Thursday, June 30, 2011

Social Media 2

No one has time to partake in social media. Yet business and professionals are finding it is the wave of the future. The longer you wait to make time to at least begin to know more about it and how it works may just slow down your own progress.

One needs to make time for anything we want to do as we all have plenty to fill out our days. Your ability to learn new ways to do things can be an asset to you!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Social Media 1

By now you have learned that this "Social Media" thing isn't going to go away. Actually it will grow, morph and even come up with many new ideas. Trying to avoid it might become a waste of your own time.
There are numerous classes and people that teach this now. Cost varies from nothing to way more than you want to pay. The game is to become familiar with it. You don't want to be left in the dust. All the social media tools are changing daily so the sooner you become familiar with them the easier you will have it.

It isn't magic and by becoming proliferate won't guarantee you your next opportunity but it will put you ahead of the pack.
Get busy and begin by looking at LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter for starters.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

You don't know what you don't know!

You don't know what you don't know! Yes sir, that's a fact. While sharing with a friend the other day we got on the above topic. It is simply amazing how we many times we have no idea of what we don't know. Such as how we come across in an interview. We may feel we did just fine only to realize later that maybe we didn't.

How to overcome this dilemma? Get out and see other people. Continue your learning mode. Read books of almost any genre. Join Toastmasters for sure. You will learn far more about yourself at Toastmasters that you ever thought of.
Not knowing is not a crime but may hold you back from your success much longer than you wanted.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Do you really know what you want to do?

So many times folks begin looking for what they have always done in the past only to find out that isn't their true love. It is because they have done it and can continue doing it. As time moves forward some will realize their are other occupations or careers that may fit them better then the task is to see what transferable skills they have.

If you have any doubt about what you want to do you may want to spend a little time investigating, taking to others and reading as you determine your next path in your career walk.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Have you heard the Economy is picking up?

Yes it is.....although it has for some time now. What is even more positive is peoples attitudes about what is going on. Something I have noticed is more people, including newscasters, newspapers and postings on the web are mostly positive. Sometimes even the politicians pipe in.
Does this mean the downturn is over? Not in my opinion. We have more hurdles to jump over and we have been learning new ways to jump them. That is in part why people are going back to work.
They are researching companies and finding out where they need help or could improve with changes. You are out there being productive again rather than just being an "applicant".
You've also noted that more people are going into their own businesses, not a bad idea.
You'll find that the more positive your attitude the better the outlook seems to be.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

What are your leadership skills?

Leadership is a skill that we are all aware of. There are many interpretations by many people. A most common one is that a leader is the "Boss" or the person that is in charge of the operation. While this is true, leaders do far more than that. Actually leading an operation is a function of "management". Not all managers are leaders or at least good ones. Many leaders are managers and do superfluous job.

Most of us have been and are leaders in some manner. Parents in the home are leaders, and yes some aren't so good at it. We have leaders in church besides the pastor. A great leader will empower others to rise to their greatest potential.

Your ability to be a leader is incumbent on your good listening skills, ability to find solutions whether they are your own or someone else's. You may not always be the boss but you'll fare far better when you know what is expected and you work to make your up line shine.

Leadership skills are essential to all of us, just be cognizant and learn more about them.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

"The Art of Reticulation or Networking 102"

The art of networking can be an art, yet all of you have been doing it all your life. The main criteria would be to remember that it isn't about you, it is about the other person. Learn something about them, build a personal relationship in a short amount of time. You might ask "What is a personal relationship?" That can have a few answers so I'll elaborate.
Getting to know a little about the person, outside of work, is a good thing. That can encompass where they came from, why did they move here, have they traveled elsewhere before, where they went to school and on and on. Good questioning comes from good listening. When you truly listen to the other person you'll pick up many ideas. Good listening means you don't have an agenda to tell them something or sell them something. It means to get to know just a little bit more about them and personalize your knowledge about them.
Not only is thins interesting it is also learning. Try it soon.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Oh no! The sun is coming out.

That's right, the sun is out more now and you'd rather go out and enjoy it. Whether that means playing your favorite sport, sun bathing, tanning or just seeing more folks out there.
There is no reason that you shouldn't enjoy it, just incorporate it in your searching opportunities. Get out there and continue seeing people, and at the same time soaking up the sun. You may deviate from full time searching but you will find ways to include it in your dawdling.

Vitamin D from the sun is good for you also. As hard as it may feel along with being discouraged you'll want to be using your time wisely at finding folks to communicate and network with.