Regardless of whether you are married or with a significant other, there's no doubt you've heard of "speed dating." The goal is to talk to many potential dates as possible, in a tight time frame, with just enough time to say your name and see if there's any chemistry (or chemie, as we say in French), with the other partner. No matter what your opinion is, speed dating and trying to find chemistry with a potential employer who shares commonalities are very similar in their nature. Now, that commonality has transitioned into a trend called speed networking.
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"Be all you can be." Do you remember that TV ad the American army used for a time? Stop and think right now. Are you really doing everything in your power to move forward in your job search? Here are nine key questions to self-assess:
How's your job search motivation these days? While job seekers experience setbacks, disappointments, or perceived failures, their motivational compass needs to be recharged. With the countless negatives a (long) job search entails, how do can job seekers stay motivated? Consider these tips from A to Z and how they apply to job seekers: A - Achieve your dreams. Avoid negative people, things and places. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” B - Believe in your self, and in what you can do. When was the last time that you reviewed your successes, accomplishments, skills and qualifications? C – Consider things on every angle and aspect. Motivation comes from determination. To be able to understand life, you should feel the sun from both sides. If your job search is not yielding results, change the approach and take risks. D – Don’t give up and don’t give in. Thomas Edison failed once, twice, more than thrice before he came up with his invention and perfected the incandescent light bulb. Make motivation your steering wheel. E – Enjoy. Learn as if you’ll live forever. Motivation takes place when people have intrinsic goals (inward). F – Family and Friends are life’s greatest treasures. Don’t lose sight of them. They can be your best supports in a long job search. G – Give more than what is enough. Where does motivation and self- improvement take place, at work? At home? At school? It happens when you exert extra effort in doing things. H – Hang on to your dreams. The "little" stars in your dreams may be your driving force. I – Ignore those who try to destroy you. Don’t let other people to get the best of you. Resist the comopany of toxic people – the kind of friends who dislike hearing about your successes. True friends will applaud your efforts and act as your bellweather of support. J – Just be yourself. The key to success is to be yourself. And the key to failure is to try to please everyone. For example, if you are unable to land two interviews in a week, reconfigure goals that are realistic. K – Keep trying no matter how hard life may seem. Realize that unemployment is temporary. Eventually, it will be in your control, and that's why you need to gauge your intrinsic motivational levels. L – Learn to love your self. Now isn’t that easy? Quite often, layoffs, for example, are not a reflection of you, but the dour economy. M – Make things happen. Motivation is when "your dreams are put into work clothes." (Sorry, I cannot claim this phrase. I do not know its original author). N – Network strategically. Most jobs are not are never advertised (up to 85%). The larger your network, the more motivated you will be to keep your job search fresh and active. O – Open your eyes. People should learn the horse attitude and horse sense. They see things in two ways: how they want things to be, and how they should be. Reflect on things that have gone well so far. P – Practice makes perfect. Practice is about motivation. It lets us learn repertoire and ways to recover from our mistakes. Q – Quitters never win. And winners never quit. So, choose your fate – are you going to be a quitter? Or a winner? R – Ready yourself. Motivation is also about preparation. Goal achievers know this fact intimately. S – Stop procrastinating. Set goals. Only three percent of adults write down their goals. Use job search management resources such as JibberJobber.com T – Take control of your life. Discipline or self-control is symbiotic with motivation. Both are key factors in self- improvement. Develop a 360 degree job search marketing plan, which includes social networks. U – Understand others. If you know very well how to talk, you should also learn how to listen. Yearn to understand first, and to be understood second. V – Visualize it. Athletes are well known for visualizing success. You can do the same to boost your motivation levels. W – Want it more than anything. Dreaming means believing. X – X Factor is what will make you different from the others. When you are motivated, you tend to put on “extras” on your life like extra time for family, extra help at work, extra care for friends, and so on. Y – You are unique. No one in this world looks, acts, or talks like you. Value your life and existence, because you’re just going to spend it once. See your USP (unique selling points) to potential employers, recruiters, hiring managers and contacts. Z – Zero in on your dreams and go for it!!! Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Are you confused about how to use military experience on a resume? For over nine years, I worked as a bilingual employment counselor at a military base. It was my role to help hundreds of clients make the transition from military to civilian life. Ironically, when I was a civilian, the military did not offer a program designed to educate outgoing personnel on creating compelling resumes for civilian employers, teach them current networking strategies, or offer them career coaching. Then my much acclaimed "how to de-militarize your resume" seminar was born. What followed was career seminars to soldiers, airmen/women, and sailors alike at Canadian Forces Base Kingston and Trenton, Canada. The Lt (N) at CFB Trenton chose me over other services providers. She trusted my expertise and protected the "intellectual property" of my seminars' content. Military personnel need to market their transferable skills to attract a civilian employer. A transferable skill is acquired in the following ways:
Want to really "wow" the interviewer? Use competitive intelligence. The term refers to pre-information. How does this apply to job seekers? Competitive intelligence is valuable information you can demonstrate to potential employers you have foresight about their product, service, and company. Let's suppose you're applying for a position at a top retailer. You find yourself on an interview panel, and the inevitable question is posed by the interviewer, "WHY do you want to work for OUR company?" In your mind, you compose yourself in the heat of fire and formulate a response that represents competitive intelligence. Whether you are crafting a "sales letter," cover letter, or are promoting your USP (unique sales points) during an interview, find out essential points about your desirable company or business such as:
Ever heard those demonic thoughts that swirl in our inner sanctum and resist giving way to the one thing humans patently avoid... changing their comfort zone? Risks. Stepping out of the comfort zone. Making a career change. Our inner temptations to make that change, even one small change, need a guiding force. Pay attention to those inner temptations - even if it means confronting the status quo! Quite often, the riskiest career choices we make are the right ones! Ancient Roman poet Vergil said, "Fortune favours the bold." (You'll often hear me refer to the Ancient Romans and Greeks. Those Roman senators were the precursors of modern career change). Let me explain. Can you identify with any of these change-resisting thoughts to a new career?