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Articles Archive for May 2009

Become A Better Person

[26 May 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Ferrazzi’s author of “Whose Got Your Back” appeared on “Good Morning, America” promoting his his book this morning. You can listen to the GMA story at this link. In this new book, the author of “Never Eat Alone” is saying that we all need “lifeline relationships” that can help launch us towards our goals. Friends very often aren’t willing to be completely honest with us. Sometimes even our spouses are hesitant to be completely sincere.
Ferrazzi is promoting this grouping of individuals, and GMA created a test group …

CJ News

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

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Today (March 23, 2009) the Miami Herald published a story on career-related grass-roots websites helping South Florida job hunters. CareerJockey.org made the story, of course, and a number of other South Florida sites like Lemonadeit, LaidOffCampMiami and JobsDirectUSA. The story mentions sites that run events for job seekers like Pink Slip Party and Back on Track Network, which is where I got my start, and reveals the personal side of the South Floridians behind these efforts.
Check out the Miami Herald story.
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Get A Job

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

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I listened to an episode of the Career Joy podcast with Francis Cole Jones, the author of “How to Wow: Proven Strategies for Selling Your [Brilliant] Self in Any Situation” and it provided some very specific and insightful ideas on how to come across as effective as possible in any situation. And you don’t have to have an IPOD to hear it. You can play it right off the website at www.careerjoy.com/podcast. You can also find links there for uploading it into your player.
Francis is a specialist …

Become A Better Person

[18 May 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]

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I read “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” the first time a few years back when I was researching leadership and team dynamics. I’ve always enjoyed building teams and understanding why some work and others fail miserably.  This book explores the topic and describes a simple formula for identifying what works, what doesn’t and what you can do about it.
The book is a written as a corporate fable with two hundred or so pages written in large print.  You can finish it in a few hours, but don’t let …

Become A Better Person

[18 May 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]

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I read “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” the first time several years back when I was researching leadership and team dynamics. I’ve always enjoyed building teams and understanding why some work and some don’t. This book explores the topic and describes a simple formula for identifying what works, what doesn’t work, and what to do about it.
The book subtitle is “A Leadership Fable.” It’s two hundred or so pages are written in large print so you can get through the whole thing in a few hours. …

Become A Better Person

[14 May 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]
Eat, Pray, Love: An Unlikely Spiritual Booster

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This may seem like an unlikely book for me to review, but my daughter grabbed “Eat, Pray, Love” and she liked it. Two ladies that went on vacation with us last year brought this book along and they both raved about it. It my attempt to stay in synch with the feminine thinking of my household (I have a wife and three daughters) I read it too and found this bestseller to be spiritually interesting.
I’ve read and reviewed “Silence on Fire” (follow link for my review). I’ll …

Get A Job

[14 May 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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I surf around a lot looking for content that’s valuable for job seekers and people wanting to stay at the top of their game – career game that is. I’ve been following career coach Mary Elizabeth Bradford’s blog (find it at this link) for a while and I decided to sit in on one of her webinars. It was called “Recession-Busting Job Search Techniques That WORK.”
The information she presented was all relevant to job seekers and presented well. She runs a “Mastermind Career Coach” program where …

Get A Job

[13 May 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]

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I just received a invitation for Kevin Kermes’ online event on personal branding. It will be held on May 22. He’ll be hosting Jessi LaCosta creator of the Insight-Insync™ method of personal branding. I’ve followed Kevin’s efforts over the past several months and he provides some solid advice.
This is likely to be a valuable webinar for you to attend. I’ve included it on the Career Jockey Calendar of Events.
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CJ News

[7 May 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Just added a number of activities to the Calendar of Events page. The events are from multiple sources, but all are good networking opportunities designed for out of work folks.
There’s a networking event tomorrow at Nikki Beach (worse case you can take a walk on the beach), Back on Track Tues and Thur meetings in South Dade, and a career fair June 4th.
I’ll be working to keep this current with in-person South Florida events and online events for anyone across the globe.
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CJ News

[6 May 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Here’s a very short blurb from me on some positive news. CNNMoney.com reported today that a job recovery may be on the way. I’m just reported the news they published.
Here’s a quote:
“There has been a real sea change in the leading indicators over the last few months, which now gives us very objective reasons to be hopeful that the recession will be drawing to a close,” said Lakshman Achuthan, managing director of Economic Cycle Research Institute.
Follow the link here for details.
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Get A Job

[4 May 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 2 Comments | ]
Pocket Resumes: Who Would Have Thought?

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I was checking out the alumni Linkedin group for a former employer of mine and read someone commenting on pocket resumes.  “Pocket resume?” I asked myself.  “What an interesting concept?”
What is it?  It’s a resume the size of a business card that’ll fit in your shirt or pant pocket.  It’s ideal for  networking events.   I’m going to research these pocket resumes a bit and get back to you.
I hope to shed light on what I think can be an ideal tool for job hunters wanting to get their message across.  …

Get A Job

[4 May 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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One of my co-worker sent me this link to CNNMoney.com’s article “How to Get a Job.” It’s a supplement to an article that came out in Fortune Magazine. This is a well put together multimedia article containing all sorts of job hunt information.
It contains advice in the form of video clips from David Perry co-author of “Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters.” It shows creative ideas used by job hunters to target specific employers. It has a chart from the Bureau of Labor and Statitics that shows how many people are …

Become A Better Person

[2 May 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 6 Comments | ]

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In Lewis Carrol’s classic, Alice wanders around Wonderland aimlessly. When she bumps into Cheshire Cat she asks him for directions. The cat responds:
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” Alice says, “I don’t much care where.” The cat then comments, “Then it doesn’t matter which way you walk.”
Many of us have a similar problem and if you think Wonderland is confusing, try the current job market. Having your vision defined clearly is critical on any project and a job search is nothing …