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Jim spent hours preparing for his interview. He researched the company, practiced his answers for anticipated questions and made sure he dressed appropriately. The interview went well, but then Jim blew it. He never sent a follow-up thank you letter.  Jim is not alone, according to iCIMS’ Class of 2018 Jobs Outlook, only “a quarter of entry-level job applicants typically sent a thank-you note after completing a job...
by Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors & Life Calling Coaches SM So you are ready to make a career change...but you don't know what you want to do. You can probably readily list all the jobs you  don't  want to do, but perhaps have only a couple of options in mind. (And maybe you aren't too excited by either of those!) If you are like most people, you may have started your...
One of the best resources for exploring careers is the Occupational Outlook Handout.  Every two years it is updated with the most recent information about jobs in the US.  While it is not as comprehensive as the O*NET Online, it provides information about jobs that are done by a high percentage of the US population and provides information that goes beyond descriptions in the O*NET Online.  Recently the 2017-18 Occupational...
by Kevin Brennfleck, NCCC and Kay Marie Brennfleck, NCCC Career & Life Calling Coaches SM During an interview, many job applicants get caught unprepared when asked salary questions. Poor answers to money questions can cost the applicant the job, or if hired, can result in being paid thousands of dollars less than the employer would have been willing to pay. The following steps can prepare you to negotiate your salary like a pro!...
by Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling Coaches SM One study found that ninety-five percent of job hunters make mistakes that significantly delay their employment! These mistakes fall into two categories: (1) unproductive methods of finding job openings and (2) ineffective interviewing skills. On average, people change jobs eight to ten times (or more!) in their lifetimes, so it makes sense...
  By Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling Coaches SM   A recent survey by Right Management reported that 7 out of 10 managers and senior professionals out of work thought they knew exactly what they needed to do to land their next job.  However, after going through job search coaching and training that number dropped to only 2.  Too many career changers and...
by Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors & Life Calling Coaches SM   Your resume is a summary of your qualifications. Think of it as an expanded business card.  You use a business card to introduce yourself or to leave behind after you have had the opportunity to talk with someone. Just as you would never rely on a business card to sell a product or service you represent, you...
by Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling Coaches SM    "There is an eagle in me that wants to soar,   and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud." - Carl Sandburg Discovering and living your calling is an adventure. Responding to God's call to fulfill your mission in life will require you to journey beyond the boundaries of your...
By Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling Coaches SM Are you thinking about going back to school? If so, you are not alone. A recent analysis of U.S. Department of Education data by Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of FinAid.org and FastWeb.com, found that the average annual increase in total college enrollment during a recession is 3.7 times more than increases in between recessions....
Most people spend more time planning their vacations than their career and life.   What about you?  If you are like many people, you may feel less than excited about your current work.  A Gallup poll found that more than 55% of people in the workforce were not engaged in their work, meaning that they had no energy and/or motivation for what they were doing on the job. You are a masterpiece made by God with great...
Just like the gauges on your car that warn you of overheating, low oil or engine problems, there are also "warning signs" that indicate it could be time to make a career or job change.  Do any of these seven signs describe you? 1.  You and your boss don't get along and/or have personality clashes.   Your boss can have a huge impact on how you feel about your work.  Even if you love your job duties, if your boss is not...
" What does God want me to do with my career ?" is a question many of us ask at various points in our lives.  Equally important as the question are our expectations of how God will guide us in finding an answer.  While we may want direct guidance with a specific answer, God doesn't usually choose to act in that way. God certainly can indicate supernaturally which job or career path we should pursue.  At times, he may choose to...

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