Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Catch the footage on WBOC!

Be sure to tune in to WBOC to see Nicole Edenedo's coverage of the Optimizing LinkedIn for Business presentation I did for the Delaware Libraries 8/20/15.

Georgetown, DE Library
123 W. Pine Street

Dover, DE Library
35 E. Loockerman St.

Wilmington, DE Library
10 E.10th St.

Need More  - Why not let me help you with your LinkedIn Profile? Mary@Life-Works.Info

Thursday, August 27, 2015


After 8 years of long time, dedicated service and occasional rough treatment, my old workhorse, a 17" HP Pavilion Laptop, finally gave up the ghost!  I was hoping to keep it going until the end of the year - it had recently showed signs that it was on its way out, but you get used to what you get used to...

Restart the computer several times a day - no problem!
No battery life - no problem, I will deal with it!
No ram for today's highly graphic programs and internet based work - fine!
Heavy, big, unwieldy - love it!

All and more was worth being able to type an article for myself or my client without thinking where what functional key was where, about how much pressure to place on each key stroke, or where to find the programs and information used most.  The world was at my fingertips - literally.

Thank heavens for the CLOUD!  In years past I remember replacing computers through an inelegant and time consuming flurry of floppy disks (If I could find the correct ones).  These days, I rely heavily on Chrome, Dropbox and Evernote, which made the sad passing of my old friend a bit easier.

Microsoft 365 also helped, with the possible exception of outlook - this is the only glitch in setting up my new DELL.  Yes, a touchscreen! (All the HPs I had picked out were not in stock at my local Staples). In fact, I had everything up and running, installed and downloading while making dinner!

If only Microsoft could store our logins (yes, I know not everyone has five email addresses) and signatures.  Especially the signatures!  I had 40 detailed and customized signatures I regularly whipped out for any specific need.  Messages, essentially that could be edited and sent quickly and thoroughly, containing all the information I needed without fear of leaving out something vitally important.

I WILL be finding a way to retrieve these as well as the PST files (I think this will help me set up my email addresses on my new best friend?) from my old hard drive. We will see how the rest of the week goes, but I hope by Monday I won't be having to think about where and how much and how fast to type on this new DELL.

Is it just me? Or are you just as comfortable with your tool of choice?  Maybe you don't spend all day at the computer.  Maybe you drive all day or have a favorite tool box.  Tell  me about that.

Talk to you soon!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


If you are a professional, in business, or thinking about self-employment, you are no doubt online and have heard about the benefits of a LinkedIn Profile. You likely already have a profile started – now what? You may find yourself with more questions than answers!  If you weren't able to make today's presentation - keep an eye open at the Library's Inspiration Space; we may offer it again!  

Here is some basic info on how to use LinkedIn:

You will want to allow LInkedIn to invite people in your address book to connect when you get a chance.  You can easily edit or change anything you need to on your profile by clicking on that item directly (but let me know if you need me to change anything!).  You can see how you look to connections or to the public by clicking on the view profile button next  to your picture.  If you hover near the top a menu will appear with other choices of actions you can do.

To benefit from LinkedIn you will really need to start being more active and share information frequently – even if it is just sharing something someone else posts.  I always make sure to post lots of stuff my clients can share with their “connections” just to stay on their radar; it also helps attract new contacts as they find you via your similar posts.

For example,
you might share an article on career management from me one
of your connections may share it
That second may be someone who 
has an interest in managing his or her career
and would like to do business with you
but only found you via me, who has nothing to do with your industry!

More here:

Need More  - Why not let me help you with your LinkedIn Profile? Mary@Life-Works.Info

If so, join us for an Inspiration Space Class.  Download the flyer here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4q0m3am82ezv3pp/Gtown%20-%208-20-15%20LinkedIn%20for%20Business%20Flier.pdf?dl=0 

Thursday, August 20th 10:30 am - noon
Georgetown, DE Library
123 W. Pine Street

Simulcasts in Dover and Wilmington Libraries:

Dover, DE Library
35 E. Loockerman St.

Wilmington, DE Library
10 E.10th St.

TO REGISTER:  Contact Hope Ellsworth
302-222-3618 or hope.ellsworth@lib.de.us
Be sure to indicate the location you will be attending!

This session will spell out the LinkedIn Platform and how you and your business can benefit from using it effectively just a few minutes a day.   Included are
1.      Tips to make your Profile standout
2.      How to secure credibility and grow your network
3.      Understanding that your LinkedIn network is really a visible network and a hidden network
4.      Learning how to leverage your online presence to get more business
5.      Understanding the features that LinkedIn provides (and doesn’t)
I am not an employee of LinkedIn or affiliated with them in anyway.  Like you, I am a member, a member who appreciates what LinkedIn does for business. 

