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Before new year’s, look back

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Happy new year!

Before leaping forward into 2013, take a moment to look back over 2012. Or, if you want to sound more official about it: “Conduct your own year-end career review.”

The holidays are a great time to job hunt

Friday, December 14th, 2012

That’s not what you wanted to hear, is it? After all, it’s the holidays! Time to eat, drink, and make merry, not to mention shop, decorate, see friends, and in general kick back to do FUN things.

However, this time of year is great for job hunting. Not just because it’s the season of goodwill toward all (which it is) but because the holidays present so very many primo opportunities for networking. And, as you are no doubt tired of hearing, job hunting is all about networking.

More on this over at the Seattle Times site: “Use the holidays to boost your career.”

Good reasons for making stuff up

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Everything in The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl was absolutely true.

Which is why I am now working on a novel, where everything is…..also absolutely true. (As Albert Camus supposedly said, fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth. I say supposedly because I just spent some time I’ll never get back scouring the internet for this quote in French. Could not find!)

Anyway, I’ve listed 15 other reasons for writing fiction here. Some are not such good reasons. But you do hear them all the time.

(Fyi, I also sometimes blog at Yellow Wallpaper Writers.)

Where The Jobs Are

Monday, November 16th, 2009

You most likely know this, but here’s a reminder: 

The one part of the economy that has remained strong during the Great Recession is health care.

Health care employment has actually gone up, at the same time that employment in general is headed toward the toilet.  What’s more, given that the fact that each baby boomer gets a little older every day, this trend is likely to continue. 

Check out this item, with revealing graphs, from yesterday’s NYT.  And read that list twice: “registered nurses, personal and home care aides, home health aides, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, medical assistants, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, pharmacy technicians, and physicians and surgeons.”

Keep in mind that not all health care jobs involve working with patients, or even require a medical degree.  If you are an IT whiz, for example, you may be able to transfer your skills to the burgeoning eletronic medical records industry.  Of course, there’s also health administration (huge potential there); think marketing, fundraising, billing, government relations, and HR. 

Don’t forget veterinary medicine!  Or dentistry, or mental health, or occupational health. 

Here’s a good starter Q&A on jobs in the health care industry.  Also this Ten Step Guide to a Career in Health Care from Monster (requires a lot of clicking, but it’s informative).

There Are Resume Writing Rules? What Rules?

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Could not resist running this insightful post by Jessica Holbrook over at Great Resumes Fast.  Love what she has to say about rules, or absence thereof, and “experts.”  Ha.

As part of my job I frequently research what my competition is doing and what other career experts have to say. I would love to think we’re all like-minded but I suppose today I got my first real reality check. I was going along in my glory thinking with my experience I have the answers to it all when I abruptly found out that something I had developed was ‘inconsistent’ with another writer’s standards. Said writer has a Ph.D in Career Management and a laundry list of other credentials to go with it. Once I got over my natural pangs of rejection any human feels when such an event occurs I frantically began my research. Being the researcher that I am… I wanted to know what about my work was inconsistent with this extremely educated and seemingly overqualified writer (on paper at least). What I discovered was there are no rules… only guidelines…

I frequently find myself frustrated by the large amounts of misinformation out there on the net today about resume writing and interview coaching. Everyone has an opinion and thinks they are the expert. What I judge an expert by is not only their credentials but their real world experience and results.

So how do you know if the information you’re reading is right or wrong. Well, first off – there are no rules. I heard this from an amazing person in the resume writing industry, in fact I read it from her book Expert Resumes for Managers and Executives. Her name is Wendy Enelow. She is what I aspire to be as a resume writer in my career. I can only hope to create for my career what she has for hers. When I first read this statement I said, you must be kidding! No rules? That is insane! But what I have come to realize is there really are no rules and it is all a guessing game. But whose guess hits the target the closest? This is what sets us all apart.

Personally, I believe writers and companies that employ former hiring managers, recruiters, top decision makers, and human resources experts have the advantage. While resume writing training, courses, and books can teach you everything you could ever want to know about the craft what they can’t give you is real world experience on the playing field – reviewing thousands of resumes and deciding who gets the interview and whose resumes will go in file 13.

I think having a background in Human Resources Management and recruiting is what sets us apart and gives us the lead on the playing field. I know what hiring managers are looking for because I’ve been there and done it for the past ten years. And while there are no set rules, there are general guidelines that anyone should follow when crafting a resume. I know what sets me apart as a writer and business owner but have you thought about what sets you apart as a job seeker? What can you offer a company that no one else can?

Answer that question and you are well on your way to creating your personal and professional brand, and developing a killer resume.

Jessica Holbrook is a former Executive Hiring Manager for Fortune 500 companies and President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast. She creates powerful, customized, and targeted resumes that are guaranteed to get her clients interviews. For a free resume analysis visit Great Resumes Fast for a free phone consultation call 1.877.875.7706.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

For Author Platform Workshoppers

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Working Girl did a workshop today at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2009 Conference.  Fun!

Topic was “Building a Platform from Nothing.”  Only fly in ointment: the powers-that-be told WG to expect around 30 people.  Therefore, she brought 40-ish handouts.

Ha.  She lost count but there were at least 100 people there.  People in all the chairs.  People standing in the back.  People crowded around the doors in the hallway.

Therefore, here are the links she mentioned.  Hope they help.  (Thanks for all the great questions and participation, people!)

Fascinating statistics about book publishing (a little depressing):


Miss Snark’s Archives:


Top 100 Creative Writing Blogs:


The Best Author Blogs:


How to Publish Articles Online:


Christina Katz’s blog:


Good all-round site for writers:


How to build your author platform with web 2.0 tools:


Online platform-building in a nutshell:


How to Set up a Teleclass:


Top Ten Ways Authors Can Use Twitter:


To sign up for Peter Shankman’s “Help a Reporter Out” newsletter (3-4 times a day):

See You Next Week

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Working Girl has to take an important trip, far away from all things Internet.

See you all later, around June 18th.  Have a nice ten days.  Relax.  Read a book.  Hug a friend.

Working Girl Chats With Women

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Meaning, WG was on the renowned Chat with Women radio show today. 

Check it out here.

In Business? You Need A "Brand"

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Are you in the Seattle area?  In business for yourself?  Wishing you had a more targeted and effective marketing plan?  Get yourself over to Whitney Keye’s great workshop on “Branding Strategies to Boost Your Business.”

The workshop is next Wednesday, Feb. 11th, from 6 to 9 p.m.

You’ll actually create a workable affordable marketing plan that you can put into place right away.  It’s a thousand bucks worth of consulting advice for a pretty reasonable $100. 

Whitney and her workshop partner, Maria Ross, prove you don’t need a multi-million marketing budget to attract new customers.  Effective branding saves you money by maximizing your marketing effort.   

Check out this page for more info and to sign up (scroll halfway down to “Workshop 2”).

Full disclosure: Whitney is a FOWG (Friend of Working Girl).  However, Whitney is also a branding pro and she knows whereof she speaks. 

It's Here At Last

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Election Day.

What are you doing at your computer?  Get out and vote!