Your Job Hunting Trip: Start with the End in Mind

 “Start with the end in mind.”             ­­–– Stephen R. Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) When heading off for a trip, you don’t just get in the car and drive, right? You check the map, get some directions, see how it takes to get there, basically you make a plan. Job-hunting is just the same. To successfully and efficiently get where you’re going requires research and planning....more

Job Hunting is like Dating... But Not Nearly as Fun

I recently lost my job due to company changes.  Over the last 10 years, the companies I've worked for were either sold, changed management and/or relocated.  This last one wasn't sold but upper management outsourced my boss' department to an outside vendor, thus eliminating 7 permanent positions....more

Re-Build your Self-Confidence Before Job Hunting

Have you been told that losing your job was a blessing in disguise? Did hearing that make you want to strangle to person who said it? Have you been in the dumps and depressed since losing your job? As losing your job and the ensuing process of finding a new job without success taken a toll on your self-esteem and self-confidence?...more
When I quit my job because I got totally burned out, I was thinking, maybe I should do a totally ...more


In today’s economy everyone is either holding on to the job they have praying to avoid the chopping block or being forced out to join the 9.6 millions that are currently unemployed.  With so many people out of work it has created almost a silent hysteria that breaks the moral of many down little by little, day by day, minute by minute. Here are some tips that I have found seem to be relevant and work: Review your resume: We all hate the resume re-vamp but this economy it has to be done. The competition is more than fierce out here, this is SPARTA!...more

Job hunters beware!

So recently, I re-upped my account and started in earnest searching there as well as Craigslist, Indeed, and a few other places. I'm in rather dire straits for a job with benefits, though at least my current job (at home transcription) is giving me an income. ...more

My life was written on ten sheets of paper

I have a lot of interests and talents. I think I came to grips with this when I did an exercise in career analysis many years ago. I read the book "What Color is your Parachute?" a practical manual for job hunters and career changers. It's an annually revised book by Richard Bolles. The exercise I remember best was to take ten sheets of paper and write "Who Am I" on the top of each sheet. The exercise is to find out what your passions are and what you do well. At the time of the exercise I felt devoid of talents....more

What had happened was...

Recently, and not entirely of my own free will, I gave up teaching.  In essence, this is not a long-term goal.  Not yet, anyway.  I was offered a few positions as a teacher's aide, after having taught in a classroom of my own for the past five years.  Needless to say, I wasn't terribly thrilled to take a giant pay cut and be bossed around by someone who would have been my peer.  As it turns out, the need for classroom English teachers is not very high in this area these days.  ...more

I Am Sick And Tired Of This Economy Being BALLS.

One year ago, I made the tough decision to move back to Austin.  I anticipated I would have to do it on my own, since I didn't think my boyfriend would give up the work opportunities to come with me.  I suppose, honestly, I didn't think he cared about me enough to move.  I had a date in mind, I got everything ready so all I had to do was say "this is what's happening" and then we'd get on with our lives.  So, imagine my shock when he says he'll come with me.  He too had been laid off and was only able to find contracting work 60mi from where we lived.  He felt ...more


Emotional intelligence You may know that I’m job hunting. I’ve actually been job hunting for a year, but my memory loss issues kinda put me on hold.  I’m feeling better, plus I need to help pay for number 1 son’s college so I’m looking for work again.  I’m excited because I had two job interviews this week.  Each job was entirely different from the other....more