When is a Cover Letter Make or Break?


Switching career paths can be a tricky road to navigate. Cover letters are a great tool to lead the way.

If your resume is filled with biological research experience but you want a role in sales, how do you portray your interest and value on paper? An effective cover letter increases the chance that you’ll catch the hiring manager’s eye. Otherwise, they may assume your resume landed on their desk by mistake.

Your diverse experience could be exactly what they are looking for, but you need to be creative to get them to see it.

What to Include in a Cover Letter

A great cover letter allows you to display your professionalism, and your unique career path goals more than a resume. Keep things in mind while building your cover letter to tell your story and catch the hiring managers attention:

  1. The Details Matter – Make It Perfect

    Is the date correct? Are you addressing the appropriate person? Do you use proper grammar and write in active voice? Are typos nonexistent? These small details matter when you have a few seconds of the hiring manager’s attention. Also, make sure to note which role you’re applying for. When in doubt, put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes and think about what they would benefit from reading.

  2. A Short & Sweet Introduction

    Your introduction should be short and succinct. Briefly introduce yourself as a professional and how you fit the posted position. For example, if you’re applying for a career in sales but your experience is in research, your introduction may be, “I’m an experienced biological researcher looking to utilize my background and communication skills as a biomedical equipment sales director.”

  3. Keep it Skimmable

    The hiring manager likely won’t read through your entire cover letter. According to a research study, 33 percent of employers look for mention of the skills they asked for in the job description. Call this out clearly in your cover letter by pulling exact requirements from the job description into the letter and stating your qualifications.

  4. Translate Your Current Experience

    Regardless of whether you’re new to an industry or have been in it for 20 years, you want to translate your experience into value for the new role. Find the transferable skills that set you apart and qualify you for the role ­– then creatively and concisely list them in the cover letter.

Cover letters can be challenging to write, and our team of professional career coaches would love to help!

At The Wilbanks Consulting Group, we help professionals and students achieve their goals through job search execution services.

Posted on July 16, 2019 and filed under Career, Search Strategy.

Interviews: Balancing Independence & Working as a Team


Most companies desire candidates who are comfortable working alone and with a team. After all, there will be times that you need to do both. This is why one of the most asked interview questions is, “Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?” This question is meant to unveil your personality and to get a glimpse into how you would fit in with their team.

Why Balance is Important

There are times when you must work as a team – let’s say you have a deadline and there’s no way to complete it solo. Or perhaps your work involves other departments at the company. You must feel comfortable communicating with other team members to effectively complete the task.

On the other hand, there will be times when you just need to put your head down and complete your responsibilities for an impending deadline.

Since both will be required at the job, hiring managers want to make sure you’re equally able to tackle work this way on their team.

So, do you prefer to work independently or with a team?

How to Approach the Interview

Regardless of your preferred method, you must be able to gracefully answer this very pointed question. Here are a few ways to answer this question effectively:

“I tend to be more productive when working independently. However, when tasks require more collaboration and different perspectives, I prefer working with a team.”

“I’m comfortable working alone and with a team depending on the situation and type of work.”

“I have experience working in both ways and I find productivity with each.”

These are great lead-ins. Be ready to back up these statements with an example of when you successfully worked solo and with a team. “Give me an example” is an inevitable follow-up question.

Practice answering, “Do you prefer to work independently or with a team?” using these above responses or whatever feels genuine to you. Then, briefly provide examples. Practice makes perfect so you can nail the interview!

If you’re actively job searching and want to perfect your interview skills, resume, or want to overhaul your job search strategy completely, we’re here to help.

At The Wilbanks Consulting Group, we help professionals in all stages of their careers find their dream job, land their dream job, and continue to thrive in their career.

Posted on July 9, 2019 and filed under Career, Interviewing.

Independence Day Reflections


Independence Day, often referred to as the Fourth of July, is synonymous with fireworks, grilling out, and American flags. After all, it is the day the United States celebrates its independence from Great Britain. On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress secretly voted for our independence and two days later, on July 4th, the Declaration of Independence was approved.

As you enjoy a great firework show and maybe a hot dog, don’t forget to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in such an incredible country. While still one of the youngest countries, the US is known for drawing citizens from all over the world to pursue “The American Dream,” and it continues to lead internationally in the areas of politics, culture, and scientific development. While you salute the founding of America, also reflect and appreciate your career, workplace, and colleagues.

Take Time to Reflect

Sometimes we get caught up in the day-to-day grind and forget to reflect on the good things happening. After all, it’s easier to overlook the good and focus on the negative. Take today to shift your mindset, appreciating the great things about your career. Try setting a morning routine that includes time for reflection to write down what you’re grateful for. Jot down things related to your career path, a helpful coworker, or even something you appreciated about your drive home the day before. Make the effort to focus on the good, and you’ll begin to feel more positive throughout each and every day.

