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Articles Archive for January 2010

Become A Better Person

[31 Jan 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]
What’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Have to Do With Anything?

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The one thing job hunters have that the working population doesn’t have is time.  I remember how much of it I had when I was job hunting and how much I wasted waiting for emails that I only wished would come right away.  (You can learn about my job search in the Career Jockey About page.)
Here’s a suggestion you might consider to resolve this. I’m an avid reader. I enjoy reading and wish I had more time for it.  In order to squeeze in more reading time, I’ve …

Get A Job

[27 Jan 2010 | Written by: Mary Elizabeth Bradford | One Comment | ]
Is Your Resume Missing These 5 “Must Haves”?

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Making sure your resume is a powerful marketing document is a wise investment in your career. It can set you apart from your competition, maximize the amount of interviews you land and ultimately play into how much a company offers you.
After all, you are negotiating with potential employers from the moment you connect with them to the time the offer is made. So everything that happens in that window of time plays into your offer…including how well targeted, well designed and compelling your resume is.
Here are five elements you will …

Get A Job

[26 Jan 2010 | Written by: Kevin Donlin | 3 Comments | ]
4 Classic Quotes about Your Job Search

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What can Leonardo da Vinci and Will Rogers tell you about finding a job?
Plenty, it turns out.
Read on for some new twists on timeless advice that might help you get hired faster …
1. “Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.”
– Leonardo da Vinci

Does this mean sloth-like behavior can make you a productive job hunter?
Not quite.
In fact, much work is done by your subconscious mind while the rest of your brain and body are doing other things, like sleeping, eating an apple, or shampooing …

Get A Job

[26 Jan 2010 | Written by: Orietta Ramirez | One Comment | ]
Let’s Be Fair to HR Types-They’re Not All Bad

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Last week we talked about the bane of our job seeking existence, the HR Gatekeepers. I felt compelled, in all fairness, to speak to the good that HR reps do. If there is nothing more important during this difficult process, it is to keep an equal balance, both in perspective and outlook.
We tend, as prospective job seekers, employees and even employers, to view HR reps as all knowing, and yet functionally invisible. Ironically, they are human too. As such, they bring with them a plethora of …

Local Networking Events

[25 Jan 2010 | Written by: admin | No Comment | ]

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Title: Lessons Learned from El Camino to Santiago de CompostelaLocation: St. Louis Church Family Center East located at 7220 SW 120 Street, Miami, FL 33156Link out: Click hereDescription: Wednesday evening, February 3rd, 7pm to 10pm, Shannon Maher Wallace will present, “Lessons Learned from El Camino to Santiago de Compostela.” Shannon is the Director of Worldwide Leadership Programs for Microsoft, a frequent Back on Track Network speaker and is a professional speaker, executive coach and consultant with 20 years of international work experience in leadership development and organizational change.
Shannon will …

Become A Better Person

[24 Jan 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]
Give Me Patience and I Want It NOW!

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As we look for work, wait for that anticipated raise (in this economy…right!) or hope for the right opportunity to arrive, we are forced to be patient. We set some expectations for ourselves and sometimes even attach a timeline to it. If we opt NOT to be patient, we set ourselves up for failure. We tee ourselves up for the perfect dose of disappointment. And from there to anger and resentment is a very short hop.

I spent some time thinking about this and wondered, “What is it about waiting or …

Get A Job

[21 Jan 2010 | Written by: Kevin Donlin | One Comment | ]

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In his 1973 article, “The Strength of Weak Ties,” sociologist Mark Granovetter, after interviewing dozens of people, determined that most jobs were landed through “weak” interpersonal ties — not friends telling friends, but acquaintances telling friends.
In other words, if you’re mostly asking friends to send you job leads, you won’t succeed as fast as asking acquaintances, who then ask their friends to help you.
Counterintuitive, yes, but aiming your networking efforts at people you don’t know well is a faster way of gaining access to new social groups, where new job …

Become A Better Person

[20 Jan 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]
Your Waste of Time Could Be Another’s Precious Gem

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Recently, a job hunter approached me at a networking event.  He looked vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t place him.  My first thought was maybe I had introduced him to someone that got him a job, but that wasn’t it.  He was still looking.
He told me he had heard me speak on a panel a few months back.  I remembered that presentation well.  It was held at a South Beach Miami hotel.  The venue was nice and included two other panelists.  It was well moderated.  The problem (for me anyway) was …

Local Networking Events

[19 Jan 2010 | Written by: admin | No Comment | ]

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Title: 5 Keys to Breakthrough Results in 2010: Recipe for Success in your Career, Business, Finances and LifeLocation: TeleclassLink out: Click hereDescription: In a Job Search and Not Getting the Results You Want?
Considering a Career Change?
Building a Business and Needing More Reliable Cash Flow?
Feeling Stuck, Overwhelmed or Unclear?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you are not alone. These are all very common circumstances many people are experiencing.
Whether you realize it or not, you have probably attempted to resolve these challenges with bandaids and outdated methods that no …

Get A Job

[19 Jan 2010 | Written by: Orietta Ramirez | 7 Comments | ]
Dealing with HR Gatekeepers

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(Warning: I am going to get on my soapbox, and talk about those to whom we have to sell our wares just so we can get in front of the hiring manager. They are the Human Resource representatives.)
HR are the individuals who have to balance the needs and goals of the firm, help the executives and leadership to achieve their goals from a people perspective, and who create an open-door-like policy with the general population.
I have worked in this area for a number of years. I have valued colleagues …

Change Careers

[18 Jan 2010 | Written by: Frank Morrison | 2 Comments | ]
Starting Over at 50 Might Not Be So Bad

