I’ve got a PhD but no JoB

Cherish your visions and dreams

I’ve got a PhD but no JoB  I’ve got B.S., and MBA, a PhD, a DDS – and no job. My heart breaks every time I see these painful letters.  Typically the writer has a mountain of student loan debt, the embarrassment of no job, and few marketable skills.  In this episode I talk about redefining “education” and getting degrees for the personal experience, not for the “job.” I have a dream to help divorced moms When is it better to simply apply for a job and when is it better to invest time and effort in a resume and … Read More

Tell me “What do you do?” and win my favorite CD

We recently had members of the 48 Days Coaching Mastery program here for a two-day event.  One of the critical parts of that process was for each participant to clearly define their expertise.  It doesn’t matter what kind of work you do, being able to clearly communicate your unique value can explode your success.  Read on for a chance at a free gift. Here’s how most people introduce themselves: “Hi, I’m Dan Miller, and I’m an author and career coach. I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and did my doctoral work at Oxford.  I’m really looking for new clients.  … Read More

Your Application Scares Us….

I’ve seen every shape, color and creative package of resumes and job applications possible – but never one that actually scared me. But recently, emergency crews at Eastern Illinois University evacuated a building after a campus postal carrier discovered a suspicious looking package addressed to the college admissions office.   “There was no return address, it was poorly written, poorly addressed to the university, there were misspellings,” school spokeswoman Vicki Woodard said Saturday. “There was some tape over it. Just the overall appearance was rather strange.” The unusual size, no return address, misspellings in the address and the tape holding … Read More

Your Diploma has Expired

Here’s an interesting thought.  We recognize that many things have a “shelf life” – the length of time that foods, beverages, drugs and other items are given before they are considered unsuitable for sale, use, or consumption.  Upon the “expiration date” those items are seen to be of little use, or even dangerous. We know that much of what a college freshman learns will be obsolete before they graduate.  So why would we, in a rapidly changing workplace, think the value of a diploma will last forever? The expiration date of pharmaceuticals specifies the date the manufacturer guarantees the full … Read More

Why didn’t I think of this?

What are you doing to stand out in the crowd of job seekers?  We know the job market continues to be competitive.  Lots of candidates are looking for the best positions.  I don’t know if Phillippe Dubost is a great web product manager, but man, can he put together a great resume.  Dubost is currently based in Paris and is looking to travel for his next position.  So he decided to make his resume stand out anywhere in the world – but mimicking an Amazon product page.  Phillippe’s Amazing Resume In the “product details” it provides his height, education and … Read More

Can I see your resume? I’m making paper airplanes

Yes, it’s almost that bad.  A resume just doesn’t have the value it once had.  Starbucks attracted 7.6 million job applicants over the past 12 months.  Procter & Gamble got over a million applications last year for the 2,000 new positions they had.  Google hired 7,000 people in 2011 – after receiving over two million resumes.  Many companies don’t want your resume.  Because of legal issues they are required to keep your application for two years even if they never interviewed you.  How do you store two million resumes? You know what companies do want to see – your online … Read More

To Land Your Dream Job, Do This…..

The old days of just sending out a great resume are over.  Thousands of people have a stellar resume – and can’t find a job.  You can bypass them by understanding this is a process of selling.  If you were selling Kubota tractors you would want to get my attention at least three times.  That’s a simple practice of any effective selling. When looking for a job you will want to: Send a letter of introduction Send your cover letter and resume Connect with a followup phone call That process, done effectively, is still getting people3-4 job offers in the … Read More

Just pick up the phone!

Dan, I am hiring a person for our government agency.  I decided to place my name on the ad with my office phone number so applicants could call with questions. I posted the advertisement on March 11 and as of today (March 22) of the 74 applicants, zero have tried to call me to ask about the position.  I am a little shocked that no one has tried to call me about the position. Trey No One Has Called.  Did you get that? In a competitive hiring environment 74 people still just send out resumes and then hope the phone rings.  How … Read More

Bubba’s Resimay

My Resimay To hoom it mae cunsern, I waunt to apply for the job what I saw in the paper. I kin Type realee qwik wit one finggar and do sum a counting. I think I am good on the fone and I no I am a pepole person, Pepole realee seam to reespond too me well. Certain men and all the ladies. I no my spelling is not too good but find that I Offen can get a job wit my persinalety. My salerery is open so we kin discus wat you want to pay me and wat you … Read More

Should I stay or go?

Dan, my company of 30 years will be closing in May 2011. If I stay until the end I will receive a 6-month severance. How can I effectively use the next six months to position myself for a new career, and collect the severance – or is this the right approach? Thanks!  Larry ******************************************************* Congratulations on getting a 6-month advance notice and then a 6-month severance.  For a company that’s closing, you are being given a very generous exit plan. Yes, I recommend you stay where you are and collect the severance.  Think about it – for the next six … Read More