From all of us at The Wilbanks Consulting Group, we wish you a wonderful Independence Day holiday that spreads gratitude through the rest of your year.

Posted on July 2, 2019 and filed under Community.

Expectation Setting For Inside Interviews Vs. Outside Interviews


The interview process differs from company to company, job to job, and person to person. It’s safe to say that no interview process is exactly the same. And for good reason, the process should be tailored to unveil which candidate is the best fit for the job both professionally and culturally.

Whether you are interviewing for a position at a new company or trying to get your foot in the door in a different department, you need to be prepared.

Here are a few tips to set your expectations for a job interview inside your company:

Treat internal interviews as if you’re interviewing for a new company. Just because you may know the hiring manager doesn’t mean you should lose your professionalism. Behave like you’re interviewing for a job outside your organization. Freshen up your resume, cover letter, dress appropriately, and bring in your updated career binder with project examples to prove your value.

The hiring manager’s goal is to find the best candidate. Regardless of whether it’s an internal employee or a new hire, it’s all about finding the person who will excel at the role. Don’t assume you’re the leading candidate simply because it’s an inside interview. Put your best foot forward and be sure to highlight ways you contribute to the company in the new role.

Inside interviews may focus more on situational questions. If you’re already working at the organization, there’s no need to review your background or why you want to work at the company. Inside interviews will have a steep focus on real work examples. You can expect questions like, “Tell me about X project. What was your role in the project? What went well? What’s one thing you would do differently if you could do it all over again?” Ace the interview with great examples using the STAR method.

Always send a follow up "thank you." No matter if you interview inside or outside the organization, always send a thank you note or email. It shows the hiring manager you’re excited and serious about the opportunity.

Do you need an interviewing refresher? At The Wilbanks Consulting Group, we coach individuals through mock interview situations, helping them find the best way to position themselves and their experience to hiring managers. Contact us to learn more.

Posted on June 25, 2019 .

Finding professional lessons in your summer experiences with your child(ren)


Just because school’s out doesn’t mean the learning needs to stop, for your child or for you. Valuable lessons are hidden everywhere, you just have to be on the lookout. When you’re spending quality time with your family this summer, don’t miss valuable opportunities to keep learning and growing in your career.

Here are several great lessons the team at The Wilbanks Consulting Group has learned throughout our summers.

Hard Work Pays

Work comes with rewards. This summer when the entire family is contributing more around the house, remember that work ethic is learned from a young age. Even if the tasks your family has to tackle aren’t fun, it builds character. You can apply this in the office by taking on the tasks that you don’t love and working until you’re happy with the quality, knowing that all the hard work will reap rewards.

Mistakes Happen

Mistakes are a normal part of being human. When mistakes happen this summer, don’t react in an unproductive way. Instead, use it as a learning opportunity for your kids and as a reminder for you. Back at the office, when you or your colleagues make mistakes, focus on the problem and not the person making the mistake. Identify the “why” that caused the issue versus the “who.” For example, if you fell short at the interview, focus on why you fell short – were you unprepared? Did you feel intimidated? Find the underlying problem and focus on resolving that.

Be Kind and Courteous

Courtesy is crucial to establishing and maintaining a great professional reputation. These are lessons you can instill in your children every time you are out in a public space. Encourage your family to say “thank you” and “please” and remember to model good manners as well. Teach them how to write "thank you" notes by writing them as a family for your neighbors or even your coworkers that have a personal connection with your family.

As you teach your children good manners, remember that a major criteria during the interview process is: is the applicant polite? No one wants to work with a jerk, so hiring managers will do their due diligence to make sure you’re kind, courteous, and a team player. Make sure to teach your children these lessons now so they are prepared when they’re older.

Growth Comes From Challenges

Persistence when times get tough is an extremely valuable lesson the entire family can apply throughout their lives. For example, if your kid gets frustrated when trying to complete a puzzle, don’t rush over to help them. Instead, give them encouragement and space, allowing them to figure out the solution on their own. Finding small achievable challenges helps develop problem-solving skills and growth. The same lessons can be applied in the workplace. If you’re feeling stuck in your career or have difficult coworkers, you can prevail if you have the right tools and guidance.

Summer is a great time for valuable learning lessons for everyone in the family, including you! If you’re considering a career change or just want to explore more tactics to give you a competitive edge in the workplace.

Posted on June 18, 2019 .

5 Best Job Search Techniques for Recent College Grads

5 Best Job Search Techniques for Recent College Grads

Graduating from college can come with mixed emotions.

On one hand, you achieved a huge accomplishment. You’re officially an adult in the real world!

On the other hand, there’s pressure to secure your first job out of college and become an adult in the real word. It’s a fine line between excitement and being overwhelmed.

