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Top 10 Ways to Cope with a Job Transition

By Brenda Goburn Smith | Feb 7, 2016

Keep your sanity while you search, change, or even if you lost your job Job transitions can be stressful—whether they’re due to layoff, starting a new job or experiencing drastic changes in working conditions. If you’re facing a different work transition, consider the following: 1. Take an honest look at yourself. What are your strengths,…

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Add These 3 Items to Your Resume

By Brenda Goburn Smith | Nov 30, 2015

Here are three things to put ON your resume: (1) Clear Branding Statement A strong, clear branding statement tells what you do, what is unique about you, and the value you would bring to the company or opportunity.  The career overview should be a short statement. The top 1/3 of a resume is valuable real…

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Take These 3 Things Off Your Resume

By Brenda Goburn Smith | Oct 13, 2015

Here are three things to take off your resume: (1) Home Address Contact will likely come via email or a phone call. Your home address is not necessary initially – too much information, too soon, especially the zip code. Employers can check the Internet to make subjective decisions – perhaps in their opinion the commute…

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Self-Talk. Do You Talk To Yourself?

By Brenda Goburn Smith | Dec 10, 2014

I do. Self-talk is a method of gaining clarity about your behaviors, goals, feelings, motivations, and problem-solving – a form of brainstorming. You can gain rewards from self-talk since it gives you the chance to boost self-confidence, self-esteem and learn more about you.  When you learn to use self-talk as a consoling, positive “friend,” you…

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Brand Yourself Before You Write Your Resume!

By Brenda Goburn Smith | Sep 8, 2014

UPDATED: October 24, 2017 Almost anyone can write a resume, but can you present the person behind the duties and responsibilities in a way that makes the hiring manager want to interview you? Once you get past the hurdle of the online computerized application tracking system (ATS), you must engage and entice the person reading…

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No Kidding, You Need Professional Help

By Brenda Goburn Smith | Jun 12, 2014

You know your capabilities better than anyone. You’ve climbed the ladder, conquered challenges, exceeded expectations, and feel ready for the next step in your career. Perhaps it is time to call on a professional resume writer, an expert to help you present your value. It is generally awkward for talented people to objectively describe their…

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Want a Great Fiction Writer or Great Resume Writer?

By Brenda Goburn Smith | May 5, 2014

New clients are often surprised when I ask a ton of questions about what they actually accomplished in their career; what is it they loved and hated about their work; what kind of situation helps them achieve great results, or, what unique value they can offer. I tell them that professional resume writers, like me,…

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3 Tips to Proactively Manage Your Career

By Brenda Goburn Smith | Mar 2, 2014

You spend a lot of your more productive waking hours at work, but have you ever devoted a significant amount of time developing a long-range plan to manage your career?  If a promotion or raise comes along, you are happy, but do you have a 2-year, 5-year, or 10-year career plan? Take Tony, for instance,…

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Think You Have Job Security? 3 Reasons to Write Your Resume NOW

By Brenda Goburn Smith | Jan 13, 2014

Mary Katherine pulled into the parking lot and smoothly backed into the slot that had her name stenciled on the wall.  She felt her job security was solid with the recent promotion to Marketing Director, which was working out better than expected.  Her department respected her, and they were moving all the marketing projects on…

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