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Give Yourself a Gift This Season:Put Time and Energy into Job Hunting

Our CEO was invited to share her tips on holiday time job hunting for Prime Women Magazine, a magazine dedicated to advising women in business, health, travel and much more! As a career expert for over 20 years, Danielle Dayries is featured in over 100 magazines and online journals, providing expose’s on career transition and development.

We are often told we should step back from the job hunting during the holiday season. Friends will caution, “No one is hiring.” I’d like to suggest another approach – to continue with these very important job search tips that will help keep your momentum going. When the New Year comes through, you’ll be ready to compete in this new job market – or you may be starting a new job in the new year!

Be Prepared & Think Positively  

Think positively about your job hunt. Be prepared emotionally to talk with business connections, particularly when you need to explain the reason you are in transition. Search for a way to speak dispassionately about your current job loss. Be sure to include a future statement in your explanation, so one can see your dedication to your career goal. Paint a picture of what you desire, rather than what you don’t desire and focus on what you can bring to the table.

The Law of Attraction states that we attract what we focus on. Be ready to provide several examples of what you’re looking for when describing your ideal job. Here’s a possible example: “Our department is just one of several that were downsized. I plan to use the skills I learned as a Project Manager to get a better position. This time, I’ll be looking for a vendor organization so that I can learn more about the sourcing side of the business.”

To think positively about job hunting, you may need to “drown out” all the negativity in your thinking or work them out physically through working out or exercising. You will have to upgrade your thinking and gradually move to a more positive place.

Continue Networking & Building Key Contacts

Attend holiday parties and be prepared to talk about your job search. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking. Dinner parties and other events are a great way to identify and source out new professional connections! Continue networking on a business level, and by all possible means, attend parties during this season even if you aren’t quite in the party mood.

There are some professional organizations that even provide “free” holiday parties to recruit new members. Be sure to prepare what you will say and keep business cards on hand so you can readily provide your contact details, including your LinkedIn profile link. If you do not have a business card to use while job hunting, take advantage of the printing specials and get one immediately.

Improve Your Resume

Polish and refine your resume. Use holiday time to create or refine your resume. A professional resume writer knows exactly what it takes to set you apart from the competition. Take advantage of the holiday season to get your resume completed and updated. Make sure your resume contains the same keywords used in the job descriptions for which you are applying. For example, if you are seeking a job in marketing, you may want to consider changing the words “advertising” and “public relations” in your resume to “marketing.” Also, consider shortening the language and bumping up the font size to at least an 11-point font. Make it easy to scan through for information.

Prospective hiring managers are always very busy. Make sure they can find out all there is to know about you in a few seconds. The top one-third of the resume is the prime real estate. This is where you will summarize all you have to offer as concisely as possible. Provide a brief paragraph of an executive summary of your top qualifications. Be sure you can answer questions and elaborate about anything on your resume.

Research High Demand Jobs

A great tip for securing a job quickly would be to analyze the trends for in-demand careers to identify what the hot jobs will be for 2018. Analyze your skills against the skills required for these in-demand careers and if there is indeed an alignment, edit your resume and marketing documents accordingly. Because yes, Human Resource Managers, Recruiters, Headhunters and companies are still searching for great talent in the month of December! You just need to show them that you can help them start the new year off right with you on board.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

–Eleanor Roosevelt


How to Ask For A Raise

Ok – so you’re going into 2018 with the New Year’s resolution of making more money!

Well, DMD has these quick tips:

  1. Do your research. Evidence, Evidence, evidence! You know you’re worth more than the company is paying you, but if you can present evidence to back up that claim, you’re more likely to get results. Sites like and are great starting points to gather data regarding typical earnings comparisons.
  1. It’s all about the timing. So, you just completed a major project, landed a new client or been given new responsibilities. That is indeed the perfect time to ask for the additional compensation commensurate with your new level of responsibility. However, if you’ve only been there a few months or the industry is in a lull, now may not be the right time. Mark your calendar to assess the situation again in 90 days and secure as many new accomplishments as you can during that time.
  1. It is not personal. You might really want, or need, a raise to pay for your child’s tuition or a dream vacation, but truth be told, the reason you’re seeking a raise isn’t typically relevant. Therefore, rather than asking for an increase for a personal reason, make a solid business case as to why you deserve a raise that relates directly to accomplishments and impact statements.
  1. Highlight the impact you have made to the company. Before you have the conversation to ask for a raise, make a list of the results of your hard work and the impact you have had on the company. I coach my clients to make a list of what they are most proud of last year. That usually translates into the positive impact for the company that you can easily and honestly speak about during this conversation about increasing your pay.
  1. Practice, practice, practice! It’s easy to get flustered or emotional when asking for a raise. Enlist the help of a friend or professional to roleplay the scenario. This will allow you to work out any kinks and nervous reactions in a safe place. So, need a pro to help? Ask friends and family to give the gift that truly keeps on giving – a holiday gift card to DMD & Associates, Inc. career coaching services.

Navigate Your Job Search with a Professional Career Coach

Our CEO is thrilled to be featured as a guest columnist for Prime Women Magazine, a magazine dedicated to advising women in business, health, travel and much more! As a career expert for over 20 years, Danielle Dayries is featured in over 100 magazines and online journals, providing expose’s on career transition and development.

