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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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[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, …

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[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

[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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[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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[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 …

Get A Job

[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 …

Get A Job

[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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[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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[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 …

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[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 …

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[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 …

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[14 Sep 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]

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When I was out of work, clutter camped out in my head. I worried about how I would pay my bills. I fretted over what I could have done to avoid the lay off. I rehearsed the worse case scenarios (that would likely never happen) repeatedly over and over again. This unhealthy, obsessive mental regurgitation drove me crazy. Worse yet, it added confusion when what I needed was clarity so I could be at my best for my job search.

Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power of …

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[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

[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 …

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[14 May 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]
Eat, Pray, Love: An Unlikely Spiritual Booster

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This may seem like an unlikely book for me to review, but my daughter grabbed “Eat, Pray, Love” and she liked it. Two ladies that went on vacation with us last year brought this book along and they both raved about it. It my attempt to stay in synch with the feminine thinking of my household (I have a wife and three daughters) I read it too and found this bestseller to be spiritually interesting.
I’ve read and reviewed “Silence on Fire” (follow link for my review). I’ll …

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[2 May 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 6 Comments | ]

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In Lewis Carrol’s classic, Alice wanders around Wonderland aimlessly. When she bumps into Cheshire Cat she asks him for directions. The cat responds:
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” Alice says, “I don’t much care where.” The cat then comments, “Then it doesn’t matter which way you walk.”
Many of us have a similar problem and if you think Wonderland is confusing, try the current job market. Having your vision defined clearly is critical on any project and a job search is nothing …

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[26 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 13 Comments | ]
Fender Bender Clear Sign I Need to Slow Down

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I collect quotations. And the one I’ve needed recently is:
You are in one of two places. You are either in the current moment or you are nowhere since the past and the future do not exist. Baron Baptiste
Baptiste is the author of a yoga book called “Journey into Power.” In his yoga lessons, he sprinkles tidbits of wisdom like the one above. Many of them encourage you to appreciate the moment and to live in it. (The book Silence on Fire, which I review in another article …