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Work hard so you can hardly work

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The harder you work on the front end, the less you have to work on the back end.  Do your best every day and you’ll see it getting easier over time.   http://jobs.sweetjobspot.com

 

Create a job hunting schedule

scheduleOur lives run best on routines and habits.  If you’re unemployed it’s important to function in the same capacity that you would during a regular workday, putting in the same amount of hours.  Creating a schedule creates structure for your job hunt.  But don’t spend them all in one place doing one thing, vary your schedule for maximum effect.  .  Consider it a way to keep yourself on track when you get a job. Below is a sample schedule you can use and modify to your own tastes

 

 

 

Sample Day

9 – 11am
Check job boards/alerts for new jobs posted.  Log into networking accounts and locate new contacts relevant to your search, answer questions posed by others in your area of expertise to gain exposure and credibility.  Add people to networking list to be contacted. 

11am    
Apply for jobs, edit and send out resumes to at least 3 jobs you have found earlier.  

12pm    
Lunch – get away from the computer, go to a local area like a park,mall or any public place in your town where employed people generally go.  Brown bag it if you’re budget sensitive, buy the cheapest thing you can if you must make a purchase. Frequent some of the same places and strike up a short chat with some of the other regulars, eventually you’ll make new friends and they’ll point you in the right direction.  Don’t forget to bring your phone and business cards in case you want to keep in touch.

1pm – 3pm
Research companies on LinkedIn to see if you know anyone at the companies you want to work for. Research contacts from alumni associations and add them to contact list

3pm 
Exercise – any form of exercise that you find invigorating or centering – get outside (if you can) and walk, run, bike or dance to some Zumba!

4pm   
Contact 5 new people you’ve found during your networking efforts, visit your local Goodwill, Library, or Workforce if you need hands on guidance.  

5pm    
Set specific goals for the next day

NOTE:
Don’t forget to schedule formal networking events on a regular basis.  2 a week is probably good.  Attend a Toastmasters or Job Club during the day and an evening networking event on a Thursday or Friday night.  Visit some of the places people go after work, no matter how tempted you are, remember you’re there to complete a task, ask for water or soda.  You want to make sure you can control the conversation by staying in control of yourself!

Trading Places

For those of you born before 1980. I’m sure you all remember the movie Trading Places, where a broke con man (Eddie Murphy) trades places with a wealthy stock broker (Dan Aykroyd). It was one of the most popular movies from back in the day when integration was everywhere and people were trying all types of different ways to do it. The most popular being bringing poor predominately black people from the inner city ghettos into wealthy historically white neighborhoods and showing them the good life.


While this is great for television and movies, what happens when you do this in real life can be hit or miss. Some people adjust, while others do not. Finding a job in a different environment than you’re used to can be tough. Whether it’s coming from the military into civilian life, or moving from New York to Austin, it’s not always easy to fit in with the new crowd. So one thing you should do if you have the opportunity is to slowly adjust yourself to the new ways of doing things. Here are a few tips you might want to try if you’re relocating for a new job.

  1. Visit the area a couple of times.  If you know what city you want to move to, try visiting a few times before you make the big move, check out the pulse of the town, look at how people dress and act and see if it’s somewhere you see yourself fitting into.
  2. Research the city online.  Find reviews of neighborhoods, schools and government policies.  While the houses may all look the same, once you knock on the doors, you can find it to be completely different.  You don’t want to inadvertently get stuck in a red state if you’re a democrat and vice-versa,
  3. If you’re coming from a diverse place like New York City and you’re moving to a town with less diversity, having a talk with your family members about racism might be something that you’ll have to do.

No matter what, when you move remember, you’re in a foreign land with foreign concepts, understand that your values might not line up totally with the new people you meet, be open to change and new ways to live.

What you wear defines you

Think again about the Goodwill!  If you’re creative, or even if you’re not so creative, you can find great clothes at the Goodwill and the Salvation Army.  Everything I’m wearing in this picture is from one or the other and I spent less than $15 on the look, including the Red Bag, Green Jacket and the Beige top underneath.  The pants are a pair of black pants that I had previously owned when I worked in retail and the dress code was all black.  You don’t have to change everything, just add a few things.  It’s important to mix and match.  All you have to do is look for your size and try it on!

Getting Ready With the Goodwill

Getting Ready With the Goodwill

After you’ve found the perfect look, just visit the Job boards and find your next job.

Feedback!

It’s Friday! Almost quitting time for most people. Still hunting? Get some feedback from those you’ve connected with, the right ones will only make you better!

 

Feedback

 

Work hard so you can hardly work

MOTIVATIONAL-QUOTES-FOR-WORK-HARD

The harder you work on the front end, the less you have to work on the back end.  Do your best every day and you’ll see it getting easier over time.   http://jobs.sweetjobspot.com

 

Create a job hunting schedule

scheduleOur lives run best on routines and habits.  If you’re unemployed it’s important to function in the same capacity that you would during a regular workday, putting in the same amount of hours.  Creating a schedule creates structure for your job hunt.  But don’t spend them all in one place doing one thing, vary your schedule for maximum effect.  .  Consider it a way to keep yourself on track when you get a job. Below is a sample schedule you can use and modify to your own tastes

 

 

 

Sample Day

9 – 11am
Check job boards/alerts for new jobs posted.  Log into networking accounts and locate new contacts relevant to your search, answer questions posed by others in your area of expertise to gain exposure and credibility.  Add people to networking list to be contacted. 

11am    
Apply for jobs, edit and send out resumes to at least 3 jobs you have found earlier.  

