Steps To Successful Job Search Series #2

Step #2 To successful job search Series Gather the materials you need. Gathering the materials you need may seem like everyone should know this, but it never hurts to reveiw  or understand why. Telephone, answering machine. To have a successful job search it is necessary to demonstrate you are readily accessible to prospective employers and networking contacts.  Be sure to have a professional message set up on your messaging service.  A successful job search requires a message that is a profession reflection of you. An example of a message I’ve heard when recruiting, “Yo,  this is the clown.”  He was not applying for a clown job.  The position I was recruiting for was in the medical environment.  Needless to say, I did not leave a message nor bother to contact him again.   Do return calls within 24 hours. Today social media is a significant presence in recruiting and leading to a successful job search.  I want to caution you as to what you post, follow and send on Facebook, Twitter, etc.  This is a reflection of you.  No risque photos, swearing or bashing of your co workers or previous/former employers. Business Cards Business cards are an essential tool.  It is a personal business card containing your name, address and phone number, email address, LinkedIn url or your website if it is professional and related to the work you are searching for.  On the reverse side of the card a short description of your  talents. Example: ” Leadership Professional:  Changes the ordinary to the extraordinary.”   A business quote that illustrates one of your core beliefs. Business Cards can be printed...

Who Are You Really?

Who are you really? Who are you really? What happened to that child, teenager or adult that was full of hopes and dreams? As I read an article about writing instructing writers to, “write from your passionate self.” My Passionate Self? My passionate self, I croaked.  It begs to answer the question Who Am I really? or my “Authentic Self.” Finding our “Center.” That place where we know what we love or what we hate. We guard and keep our true wishes and desires hidden in a vault. Never to come out. Never to be discussed with anyone. What Happened to the Real Me? Who am I really? I asked myself, why and when did this happen? The answer is partly in the family environment we lived in as a child. Perhaps you were one of the lucky ones who was raised in a loving, caring and supportive family. Or maybe your family tended to be antagonistic, and you worried about punishment or ridicule. Perhaps you came from a large family, and you were lost in the shuffle and ignored. We’ve heard of stories about generations of doctors and lawyers, did they really want to be in that profession or did they follow because that is the choice made to please some one else? We want to be accepted and loved for who we are and because of that, we don’t become who we really want to be because we fear rejection, disapproval, isolation and we find it easier to conform rather than fight. Resulting in hiding who we really are. We hide our true selves for so long...