The Value of Seizing the Moment

Carol Gibson was just trying to get back home to Austin after the Christmas holidays. Hanging out during a layover at the airport, she wasn’t focused on trying to find a job, but, somehow, a job found her. Here’s her story. It involves crazy weather, Twitter, the media, an inspired moment and serendipity…

“The Quest for Life’s Work Affirmations”

Recently picked up the latest revised edition of one of my favorite career books of all time, Zen and the Art of Making a Living by Laurence Boldt. Boldt offers what he calls “The Quest for Life’s Work Affirmations,” which is a list of affirming statementss that are meant to inspire you to keep working toward your goal of obtaining the work you love… the work you’re called to do. So, if you haven’t yet had your Recommended Daily Allowance of affirmations today, here you go!…

Throw yourself at the ground and miss

I’m convinced that finding the positive spin is THE key to having strong emotional resilience. Some might accuse me of having a pure “Pollyanna” outlook because of this. You know, like I always look for the “silver lining” and all that. Well, I do look for the silver lining, but I didn’t always. I’ve worked hard to get into the habit of finding the positive spin because there have been many times in my life where it’s worked to help me be happier. About 13 years ago, I took a job with a company that recruited me (I was very flattered, of course), but I didn’t know then what I know now, and I realized 30 or so days into…

The Science Of Finding The Work You Love

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by Jay Markunas When we met Tom Cassidy in January, he educated us on what he called the sausage machine and the script.  I shared his thoughts in an earlier blog post.  On Saturday, we were pleased to host Tom … Continued

5 Simple Strategies That Will Get You Hired Faster

Here are the 5 main things that I have observed over the last couple of decades that help people get hired faster. It’s not rocket science, people! 1. Get off the computer and get out there to meet people. Your resume is never going to be “perfect” so stop tweaking it before you start your search. And those job postings you’re seeing online? By the time you apply, it’s pretty much too late anyway. Yesterday, I was talking to a recruiter who said it well…

3 Attitudes You’ll Need to Survive the Adventure

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1. Be courageous… Christopher Robin to Pooh: “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” –A. A. Milne | “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson…

Welcoming Generation Y into the WorkPlace

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Yesterday my daughter, who will soon graduate from high school, had her first job interview. She walked into the clothes boutique with the intention of simply dropping off the application she had filled out over the weekend. The store manager invited her to stay for an impromptu interview which even included a role playing scenario. She breathlessly told me the details afterward – how her heart was beating wildly from her nerves; how she was “freaking out” because she didn’t know enough about the latest seasonal merchandise to help the manager who pretended to be a…

Resumes: Accomplishment Statements, Part II

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In part I of “Resumes: Accomplishment Statements,” I explained why you should consider adding your value proposition to your resume. I also told you what accomplishment statements can be based on: How you impacted the bottom line (money) and/or productivity (time); Your awards, patents, publications, etc.; Situations in which you exceeded your job description. Today, I want to show you how to develop your accomplishment statements and where to integrate them into your resume…