No one makes it alone. No one ever achieved anything worthwhile in life doing so single-handedly.

The helping hand

We know what we know and do what we do as a result of all we were taught by teachers, mentors and coaches we’ve had, including our parents. If you’re reading this, it’s because a teacher taught you to read. If you graduated college, it’s because you had good professors.

Yet when it comes to landing the right job with the right company at the right pay in order to live a great life, most job seekers go at it alone — with devastating results. Namely, prolonged, painful job searches, settling for lower paying jobs and living lives of not-so-quiet desperation.

The real job hunt

A job search can be overwhelmingly complicated. Job seekers must turn their boring chronological obituaries — otherwise known as résumés — into powerful self-marketing documents. Job seekers must be relationship builders, time management experts, interviewing specialists and be able to remain upbeat, self-motivated and focused when the spaghetti hits the fan.

“We know what we know and do what we do as a result of all we were taught by teachers, mentors and coaches we’ve had...”

The task of securing a great job that leads to a great life is, for most people, a daunting one. Selling yourself is one of the most difficult tasks people will ever have to do. Blowing our own horns, telling the world how great we are, are not skills most of us have mastered.

Common pitfalls

The most common mistake the majority of job seekers make is going at it alone. Qualified career coaches, résumé writers and other employment professionals can be a valuable resource when it comes to rapid employment.

Never begrudge the investment you make in your future. Consider working with a career coach or résumé writer who will empower and teach you how to land the job you want at the pay you deserve — and to live a rich and rewarding life.