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Graduating college during one of the worst economic times ever can be a little disheartening to say the least.

Comments 3 Comments » Even during an economic downturn, some careers are safe. Career consultant Maggie Mistal explains which industries are recession proof, no matter what the overall job market is doing. How to find recession proof jobs What is a recession-proof job? * Jobs that cant be outsourced * Jobs for which there is a great demand What are some top recession-proof industries? Health Care * Baby Boomers are aging and they will require increased health services. * In addition to health care and care giving jobs, there are traditional functions such as marketing, legal and accounting that serve the health care industry. Education * Baby Boomer teachers will begin retiring. * There will always be a demand for education services. How can job-seekers translate their existing skills into the health or education field? * Make a list of skills that transfer no matter the type of job function you are doing, such as communication, writing, presentation skills, problem solving and team skills. When targeting recession proof jobs in the health or education industry, how can job-seekers rewrite their resume to be more relevant? * Go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. * Look at the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which lists all kinds of jobs. * Search for the jobs that have skills and requirements that most closely match your experience. * On your resume, highlight the skills and experience youve attained that match up with the job you are seeking. What are some good websites

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The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) places older adults (55+) with family income below 125% of the federal poverty level in subsidized, part-time, on-the-job training programs which provide a community service. SCSEP participants get relevant work experience, learn job search skills, and gain the confidence to brave the job market. About half ultimately land a permanent, non-subsidized job of their own. To learn more about SCSEP, visit

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Question: Would you be interested in an executive job search system that would guarantee feedback so you can improve your results?

Answer: Of course you would.

In this article, I share with you the top three mistakes every $100K+ executive makes when looking for job leads. I also show you how to change your job hunting approach so that you can measure your results every step of the way.

Mistake #1: Using the Wrong Executive Job Search Model

Most $100K+ executives, when looking for their next career opportunity, fall back into old models that were learned early in their careers. This is often presented by an outplacement firm that still holds onto the classic lead-generation approach and it includes these elements:

1. Create a list of target companies that you would want to work for,
2. Contact your network to find people who work for those companies currently,
3. Call your network and ask for an “informational interview,” and
4. Continue the process until you find a position.

But there are real problems with this approach.

- First, this entails using a “front-door” approach, and there are many gatekeepers whose responsibilities include keeping you out.

- Second, many executives abandon their networks after a while. And, many of those in their network that are actually active are just peers. Regardless of how well intentioned they are, peers are often unable (or unwilling) to help you.

- Third, the informational interview approach is practically dead. Although your network may want to give you ten minutes of their time, in most cases they simply can’t afford to accommodate you. I know that if I granted every informational interview request that was asked of me, I’d have no time to do my real job!

What is the answer to this traditional model of finding a job?

The Solution: Use a New Executive Job Search Model

The model I suggest using when looking for your next C-Level executive position is the one I teach in my MarketOne™ Executive system. It moves you from an “activity-based” approach that the traditional model employs to a “synergistic-positioning” approach that:

1. Positions you as a top thought leader in your industry
2. Leverages your current job, network and career for greater momentum
3. Utilizes marketing and sales strategies to turn strangers into interested parties.

Mistake #2: Not Having an Effective Executive Job Search Message

The next mistake most $100K executives make is how they design their value proposition presentation – both in print and in person. Traditionally, we are taught to pull out our old resume, dust it off with a few new bullet points that list new achievements and Adding in our last employer and job title. The executive summary (and thereby the elevator pitch) is a fluff piece that focuses on the most recent achievement using flowery words in hopes of impressing and wowing their next potential employer.

The problem is that the pitch is boring, flat and it sounds like everyone else’s pitch.

In marketing terms, you are part of the cacophony of noise that will not get you noticed. And this will not get an interview. You haven’t defined a compelling message that engages, excites and resonates with anyone – not even a recruiter!

The Solution: Shift Your Message

You want to present yourself as a top talent that brings thought leadership to a company. You want to show how you will propel that company to its future. I call that message “potential.”

Potential is THE question that is asked when CEOS and Boards of Directors are looking to bring on top talent. It is the difference between one candidate over the other. I can’t tell you how often a CEO has turned to me and asked, “Which one of the two or three Vice President candidates has the greatest potential for our firm?”

To show your potential you must shift your presentation to your audience instead of you! You must show your potential employers what’s in it for them!

Mistake #3: Using the Wrong Executive Job Search Method

The third and BIGGEST mistake most $100K executive make in finding job leads is using the wrong method. Without a system or plan, the current wisdom is to contact everyone (again, without a message that is compelling or interesting) and blast their resume to everyone they know. Then the follow-up is to (embarrassingly) ask if the person they are contacting knows of any openings. If the answer is “no,” then that’s where it ends.

Unfortunately, that can keep an executive out of a job for a long, long time.

What’s the answer?

The Solution: Develop a Measurable, Systematic Game Plan

You need to develop a systematic game plan that creates metrics and benchmarks so that improvement can be made along the way. This is the only way your job search campaign will create results!