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As baby boomers start to turn 60, they may be feeling nostalgic about the early days of their careers, when job security actually meant something and a person could retire comfortably at 65.
Unfortunately, today’s reality for many workers over the age of 50 is downsizing, difficult job searches and the very real prospect of working past 65. Fortunately, this generation is healthier and better trained than any prior generation. They have more opportunities for self-employment than ever before and are increasingly considering that option as they head into their golden …

Get A Job

[14 Jan 2010 | Written by: Kevin Donlin | One Comment | ]
Two More Guerrilla Job Search Success Stories

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Most job seekers you talk to are struggling right now. You can do what they’re doing. But you’ll probably struggle, too.
Or, for different results, you can try something different.
The two “guerrilla” job hunters in this article did. And they’re working now.
What can you learn from their stories?
Approach #1: Do Lots of Little Things Right
Remy Piazza, from Toronto, Ontario, accepted a job offer in November 2009. It was his fifth offer in five months of methodical searching.  If you’d like to average a job offer every 30 days and pick the …

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[12 Jan 2010 | Written by: Orietta Ramirez | 8 Comments | ]
Job Hunting Using The Bachelor Mentality

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Ok, I’m going to admit to something that a few have been sworn to secrecy upon the pain of possible death … I watch The Bachelor … ok, I hear the gasps, I see the eyes rolling and yet, I know you feel my pain. Allow me to explain.  The reason why I watch is scientific.  Really! How can you not relate to the women (and the men, during the seasons of The Bachelorette) as we face the job layoffs and job search? It IS like trying to get the …

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[11 Jan 2010 | Written by: Sandi Abbott | 4 Comments | ]
How To Network In Your Pajamas And Still Look Professional

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I don’t like going to networking events. I enjoy them about as much as I like having a root canal. There, I said it. It’s out in the open. And now all three of my blog readers know about it. I just hope none of them are dentists.
The reason I don’t like networking events is because they’re a distraction in the middle of my day. But mostly it’s because I’m an introvert and don’t always feel ready to mix and mingle.
One of the ways I combat this is by making …

Local Networking Events

[10 Jan 2010 | Written by: admin | No Comment | ]

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Title: Networking 101: You Cannot Get There AloneLocation: St. John Neumann Church Adult Education Building, Room 102 12125 SW 107 Ave. Miami 33176Link out: Click hereDescription: Guest Speaker: Manny Fernandez, Vice President Commercial Accounts, BenTrust Financial
How the world works most of the time is who you know helps determine how effective you can apply what you know. Having the right relationships helps a person climb their ladder of success. Back on Track invites you to this insightful presentation on networking form how to build the base to giving back to …

Local Networking Events

[10 Jan 2010 | Written by: admin | No Comment | ]

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Title: Tap Your Talent: Maximizing Your EmployabilityLocation: St. John Neumann Church Adult Education Building, Room 102 12125 SW 107 Ave. Miami 33176Link out: Click hereDescription: Guest Speaker: Debbie Benami-Rahm, M.S., M.H.C., President, DBR Career Services, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
The Back on Track Career counseling support group is fortunate to have local career expert Debbie Benami-Rahm present “Tap Your Talent; Maximizing Your Employability”. Her presentation will include her valuable insights on: how to promote your talents to prospective employers, how to showcase your strengths in the interview process, what to …

Become A Better Person

[9 Jan 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 2 Comments | ]
Weakness & Vulnerability May Be Your Biggest Strength

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(Warning: Be prepared for some serious spiritual discussion.)

Those of you who follow Career Jockey may remember that in early December I published Five Steps for Beating the Christmas Bah Humbug Blues.  In step #1 of the article, I committed myself to 20 minutes of daily reflection. You may also remember I was hoping for an Amazon Kindle reading device for Christmas. (See Christmas Gift Ideas to Wow Your Job Seeker.)

Well both of these came together recently when my wife gave me a Kindle for Christmas and …

Local Networking Events

[9 Jan 2010 | Written by: admin | One Comment | ]

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Title: Get Hired NOW Bootcamp by Jeannette KraarLocation: Grove Isle Resort and Spa, Building Two – Lobby Library, 2 Grove Isle Drive, Miami, FL 33133Link out: Click hereDescription: Stop wasting time on old search methods that don’t work – cut through the crap…. LEARN PROVEN STRATEGIES DEVELOPED BY A TOP CAREER COACH AND EXECUTIVE RECRUITER TO GET A GREAT JOB FAST–IN ANY ECONOMY!
An all-day intensive workshop for people who need a GREAT JOB NOW!
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL GET:
* GET PREPARED: Understand current opportunities, trends and needs
* GET CLEAR: Define your purpose, …

Get A Job

[7 Jan 2010 | Written by: Kevin Donlin | 2 Comments | ]
Top 3 Ways to Find a Job in 2010

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As 2009 draws to a close, most job seekers can only say, “Good riddance.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average job search as of November 2009 took 28.5 weeks — more than 7 months. That’s the longest since record keeping began in 1948.
But there is good news: People are still finding jobs, often faster than average.
How are they doing it?
From what I can see, talking to and counseling hundreds of people in 2009, successful job seekers do three things that can get you hired faster in 2010…
1. …

Become A Better Person

[6 Jan 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]
Is There a Blue Ocean Way to Position Yourself?

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A college friend recommended “Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant” by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne.  She’s in real estate and the book helped her promote her business differently.
With traditional marketing strategy, companies strive to build a better solution at a better price.  The idea is to outsmart and outdo the competition.  It’s an exercise in one-up-man-ship that frequently leads to each competitor releasing marginally better solutions over their competitors.  The authors describe that approach as a red ocean strategy.  Firms behave …