Archive for November, 2009

Companies with Jobs in Seattle, Washington

November 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Here is a list of some of the companies hiring in the Seattle metro area.  If your looking for Seattle  jobs with top tier tech companies, check out the Microsoft jobs, Expedia jobs, and jobs at Amazon.  If there is a Seattle, Washington company that you are looking for and they are not on this list of companies hiring in Seattle, simply type their name into the keyword field and do a quick search.


Dealing With “Unproductive” Stress

November 20, 2009 Leave a comment
When we’re stressed with the “unproductive” type of
stress that I spoke about last week, it is difficult to
think clearly, and it may in some cases be paralyzing.
The first step to being able to deal with stress, and
to alter your relationship with it, is to become aware
of what is happening, and then consciously choose
to make another choice in that moment. I can practically guarantee you  it won’t be easy.  Your
unconscious mind works very hard at trying to keep
you in a familiar place – even when it doesn’t seem
to work for you.
However, I can also practically guarantee with a
willingness to alter your behavior around your stress
in a consistent manner you will likely find it getting
easier over time.
I promised you some ways to help relieve stress this
week…and here are 3 different types of things that
can help relatively easily and quickly.
1.  Your breathing.  You may notice that when you
are stressed, you don’t breathe easily or deeply.  To
take a moment, and focus on your breathing is one
of the simplest ways to help yourself in a moment of
stress.  Breathe in twice as slowly as you breathe
out (such as breathe in to the count of 3, out to the
count of 6).  Do it a few times, and you will have a
noticeable difference.  Your body won’t be able to
do anything but relax.
2.  Focus.  Where is your focus at the moment
that you are stressed?  Is it on a concern? Is it on
a possible outcome?  By allowing yourself to
focus on the moment, you will likely find that much
of the stress you are feeling of the unproductive
type will be minimalized, and quite possibly even
disappear.  Most of this type of stress comes from
feelings from past events, or fears about the future.
3. What can you do?  Sometimes it is difficult to know
what to do when you are feeling stuck, which can
lead to stress.  There is always something that you
can do.  It may not be what you want to do,  but there
is always something you can do.  When feeling stuck
doing anything will be helpful, and doing something
out of the ordinary may even be more beneficial
because it helps to break any patterns you may have
settled into, and might provide some much needed
If you have any questions about any of these
suggestions, please feel free to contact me, or
post in the comments below.
What would you like to hear about next week?
In the last 8 years, Elizabeth Alraune (@JoLoPe) has
worked with clients primarily over the phone and has
had over 11,000 conversations with clients working in
the roles of Life Coach, Certified Hypnotist, Intuitive,
and Healer.  To read more of her work, hear podcasts,
view videos, or receive valuable resources for free,

Productive Stress vs. Non-Productive Stress

November 13, 2009 Leave a comment
There is what I would call a “productive” type of stress,
which is the kind of stress that helps you get things
done, and helps you in times of emergency, and then
there is the not so productive type of stress.
“Productive” stress is something that is more for the
moment, for the event.  It’s the type of stress that
is meaningful to our lives, and sometimes helps
with our survival.   The other type, which I call
“non-productive stress”  is a feeling likely to be
more enduring, continual, and doesn’t serve the
same purpose as “productive” stress.  This is the kind
of stress we can most certainly live without, and is
also the type we have the most control over.
Odds are if you are unemployed and looking for a job
for any length of time you are more likely to be experiencing
the prolonged version of stress which (it has been
speculated) can affect, among other things, your
immune system which, is of course, the last thing we
need with H1N1 going round.
Interestingly, as human beings we get comfortable
in what is familiar, so as stressed as you might feel,
the longer you are there, the more likely you are to
unconsciously consider this feeling a “friend,” and
the more difficult it might be consciously to shake,
or want to take efforts to shake it.
The good news is that when you can recognize what
is happening, you are taking the first step to be able
to change things.  However, it is only a step.  How
many people know how to lose weight, and don’t?
If knowing something consciously was the only
thing we ever needed, we likely wouldn’t procrastinate,
or eat foods that weren’t good for us, or do behaviors
that were considered unhealthy and harmful to us.
Next week (unless there is as question that someone
would like answered) I will discuss some ways that
you can handle the stress that you are feeling, ways
that you can take that “next step.”
In the last 8 years, Elizabeth Alraune (@JoLoPe) has
worked with clients primarily over the phone and has
had over 11,000 conversations with clients working in
the roles of Life Coach, Certified Hypnotist, Intuitive,
and Healer.  To read more of her work, hear podcasts,
view videos, or receive valuable resources for free,
Also check out Holiday Stress Buster Plan at

