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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.

2011 Student Financing Guide

By: John Holmgren

I offer this without comment and certainly without endorsement. However, one must trace down all leads for educational financing. Hope it works for you …..

The 2010-2011 Student Financing Guide is your source for information on financial aid programs in your state, including…

  • Scholarships and Grants
  • Tuition Reduction and Waivers
  • Tax Credits and Tax Deductions
  • Loan Forgiveness/Loan Repayment programs

…And much, much more!

Download your FREE copy of the 2010-2011 Student
Financing Guide today!

Resume: Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS)

By: John Holmgren

Everybody knows the acronym KISS.  So, why do so few follow it?

I have said previously in this blog a few things that are critical to resume success:

Information on your resume “above the fold” on page 1 is critical

The reader of your resume:

* will spend only 30 seconds to 2 minutes in evaluation

* wants to eliminate resumes, not include (work load)

* will not be, in all probability, the hiring manager

* may not understand you, if you have a specialized field

* will most likely, for any good position, have many resumes to review

Your FIRST task is to not get eliminated!

How not to get eliminated is a big topic.  Let’s address just one item: KISS

Here’s the parallel:  you are speeding on an interstate and see a billboard

That’s how much time you have to capture the reader’s attention!

[this thought is from Steve Krug’s book, “Don’t Make Me Think”, which I recommend]

Immediately let the reader know the job you want and your qualifications

For everybody, especially technical people, eliminate all jargon and acronyms

This may sound stupid, but if there is too much ink on the resume, it won’t get read!

The purpose of the resume is to get you an interview, not a job.

Save the detail for the interview, and don’t get bogged down in it then.

The reaction to your resume should be:

“We’ve got to see this person”!


A Web Site That May Help You Locate Education Financing

By:   John Holmgren

The headline of this web site says:

Looking To Go Back To School –  but wondering how you’re going to pay for it?

We can assist you in making an informed decision about your education and financing options. In just three easy steps we can help you get connected to accredited colleges and universities.

The 2010-2011 Student Financing Guide is your source to get connected to state-specific information on:

  • Loan Forgiveness/Loan Repayment programs
  • Scholarships and Grants
  • Tax Credits and Tax Deductions
  • Tuition Reduction and Waivers
  • And much, much more!

The site’s URL is:

I have no financial interest in this organization and offer no guaranty of any sort of it’s legitimacy.

You may find it has value, and the information is offered in that spirit.

Any feed-back will be welcomed and shared.

Cheers, and good luck.

Match Your Interest With the Appropriate School


By:  John Holmgren

There is a web site that matches your area of career interest with specific schools.

The idea is not to waste either your or the school’s time and, ultimately. your money.

The site is:

Check it out.  I have no interest of any sort in the organization .  It is merely brought

to your attention as a potentially useful resource.

Please share your experience, either good or bad, with others here.


Why Are You Here?

By:    John Holmgren

When I went to work for IBM many years ago as an entry-level sales representative, my fellow trainees had to develop and present a 30 second answer to the question, asked by a prospective customer, “Why are you here?”

It was the best advice and training I ever received, from a company that knows its stuff.

I have said, in several blogs, that the part of your resume above the fold on page 1 is THE critical information.  The persuasiveness of that “data” is whether you get an interview.

The reader of your resume will spend 30 seconds to a minute to accept or reject you.

That accept / reject procedure is exactly the same story with your interview.

First, let’s define “interview”.  The obvious is that you are invited to an organization to talk with one of their representatives.

However, there are many, many more subtle situations from which you can gain leads.

For instance, your neighbor / hairdresser / barber / banker asks, “So, what will you do next?”

If you have your previously thought out and rehearsed answer ready, you may just impress that person with your focus and attractiveness as a productive employee.

When you are looking for employment, EVERYONE is a lead, a member of your network.

So, how do you prepare?  Have several 30 second speeches absolutely memorized.

  • Why are you here?
  • How can you help our organization?
  • What went wrong with your prior employment?
  • What do you want to be doing in 5 years?

The list goes on and depends on your specific  situation.

Athletes talk of being in “the zone”.  That means that they have practiced so much that there is no need to think.  Just react.

It is your job to be in the employment “zone”.

Why Are You Here?









Ask me questions

by:  John Holmgren

If you follow this site you must know that my prime purpose is to assist people in finding work.  I have been putting out “information” that has seemed relevant to me.  However, that is only from my prospective.

So, I ask you for questions on topics / issues that are important to you.

I promise to give as straight an answer as I can, within the scope of my knowledge, or do my best to research the topic to get you a competent opinion.

Respond with any questions on your mind.  You will not be identified.  Issues that are difficult for you are not unique.  Let’s share them.  Perhaps we will all benefit.

I’m willing to help with the research to locate  information that will help in the job search.

Your turn to participate!

Let’s share.  We can all learn of effective methods of finding new or more satisfying employment.