Monthly Archives: April 2012

Find Some Peace Amid The Chaos Of Job Search.

My jewelry is beautifully organized. About a month ago, I bought a nifty necklace and earring stand that holds my collection, plus makes it easy for me to choose just the right pieces.

I’ve got my act together in the accessories department now.

Being organized can help everything flow more smoothly. Yet systematizing a job search, with its thousands of details – applications to submit, follow-up calls to make, networking meetings to schedule – can be a huge challenge.

The following process, using the acronym CALM, can help you be more at peace within the chaotic realm of job hunting:

C – Catalog your action items. Create a long list of all you know you should do: Enhance your LinkedIn profile, set up coffee with your former boss, research great-fit companies. Sometimes it can help to write each activity on a separate sticky note, to help with the next step …

A – Arrange items according to their priority. Some activities have deadlines, others will be high priority because of their potential payoff, and the rest might be worth skipping altogether. Mark each with an A, B, C or 1, 2, 3 coding system.

L – Line out your time requirements. It might take an hour to customize a resume for an appealing job opening and 90 minutes to network with a former co-worker. Determine how much time each priority activity will take to complete, then find a time for it on your calendar.

M – Move the process forward. Each time you complete a step, ask yourself, “What needs to happen next?” After updating your LinkedIn profile, for example, it might make sense to research some contacts to help you expand your connections. Schedule this next action item in your calendar.

There! I’d bet you feel much more in control of your job search now. And if you’d like to learn more about successful job search organization systems, join me for a free presentation at 8:30 a.m. Monday at NoCoNet, ( at Faith Free Evangelical Church in Fort Collins.

Rest assured, I’ll be wearing the perfect pair of earrings.

Source/Credit: Katy Piotrowski, M.Ed., is the author of “The Career Coward’s Guides” and provides career and job search support with Career Solutions Group in Fort Collins. Call her at (970) 224-4042 or send email to katy@careersolutions


Five Ways Preparing Your Resume Is Like Doing Taxes.

As we bid adieu to yet another tax deadline, it got me thinking about how doing your taxes is very similar to preparing your resume. As humor columnist Dave Barry, joked, “It’s tax time. I know this because I’m staring at documents that make no sense to me, no matter how many beers I drink.” The same could be said when working on your resume.

In fact, the panic you may have felt during the weeks leading up to the deadline can be equated to the stress of preparing your resume as you begin a job search. Both require extreme attention to detail, and everything you put down can seem like a make or break move. However, creating your resume — typically the first introduction to a potential employer — doesn’t have to be left to a professional you visit once a year.

Here are five ways in which preparing your resume is like doing your taxes.  Read the full text of this great read by Josh Tolan for Mashable here.

Job Search Site Stole Applicants Identities.

NEW YORK — Manhattan prosecutors say a job search website listed nonexistent jobs and stole applicants’ identities to file fake tax returns and collect tax refunds.

The district attorney’s office says the site, , preyed on unemployed people who were unlikely to file a tax return.

It says the site claimed that its job placement services were “sponsored by the government and intended for people with low income.”

According to court documents, Petr Murmylyuk recruited students from Kazakhstan, who allowed him to use their bank accounts to cash the tax refunds.

The New York Times ( ) reports that the amount collected totaled more than $450,000.

Murmylyuk was charged with money laundering, identity theft and other charges.

Information about his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.  Source/Credit: The

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