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Julie Jansen

It’s Labor Day!

Labor Day is one of my favorite holidays! Why? As a career coach, author, and speaker, my primary focus is helping people to identify and find work that meets their needs and fulfill their values. The sad part about Labor Day for many is that it also represents the unofficial end of Summer. Work is such a significant aspect of most people’s existence, whether it is about earning money, creating or producing something, making an impact, or further developing or learning new skills. When you don’t enjoy or like what you are doing work-wise, these feelings can easily cast a […]

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Summer is a Great Time to Update Your Career Documents

July is already drawing to a close and before we know it Labor Day, the unofficial end of the summer in the U.S. will be here. Take advantage of summer Fridays, fewer meetings at work, and vacation/PTO to think about your job and long term career. Ask yourself “When was the last time I thought about my achievements, my responsibilities and what I have learned at work?” The most natural way to do this is to update your resume and your LinkedIn profile. As a resume and LinkedIn profile writer, I experience summer to be the busiest time in this […]

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Just did 17 radio interviews! Here’s what the radio hosts asked me.

Penguin set up a radio tour for me today to talk about the third revision of my book I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This. The radio stations were in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Florida, Minneapolis, Wisconsin, New York, Nebraska, Ohio, Utah, Oregon, Kentucky, and my home state Connecticut. I wish I had the space to give a shout out to the specific stations and hosts. They were all wonderful! One thing was clear …radio hosts LOVE what they do! Here are some of the questions I was asked: How does someone deal with the fear […]

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It’s been a long time!

I am excited to start a new chapter on my blog with the March 1st 2016 sale of the third edition of my book, I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This: A step-by-step guide to finding gratifying work. Thank you Penguin! Here’s what is different in the workplace since my last book update. It is an employers’ market, meaning that job seekers are facing heavy competition and arduous interviewing processes. Nearly every company has at least one job opening, and most have dozens they are trying to fill. The expectations that job seekers have of […]

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It’s a great time to refresh and update your job search tools!

No matter what your age is, the start of fall symbolizes new beginnings, perhaps because the end of summer and the month of September has historically been the start of a new school season. What naturally goes hand-in-hand with a new start is the desire to set goals. Whether you have been working a short time or for many years, finding a new job inside your company or with another employer is a natural goal. This post will cover some of the things you can do to prepare and position yourself for success in eventually finding a different job, or a new career. Your resume – if you are like many […]

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Phase four of a job search – Get involved in as many activities as you can

The job search process is not scientific or logical. Because of this, to be successful it’s important that you try a lot of different things in order to meet people who can help you generate leads. Here are some suggestions: Your network – reach out to everyone you know. Be specific about what you are looking for, offer to help them and keep in touch with your network regularly to stay top of mind. Also, always ask for new referrals or introductions. LinkedIn is a huge element of business networking. Spend 15-20 minutes a day researching, connecting with people, and […]

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