You’ll likely hear “What are your plans now?” at every graduation celebration you attend. So what do you do if you haven’t landed your first job?

Here are the best job search techniques for recent grads.

Develop Job Goals

Have you thought about what you want to do post-grad? If not, take some time and map out potential career paths. Take personality assessments to understand yourself on a deeper level. While you likely won’t land your dream job right out of college, there’s a chance you could be in your dream industry, so take time to set your goals. If you feel lost, our career exploration coaching can help you find your path.

Update Your Resume + LinkedIn Profile

Give your resume and LinkedIn profile a big refresh post-grad. Add in key college coursework and assignments, clubs and associations, and internship or work experience you earned during undergrad. Your resume and LinkedIn profile are your professional first impressions, so make it count!

Network, Network, Network

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Networking is invaluable for connecting with like-minded professionals and gaining job referrals. Participate in alumni events at your alma mater, join LinkedIn groups, and attend networking events in your area. If you aren’t sure where to find groups for networking, you can search for relevant events on Meetup and EventBrite. Put yourself out there and build a valuable professional network. Learn more about networking etiquette here.

Don’t be Afraid to Reach Out

Did you connect on LinkedIn with a junior employee at your dream company? Reach out to them and ask them questions about their path and how they got there. Find employees who work in your goal industry and send them a thoughtful, custom message on LinkedIn. Simply putting yourself out there and following up with networking connections can open the right doors for great career moves.

Internships Can be Key

There’s often pressure to land an entry-level job out of college, but for the industries that require experience, an internship is a great start! Internships are also a great way to get your foot in the door at exceptional companies. Oftentimes, companies hire interns when the internship is over. So get out there, don’t overlook internships, and work hard.

Remember that your first entry-level job out of college likely won't be your dream job. Understand your overall career plan and take the first step toward it. If you’re a recent grad and don’t know where to begin, we’d love to hear from you. We work with students and recent grads that need help pinpointing a great career path that aligns their personality with their goals.

Posted on June 11, 2019 .

Career Planning Checklist for High School Graduates

Career Planning Checklist for High School Graduates

You’ve taken your college placement tests, submitted your essays and applications, completed high school, and most likely know where you’re starting college in the fall.

Congratulations! This is a new exciting time, full of opportunities. While being an undergrad may be the only thing on your mind, the more you can plan for your career post-college, the more you’ll be able to maximize your college experience for long-term success.

Here are a few to-dos to help you prepare for entering college with a long-term plan.

Compile Key Projects

Remember that great presentation you gave junior year? Or the paper you wrote senior year? Before checking out of high school completely, do an inventory and compile your standout projects. These can come in handy for college internship, work study, and job applications. Plus, they are a great start to your career binder.

Get Hands-on Experience

Until you get into your major classes, most college classes consist of general education lectures. Supplement what you want to learn with hands-on experience outside of the classroom. Curious about working in dentistry? Apply for summer internships at a local dentist office. Want to work in engineering? Scope out businesses in your area and see if they’re accepting summer interns or volunteer or shadowing opportunities. Learning real work skills is an invaluable complement to college courses.

Think About Your Career

It’s never too early for career-talk. Many students go through the first part of college without solid plans. It’s a much better use of time (and money!) to take the first steps toward finding your career path. That doesn’t mean you need to know exactly what you want to do. Instead, explore potential careers that match your personality and interests. By gaining this insight, you can test different options throughout college to see if they truly are the right fit.

Create a LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a powerful networking site for professionals. Get a jumpstart on your career and create a profile. Unlike other social sites, LinkedIn should show your professional personality and achievements.

  • Include your education and any internships or work experience you have.

  • Connect with high school classmates, new college classmates, and people in the field you wish to explore.

  • Keep your LinkedIn profile updated regularly. Think of it as your digital portfolio for potential employers.

Have FUN

It’s great to be laser-focused on your future, but don’t forget to enjoy the present. Take time to be with family and friends and enjoy the summer before heading to college. Plan summer activities, vacations or getaways. It’s important to create fun memories while you’re working toward your career goals because when times get stressful at college, you’ll want to remember the enjoyable moments.

Meet With a Career Coach

Career coaches have proven tools to help you understand and identify aspects of your personality that would match with potential careers. Consider a career exploration package to become one step closer to the dream career you maybe never considered. Save time and money in college by learning about your best fit career now!

At The Wilbanks Consulting Group, we offer career coaching specifically for students regarding career exploration, resume building, interview skills, and more. It’s never too early to consider your life post-grad.

Posted on June 4, 2019 .

Kick Off The Summer Without Losing Your Career Momentum


Summer is almost here (!) which means warm weather, time with family, and vacations. Summer can also be a time when you lose steam on your career goals because of all of the fun distractions.

Here are the very best tips to keep up the momentum and power through this season of your career, even when it’s summer.

