Do You Like Your Job?

As a Career and Life Coach for many years, I am always amazed when I hear how many people hate their jobs. Research goes back to Napoleon Hill, who in 1927, published Law of Success. During Hill’s research for this book, he discovered that 80% of people do not like their job. Later in 1989, I read the same statistic in Choices by Shad Helmstetter and then in 2009 it showed up again as the same percentage – 80%.

So as I write this today, I checked our favorite research tool, Google, to see what showed up. I found that in 2010 in the Business Insider again stated 80% and most recently Gallup polled over 150,000 people in July 2015 and found that it is now reduced to 70%. We have made a little progress.

When working with clients who tell me they don’t like / hate their job, I always feel sad for them, then we add that to their list of goals – find a career / job that brings you joy.

Now I realize that it is not always possible to do that for varying reasons – what you want to do does not currently pay the income that is needed for your family or provide health benefits is usually what I hear. So we create a plan:  Can you do this as a hobby so that you do have pleasure / passion in your life? Can you stay in this current job as an “in the meantime job,” while searching for the right job? Are you willing to take a risk to open your own business with a well thought out plan?

The most important lesson is to not stay in a job or with a company that drains you totally each day or each week, especially if you don’t have a hobby or volunteer experience that brings you joy.

Each time I hear someone tell me they hate their job or hate the company that they work with, it brings to mind this old song by Tennessee Ernie Ford, 16 Tons. If you’ve not heard it and don’t like your job, perhaps this can give you a bit of a wake-up call to make some changes; don’t sell your soul to the company store.

Give this some serious thought; then chose well.

Always remember, YOUR Chatter Matters

Margaret Martin © 2015

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Top 3 Tips for Your Resume & LinkedIn

Are you job searching? Perhaps because you got laid off due to “restructuring” or you wish to find a career position which better suits you. Well, in either case, you need to have a strong resume and LinkedIn profile.

Top 3 Resume Tips – some of which you probably already know, yet have you implemented them?

  1. In your Summary area add more exciting verbiage which shows results / achievement. My LinkedIn colleague, Bob McIntosh, describes this in his article about Zombie resumes, “Zombie résumés start with statements like, Result-driven Project Manager with 20 years of experience in Manufacturing. Instead, Project Manager who leads teams producing software that generate sales exceeding $3M in competitive manufacturing markets, would be more enticing to the employer.”

  2. Use your LinkedIn personalized URL on your resume. It’s easy to do: go to Settings à Edit Public Profile àCustomize Your Public Profile URL – then enter your name and if it is available, click to change / update. If it is not available, use variations such as a middle initial, last name first or even adding your state at the end.

  3. Always make sure you have your education added as well as any additional training, certifications or licenses. Also include your community involvement – companies are interested in seeing that you do more than just work.

If you are not on LinkedIn (LI) and you are job searching, you are missing out on the biggest job search engine in today’s world. Building a profile does take some time, so plan accordingly when getting started. It does not all have to be completed in the first sitting.

 Top 3 Tips for LinkedIn – even if you are already on LI you may want to read through these to be sure your profile is up-to-date:

  1. Have a great picture – it is easy enough to get a professional headshot inexpensively these days, so do it. If it is not feasible then have someone take a few pictures with you dressed professionally or at least in business casual attire. Note – Always check the background in the picture before using – DO NOT use one with a social, casual or cluttered background. LI is a professional social media.

  2. Make your headline say more about what you offer or do rather than your job title and organization / company name. Example: instead of “President, Global CPA Associates” try something like: “Audit Professionals | CPA | Fraud & Forensic Accounting” or whatever is your specific niche.

  3. Headline in job searching might say something like: “In search of position: Claims Director | Claims Manager – Auto Industry” or “ Executive Seeking: Marketing | Product Development | Sales in Pharmacy Industry.”

I’ll be posting a few more LinkedIn tips in the next few weeks. Be sure to check back to see the latest updates:

Remember, I always offer a complimentary resume or LinkedIn profile review.
Happy editing.
Margaret Martin, 2014©


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Myths of Job Searching

There are so many myths floating around on the internet and conversation about the best and current protocols during the job searching process.

Here are a few that I have heard from some of my clients:

  1. Myth: Finding a job, the job you really want is hard, it may take years  
    Truth: Not necessarily. Much of it will depend on your focus, your location, the job for which you are searching and the biggest of all – your beliefs about finding the job. You see, if you really know what you are looking for in a job / career / position and have written down a clearly defined statement as to what you want, why you want it, how you will feel when you have it, why you believe you can have it – that, my friends will provide you with a clear focus.

