I have events and activities I need to schedule in my day, and I also need time for writing and connecting with clients and customers. Since I am a creative entrepreneur with a writing and coaching business, it’s important to prioritize my time.
I love time freedom––the ability to self-schedule––and also need to keep track of scheduled meetings and activities.
Every day I plan time for healthy activities, colorful vegetables, support from friends and colleagues, a time to quiet my mind, and time for creativity. I use my planners to monitor my accomplishments and distractions. During times of disruptive change, a planner can be a soothing friend that gives a sense of normalcy. I print out my planners and use colored pens to fill them out. Using a style of planner you enjoy, will give you the motivation to pick up your planner, organize your time as much as needed, and feel like you are moving your career forward even if you don’t know what it will look like five years from now.
When you take care of today, you will be better prepared for tomorrow.
First, I use an Action Planner to write down tasks, activities, and events I want to complete in a week. Then, I can easily prioritize appointments, tasks, and projects.
I prioritize with my Action Planner and schedule my day with my Daily Activity Planner.
Next, I use a Daily Activity Planner, when needed, to schedule my day. I find this especially important when I have specific things that need to be accomplished and several scheduled appointments. Using the Daily Activity Planner, I can quickly see what I accomplished, how long it took, and what annoying distraction or unexpected serendipity took my time instead. The Daily Activity Planner helps me monitor my work and see where I need to make changes in my routine to be productive and make time for things that are most important.
I use my planners to monitor my accomplishments and distractions. I prioritize with my Action Planner, and when needed I schedule my day with my Daily Activity Planner. During times of disruptive change, a planner can be a soothing friend that gives a sense of normalcy. I print out my planners and use colored pens to fill them out. Using a style of planner you enjoy, will give you the motivation to pick up your planner, organize your time as much as needed, and feel like you are moving your career forward even if you don’t know what it will look like five years from now.
How do you create urgency to prepare for you next career transition? With a disruption in our goals, plans, and activities it’s easy to put things off until tomorrow. Tapping into your passion and interests and sharing with a friendly small group, till keep you motivated and working toward your goals.
Join us in the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club for inspiration, support, accountability, and resources.
For some reason, I’m not really sure why, I am fascinated with spy stories both real and fiction. I’ve recently been reading stories written by spies, including; Moscow Rules (also movie Argo) about an artist recruited to be a document forger, The Unexpected Spy about a sorority girl secret agent, and How to Catch a Russian Spy about a double agent. Spy stories can teach us lessons about how careers can be transformed in unexpected ways. With the current employment disruption, helping people learn new ways to translate current skills into new careers will be the next challenge for Career/Life Coaches.
As a Career Counselor/Life Coach, I find these books fascinating. An artist wonders why the CIA would approach him with a career opportunity. It turns out the CIA needs artists for spy craft because of their ability to forge documents. Magicians teach agents slight-of-hand tricks for passing sensitive information. Recruiters visit Hollywood to hire make-up artists to create elaborate disguises for spies. Learning about jobs that can be transformed into spy craft opened my eyes to the many transferrable skills that can transform careers.
Throughout history, we have experienced crises that disrupted and changed our ways of working. From the invention of the automobile, the railroad, telephones in their different stages of evolution, to wars, the Industrial Revolution, the Information Revolution with integration of tech and Artificial Intelligence that we are currently experiencing while in the middle of a pandemic. Each one of these events created a major disruption in the way we work. When a pandemic is coupled with a major event as with the plagues and world wars and our current pandemic during the already accelerating advancing in technology that gives us conveniences during our stay-at-home work, but also changes the way we work.
It’s time to seriously evaluate our skills, values, and interests and determine what we most want and need to transfer or update our skills to new jobs or careers. My colleague, Gohar Srapyan, and I developed the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club to do just that. In a time of crisis, we want to give you a place to share your skills, successes, and challenges. More important than a simple job search is knowing what you want and how to express yourself in the language of work.
Are you an Orange Pepper, Red Tomato, Green Bean or Purple Carrot Personality Style? Join us for a fun interactive presentation of The Vegetable Personality Styles™ analogy
July 10 @ 12:00 PDT. Just sign up in the box below for the link to the Zoom meetup.
Meet the facilitators
Nancy J. Miller and Gohar Srapyan
Knowing your uniqueness and similarity to others helps you find work you love; and enjoy those you work with.
Success in your work; whether at home, paid work, volunteer, or nurturing your children, requires knowing your strengths and how to build healthy relationships. The Vegetable
Personality Styles™ analogy takes you into a garden of possibilities for creating the healthy eating and healthy relationships you need for success in your work.
