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5 Tips for Moms Going Back to the Workplace

5 Tips for Moms Going Back to the Workplace

In honor of Mother’s Day this month, I’d like to honor our mothers stepping back into the workplace. Quite often, mothers put their careers on hold to raise a family and sometimes find it difficult to re-enter the race. Here are five practical tips for moms on how to...

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5 Tips to Help Your Career to Bloom this Spring

5 Tips to Help Your Career to Bloom this Spring

If April showers bring May flowers, how might you shower yourself today to have a blooming career tomorrow? Thankfully, you don’t have to figure it out yourself. Here are 5 ways to help your career bloom this spring. Talk to your supervisor Are there any more...

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5 Ways to Blossom Your Career

5 Ways to Blossom Your Career

Spring has returned, and with it, birds are abundant, warmer days delight, and nature blooms all around us. Perhaps you’re thinking it’s time to prepare your home for some deep spring cleaning. Why not your job as well? What are some ways to blossom your career? Let’s...

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5 Ways to Recognize It’s Time to Change Jobs

5 Ways to Recognize It’s Time to Change Jobs

Are you wondering whether or not it’s worth it to stay in your job? Maybe you’re thinking about switching it up, or you’re on the fence about starting a whole new career. How do you know if it’s time? There are several red flags you’ll want to watch out for when it's...

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4 Short Scripts to Build and Engage Your Network

4 Short Scripts to Build and Engage Your Network

When you are working toward building or engaging with your network, it's helpful and efficient to employ scripts to do so, especially if your network is vast or you are connecting with many colleagues at once. This saves you time, yet still retains that personal touch...

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4 Ways to Activate Your Network

4 Ways to Activate Your Network

If you're in love with your career or looking for a career you love, there are a few things you can do to begin (or continue) to invest in the career of your dreams. Here are four ways to activate your network. Make New Connections Networking is crucial, so consider...

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5 Ways to Invest in Your Career!

5 Ways to Invest in Your Career!

It’s January, the month of resolutions and new habits, and it’s time to take stock of your career. Life is too short to waste at a dead-end job. Make the commitment to give yourself a better life. Here are 5 tips to help you invest in and commit to a career you’ll...

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4 Tips for a Confidential Job Search

4 Tips for a Confidential Job Search

A new year means new opportunities and maybe even a hunt for a new job. With the holidays behind you, it’s time to put your nose to the grindstone to find that perfect employment. But what if you don’t want anyone to know you’re looking? What if you’re still employed,...

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3 Ways to Relax During the Holidays

3 Ways to Relax During the Holidays

Looking back on 2023, it was a busy year. 2023 was a year of growth and expansion, which now leads us to find new and exciting ways to relax at the year’s close. While we have some much-needed time off work, let’s kick up our feet, take it easy, and relax during the...

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3 Ways to Unplug this Holiday Season

3 Ways to Unplug this Holiday Season

It’s December, and you know what that means - the holiday season is upon us! The best advice I’ve ever received is to take the time to enjoy your days off with friends and family, and not just enjoy them, but be intentional about it, to realign your heart with your...

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5 Ways Hiring a Resume Writer is Better Than ChatGPT

5 Ways Hiring a Resume Writer is Better Than ChatGPT

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, chances are you have heard of the latest craze in artificial intelligence, ChatGPT. This new AI tool is touted as a “chatbot” created by OpenAI, which allows users to create conversations, ask about stats,...

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7 Tips for a Confidential Job Search

7 Tips for a Confidential Job Search

Let’s face it, sometimes you need to find another job or position as quickly as possible but you don’t want to give anyone any hints that you’re doing so. If you’re looking for a new job but don’t want to look like you’re looking for a new job, here are seven tips we...

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5  Steps to Land a Job in Tech

5 Steps to Land a Job in Tech

Have you ever wanted a job in tech? Sounds great until you realize the only companies you know about are Google, Facebook, Apple, and Netflix. One of the best ways to find tech companies is to check out the apps on your phone. These are the apps you use every single...

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5 Ways to Help a Friend Who Has Recently Been Laid Off

5 Ways to Help a Friend Who Has Recently Been Laid Off

Do you have a friend or family member who’s recently lost their job? If so, we have a list of things that might lift their spirits and help them find a new job as soon as possible. If you’re feeling a little helpless, here are 5 ways you can help. Create a self-care...

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5 Things to Negotiate in Your Termination Package

5 Things to Negotiate in Your Termination Package

We’ve all heard about negotiating your salary or even your severance package, but what happens if you’re fired or terminated? Can you negotiate your termination package? Yes, you can! Here are five things to negotiate in your termination package. Don’t sign anything...