Course Objectives: 
1.      Understand the importance of employing LinkedIn to manage credibility, build a network and increase sales
2.      Understand the unique qualities, benefits, and limitations of the LinkedIn Platform
3.      Understand the importance of identifying and presenting strengths
4.      Understand the importance of targeting your audience and tailoring your Profile appropriately
5.      Learn the sections and settings available for use on LinkedIn and how to leverage them
6.      Learn how to compensate for weaknesses and capitalize on strengths
7.      Understand what factors aid in being found on LinkedIn
Learn the value of professional development available on LinkedIn



Mary is master’s-prepared and has over 18 years of experience in career assessment, counseling, and assisting career planners, job seekers, freelancers, professionals, and business owners in optimizing their brand, resume, LinkedIn Profile and social presence in general. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Need help with your resume? Here are some samples

Mary Sherwood Sevinsky, MS, CCM, CDMS                           
                      Mary@Life-Works.Info | 410.444.1989       
Quick, personalized service -  guaranteed.       

Career Expert and Author with nearly 20 years of experience in résumé writing, personal branding, career assessment and counseling. 

It is a big step to pay someone to develop a résumé – thank you for considering me! You may already have a résumé and had a friend/ mother/ ex-boss/ or someone else you trust help you with it.  Your last document may have even been good enough to get you your current or most recent job. However, your current résumé may not be competitive in today’s labor market. Today's job market is very competitive - give yourself the edge you need to get the offer you want!  
You may not have even needed a résumé at all until now.  If that is the case, download this free worksheet to provide me with some of the information I need to make a résumé for you. Don’t worry if you can’t fill in every blank – just do your best and provide any information appropriate to your particular situation.

Whether or not you do or don’t already have a résumé the free worksheet may be helpful for you to use. Regardless, I will work with you to synthesize and highlight your unique skills and abilities to obtain interviews for the positions you want with the employers you want to notice you.

The Process:
Building a résumé is a lot more complicated than sending a work history to someone.  A good résumé writer will take into consideration other factors as well!  Some of these factors include:

Job (or other) Goal
Format matching profession
Type of submission such as online or paper

Initially, I will review your existing resume or information that you provide. I will need to know a little about the type(s) of position(s) you are seeking and how best you like to communicate.  I will develop a draft for your review and input and will continue to modify it as we discuss your preferences and personal style until you are 100% satisfied.

No two résumés, even with similar work histories should look the same!  A well written résumé reflects the person and their goals and cannot be used for anyone else. You are unique - your résumé should be as well!

  • Résumés and Cover Letters are prepared expressly for the individual and representing their unique style, background and career goals.  No two effective résumés will be alike, even given similar backgrounds.  Make yours as exceptional as you are. These sample résumés reflect the personalized style, background and goals of the job seeker who requested them, but may give you some ideas of formatting you might like to include in yours. If you don’t have a résumé download and complete this free worksheet and email it to me.
  • Interviewing preparation
  • Applications Assistance
  • Career Change and Management  Advice
  • Job Seeking Skills Training
  • Job Search Assistance 
Additional Information and Resources:
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Monday, July 13, 2015

Lewes Job Search Meetup Mixer


A Free group for job seekers and career planners to network, get information, resources, and help! 
Let's try Mondays at 10:30 weeks 1 -3 for a while and see how that works! The 4th week will be Thursdays at Arenas at 4:30.  The meeting, advice, resources, and information are all truly free - my way of giving back to the community. 
We hope to see you there - Email questions, thoughts or concerns ahead of time if you like! Don't forget to take advantage of the free resources on my website and blog: www.jobsearchfortherestofus.com.
In the meantime - let's connect!
JOB SEARCH FOR THE REST OF US Group on Linkedin: http://lnkd.in/dB5sATb
Take Care and Talk to You Soon!
Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM
Occupational Consultant Phone 302.644.1827
Mobile:  410.444.1989 


Sunday, March 22, 2015

10 Great Questions you’re not asking - but Should

Guest Post by Amy Klimek, VP of Human Resources for ZipRecruiter

When you attend an interview, one of the last questions the interviewer will ask you is whether you have any questions to ask. The way you respond will tell your interviewer whether you are actually interested in the job or not. Here are some questions you should consider asking.

1. What is the Culture of the Company?

Ask your interviewer to describe the culture of the company you seek to work with. Ask this question so that you find out whether you fit in or not. Ask about the personal experience of the interviewer with the company. If one of the interviewers is your potential supervisor, you need to ask for some work examples that depict the culture.

2. Where is the Previous Employee?

If it’s a new position, this question is irrelevant. However, if the position has existed before, ask the interviewer where the previous employee is now. The answer you get will point out whether you stand to advance in your career (if the employee has been promoted to a better role). You also get to understand if there are some restrictions that made the worker leave that you need to know in advance.