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Vegetable Personality Styles, by Nancy J. Miller, M.S., Career Counselor/Certified Life Coach. Nancy has over 20 years’ experience studying personalities and sharing her vegetable analogy in business meetings, small groups and conferences.
Vegetable Kids in the Garden, by Nancy J. Miller, Hardcover, is currently on an Amazon promotion for $5.72. The Vegetable Kids show their unique personality styles while finding treasures in the garden.
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As members of the National Career Development Association, we support Social Justice and NCDA Code of Ethics. Learn more about the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club creators/facilitators Nancy J. Miller, M.S. and Gohar Srapyan, M.S., Career Counselors. This program does not include Career Counseling/Coaching.
We created the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club to provide a place where you can take charge of your career, increase your employability, and take control of your future. Nancy J. Miller, M.S. Career Counselor/Life Coach and Gohar Srapyan, M.S. Community College Career Counselor/Instructor have a heart for helping people work through challenges and find career success. As a member of the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club:
Join the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club. Free membership benefits are:
Join the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club at no cost. We realize this is more than your average job club, but we understand the challenges of our times. We want to engage, inspire, and motivate with proven job search strategies. We just need your first name and email address. Use your Facebook email if you want to join the group (not to worry, I don’t have time to send a lot of emails). You can unsubscribe at any time. No payment information needed.
If you choose to join with the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club paid membership at a later time for only $10, you will receive a month of powerful benefits to maintain confidence and employability.
Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club Ambassador Membership
We are happy to announce a new membership level as Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club Ambassador. For a limited time, we are offering an Ambassador level membership with access to the full job club benefits for a one time payment of $10. Share the positive benefits of the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club with your social media contacts using hashtags, #successunlimitedvirtualjobclub #virtualjobclub.
How will it help you to be a SUVJC Ambassador?
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Why join the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club?
Ambassador Membership level $10 for full access to the virtual job club program. Share what your success with the program and continue at no cost.
Freelance work can help fill in the gaps, can be great for someone who has expertise in specific areas, and for those who are self-motivated, like to work alone, and have the time and space to work uninterrupted. There are many freelance platforms, these are just a few. Some are better than others. Some are specialized, and some have a variety of types of work.
Freelance is a way to earn extra income while flexing your schedule. Sometimes you can get positive reviews for your work that will show up online to increase your reputation for your work. A part time freelance job can show you are willing to work, as well as honing your skills. Be sure to read the contract. Some are long, and there are differences in how much and how they pay. Read reviews online, and it’s a good idea to check Glassdoor.com, to read what people are saying about the company.
Verblio (for writers), https://www.verblio.com/
A career path is not like a ladder moving a career in a straight upward direction. In fact, for many it never was. A career process could be seen as more of a Career Hopscotch than a career ladder.
Create a Career Hopscotch
Create a Career Hopscotch using index cards. Make a card for each of the categories below and add your own if desired. Use different card arrangements to see what your career might look like. Ignite your imagination as you think of career possibilities with a fluid career moving through different emphasis on family, career, and education. At any time you might reverse the order as priorities and needs change.
As an example, after completing your basic education, you will probably work and then get further training. A degree, certiﬁcate, and training are still important but the added element of gaining real experience while learning is now the norm. In fact, you can often get the best experience through internships and volunteer work while you are in school.
Make a card for each of the categories below and add your own if desired. Use different card arrangements to see what your career might look like.
Career Hopscotch Example
My “Career Hopscotch” looks something like this, with the expectation that I will do a reverse hop and repeat some of my previous steps.
The steps may change as I get to the end of the hopscotch, reverse and go back through the many stages of my career. My coaching and writing businesses are the culmination of my career, with education weaving throughout. Seeing your career process as a hopscotch game rather than a career ladder will give you the freedom to pursue many interests during your lifetime. Enjoy the game!
from Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success, originally posted 2013
Can you guess what companies are hiring now? It is not hard to think about the services you are using while staying safe at home. You hear about the heroes during this crisis who are keeping us safe, taking care of our health, keeping food on the shelves, and delivering needed supplies. What else does it take to keep our infrastructure humming along and keep us supplied with necessary goods and services? There are a number of companies hiring. You may be asking yourself if you want to work for these companies, would you feel safe working for them, and could you get an interview for a job you really want? It is the perfect time to think about what you want for your future and that of your career.
Two career counselors, Gohar Srapyan and Nancy J. mIller, developed the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club, with free and low cost paid memberships, to share information and discuss relevant career topics through a private Facebook group, Zoom meeting discussion topics, and Homework Challenges. There is a wealth of information available, often free. I sometimes feel like I am being infobombed. I don’t know about you, but it can give me a big headache, so we are sifting through mountains of great information to share with you what we feel is most relevant.
