Friday, December 19, 2014

Being Laid Off - Know Your Rights

There is a good web site recommended by the best consumer advocate Clark Howard for finding out about your rights when your employment is being terminated.

Go to

Of course the law in every state is different but there are some very good guidelines to use when determining your rights. Check these BEFORE signing anything.  

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Now is the time to be prepared for the interview before you get the call. As Coach Wooden says "When opportunity knocks, it is too late to prepare. "

Holiday Special: Go to our online store at before Christmas eve (12/24/14) and purchase the Customized Film Mock Interview for only $175 and save $50 off the normal price of $225 which is valued at over $300. The package can be used in 2015. This is a limited time offer.  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

So What Will You Do Differently in Your Search TODAY?

You are looking for a job. It is hard; finding a job is hard. The job market is tough. You have worked hard at it. You have applied to what seems like thousands of jobs and not landed one yet. If you are a Boomer, you wonder if it is your age. If you are a recent graduate, you wonder if it is your lack of experience – but then how do you get experience without a job? You start to doubt yourself and wonder if it is you.

It is hard! But think about what Einstein said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Now that you agree that what you have been doing isn’t working, what will you do differently TODAY? 

Many job seekers don’t even know where to start to get objective and professional feedback on their marketing materials, their job search approach, or their interpersonal skills (which makes up 50% of what companies are looking for).



Here are some questions to ask and articles that will help you but only if you implement the changes NOW:


  1. If you have “references available upon request” on your resume, if you start out with an objective statement that says what YOU want, or if you updated your resume without looking at what companies are looking for, and if your bullets are job description then you need help.


Business Cards:


Cover Letter:

Networking Guide:




  1. If your primary job search strategy has been to apply on-line and network with unemployed people, then you need help.




Job Search Checklist:


The 5 Deadly Sins of the Job Search (videos)



  1. If you haven’t taken training in the past month, you are letting your skills atrophy and you need help.



Free Training:


  1. If you could play the character of Eeyore in the story Pooh, then you need help.




It only costs $25 to get an initial hour with a professional job search coach who can review your marketing materials and assess your job search approach to date, share a lot of information that can get you moving forward with more success. Go to our web site and complete the Contact Us Form. Is that insane? No – staying stuck is.  


Judi Adams

Saturday, November 22, 2014

3 Reasons the Holidays are a Great Time to Start or Continue Your Job Search and Now One More

Many job seekers think that the holidays are a bad time to find a job so they back off on their search efforts; that is a myth. There are actually three reasons that the holidays are a great time to start or continue the search. And we have added one more.

Reason One

A poll reveals that 69% of recruiters report hiring as many if not more people in the month of December than any other month. Why? Well, December marks the end of one budget year and the beginning of another for many companies.


Have you heard the expression “use it or lose it” when it comes to company budgets? Managers do not want to lose a headcount because they haven’t filled it before the end of the year so they are hiring now to fill those seats.


Also companies are ramping up hiring to have people in seats at the beginning of the year. Hiring managers want to fill those seats as soon as possible to help with the immense workload and to keep from having an unfilled position when the company decides to put on a hiring freeze when budgets are adjusted down. Use this time to network into the opportunity before someone else does.


Reason Two

The process of searching for a job is actually step 4 of a successful search*. Quoting Coach Wooden, “When opportunity knocks, it’s too late to prepare. “ Be ready before opportunity knocks on your door. Be sure you have addressed the first three steps and have all of your marketing materials ready to go.


Step 1 is Attitude. There are two aspects to having the right attitude. The first aspect of attitude is understanding and accepting that the job market has changed. If you believe, “I have found a job before, I can do it again” without understanding what you need to do differently, then you will have a very hard time finding a job.  The job market has changed; the resume formats have changed, in fact the resume is the 6th most used piece of marketing materials (meaning there are 5 others used as often if not more so). The ways you need to look for a job have changed (are you mistakenly relying too much on on-line applications?). Take this time to understand the new job market and revise your approach.


