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JOB SEARCH TIP: “In the Zone”—when does time fly for you?

17 Oct

You hear athletes talk about times when they are “in the zone”, when they’re performing at a high level and time seems to fly.

Research shows that all of us can experience this feeling, and if we are in the right job can experience this in our work.

Think back on you prior work experiences:

  • Have you had times when you felt “in the zone”?
  • If so, what were you doing?
  • With whom were you working?
  • What may have gotten in the way of that feeling?

You will likely be more successful and enjoy your next job more if it gives you an opportunity to be in the zone.

Want a satisfying job? Find your zone.

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JOB SEARCH TIP: Watch your words, you know?

16 Oct

For a time I had a “hitch” in my speech. I said “you know” waaaay too much.

I didn’t realize it, but my frequently saying “you know” was distracting to others. The “you know” thing tended to get worse when I was nervous… like in a job interview.

Do you have a “hitch”?

You’ll never be able to replicate this perfectly, but practicing a job interview with someone may reveal a problem that could be distracting to an interviewer. Ideally, you would push “video” on your phone so could review the interview.

By the way, this advice is NOT directed to folks who have a disability that affects their speech which, sadly, will frequently be a bias they will have to overcome in securing a job.

There are training videos on the web site of my faith community and a handout the videos reference. This content is free. Please consider passing along: 

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To inspire employees, plan your route before you head out the door.

15 Oct

There’s an old joke about a driver who was pulled over for speeding. When asked why so fast the driver said: “I don’t know where I’m going, but wherever it is I’m making record time.”

When it comes to corporate recognition programs, it feels like folks have often headed out the door going at full speed but without a map of where they want to go.

To maximize the investment in a recognition program, consider a few key questions:

~ How does a recognition program support our overall organizational objectives?

~ How can a recognition strategy support other initiatives, such as our desire to have a more inclusive culture?

~ Do our managers understand how recognition can impact business results?

~ What should be recognized annually, quarterly and even more frequently?

~ Do we recognize outcomes, or is progress toward success worth recognizing?

~ Who should be recognized?

~ What rewards would most inspire those who receive recognition?

Inspiring employees in these challenging times can be a key cultural differentiator. If you plan your route you’ll truly make record time.

#ThankYouThursday #recognition  #appreciation #gratitude #grateful #inspiration

JOB SEARCH TIP: Will changed industries. So can you.

14 Oct

I once worked with a gentleman named Will. He had been in one industry for a long time as an engineer with experiences very unique to that industry. He was looking for opportunities outside the industry, in part so he didn’t have to relocate.

Will put together a functional resume, a format which helped prospective employers easily see his skills and experiences that could be used in the other industry. As an engineer he did a lot of project management and was very skilled with computers.

He got a job with a company in that new industry. I happened to know the hiring manager, and I asked him why he hired Will.

He said: “The job he will be taking is one where the products are new to all of us, so he’s not at a disadvantage. And as an engineer, I like how Bill thinks.”

He’s continued to do well in that new industry.

Can you jump to another industry? It’s quite possible, particularly if you tell your story—understand what skills you can bring to that new industry and make your case.

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There are training videos on the web site of my faith community and a handout the videos reference. This content is free. Please consider passing along:

JOB SEARCH TIP: It takes courage to ask for help. Be courageous.

13 Oct

Asking for help.

It’s not easy.

I’ve been guilty of getting into a problem or challenge, where if I would have asked for help earlier things would have gone a lot better.

Job seekers often suffer from the same challenge, feeling like they must take the world on by themselves.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Help is available.

People in your network right now can help, and you can take steps to increase your network and, in doing so, find others who can help.

It sometimes takes courage to ask for help. We must acknowledge that some problems are greater than we can solve on our own.

Be courageous.

To be sure, some of your efforts won’t be acknowledged, but I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many good folks, particularly in these challenging times, are open to helping.

Need some help? Ask for it.

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JOB SEARCH TIP: Do you get a kick?

12 Oct

My mentor and friend Don Clifton told a story about a neighbor who made his living as a master woodworker. One day Don went to his shop. He watched him mitering the corners of a picture frame, which came out perfect and looked beautiful.

