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Top 15 Motivational Quotes to Help the Job Seeker through Tough Times

job seekerAs a career book author, career coach and professional resume writer, I write blogs for the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, the job seeker going through career transition and the business owner transitioning to the corporate world. You’ll find my blogs written for the job seeker on the topics of resumes, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition and throughout your career.

This week I would like to share with you 15 of my favorite motivational quotes. These quotes were responses from a discussion on  “ExecuNet, Executive Suite,” one of the groups on LinkedIn. This discussion was presented by one of the members, Al Bagocious. Al had a tremendous response from the members and the responses are still coming in. With Al’s permission, I would like to present to you the question “What’s the one motivational quote you rely on when things get tough? This is a great question for the job seeker to think about when going through tough times.

There were literally hundreds of motivational quotes in the discussion that helped these job seekers through tough times to choose from. Honestly they were all great! Below are motivational quotes from 15 different members of this brilliant group of professionals. Some of these quotes may be familiar to you while others you may be reading or hearing for the first time. Thank you to all the contributors to Al's question. All the quotes written below are a great reminder of encouragement to us all.

Top 15 Quotes to Motivate the Job Seeker through Tough Times!

  1. “Tough times don't last… Tough people do!”


  2. “Never consider the possibility of success-consider only the impossibility of failure!”


  3. “With God all things are possible.”


  4. "The day your people stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them".


  5. For the job seeker. "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.”


  6. "If I want to reach wisdom, I have to learn to be humble, and after I get wiser I have to become more humble than before" (VM Samael Aun Weor, founder of international schools of gnostic-anthropology).


  7. Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers


  8. "Optimism is required. Nobody follows a pessimist." – Eisenhower


 job seeker 9. “God doesn't see your situation, He sees your potential and He's way ahead of you!”


10. "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…. It is about learning to dance in the rain."


11. "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."


12. “Go where there is no path and leave a trail.”


13. “Men's best successes come after their disappointments." Henry Ward Beecher.


14. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." — Mark Twain


15. "If you can't give a clear pass, keep the ball and take the tackle" 1st rule of rugby.”


Here's one more motivational quote to help the job seeker through tough times. “I love the word “Impossible.”"


If you are a job seeker going through tough times, I hope you found this information helpful to you. If you're a job seeker with a motivational quote that has helped you through tough times, I'd love to hear from you. I'd like to encourage you to leave me a comment or send me an email to


If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out, 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.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call at  970.672.8476 or contact me at


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Age 50+ Business Owner Transitions to Corporate Job through Networking

Networking results in a Great Job with Higher PayAs many of you know, I write success stories and valuable tips on networking, how to write resumes, prepare for the interviewsalary negotiating, volunteering and public speaking. This is the success story of Cal and how one of his networking contacts led him to his ideal job.


Cal just sold his small trucking business and wasn’t quite sure how to apply networking to his job search. 

He was looking for a Sales Manager position and found his opportunity through networking.  This is what happened.

Cal’s daughter, Annie, was a dental hygienist. She cleaned patient’s teeth while networking for her dad. One day when she was networking with a patient in the dental chair, she discovered he was an acquaintance of one of her dad’s buddies. “Don’t you just love it when the dentist or dental hygienist asks you questions when your mouth is wide open, stuffed with dental tools?”    Would you like to hear more? Read on … a Networking Blog PostAnnie told the patient that her dad was networking looking for networking contacts.  She asked if he knew anyone in the construction industry.  And he did. Cal was very excited about this new networking opportunity.  The following week his networking contact emailed him the contact information. 

He made a call for his first informational meeting, interviewed and received a job offer.  Not just any offer.

The salary was $10K higher than he originally was looking for with a $85K base pay, $5K quarterly bonuses and full benefits, including the perks of fishing and hunting trips with clients which fit right into his ideal lifestyle.  This position put Cal in the front runner group involved in acquisitions at the company. It was a very visible position with great potential for further advancement. He also was a candidate to network with another one of my clients, Dane as they both used the same vendors for different purposes.  Quite a success story. 