3. What are The Strengths of the Current Team Members?

This question allows you to probe the current team dynamics of your potential colleagues. Understanding these will allow you to find how you fit in the team.

4. What is the History of This Position?

Ask the potential employer about the history of the position you are being interviewed for. Ask about the accomplishments of the previous employees who handled this position. The responses to this question will give you valuable information to the potential for growth. If previous employees worked for a short time and were given better positions, then you know that you will be in a lucrative position soon.

5. What do You Want Me to Accomplish?

Ask the interviewer what their expectations are from you in case you get the job. Be specific with the timelines, for instance asking what the expected accomplishments are after six months, 1 year, or 5 years. This question gives you a chance to understand whether you will be able to live up to expectations or not.

6. What are the Top Responsibilities?

You might think that everything has been outlined in the
job advertisement, but you need to find out more information. Do not depend on the title of the job to understand your responsibility; the interviewer will give you a clearer insight into the position.

Asking gives you a better understanding of this post. It goes a long way in helping you decide whether the position is worth your time and effort. Your responsibilities should go in line with your passion.

7. What Challenges Come With the Position?

If you have ever been in a job, you know that the first 90 days are the toughest in a new job. This is because this is the time when all the challenges come up and you have to overcome them. Once you go through the first 90 days, you can get through the job successfully. Understanding the challenges makes you get prepared for them even before you start the job.

8. Does the Company Provide Training?

One of the objectives of taking up a job is to grow your career. Ask the interviewer whether there are training opportunities, and who pays for the training courses. This shows you the commitment of the company to making you better and gives you an insight about your potential for growth.

9. Describe a Typical Day or Week in this Position

When you ask this question, you show the interviewer that you are thinking well beyond the interview and you are visualizing yourself in the position even before you get the job. On your part, it shows you how your job experience will be. The interviewer might tell you what happens during holidays and if you will be required to work overtime.

10. What is Your Management Style?

Your boss has an enormous impact on the way you will perform at work and the quality that you will bring to the job. The manager might not provide all the information, but will be able to give you an insight into the various components of the management styles that is used.

Final Thoughts

You cannot ask these questions without performing research into the company. Before you go for the interview, make sure you know more about the company and prepare a list of questions that will demonstrate your knowledge of the company and your interest in it. Your questions need to be well crafted and probing enough to give you the information you seek. The questions should also communicate your desire to work for the company.

Amy Klimek is an experienced HR recruiter and VP of Human Resources for ZipRecruiter, a company that simplifies the hiring process for small to medium size businesses. Prior to that Amy has held similar roles at Rent.com, eBay and US Interactive.
For Amy, corporate culture isn't about dogs and free lunches, it's about empowering employees and creating an enriching environment for people to excel.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Delaware Job Fairs Spring 2015

  Ferry Job Fair - Lewes
Start Date/Time:
Saturday, March 28, 2015 9:00 AM
End Date/Time:
Saturday, March 28, 2015 12:00 PM
Recurring Event:
Recurring Event Every 1 days until 3/28/2015 (total 1 events)
Come Work For Us in Lewes! 
Now hiring for casual/seasonal jobs at our Lewes facility.  Come to the Lewes Terminal Job Fair and meet with
hiring managers to learn more about the open positions and opportunities currently available. 
Place:  Lewes Terminal, 43 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE 19958
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Date:  Saturday, March 28, 2015.
Positions include:  Food and Retail Supervisor, Food and Retail Associate, LIne Cook, Prep Cook, Customer
Service Representative, Food Warehouse Worker, Porter, Bartender, Server, and Maintenance Technician. 
Applicants are encouraged to submit applications and resumes on line at www.drba.net prior to the event. For more information on all open positions at the DRBA,  please visit:http://www.drba.net/EmploymentOpportunities.aspx   

Three job fairs have been scheduled in each of the three Delaware Counties this spring. Is your resume ready?  Are you ready to interview?  Let me know if you need help! 

    Monday, March 23, 2015 11:00am – 2:00pm
Wilmington University, 3282 N DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

                                                         REQUEST RESUME HELPmailto:Mary@Life-Works.Info

·    Friday, April 10, 2015   12:00pm – 4:00pm
DTCC Stanton Campus, 400 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, DE

                                              REQUEST COVER LETTER HELP: mailto:Mary@Life-Works.Info
Monday, May 4, 2015   10:00am – 2:00pm
Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 229 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE

                                                    REQUEST INTERVIEW HELP: mailto:Mary@Life-Works.Info

PROS: Professional, Rehab, & Occupational Services, LLC

Mary Sherwood Sevinsky, MS, CDMS, CCM
116 Front St., Unit 737, Lewes, DE 19958
Phone:  302.278.0940 Fax 302.644.1827
Email:   Mary@Life-Works.Info
OWNER AND OCCUPATIONAL CONSULTANT, Mary Sherwood Sevinsky, Masters-prepared and certified. Over 20 years of experience in Management, Career Assessment & Counseling and in writing Career Articles and Educational Materials. 

