Shift Your Focus – Write Your Gains

Our minds are a wonderful tool but they are constantly focused on solving problems … and making problems up along the way – just for fun.  If you are trying to figure out how to win that promotion, land the job you really want or refocus your career, your mind is probably trying hard to help you out.  But, its focus on problems can sometimes leave you wondering if you really will get what you want. 

Here’s an easy way to shift from your mind’s “problem” focus.  Grab a new notebook and at the end of each day, write down all of your gains – even the smallest ones.  Gains are:  things that went well, things that moved you forward, the new ideas you developed, the new actions you took; etc. This simple action of writing down your gains helps shift your awareness away from the problems created by the mind into the field of possibilities of what can really happen for you.  And, from that place of possibilities, it’s easier to uncover the actions you can take towards landing the job you really want.


That’s An Interesting Question


What do you say when interviewers ask you a question that you don’t expect?  I had someone tell me last week about a question an interviewer asked her during a panel interview. She was an internal candidate.  The head of the organization asked:  “Do you want my job?”.  She wasn’t sure how to respond. 

So what if they throw an unusual question at you during your interview?   The best thing to do is learn to respond with something automatic. That way you’ll give yourself space to collect your thoughts.  And, make your automatic response sound neutral: “Hmm, that’s an interesting question.”  Then get clarification by rephrase their question.  In the example above, she could say:  “Are you asking me if I’m interested in a senior management role?”.

Those questions happen and they can throw you off. The key to managing those unusual questions is feeling totally confident during your interview. You can build your confidence by preparing and practicing responses to the most-asked interview questions. That’s your foundation. Then, you do get those unusual questions you can handle them with more ease.  


ABCs of Networking – Connect Your Way to Success

Networking is especially necessary for those who are job hunting, changing careers, climbing the corporate ladder, entrepreneurs and baby boomers. Ninety-four percent of people find their jobs through networking so the more you know, the more you can connect with.

Learn about the value of a smile and eye contact, handshake and business card etiquette, how to make a strong impression every time and how to introduce yourself with audacity.

This book has 26 chapters from Attitude to Zoom In on Contacts made and is brimming with tips, origins, quotes and historical information. An element of play and fun is woven into the book and it is designed to make networking in North America easy.

Here’s the link:  ABCs of Networking
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How to: Use Google Alerts to Find Jobs

This is a great article on online job search tips by Donna Svei of  Donna provides excellent information on job search for professionals so I suggest you visit her website.

Here’s Donna’s article:

“My job search clients and I use Google Alerts, in addition to job boards, to find job openings on-line. Alerts pull more openings than the major boards, they pick up openings from Craigslist, and they help my clients find niche job boards for additional feeds.

“What’s a Google Alert and how do I set one up?” you ask.  See here.

In a recent week, search results for openings for the job title Contract Recruiter were as follows: Google Alerts, 38 openings; Simply Hired, 25; Indeed, 24; Juju, 6; and LinkUp, 5. The Juju results were unique. Google Alerts and the other job boards found both unique and duplicate openings.

The first take-away lesson? There isn’t a silver bullet for finding all of the on-line openings for a particular job title. It’s good to set up both alerts and job board feeds to find as many openings as possible.

The second take-away lesson? Alerts and the job boards together found 76 unique openings in one week for the job title Contract Recruiter. That’s not very many openings. In fact, it’s meager for the entire U.S. Thus, looking for job openings on-line should be one tiny part of a job search strategy designed to find the maximum number of job openings possible.

The job board searches were all done using the boards’ advanced search features on the exact phrase “contract recruiter.”

Alerts were set up for three different search terms. Note that results will vary if you use different search terms. It’s a good idea to experiment with search terms. The possibilities are endless. These will get you off to a good start:

The first search term {“contract recruiter”} is the job title that I wanted to find. Use the job title(s) you are seeking.

The second search term {sourcing AND recruiting} describes key activities that a contract recruiter does. The word AND is a Google operator that tells Google to look for both of those words. Use key activities for the job you want.

The third search term {intitle: “contract recruiter” AND (apply OR submit OR eoe)} tells Google to look for web pages with the term “contract recruiter” in the title along with one or more of three terms that commonly appear in job postings: apply, submit, and EOE. Use the job title(s) you are seeking. You could also try {“contract recruiter” AND (apply OR submit OR EOE)}.

The second and third search terms used Google operators. You can find basic Google Search operators here and more advanced operators here. Experiment. Have fun building your alerts.

However, put a strict limit on the amount of time you spend using alerts and feeds to find and respond to job openings. Why? First, as mentioned above, you will only find a tiny portion of the available openings using these tactics. Second, these are the easiest openings to find. Thus, you will have a lot of competition from other job seekers. I suggest that you spend no more than 30 minutes a day building feeds and alerts and responding to postings. How do you that? Only respond to postings that you are well qualified for.”

Thinking From The Other Side of the Desk

I read an article today called 5 Things Your Boss is Thinking As You Ask for a Raise.  It is an example of how important it is to think – from the other side of the desk. 

It’s really important to shift your thinking during your job search too.  Ask yourself:  If I was [hiring manager’s name], who would I want to hire?  Someone who could hit the ground running. Someone with great ideas and the tactical know-how to make it happen fast. ….   By shifting your thinking to the hiring manager’s perspective you can begin to focus on the benefits that matter most to them.