When the job was done Don’s friend looked at him and said: “Don, you got to get a kick out of it every time it fits like that.”

There is some work for which we find tremendous joy and satisfaction, and then there is work that we may do well but is life-draining. Don’s friend had been a woodworker for many years, but still enjoyed when he did the task well.

To the degree you can, find work for which you get a kick, that provides that same kind of feeling. If you don’t know what that might be, step back and reflect on your past work and think about times when your work, even modest tasks, provided that satisfaction.

You’ll probably be asked a question like “what do you find most satisfying in your work?” You’ll have an answer, and a savvy employer will want you if what you enjoy fits with the work they are offering.

Find prospective employers where they have work for which you can find satisfaction, and tell your story.

JOB SEARCH TIP: Brooks Hatlen was right—slow it down.

11 Oct

“The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.”

I’m a fan of the film “The Shawshank Redemption”, and this is one of my favorite lines. We have gotten a big hurry in this world of ours, often to our detriment.

This is true for those in the job search. Yes, you need to have a plan and work your plan, but you should also set aside time, perhaps a day or so, to slow it down.

For starters, get off the computer and social media. (Ironic I’m using social media to tell you this, right?

Find an activity that nourishes you. Perhaps you should spend some time in nature (socially distanced, of course), walking in a park or on a lake.

Or how about a good book? Lose yourself in a good story. I enjoy a good mystery—how about you?

Maybe a way to slow down is to be with family or friends (you know what I’m going to say about safety again), particularly with those who can provide some joy or levity or health distraction.

Slow it down.

A final way you may need to slow down is to get some professional help, to walk along side of you in these difficult times.

Yes, your job search awaits you, but do time to recharge and refresh.

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Job search tip: Using psychological tricks to motivate your job search.

10 Oct

A research study found folks were more likely to exercise if we could only watch a favorite television show AFTER they had exercised. The idea is you are more likely to do what you dislike if you have an enjoyable experience to look forward to after you’ve done the unpleasant task.

We may put up with a bit of pain if we have something pleasurable to look forward to after the pain.

As part of your job search plan, trying using this approach:

~ Reach out and do networking calls with strangers, THEN watch “Stranger Things”.

~ Send out an incredible resume and cover letter that is customized to a specific job, THEN watch “The Incredibles”.

Is binge watching not a reward that motivates you? Maybe your reward would be to head out (safely) to a local park—do the unpleasant task and make that your reward.

William Butler Yeats said: “Joy is of the will which labours, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph.” Let’s push forward, and enjoy a bit of a reward for our efforts.

JOB SEARCH TIP– Even the best athletes have a coach… get one.

9 Oct

Recruit someone to act as your coach, who can provide accountability and support along with way. Your coach can also help with some job search tasks, such as prepping you for an interview.

The only requirements of a coach are they care for you and are willing to help. A good coach could be a loved one, co-worker, or neighbor.

Have at least one meeting with your coach every week. Show them your work plan and talk about where you’ve made progress and where you fell behind. Your coach doesn’t need to show up with a ruler to wrap your knuckles, but are there to listen, to support and to inspire.

What do you pay your coach for their efforts? I’ve found a heartfelt thank you, and maybe some homemade cookies, to be more than enough compensation.

There are twelve brief training videos on the web site of my faith community and a handout the videos reference. This content is free. Please consider passing along to friend or loved one who may need help: 

JOB SEARCH TIP: Not looking for a job? Update your resume anyway.

7 Oct

Over on Twitter I saw a post from Hasibul Hossain Shanto, urging folks to update their resume regularly. My thoughts on why that’s important:

~ Although you have a job, in these challenging times, your job status can change quickly. If your resume is up to date you will be able to move more quickly into the job market.

~ You’ll more likely remember the specifics around an accomplishment or success you have had. We may forget certain details as time goes by, so it’s better to document those results regularly.

~ As you update your resume you can also determine if your online profiles need a refresh.

You have an important story to tell, but it’s a story that is still unfolding. Take a few minutes regularly to document that story so when you need to tell it you’ll be at your very best.

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