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Workplace Passion…?

Yes! Bosses have discovered that passion -about the business! -makes a better employee.

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A passion for the business. A zeal for the industry. An excitement, an enthusiasm, a zest for the art, and the craft, and the science, of what makes a company in the field succeed. In an information economy, the measures of success are increasingly intangible.  Finding people who can make decisions well, and then execute on those decisions, is difficult for bosses.They have to figure out who is going to understand the customer better, the manufacturing process better, the marketing better, the interface better, and so on.

What’s more, bosses need to determine who’s going to stick with it — there are a lot more forks in the road, and bumps along the way, in this intangible world. Perseverance through the inevitable fumbles and fiascos is needed because without perseverance there are no victories.

Because somebody who is passionate is inherently motivated, and internally driven to succeed, they try harder to find answers. They think up clever stuff on their own. They enjoy the business, and the customers, and the industry so much that they’re always discovering new things or perceiving additional ways that the business could succeed.

In short, passionate people are better employees because they care more than dispassionate people. Celebrate your passions in your work and job search, and enjoy the sweet taste of success. http://www.MyCareerCatapult.com

Excerpted insight from article by MARC CENEDELLA, THELADDERS

Read more: http://www.cenedella.com/so-if-not-me-who-did-get-the-job-2/#ixzz2n58fuCTs

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All he wants for Christmas is – – – – – – – – – – – – – – a Job Search Coach!

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Give him what he wants for Christmas; Give him the help he needs so he can achieve Career Success. A Job Search Coach can bring Holiday Happiness to all of you.

So find a Coach — a friend, co-worker, former boss or ME- – and “hire” them for ideas, strategies, coaching and success. Strategic action and follow up pay off in the job search- – and the Holidays are a great time for networking!   The single toughest part of the job search is the frustration, rejection, lack of leads, losing confidence, no strategy, loss of ambition, no new ideas — Wait! That’s a lot of tough things about the job search. And they all can be addressed and overcome with the help of a Job Search Coach.

http://www.MyCareerCatapult.com – The How-to-Find-a-Job website with your own personal Coach!

 

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“So, can you tell me a little bit about yourself?”

Talking about yourself should be easy.  But for most of us, it’s pretty tough, especially in an interview. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can psych yourself up for this portion of big day, and nail it, too.

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Body Language is Important  Whether you realize it or not, it speaks volumes about your personality and state of mind without you saying a word.

So, when you’re asked to talk about yourself, give your body a moment to catch up to your brain before you speak. Take a deep breath, and adjust your posture. Relax your shoulders, un-cross your legs, and do whatever you need to do to “switch” into a more casual posture. Not too casual—you’re still in an interview—just enough to give your interviewer a few body language cues that tell him or her you’re comfortable and excited to talk about yourself.

Keep it Short  Although your interviewer did ask you to talk about yourself, he or she probably doesn’t want to spend the entire interview hearing your life’s story. While you want to give a complete answer, linger too long and you’re likely to look unfocused—or worse, lose the interviewer’s interest.

To help keep your response in your interviewer’s attention sweet spot, keep it between one and two minutes. You’ll have to practice this at home a few times to get a sense for what you can fit into that timeframe, but once you do, you’ll be able to pace yourself when it’s time for the interview.

Follow the Formula   The trick, of course, is to keep yourself on topic. Think about hitting the following three points.

.    To start off, share the easy stuff, like what you’re currently doing, what you studied in college, or what your career path has been focused on. For example, “As you’ve probably seen, I studied business in college, and have been focusing on client relations and business development in the tech world ever since.”

.    Next, move on to your professional accomplishments. Pick two or three really unique milestones that relate to the job you’re applying for—for example, maybe you were given the opportunity to work with a high-profile client as a result of your skills as a negotiator. If you can throw in tangible results of your accomplishments as well—like improved client retention or increased sales—all the better!

.    Finally, bring it all together by talking about how all your prior experience has positioned you to pursue the challenges and opportunities the company and role you’re interviewing for would offer. Something like, “With my tech background and my track record of solving really tough client issues, I think I’d really succeed in this role.”

Be Yourself  When interviewers ask to hear more about you, they usually mean it. The rest of the questions you’ll be asked during your interview will cover your skills and capacity to do the work—but this first question seeks to uncover what you’d really be like to work with every day.

In other words, this is a great opportunity for you to show off your sparkling personality. Don’t be afraid to relax, smile, and throw in stories or anecdotes that show off your passions and interests (think: “The last company I worked for focused on sports teams—which was great, because I’m a basketball fanatic”).

Talking about yourself may never be easy, but using these tips will help make it look easy to your interviewer. While your resume may have an impressive list of accomplishments, nothing on paper could ever bring those talents to life like the person who made them—you!

A final thought — keep it positive, specific and somewhat short; try to make the interview more of a conversation and enjoy! – – Terry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Thank you for this article and tips by Ryan Kahn. Read the full article at the link below.

http://www.thedailymuse.com/job-search/the-question-interviewers-always-ask-and-how-to-answer-it/

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3 Tips for Selling Yourself

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1. Know exactly where you want to go. 

