Striving Toward Goals = Happiness

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 30, 2012 in , , | No Comments

Life changed her plans…

Writer Erin Zammett Ruddy faced an uncertain future, at age 23, when she was diagnosed with cancer. She states in her piece, “Do You Need A Five-Year Plan?”, Self magazine, “For all my planning, suddenly I didn’t know if I’d be alive in five years.” The good news is, Ms. Ruddy survived her ordeal, and through it all she reevaluated her life plans, “I realized that some of the things I thought were most important to me…didn’t quite make the cut anymore.”

Is it’s time to reevaluate your plans?

Job Search Review

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 25, 2012 in , , | No Comments


As you move forward with your job search, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Approach the job search as if it were a job.
  • Get organized and spend at least 25 hours per week actively looking.
  • Know your skills and have a clear job objective.
  • Get many interviews, including exploratory interviews through networking.
  • Have a good answer to the employer’s question, “Why should I hire you?”
  • Follow up on all leads generated and send out thank-you notes.

Best Sites for Students and Grads

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 23, 2012 in , , | No Comments


Looking for a job or internship? Check out these sites…

They provide information and links to other sites:

Reminder: while online applications make life easier, it isn’t often effective. Thousands–if not millions–of others are applying for the same positions. Spend the majority of your time networking, both online and in person. Studies show that the majority of jobs are obtained through networking, not applying online.

One Extraordinary Person

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 18, 2012 in , , | No Comments

American Katie Davis, at 18 years old, traveled to Africa in an effort to rescue children.

Imagine for a moment you decide to give up your comfortable life, plans for college, say good-bye to family and friends for the African jungle. Could you do it? What if by going there, you would change many children’s lives? One brave young woman did it all–and more.

Mother Teresa Wanna-be

“People would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I always said Mother Teresa, I guess I just loved her heart for children,” Katie Davis explained in Jessica Haberkern’s article, The Embrace of Extraordinary Love, InTouch magazine. 

Job Search Tips

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 16, 2012 in , , | No Comments


Job search expert Michael Farr gives great tips to help you succeed.

One of the leading experts is Michael Farr when it comes to information on writing resumes, cover letters, and interviewing. With 25 years of experience, he has several common sense, easy to follow how-to books to guide any job seeker to a successful outcome. Most libraries carry his books, so if money is tight, you don’t have to spend a dime preparing yourself for the workforce. Below, I’ve picked a few of his tips from The Resume and Cover Letter Book (Fifth Edition, 2011) to pass along to you:

Where is the “American Dream”?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 11, 2012 in , , | No Comments

The dream has turned into a nightmare for many.

Today on Twitter, one of my followers commented he wondered where our perennial “American Dream” has gone. He lamented, that with student loans, no grad can hope to own a home any longer. Unfortunately, what he’s saying is very true. The American Dream we all took for granted used to include a home of your own, a good job and two cars in the garage. But, that entire scenario has shifted in only a few short years. Who do you know still owns a home? Who is working in a good full-time job? And not many under the age of 25 can get car loans these days.

On the Road Less Traveled

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 9, 2012 in , , | No Comments

How he lives his life is unconventional and he loves it…

Not following anyone elses’ path, Chris Guillebeau is an independent thinker who decided to find his own way in life. His mission is to visit every country in the world by his 35th birthday (so far, he’s been to 100). However, his mission goes beyond just being a wanderer in foreign lands, who doesn’t work for anyone–he does work abroad too–making a decent living. Chris has been a coffee importer, a search engine optimizer, and volunteer for a medical charity in West Africa.

Get Noticed!

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 4, 2012 in , , | No Comments


If you want positive results in your job search, first you have to get their attention…

A writer at The Washington Post, wanted to test peoples perception. He asked a world renowned violinist to perform–incognito–in a D.C. busy train station one morning as thousands of commuters rushed by.

Only a few actually stopped to listen, but no one recognized him or his exceptional talent and his $3.5 million Stradivarius. At the end of his 45 minute free concert, he made only $32. The talented violinist was Joshua Bell, who had played to a sold-out concert just two days before at $100 per seat!

Take to the Interview

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 2, 2012 in , , | No Comments


Uncertain about what you should carry to an interview?

Below are important items:

1.) Resumes-Carry extra copies. This is in case you are put before a panel of interviewers and someone hasn’t been provided a copy. It also shows you’re prepared for anything.

2.) Letters of Recommendation-Carry letters that are relevant to the job for which you are interviewing. Present them if requested, never include with an application, or cover letter and resume, unless asked. It’s a good idea to call the people who wrote the letters ahead of time, let them know you have an interview. This gives them a heads-up someone might be calling about you.