Most $100K+ executives would never launch a new product, service without a clear system.

Why shouldn’t our $100K+ job search campaign have the same focus?

By simply fixing these three BIG executive job search mistakes, you will find your next C-Level executive position A LOT quicker – even during a global recession.

$100K+ Executive-Level Career Coach Karen Armon prepares leaders around the world for their next move. Her popular book, Market Your Potential, Not Your Past is a hit among executives who want a clear-cut, systematic game plan that drives careers forward. Now get her new FREE eBook, “Ten Micro-Trends that Impact Executive Careers Today” at: and take a critical look at today’s marketplace.

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Are you concerned about making a career change in todays economy? Though I can’t look into the future to see what will happen, what I can do for you is share three tips that will increase your odds of getting the job you want.


Job Search Strategy #1: Go where the jobs are

It’s a wise move to read the executive job trend reports put out by my colleague, Mark Hovind, President of JobBait. I am a big fan of these monthly statistics that show you clearly what markets and states are still growing and hiring. In an uncertain economy, go where jobs are being created.

Another effective tip is to scan your local business journal, or set up a google news alert, to find industries that are growing. A few stable industries include education, healthcare and natural resources.

 Job Search Strategy #2: Turn off the television

Seriously, turn it off! It’s completely negative and “all consuming.” It’s my personal opinion that mainstream media is anything but “fair and balanced.”

And don’t worry, you won’t lose touch. In fact, you will gain precious time in your day and you will be more at peace. You can focus on those things important in your immediate world.

Every day, through my sources, I am literally flooded with HUNDREDS of great job openings just from recruiters trying to find great talent (like you!) for their client companies. You won’t hear THAT on the evening news!

Job Search Strategy #3: Commit to at least 2 non traditional job search methods

Please allow me to just be blunt. Are you between 40 and 60 years old? Then you probably are most familiar and comfortable with traditional job search methods. You simply must take a little time to invest in learning about how you can find jobs that aren’t advertised.

 It’s important because the techniques people use to find jobs that are not advertised decrease their competition by a MILE, improve their response rate TREMENDOUSLY (which does wonders for their confidence), and often results in more job interviews, bigger offers and a shorter job search. Y

You have much to gain and nothing to lose by learning these techniques. I promise you. Optimism and creativity in times like these is absolutely necessary to finding a job or making a career transition. Focus the same energy that you use to drive your career success into creative ways to land your next position and you will undoubtedly find the silver lining in the clouds of turbulent economic times.

Would you like to learn how to quickly and easily get more interviews, shorten your job search and increase your salary? Check out my website: , for free articles, free resources and to sign up for my free audio mini-seminar “5 Simple Steps To Find, Focus On and WIN Your Dream Job – Starting Today!” Nationally Certified Advanced Resume Writer Mary Elizabeth Bradford is “The Career Artisan.”

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Marcy Morrison of Careers with Wings ( discusses Tips On Job Search Strategies in a Recession and After a Layoff on Channel 10 News San Diego with Kimberly Hunt and Steve Atkinsin.Marcy’s book – “FINDING YOUR PASSION: The Easy Guide to Your Dream Career” ( is available on Amazon:

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Are you worried about the economy? Concerned about rising unemployment figures?

In recent months, the job market has become increasingly competitive, and yes, all the indicators are that it will become even more so. But even as the economy slows, there are many who are incredibly successful in conducting fast, effective job searches. Even in a recession–even in the midst of rising unemployment–you CAN build your career and secure a job that is personally, professionally, and financially rewarding. Here are 21 tips that you can put into action today to speed your own job search and drive it to a fast, successful conclusion.

1. Set weekly goals for your job search – To keep your job search moving forward I recommend you set manageable and motivating weekly goals. Your goals should be: Attainable while providing a challenge; Written; Specific; Stated in a positive way; Manageable; Measurable and trackable; Timed with a deadline

2. Be clear about your focus – Knowing what YOU want, what YOU are passionate about, and what YOU bring to the table will provide you with a confidence that simply can’t and won’t be matched by many of your competitors in the job market.

3. Create and follow a multi-pronged job search plan – An effective job search campaign is one that includes the strategic, planned, methodical use of a variety of job search approaches.

4. Approach your job search as if it were a job itself – Get organized and create a system for managing your job search. At the very least, you need a calendaring system, a system of logging inter-related and follow-up activities, a contact management system, and a filing system.

5. Assemble a support team – You should build a support team around you of people who can help you stay motivated and on track while giving you honest feedback and helping you stay accountable to your goals.

6. Develop and promote your personal brand – Personal branding differentiates you from your peers and helps to position you as a leader in your field. By knowing and promoting your brand, you achieve instant, precision-like focus that positions you as the ideal candidate for the specific type of opportunity that interests you.

