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[18 Mar 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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(This continues where Lesson 4 left off.)
Resources for Snatching the Right Job for You
We’ve covered a lot together these past few days. I’ve given you some:

Help setting your expectations
Job hunt methods that work well
Thoughts on taking care of yourself emotionally/spiritually
Advice for finding your next boss

Today I’m pointing you at resources I have found useful (sometimes VERY useful) for fueling your job hunt. I’ve set up several topics and listed the resources underneath to make them easier to find.

Setting objective and targeting your job search. The key here is …

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[18 Mar 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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(This lesson continues where Lesson 2 left off.)
Do NOT Go at It Alone.  Get the Help You Need
In the book “What Color Is Your Parachute? 2010: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers” Richard Nelson Bolles says that a huge percentage of job hunters quit after two months. They just check out and stop looking. Take a look at Parachute chapter 1 for the details and statistics. (You may have noticed I pull a lot of material from this book.  As I mentioned in …

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[18 Mar 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Job Loss Sucks! P.S. You’ll Do Just Fine
If you’re reading this, you’re likely an the job hunt. You and your family are worried. You’re dealing with difficult emotions – fear, anger and anxiety. It’s like your life’s on hold.
I know job struggles and job hunts. “Been there done that” as the saying goes. Hellen Keller gave us a quote that describes it perfectly:

When one door of happiness closes, another one opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which is …

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

[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 …

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[17 Feb 2010 | Written by: Kevin Donlin | No Comment | ]
A 5 Steps Job Search Method That NEVER Fails

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It’s been said that the best new ideas are the best old ideas.
In other words, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel in your job search if others before you have found ways to succeed.
What if I told you there was a success “system,” invented by Benjamin Franklin in the 1730s, that helped create millionaires in the 1930s, when unemployment stood at 25%?
Do you think it might help you find a job faster today, with unemployment rates as they are?
If you’re interested, I’ll describe this system, which can make sure …

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[15 Feb 2010 | Written by: Orietta Ramirez | 2 Comments | ]
4 Things Job Hunters Can Do with Their Time Off

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Take advantage of this “free time” to dream. I do not mean the Walter Mitty type of fantasies, although that is not such a bad thing. Explore your options, even those you thought were impossible.
While networking, I perused articles on job searching, people in transition, career realignments and just plain, spent way too much time on the internet (not something I want to admit but it must be said).
One can easily become mesmerized or possibly addicted to surfing the internet. It becomes one’s crutch. Signing up to …

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[8 Feb 2010 | Written by: Orietta Ramirez | One Comment | ]
Maybe They’re Just Not That Into You

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You did your research and got that interview. You executed your IPOP (see my IPOP article for details) and notes (your outfit was coordinated, your hair, perfect), and your A-game was on (confident). Then, nothing…uh oh.
You go over what you said, what you could have said. Was it the suit? Should you have printed out two resumes instead of one? You call your friends, talk to your family and suddenly it dawns on you “they’re just not that into you” …. But, I thought I …

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[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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[3 Feb 2010 | Written by: Mary Elizabeth Bradford | One Comment | ]
10 Things To Do If You Have Been Fired or Laid Off

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1. It may not have been fair, just or your fault, but don’t “go off” on your employer.
2. Your experiencing a wide range of emotions – it’s a grieving process so give yourself time to do that. It may take a day, a week, a month.
3. Give yourself a block of time to decompress. Even if its just a day or two (though preferably longer) make it YOUR time to do nothing, do something fun, be with your family, etc
4. Make a list of ALL the things you are thankful …

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[2 Feb 2010 | Written by: Kevin Donlin | 2 Comments | ]

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Want to put an end to your job-search worries?
You can.
Or, at the very least, you can channel worries into positive action that moves you closer to employment.
That’s a message I got from the book, “100 Ways to Motivate Yourself,” by Steve Chandler, who writes:
The next time you’re worried about something, ask yourself, “What small thing can I do right now?” Then do it. Remember not to ask, “What could I possibly do to make this whole thing go away?” That question does not get you into action at all.
This idea …

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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 …

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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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[16 Dec 2009 | Written by: Ken Gilbert | 2 Comments | ]
Job Seekers: Learn to Enjoy the Time Off

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(Editor’s Note: Ken and I ran into each other recently and he told me this story. I asked if he would write it up and I’m really glad he did. Enjoy!)
Getting laid off is never an easy thing. I have been working since I was 15 years old, working is what I do. The last time I was out of work was the last construction down cycle in 1977 and that was for two weeks. I remember how hard that was then and it …

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[15 Dec 2009 | Written by: Orietta Ramirez | 4 Comments | ]
Giving Thanks to All Who Support Me in All My Ventures

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The lines Hugh Grant, as Prime Minister in the movie Love Actually, says when his sister (Emma Thompson) calls him while he’s working – “I can’t talk, I am a very important person, doing very important things”, to which she responds, “no you are not” as only a sister could, and proceed to briefly chat, reverberates with me.
During this job search phase, networking was instrumental. I reached out to very important people, and although they were doing very important things, like Hugh, they took the time to speak with me, …

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[7 Dec 2009 | Written by: Orietta Ramirez | 5 Comments | ]
You're Fired! Part 4 – I Dare Not Go It Alone

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(This article continues where OERamz’s third article “You’re Fired! Part 3 – What’s All This Web 2 Point Oh My God?” left off.)
I recently read someone’s touching reflection of an influential person in his life – his Boy Scout leader. He shared how this man had played an important role in his life, how he had learned from this coach to be the man, father, employer and all around person he had become… a testament to those who have guided us and served as incredible role models. This chapter …

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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 …