What would happen if you attempted to drive on a complex, ever changing highway without any mirrors on your car? Surely you would have a hard time navigating through obstacles, seeing all the options to maneuver quickly while also being aware of impending blind spots. Well, a professional career coach can serve as your own mirror for a speedy job search.

What are the responsibilities of a professional career coach?

A professional career coach is like a mirror reflecting the options available to ensure forward movement and maximum traction. They will aid you in identifying all avenues available when performing a strategic job search. From networking to LinkedIn to modern interview strategies, tapping into the resources introduced by a career coach will help you navigate the twists and turns you’ll encounter along the road to your professional future.

A career coach will also shine a light on any blind spots along the way. During coaching and strategy sessions, your coach will listen and aid you in anticipating challenges and developing strategies to approach them proactively.

A mirror that reflects the reality of what is going on behind you while driving is essential. You need to clearly see the past accomplishments and skills that have driven your success. A coach will help identify those and integrate them into your self branding strategies and a strong elevator speech. Before you know it, you’ll realize the person in the reflection has everything an employer needs in a job candidate!

So, just like you’d hire a CPA to ensure you are doing everything you can to save money, a career coach helps you save something just as valuable…time during a job search. Like a trustworthy, reliable rearview mirror, they offer a valuable service that will make your ride to the next big thing much smoother.

DMD & Career Cycles Collaboration

It is hard to believe it has been a year since we met with Mark and the Career Cycles Team. Over the last year Mark has been a wonderful partner, and we still believe his career game, Who You are Matters, is an incredible tool that provides excellent career help and readiness when making a transition.

I specialize in career transition counseling and outplacement. My experience in this field has been the key ingredient in assisting companies worldwide keep a healthy morale and retention rate during difficult layoffs. Historically, my clients find new jobs in a median time of 3.2 months. In addition, i have maintained a 99% satisfaction record with clients. I work with businesses and HR managers of all levels and provide the necessary materials for clients’ future success. My expertise provide the stepping stool needed during the layoff period for clients to walk confidently into the next phase of their lives.

Mark Franklin of Career Cycles and creator of new career game Who You are Matters! has positively influenced a wide range of age groups as well as businesses to become empowered in their career and life decisions.

As an affiliate with Career Cycles, I had the opportunity to meet with Mark Franklin in Canada and become knowledgeable of the components, effectiveness and the benefits his career game offers the student body and career centers today. From my own first hand experience using the tool, I recommend it as a great asset and tool for students at both high school and collegiate levels during their career search.

This interactive game not only provides information, it aligns each individual with their respective career possibilities and restores their confidence for their future. As a result, they are knowledgeable and aware of their career options while learning about themselves in the process.

My hope is that this game will continue to be influential and effective in the lives of those who use it. I am excited to introduce this to college career centers and job placement specialties as a tool they can use to help students or job seekers exploring a career change. I believe Who You are Matters! is the essential tool that will transcend career centers and students everywhere. To learn more about this amazing career gem, go on to:

Change the Channel

Change the channel

Remember from your childhood, memories of collapsing on the couch after a long day of school and flicking through TV channels to find your favorite show to watch? Or finding a new show to indulge in because the others just  aren’t giving you what you want? In like manner,  the channels of your job search should be rotated and switched up. Three great channels that are sure to capture your attention are Recruitment, Networking and LinkedIn.

Let’s look at those three channels up close:

  • Recruiters

On this channel, it is all about making the cut. Just like an actor going to audition, you want to charm the audience and be remembered so you’re  the one called in for the ‘part’ aka job!   Often recruiters act as an extension of their company so if you look good, they look good.  This is one of many channels to tune into during the job search

  • Networking

This channel is full of opportunities to meet pertinent individuals that will expand your network and provide you with important contacts to assist you in your job search. These individuals can be past coworkers, a new or old friend, a colleague, or even a hiring manager.  Seek opportunities to attend various social events or meetings to broaden your network of connections.   

  • LinkedIn

Here, LinkedIn is a most sufficient social media platform to utilize during your job search. As it is another form of networking, you have the opportunity to speak directly to hiring managers by finding them on LinkedIn. Using this platform is a good opportunity to research  your potential job as well as make a good first impression during the interview.  In addition, LinkedIn provides you with job search resources and job availabilities that best suit the qualities you possess.

Try these channels for something new to watch. Want to learn more about job search channels? Read this article by Forbes. Remember, getting the variety you need is as simply as changing the channel!

Top Three Reasons to Offer Outplacement Services

October is already in full swing and before we know it, 2018 will be here. With the end of the year approaching quickly, your HR department is likely busy forecasting workforce and budget needs. Whether you are facing a reduction in workforce or not, budgeting for outplacement services is a smart plan for the future of your organization and employees.

Top Three Reasons to Offer Outplacement Services

  1. Outplacement is a proven way to accelerate your employee retention and production. If you are invested in the success of your employees, they will invest in the success of your organization.
  2. Outplacement services are proven to minimize the risk of lawsuits after a large layoff.
  3. Outplacement services protect your brand. Your former employees may turn into your customer, or at the least they can influence the public’s view of your company. By taking care of them during a layoff, you are being proactive in protecting your brand.

Outplacement services are affordable and effective. Contact us today if you are ready to make this smart investment in the future of your employees and company!



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