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

It will show my qualifications to write your resume.

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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.


“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



Put Your Burdens Down – For A While

By:  John Holmgren

I received this story recently and want to share it with you.  The message is hard to do, especially under duress, but is entirely true.  Here it is:

A woman confidently walked around the room, leading and explaining stress management to an audience.  She raised a glass of water.  Everyone knew she was going to ask the question, ‘half empty or half full?’ She fooled them by asking, “how heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

Her answer, however, was, “the absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If it is for a minute, that’s not a problem. If it is for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If it is for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. It’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

Her point was, “that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden, hold the stress longer and act more effectively.

So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Relax. Start again later, after you’ve rested.

You will be ready and better equipped to take them on again.

Cheers, John


Here I Am in Person


On the ” About” button of this web site, there is a TV video interview where I share knowledge about basic principles of resume content.

Thought you might be interested.

Can’t do much about the cosmetics …..  Still,

Cheers,  John