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Become A Better Person

[22 Mar 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]
Chris Anderson’s “FREE” Book Is Available for Free…Really

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I just finished reading a Chris Anderson’s “Free: The Future of a Radical Price.” He’s the editor of Wired Magazine who also wrote “The Long Tail” (which is the shape of an economic demand curve and not related to kangaroos).  He proves his free point by making his “Free” book available for free.
I didn’t really read it.  I listened to a MP3 down loadable copy of it which I got for free on Audible.com.  It didn’t cost me a single penny and I even got Chris Anderson the …

Become A Better Person

[16 Mar 2010 | Written by: Jeannette Kraar | 2 Comments | ]
To Stay at Your Electrifying Best…Pull the Plug

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No matter if it’s voice mail, email, your Blackberry, a text, your next meeting or perhaps even an letter delivered the old fashioned way – in an envelope with a stamp, every once in a while you have to pull the plug and scream an obscenity ridden with – ENOUGH!
What a concept…… becoming unattainable for some degree of time.
I was looking around a website belonging to Harrison Barnes, the Job Guru, and caught his article “The Importance of Disconnecting from Your Work.” That’s exactly what he’s promoting and …

Become A Better Person

[9 Mar 2010 | Written by: Jeannette Kraar | No Comment | ]
To Stay at Your Electrifying Best…Pull the Plug

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No matter if it’s voice mail, email, your Blackberry, a text, your next meeting or perhaps even an letter delivered the old fashioned way – in an envelope with a stamp, every once in a while you have to pull the plug and scream an obscenity ridden with – ENOUGH!
What a concept…… becoming unattainable for some degree of time.
I was looking around a website belonging to Harrison Barnes, the Job Guru, and caught his article “The Importance of Disconnecting from Your Work.” That’s exactly what he’s promoting and …

Become A Better Person

[7 Mar 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]
Job Hunt Marriage Pain…Does It Have to Be That Way?

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My wife’s a lovely lady. You got to meet her. Today we visited the dean at the high school my daughter will attend this fall. Now you have to picture my wife. You get her talking about any one of our three daughters (one of her favorite topics in the world) and she’s on a role. You want details. She has them. You have to realize, she goes way back with these folks.

I wasn’t able to get a word in during today’s meeting, …

Become A Better Person

[2 Mar 2010 | Written by: Jeannette Kraar | No Comment | ]
Are You Buzzard, Bat, Bumble Bee or People?

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(Editor’s Note:  I’d like to introduce my long time associate, Jeannette Kraar.  We’ve been working together for several years – all related to helping job hunters – and have had a lot of fun at it.  She’ll be joining us every Wednesday.  Please provide us some comments to let us know what you think.)
I got this from someone in an email a long while back. I keep stuff much longer than most do only so I can use it for writing fodder someday in the future. Well I …

Become A Better Person

[21 Feb 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 5 Comments | ]
If You Can’t Be with the Job You Love, Then Love the One You’re With

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Monster.com ran a poll recently with a simple question, “Do you love your current profession/work?  Check out the results:

Yes – 35%
No – 65%

That’s an awful lot of no votes.   I just cannot imagine dragging myself out of bed every weekday morning, forcing down a cup of coffee only to have to walk into some place for more than 8 hours (Is there a real 8 hour day left out there?) and do a job I just do not like much less love.  What a horrendous chore?
Let me tell you about …

Become A Better Person

[14 Feb 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 5 Comments | ]
40 Days for Becoming a Better Person

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If you read my Love Dare article from a year back you’ll see how I dedicated 40 days last Spring to improving my marriage. It’s not that it was on the rocks and in bad need of repair. I just wanted to take a good thing and make it better.
In my Novena article I talk about a 9 day practice I followed to help get me re-focused and balanced. There are times when I get way out of whack and I need something like this to bring …

Become A Better Person

[7 Feb 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 2 Comments | ]
Get a Job Where They Pay – You Learn

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My granddad turned 89 this year. The old man we loving call “Lalo” has a Cuban saying that always stuck with me,
“The devil knows more because he’s old than because he’s the devil.”
It sounds funny reading it in English, but the message rings clear. He wanted to make sure we grandkids, who thought we were oh so smart, would listen to the advice of older folks if only because they’d been around longer than they had.
You look at Lalo today and you’d never know he was a successful …

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[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 …

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[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 …

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[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 …

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 …

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[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 …

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[18 Dec 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]
20 Characteristics of a True Workaholic

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I ran into Salon Angelica written by Angelica Perez, a Latina, Ivy League educated psychologist with some valuable articles for women on their careers, mental health and other Career Jockey related topics.
She just published a great article called the “The Root of Workaholism.”   It covers the topic at length helping people understand some root causes that lead to it and how to gain insight into it.  Give this article a read and answer the 20 questions she poses to see where you stand.  You too many be a workaholic.
I’ve commented …

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[6 Dec 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]
Rock ‘n’ Roll Bass Player Leaves Job Seekers a Great Lesson

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I just ran into “Get the Right Balance“, a blog post written at a simple blog site”Welcome to the Occupation” written by Paul Smith. Paul identifies himself as “an HR manager at a non-profit organization in the Northeast.” A simple guy promoting a simple way of life per this article.

Paul’s article chronicles a documentary he saw on Arthur Kane, the bass player for New York Dolls. Back in the ’70s, the New York Dolls were a thing, but by 2004 things were much different. The …

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[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. …

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[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. …

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[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 …

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[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 …

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[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 …