The second aspect of having a good attitude is giving yourself time and permission to process the loss or fear so it does not negatively impact your body language, word choice, or the energy you need to do the job search. Don’t think you can fake it. Your micro gestures can’t be faked and that is the reason lie detectors work so well and psychics can “read” you. Like leftovers in a refrigerator, emotions do not get better with time. Take them out and deal with them now.


Step 2 is Aptitude and that means knowing your product – YOU. Let me ask you: Can you give a powerful, concise answer when the hiring authority asks “Why should we hire you over your competition?” When asked “what are your strengths” do you give the blah blah blah answer by saying “I’m detailed oriented, I’m a people person, I’m a quick study, I’m organized, I’m a hard-worker…”. Well that is the answer too many interviewees give and interviewers know that is not everyone’s strengths – you just think that is what we want to hear.


Your search will be more successful and take a shorter amount of time if you identify and document your prior accomplishments (STARs), identify your real strengths, and developed a personal brand. Be sure you know your product and how you are unique from your competition.


Step 3 is Altitude which means identifying the specific job title you are pursuing and developing your resume based upon the criteria companies are looking. Then identify and target a list of 5-10 companies you REALLY want to work for. Having a target company list does not mean you wouldn’t take a job with another company. Do not take the passive approach, waiting for companies to post positions. Instead proactively work to get a job with your target companies. Read RightChanges’ comprehensive article Why and How to Work a Target Company List.  


These three steps must be completed before updating your marketing materials. Also, remember that your resume is the 6th most used piece of marketing materials. Know what other items of marketing materials you need as much, if not more than, a resume and how and when to use them.



Reason Three


While others are stepping back in their search, step forward.


You have probably seen the skit in cartoons where a troop is standing in a line and the drill sergeant asks for someone to volunteer by stepping forward. All of the members of the troop except one step back making it look like the one guy stepped forward.  In that case it is not good to be the one who is left standing in front. But in the job search, you want to be the one who is stepping up. When others are missing out on opportunities, be the one who is there when opportunity knocks.






Go to YouTube and search FoundaJobYet to view the free 5 part video series titled The 5 Deadly Sins of the Job Search to be sure you are not committing any of the most common job search mistakes.



Consider giving the book Found a Job Yet? And Other Questions NOT to Ask! as a gift for friends and family in your life. The first half of the book covers how the job market has changed and what job seekers have to do in order to be successful. The second half of the book covers what people with a job seeker in their life can do to help in their success. 


Highly Recommended Resources


While working with clients, people have often ask what additional resources we recommend on various topics related to the job search, to succeed in the job and in life.


On, we have compiled and continually add to the resources we HIGHLY recommend.


Topics Include: Attitude, Knowing Your Product, Determining the Right Job,  ADD / ADHD, Life Skills , How to Network for Those Who Don’t Like To,  For Family and Friends of Job Seekers, Interviewing, Negotiating – Getting What You Deserve. And Coming Soon!: Success in Your Career and For Teens.


For more on each category and the full list of resources go to



And Now One More Reason To Continue the Job Search During the Holidays

My Thanksgiving Gift to You


This Thanksgiving, as in past years, we are thankful for our clients’ successes. As a way to give back and to remind and encourage you to continue the job search during the holidays we have a 2014 Thanksgiving special that expires at the end of November.


If you purchase the Buy 2 / Get One Free special from now until the end of November 2014 and use at least one hour this year (2014), you will be locked in for a special rate of $50 an hour (normally $75) the entire months of December 2014 and January 2015.


Remember, according to a poll, 69% of recruiters place as many if not more people in the month of December than any other month. Now is the time to see how you can add success to your job search.


To take advantage of this special, go to our on-line market at and select the Thanksgiving Special. We will then e-mail you the list of available dates and times to get you started.


Have a very happy Thanksgiving with your family and keep the job search moving forward.


About RightChanges

Judi Adams is the CEO of RightChanges, the Affordable and Successful Job Search Coach. RightChanges’ clients who completed the personal coach series landed jobs they WANTED.


*The Six Steps of the Job Search are the copyright of Crossroads Career Services. Judi Adams of RightChanges is a professional affiliate of Crossroads Career Services.