Donna Shannon

Donna Shannon, President of The Personal Touch Career Services, is one of the few career coaches who understands the unique nature of the private service industry. Drawing from both her corporate recruitment and luxury market placement experience, she has been helping job seekers with professional writing services, job search consultations and classes since 2004. Her book “How to Get a Job Without Going Crazy” (2nd Edition, 2012) is available on Amazon.com. Donna is based in Denver, Colorado, and works with job seekers across the country and abroad.

Subtle resume mistakes that cost job seekers

When it comes to resumes, most people know to look out for the deadly spelling and grammar errors.  But did you know there are other factors that can be just as terminal?  Take a moment to see if your resume is carrying a hidden job search killer…   Strange Resume …

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Tips for an Effective Letter of Recommendation

In private service, people live and die by their references. More than any other industry, future employers rely on those recommendations to decide if a person should be trusted with their homes, their children, their possessions, and even their pets. However, many people don’t know how to write a good …

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Don’t be a Scrooge in your job search

The holidays are nearly upon us. It is a time of goodwill, new beginnings and kindness. For the modern job seeker, many just put off their resumes and job searching till the first of the year. People are natural procrastinators in that respect. After all, there are not a lot …

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The value of joining a professional association

As a career coach, one of the things I am frequently asked is if joining a professional association worth the cost. To which I reply a resounding “yes!” There are a number of benefits for just about any association: Showing professionalism on your resume, LinkedIn and other marketing materials Of …

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Enhance Your Job Search With a Resume/CV Website

In the modern job search, many candidates benefit from a custom resume/CV website to serve as their online resume in addition to their LinkedIn profile. This is especially beneficial for private service professionals, who can display their many talents with pictures and video, not just words. In fact, if you …

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5 Signs that you might not want this job

It can be very exciting to get a job offer, especially if you’ve been looking for a while. However, taking a job that isn’t the right fit can be devastating – either you are miserable, or worse, you leave after only a couple of months. So how can you spot …

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Job Searching During the Dog Days of Summer

As summer gears up for the hottest months, the job market traditionally cools down, especially in the realm of private service. For Household Staff job seekers, this can be discouraging and frightening, however, this is actually the perfect time to work on your resume, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles to …

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