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About John

I am drawing on my experience as a recruiter and corporate sales executive to help people with the process of finding a job.

Training Sources and Finance Assistance

By:  John Holmgren

Wee Willie Keeler, a baseball player, hit singles and retired with a career .341 batting average, 14th best in major league history.  His motto, “Hit ‘em where they ain’t”!

And, so should you.

There are many, many sources of funding for college or vocational education, many highly specialized.

Lists are boring.  However, this is to give you a TINY idea of funding available.  If you are the son / daughter of a longshoreman, there may be funds for you!

The idea is to just get you started looking.  Was your mother Irish?  Could be …..

This is just the tip of the iceberg.  So, get to your library and look around.


Career College & Technology School Databook – schools offering programs that result in occupational certificate / diploma or a technical associate degree

Career Resource Guide to Grants, Scholarships and Other Financial Resources – 2 vol. 800 322-8755

College Student’s Guide to Merit and Other No-Need Funding – for those not qualifying for need based funding but still needing financial assistance

Directory of Financial Aids for Women             

Financial Aid for African Americans                 

Financial Aid for Asian Americans                    

Financial Aid for Hispanic Americans                

Financial Aid for Military Personnel and Their Families – scholarships, fellowships, loans, grants-in-aid                                           

Financial Aid Guide – scholarships & loans for high school students, college under- graduates, graduates and adult learners         

Finding a Job After Fifty – Terry Harty & Karen Kerkstra Harty

Foundation Grants to Individuals                      

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online – available at Charleston, SC main library

Getting Back to Work – everything you need to know to bounce back and get a job after a layoff – Linda K. Rolie

Getting Financial Aid – scholarships, grants, loans & jobs

Government Assistance Almanac – the guide to federal domestic financial and other programs, covering grants, loans, insurance, personal payments and benefits, subsidies, fellowships, scholarships, etc.            

How to Get Money for College – financing your future beyond federal aid

Job Hunter’s Source Book – where to find employment leads and other job search resources

Kaplan Scholarships (for college)                       

Kuder 4 Adults – career guidance for today’s adults – learn about career development

Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans 27th Ed. – a guide to education related financial aid programs for students and professionals – 2 vol.

Scholarships, Grants & Prizes                           

The Foundation Center’s Guide to Grant Seeking on the Web – Kief Schladweiler

Vocational & Technical Schools East               

Please go to to get a detailed overview of my resume service.

You will find my information in the “Writers” category.

It will show my qualifications to write your resume.

Please email, call or fax with any questions or comments.  Also, include any suggestions to improve the web site.

Call 843 442-9348, or call toll free / fax 888 321-7944.  Look forward to helping.

Cheers, and good luck!

Job Hunting Campaign Basics


One of the most devastating life events for any person is the loss of employment.

But you already know that!

While I help my clients with effective resume preparation, my experience as a hiring executive and professional recruiter can help you in your job search.

These are some of the very basic ideas for you to use.

Write out in detail definitions of your ideal job (keeping in mind a need for Plan “B”)

Identify industry, job title, specific target companies and geographic preference.

Scan company web sites for openings.  What % of the ideal will you accept?

Set networking objectives / goals

Contact former managers, peers, employees, neighbors, customers, trade associations, suppliers, social associations, volunteers, etc.

Set weekly performance / productivity objectives

Numbers of new contacts, follow-up contacts, new networking groups

Learn everything about target organizations

Find their position in industry, finances, size, strengths, weaknesses

Network your way into target companies

Learn of opportunities, organization personalities from the outside in

Role play the interview with a professional or competent friend

Don’t be blind sided with off-beat questions

Know what you can contribute; why you fit the company mold

Have a 30 second speech of why you are the best candidate

Have your questions about the organization

Attend networking sessions

Breakfasts, Chamber of Commerce, industry groups

Have a 30 second pitch about why you are there


Use a free contact database package to assure that you follow up

Ask key people to critique your resume; you’ll get leads

Write a 30 second speech about why you can do the job

Register with temp agencies

Contact outsourcing companies; state employment agencies

Read all papers, including WSJ, IBD, Craig’s List

Subscribe to a job want ad clipping service



USNews Online Education Link Information


There is a wealth of information available online about colleges, grad schools and education funding including scholarships, grants and loans.

Go to: and look around.

Remember that if your goal is to learn a trade at a community college or technical school, in most cases the funding options apply equally to you.


How to Write a Resume for a Federal Job

By:  Barbara Safani

Published by:  AOL Jobs

For those of  you interested in employment with the federal government, don’t miss this insightful article by Ms. Safani with many tips on writing an acceptable resume for this huge sector.

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“What Not to Say in a Job Interview”


Here’s a very informative and interesting article to help your interviewing skills.

“What Not to Say in a Job Interview”

By:  Kelly Eggers, Fins Finance

I think you will find it useful information.  Just click the link.

Cheers, John