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I sincerely hope that the new year brings you HEALTH, HAPPINESS, and EMPLOYMENT.

Achieving EMPLOYMENT, a bit more daunting particularly in the current environment, requires you to realize and commit to two important truths.

First, do NOT contract with a professional resume writing and career coaching service that requires you to fill out a questionnaire. Think about it. When you hire a construction professional to build your house, do you ask him / her to build the frame? No, you do not.

The same theory applies to the building of your professional branding statements (resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile). The information gathered during the IN-PERSON assessment / interview is the framework of your branding documents. Without the proper framework, the construction of effective interview-getting branding documents is an unlikely result. Do yourself a favor, hire a professional who meets with you in person, asks the right questions, reads your body language, and builds you interview-getting branding documents.

Second, ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING. When your professional branding statements result in you landing job interviews, BE HUMBLE. By telling you what NOT to do, I may best convey my thoughts on this matter. Hence, I shall tell you the true story of a self-employed Jack-of-all-Trades. We will call him “Joat” for the purpose of this story.

When Joat is working, he makes a good living. When he is not working, he is broke. A few months ago, Joat, a referral, came to my office. I interviewed him and constructed his resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile. Within a few weeks, Joat landed 4 interviews for facilities maintenance positions, all of which were comparable to his qualifications and career goals.

Good news, right?  Not exactly, as Joat’s ATTITUDE ruined his chances for hire every time.

Instead of communicating to prospective employers that he was a mature and hard worker, thankful to be granted the opportunity for interviews, Joat bragged to the hiring authorities that he was, in his words, “probably too good for the job.” He even added before the doors closed behind him, that the prospective hiring authorities would be, in his exact words, “lucky to have me on your team.”

Joat has not received a single employment offer. Despite my attempts to provide Joat with lessons in humility, he is, at this time, simply not ready to commit to the truth that ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING.

To Joat and others like him who lack humility, I wish you HEALTH and HAPPINESS. Frankly, EMPLOYMENT is not in the cards.

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