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Articles Archive for November 2009

Become A Better Person

[30 Nov 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 14 Comments | ]
Five Steps for Beating the Christmas Bah Humbug Job Seeker Blues

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I recently wrote my Devil Wears Prada article discussing the potential outcomes of the choices we make. Few of us go out and make an intentional life or career blundering decisions. I, however, have made a string of smaller decisions, or better yet, no decisions at all that over time got me someplace all together wrong.

I’ve done it with Christmas, too. I let Thanksgiving go by without giving much thought to what comes next. The time slips by and before you know it, I shorted myself. …

Become A Better Person

[25 Nov 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 2 Comments | ]
Christmas Gift Ideas to Wow Your Job Seeker / Career Professional

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I enjoy learning and growing in my understanding of the things around me. I want to know myself better and grow in intimacy with the supernatural. It’s the way I’m wired. I have to explore. And this drives me to do a lot of reading.

I started Career Jockey in order to share all the job hunt and personal/professional development resources I had accumulated helping others in their job hunts. These are resources I acquired interacting with career coaches, recruiters and other HR types. …

Get A Job

[23 Nov 2009 | Written by: Orietta Ramirez | 6 Comments | ]
You're Fired! Part 2-Making a Graceful Exit

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(This article continues where OERamz’s first article “You’re Fired! Part 1- I Never Saw It Coming left off.)

After the smile and, “we won’t be needing this today”. Mr. Manager continued, “you have been a very valuable asset to our group” and then the “but” … as you know the economy, our group, difficult decision … I felt like Charlie Brown listening to his teacher … and it wasn’t good news.

Funny how the mind takes over as I began to think, we’re moving tomorrow, my boxes are all packed and …

Local Networking Events

[22 Nov 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]

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Title: Back on Track Network: The 3 Things You MUST Know to Become Successfully Self-employedLocation: St. Louis Church Library 7220 SW 120 Street, Miami, FL 33156Link out: Click hereDescription: Guest Speaker: Frank Morrison, owner/president of The Entrepreneur’s Source
Based in Miami, Florida, Frank is a business consultant working with individuals considering alternative career options, such as self-employment, and would like to understand to growth opportunities open to them through franchising.
The meeting will take place at the St. Louis Church Library at 7220 SW 120 Street, Miami, FL 33156. The library …

Get A Job

[22 Nov 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 2 Comments | ]
Kevin Donlin Simple Job Search Manifesto's a Good Resource

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A week back I published Kevin Donlin’s article “Three Simple Job Search Ideas from Stuff Going on Right Around You.” I started looking around his blog and found a FREE downloadable e-book called “The Simple Job Search Manifesto.” I figured if I’m publishing his story I might as well learn a little bit more about what the guy does.

I’m really glad I did. This 65 page e-book contains a well organized plan for getting yourself back to work. It covers choosing your ideal job, finding the …

Local Networking Events

[22 Nov 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Title: Events: Execunet Executive Perspectives – The Developing Opportunities in the 2010 Executive Marketplace Location: The Jobing Offices, 6600 North Andrews Ave Suite 500, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309Link out: Click hereDescription: $25. Bring up to FOUR guests with you for free!
Light refreshments
Speaker: Dave Opton, ExecuNet Founder and CEO
We’ll kick off the meeting with Speed Networking and a Business Card Exchange. Each attendee will get a tutorial with action steps to maximize the experience.
Then to “Opton-ize” your job search, Dave will share current data gathered throughout 2009 (based on surveys as …

Local Networking Events

[22 Nov 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Title: Events: Execunet Meeting – Social Networking Two.O – Off-LineLocation: Lobby Library, 2 Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 Link out: Click hereDescription: No Charge for Execunet members. $25 for guests.
Complimentary wine bar and hors d’oeuvres
Please be our guest at Two Grove Isle Drive in Coconut Grove for an evening of old-fashioned networking – face to face in a seasonal social setting. No matter if you’re new to ExecuNet or one of our original members, come out and meet other fabulous professionals here in South Florida.
And, in appreciation …

Become A Better Person

[21 Nov 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]
The Key to Job Seeker Happiness…Think It’s Money??

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We all want happiness and, unfortunately, during my job searches (there were more than one) happiness escaped me. Fear, anxiety and worry took its place. It was so overwhelming.

I attended a South Florida Interactive Media Association seminar last week and the lead speaker was Julian Smith co-author of New York Times best seller “Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust.” He shared with us an interesting fact. He said for people making over $50K a year, happiness is unrelated to …

Get A Job

[19 Nov 2009 | Written by: Anthony Tony Ratagick | 13 Comments | ]
What Do You Mean I Need a College Degree?

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I find myself in a unique situation. I’m unemployed for the first time in my long career. I’ve been working since I was 14. I mean it; my Social Security records show earnings from 1976 to 1979, the years I was enrolled in High School.

