, driven leader?
  • Your Emotional Intelligence. How are you handling stressful situations in the workplace?
  • Your Conviction. Do you believe in yourself and what you want? How far will you go to achieve it?

These steps work and are so powerful that clients have seen results in just a few weeks. When you are powerfully aligned to what you want in your career and your life, it attracts to you like a magnet.

So, what would happen if this was you?

  • You could easily attract a job offer or a promotion
  • Securing a raise won’t be nearly as difficult as it sounds-in fact, you never realized how painless it can be!
  • You might even start to wonder or wish that you had done this sooner!

If you book a call with me today, I will tell you what’s harming your job search and your career. And I’ll also provide you with a step-by-step strategy to meeting your career and salary goals.

Click here to book your session TODAY.

Don’t put this off. This is your career- and your future. What’s more important than that?

Book this free call with me so that you can turn any of your fears and doubts into confidence and decisive action and get the career that you want – and deserve.

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

What Happens When You Fearlessly Pursue Your Passion?

“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like.”

What makes you happy?

That is ultimately what you need more of! Your career isn’t supposed to make you sad, miserable, or feel less-than. It should make you feel happy, empowered, & proud!

Do you feel this happy? If you’re spending more time unhappy and frowning then something is off.

Do you have a case of the Sundays practically every night? Maybe you’ve been trying to leave a role for what feels like forever and you’re not having any luck.

Are your expectations weighing you down? Do you have this vision of what your life & your career are supposed to look like, and nothing less will do? Do you think that having anything else will be a failure?

Or are others’ expectations keeping you from meeting your goals?

It isn’t what life is SUPPOSED to look like, it’s knowing what you want & fearlessly pursuing that until you’re smiling. Ready? I am! Let’s chat ? Click here to schedule your session!

5 Proven and Effective Strategies to Securing A New Role

Do you think that looking for a job is supposed to take a long time? It is the media’s representation of a job search that portrays it as this tedious, awful, and even painful experience in which people will automatically feel awful about themselves and practically begging for a job. This is because they are sick of searching and interviewing- and ultimately feel like they need to settle.

All of this simply isn’t true whatsoever.

A job search is an excellent time to learn about yourself, stretch yourself, grow, and expand your career and your dreams. You don’t need to settle. It should not be an awful or a painful experience either.

A few years ago, the economy took a nosedive and went into a serious slowdown. However, since then it has made a recovery. Are you waiting for the other shoe to drop?

Don’t. At any time in life something can happen, and you may not feel prepared for it.

One of my clients, Jane* felt the need to change jobs. She wasn’t so sure about the economy at the time, but it didn’t really matter- there were issues in her workplace, and she felt that it was time to make an exit as quickly as possible.

Despite her fears and hesitations, she learned that she was able to secure a new position rather quickly and efficiently. She didn’t endure any of the difficulty that is always portrayed and that she was so worried about. She used the simple strategies that I taught her and seamlessly went from one job to another one.

To learn more about these simple strategies and how they can benefit your career, click here to watch my free training.

I’ve helped numerous women secure new positions and improve their confidence- all while up-leveling their careers!

These strategies can begin to work within a few weeks and they’re so powerful.

When you are confident, you can attract all the things that you’ve been wishing and working for without any results.

So, what would this be like if this was your life….?

You wouldn’t have to worry about a job search the way it’s portrayed in the media or online. Learn something NEW.

Your email will be filling up with responses- for interviews!

You can secure a position with the salary that makes you feel valued, happy to go to work, and love what you do even more! What more can you ask for?

Click here to register for your session TODAY.

Don’t put this off. This is your career- and your future. What’s more important than that?

What Happens When A Dead-End Job Leaves You Unfulfilled?

Have you ever just felt like telling your boss that you’re overworked, overwhelmed, and you’re doing too much work for what you’re earning? You know you’re worth more and you’re watching your friends and family earn more and not work nearly as many hours as you. Not fair, right?

The truth is that you’re in a dead-end job. You’re unfulfilled, bored, and accepting the status quo. So, why are you staying there? Settling will kill a career. If you have a case of the Sundays every single day, then you’re not going to advance in that position or in that organization, which means that you’re not going to earn more, either. Your career is dying like a wilting plant.

The name of the game in career advancement is being able to assess yourself and your value that will keep you from settling because you will always want more. Imagine what your life would be like if you worked for an employer and organization who APPRECIATES and VALUES your skills, talents, and achievements? What if you actually LOVED going to work? You’d ENJOY working with your co-workers, the work that you do, and feel like your salary is ALIGNED with your value. And you KNOW that the work you’re doing will actually receive POSITIVE feedback and make you feel GOOD about yourself.

If you’re new to negotiation, don’t think that you could advocate for yourself very well, or have had failed attempts in the past then you need to reach out. I’ve blocked out some time on my calendar to discuss how this process works.

Over the years, I have achieved a very high success rate of my clients fulfilling their career and salary dreams. This means that almost every single client has walked away with the job and the salary that she’s wanted. So, if you’re sick of feeling unappreciated, overworked, and your salary not matching your abilities and achievements, then click here to book a call with me to book a call with me.

My schedule fills up quickly and the demand for this will be overwhelming, and I won’t be able to accommodate everyone, so book your spot now while they’re available!

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

Best,

Valerie

Are You Worried That You Won’t Make The Cut?

