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It’s never too late to update your resume! In fact, sometimes the BEST time to make sure that your resume is current is when you aren’t job hunting at all! We recommend keeping your resume fresh and updated, even while employed. This will keep you from feeling rushed, pressured, or desperate during your future career search! Call us today and let us help you update your resume today and see the DMD Difference!

Did You Know | DMD Quick Facts

Did you know that according to recent numbers, the unemployment rate in New Orleans is less than a mere 7%?  Here at DMD and Associates, we’re proud to do our part to keep that number LOW by not just helping people to find jobs, but to find careers!  Do you need help in bettering your current employment situation? Give us a call today to start your new career path!

DMD and Associates Inc. on Healthcare Finance News

“Outplacement is different in healthcare,” said career counselor Danielle M. Dayries, president of Louisiana-based career services firm DMD & Associates, Inc. “It’s not that the services are different, it’s the approach we take as career counselors.”

In his feature article entitled, “Layoffs bolster outplacement services,” author for Healthcare Finance News, David Weldon, solicits career advice and expertise from Dayries.

To read the entire article, click the link here.

News You Can Use | After the Rejection

Top 3 Ways to Respond After Being Rejected from a Job

1) Review and revamp your resume and cover letter based on what you learned is important during the interview process.

2) Write a Thank You letter to the hiring manager for their time and consideration.

3) Maintain connection with any professionals you met throughout the process.

News You Can Use | Didn’t Get the Job?

Didn’t Get the Job?
How to Bounce Back in Your Job Search (As Published in Face Magazine)

What to do to make sure you land your dream job the next time…

As a job seeker, you will interview for jobs that do not ultimately result in a job offer. It is easy to become discouraged, especially after you have invested so much time in preparing for the interview. With the right attitude and approach to the situation, it will help you find the positive in what seems like a step backwards. Using these tips and tricks will keep you from getting discouraged and guide you from an interview rejection to a job offer.

Prepare Yourself: Before entering into an interview, prepare yourself for all the possible outcomes… either a job offer or rejection. This does not mean that you should enter the interview with a negative attitude. Rather, be confident that you landed the interview as many applicants do not even make it that far. View the entire experience as a chance to grow professionally and expand your network.

Separate Your Emotions: It is easy to take a job rejection personally and feel as if you are not likable or there is something else wrong with you. The truth is, hiring managers can only give the job to one person. Therefore, they are constantly turning down applicants they like or who may be great for the job. When you first start the job search, make sure to never base your self-worth on the process. Business decisions are made completely separate of personal interests or feelings.

Maintain a Professional Attitude: Despite the results of your interview, make sure to always keep your emotions in check. No matter how disappointed or angry you may feel, never take it out on the hiring manager or organization. Professionals within the same industry, even cross-industry, are always networking with each other. Therefore, taking out negative feelings will not only reduce their opinion of you but can also affect the remainder of your job search. In addition, many times, the individual offered the job turns it down, and you just might be the next person on the list.

Assess Your Own Performance: No matter how perfectly your skills fit a job opening, not communicating and demonstrating your full potential on an interview or through your resume can prevent you from being offered the job. Therefore, always assess your own performance. Find the areas you can improve upon and develop plans to correct these areas for the next opening. You should also take note of all the insight you gained through the process. By focusing on these lessons learned, you not only better yourself professionally, but also personally. Job searching can be a challenge, but utilizing the right attitude and focusing on the experience will help you make the most of the situation and make the process easier.

When you start your next job search, or even explore ways to grow in your current career, use these tips to help you deal with any rejection you might face. Just because you were not offered a position does not mean all of your efforts were a lost cause. Each experience will give you insight into what you are looking for in your career and how you can better yourself.

HR Outplacement | Benefits of Using Outplacement Services

In today’s tough economic climate, it is becoming standard for employers to offer Outplacement Services to support employees who are experiencing a downsizing, restructuring, or merger. DMD & Associates, Inc. prides itself on its ability to ease the transition for all and to bring compassion and dignity to the process. The knowledge and experience we have gathered in over the past fifteen years ensures that we offer customized, results-oriented services.

Benefits of Using Outplacement Services For Your Business:

1) Minimize risk of litigation against your company

2) Improves your company’s public image and employment brand

3) Lowers unemployment costs by reducing time during the job search process

4) Increases morale and productivity of retained employees

5) Provides a great return on investment

6) Peace of Mind knowing that your departing employees are being helped by an expert with 10+ years of experience


1) Helps reduce the stress that accompanies job loss

2) Provides superior counseling and support throughout the job search process

3) The ability to find a new position much quicker than the average job seeker

Some of the Outplacement Services provided by DMD & Associates include on-site post termination counseling, professional resume development, targeted job search action plans, interview training, and one-on-one ongoing support.

News You Can Use | The Job Search Within

The Job Search Within (As Published in Face Magazine)

As you make a fresh start for the New Year, use this guide to begin with an internal job search, to ultimately find your dream job.

As you ring in the New Year this year and develop resolutions to better yourself throughout 2013, consider the area of life where you spend around 1/2 of your day… your job. Finding an enjoyable job can not only bring more happiness into your life, but also make you more successful in your career. Therefore, it is crucial to bring your job search internal, to find yourself, and then find a job that is right for you.

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News You Can Use | What is Your Thanks Strategy?

What is Your Thanks Strategy? (As Published in 008 Magazine)

As the holidays approach, you are likely preparing the perfect family portrait, holiday cards, various gifts to send out to loved ones, and scheduling all of those holiday parties. Although this time of year can be quite busy, the season is for celebrating family and friends and to be thankful for all the important people in your life.

Yet all too often, we forget to thank those who have contributed to our professional success throughout the year. Here are the top tips to help you reach out and thank your professional network for their help this holiday season.

1) Organize Your Contacts: Your network can consist of former colleagues, previous employers, clients and other contacts you have made on the job. It is fundamental that you keep an address book with their contact information, any bits of personal information and reminders of how you are connected to them.

2) Utilize Social Media Outlets: Maintain contact with your professional network, especially those you have not contacted recently, via Facebook or LinkedIn. Send a holiday greeting expressing your gratitude for their assistance and an update on your professional progress.

3) Send a Card… or Two: Select a few individuals in your network to send a handwritten thank you letter. Include your gratitude for their contributions, an update on your current position, welcome their recommendations, and always offer to contribute to their professional development.

4) Make Time for Coffee: For those in your network that you have a closer relationship with, send invitations for coffee and lunch. This will give you an opportunity to catch up on your professional development, share resources, and express your gratitude for their assistance throughout the year.

5) Give Back: There is no better way to show your gratitude than finding ways to give back to your network. Share job openings, contacts, and other resources with individuals in your network who may be looking for a new job. You can also provide references for contacts on their business page or online profiles.

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