  1. Access Your Goals - Check in on the goals you set at the beginning of the year. Summer marks the mid-year: How are your goals holding up? For those you’ve already achieved – great, set more! For those you are still working toward – reassess your path and determine if the steps to get there need to be adjusted. Keep working toward your goals, achieve them, and set supplementary ones.

  2. Celebrate Your Achievements - Summer is the perfect time to celebrate your wins. You work hard and deserve to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage or your favorite specialty coffee drink. Go on a spontaneous vacation. Find a way to give yourself some credit for your accomplishments. Then do it!

  3. Be Strategic With Time - Treat your time for what it is – an extremely valuable, non-refundable asset. Spend your time strategically and with intention. Think about how you used your time yesterday. Can you eliminate any activities that didn’t bring value? Maybe you spent too long in your inbox or spent too much time “putting out fires” and weren’t able to check tasks off your to-do list. Assess what led you to spend time on low value tasks and try to mitigate it in the future.

  4. Change Your Routine - Sometimes the day-to-day can become monotonous and dampen the excitement in your career. Reclaim the momentum by switching up your routine. Perhaps pick up a new after-work activity like an exercise or art class, or learn a new skill or language. Sometimes you can be motivated by simply changing your route to work, listening to an inspiring podcast, or reading a great book. These activities will help energize and encourage you to keep achieving.

Are you in the right career?

Sometimes we lose momentum because our current career doesn’t align with our aspirations. If you want to explore different jobs or careers altogether, we would love to hear from you. We help equip individuals with game-changing tools for their job hunt.

Posted on May 28, 2019 .

Managing Changing Expectations At Work


Expectations determine what success looks like, and the communication of expectations ensures parties are on the same page. Without expectations, focus, productivity, and progress suffer because you’re working towards a cloudy goal. Setting and managing expectations can be a challenge for many reasons, especially because those set by your boss and colleagues may change over time. When expectations fluctuate, it can be hard to grasp the objective and deliver your best work.

As a colleague, team member, and employee, it’s your job to manage and adjust to change. Following these three steps is a great start to building your comfort level and success with adapting to changing expectations:

  1. Accept Change
    Step away from your comfort zone and embrace the change by diving into the “why”. What is the business reason that is driving this change? Be open to understanding the reasons why the change is happening. Then, be willing to learn what you need to succeed with the new set of expectations. Don’t be afraid to try new things at work, you may be surprised and find a new skill or passion!

  2. Communicate Clearly
    Clear communication is crucial when setting expectations and especially when they change. If you feel left in the dark and aren’t sure what’s expected of you with changes happening on your team, ask your boss directly. Without clarifying, you won’t be able to move forward in the right direction and succeed in your role. Spelling out the new expectations is a win-win for both you and your manager.

  3. Attitude is Everything
    Remain positive regardless of the circumstances. Get comfortable with the fact that not everything is within your control. How you choose to think and talk about your situation directly impacts your career and growth. Consider how you can leverage your skills and experience to succeed in your role. Attitude is everything.

Demonstrating agility with change will help not only help you grow as a person but it will also help you become a more valuable employee.

Looking for a career coach? We help individuals with everything from managing your current role to interviewing to negotiating salary packages.

Posted on May 21, 2019 and filed under Career.

The Wilbanks Consulting Group Appreciates Our Armed Forces


Former President John F. Kennedy once said, "Guard zealously your right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard."

May marks National Military Appreciation Month. It honors those who are active and former members of the United States Armed Forces. Take the time this month to thank someone in the military on one of these special days. It’s because of their selfless service that we have our freedom.

Armed Forces Day: May 18
A day set aside to give thanks to everyone serving in all military branches.

Memorial Day: May 27
Commemorating fallen soldiers while in active duty.

Ways To Show Gratitude To Former & Active Duty Military

Here are a few ways you can spread gratitude to former and active duty military.

  1. Send thank you notes to deployed active duty military or veterans.

  2. Get involved in local community gatherings to commemorate the Armed Forces.

  3. Volunteer your time at a local veterans organization.

  4. Simply say “thanks” to those you see in uniform.

Whether you’re a civilian wanting to show appreciation, or a family member of an active duty military person, take time this month to recognize and appreciate the sacrifices the United States Armed Forces took to help make our country great.

Active duty military and veterans receive a special discount on services with The Wilbanks Consulting Group. Contact our team for more information on how we can help you through a career transition!

Posted on May 14, 2019 and filed under Community.

Strategies for Changing Seasons of Life & Career


Whether it’s personal or professional, change is a constant that we can count on. When we understand that change—like the seasons—follows certain patterns, we can work through the stormy days change with confidence that sunshine is right around the corner.

If you find yourself in a season of career change, you can make the transition more successful by navigating the path forward with a few simple strategies.

