Sue Montgomery Potrait

Prompt... Professional... Personal


I wrote these Articles in answers to questions from my clients and website visitors.
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Job Searching

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  • How Long Should My Resume Be? - Don’t believe the urban legend that says your resume should be kept to just one page. It’s important to properly market yourself to employers, and that can take several pages.
  • It’s Important to Use Numbers in Your Resume - Jennie was proud of her success in producing high levels of revenue for her company but nervous about actually showing those numbers in her resume. After considering options, we found a way to use numbers to make her resume strong without revealing data she considered too sensitive.

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Interviews and Interviewing

  • Does Dress for Success Always Mean Dressing Up? - Ken was confused about whether or not it was appropriate to wear a suit and tie to the second interview with the same company. He found out that dressing for success can mean blending with the environment and choosing a more casual approach when thinking about what to wear.
  • Interviewing Tips To Get The Job You Want - Interviewing successfully could be as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. You may not be able to remember all the rules for interviewing, but keeping just 5 in mind could be the difference between getting the offer and getting the boot.
  • When Should You Discuss Salary? - You need to be ready to talk money in the very early stages of the interview process. You can’t wait until an offer is on the table.

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New Graduates

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Difficult Situations

  • Assess Where You Are and Where You Want to Be - After a few years, Susan found that her dream job had become a nightmare. She took a hard look at where she was, thought about where she wanted to be, and decided to make it happen. Faster than she could have imagined, Susan found herself in a job that satisfied both her professional and personal needs.
  • Career Planning Free from Guilt - The American cartoonist, Cathy Guisewite, whose “Cathy” cartoon had a 34-year run in multiple newspapers, described the four major guilt groups as food, love, career and mothers. Notice how “career” made it into the top three?
  • How to Manage A Job Loss - After a job loss, take time to take care of yourself. It is the most important thing you can do to ensure success in finding a new job.

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  • Keep Your Focus on Your Goals - If you want to succeed, you can’t let setbacks set you back. You have to focus on your goals and don't let setbacks deter you.
  • Skilled Trades Career Option - Consider skilled trades. A lot of jobs that pay $50,000; $60,000; $70,000 a year don’t require a college degree.
  • The New Face of Temp Jobs - Temp jobs and contract jobs can be your gateway to landing a full-time position in your industry, moving to an entirely new profession, or gaining the kind of job flexibility you've only dreamed about.
  • Why Is Personal Branding Important? - Figuring out why personal branding is an important part of your job-search strategy is as simple as understanding why you pick one product over another.

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