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3 Ways to Trust Your Gut

3 Ways to Trust Your Gut

  When I first started my business, I was told by plenty of people it would never get off the ground. Who would want someone else to write their resumé when they could buy a book and learn how to do it themselves? Or maybe they could check out the free services at a...

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 5 Ways I Changed My Entire Life!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 5 Ways I Changed My Entire Life!

It’s our anniversary!!! July of 2023 marks the ten-year anniversary of Madelyn Mackie & Associates, LLC. 10-YEARS!!!! It’s hard to believe. Think about where you were ten years ago on your own career journey and how far you’ve come. A lot can happen in a...

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3 More Ways to Find Motivation During the Summer

3 More Ways to Find Motivation During the Summer

If you need some motivation this summer, my previous blog gives 3 fun ways to find motivation when the days are lovely and you’re distracted by fun. In this blog, I’m sharing 3 more ways to find summer motivation when the days are long and the sun is shining. Work to...

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3 Ways to Motivate Yourself During the Summer

3 Ways to Motivate Yourself During the Summer

Summer is finally here, and with it, warm temperate days and beautiful bright sunshine. With such lovely weather and the kids out of school, perhaps you’re wondering what you can do to focus and stay productive. How can you find the motivation to do the things that...

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3 Ways to Find Hiring Companies on LinkedIn

3 Ways to Find Hiring Companies on LinkedIn

It’s true; there are a lot of layoffs happening in today’s business world. However, if you know what to look for, you might just be able to find yourself a job. Let’s stop worrying about layoffs and start paying attention to who’s hiring. Here are three ways you can...

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3 Sacrifices You Can Make to Get What You Want

3 Sacrifices You Can Make to Get What You Want

                When I first started my business, I knew I’d need to make a few sacrifices to get the company off the ground. I had to be willing to give up things I enjoyed in order to get what I wanted. For me, I knew my...

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5 Spring Cleaning Tips to Improve Your Job Search

5 Spring Cleaning Tips to Improve Your Job Search

April is here which means a little spring cleaning is in order. How long has it been since you’ve polished your approach to a land new job? Let’s blow the dust off your career dreams and have a look at 5 spring cleaning tips for your job search. Start with the end in...

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5 More Common LinkedIn Mistakes to Avoid

5 More Common LinkedIn Mistakes to Avoid

LinkedIn can be instrumental to launch your career dreams. However, not everyone knows how to properly use the platform. Here is another list of five more common LinkedIn mistakes. Don’t Wait for Others to Find You. Use the LinkedIn search function to look for people...

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5 Common Mistakes on LinkedIn

5 Common Mistakes on LinkedIn

If you’re on LinkedIn looking for a job or seeking to connect with colleagues and associates, it can be a powerful tool to expand your career horizons. However, there are a few mistakes many make on the platform. Here are five common mistakes on LinkedIn.  Don’t...

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5 More Ways to Keep Your Resume Love Alive

5 More Ways to Keep Your Resume Love Alive

If your resume needs some TLC, give it a little affection. Here are 5 more ways to keep your resume love alive. Don’t Forget the Accomplishments This is one of the biggest mistakes made when writing your own résumé. Jobseekers can feel uncomfortable highlighting their...

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5 Ways to Activate Your Resume

5 Ways to Activate Your Resume

Is it time to blow the dust off your resume and rekindle the passion for your career? Here are some practical ways to give your resume a little love. 1. Be Clear About Your Job Target Have a goal in mind for what job you’re pursuing and be ruthless about what you...

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5 Simple Ways to Create a Vision Board

5 Simple Ways to Create a Vision Board

A vision board is a simple but powerful concept. It's a collage of dreams, a collection of pictures, quotes, and goals you have created as a visual representation of what you’re striving to achieve in your life. Here are 5 simple ways to create a 2023 vision board...

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5 Reasons Why It’s Okay to Set New Year’s Resolutions

5 Reasons Why It’s Okay to Set New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! It’s 2023, have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? I always hear from a few anti-resolution types, “Oh, I never set New Year’s Resolutions. They are just a waste of time.” I think January 1 is a great time to step back, reflect, and reset,...

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The Best Time to Schedule a Job Interview

The Best Time to Schedule a Job Interview

When is the best time to schedule your interview? The easy answer is whenever it works for the interviewer! After all, that’s the goal — to get the interview, and then the job offer. But what if you are offered a choice of dates and/or times for the interview? When...

