What's Your Story? - Mike Perry

What's Your Story?

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I continue to speak with people who are very frustrated with the lack of activity/success in their respective job searches. I know one of the main reasons why that is, but most folks don’t want to hear it or become exasperated when I tell…

Top 10 Traits Hiring Managers are Seeking from Candidates

  Over the last few weeks, I’ve heard from three of the people with whom I’ve had the opportunity to do some resume and job search coaching. All three landed new jobs. All three of these folks had much in common in regard to the…

Advice for the First Job Out of School

    During the months of May and June, millions of young people will graduate from high school and college and look to begin their working careers. Some will have more challenges than others in finding a job, especially a job they…

Diana Melenick: Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence

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Les Szarka founded Szarka Financial in 1985 and it was only two short years later that company co-founder, Debra Szarka, and he made a game-changing hire, Diana Melenick. Since she started, back on February 17, 1987, Diana has been an integral…

Invest in Yourself

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As we are rapidly approaching the end of 2016, part of the good news is that the employment picture is relatively solid. The official unemployment rate for November, after the addition of 178,000 jobs, is 4.6%, significantly less than it was…

Why Are You Here

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The next time you go to a restaurant, retail store or to see a CPA, banker or financial advisor, ask yourself this question: Why am I here? The longer version of that question is, “Why are you here instead of at another provider (of the…

The Department of Labor's New Fiduciary Rule What Does it Really Mean?

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its final Fiduciary Rule in early April, which will become effective next year at this time. This rule was first introduced nearly six years ago and has gone through some significant changes during…

Customer Service is Not Dead

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How often are you really “wowed” by an employee of a store, Customer Service/Support group or entertainment venue (e.g., theater, restaurant, amusement park)? If your experiences are similar to most of the rest of the general public,…
legacy

Never Stop Learning: What it Takes to Build a Legacy

After twenty-five years working in the banking industry, I thought that I knew pretty much everything about financial planning. Yet, within just a few months of joining Szarka Financial, I began to realize that, in some ways, I’d just scratched…

Networking - Quality vs. Quantity

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We just had over 70 people attend one of our networking events, for those experiencing a job transition, during which I observed candidates “working the room”, but doing so with no real objective or purpose. Unfortunately, I see this happen…