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Articles Archive for August 2009

Become A Better Person

[27 Aug 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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I started using Facebook recently. Interestingly enough, it was my 13 year old daughter that was my top advisor. She had been using Facebook for a while and knew the ins and out of it very well.

Sylivia Ann Hewlett published a reverse mentoring article earlier this summer in a Harvard Business Review blog recommending us older folks get ourselves a mentor. She touts what Time Warner did by formalizing a reverse mentoring program where Gen Y kids (the 70 million-strong demographic born between 1979 and 1994) are …

Prepare for my First Job

[24 Aug 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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I found the following NPR interview online.

Over 40 Carrie Spini in Santa Cruz, California is completing an internship at the local chamber of commerce. Definitely not the norm, but she’s preparing herself for a new career after a marital status change, as she calls it on the program. She hopes to eventually get into nonprofit development work and this is step one in that direction.

As I did a little more surfing, I found a blog called Interns Over 40. It’s byline is “A New Career for the …

Get A Job

[20 Aug 2009 | Written by: Mary Elizabeth Bradford | 8 Comments | ]

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Mary Elizabeth Bradford is a career coach we’ve listed in the “Blog I Like” section and has provided this article as our first guest blogger. Enjoy!!

Do you think selling yourself in a job interview is “selling out?” I hear this from clients from time to time. They tell me: “I hate the idea of marketing or selling myself to prospective clients. I am just myself. I shouldn’t have to ‘sell myself’ to get a job!”

I think the problem is that our definition of selling conjures up feelings of going against our …

Change Careers

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

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Jobsinthemoney.com, A Dice Company, ran an article discussing the results of a survey of 458 accountants. They found that 23% of the respondants are planning jump employers as soon as the economy gets better. Accountants have a high level of employee loyalty as a profession, but the survey reveals that despite that professional loyalty we may have a blip in the other direction.
Check out the jobsinthemoney.com Accountant Job Survey article and share your thoughts with me. Grads who got their accounting degree online are also welcome to give their input.  …

Become A Better Person

[13 Aug 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]
Selling the Invisible: How People Buy Something They Don’t Understand

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Harry Backwith’s Selling the Invisible: A Field Guide to Modern Marketing was required reading at the system integration firm where I worked. All directors were given a copy and expected to finish them. I wasn’t sure what point our CEO was making when he assigned it to us, but I sure did when I was done with it. Selling the Invisible helped me better understand the customer’s perception when buying complex services like the technology work we delivered. It also explains how buyers evaluate the quality of …

Get A Job

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

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I found the Executive Resume Expert blog written by Laura Smith-Proulx. She’s a CCMC, CPRW, and CIC. If you don’t know what those are, Google them, but just know it means she knows how to write a resume.
Her entire blog, which goes back to 2006, is dedicated to resume writing advice. She has some very good advice on a variety of esume related topics. Give it a read if you are in need of writing, rethinking or revisiting your resume.
Hope this helps!
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Change Careers

[12 Aug 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Meg Monford wrote an “Julia & Julia movie review article discussing how the movie covers career transitions and blogging. It shows how Julia Childs goes from housewife to French chef student to writing the famous cookbook that launched her career. In parallel, it covers a modern day Julie who decides to cook her way through Julia Childs book in a years time while blogging about it.
Give Meg’s article on Julie & Julia a read to learn more about the movie’s message. According to her, everyone considering a …

Change Careers

[11 Aug 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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I ran into Heather Mundell’s life@work blog and found some very inspiring articles to help you find your true life’s calling. She’s a career coach, but her sweet spot is working with clients wanting to find the ideal job for themselves. She works with people on their job searches, but according to her writings, prefers to work with people to discern their calling and launch job searches towards that end.

I read her latest article on managing fear and stress during a career transition. She’s writing about staying …

Get A Job

[10 Aug 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]

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The job market’s tough out there, but there are good jobs to be found. This WSJ report gives tips on how to jump start your search by refreshing your approach.

If you’ve been too focused Linkedin.com, it recommends trying Facebook. If you’ve been focused on line, slant your focus towards face-to-face networking. If you are looking for more information on this topic, consider this “Pocket Resume Mentality” article. It can help you stand back and consider what happens to your resume throughout the networking process. The ideas …

Get A Job

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

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I was reading through some Linkedin.com group job hunt groups and found a resume writing article. The tips are very specific and something everyone reviewing their resume should consider. A good resource.
Hope it helps.
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Get A Job

[5 Aug 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]

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I have been a long time user of Linkedin.com and use techniques like the ones recommended in the reprinted article by Mary Elizabeth Bradford to promote Career Jockey and myself. She provides a quick overview for how to make use of Linkedin.com to get yourself noticed and use it to help get yourself back to work.
Have you secretly been wondering what all the hoopla is over social networking sites liked LinkedIn…but been too afraid to ask? Or perhaps you are in the midst of a job search and know …

Become A Better Person

[3 Aug 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 5 Comments | ]

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I’m not a Terminator movie fan, but I caught the end of Terminator 3 on cable the other day. I’ve heard #3 is not a favorite of the fans, but it did highlight to me how a person’s response to a challenge can determine their future as a leader. The right response can launch you into leadership stardom. A mediocre response can leave you well … just plain mediocre. (Warning: If you haven’t seen the movie, I give away the ending.)
In this Terminator installment, yet another robot …