You need to know exactly what you want to achieve or no one can help you get there. Your elevator pitch should answer three questions: Who are you? What do you do? Where do you want to go, or what are you looking for?

2. Eliminate Jargon.

A good strategy is to imagine explaining what you do to your parents and using a similar formula in your elevator pitch. Making sure your pitch is in layman’s terms is especially critical for those in accounting, finance, and technology.

Dumbing down complex ideas is a “real art,” says McDonald. You need to be able to explain what you do and who you are in a way that appeals to most people. This means avoiding acronyms or terminology that wouldn’t be understood by someone outside of your industry.

3. Pitch it to your friends and colleagues.

Keep practicing and tweaking your pitch until it’s natural for you to say aloud and convincing to the listener. After you’ve got your story down, practice your elevator pitch with friends and colleagues. Ask them to give you feedback. Ask them what you should do to make it better.

“Most people can’t present what they’ve done effectively,” Paul McDonald, a senior executive director at staffing firm Robert Half, tells Business Insider. “They’re not used to giving sound bites of what they do.”

Thank you to Buisness Insider for the article below which inspired our top 3 tips. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-tell-your-story-in-30-seconds-2013-11#ixzz2kf4xxdqV

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Dreamer? Lover? Thinker? Warrior?

 

The Answer?  All the above. Tap into your strengths – -and these 4 easy tips- – to excel at your interviews and networking.

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 The Thinker

 

  • Use your inner Dreamer (Possibilities) to share a professional vision about yourself in the future.

    Now it’s time to shift your focus from your past to your future. That’s your inner Dreamer’s specialty. Paint a picture for them of how you hope to make a difference: in your work, in your life, at their company or organization. Inspire them with your aspirations for the years to come and how working with them helps you achieve them.

 

  • Use your inner Lover (People) to make a personal connection.

    An interview isn’t a transaction. It’s a mini-relationship.This is where the inner Lover excels – at building relationships. The number one reason people hire other people is because they like the idea of having them around. So reach out, and ask some questions about the person interviewing you: what do they love about the company? What excites them about their work, or gives their job meaning? Shift from showing your interest in landing the job to letting them feel your interest in getting to know them.

 

  • Use your inner Thinker (Perspectives) to move beyond superficial answers.

    Your inner Thinker is designed to gather information, analyze a situation from a few angles, and generate ideas to solve problems. Shift your answers from upbeat generalities to responses that invite your interviewer to think about what you’ve said. You want the interviewer to get engaged, to join you in an interesting exchange. When the interview is over, you want them still considering some of the points you made, and wishing they had a few more minutes to explore that last topic with you.

 

  • Use your inner Warrior (Performance) to show commitment, resolve, and the discipline to get things done.

    In your interview, instead of listing job titles you’ve held, shift to giving examples of projects you’ve worked on and completed. Tell stories of how you’ve contributed to completing important tasks, or accomplishing impressive goals. Even if you’re just out of school, you can describe how you hung in there and finished your thesis, despite the temptation to give up. This gives your interviewer confidence that you have the stamina and determination to deliver when it matters. After the interview, take a small action step that goes beyond just emailing them to thank them for the meeting. Attach an article related to the discussion you had, or a link to a website that extends the conversation. This reinforces that you’re not just talk — you’re also about practical follow-up and focused completion.

 

 

Thank you Erica Ariel Fox and Winning From Within for these great tips.

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3 Second Statement – -The Secret to Opening Doors

The Statement

So here’s how to summarise what you do in three seconds, as described in Brand You… We call it your three-second statement. If you mention two activities, at least twice as many people will want to know more. They will pick up on the topic that interests them most.

( I love this insight from John Purkiss, author of Brand You.  John and I overlapped at Heidrick & Struggles executive search where he was a partner in the London office. His website is  www.johnpurkiss.com )

So pick two things you want to highlight and make those into your three-second statement. John Purkiss’ own answer to “What do you do?” is “I’m a headhunter and I write books”.

You can vary what you include in your statement according to who is asking and what they are most likely to be interested in. You can then use this in your three-second statement: “I’m a website designer and I’ve recently qualified as a personal trainer” or “I work in HR and I write a blog about Indian food”.

So what’s your three-second statement?

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Informational Interviews and Networking

Day 82: Information

Informational Interviews!

Set up Informational Interviews (only 1 in 40 job seekers do this!)

Informational interviews are amazing. Amazing networking. Amazing industry research. Amazing confidence builders. And yet maybe 2.5% of all careerists take advantage of the opportunity to sit down for 15 minutes with an influencer already working within their career choice.

The One Thing: Through the professional association you joined, or maybe through social media or LinkedIn, find a professional you respect… and ask for a 15 minute coffee meeting or Skype call. Does this work? Yes! 

Then put together a list of 5-8 others you can easily approach over the Holidays- – and start networking. 

(Borrowed from thesavvyintern blog at youtern.com; thank you Mark Babbitt for this reminder!)

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