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Is an In-Person or Virtual Interview Best?

Is an In-Person or Virtual Interview Best?

According to HireVue’s 2022 Global Trends Report, 37% of more than 1600 hiring leaders surveyed said they have moved to a combination of both in-person and virtual interviews. Both types of interviews have their pros and cons.  If offered the choice, consider...

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3 Ways to Find Time to do a Job Search

3 Ways to Find Time to do a Job Search

Go to work, attend meetings, write reports, take classes, go to the gym, shop, take care of your family, cook, clean, and repeat! The list of things you have to do each day is endless. How can you possibly fit in one more thing, like a job search? Here are 3 ways to...

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Conduct a Social Media Audit…TODAY!

Conduct a Social Media Audit…TODAY!

We all know that background checks are part of any hiring process. Did you know that your future employer will also do a social media search on you?  Here are five things you need to do to ensure your social media does not cost you your next job! Conduct a Social...

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How to Answer the Salary Question

How to Answer the Salary Question

The dreaded salary question! No one wants to answer it. Everyone wants to ask it. Here is a quick and easy way to handle it in the future. Delay "I know compensation is important as you are considering candidates, I am hoping we can delay thisconversation until we are...

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7 Easy Steps to Handle Your Next Salary Negotiation

7 Easy Steps to Handle Your Next Salary Negotiation

How to Negotiate Your Salary in 7 Easy Steps Step 1 - Prepare Prepare for the offer by creating a list of questions you have about the organization, work schedule, benefits, and compensation structure. Step 2 - Listen During the call, write down everything they tell...

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Networking Your Way to Your Next Job

Networking Your Way to Your Next Job

The single biggest mistake most job searchers make is not asking for help from their network. People want to help you — so let them! But don’t wait until you’re out of work to start developing relationships with your network. The more people who know you are looking...

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Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes on LinkedIn

Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes on LinkedIn

Don’t Dismiss LinkedIn as Something Only for People Who Are Looking for a New Job. The best time to build your LinkedIn profile, connect with people, and participate on LinkedIn is now — before you need it. If you find yourself suddenly unemployed and decide that now...

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7 Questions to Ask About Company Culture in An Interview

7 Questions to Ask About Company Culture in An Interview

Picture this: You’re nearing the end of a challenging but fruitful job interview. You think you’ve been effective at communicating what you’re all about. Then the interviewer turns and asks you, “do you have any questions for us?” There’s only so much that can be...

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3 Things You MUST Do Before You Start Your Job Search

3 Things You MUST Do Before You Start Your Job Search

What if you had to choose between… A Location OR High Earnings A Job Function OR Finding a Job Fast Finding a Job Fast OR Finding a Culture you fit in with Work-life Balance OR Financial Stability Workplace Culture OR Location / Community Financial Stability OR Job...

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5 Techniques for Proofreading Your Resume

5 Techniques for Proofreading Your Resume

Don’t send off that resume just yet – one typo could get it routed to your ideal employer’s trash folder. Here are five quick ways to proofread your resume to make sure it’s perfect every time. First: a warmup exercise. Can you find the typos in these sentences? Drove...

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3 Ways to Get Organized for Your Job Search

3 Ways to Get Organized for Your Job Search

For many people, figuring out which job is right for them becomes a numbers game. By the time you’re done with your job search, you might have applied for 50, 100, or even 200 jobs! How can you keep track of it all, and make sure you’re ready when interviews and...

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Is it time to throw out your resume?

Is it time to throw out your resume?

When you already have a resume, at a certain point you’re faced with a dilemma: Should I update my existing resume, or is it time to completely reimagine it? This guide will help give you direction to help you decide when it’s time to refresh — and when it’s time to...

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5 Resume Mistakes to Avoid!

5 Resume Mistakes to Avoid!

Many of us wrote our first resume in college and through the years, we just kept adding more jobs, more skills, and more education.  Resume styles, formats, and language change over the years. It’s like fashion styles. You wouldn’t wear plaid bell bottoms or a...

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Activate Your Career with an Informational Interview!

Activate Your Career with an Informational Interview!

If there is a company you’d like to work for, use this script to ask for an informational interview. This can alsobe a script if you identify a contact who can give you information or help you network to a job. Preparation: Try to find someone you already know at the...

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What’s your Elevator Pitch?

What’s your Elevator Pitch?

“Tell me about yourself,” the interviewer says. “So, what do you do?” asks the person you just met at a networking get-together. First impressions can make the difference in building meaningful and important connections both personal and professional. You find...

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