Are you a job seeker?  What are you waiting for?  Go out there and begin your own networking campaign.

This is a great opportunity to utilize Social Networking.

How? Go to LinkedIn. Select the companies you're interested in working for and set up your own informational meetings with the decision makers. You can also go to Twitter. Follow companies you're interested in on Twitter and join in the conversations.  Let the internal employees and decision makers get to know you.

Networking is not about finding a job.  It's about developing relationships with people


Hiring for Hope - Networking Blog Post from JustResumesUSA.comIf you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out, 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 today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips or stories to share, please email me at


Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at


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Create Career Success with 3 Steps to Positive Thinking.

Are you at a crossroads in your career?  As a career coach, one thing every client I work with has in common is they are all going through a major change in their life.  When you are in career transition, whether you’re working on your resume, interviewing, networking or salary negotiating skills, it is so important to maintain a healthy balance during change so you don’t crash.  Remember, being successful includes maintaining a healthy balance in every area of your life.  So, in this week’s blog, I would like to give you the tools you’ll need to create career goals and overcome fears in order to achieve your goals.


I have a story to tell you.  Before I get started … I want you to know… that everything I’m about to tell you about my life is what led me to be in this positive place.  I am living proof of how using your own personal power by choosing positive thinking, can change your life. 


Here's my story.  I discovered the inner strength and personal power within me many years ago when I lost my job, I lost my house and to top that off, my dog of 15 years died.  I remember sitting there as I was realizing that almost every area of my life had changed within 1 month.  Was I scared?  You bet I was.  It was at that moment, I decided I had to clean house, mentally and physically.  Get rid of negative people in my life and surround myself with positive energy to simplify my life.  I was starting over.  My life was a new adventure.  What I didn’t know was I was about to face, within another month my biggest challenge ever.  The phone rang, I heard a voice say “Are you sitting down?”  I remember thinking “Oh God, no, not my son, Max.”  I asked “is he alive?”  He said barely.  My 7 year old son was diagnosed with bone cancer and if we didn’t start the most aggressive, experimental chemo therapy within 12 hours he’d die.  For me, it was incomprehensible that my happy little boy who already was challenged with Cerebral Palsy and in a wheel chair at the age of 7 was now fighting for his life with bone cancer.  It took me a very long time to tell this story without tears. I was already aware of the effects that positive thinking could have on my life.  I also knew that if I didn’t start practicing positive think right away, I would not be able to make it through this to be there for my son.


As I looked back and reflected on my life, I began to see that the most positive way to approach life is to realize that change is constant and the difficult times we face are not only opportunities for growth, but are there as a reminder that we are in the middle of a life lesson, a stepping stone to becoming our authentic self and by doing so, become much stronger, more compassionate human beings.  What lessons are you resisting?


Through the challenges I faced with my son, I began to learn the true meaning of acceptance, patience and courage.  Because I see this as a spiritual gift, I know deep down inside, you already know this too.  Personal power is only demonstrating your ability to create reality.  In other words, you have the ability to create your own reality.  And it starts in your mind.  Your vision becomes your reality.  What are you thinking about these days?


It’s true!  Some of us may experience power leaks that rob us of this ability.  They come in the form of discouragement, disappointments, loss and rejection, just to name a few.  It’s how you deal with it that will make the difference in your life.  Are you going to challenge your own mind with thoughts that create destructive and non-productive actions that will drain you?  Or, are you going to challenge your mind with thoughts of empowerment to take control with positive actions to get what you want in your life?  Guess what?  It’s your choice.


One question, I am asked so often with clients faced with career transition is “How do I know I’m making the right decision?”  Let me share with you a little wisdom I’ve learned over the years.  When you act on fear or guilt, you are probably not making the right choices, you are simply reacting.  And when you act on fear, you are giving your power away.  It’s only when you act on love, that you are making a choice and are being true to yourself.  So, my question to you is this?  How are you feeling or what are you thinking at the time you are making a decision?