You may feel like you have gone through the several cycles of grief, more than once already, and not sure what to do next. Take a moment to breathe deeply. Suck in some healthy oxygen. It’s still free and available. You may feel like you are tired of Zoom meetings and don’t want to talk about your current or future state, but there is no better time to join a supportive group who have similar struggles. We talk, you listen, then you can join the discussion if you would like. As the group grows, we will feel more comfortable sharing.
The leaders of virtual job club are introverts. We decided we would stretch ourselves and learn to be more flexible and adaptable in our careers and grow through offering Zoom meetings. Nancy is a Career Counselor, Life Coach, and author who doesn’t love giving presentations to a computer. Gohar is a tech savvy career counselor and teacher who prefers face to face. We hope you will grow with us by joining the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club and stretch your self-limits.
Here are some lists of companies that are hiring. We can help you sift through what is available, and then look at ways to access jobs your are interested in through the hidden job market.
These are the top 45 companies hiring:
McDonald's 58,088 🔼
AutoZone 44,820 🌞
CVS Health 31,592
Pizza Hut 29,538
Dollar General 29,347 🔼
Home Depot 21,825
Taco Bell 21,576 🔼
Advance Auto Parts 14,538 🌞
7-Eleven 13,254 🔼
Cracker Barrel 10,923
Burger King 10,277 🔼
Safeway 9,861 🔼
Dollar Tree 8,755
Office Depot OfficeMax 8,695 🔼
Army National Guard 8,487
Applebee's 8,049 🔼
Papa John's 8,039
Apple 7,589 🌞
Dunkin' Donuts 6,832 🔼
Healthcare Services Group 6,649 🌞
Wendy's 6,555 🔼
Pilot Flying J 5,781 🔼
Food Lion 5,607
Amazon Web Services (AWS) 5,529
Maxim Healthcare Services 5,266 🔼
Northrop Grumman 4,795
Securitas 4,777 🔼
Albertsons 4,619 🔼
L Brands 4,445 🌞
Aldi 4,088 🔼
Brookdale Senior Living 4,053 🌞
General Dynamics 3,996
Lockheed Martin 3,506
🌞 = New addition
🔼 = More jobs than last week
from jobhunt.org, https://bit.ly/2WhP2Jl
More job lists:
We would love your comments on whether or not you feel like the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club, would be helpful for you. We appreciate suggestions and comments.
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Use this resume checklist to make sure your resume will catch the attention of a person or computer scanner.
Print your resume.
Your cover letter is your opportunity to not only show your relevant skills and experience, but also to show why people will want to work with you; why you are likable and will work well with their team. If possible, tell or show what you did to improve something about the work or business in the last place you were employed. Address the letter to the hiring person if at all possible.
Following this checklist and writing a cover letter whether requested or not, takes time, but the effort will set you apart from other applicants.
For assistance reviewing and revising your resume, contact Career Counselor/Certified Life Coach, Nancy J. Miller for convenient affordable coaching sessions by phone or Skype. To schedule a complimentary conversation to discuss your needs, contact Nancy at: email@example.com.
A book and a resume both tell your story, but in very different ways. When an author sits down to write her true story for a book, she writes down her accomplishments and how she has made a difference in her family, work or the world. She thinks of challenges and conflicts and how she resolved them.
A job seeker lists accomplishments they are proud of and challenges they faced along the way to finding success. Then they give examples or paragraph stories about each accomplishment or challenge and then how they resolved it. Taking the time to write a short story or outline first will help the job seeker create their story in concise bullet points, with examples to fit the team they want to be a part of. Writing your resume as a story first will help you find the important nuggets and then answer the Tell Me About Yourself interview question––that is not really a question––but a heart stopper for some.
Eight similarities between a book and a resume.
The most important difference between a true story and a resume is the length. Your resume is a synopsis of your story. As with your story it is written for your target audience.
Share more ways a book is like a resume.
See also 14 Strategies For Effective Job Search
Author Nancy J. Miller, M.S. is a Career Counselor/Certified Life Coach at Creative LifeWork Design. She is author of the books, Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success, Vegetable Kids in the Garden, The Vegetable Kids Cafeteria Club and Vegetable Personality Styles to promote healthy relationships, lifestyles and self-esteem. Nancy publishes professional articles on careers, business and health. She gives presentations on the Vegetable Personality Styles™ she developed based on the four basic vegetables colors and the way they grow. Nancy uses a holistic practical approach to coaching entrepreneurs, professionals, and writers to create business and career success in harmony with their strengths, values, and lifestyle.
Connect with Nancy.
Coaching website: www.nancyjmiller.com
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