Saturday, April 21, 2012

Listening ----again

Listening to observant hiring managers it becomes clear that some folks have an agenda they want to espouse to the potential employer. In turn the interviewer feels the question asked wasn't really addressed. Active listening requires us to clear the mind and not try to have a ready answer when the person asking stops talking. We need to listen intently, make notes if needed then compose our answer.
This is where Toastmasters can help you grow your listening skills. At least find a club and visit it, better yet visit several so you a feel for the flavor of the clubs local to you.

Monday, April 16, 2012


OK, tax time has passed so you can't blame any inactivity on that now. It is time to gather your marbles and get busy. Actively pursuing connections to speak with. Researching potential companies so you  know what they do. Updating your LinkedIn and Facebook accounts. Finding new spots to connect with others.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Job fairs

Do you attend job fairs? What about business shows. Or, how about Chamber of Commerce shows? If not, why not? These are places with a lot of people. A place where you can meet others and even offer assistance to them sometimes. When you are out looking for yourself you also want to be open to helping others.
When you attend a job fair be sure and remember my mantra : To- Have fun, Meet people, Learn something. When you handle it in this manner it makes it easier to enjoy the experience and even learn something along the way.
Make at lease three passes at a job fair to be sure you have visited as many displays as you can. Engage in conversations with all you can including those walking the aisles with you.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Bunny

Did the Easter Bunny remember you this year? Maybe you for him too. There is always a reason to be "sweet" with others, don't miss your opportunity.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Where is the job market going?

Does it really matter? When we read the papers and listen to the news it becomes daunting and depressing when we are in the unemployed. It can seem useless to even try. Yet at the same time others are becoming re-employed. How does this happen?
In a nutshell they have made enough transformations in themselves that they become desired by an employer. So you ask what changes did they make? The fact is that you are all individuals and almost no one is the same as another. Kind of like all snowflakes are individual unto themselves.
The answer: Continue to look, connect, interview, educate yourself more and before you know you to will be receiving offers.