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19 January, 2022 Posted by John G. Self Posted in Job Search Tips, Military Career Transition, Strategic Networking
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Importance of Email Subject Lines

Posted January 19th, 2022 | Author: John G. Self

You are looking for a job or seeking a critical introduction.  You compose an email, hit the send button, and then nothing.  No response. 

I hate wasting time.  I bet you do, too.  But that is precisely what happens when we compose an email and then, as an afterthought, drop in some words for the subject line.  Or worse, we leave the subject blank.

The subject line will determine when or if your email will be read or if the reader takes action.

Here are three critical rules for the subject line:

  1. Compose your subject line before you draft your email.
  2. Length matters – Typical inbox subject line reveals about 60 characters.  Mobile phones show about 25 to 30 characters.  Almost half of all emails are read on mobile devices.
  3. Get to the point, don’t waste words.  Include a call to action.  

© 2022 John Gregory Self

17 January, 2022 Posted by John G. Self Posted in Career Management, Career Networking, Guiding YOUR Career, Military Career Transition
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Procrastination: A Career Killer

Posted January 17th, 2022 | Author: John G. Self
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Hello.  To say I am glad to be back with GotAMinute would be an understatement.

Procrastination, someone once said, is the art of keeping up with yesterday.

Oscar Wilde was fond of saying, “I never put off tomorrow what I can do the day after.”

In thinking and reading about procrastination, I encountered this definition:

“Tomorrow is a noun, for that mystical land where 99 percent of all human productivity, motivation, and achievement is stored.”

By putting stuff off, we reason, lamely, that we will be more experienced and more likely to succeed when we finally take on that challenge.

And so it goes with our careers, from planning to professional networking, we put off doing those things that we do not like to do, thinking there is always tomorrow.

Before you lock into that concept as absolute truth, remember this: None of us has as much time as we think.

© 2022 John Gregory Self

12 January, 2022 Posted by John G. Self Posted in Career Transition/Outplacement, Guiding YOUR Career, Job Search
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Lost Your Job? Two Important First Steps

Posted January 12th, 2022 | Author: John G. Self

You’ve lost your job. What are the next steps to finding your next better job?

  1. Grieve.  Losing a job, for whatever reason, can be emotionally traumatizing. Our job is part of our identity.  Take a few days, longer if you can afford the time, to process what has happened.  Looking for a new job is hard work.  You must be emotionally and mentally prepared for the upcoming roller coaster ride.
  2. Email your professional network.  Let them know you are re-entering the job market.  Ask for their assistance.  Many job seekers, embarrassed, do not do this because they do not want anyone to know. That is silliness. Your network is your career equity.  Now is the time to use it.  Companies rarely post the best jobs.  A colleague at another organization may open the door for you.

By the way, our new affordable online career transition courses will debut later this month at

© 2022 John Gregory Self

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