It’s so important for us all to think positive during life’s journey.  Why?  Because your subconscious mind works just like a computer.  It doesn’t know right from wrong.  It simply does what it is told.  Technically, when you practice positive thinking, you are programming or reprogramming your subconscious mind to believe what you’ve been telling yourself and by doing so, many studies have proven it changes the endorphins in your entire system and you will feel positive about life.  And, you will attract positive things into your life.  This is the law of physics called cause and effect.  I listened to my first positive thinking tape over 20 years ago.  I read about it in a book titled “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway,” by Susan Jeffers.”  I read “listen to the tape for 30 days and you will start feeling positive about your life.”  It took me 45 days, but it worked.


Since my son survived cancer, I developed a 3-step positive thinking technique that has worked so well for me and my clients to literally overcome fears and master success during life’s biggest challenges, while becoming true to ourselves.


Let me share with you the "Recipe for Mastering Your Road Map to Career Success" with 3-steps to positive thinking.


1. Create a list and write down your goals

2. Release Your Goals

3. Your Maintenance Program


STEP #1 Create a list and write down your goals

Write down your goals and any fears you need to overcome to achieve those goals.  Keep the sentences short and simple.  Write them as if they are already a reality.

For Example: Let’s say your goal is to become a corporate trainer.  And, let’s say your fear is a fear of public speaking.  Your affirmation would go like this: “I love my corporate trainer job.  And, I’m really good at it.” Then, visualize yourself being successful, content and proud of yourself after doing such a great job.  If you know what job you’re interested in, go ahead and use that company name in your affirmation.  In my mind, by the time I interviewed for the job, I was already successfully working there.  I got the job! 

I did the same before I started working for Orange County Public Schools.  And, I got that teaching job as well.  Here’s another affirmation.  “I have all the tools within me to be successful and reach my full potential, doing what I love to do and getting paid really well for it.”   Would you like this affirmation?  Here’s another affirmation. 

Example: “I am always in the right place at the right time.”  I have too many significant stories to mention them.  For me, it was like guardian angels coming out of nowhere.  And at times, you recognize when you are the guardian angel to someone else.  What’s really cool is when you recognize it because you’ve been confirming it for yourself.

One of the first 3 steps in Suzi Orman’s book “9 Steps to Financial Freedom.” is “think positive about your money.”  Suzi tells a story of being poor growing up as a child and how she used to dream of making a lot of money.  While waitressing and going to college she started an affirmation that said “I make $10K a month.  Within a year from graduating college she made that $10K.  As Many other motivational speakers, she contributes positive thinking to her recipe for mastering her road map to her career success today.


STEP #2: Release Your Goals

Before going to sleep at night or first thing in the morning, say your affirmations, in your mind, to yourself, 7 times each, once a day, every day for 30 to 45 days (it took me 45 days.)  You will know when it’s working for you because you will absolutely feel positive about what you affirm for yourself. 


What is so wonderful is you don’t even have to believe it will work for you right now, or when you start, but you do have to do these steps for the 30-45 days.  And, I promise you, you will believe it and will absolutely feel positive about your life.


STEP #3: Your Maintenance Program

If and when you start recognizing your negative thoughts creeping back into your mind, say your affirmations to yourself 7 times each a couple times more times or whenever you feel the need.  Eventually, 3 months will go by and you’ll recognize the positive change in you without saying your affirmations.


Here’s a great way to balance mental and physical exercise together.  Do you work out?  If your answer is “yes,” this tip is for you.  Say your affirmations in your mind, to yourself, 7 times each while running on the treadmill or doing your routine aerobic exercise each day. 

Maybe, you don’t work out but you go for walks.  What a great time to say your affirmations.  Any rollerbladers out there?  This is another great time to say your affirmations.


Remember these 3 words:  Ask, Release, Do!!

ASK = Say your affirmations

RELEASE= Forget about them for the day, let your subconscious take over.

DO = Go on with your day and continue working toward your goals.


You can also record your affirmations and listen to them in the car driving or with headphones while you exercise.  These are great ways to balance mental and physical exercise without changing a minute of your time each day!