Navigating a Seasons of Career Change

Focus – Reflect on your current career. Do you want to make a change? Identify your big picture career goal – where you want to see yourself – and focus on that goal. With a clear focus, you can silence the job search “noise” and stay focused and committed to your goal. You’ll also want to spend time visualizing yourself in your new career. Is the lifestyle a good fit?

Prepare – Does your goal require a new skill or education level? Take strategic steps to prepare yourself for your dream career. Research and identify what’s needed to advance through your new path. Work on building your resume to help it stand out. Gain knowledge by taking a course or earning a certification. Engage with other professionals in the field and work toward bridging the gap between where you are in your career and where you want to be.

Search – A good career search starts with a strong foundation.This is the time to update your job search materials like your resume, references, LinkedIn, and career binder.

Fine-tune a new networking introduction. What’s your 60-second elevator speech? Spending time preparing can be the difference between getting your foot in the door or not.

Take Action – Once you’ve prepared your search, it’s time to take action. Apply to your targeted companies. Leverage your network for more opportunities. Keep your eye on the end-goal and work relentlessly.

Manage & Evolve – Once you’ve landed your dream job and negotiated salary and benefits, it’s time to kick off your new career! But things will continue to change and you must adapt. Make it a habit to check in with yourself and your goals to ensure you haven’t strayed from the path.

Need help navigating the seasons of career change? Contact our team for help you focus, prepare, search, take action, and evolve!

How Much Personality Should You Bring To An Interview?


During the interview process, there can be a fine line between showing your personality and showing a little too much. Sure, you want to show the hiring manager you’re a good cultural fit but you don’t want to appear like you’re catching up with friends at a party. So, where is that line and how do you know where you stand? Here are some guidelines to help you be yourself within professional boundaries.

Consider the Company and Industry

Context is everything. When you research the company, see what type of culture they have. Is it a casual start-up with ping pong tables and dogs in the office? Or is it a large corporate company where everyone wears suits and blazers every day? Based on this, you can determine how much of your personality to reveal. Startups often mean working long hours and possibly weekends to meet the demands of a new business, so the hiring manager will want to ensure you’d fit in with the team during long work weeks. On the other hand, an established corporation may need you to portray a sophisticated demeanor at all times because of frequent client visits.

Be Aware of Body Language

During the interview, the hiring manager will be looking for subtleties that make you stand out. If you approach them with a smile and handshake, you appear confident and professional. On the other hand, if you look down with your arms crossed, you appear disinterested and unapproachable. Mind your body language during interviews: sit tall, speak confidently and avoid nervous habits like biting your nails, tapping your foot, and using excessive filler words.

Avoid Controversial Topics

Regardless of how casual the interview is, don’t bring up controversial topics like religion, political views, or social issues.

Above All, Be Professional

Always act with the utmost professionalism. Be polite, courteous and humble. If you have to consider whether something is professional or not, it’s probably not.

Interviewing is an art that can be learned. If you’re considering changing careers and need guidance in the best responses to interview questions, we’d love to hear from you. Our team at The Wilbanks Consulting Group helps individuals with everything from search strategy and resumes to interview preparation and offer negotiation. Contact us to learn more.

Posted on April 30, 2019 and filed under Interviewing, Career.

Thank Your Administration Staff Today!


In the day-to-day work routine, it can be hard to remember to stop and express thanks to those around you. When people are busy, they forget about being kind, especially to those in administrative roles. The truth is, administrative professionals do more than meets the eye. They organize, plan, solve, coordinate, assist, anticipate, and serve (among many other tasks) to keep the office running smoothly.

We encourage you to take time out of your day to express how thankful you are for them. Here are a couple of ways to show your appreciation.

Quick Ways to Show Appreciation

Notes - Simple thank you notes go a long way in expressing gratitude. If they helped you pull together a presentation in a pinch or booked your latest client dinner at a fantastic restaurant, send them a hand-written note thanking them. Learn how to write a great thank you note here.

Give them a Shout Out - Praise helps motivate people. Show the administrative staff how much you appreciate them with a public shout out. Either on a company-wide email, at a company-wide meeting, or on a company chat tool. Don’t underestimate what public recognition can do to make someone feel valued.

Use Humor - Humor tends to be more memorable than a simple “thank you.” Keep your thanks light-hearted with appropriate humor. For instance, you can say, “[name], you’re like a human Siri, always helping everybody out and asking nothing in return. You’re the best!” or “I’m sure you get frustrated on a daily basis — but you never show it! Thanks for putting up with us!”

Grab them Coffee/Tea - Heading out for a coffee run? Stop by the front desk and ask your administrative professionals what they’d like. Sometimes the smallest acts of kindness mean the most.

Taking a couple of minutes to quickly show appreciation can make your office administration professional’s entire day or week. What do you have to lose? Show your gratitude for them this week.

Posted on April 23, 2019 and filed under Community.

