I had a blast discussing Resume Makeovers Saturday morning on Dream Job Radio, hosted by Daniel and Leah Lakstins. If you missed the show, you can hear it by going to iTunes Resumes Makeovers. Daniel asked great questions and youll hear the answers on how to make your resume pop. In addition to blogging about resume writing, many of you know I write success stories and valuable tips on preparing for the interview, networking, informational interviewing, social networking, salary negotiating, positive thinking, managing change and mastering success, volunteering and public speaking. These are some really great tips to help you in your daily life, I mean I don't think people realise just how important something like networking is though. This is what helps you get the job, so if you are an electrician for example, then you really need to get started on your networking, why not check out something like http://yoursgi.com/electrician-network/ to give you a better idea of what to do next. Todays blog is a story about Ashton who networked his way to a successful career transition. This is quite a story. Interested? Read on 

When I met Ashton, he had not utilized networking in his search. He had been downsized already for a year. 

Ashton had a family to support and was working nights at UPS. He was a really great guy. I remember how tired he looked as I interviewed him to write his resume. The Nuclear Power Plant where he worked was closing down, so we decided to write a skills-based, functional resume so he could transition into a different industry with more job opportunities. After we finished his resume, I told him I had another client waiting in the lobby and discussed networking with him. 

This client had contacts in the Oil and Gas industry and I asked Ashton if he would like to talk to him about networking.

He said yes. I went out to the lobby and told Micah I had someone Id like him to meet so they could network together. I introduced Ashton to Micah and left them alone in my office to network for a few minutes.

The following week when Ashton came to see me for our weekly meeting, he told me he had an interview already from Micahs contact. He was so excited when he told me it was a 3-month contract position for a Client Relationship Manager at an Oil and Gas Consulting firm. This position was to manage a very difficult client. A client the owner didnt want to handle anymore and thought Ashton would be a perfect fit to keep this client happy. 

Ashton already had a second interview scheduled the following week, so we discussed negotiating. I was so proud of how well he was networking. When I saw Ashton the following week, he told me he just had four interviews and a job offer. He accepted the 3-month contract with the contingency that when this contract was over, he would be offered a permanent consulting position at the firm. Ashton worked hard and performed well with this client for 3-months and they offered him a permanent position, as promised.

Ashton, a former project manager and UPS driver had an opportunity to participate in networking during his resume session. The chance encounter resulted in a networking contact, an interview and a job offer. This would not have happened if he did not make an attempt to better his resume and reach out to a consultant for assistance. Was this networking opportunity by chance, or would you say it was meant to be? Where are you in your quest for a new job? Are you sitting at home thinking about improving your resume or wondering why others are getting selected over you? Maybe you're thinking other people have connections. Networking makes things happen. Not only is networking positive for yourself, it is also a good way of marketing your business. The more people you speak to, the more chance you have of growing your company. Who wouldn't want to do this! Although networking is great, there are also many other methods you can look into when it comes to advertising your business. Check out sites such as https://fsd.servicemax.com/2013/05/22/advertising-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ego/ for more information. It's worth looking into, especially if you are serious about your business. You never know who you can meet through events like these. Some people even took the step to start building connection, where they eventually managed to land their dream job. It is not always about who you know, but it does help at times. Even if you have to do some research into something like 9Kilo.com out of state moving and have to relocate for your new job, you'll start to understand how useful networking was to help land you this job. It's worth a try, especially if you think it is time for a career change. A 3-month commitment is just what Ashton needed to showcase his talents and land a great job offer.

The first step in the networking process is to recognize this ... "It's not who you know, it's who they know that counts."Who are they? They are the people you run into in your daily life. The guy standing next to you in the grocery store or the woman standing next to you at the post office. It's true when one door closes, there are new doors of opportunity opening up for you. So, be prepared, at all times to let people know you are networking. Not just looking for a job, but looking for contact names. It's about people helping people. It's about being in the right place at the right time. This is how Ashton landed a great job. He made this happen by networking. You can too! 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer. And, you too, can make a difference. I hope you enjoyed todays blog and found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips or stories to share, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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