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Job Market Today

Posted by on August 14, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Job Market Today

Sadly, the majority of new hirings today are for part-time positions, which are generally lower paying jobs offering limited benefits. This trends hold true in Oregon and around the country. This challenging reality makes it so important that job seekers fully understand the overall job getting process, which unfortunately, most folks don’t. Bottom line, finding or creating meaningful work today has more to do with who you know rather then what you know. 80-85% of our clients are be hired today using personal referrals. Having an...

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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on HAPPY HOLIDAYS

May each of you have a very happy, joyous and safe holiday season and let’s look forward to a rewarding 2013! Peter

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We Have Friends

Posted by on October 18, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on We Have Friends

We have the greatest customers! When it comes right down to it, we are very much in the business of people helping people find or create new and rewarding employment opportunities. After all is said and debated about the best way to find new jobs, the fact remains that people don’t hire applications or resumes, they hire people they are comfortable with. Companies and individuals choose CareerMakers in just the same way. Yes, we help them solve their challenges and needs, but the decision to use our services is really based on personal...

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WHY DO YOU STAY? Three Questions To Understanding Your Job Rut

Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on WHY DO YOU STAY? Three Questions To Understanding Your Job Rut

Are you bored at work? Do you yearn for fulfillment and excitement, yet are afraid to leave or explore? Well, you are not alone. The vast majority of unhappy workers are paralyzed by some fear which effectively keeps them showing up for work, dreading each day, but frozen by their fears. Here are a few examples for you to ponder, at the very least they may well ring true for you so you’ll know you are not alone with your fears. Are you addicted to perks? Paycheck; medical benefits; pension plan, etc. Who says that you can’t...

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We Really Never Know

Posted by on October 9, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on We Really Never Know

Each of us makes decisions every day. In fact, we make hundreds, maybe thousands of decisions every day. Most of these decisions are made with the safe confines of knowledge, information, experience or belief. None of us wants to make a mistake, so we try and garner all the information in advance to be able to make the knowledgeable and correct decision. Well enough. What we are challenged with in finding or creating a new employment opportunity for ourselves is just the opposite …. too little of the right information and way too much...

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Job Interviews: The Art of Self-Disclosure

Posted by on October 2, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Job Interviews: The Art of Self-Disclosure

CareerMakers clients often say that learning to tell success stories in job interviews is one of the most practical and powerful skills they have learned at CareerMakers. These stories have contributed to their success in becoming known to the interviewer (self-disclosure), and boosted their confidence because they now know how to prepare for interviews in targeted manner. Telling success stories in a job interview means that you are responsive to an interviewing technique know as “behavioral interviewing.” Many companies use this...

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Networking, the Gracious Art Of ……

Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Networking, the Gracious Art Of ……

One of the most misunderstood concepts of the job search is “networking.” It has been my personal experience that what people believe they know about networking is just enough to make them dangerous. Most of us believe networking is all about finding a job (and yes, in the long run that is the goal), but networking is actually a process of creating relationships and doing targeted research, allowing you to make informed decisions rather than ones bases on assumptions. An effective networker begins with a high level of personal...

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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on BE KIND TO YOURSELF ..

Today, as I do on most Monday mornings, I led our weekly Support/Networking Group. Attendees include very new clients as well as one going back to 1986 (yes, he has been working.) Each participant has the opportunity to share their challenges, both emotional and analytical, within the environs of a group of folks who all speak the same alnaguage, having had many of the same experiences. As I listen and participate ……not like me to sit quietly by ….. two “constants” struck me that I believe we should keep in mind....

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How To Find Or Create Satisfying Work

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on How To Find Or Create Satisfying Work

Old Way – Based on Past Work Life Find openings: Write Resume Find Openings: Internet search Company websites Headhunter/recruiters Employment agencies Send a resume to openings Wait for response Have interview Receive offer …maybe Wonder, “Is this right for me?” Take a job like the one you left New Way – Based on Unique You Extend Yourself: Build Relationships Research interests Busybody Generate job interviews: Write skills-aligned resume Prepare stories for job interview Weigh offers: Make informed decision...

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How To Find Direction: Your Compass

Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on How To Find Direction: Your Compass

Job Search Truth #1: Until you take yourself seriously and come to grips with your skills, value, traits and interests….the essence of who you are….you are not likely to find or create enjoyable and satisfying work. OLD WAY ASSESSMENT The Old Way search is predicated upon your specific past experience, job titles, degrees, diplomas and certificates. Old Way thinkers believe they fill in the missing pieces of themselves by taking tests and profiles. These tests, profiles and evaluations may provide you with information about...

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