As you follow this 3-step program and work toward your goals and visualize yourself being successful, you will begin to start recognizing the doors of opportunity open up to you, one door at a time, until one day, you’ve realized that taking control of your thoughts and through your own positive thinking that the many hopes, dreams and wishes that, in the past, you never thought were possible for you, have already come true.  You mastered your own road map to success!  This is a very exciting place to be in your life.  This is how it happened for me and is the reason I wanted to share it with you.  I know it will work for you, too.


There are many great books on positive thinking. One of my favorite is by Norman Vincent Peale, titled "The Power of Positive Thinking." 

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating?  Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume.  I can help.  To see more success stories, email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at

For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

3 Great Tips to Prepare for Public Speaking!

When I was thinking about what to write to you this week, I thought of one of the most difficult times in my life. A time so difficult, I realized my fear of public speaking changed from a big giant in my life to a tiny, little piece of dust. As a career coach, I am confident this information will be valuable for interviewing, networking and negotiating as well.

Do you have a fear of public speaking? Have you ever wanted to be a trainer, but your fear of public speaking has prevented you from applying for the job? Or, maybe you have a story to tell. A story that will help others, but your fear of public speaking has prevented you from telling your story to groups? Is fear of public speaking your answer to the question Whats your biggest weakness? FYI! Only use this answer, if you dont need it for the job. All these things were ME, many years ago. Can you relate to this today? It could be hard for those who aren’t native English speakers to speak publicly, so might look for help from somewhere like Effortless English accent training to help an improve their English.

Did you know that most of us started out with this fear? Well, in 1997, I had just gone through an experience that was bigger than my fear of public speaking I knew my fear of public speaking was about to end in comparison. However, I still needed to prove it to myself. So, this is what I did. I applied for the trainer job I always wanted and created a marketing campaign for my first public speaking engagement. I was ready.

The event took place in the caf at a grand opening of one of the local bookstore giants. The media was there along with my friends, business colleagues and people who heard about it throughout the community. One of my friends videotaped my presentation. Something you may want to do in the future. My motivation, at this time of my life, was to tell my story. A story that led me to write the speech for my first public speaking engagement called The Power of Positive Thinking. I was excited. For me this was a huge event because I was conquering a big giant in my life.

This week, I would like to share with you the 3 tools I used when I knew I was ready to conquer this fear, get out there and tell my story. My purpose for utilizing these tools was to reduce my fear of public speaking. Not only did these steps help me prepare for the public speaking engagement, they completely eliminated my fear forever. A fear I had for most of my life…

See below for the 3 Tips to prepare for public speaking …

Tip #1 Write a speech.

Tip #2 Videotape yourself.

Tip #3 Practice, practice, practice.


Tip #1 Write a speech.

In your script, highlight the words you want to emphasize with a highlighter and put dashes in between words where you need to pause. This will help you practice reading your script and learn how to read a script without sounding scripted. A tool for those of you in sales. FYI! These are also great tools for you to use when you practice answering the interviewing question “Tell Me about Yourself” in your initial phone interview, as well.

Tip #2Videotape yourself.

I reserved a room at the local library to videotape myself. Today you can use a webcam. Get dressed up in the outfit you plan to wear to your speaking engagement. Videotaping yourself will help you in many ways. It will give you a tool to polish up and perfect your presentation skills. Which, in turn, will give you the confidence to know, you look just fine. After watching my first videotaping session, I decided to tape myself a second time. Just to make sure I fine-tuned everything. Do what works for you to accomplish your goals. Do it with passion.

Tip #3 Practice, practice, practice

Heres the fun part. LOL! Practice your speech out loud, to yourself, in the mirror, once a day, every day. I started practicing my speech 2 months prior to the event. Remember, use your time wisely and do what you need to do to accomplish your goals.

I promise you, these tips will be great tools to help you prepare for your initial public speaking engagements. If you’re looking for more advice on public speaking, visit this website for some memorable ways you could open your speech or presentation – Do you have a success story youd like to share? Please send me an email of your success stories or how I have helped you through my blog this year on public speaking preparation, interviewing, social networking or resumes.

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you’re thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at

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