Helpful Tips For Taking Your Kids To Work Day


“Take your kids to work day” is the fourth Thursday of April. The day marks a time when kids get a glimpse at the working world to learn what their parents do when they go to work. It’s an opportunity to show your children different aspects of your job so they can start thinking about career possibilities for themselves.

But this day is not as simple as bringing your mini-me into the office and carrying on with your normal routine. If you're planning to partake in the festivities, keep these helpful tips in mind.

Check With Your Manager

If your job has a “take your kid to work day” program in place, you’re in luck! If not, ask your manager for guidelines and ways to make the day go smoothly. Address things like if your child should stay the entire day, where they should sit, what meetings will be appropriate to attend, and if it’s appropriate to take a longer lunch break.

Plan The Day

Planning is crucial for a smooth day. Seek out parents who brought their kids into the office last year. Ask how it went and what they would do differently this year. Block off your schedule and make sure there are no important meetings or deadlines. That way you can work at a slower pace while you give an overview of what you’re doing and why, and welcome the kiddo’s questions.

Plan to show your kid around the office. Keep them busy by thinking out loud and sharing some problems and solutions you come up with. Engage them by asking questions and allowing them to try to do a few things on their own.

Identify What They’re Interested In

This day was created for youth to explore different aspects of the working world. Make the day about helping them explore office life. Are they interested in computer science? Let them meet an engineer. Do they love writing? Show them how to compose a professional email. Throughout the day keep in mind what they enjoy doing and incorporate that. While writing an email or a project brief may not seem fun to you, small things feel magnified when you’re young. It’s all about what they find fascinating.

Take your child to work day can be fun for you and your child with a little preparation. What tips for take your child to work day do you have to add to the list?

Posted on April 16, 2019 and filed under Community.

Spring Cleaning At Work


Rebirth, regrowth and cleaning, all words synonymous with springtime. Are you on a Marie Kondo kick at home? Bring that cleaning attitude to work. Getting rid of those loose papers in your desk can really help clear the mind and adjust your focus on your goals.

There’s a reason why spring cleaning is so popular, it allows you to cleanse the excess you accumulated during the winter and get back to what’s really important. Here are some ways to spring clean at work, and prepare for a productive and efficient summer.

Go Digital

Use technology to help you stay organized. If you have performance reviews, old training materials, or other important documents you want to keep for reference, scan them and keep them on your computer or put them on a USB drive. Cutting down the paper clutter around your desk will help you stay organized and focused.

Use Organizers

Are you the type of person to keep a little bit of everything in your desk because who knows when you’ll need chapstick or breath mints? Invest in desk organizers. They help you locate items quickly and allow you to group similar items together.

Throw Things Away

After you’ve taken the steps above, throw out/recycle/shred papers that you don’t need and that extra stapler you’ve been hoarding. If you haven’t looked at or used something in a month, toss it.

Go Through Digital Documents

The documents, spreadsheets, and papers you have on your computer need attention too. Spend some time taking inventory of digital documents. If they’re important, create a folder on your computer and compile similar documents with it. If not, trash them!

If you use your desktop as your digital catch-all, create a few key folders that you know you will access regularly. A busy desktop is the same as a cluttered desk. Plus, it slows down your computer’s performance!

Refresh your Career Binder

Did you give a stellar presentation or receive impressive praise from your boss? Keep those items in your career binder. It’s easier to refresh your digital portfolio regularly than it is to do it while you’re on the job hunt. What better way to celebrate Spring than to acknowledge your own accomplishments by updating your career binder!

Want to learn more about putting together a career binder? Here’s a blog on how to put one together and what should go in it.

Don’t let spring cleaning overwhelm you. Make small goals and tackle one or two small things a day. You’ll be surprised at how great you’ll feel to see the progress!

What will you be spring cleaning this month?

Posted on April 9, 2019 and filed under Career.

How To Build Your Career Without Regrets


No one wants to live a life full of regrets. Professionally, the fear of regret can stall success by delaying big decisions. Maybe you’re on the job hunt and you aren’t taking a chance on the dream job that’s open. Or maybe you are established in your career but not progressing how you’d like for fear of making a mistake.

How can you build your career without regrets? Follow these four strategies to seize the moment – and your career.

Define your Passion & Find a Career that Fulfills It

It’s important to find a career you’re passionate about. After all, you spend a good chunk of time at your job and with your colleagues. Start with a personality assessment to discover which career you’re most suited for based on your key traits. Putting time upfront to discover more about yourself and your passions will leave fewer chances for regret down the line.

Once you’ve identified your passions, start searching for career paths that fulfill that. Let’s say you’re passionate about helping people. Career paths that align with that include healthcare, client services, or real estate. A possible next step is to shadow or intern in the career paths you’re interested in. Once you’ve learned a bit more, determine if the field requires additional education or certifications. If you need more insight on career exploration, we’d love to hear from you.