REQUEST COVER LETTER HELP: mailto:Mary@Life-Works.Info

She has worked as a CORPORATE MANAGER Experienced in hiring, firing and managing a staff of professionals with a multi-million dollar budget. She enjoys WRITING AND EDITING and has spent many years developing Marketing Materials and Presentations, Writing Proposals and Plans, and Conducting Staff Development Sessions. 

REQUEST RESUME HELPmailto:Mary@Life-Works.Info

Mary takes a team approach to working with her clients - involving and engaging her clients in a dialogue to ensure a positive and more than satisfying outcome. Education is a two way street - a willingness to learn and a sincere interest in her clients' needs ensures a successful and productive relationship.

REQUEST LINKEDIN HELP: mailto:Mary@Life-Works.Info

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

RIP: Kayla Mueller

A true hero...

From the NPR News Story:  "Kayla Mueller, the American woman taken hostage by the self-declared Islamic State, has died, her family and the White House said in separate statements." Read more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/02/10/385182490/u-s-hostage-kayla-mueller-confirmed-dead

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Free Career Goals and Job Log Download

Some important tasks in job search include:

  1. Having clear long and short term goals
  2. Keeping organized in your job search
  3. Following up on your applications
  4. Varying your job search approach
  5. Networking

This free download will help you with all of the above and more.  Use it to get organized and moving in the right direction in your job search or career change. Career Goals and Job Log

If you need help, just send me an email or schedule a free introductory consult.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Online Resume Preparation Tool

The right resume can open doors for your career. However, creating a professional resume on your own is not always easy. This is why we offer an online resume preparation tool. Using this tool, you can easily create an informative resume that looks clean and modern. Our tool is user-intuitive, so virtually anyone can create a resume for their dream job or position.

Our resume building tool has several different sections, such as contact information, experience, skills, and education. All you need to do is input your information into the appropriate boxes, and our program will automatically complete the layout for you. This way, you don’t have to worry about formatting or templates. There are even several options available, so you can choose from something more casual or more elegant. As long as you use the right information, you’ll end up with a professional document that will impress any hiring manager.

The program will give you several options once your resume has been completed. For your convenience, you can either print out your resume for immediate use, save it to your hard drive, or even send it directly to yourself or a hiring manager via email. Whether you need a resume right now or if you are making one proactively, there is an option to suit your needs. 

Click here to get started now!

Don't forget to ask me for a free resume review once you have completed your new resume!  Just send me an email or schedule a free introductory consult.

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The Importance Of A Great Cover Letter

Cover letters are an important part of the job application process. They serve as an introduction to the hiring manager and briefly outline your interest in the position. The right cover letter can help you land your dream job, so it needs to be professional. Our cover letter preparation tool can help you create the best cover letter for your job hunt.

Our cover letter template helps you get started by having an appropriate letter already written out for you. All you need to do is fill in the blanks with your information, the information about the company you are applying to, and more. It is also flexible, so if you want to create your own letter, that option is available. There are three different design layouts available as well, so you can choose one that reflects your own style.
When you are finished creating your cover letter, you can decide how you want to receive the file. For in-person applications, print out a copy and keep it with your resume. For online applications, you can email your cover letter directly. You can also save your created letter to your hard drive as a document or PDF file for future use. 

Click here to get started now!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Wilmington Career Fair - Meet me there!

Need help in the meantime, no problem!

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Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM
Occupational Consultant Landline 302.644.1827
Mobile:  410.444.1989  

Let’s Connect:

JOB SEARCH FOR THE REST OF US Group on Linkedin: http://lnkd.in/dB5sATb

Thursday, January 8, 2015

How to write detail in your resume

Your resume will be read by the employer three times#1 Deciding your resume goes in the
Keep or Discard Pile
#2 Deciding if you are an actual candidate
#3 When called for an interview – to write questions to ask or to refer to during the meeting

Here is a good and short article that helps to guide how you should approach writing details in your resume:  http://lifehacker.com/improve-your-resume-with-this-simple-formula-recommende-1566107526 in short it says:  "The key is to frame your strengths as: 'I accomplished X, relative to Y, by doing Z.”

Achievements:  Objective information about your abilities – Won Best Employee of the Year Award 3 out of 4 years OR Numbers based information about your abilities – Handled 40 accounts concurrently or reduced anticipated costs by 40% (more info here: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/resumewriting/a/resumewow.htm)

Soft Skills:  Qualities rather than skills - personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people. Can also include qualities that make you a good worker – Creative, Persistent, Problem Solver, Team Player, Leader, etc  (more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_skills)

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