Monthly Archives: January 2013

Relationships: the Key to Business Success

SUCCESS (magazine)


“In this world, with more technology, and less face-to-face contact, relationships are more important than ever. I look for that when I talk to candidates – that kind of confident, but modest, approach to the business. When I hear candidates tell me about relationships with previous employers, I know they’re good at building relationships.”

Paul Raines, CEO of Gamestop, reveals that he looks to hire people who are willing to build strong bonds at work; those who are willing to take co-workers with them as they climb the corporate ladder.

“A lack of trust slows everything down. My advice to people who are just starting their career, mid-career or late career: Find ways to make those around you successful.”

From Paul Raines, CEO of Gamestop Corp, via The Wall Street Journal


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Permission to Have Fun this Weekend!

A Little Happiness

A Little Happiness 

The Job Search can’t be 24/7; so here’s your permission to have fun this weekend to improve your job search productivity next week:

Don’t work even a little this weekend. Make a firm decision to not even do 5 or 10 minutes of work. And don’t check your email; keep your work phone shut off.


Look at the cost of non-stop job stress. When you start thinking about work say STOP! in your mind.  Thinking about work/the job search during the weekend will probably not help you in the long run, instead it will lead to more stress and worries.

Fill your weekend with activities you love doing. When time just flies and you’re having fun, then you are a lot more likely to reap the positive benefits of relaxation.

Now you can start your Monday morning job search rested, re-invigorated and with gusto- – Go For It!

 Ideas borrowed from The Positivity Blog 

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In the Mood…??


Job Searching When You Aren’t In The Mood

Have you ever not been in the mood to do your job search tasks for the day?

Here are five ideas of tactical things to DO:

  1. Go on a walk, or do something physical.  When you exercise the brain releases endorphins, and this energizes and inspires you. Fresh air is great, but even an energetic walk around the grocery store will help.
  2. Ponder your vision.   When you have a vision you are less depressed.  If you have a hope for the future (which is usually what a vision is), you change your state of mind.  Job seekers regularly need a change in state of mind, so visualize yourself when you have your new job.
  3. Talk to someone who builds you up.  They don’t have to give you a pep talk, maybe just spending some time with them, laughing, chatting, hanging out.  And if you can’t find them, do something nice for someone else – – that always makes you feel better about yourself.
  4. Journal.  Whether you brainstorm your feelings, or write down accomplishments from your career, write stuff down.  It’s an amazing release, and when you are done you can move on.
  5. Do something tactical.  Send at least one job search email.  Follow up with someone.  Research a target company. Add to your JibberJobber To-Do list. Sign up for The How-to-Find-a-Job website with your own Personal Coach! Even though you don’t feel like it, don’t let the day pass without doing one thing to get you closer to an interview.

I know it’s hard, but when you take action…it leads to more action. And actions lead to results in your job search — now that will brighten the mood!


(excerpts borrowed from Jason Alba, CEO of, THE very best tool for keeping up with your job search!)

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Just in time for Spring Interviews –hope for Liberal Arts majors! Pass it on- –

Critical Thinking Skills

Critical Thinking Skills

Liberal Arts major?? ….Chances are you’re a better communicator, a critical thinker, and you can more easily see the big picture among a lot of little details….

1. You know how to think critically

You know that old saying, work smarter, not harder? That’s where critical thinking comes in. Practically speaking, it’s the difference between transcribing a lecture and taking notes on the important takeaways, and it’s a great skill to have in a leadership position.

Why? Because people have short attention spans. By extracting key information times, or applying familiar concepts from one idea to new one, you can develop quicker and deeper levels of understanding from your team. Or in an interview, when catching an employer up on your background. The possibilities are many.

2. You have “real world” skills

Take any psychology, sociology, or foreign language classes? Chances are you’ve worked on your “real world” skills. Those are the softer skills you need on the job every day, no matter what your line of work is. Being able to communicate effectively, understand clients’ wants and needs and their ways of communicating—these are the lessons you’ll need to succeed in almost any role, but that you’ll rarely see in a job posting.

3. Extracurriculars and electives go far-

Internships, volunteer work, hobbies—these are more likely to lead you to a job that turns into a career than your major alone. The passion and the practical experience go further than course loads alone. Being able to say, “I’ve done this before!” is much more powerful in a cover letter than, “I think I want to try doing this.” You know how to develop a plan and put it into action.

4. You can plan a strategic job search – –

Sign up at and have your own personal Coach help you!

(Parts borrowed from Cindy Vandewater at — thanks for the encouragement!)




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