Monday, July 29, 2013

JOB SEARCH FOR THE INJURED: An interactive toolkit to help injured workers RETURN TO WORK

Job Search for the Injured
Interactive guide for career changers

The bulk of the online and print resources for job seekers seem to be geared more toward executives, upper level management, sales and/or college graduates.  This book is for those who need to make a career change due to work injury, disability, unexpected job loss and who don’t necessarily fit into one of the above categories….Job search for the rest of us!

Mary Sherwood Sevinsky, MS, CDMS, CCM


Looking for a new job is a stressful proposition under the best of circumstances.  When you have experienced a life altering event, such as a work related injury, job search can be especially challenging.  You are already experiencing a major event coupled with the fact that there is little information and fewer practical resources…. Until Now!

This book will provide you with the information and resources that you need to get back to work after a work related injury, motor vehicle accident, or sudden disability of any sort. It combines information, worksheets for your use, and resources that you can use to get your life back.

Inside, you will find sections including:
      Coping with job loss
      Job searching after a physical change
How to complete an application
Resume development
      Cover letter development
      How to interview
      The hidden job market
      The importance of follow up
      Thank you letters
      Salary negotiation

Links to additional resources and updated information are provided as well as free access to

This book is a great tool for those who face the challenge of returning to the workforce, particularly after a life-changing injury. Career change can be a stressful time for anyone but for those who face the daunting task of overcoming physical barriers, the process can become overwhelming. This book provides assurance to those going through a similar situation and delivers a framework for the overall job search process. The author is very experienced and knowledgeable in this area and provides a simple guide for those who need a lot of instruction and guidance but also for those who are seeking some general advice. I would recommend this tool for anyone who faces the challenge of today's labor market and especially for those who will be overcoming new physical challenges.
Julie O, Vocational Counselor specializing in returning Injured Workers to Work for 15 years

How to use this guide:  You may know some of what you need to be successful in your job search, but missing even a small element can negatively impact your ability to locate a job.  You are encouraged to read and discuss all of the sections to ensure that you have all of the information you need to mount a serious job search campaign.

The book is divided into four sections that can easily be completed in four days or four weeks, depending on the needs of the reader.

Areas are provided for you to jot notes, thoughts and questions (see Note/Thoughts below).  Similarly, Questions with lines for writing answers are also provided throughout. Worksheets and handouts are listed at the end of this book under Downloads and Links on-line. Please use this guide to work with your vocational expert or mentor.  If you don’t have a vocational or career expert or mentor – consider getting one!

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Use LinkedIn to Network for a New Job

Job Search for the Rest of Us!: Use LinkedIn to Network for a New Joblients often ask "How do I use LinkedIn to find a job?"  Typically they have spent time on their profile, but can barely remember their log in (if at all) and/or password.  In shorts, they "Set it and forget it." The next question they ask why they are  not getting any "hits."

I ask these quick questions to get them started in the right direction:

1. What are you trying to accomplish on LinkedIn? Enhancing your professional knowledge and/or creds? Networking to see what might be out there/meet new people?  Finding a job? Selling a service (whether you are employed or self employed).  Other?  Only you  can decide!

2. Closely related to number one: Identify your target audience - who are you trying to connect with? Employers? Colleagues? Customers?

Once you have answered thee questions, follow a few simple tips:

1. Develop a plan for connecting with those you have identified as  Read More


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

In Today's Job Market EVERYONE Needs a Resume

Everyone should have a current résumé ... In today's job market you just don't know what change may come your way - good or "bad."  Here are some sample résumés to get you started.  Let me know if I can help!  

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