    After you do that – write all that down – then, the next steps are to follow the gentle nudges, gut feelings, or what I call intuition about where to call, who to call, which companies may have an opening. You may be thinking about now that I have lost my mind and must live in some dream world.  Hardly is that the situation. Just read the about me and yes, I currently coach career transition clients and when they follow what I suggest to them – they find a job – not just a job, but a career and just possibly the one of their dreams. It has happened on more than one occasion. 

  2. Interviewing 
    Myth: You don’t have to dress up for an interview or write a thank you note after the interview. 
    Truth: Yes you do on both accounts. 
    Dressing appropriately for an interview is a must. That means that if you are interviewing for almost any job other than construction, assembly work, chain restaurant you must wear: Men – a suit or dress slacks / blazer / nice crisply ironed shirt and polished shoes. Women – a suit or dress slacks / skirt / blazer or jacket / polished shoes. If you are interviewing for construction or other types of jobs where the dress is much more casual, it is still appropriate to wear nice slacks / skirt or khakis and a nice blouse / shirt, even a polo type shirt and closed-toed shoes.  NEVER wear flip flops or sandals. Thank you notes are a must – hand written is the best. Many HR professionals have told me that they would prefer to receive a hard to read hand written note that a brief email. It’s just not that hard to do and it doesn’t take that long.
  3. Resumes:
    Myth – Post your resume everywhere, your chances are better.
    Truth – Just as I said in the first area – a focused job search plan is key. The key websites used for job searching are, or unless there is a specific industry such as medical / educational / technical where these are posted.

These are just a few of the job searching myths out there – don’t get sucked by rumors or other people who are having difficulty. Keep you focus / network / reach out to companies where you would like to work and build a relationship.

And always, best wishes for your successful job search and if I can be of help, do not hesitate to contact me.



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Business Cards

Everyone needs a business card!  Yes, even in today’s digital world the business card is alive and well.

The key to business is building relationships and that is done through networking and personal contact with people that you have met. Always keep current business cards with you and give them out to people with whom you connect. Don’t give your card to everyone, do present it to the connection – the person that you are beginning a business relationship.

 Did you notice the word present? That’s present as if you are presenting something special to someone. And that is how you should feel when you provide someone with your card – it is special, it is precious not to be tossed around lightly.

 So here are a few tips for having nice business cards:

 When creating a business card, make it easy to read: the font is in a dark color and large enough to read easily.

  1. Don’t put so much info on your card that people can’t see your name, phone number and email.
  2. A slick / glossy finish looks terrific, just make sure that it isn’t so glossy that people can’t write on it. Most of us like to note where we met people and it’s really frustrating when you have to get out a sharpie marker to make your notes.
  3. If you are job searching, you need your own card, not one from the old company. Cards are inexpensive and it will say a lot about your level of professionalism what type of card you produce.
  4. When you hand your card to someone, present it in a manner that they can read it immediately – not upside down or backwards.

 Another thing to note, you may not be aware that there are many people with visual difficulties who can read your card because it is 1) too light in color – looks pretty, but not readable; 2) fonts are too small. I experienced some difficulty with my sight a few years ago and it sure made a difference to me if I could read their cards or not. Sometimes I was bold enough to tell them that I couldn’t read their card just in case they wanted to make any changes.

 That happened with one of my young professional friends. She showed me her new cards which were lime green and light gray on white – they were beautiful, but the gray was so light and the font so small I could not read it. So I asked if she’d like some feedback on her cards, which she accepted my comments and then said, “well I just ordered 2000 of them.”  So when creating a new design you may want to send your proof to several people to get their feedback.

 If I can be of help, feel free to contact me.


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Mistakes I often see in resumes

When it comes to writing a resume and submitting it to a hiring manager / HR most everyone’s goal is to stand out and to be different.

 Depending on how you go about doing that will make the difference. For instance, I have seen resumes with lines separating every section, colors and graphics, banners and lots of other “different” things. Well, that is not always the best thing to do when it comes to your resume depending on the type of job for which you are submitting your resume.

 Graphics and colors are great if you are submitting for that type of job, otherwise, it is out of place for most resumes and it may get tossed in the trash (virtual or real).  The use of a subtle color in one section or title area to highlight is acceptable, just don’t go overboard.

 The use of lines or borders is fine too, just don’t go overboard.

 Resources abound on the internet when you do a search, you will see what is suggested and what is the current trend.

 As always, I am happy to provide a free review.


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