Friday, April 17, 2020

Networking is Alive and Well

In recent years, networking has become an important tool for many of us striving to survive in the competitive workforce. The current Covid-19 pandemic has introduced new challenges when it comes to holding down a job and looking for a new one due to furloughs and layoffs. This isolating environment has especially impacted how we network, from a distance.

As we all struggle to take care of loved ones who may become ill, maintain physical distancing, spray down food, wash clothes in hot water, and keep up with hard-to-obtain supplies of PPEplus home schooling and any work-from-home responsibilitiesno wonder this new reality leaves us exhausted at the end of the day.

However, this is not the time to take a break from networking. If you belong to a professional group that meets via Zoom (or similar), jump in and join the conversation. People will understand if you’re wearing sweats and multi-tasking in your kitchen. Yup, that’s part of our cultural change right now. Even if it’s a quick email or text to check in with people in your existing circle, this is the moment when it matters to simply stay in touch. It will pay off when things finally do return to some semblance of normalcy, making it easier to approach them for employment or sales later on.

Personally, I have been hearing from colleagues with whom I worked in the past (5 years ago and longer), as they reached out through LinkedIn to see how I am doing. Likewise, I have done the same…even taking the opportunity to rebuild bridges where needed. I like to think we will come out of this a better country, a better world, with better relationships.

So, who can you contact today? I urge you to do so…

Stay safe & be well,

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Resume Facelift

If there was ever a good time to give your resume a face lift, it's now!

I just got my first resume writing request in the time of the pandemic, and I expect it won't be the last. Whether you are on furlough, expect to go on furlough soon (reading those tea leaves or the handwriting on the wall), or have been laid off because of no doubt have time to focus on your resume while at home on quarantine. Yeah, I know. It's kind of like doing taxes -- nobody wants to go there; and wouldn't it be best to hire someone to handle it for you?!!

I'm offering to be that someone, as resumes are actually one of my specialties. Due to financial constraints, I need to make money like everyone else, but I totally get that hard times is exactly what's driving this need for help. So, I am discounting my resume writing fee for the next few months, with a sliding scale depending on what you can comfortably afford.

Simply send me an email at to start the process, including a few timeframes for us to connect via phone (keeping in mind I live on the West coast). I promise to take the pain out of this often dreaded process.

Be well and safe.