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Top 10 Tips On How To Find A Job 2012

Ok…here is my best shot at the most important tips on how to find a job in 2012:

1. Know Thyself – understand what you are looking for in your next job BEFORE you start searching.  You don’t have to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life.  Pick one direction, plan it out and stick with it.

2. Don’t get bogged down by social media stuff – I hear a lot of buzz around should I use Twitter or Facebook to find a job?  What is LinkedIn and how can I find a job with it?  If you don’t understand these tools don’t waste your time on them until you do.  Don’t let them be a distraction to your job search thinking they are the “magic bullet”.  They can help but they are not for everyone.  A successful job search means you connect with hiring managers and they want you.  Social media tools can help these interactions get started but I have also seen people spend so much time trying to make it work for them they miss great opportunities.  Don’t go down this “rabbit hole” if you get easily distracted.

3. Be genuine.  Be yourself – whether you are meeting someone to help you with your job search or a potential employer, don’t oversell yourself and your accomplishments.  You are who you are.  We like you as you are.  Don’t be someone or something you are not.  You have gifts and talents just like everyone else and you deserve what you are looking for.  Focus your efforts on who you are not who you want others to think you are.

4. Be a dream seeker - it is ok to be looking for the dream job or the right situation for your next job.  Dreaming and seeing those dreams become reality is such a wonderful experience, everyone should be striving for it.  I am a big proponent of you trying to find an opportunity that is over your head or out of your comfort zone.  “Stretch jobs” can be one of the most exciting times in your working life.  There are so many companies and so many types of hiring manager.  Look for the ones who believe in your and willing to give you a shot at your dream.  They are out there.  You just need to find one.

5. Your attitude is everything – I can’t tell you how important your attitude is.  Be happy, optimistic and positive no matter what is going on around you.  It will seep into your conversations and make your presentations most fruitful.  A bad attitude will do the same but sour your chances.

6. Don’t be too proud – being too proud is actually a form of fear.  Pride forces you to not let others into your life.  Pride puts up walls that might not be able to be seen by the other person but are felt at a deeper level.  Try “humbleness” on for size and see how it feels.  It is actually very comfortable and opens more doors.

7. Don’t give “canned” ANYTHING – no canned responses, no canned resumes, no canned cover letters, and no canned tuna (jk on the tuna).  If you look or act or sound like everyone else you are going to be perceived to be like everyone else…B-O-R-I-N-G.  Don’t be boring.  Instead be bold in order to stand out in someone’s mind.  Don’t be cocky but be bold and look for ways to make an impression.

8. The details will kill you – if you have never heard the old saying about the “devil in the details” you might want to think about this one.  Spending your time on making sure your resume doesn’t have errors or your “elevator pitch” sounds comfortable or whatever you are doing is done well, is very important.  Employers don’t want people who can churn out calls or data, they want people who take pride in their work (and maybe churn out the calls and data).  Make sure you are taking the necessary time to proof your work.

9. Slow down – if you are always feeling like you are rushing to get that resume to that lady or hurry up and push out that blog post or trying to hurry through coffee with a friend because your “schedule” is waiting, then slow down.  Slowing down allows you to focus on one project at a time and pour your whole self into it.  That means being a little flexible with your schedule and not putting so many deadlines on your time.  Have a plan but give it room to breath and take shape.

10. Have fun – now this one can be taken the wrong way if I am not careful.  I don’t want you to think of your job search as a party, necessarily.  I do want you to be excited about what direction your next job is going to take you in.  Thinking about the excitement for what is next in your working life can really get you pumped up.  Finding a job is no easy task most of the time, you might as well try to find ways to make it fun.  Adding a little fun to the work can make the work not seem so difficult.

I love the 10 tips here and hope you do too.

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What Do You Need?

It is a new year for you and me.  I have been writing this blog for over four years now.  I just realized one very important thing.  I have never asked you what you need.  I have never asked you to let me know what interests you right now, where you are.

So this is not really a post but more of a question to find out what is the one thing you need right now in your job search?  Now maybe your first answer is:  “A job” which is a good one.  I think that one is obvious…hopefully.  Dig just a little deeper and tell me what you need right now in your job or your job search.  If you need help with your search, what specific help do you need?  If you need support in your search, what specific type of support do you need?  What one thing is dragging you down where you can’t figure out what to do next?

Think about it and let me know.  All job seekers are welcome.  You can comment here or send an email to me at:  jeffonjobs at gmail dot com.  I will respond (or not if you prefer) to each message I receive.  I want to hear from you.

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New Year…New Job?

How do you know when it is time to look for another job?  This can be a daunting question to answer without knowing all the facts.  Many of us at the beginning of the year start to think about a fresh start in a new job, a new department or a new company.  We picture what it would look like, how much we would get paid and what our life would be like.  Are you looking at a new opportunity through rose-colored glasses?

Rose colored glasses are fun to wear and use to dream a little when you need some time.  But when you always look through them to analyze your situation you can make a poor decision and get stuck in something you didn’t mean to happen.  This dog looks funny with them on and so do you when you wear them.  Take them off and start looking at your working life with the right perspective.

Instead, it is so very important to really look at what is going on with you and your job.  Sometimes you don’t need to change companies.  Instead what you might need is a change of pace.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when analyzing your current career situation:

1. If you have a personal conflict with someone, try to work it out.  You might need to change a little and so might they.  If it cannot be worked out, have a discussion with your manager and see if you might fit into a new role in a new department.  Find a place where you can explore other areas of your experience.