Companies with Jobs in Chicago, Illinois

November 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Here is a list of some of the companies hiring in the Chicago, Illinois metro area.  Many of the links to these Chicago jobs go direct to the employers site so you can avoid going through the middle man and get right to the human resource department.

As always, I strongly encourage you to find people you may know in these companies and see if they can help you get an informational interview or at least get the name of the hiring manager.  If that’s not an option than by all means submit your resume to any of these jobs in Chicago that might be a fit.  Good Luck!

Resume Checklist

November 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Here are a few good things to be aware of on your resume.  Use this checklist to ensure that your resume is complete:

  • One page only, unless you have significant previous experience
  • Word processor generated, with full spell check (automated and manual) and proofing
  • Times Roman or other Serif font, 10 point to 12 point size (12 point is best)
  • No more than two fonts or two sizes
  • Margins no less than 1″ and no more than 1.5″
  • Quality bond paper, 8½ ” x 11″
  • Contact information clearly stated; campus and permanent addresses both listed if appropriate
  • Clear, focused objective
  • Summary of your top three or four accomplishments, skills or competencies listed as bullet points
  • Degree listed first, college/university second
  • GPA listed if over 3.0
  • Major GPA listed if over 3.0 and your overall GPA is under 3.0
  • Graduation date listed, even if you have not yet graduated
  • Experience section listing notable accomplishments
  • Descriptive (not actual) job titles
  • Industry buzzwords and keywords included
  • Activities section listing your most notable extracurricular activities
  • No personal data or potentially discriminatory data
  • Spell-check and grammar-check your resumetwice; then have at least two other people do it for you again.

Check out my “resume expert” list on Twitter for more help.

Companies with Jobs in Dallas Texas

November 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Here is another list of some of the companies who are hiring in the Dallas Texas metro area. Click on the company name  to bring up a list of open jobs for that company in the Dallas area.  Good Luck!

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Stress Relief for Job Seekers on Fridays

November 9, 2009 2 comments

Anyone who has been unemployed for any period of time know how stressful it can be.  It can be even more difficult if we have a spouse or partner who depends on us and they are stressing out as a result of our circumstances.  For many of us there isn’t really anyone we can talk to regarding our stress and many of us may be without medical benefits during this transition so trying to get in to see a medical professional is not an option.

I met someone through @thejobsguy last week who struck me as a person with great knowledge in the stress relive area.  Elizabeth Alraune consults with people as a life coach helping them focus on doing what needs to be done whether they feel like it or not.  She suggested to me that many of the people who follow @thejobsguy could probably use her services, to which I replied while I couldn’t agree with her more, I wasn’t sure how many unemployed people could actually afford her service or one like it.  That is when Elizabeth suggested that she offer up some of her expertise for free on a weekly basis by answering question/s on @thejobsguy blog on the topic of stress created by job search and being without a job. Every Fridays at noon she will post an answer to a readers question or questions so that other who may be suffering from the same issues can also pick up some new ideas about how to deal with them.

So if you are looking for ideas about how to deal with the stress of your job search or have questions about how others might be getting through their days, feel free to ask your question, anonymously in the comment section below and  Elizabeth will share her expertise, ideas and experiences in an effort to bring us all a little more peace of mind at a time when it can seem hard to find.


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