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Topic: Motivational

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Become A Better Person

[29 Oct 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]
Kids Would Think to Run in the Rain – Maybe the Rest of Us Should Too

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I get a ton of very interesting emails from my cousin Frank. I read a lot of them because they tend to be good, but this one deserved posting it up on Career Jockey. I don’t know the author so I cannot give them credit. If they want to claim it, I’ll give them the credit they deserve.

A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence. It …

Become A Better Person

[19 Oct 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]
Job Hunt Secrets You Never Knew You Needed from “The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl”

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I read a KeppieCareers.com blog post plugging Karen Burns’ “The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use” and it peaked my interest . So I went out and got me a copy. I’m glad I did and I’m recommending it to my Career Jockey blog readers and getting copies for my three daughters.

The author Karen Burn delivers some light-hearted, entertaining advice on a bunch of work related topics. Some are light other are serious. The book consists of 59 four …

Become A Better Person

[14 Oct 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]
Thrill Seekers, Job Hunters and Souls Seekers Have So Much in Common

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The way I see it, human beings are hard wired to connect with something much greater outside themselves. We’re like the little guy in the E.T. movie that just has to phone home. We have this drive in common, but we go about it in so many different ways.

The thrill seeker searches by jumping off a bridge, skydiving or racing at high speeds. Long distance athletes works towards a chemically induced “runner’s high.” (I’m a long distance runner. This can be cool.) Soul seekers and yoga practitioners quiet themselves ignoring …

Become A Better Person

[29 Sep 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]
Keppie Careers Reviews “The Amazing Adventures of a Working Girl”

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I was surfing around Technorati this evening and ran into a job hunt blog called Keppie Careers. It’s written by Keppie Career founder Miriam Salpeter who has been advising clients regarding their career plans and writing resumes for over 12 years. I’m her newest Twitter follower and will be adding her blog to my “Blogs I Like” list as soon as I finish writing this post. She has great resources of all kinds for job seekers.

I really recommend reading her article on Karen Burn’s book “The Amazing …

Become A Better Person

[29 Sep 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 9 Comments | ]
“Devil Wears Prada” Lesson: You’ve Got to Develop Career Self-Awareness

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No one purposely makes a bogus move hoping it will lead to a major screw up. It doesn’t happen that way. I have, however, seen myself make a string of seemingly benign choices that over time led me to a very painful destination. In the movie “The Devil Wears Prada,” Anne Hathaway’s character Andy Sach gives us a big screen lesson on how little decisions over a period time can take us to a place we would have rather not gone.
DWP begins with Andy turning down Stanford …

Become A Better Person

[28 Sep 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 2 Comments | ]

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If I sit back and consider where I’ve made career mistakes, I’m drawn more to the chances I passed up for being too risky than any one of my major screw ups. It’s not haven’t had any good screw ups. (We can sit down for a beer sometime and have some fun reviewing those.) It’s that the times when I took the easier route or opted against taking a risk probably cost me more and led to bigger regrets than the other ones. I have spoken to …

Become A Better Person

[25 Sep 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 4 Comments | ]
“Funeral” Video Gives Upbeat, Thought-Provoking Marriage Message

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“Funeral” is a new TV commercial available off youTube launched by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS). It looks at marriage in a different light. An middle aged woman shares some humorous stories during her eulogy at her husband’s funeral. She is celebrating how beautiful imperfections are what make a relationship perfect.

It’s not the huge events that make a relationship special as much as the mundain that we often miss or forget to appreciate. I found that during tough job search, I was …

Become A Better Person

[1 Sep 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 2 Comments | ]

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I met today with the facilitators of the Back on Track Network (BOT) group I run. It’s the support group for out of work people that helped me out tremendously and inspired me to launch this blog. Rainer Zinn, one of my fellow BOT volunteers, and I were talking. Career Jockey came up and he told me that he blogged too. “What do you know?” I thought. “A fellow blogger that I actually know in the flesh.”
On a weekly basis, Rainer posts an article sharing …

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 …

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 …

Become A Better Person

[21 Jul 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Years ago I worked as a contractor at a large bank. I’d hear people say,
• “We got to the get the right people on the bus.”
• “That guy’s sitting in the wrong seat on the bus.”
• “Can we kick that guy off the bus?”
• “Let’s get this bus going in the right direction.”
“What on earth were they talking about?” I thought. I finally asked and someone pointed me at the Jim Collins’ “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t” book. Collins’ delivers on something I haven’t seen …