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What Other Experts Are Saying – Refocus Your Job Search, Cover Letter Secrets & Recruiters’ Methods

In this week’s Friday Feature – “What Other Experts Are Saying”… How to re-energize your job hunt; are you smarter than a 6-yr old?; and recruiters are finding candidates differently these days….

Navigating the Currents of a Career Change

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Sometimes making a change of direction can be daunting. So daunting that you sort of freeze up and say to yourself… well, maybe I’ll tackle this next month. Then next month becomes 6 months. And maybe even a year goes by before you look up and notice that you’re still drifting. You still haven’t made that career shift you were dreaming about. The solution is to create a plan to move forward. Last night I led a group of career explorers through a discussion of how to create such a plan. I took…

“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…

Career Change: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

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For those who know me personally, you know that one of my sisters has been dealing with serious health challenges for the past 5+ years. First, they found a massive pituitary tumor tightly entwined around her brain and nerve tissue. Doctors decided not to operate since it could cause damage to her optic nerve, not to mention the brain itself. Even though it’s located in her brain, it hasn’t affected her cognitive ability. So, she decided to go after a life-long dream to become a medical health professional. She enrolled and was accepted into nursing school. The doctors prescribed chemo several times a week to help keep the growth of the tumor in check, but…

Making Course Adjustments On the Way To The Work You Love

I heartily recommend doing what Tom Peters suggests – have regular personal retreats to review your personal brand, mission statement, career direction and life goals. And if you’re making a dramatic and/or a quick shift in direction, I urge you to set aside time every week to review your plan and make course adjustments as needed. In the “Go For It!” module of the CareerFinder™ Method, Jay and I lay out suggestions about this process. Below is…

“Informational Interview” Is NOT Synonymous With “Informal Job Interview”

As you know, informational interviewing is supposed to be about general information gathering… and not about asking for job leads or for trying to get someone to hire or recommend you for their organization. Unfortunately many job seekers have “abused” this notion. They’ve made the term informational interview synonymous with “I’m looking for a job with your organization and would like to talk to you about myself with the hope you will hire me.” So, in a way, the term “informational interview” has become synonymous with “informal job interview.” Therefore, those being approached are often…

What will it take for you to shift?

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They say that those entering the workforce today are destined to have an average of 14-16 jobs before they retire. I personally think the average number will be higher than that. I also predict that those same workers will have 3-4 different careers in their lifetimes as well. Why? Because the experts say…

Your Universal Assignment – Making a Mark That Only You Can Make

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In his book, Release Your Brilliance, Simon T. Bailey speaks about his belief that you have what he calls a Universal Assignment. He adds, “And you are the only person on this planet of 6.5 billion people that can fulfill that assignment. You are here on Earth for a very specific reason. There is a void in the world that needs your touch, your insight, your wisdom you magic. You are here to be different and to make a difference.” Ah, making a difference… that intrinsic quality we find so elusive in our careers. I once read a survey in which employees were asked what they want most from their jobs. Choosing from a list of options such as…

Breaking the Ice to Get Informational Interviews

“Informational interviewing” is a time-honored method of career exploration. Clients who are just getting started doing this kind of research usually ask me about how they should make contact and what they should say to break the ice. Should you make contact by email or by phone? There’s not a magic formula to follow, but what you decide to do can depend on…

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