Since that time, I was never really unemployed. Sure I had a couple 2 or 3 week vacations between jobs, but nothing like this. After high school, I joined the Army and received training in communications. When I left the Army, I immediately landed a …

Become A Better Person

[17 Nov 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 8 Comments | ]
Couples Retreat Movie’s Funny & Filled with Secrets to Marital Success

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My wife and I went the movies to watch “Couples Retreat” and got a bit more than we expected. It was filled with the expected Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau gags. It’s a funny movie. But what surprised us was the very positive pro-marriage message. I think it’s just what the doctor ordered for a strained job seeker marriage. (It’s also a nice treat from a Hollywood that often portrays marriages as antiquated and irrelevant.)

The story begins with four couples going through the motions of …

Get A Job

[16 Nov 2009 | Written by: Orietta Ramirez | 25 Comments | ]
You're Fired!  Part 1 – I Never Saw It Coming

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So my day (and it truly became MY day), started that cold, gloomy December morning. It was only 10am but I had been at it since 6:30am. I had just printed out my report of activities and open projects list, and in walks Mr. HR and Mr. Manager. Mr. HR does not make eye contact but immediately sits across from me. Mr. Manager, smiles … ah yes, that smile. Funny, how you selectively remember certain things on those fateful days. As I proceed to pass the …

Get A Job

[13 Nov 2009 | Written by: Kevin Donlin | 4 Comments | ]
Three Simple Job Search Ideas from Stuff Going on Right Around You

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Great ideas are all around. You just need to notice and apply them to your job hunt. When you do, you will literally have no competition from other job seekers, who spend their days surfing the net and e-mailing resumes.
Want to get hired faster and get ahead on the job?
If so, ponder this: some of the most amazing new ideas in history weren’t new at all. They simply resulted when one observant person transplanted an old idea into a new context.
Example: Velcro was invented in 1948, but it’s really an …

Become A Better Person

[11 Nov 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]
The Time Traveler’s Wife Delivers Self-Improvement Insight

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Before seeing the Time Travelers Wife at the theater, I got me a copy of the book. I wanted to read it before seeing the movie. It was just for fun reading, but this one scene left me with a revelation I just had to share on Career Jockey.
For the scene to make sense, I have to explain the main character’s predicament. (I promise not to ruin it for you.) Henri’s a time traveler – no technology needed. He gets plucked out of the …

Get A Job

[7 Nov 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]
Three Gotta Read Books for the Serious Job Hunter

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For this article, I went through the dozens of books I’ve reviewed in Career Jockey’s Book Review topic and forced myself to pick only three books.  I had to make some tough calls, but these are the ones that together contain the meat of what every job seeker needs to know.
Book #1 – What Color Is Your Parachute? 2010: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Nelson Bolles
I wrote my What Color Is Your Parachute book review within three weeks of launching CareerJockey.org. I’ve recommended it to almost …

Local Networking Events

[5 Nov 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Title: How To Manage your Cash FlowLocation: SBA-Small Business Administration, 7th Floor 100 South Biscayne Blvd Miami FL 33131Link out: Click hereDescription: A 4 hour Workshop – NEW! Every smart business owner knows that Cash Flow is critical to their success! Running out of cash is the main reason for business failure!
Do you depend upon others to keep an eye on cash flow? Do you know that managing cash flow is not that difficult? You can plan and control cash flow using a computer spreadsheet, a simple budgeting program or …

Local Networking Events

[5 Nov 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Title: Learn to Live Within Your MeansLocation: St John Neumann Adult Education Building, Room 102. 12125 SW 107 Ave, Miami, FL 33176Link out: Click hereDescription: Guest Speaker: Beatriz Hartman, Community Outreach Manager at Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc.
This presentation will focus on budgets, tracking down and cutting back on expenses, communication with creditors and credit responsibilities.
Beatriz Hartman, MBA is a Community Outreach Manager and certified credit counselor for Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc. Her role is to develop educational partnerships to bring personal financial wellness to organizations and to …

Local Networking Events

[5 Nov 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Title: Using Linkedin to Turbo Charge Your Job Search (or Anything Else)Location: St. Louis Catholic Church – Family Center EastLink out: Click hereDescription: Jorge Lazaro Diaz is a Back on Track Network board member, St. Louis chapter leader, frequent speaker and technology professional. In this presentation, you will learn to make use of this LinkedIn and other social media sites juice up your job hunt. This is more than just an introduction. You will learn how to research employers, identifying people within those organizations that can help you in …

Local Networking Events

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

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Title: Execunet Meeting: Holiday Season Search StrategiesLocation: Jobing.com Offices, 6600 N. Andrews Ave, Ste. 500, Ft. Lauderdale FL, (954)524-5800Link out: Click hereDescription: If you’re thinking about pulling the plug on your job search through this holiday season – think again!
Join us on Monday November 9th from 10am until noon to gain a new perspective and get powerful strategies that will wipe out any “bah-humbug” notions you may have!
At this meeting……
1. Uncover the truth about companies in this third quarter;
2. Discover why it’s even easier …

Become A Better Person

[4 Nov 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]

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Saturday night, this guy jumps out of the car at a stop light, points at the badge displayed prominently on his jacket, walks up to my car window and says, “You gotta problem!!!” Note: His words came with a sort of threatening tone.
Not even in Miami did I expect this.
Rewind just 3 minutes and my 13-year-old daughter and I are casually leaving the mall parking lot. Right in front us I see an old Toyota driving off with a red tie, scarf or something dragging along the ground. …