7. Prepare your CAR success stories – Take the time to think about and document CAR Success Stories (Challenge-Action-Result Success Stories). What are some of your greatest accomplishments that illustrate the strengths you want to highlight in your interview? What were the challenges you faced related to these accomplishments? What actions did you take to meet the challenge? What were the results—quantified results when possible—of the actions that you took? You will use these in your resume, during networking meetings, and in interviews.

8. Perfect your resume – Your resume is your first introduction to most employers, and your only chance to make a good first impression. Keep your resume up-to-date at all times. Rewrite your resume to convey and illustrate your unique value proposition complete with accomplishments and “CAR success stories” that differentiate you from your competitors in the job market.

9. Cultivate your network – There is no more effective job search technique than networking. Make networking a part of your daily routine and plan to spend the majority of your job search time on networking activities.

10. Create and practice your elevator pitch – You will hear the “what do you do?” or “tell me about yourself?” questions over and over. Preparation is the key to confidence and the key to making a lasting, positive, and memorable first impression. Be ready with a 30-60 second pitch that confidently conveys to the listener who you are as a professional and what your value proposition is.

11. Do your research – Take the initiative and identify the companies that you really want to work for. Determine where you would fit in their structure and what you have to offer them. Develop a proposal that clearly illustrates how you would deliver a return on their investment in hiring you. Now leverage your network to set up meetings with the hiring decision-maker at the companies.

12. Strengthen your industry contacts and knowledge – Informational interviewing is a great technique for almost everyone. Contact people who can tell you what is going on in the field, help you better understand the competitive landscape, describe for you what it is like to work in the field, and ideally point you in the right direction for the next person you may want to speak with.

13. Build your online presence – Creating and maintaining a blog on your area of career expertise is an extraordinary way to build your credibility and visibility. Business networking sites like LinkedIn and FaceBook are increasingly popular ways to expand your network. Consider writing articles on industry and profession-related topics. You can also participate in online discussions on topics related to your career focus.

14. Introduce yourself to headhunters – There are presently well over 15,000 recruiting offices in just the United States alone. Do a little research and determine which firms specialize in your industry of choice or positions like you are seeking. This small, segmented list is the one you should focus your time and attention on.

15. Be prepared for salary negotiations – Know your value and be able to clearly articulate the returns that an employer can expect from hiring you. Never forget that as an employee you are investment. It is up to you to know what your worth is, to make sure the potential employer is clear on what that is, and to make sure that they pay you the best possible price for your contributions.

16. Put together a strong list of references – Contact each person that you intend to list and ask for their permission. Never provide someone as a reference unless you have discussed it with them first and briefed them on your current job search. Verify the contact information for each reference and ask for permission to list a telephone number and email address.

17. Get out and meet people – Join and then take part in events held by professional associations and other groups. Attend workshops and trainings in your field or industry. Attend job fairs to meet directly with hiring decision-makers. Volunteer your career-related skills in your community. If you are an expert at something, offer to speak on the topic to various groups.

18. Always follow up – A hand-written thank you note or a more formal, typed thank you letter can make a lasting positive impression that gives you a distinct competitive advantage. A follow-up phone call on every resume you send, whether it is a resume sent cold, in response to an ad, or based on a referral from one of your networking contacts can make all the difference in whether your resume is actually read and considered or not.

19. Adopt a “failure is not an option” attitude – Celebrate your accomplishments daily and weekly, but recognize that a successful job search requires persistence and consistent effort. It can be difficult to remain motivated when you don’t immediately see results but remind yourself that job searching is a process and that it takes time. Reward yourself not just for the results, but for the effort.

20. Consider an “outside the box” solution to employment – If you are having trouble finding that one, perfect full-time position, consider a “portfolio” career that is built around a variety of part-time jobs, which may include some combination of employment, self-employment, freelancing, consulting, and temporary jobs. While many of us have been raised to believe that a full-time job is really the only secure work arrangement, a portfolio career may actually be more secure because it involves multiple streams of income.

21. Adjust your attitude – An enthusiastic, “can-do” attitude that exudes self-confidence and a clear understanding of the value you offer in the workplace will make all the difference. Always put a smile on your face when you talk on the phone; it will shine through in your voice. Make eye contact and watch your body signals and posture when you meet with contacts in person. Your positive, confident attitude is one that people will like to be around and will make it more likely that you will be hired.

When you turn on the news and all you see is bad news about the economy and the job market, it is easy to become so anxious that you actually scare yourself into inaction. Don’t let that happen to you! There are great jobs out there to be had. Stay competitive, remain in action and working toward your goals each day, and one of those jobs WILL be your new job. Job searching does take time, even at the best of times, but by leveraging these 21 tips you will find yourself back to work faster than you thought possible.

Nationally certified resume writer and career marketing expert, Michelle Dumas is the director of Distinctive Career Services LLC. Through Distinctive Documents Michelle has empowered thousands of professionals all across the U.S. and worldwide. Michelle is also the author of Secrets of a Successful Job Search

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Job Search Success – How To Get A Great Job Even During The Recession.

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