2. Never make a decision when you are too high (excited) or too low (frustrated/depressed).  Decision making must be made with a clear head.  If you don’t you risk making the wrong decision.

3. There are times when we have to do what we are doing for other reasons.  If you have gotten yourself in debt or have a family, you know what it is like to have to work hard for a period of time until your situation changes.  That is normal and should be a reminder to not let yourself get in a tough situation again.

4. You can only fix yourself; you cannot fix others.  Try working on your own attitude or your own internal struggles with your job first.  Give the benefit of the doubt to others and try to fix yourself.  Swallowing some pride pie can really go a long way to any conflict situation.

5. Life is NEVER fair.  You should have learned this back when you were 10 years old.  Life has a way of not being fair sometimes.  You get overlooked because you are too old or too young, too heavy or too skinny, too ugly or too good-looking and others.  Life isn’t fair and sometimes you need to accept that the cards you were dealt are not all aces.  Get over it and focus on what you can control and take advantage of.

When considering what you are going to do in 2012, keep yourself grounded.  If you are ready to take a chance and get yourself out in the job search market then stop waiting.  If you gut is saying something is not right.  Look inside to fix the outside.  You will be glad you did.

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Expose Yourself

A job search is very competitive isn’t it?  You apply for a position you are clearly qualified for and they hire someone else who is probably more overqualified.  You send your resume to a posting and later hear they had over 250 resumes sent.  Now that is competition…1 out of 250.  That’s tough.

So how do you get noticed?  I think you should EXPOSE yourself.  Now I don’t mean buy a long trench coat, remove your skibbies (like the guy here) and go to a company you want to work for with a funny grin on your face.  What I mean by exposing yourself is to do something most job seekers won’t do.  If you can confront and overcome your anxiety to connecting with the right people at the right time, you will find what you are looking for.

Confronting and overcoming anxiety is the challenge.  If you can put yourself in situations where you have to ask for help or “sell yourself” this is what I mean by exposing yourself.  Exposing yourself to probable failure and embarrassment is what is at stake.  Failure and embarrassment are what keep most people in line.  It is what keeps them from doing and being great.  Our own insecurities keep us back from really reaching deep within ourselves to pull out what makes us tick.

One way to overcome this fear and anxiety of failure and embarrassment is to go out and do something that will embarrass yourself.  Do it intentionally and see what it feels like.  Maybe it won’t really feel as bad as you think it was going to.  Maybe you might even get a rush from it.  Doing the things that make us feel nervous, anxious or embarrassed might be the one way to get it out of our systems in a healthy way.

Go do something embarrassing today and then go find a new way to job search.  It will make all the difference in the world.

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Poop Or Get Off The Pot

This is for all the procrastinations out there.  Stop wasting time in a dead-end job.  Get yourself out there.  Meet people.  Talk about what you want to do when you grow up.  Get noticed.  Sell yourself more.  Ask good questions.

Find a new job, today.  Stop waiting and start moving.  I love this law of physics (and of job searching):  “A body at rest stays at rest.  A body in motion stays in motion unless acted upon.”

Act upon yourself today.

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Job Search Make You Laugh

I thought I would post some comics I pilfered off Google Images.  Sorry to those who did the original work but thanks for sharing. 

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Tired Of Excuses

No more excuses from anyone about not being able to find a job.  Excuses are lame.  Excuses are wrong.  Excuses are ways to avoid what you don’t want to do. 

STOP MAKING EXCUSES.  Do I make myself clear?

Please think about this concept a little before you think I am just frustrated or irritated with you.  I am not.  I just want you to wake up from your woe is me slumber and get mad, serious or angry.  Once you grab hold of one of those emotions, you will win at this job search thing.

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Goodbye 2010

Hello 2011…welcome.  What did you wish you did last year with your career?  Wish you had started looking sooner?  Wish you could try something new in 2011.  Do it.  Gor for it.  Get it done. 

You are not behind.  You didn’t miss your opportunity.  2011 should be a year of OPENED EYES.  Open your eyes.  Take a few more chances.  Live a little more and go after what you want. 

2011 is your year.  Start right now!

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Career Transition Workshop

Do you wish you had a workshop to go to in order to learn some new techniques for job searching?  I have been wanting to put one together here in Denver, CO for a while now.  I think there are some old techniques that work great and new ones which don’t.  There are also a lot of myths about job searching out there which need to be discussed or dispelled.

If you wish you could attend a workshop, let me know.  I am in the process of putting one together for both online and in person use.  What you would be interested in learning from this type of workshop would help me create it.  Send me an email or click on the question button over there – – – – – >

jeff at ecareercenter . com

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My Job Sucks

Does your job suck?  What does that really mean?  Are you frustrated because you have a tough boss or one who is a jerk?  Do you not like the work you do?  Are you having a tough personal life? 

There are lots of reasons people say things like this.  When you use the word “sucks” it typically means something is not right and needs to be fixed.  When those feelings creep up, it is important not to push them aside or ignore them.  It typically means you need to find a way to make a change.  That change can come in many different forms.  You can move to another area in the company, find another similar type of job or go in a completely different direction.

Job that sucks

This Job Sucks

What I caution you is make sure you don’t just say “My job sucks” and want to throw it all away.  That type of decision is emotional and will come back to haunt you when you get into another pot. 

A rule I live by is never make big decisions (quitting your job kind) when you are too high or too low.  I don’t mean drugs but emotionally.  Wait until the dust settles and think about a logical next step.  I have left jobs that sucked and regretted it later. 

Job that really stinks/sucks

Another job that sucks

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