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5 Tips To Energize Your Job Search

A Twitter colleague asked me a pertinent question about job searching. I said I would respond in the blog. Let’s begin.

 5 Tips To Energize Your Job Search:

 1. What turns you on? What do you love to do even if you did not receive payment. Famous Footballer Dick Butkus shared that idea with me. I keep it in mind.

Do you enjoy doodling? What “make do’s” have you rigged up to make a task easier? For example, I have kitchen tongs that lost the slider clip that keeps them closed like for salad mixing. I put a thick rubber band at the base and it does the job. Could I patent that idea?

2. What three skills can you generalize into a field you have eyed from afar? Technology guru? Gadget master? How about mini seminars to show others who shrink with fear at the thought? Local community centers and colleges offer classes. Create an outline and see where it goes. How well do you organize your thoughts? These may be clues for new pursuits. Follow the trail to the lowest common denominator.

 3. How much additional training do you need to be adept at a new-to-you skill? You can be self taught. Start with How to sites the trail will be long, but you will be wiser at the end.

 4. Would you hire yourself? What first impression do you make? How is your vocal tone–whiny, nasally, robust, booming? Record your voice. Most phones have recording capability today. Listen as if you were answering a phone message and heard you. What is your reaction? How is your vocabulary? Are you using bloated language because you think it makes you sound smart?

 5. Dust off the credentials. Are you the sum total of a list of tasks? How do your personality and positive traits shine through? What is the freshest upgrade you have? What were life changing moments as you pursued your goals?

  • Once you have selected companies to put on your wish list, respond to what attracts you to it. 
  • Do you like their logo, colors, images on the website? What does a website or job posting bulletin say about the company culture that appeals to you? 
  • Does the language they use sound inclusive, diverse, progressive, and do you know if they promote from within? 
  • Keep a separate folder for each company on your computer. When you take action, record your progress.

This is a start. Please ask me questions.
Your comments and ideas are invaluable. Please share your strategies. Remember to interview the company as well. Show up curious and meaning business. If is something you want, ask for the position with examples of how you can handle similar circumstances. Good luck. Be fearless. The interviewer is scared too. They don’t do this everyday. MC

coaching, conversation, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, entrepreneurs, executive, Jobs, Networking, Strategy

Why Small Talk Gets Bad Rap

Anyone who “shows up” as a Thinker, Analytical or Problem Solver, this is for you. Chit chat or small talk is the bane of many people’s time. These are people who have not yet discovered the hidden gems embedded in the tiny conversation.

Consider these tiny conversation highlights:
1. They provide a tone of voice so that when you respond, you can echo back in kind. E.g. if someone speaks quickly, quicken your own pace when you speak. They are more likely to pay attention to you.
2. Non-verbal (body language) cues indicate mood of the speaker. If people move in closer to hear what you’re saying, they’re interested. If they quick glance away, they want to escape!
3. Word choice—Are they expressing or impressing? Verbal judo can be fun, but save it for when you know someone better. This can be perceived as “one-ups-manship” rather than your education. It can also be misconstrued as combative and confrontational . . . Just saying!
Tune in for more next time.
What are your observations about small talk?
What are your observations about small talk? Please post here.

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career hunting, Jobs, Strategy

Career Hunting?

Job hunting without a criteria is madness.

Pocket Coach suggests some thoughts to minimize frustration:

Create a table in Word.
List your criteria that are deal breakers
List questions you may have regardless of industry.
What do you need to know about them?

Several quick questions:
• How do you determine “growth oriented companies”? They’re the likely ones to hire.
• Do you pre-select companies then go “fishing” on the social media sites? Caution here. Don’t publish anything that can come back to haunt you. Use strategic introductions to get noticed.
• What sources do you use for the base for your research? Business Journal, contacts, family?
• You’re doing well to contact people directly to introduce yourself.
• Do they invite you to call? What’s your sense of engagement—arms length?
• What curiosity factors have you set up about yourself? Any intrigue or just like the “others?” Consider how you self-describe. Use active and vibrant language.

Next time we’ll discuss what to look for on websites.
Happy hunting!

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