WOAH. I just got off the phone with a woman who cried throughout our call because she hasn’t been able to secure a job offer in a year. Margaret* was so upset because she’s not even sure that she’s been applying to positions that are right for her. She’s wondering if she’s wasted the last year of her life in this process. She’s used all of the job boards, you know, Indeed, Glassdoor, LinkedIn? Nope, no luck. She said that her friend was looking at the same time she was and has already secured an offer- and that’s bothering her even more.

“I think I’m giving up” she said. “I see all of these amazing positions and I can’t even bring myself to apply to them anymore. Are they even right for me? I’m just getting rejections.”

She confided in me the absolute toll that this is taking on her. She feels like she can’t bring her A game to her position anymore. And while she knows that she doesn’t want to stay there forever, she doesn’t want to get fired, either. Even worse- she’s fighting with her husband more than ever because she’s so stressed out that everything is setting her off. She’s not sure she’s being the mom she wants to be, either, because her children have seen her crying and miserable and they’re not their playful selves, either.

This is eating at her confidence and hindering the process, too.

Listening to her made me so upset. Getting a new position isn’t supposed to make people feel this way or upset their lives. It isn’t meant to be this difficult. You don’t need Graduate degrees or to spend years back in school because you think you’re not qualified.

There are some simple steps that I’ve always followed, and they work.

  • Be Confident. And not the fake it till you make it kind- the true, authentic, bold confidence that lives inside of you.
  • Take action, following a proven step-by-step process.
  • Enjoying your new position and the life and abundance it will bring you!

How am I so sure? Because I’ve helped countless women secure new positions and feel better about themselves- all while up-leveling their careers!

This strategy can begin to work within a few weeks and it’s so powerful.

When you are confident, you can attract all of the things that you’ve been wishing and working for without any results.

So, what would this be like if this was your life….?

You wouldn’t have to worry about receiving countless rejections.

Your email starts filling up with responses- for interviews!

You can secure a position with the salary that makes you feel valued, happy to go to work, and love what you do even more!

If you book a call with me today, I will tell you what’s harming your job search and your career. And I’ll also provide you with a step-by-step strategy to meeting your career and salary goals.

Click here to book your session TODAY: http://askvmc.com/apply

Don’t put this off. This is your career- and your future. What’s more important than that?

Book this free call with me so that you can turn any of your negative emotions into confidence and get the career that you want – and deserve.

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

What Happens When You Stop Taking The Easy Way Out?

Have you ever had the urge to take the easy way out in your job search? You just feel like you’ve put so much time and effort into it already, so you are kind of overdoing this daily, only to be ghosted by recruiters or have your resume get sucked into that black hole. It sucks, right?

The Effects of Taking The Easy Way Out

The truth is that taking the easy way out is FATAL to your job search AND your career. Taking the easy way means that you’re avoiding the challenges, hard work, and commitment that it will take to rise to the level that you’re seeking. If you’re taking the easy way out, you’re staying inside your comfort zone and not doing what it takes to challenge yourself. And if you’re not challenging yourself, how can you grow to the next level? You don’t want to become stagnant.

How To “Win” in Your Job Search

The name of the game in a job search is standing out among the competition and your peers, which requires hard work and commitment. So, imagine what your life would be like if you woke up to an inbox with interview requests instead of being ghosted, waiting for responses that never come, or receiving rejections? And you KNOW that the work you put into getting these won’t be an absolute waste of your time either…These are the type of interviews that will actually MATERIALIZE into job offers.

I have a very specific process that I use that has earned my clients job interviews that have materialized into job offers and these offers have earned them raises upwards of $30,000. I’m not writing this to impress anyone, I’m writing this to let you know that this system WORKS.

Ready….? Take Action!

If you’re even a tiny bit concerned that you will continue to be left behind, not grow in your career, and not achieve your goals then you need to reach out immediately. I’ve blocked out some time on my schedule to speak to you about how you can stop getting ghosted.

Over the past three years, I have a 95% success rate. This means that almost every single client has walked away with the job and the salary that she’s wanted. So, if you don’t want to risk getting left behind in your industry, becoming stagnant in your career, and never feeling fulfilled then click here to book a call with me.

My schedule fills up quickly and the demand for this will be overwhelming, and I won’t be able to accommodate everyone, so book your spot now while they’re available!

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

Best,

Valerie

You Have A Critic of Your Career…So What?

I have haters and critics…. Guess what most people don’t know about this?

Most people would HATE this because the assumptions are, you’re doing something wrong and that YOU need to change.

Are you sure about that?

I LOVE having haters and critics!

It means that you have increased your visibility and have rattled them enough to talk about you…

They’re JEALOUS!

They might say that you’re making too much money, not skilled enough, or don’t understand how you do it.

They might criticize you online.

To others.

Maybe even to your face.

It will make you uncomfortable at first until you understand this…

They’re focusing on YOU and not on their own careers, advancement, or methods of self-improvement- a sure sign of THEIR WEAKNESS. They’re not focusing on their own weaknesses, showing up and being seen, or contributions to the world.

If you play small…

Your career won’t grow or progress.

Neither will your earnings…

You lose.

Your family loses.

Your career will stall.

You’ll never reach your full potential.

What’s missing is you having the courage to step forward into the career that you’ve been wanting and dreaming of!  

If you’re ready for your dream career and to have the life that you DESERVE, then let’s talk ASAP.

On this session (about 45 mins – 1hr), we will create an action plan for you and your career that WORKS and be sure that you achieve clarity.

Once you click that link you will be re-directed to a brief form to complete so I can be prepared to help you on the call.

My schedule tends to fill up quickly, so don’t wait…

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

Best,

Valerie