Set Goals & Establish Check-ins

Whether you’re at your dream job or looking for your dream job, you need goals! Define them, write them down, and refer to them often. If you already have your dream job but need to take the next step, one goal could be to gain more experience so you qualify to be promoted. Hold yourself accountable to your goals by establishing regular check-ins. The best goals are SMART - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.

When you have clear goals that you set and reach regularly, regret doesn’t have much room to work.

Balance Your Time

As you progress in your career, don’t neglect to make time for friends, family, and yourself. Your profession should be a part of you, not all of you. Schedule time for rest and relaxation – things that make you happy. Make time for yourself a priority, even if it’s something small like taking a nap on the weekends or snuggling up with a great book. Striking the balance between work life and personal life is so important to remain guilt- and regret-free.

No Regrets, Just Readjustments

“I wish I had more time for ___.” “I regret not doing ___.” “Time flew by and I never ___.”

Life is all about choices. You can choose to have regrets or you can reflect, make readjustments, and move forward.

If you feel like your career path isn’t aligning with your purpose, get in touch with us. We work with individuals who are ready to make a change in their lives and discover a passionate career path.

Posted on April 2, 2019 and filed under Career, Search Strategy.

Creating A Clean Personal Brand


Personal branding is how others view what you do and who you are online.

A personal brand in 2019 is a necessity, as so many business and networking opportunities start digitally. An effective personal brand needs to be unique, relevant and appealing. It’s worth spending some time investing in your brand and making it worthwhile.

You may have a personal brand whether you know it or not. When job hunting, it’s even more critical. It’s estimated 93% of hiring managers will review a candidate’s social profile before making a hiring decision. Is your profile helping or hurting you? Here are some ways to build and maintain a clean personal brand for 2019.

  1. Polish Your Online Profiles - Clean up your photos (including tagged photos), make sure your bios are up-to-date and reflect your most recent experiences and goals.

  2. Google Yourself - Make sure the results link to profiles you’d be proud for employers to see. If not, make changes. Deactivate the social sites you’re no longer active on and refresh the profiles you still use as a great starting place.

  3. Highlight Your Uniqueness - What makes you different from everyone else? Is it your experience in a certain field or perhaps it’s your cross-channel expertise. Make sure your unique skills are showcased within your personal brand.

  4. Be Authentic - Your social media accounts are important but your personal brand extends beyond them. The way you hold yourself, your interactions, and the values you portray in real life (both inside and outside work) set the stage for your personal brand. Online profiles are important but don’t get too caught up in the online portion of building a personal brand and overlook authentic, true interactions.

There’s no doubt a poorly defined personal brand can be detrimental to your professional image. If you don’t define an image for yourself, others will define one for you. And it won’t necessarily show your best side. At the Wilbanks Consulting Group, our team can help you portray a polished personal brand that speaks to your goals and depicts your experiences. Get in touch with our team to learn more.

Posted on March 26, 2019 and filed under Search Strategy, Career.

Managing Madness At Work (Tips For Stress Relief & Organization)


Sometimes work can feel like the last game of the NCAA March Madness – stressful, frantic, and anxiety-filled. You’re on the edge of your seat hoping to achieve your objectives for the day before the buzzer goes off. We’ve all been there, and while some workplace stress is inevitable, there are ways to manage the madness and excel in your career with minimal stress and organization.

Track Your Stressors And Develop Healthy Responses

What heightens your stress levels and how do you respond? These are completely different from person to person, but it’s important to identify what puts you on edge and how you naturally respond to it. Once you identify this, develop healthy coping methods. Relaxing with a good book, spending time with friends or family, doing yoga, or exercising are a few great ways many people cut stress.

Also make sure to get enough sleep so you’re refreshed and mentally prepared in the office. Sleep may be the first thing to slip when work gets tough, but that’s the time you need to make sleep a priority. If you're holding onto office stress at home, consider setting an alarm to get ready for bed. Brush your teeth, shower, play relaxing music, to clear your mind and prepare for sleep.

Prioritize Organization

Planning ahead and staying organized can greatly reduce stress. Manage your time and tasks more efficiently with a method that works for you. Whether using calendar reminders, time tracking tools, or traditional pen and paper, make sure you’re prioritizing organization.

Ditch Multitasking

While multitasking seems like a great way to get more done at once, studies show it actually decreases your productivity by 40%. When you have a long to-do list productivity needs to be on your side. Say no to multitasking and focus on completing one task at a time.

Has the workplace stress become too much to handle? If you’re considering a job change or big career move, we’re here to help you find your dream job. Our team of career coaches can help you identify your unique talents based on your personality traits and help you find the career that’s best suited for you. Contact us to get in touch with our team.

Posted on March 19, 2019 and filed under Career.

