Career E-News: December 2011 

Monthly Newsletter for Executives, Managers, and Professionals in Career Transition / Written and Published by Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin, The Career Success Coach

In this issue:
New Service: Job Loss Recovery Program
Get Hired Faster in 2012: Diversify Your Job Search Activities, Dial-Down Desperation and Detach from the Outcome
Is It Time to Partner with a Career Coach?
Quote of the Month: On "Abilities"
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Greetings!                              Joellyn Headshot 2009 

Thank you for being a loyal subscriber and especially for opening this month's issue, amidst the busy-ness of the holiday season. My husband and I are getting ready for our annual holiday trip to Chicago. This year, we'll be driving and hope the weather will cooperate. We're looking forward to spending time with our family --and spoiling our grandchildren: Lucas who is almost 6 weeks old and Rylee, who is nearly 18 months old. 


As we close out 2011, the U.S. labor market apears to be on the upswing, evident by highlights of recent articles: employers added 120,000 jobs in November and unemployment dropped to 8.6%; Bloomberg News: jobless claims fell by 23,000 to 381,000; and people collecting jobless benefits is the lowest since September 2008. 


I'm excited to announce that I've received a new designation: "Certified Job Loss Recovery Program Coach." This ground-breaking program uses a unique series of guided visualization techniques to help unemployed, dislocated workers land jobs quickly. Scroll down to learn more! 

Through my years in private practice, I've noticed that clients who get hired faster will confidently engage in a wide range of job search activities; those who have a more difficult time will focus their search on job boards; then become disappointed, discouraged and desperate in the process. To plan a productive campaign which nets better results, follow the "3-D" approach in my brand-new article: "Get Hired Faster in 2012: Diversify Your Job Search Activities, Dial-Down Desperation, and Detach from the Outcome." 
Want to get a jump-start on your career transition plan for 2012?  A Career Action Planning (CAP) Session may be just what you need to get a fresh perspective on your situation as well as new strategies to help you move forward. 

I wish you and your families a warm and wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!  
:) Joellyn
JLRP New Service: Job Loss Recovery Program  

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  The Job Loss Recovery Program uses a unique series of guided visualization techniques to help unemployed, dislocated workers land jobs quickly. In a published, peer-reviewed study, five times more people landed jobs within two months of listening to six guided visualizations compared to a placebo control group. 


Because of these remarkable results, the Job Loss Recovery Program is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Go to my website to learn more:

ThreeDGet Hired Faster in 2012: Diversify Your Job Search Activities, Dial-Down Desperation, and Detach from the Outcome  Reach for the Stars 


Job searching can be an agonizing waiting game. You apply for jobs, sit down for promising interviews, and anxiously wait for responses. Yet your phone stays silent and the emails don't come.


But have you also noticed that when you take a break from waiting and focus on something else, your much-desired response finally comes in, or even pleasant surprises you weren't even expecting? This is a basic universal principle at work: the less you appear to need something, the more you will attract it.


Talane Miedaner, author of Coach Yourself to Success, calls this "detaching from the outcome" (Ch. 94, p. 228). She explains: "To attract what you want, you need to want it with all your heart and at the same time, not need it or have to have it." "If you really want a particular job," she says, "it helps to have offers at a number of places, to increase your bargaining power."


Focusing on getting ONE particular job -- to the point of desperation -- will have a harmful effect on your search. "People can sniff out desperation a mile away," says Ms. Miedaner. "If you rely on one person or organization to meet your needs, you'll soon be in trouble because you will depend too much on them and wind up repelling them."


Acting in such an anxious manner is especially unattractive to prospective employers. Hiring managers don't care how badly you need a job to pay your bills. All that interests them are the problems you can solve for their company.


If you want to get hired faster, it is critical to detach from the outcome. You must dial down your desperation and diversify your job search activities to reduce your neediness and create more possibilities for yourself. Here are 10 things that can help you accomplish both:


1) Edit out "desperate jobseeker" language from your LinkedIn profile. Here are three strategies you can implement right away.


2) Rework your finances to live on less during a period of unemployment. offers a list of 10 free and low-cost online budgeting tools.


3) Practice meditation to reduce anxiety and stress. Learn how in Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: a 28-day program by Sharon Salzberg.


4) Stop reading negative news reports about the labor market. Instead, subscribe to Mark Hovind's JobBait  newsletter, to learn about employment trend updates and breaking news that can help your job search.


5) Take a temp, contract, consulting or part-time position. Besides making money, you'll keep your skills fresh and be more employable; one job will attract another.


6) Engage in offline activities to expand your network, like joining a professional association or visiting a job club.


7) Get off the job boards and try a targeted direct mail campaign. Build a list of 75-100 companies you'd love to work for, and then send a letter of inquiry/interest to the decision-maker.


8) Showcase your value. Start a blog and write about what interests your target employers. Use free tools like or; add your blog link to your LinkedIn profile; tweet your posts on Twitter.


9) Resist the urge to rewrite your resume over and over again. Tell yourself "it's good enough;" then spend more time on networking; because people hire people -- NOT resumes.


10) Ramp up your networking activities. Follow the guidelines in the book: Highly Effective Networking: Meet The Right People and Get a Great Job by Orville Pierson.


Detaching from the outcome will help remove the unattractive affect that desperation can have on your job search. If you follow some of the steps above, you'll notice an increase in job-search responses, leading to more interview and offers!


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2011 Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin, The Career Success Coach. All Rights Reserved

CAPIs It Time to Partner with a Career Coach?
  • HourglassDo you work hard on your job search but seem to get nowhere fast?
  • Are you burned out with your job, but don't know what other career(s) might satisfy you?  
  • Do you have trouble understanding how your transferable skills can be used in other professions?
  • Do you apply for jobs online, only to get "thanks but no thanks" responses?
  • Does it seem like your network can't help you with your job search the way you'd like?
  • Do you have difficulty "sealing the deal" at interviews?  

Is it time to take a risk -- a giant step forward -- to end the pain once and for all? You may surprised: the problem might not be what you think and simpler to overcome than you thought possible.


Regardless of the issues you face or what you may be frustrated or confused about, I can provide the clarity, creative thinking, objectivity, and perspective you need to get your career and job search moving in the right direction.  


Let's get started with a Career Action Planning (CAP) Session, to help you figure out what's working, what needs attention and what the next steps are to landing your ideal career position in record time. 


 Go to my website to learn more: 

About "The Career Success Coach" 


Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlinis a Certified Career Management Coach who runs a private career coaching practice serving executives, managers and professionals in career transition. Since 1991, Joellyn has helped countless clients across multiple industry sectors find perfect career paths which are fun, fulfilling and financially-rewarding. She uses a proven, 8-module career coaching program to help her clients identify and land ideal career positions much faster than they ever could on their own. Her program starts with a Career Action Planning (CAP) Session to first determine where clients are getting stuck, stalled or confused in the process of making their desired job and career transition. 


Joellyn will be happy to discuss your situation on a free call. Contact her at 508-459-2854, 

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Quote of the Month: On "Abilities" 


"Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential." 


-- John C. Maxwell: Speaker, Author and the #1 Leadership Authority in the World 

 2011 The Career Success Coach

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