Career E-News: March 2013 

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

In this issue:
Job Search Mastery Teleconference Recording Available
Which Corporate Culture Is Ideal for You? Let Your Personal Workplace Values Be Your Guide
Wake Up to a Job You Love © Home Study System Coming Soon
Career Action Planning (C.A.P.) Session
About "The Career Success Coach"
Quote of the Month: on "Big Dreams"
CraigClient Landings
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Congratulations to 
Craig Hermanson,

who became the Division Accounting Manager at 
Aldridge Electric
(Libertyville, Illinois) in December 2012. His landing time was relatively quick, considering that he had a CAP Session
with me only two months earlier, in October. 
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March has definitely "come in like a lion" here in Worcester, even though today is the second day of Spring. Worcester is officially the snowiest city in the US (those with populations of 100,000+) with 108+ inches of snowfall in 2012-2013 from winter storms Nemo, Saturn, and most recently from Ukko earlier this week. Hopefully, this is the last we will see of the snow until April (my birthday month) comes around...but I won't hold my breath. <lol>

The U.S. Labor Market is still going strong! Here are some highlights of a recent Associated Press Article: "Job openings rose 2.2 percent in January from December to 3.69 million...hiring in February was robust: Employers added 236,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell from 7.9 percent in January to a four-year low of 7.7 percent...About 12.3 million people were unemployed in January, which means there were 3.3 unemployed people, on average, competing for each job...sharply down from...nearly 7 unemployed people competing for each job in July 2009."  


Many thanks to those who participated in last month's Get Seen, Get Interviewed, Get Hired Virtual Speaker Series which ran from February 19-22. My colleagues and I provided little known strategies, tactics and top tips for getting noticed, getting interviews and landing a good job in this spite of hundreds of candidates with better credentials who are competing for the same jobs as you are. In case you missed my segment on February 21, you can scroll down to download and listen to it.  


I'm continuing my article series, introducing the core content of my soon-to-be-launched  "Wake Up to a Job You Love  Home Study System."  Last month, I explained how all of these articles are part of the "The Six Dimensions of Career Clarity"  model I use with clients, to help them sketch out what their most ideal career position looks like before beginning their job search. This month, my article focuses on Dimension #4: Which Corporate Culture is Ideal for You? Let Your Personal Workplace Values Be Your Guide.  


Is your job search stuck and your career stalled, no matter how hard you try? Celebrate Spring by scheduling a private Career Action Planning (C.A.P.) Session with me. We'll get to the root of your career problem and get you on the road to landing your dream job in record time! Read the testimonial of one client who landed soon after his C.A.P. Session; and the quick story about another client I highlighted in the October 2012 issue, who had a C.A.P. Session last July and landed in September...and another who had a C.A.P. Session last October and landed in December!   

Enjoy this issue and I look forward to connecting soon! 


~ Joellyn 
P.S. A great big "Welcome" to my new subscribers. I'm so glad you've joined my community!    
GetSeenJob Search Mastery Teleconference: Get Seen, Get Interviewed, Get Hired: Recording Available Get Seen, Get Interviewed, Get Hired   

In this virtual speaker series,had a lively discussion with Zena Contreras, (a corporate recruiter and host of this series) about how using 
Law of Attraction principles,
maintaining a positive attitude, quieting your negative self-talk, using common-sense phone etiquette and being clear about the type of work you're seeking will help you make a better impression on hiring managers and recruiters. The recording is about 45 minutes: my segment starts around 7-10 minutes into the presentation, so you may want to fast-forward accordingly. Download the MP3 recording here:  (Side note: We both reference "bonus upgrades" which have since expired.) 

ValuesWhich Corporate Culture Is Ideal for You? Let Your Personal Workplace Values Be Your Guide  Stories 


In this article series, I've emphasized the importance of choosing a job that maximizes your skill set, fits well with your personality type and preferences, and is on your Top 50-100 places to work. However, it's important to know how well a company's corporate culture will support your personal workplace values so you'll perform to the best of your ability.  


So, what exactly is "corporate culture"? Journalist Linda Ray refers to it as "the collective attitudes, beliefs, and codes of behavior that prevail among the staff, from top to bottom, of any business. The culture is generated by individuals and their relationships with each other, and by the basic goals, orientation and context of the business."  