Helpful Career Habits For When The Time Changes


Spring is in the air! The weather is taking a warm turn and daylight saving time is among us. That means we’re rapidly approaching the second quarter of the year. How are you doing on your 2019 goals? What changes need to be made to help you stay on track?

While good career habits should be practiced year-round, daylight saving time is a great time to re-energize your productivity at work.

Stay (Pro)Active

Springtime means we can get active and spend more time outside. Carry this momentum into work and be proactive with your projects. Jump on opportunities for responsibility even if they’re outside your job description. Check passivity at the door and take the driver's seat in your career. Not only will this help you learn, but your boss will likely take note the next time performance reviews come around. If you are eyeing a promotion, this is an amazing way to get a foot in.

Practice Time Management

Do you have an important project with a looming due date but you can’t get past your email? Activities like checking your inbox, rewriting to-do lists, and unnecessary meetings can derail your productivity.

Take control of your days by employing effective time management practices. Aim to complete the most important task first thing in the morning. Not all tasks are created equal, so organize your tasks based on importance and urgency using the Eisenhower Principal.This will help you identify the “fires” among the flames.

Another great time management tool is the Pomodoro Technique. For this method, you eliminate all distractions and interruptions during a timed 25-minute period. At the end of the 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break. Repeat this four times, then take a longer break. You’ll be surprised how much you can get accomplished with laser focus on one task per Pomodoro.

Cut Bad Work Habits

Bad habits are just those, habits. And habits are hard to break. Start by identifying them, then work on correcting them. Do you give into office gossip? Or maybe you procrastinate on your projects? We all have bad habits, and it’s how you overcome them that makes the difference. With proactive behavior and a positive mindset, you can overcome your negative patterns and instead create productive actions. Need more help eliminating bad habits? Here are some more tips.

Build On Good Habits

Many thought leaders of our generation have certain habits that boosts their productivity and creativity. Try these examples and see if they work for you. Who knows, maybe waking up at 5 am to workout before heading to the office is exactly the habit you need to start work refreshed and productive.

What work habits do you want to work on this season? At the Wilbanks Consulting Group, we’re committed to helping you achieve your career goals. Our blog is one way we do that! It’s full of helpful articles post to peruse to keep your career on track.

Posted on March 12, 2019 and filed under Career.

Do You Have a Bracket For Your Job Search?

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March Madness brackets are due March 17. It’s that time of year where we “bet” on top college basketball teams in hopes of a promising end to the season. If you pick a March Madness bracket – what’s your strategy? Do you choose your favorite team no matter how well they performed during the season? Or do you research the best teams and make your best bracket based on that? It can feel overwhelming to narrow down the teams based on their performance.

In many ways, you can set up a bracket for your job search. Start with a wide net of job prospects and narrow them down based on fit and secured interviews. Think of yourself as the NCAA championship trophy and the potential employers as the teams. When you match the trophy with the best-suited team – YOU with the best potential employer – you have a winning pair.

Here are a few ways to set your job search up with a bracket:

  1. Get Organized - Whether you’re planning your March Madness bracket or your job search bracket, the first step is to get organized. Research and list all the relevant potential employers and job openings in your region. If you’re open to relocation, list employers in those regions too. Use spreadsheets to stay on top of your communication, status, and next steps. Housing all this information in one spreadsheet will put you in scoring position for your next job.

  2. Start Broad - Cast a wide net and start narrowing it down based on your experiences with the employer. You won’t win every interview, but play the long game and stick it out. Not every job will match your skill set perfectly. If you’re really interested in a company, keep them in your bracket. While it may not be a slam dunk, at least you gave it a shot.

  3. Invest the Time - The job search, like March Madness, is a time-intensive process. But it’s worth it to find your dream job, so stick with it! Invest the time upfront selecting the teams and roles you could see yourself fitting in with best. Tweak each resume and cover letter personally to the employer and role.

  4. Find Takeaways - Job hunting and interviewing is a tough process, but aim to focus on the positives each step of the way. You may discover new must-haves for a job, or things you can do without. Every interview is a learning experience where you can reflect and improve for the next one.

  5. Play Until The Buzzer Rings - Don’t stop pursuing other opportunities simply because you found your ideal job at the ideal company. You never know how things will play out until the offer letter is signed. You may find out your dream job has mediocre benefits or less than ideal salary. If you don’t play your best with the other employers in your bracket, you may lose your opportunity. Stay strong and play out each game.

Are you ready to get the ball rolling on your job search but don’t know where to start? We admit it can be overwhelming. At the Wilbanks Consulting Group, we help people identify their strengths, prep for the interview, and coach throughout the entire job search process – from the application all the way to negotiation. If you need help setting up your job search bracket, we’re here to help.

Posted on March 5, 2019 and filed under Career, Search Strategy.