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Articles Archive for April 2009

CJ News

[28 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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I ran into Meg Monfort’s “Career Chaos” blog and believe she provides some good practical advice. This past month she posted a blog entry describing her four favorite job search books. They are:

The Job Loss Recovery Guide: A Proven Program for Getting Back to Work — Fast!– by Lynn Joseph, Ph.D.

Knock ’em Dead Resumes and the rest of the series – by Martin Yate
Winning Interviews for $100,000+ Jobs – by Wendy Enelow
Negotiating Your Salary: How to Make $1,000 a Minute – by Jack Chapman

She also made a …

Become A Better Person

[26 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 13 Comments | ]
Fender Bender Clear Sign I Need to Slow Down

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I collect quotations. And the one I’ve needed recently is:
You are in one of two places. You are either in the current moment or you are nowhere since the past and the future do not exist. Baron Baptiste
Baptiste is the author of a yoga book called “Journey into Power.” In his yoga lessons, he sprinkles tidbits of wisdom like the one above. Many of them encourage you to appreciate the moment and to live in it. (The book Silence on Fire, which I review in another article …

Get A Job

[23 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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I added an entry to my “Recommended Blogs” section today for a lady who calls herself Coach Colette. She Twitters as Coach_Colette. I listened to her podcast (see link) and wanted to share it with you right away. This one is about promoting yourself without bragging. She has a good way about her and her information is solid.
I haven’t listened to it, but she’s already posted her next one.
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Get A Job

[21 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 2 Comments | ]

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ABC “Good Morning, America” features a couple whose jobs and the tough economy have them living in two different states. They discuss their struggle seeing each other only every six weeks. The story also includes an interview with Terry Real a psychologist / family therapist and author of The New Rules of Marriage discussing ways to cope with the situation. See the complete story by following this link.
I wrote related article in my review of The Love Dare book recently. I described how it help me …

Get A Job

[20 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Today’s Herald Business Monday reviews three books:

Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success,

Career Building: Your Total Handbook for Finding a Job and Making It Work, and
Who’s Got Your Back: The Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success–and Won’t Let You Fail.
It gives an overview of the information you can get from the books. You can find the Herald article at the following link.
If you get a chance to read these books, please leave me a comment. The readers and I …

Get A Job

[19 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Fast Company interviewed Richard Nelson Bolles about ten years back and republished excerpts from the interview in December 2007. The author of What Color is Your Parachute? comments (see article) on how 30 years later, the book’s principles still apply. The books 40th anniversary is coming up soon.
You can see the CareerJockey.org book review by following this link.
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Become A Better Person

[19 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 5 Comments | ]

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Change hits a small business like sudden, summer, storm cloud. It frustrates employees, leads to customer complaints and often causes us to miss a pleasant warm meal at home with the family. Small business owners deal with change all the time. They put up with it, tolerate it and do what it takes to stay afloat amidst fast and constant change.
But what if we saw change as an energy source. What if we could learn to adapt to change, thrive on it and transform change into opportunities? Our view of …

Become A Better Person

[16 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 13 Comments | ]
Take “The Love Dare” When Work or Unemployment Strains Your Marriage

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When I was unemployed and obsessed with finding work, I was so focused on finding work my marriage and relationships suffered. When I returned to work, in a job I really enjoyed, my natural bent to overachieve took over. Once again my marriage took a back seat. I can get so focused on my “projects” as I like to call them the pursuit drives a wedge between my wife and me. I want to share a “project” I assigned to myself recently that helped me address …

Become A Better Person

[10 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]

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You might wonder to yourself, “Why is this guy blogging about yoga on a career information site.” Well I attribute much of my inner strength and creativity at work to my efforts to stay fit.

Years ago a friend from work who knew I trained for marathons (Yes, I’m one of those nuts who runs alot), asked if I had considered yoga. I was very polite in my response, but inside I was thinking, “What’s all that navel gazing got to do with running? If I need to …

Become A Better Person

[7 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]

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My brother buried his father-in-law today. My wife and I witnessed his wife of 50 years saying her last goodbyes. While hugging her youngest granddaughter with tears rolling down her face, she left him behind. You could see how much more she was leaving behind – things she painfully hoped she could take with her.
Cecilin, as most called him, never said much. He had lost an eye in an accident years ago which left him disabled. He was a low-profile, solitary man and, as a result, I never got to …

Become A Better Person

[5 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 4 Comments | ]

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Richard Leider, an executive and career coach from Minnesota, published an article in Fast Company back in December (see article).  He makes recommendations for finding purpose in your life by aligning your career with your life’s purpose. 
The article contains a description of his 10 “laws” for making decisions on purpose with one of them proposing the two questions:

What do you want?
And how will you know when you get it?

He makes a really valid point that many of us fail to even propose these questions prefering instead to just stay busy.  We have …

Prepare for my First Job

[2 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 2 Comments | ]

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The book first What Color is Your Parachute1580089305 is a resource I recommend for job hunt advice and finding what career is best for you. Check out my blog entry on it. Richard Nelson Bolles, the writer co-authored another book, What Color is Your Parachute for Teens, that’s just as valuable for teens and college students. It provides career discernment advice so students starting off can decide what they want to do with their lives.
The book takes a similar approach to the first book, with adjustments made for the younger …