Ms. Ray describes four types of corporate cultures; perhaps you've worked in one or more of these during your career: 
  1. Traditional: promotes clearly-defined roles and relationships between co-workers; 
  2. Highly-skilled: focuses on recruiting top talent and staying ahead of the curve, with high turnover as a trade-off; 
  3. Innovative: encourages creative initiatives among employees; evaluates risk versus reward of new ventures; 
  4. Social: values collaboration, teamwork, and healthy, trusting relationships among the staff.  

Before I became a career coach, I worked in the corporate world for several years. My favorite jobs included working in the curriculum office of a medical school and in the HR department of a social service agency for special-needs adults and children. I enjoyed these jobs because I could work independently, my contributions were valued, questions were expected, and everyone was treated equally. Most likely, these corporate cultures were "Social" in nature. 


The jobs I disliked were in a market research firm and in an apartment complex rental office. The atmosphere in both companies was dictatorial, favoritism-driven, and negative. Training was nonexistent; those who didn't catch on the first day were not treated very well. Clearly, I didn't last long in those toxic settings, regardless of what the corporate culture was.  


Looking back, I learned through trial and error how my personal workplace values factored into choosing ideal workplace environments. As a career coach, I encourage my clients to be more proactive in figuring this out. Here's a list of 40 Personal Workplace Values - see which ones resonate for you.


When you know what your top workplace values are, you'll be more attuned to a corporate culture where you'll thrive, whether it falls within the four listed above or somewhere in between. Even so, a corporate culture isn't always easy to decipher, nor are hints of toxicity obvious from the outside. Here are some research ideas to help you get some good clues:  

  • Company website: Check out the "About Us" section; read the mission and vision statements to get a sense of how customers, clients and employees are treated. 
  • Employment interviews: Observe how everyone you meet acts toward you, including the receptionist; note how their behaviors support the company's mission and vision. 
  • Internet research tools: Websites like and offer candid opinions from employees about their experiences in specific companies. 
  • Networking: Reach out to your networking contacts; get referrals to people who work in your target companies and ask them what it's like to work there.

Choosing your ideal workplace environment is a marriage of your personal workplace values and a corporate culture that supports you. You'll find that these values will serve as an internal compass to steer you in the direction of a company where you'll be the most productive and valued. 


Like this article? Please post your comments on my blog.

  Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin, The Career Success Coach 2013


I've been planning a "beta launch" of this self-study system of my career coaching program. It's based on the core content and tools I use with my private clients, to help them build a solid, laser-focused plan to land a job they love which is fun, fulfilling and financially rewarding. This system is perfect for you... whether you're unemployed and struggling to land...or unhappy with your current job or employer and you don't know which way to turn.  


A tentative launch is has been rescheduled for mid-April and will be priced at an introductory "Charter Member" rate of $147.00.   

Depending on how many people enroll, I may host monthly Q & A group calls and create a private Facebook group for participants to post questions and interact with each other. I am planning to offer some special bonuses for the first 10 people who sign up.


There will be a special sales page created for this program and you'll be notified when it's ready. Until then, here's a description of it on my website: 


If you have any questions, please email me; and I will be personally reaching out to those of you who have already expressed interest. 

CAPCareer Action Planning (C.A.P.) Session 
  • question mark jpegDo 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 work 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 get interviews--- but no offers?   

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 (C.A.P.) Session to help you figure out what's working, what needs attention, and what the next steps are to land the job of your dreams!  


LOUSkeptical? Here's what one client said about his experience. He got hired five months after his C.A.P. Session!  


"I worked with Joellyn and went through her Career Action Planning session after months and months spinning my wheels trying to land a position. Her session and follow ups were a great jump start for me in redesigning my resume. She helped me focus on what my strengths were and was encouraging and genuine. She's extremely personable and is a great listener. I'd recommend her to anyone who is struggling finding their next steps in their career path."  -- Louis Miano, Sr. Software Developer 


Read about another client highlighted in this issue who landed in December 2012, after having his CAP Session in October 2012...and one I showcased in  October 2012 Career E-News who landed in September 2012 after his CAP Session in July 2012. 


Do you want to be next? I thought so! :) 

my website to learn more about how the Career Action Planning (CAP) Session can help you land the job of your dreams!
About "The Career Success Coach" 


Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin is a Certified Career Management Coach and Certified Job-Loss Recovery Program Coach in private 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. Her program starts with a Career Action Planning (CAP) Session to first determine where clients are getting stuck, stalled or confused in landing the job of their dreams.  


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 "Big Dreams"



"It is never too late to be what you might have been."  


  -- George Eliot (English Novelist)

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