12pm    
Lunch – get away from the computer, go to a local area like a park,mall or any public place in your town where employed people generally go.  Brown bag it if you’re budget sensitive, buy the cheapest thing you can if you must make a purchase. Frequent some of the same places and strike up a short chat with some of the other regulars, eventually you’ll make new friends and they’ll point you in the right direction.  Don’t forget to bring your phone and business cards in case you want to keep in touch.

1pm – 3pm
Research companies on LinkedIn to see if you know anyone at the companies you want to work for. Research contacts from alumni associations and add them to contact list

3pm 
Exercise – any form of exercise that you find invigorating or centering – get outside (if you can) and walk, run, bike or dance to some Zumba!

4pm   
Contact 5 new people you’ve found during your networking efforts, visit your local Goodwill, Library, or Workforce if you need hands on guidance.  

5pm    
Set specific goals for the next day

NOTE:
Don’t forget to schedule formal networking events on a regular basis.  2 a week is probably good.  Attend a Toastmasters or Job Club during the day and an evening networking event on a Thursday or Friday night.  Visit some of the places people go after work, no matter how tempted you are, remember you’re there to complete a task, ask for water or soda.  You want to make sure you can control the conversation by staying in control of yourself!

Trading Places

For those of you born before 1980. I’m sure you all remember the movie Trading Places, where a broke con man (Eddie Murphy) trades places with a wealthy stock broker (Dan Aykroyd). It was one of the most popular movies from back in the day when integration was everywhere and people were trying all types of different ways to do it. The most popular being bringing poor predominately black people from the inner city ghettos into wealthy historically white neighborhoods and showing them the good life.


While this is great for television and movies, what happens when you do this in real life can be hit or miss. Some people adjust, while others do not. Finding a job in a different environment than you’re used to can be tough. Whether it’s coming from the military into civilian life, or moving from New York to Austin, it’s not always easy to fit in with the new crowd. So one thing you should do if you have the opportunity is to slowly adjust yourself to the new ways of doing things. Here are a few tips you might want to try if you’re relocating for a new job.

  1. Visit the area a couple of times.  If you know what city you want to move to, try visiting a few times before you make the big move, check out the pulse of the town, look at how people dress and act and see if it’s somewhere you see yourself fitting into.
  2. Research the city online.  Find reviews of neighborhoods, schools and government policies.  While the houses may all look the same, once you knock on the doors, you can find it to be completely different.  You don’t want to inadvertently get stuck in a red state if you’re a democrat and vice-versa,
  3. If you’re coming from a diverse place like New York City and you’re moving to a town with less diversity, having a talk with your family members about racism might be something that you’ll have to do.

No matter what, when you move remember, you’re in a foreign land with foreign concepts, understand that your values might not line up totally with the new people you meet, be open to change and new ways to live.

What you wear defines you

Think again about the Goodwill!  If you’re creative, or even if you’re not so creative, you can find great clothes at the Goodwill and the Salvation Army.  Everything I’m wearing in this picture is from one or the other and I spent less than $15 on the look, including the Red Bag, Green Jacket and the Beige top underneath.  The pants are a pair of black pants that I had previously owned when I worked in retail and the dress code was all black.  You don’t have to change everything, just add a few things.  It’s important to mix and match.  All you have to do is look for your size and try it on!

Getting Ready With the Goodwill

Getting Ready With the Goodwill

After you’ve found the perfect look, just visit the Job boards and find your next job.

Blue Collar Fathers/White Collar Daughters

So, you’ve made it, passed up your parents and now you’re in white collar territory.  How do you navigate it?  How do you job hunt when you’re parents don’t have a history of negotiating in the boardroom or in the home?

Do you know the difference between a blue collar and a white collar job and the appropriate rules of engagement?  This is important not only for when you have the job but also for your networking.  Where you network and who you network with are extremely critical for you landing your dream job.

Is your family history and upbringing affecting your job hunt?   Watch this video and let us know what your experience is.

 

Complaining won’t change anything

Sometimes we just want to complain!

Our bosses suck, the company is bad, we got bait and switched, somebody wronged us yesterday.  And you know what this amounts to?  Nothing,  we have to learn to move forward, because at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is our health, wellness and happiness.  Complaining won’t change anything, action will.  So if you’ve asked and nothing’s happening, ask again.  If your attempts to make a difference go unnoticed, either try harder, or look elsewhere where your talents and abilities will be better appreciated, but the one thing you don’t want to do is get into the rut of complaining and whining, that will keep you down and low morale will get you and your company nowhere.

So, stop thinking about the past, don’t worry about the future, and just leap into change!

Be Phenomenal!!!

Feeling unmotivated?   Be Phenomenal!

Hiring Managers and Social Media Etiquette

Don’t wait for hiring managers to come to you. The job search is all about being proactive. Simply saying you’re looking for a job in your Twitter bio and on your LinkedIn page isn’t going to draw hiring managers to you. But don’t get overeager and jump in before you’ve prepared your own social media accounts.

Read more about connecting with hiring managers on social media, join a group and happy hunting!

http://www.jobjuice.com/blog/bid/138585/The-Dont-s-Of-Contacting-Hiring-Managers-Via-Social-Media

 

Visit our groups!

http://www.facebook.com/groups/hireatlanta

http://www.facebook.com/groups/hireinlandempire/

http://www.facebook.com/groups/Hirelosangeles/

http://www.facebook.com/groups/Hirenewyork/

http://www.facebook.com/groups/hirechicago/

http://www.facebook.com/groups/HireDC/

http://www.facebook.com/groups/hiresanfrancisco/

 

 

 

Warning: May cause inspiration

Richie Parker was born with no arms, but has a double dose of motivation…
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Richie Parker is an Engineer for the Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR team.  He also was born with a physical challenge.  If you think you can’t, perhaps this can inspire you to realize if you work hard enough, stand out and stop making excuses, you really can do anything! 

 

 

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