Most job search strategies involve searching job postings submitting dozens if not hundreds of resumes and filling out multiple applications in hopes of getting an interview. They also involve joining job boards online and searching for what is currently being advertised. Before you keep going down this path, I suggest that you consider a creative job search strategy that will get you exclusive attention. Here is the strategy in more detail.
This week I have had the opportunity to interview a handful of applicants for a position with the company I work for. (My “day job”) Each of these applicants was very skilled in their line of work and most had multiple years of experience. It was refreshing to speak with each one of them and see what they had to offer. In fact, I was a little concerned about choosing between them. It all worked out in the end, and I was able to find the one that was the best fit. However… [click to continue…]
Sometimes we need a concrete tool to help us find a great job. The process is not always easy and it usually takes some time. However, if we have some tools to helps us make decisions it can move the process along more quickly.
So one area where people get stuck in their search for meaningful work is identifying a career that “fits”. This can be difficult especially if you have more than one set of skills or area of interest. To help in this process I like to recommend a personality assessment to help give you some guidance. This type of tool is not to identify your next career path, but to provide ideas about environments in which you would thrive. This is critical to discovering work that you love. [click to continue…]
I recently met someone whose story will make you think. This individual was a dedicated employee working for the same company for over 20 years. During this time he worked through all the available training and accepted as many positions as he could to advance his situation. He was highly regarded by his coworkers as well as those who worked for him. I know because I interviewed one of them. What makes this story somewhat sad to me is the length of time that he waited for a better position to come along. Though he was highly qualified, he worked a fourth of his life for a company where he hoped a better situation would come along but never did.
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This story is more common than you may think. How long should you work for a company before you decide that it’s time to move on? What makes people stay? Is it wrong to stay loyal? Is it wrong to jump ship?
The answers to these questions are as different as those who ask them, but depending on your situation, here are three factors to consider when frustrated with your job:
It is more common today for people to change companies and careers in a relatively short period of time. The average length of time for people to stay in one job is now around 3.2 years. Working for the same company for an entire career is becoming a thing of the past. If you are passionate about the work that you do, you love your position and you have no desire to leave, than it makes sense for you to stay. If you need to change your situation and there are no foreseeable opportunities, then you should create a plan to change.
Don’t let the lack of a degree hold you back. It is becoming more common for companies to offer more advanced positions to candidates who have related experience even if they don’t have college degrees. I have worked for companies that would offer promotions to those without a college degree as long as they had valuable work experience or special skills. There are still companies that don’t offer promotions unless you have a college degree. To me this is old thinking. More and more companies recognize and reward folks who are predisposed to action and accomplishment whether you have a degree or not. Those are the companies you need to target with your plan of action.
Your experience is valuable. It is sad but true, that local talent is sometimes overlooked. While your company may not recognize the things you have accomplished, there are other companies who will. The gentleman in my story was a very skilled supervisor who was organized, focused and had a track record of production success. Another local company was thrilled to pick him up and offer him a better situation, better pay, better hours, better incentives and better recognition. You may have exactly what another company is looking for. But you need to recognize your own value first.
So what should you do?
- Commit yourself for two to five years of dedicated effort. If the fit isn’t right, or the opportunities are not available, then create a plan to move on. Start today. Life is too short!
- Learn everything you can in and for your current position and future positions.
- Be indispensable. – This means that they can’t live without you.
- Identify your next move based on work that you love. Don’t just take the next best pay scale. Have a strategy to put yourself where you need to be.
- Keep your options open. What I mean by this is, make sure that you don’t limit your career options by outside decisions. Debt is a huge factor because it strangles mobility. If you are not mobile, the best options may not be available to you.
My hope is that you will find encouragement in these ideas. Don’t wait for years thinking that your time will come. It may, but then it may not. Loyalty is admirable, but your first duty is to your principles, your family and then your company. If your current situation is not working, then take steps to change your situation. You have value as an employee, and perhaps you have greater value to someone else.
Let me know what you think. If you are working on a plan already, check out this free worksheet on Seven Steps to a Great Job Interview. Leave a comment below. I would love to connect with you!
A little over a week ago I hosted a Leadership Conference here in my hometown of Owatonna, MN. The event was called Leadercast, and it is one of the largest one-day leadership conferences in world. I hosted an authorized rebroadcast of the live event that was held back on May 9th. Promoting an event of this caliber was a brand new experience for me. I learned a ton through the process, and I realized that these lessons can be applied to nearly any type of event that you want to promote. So let me share some of what I learned.
You need a team. I was grateful for the folks that helped me promote this event. They were generous with their time and encouragement. It’s the encouragement part that is so critical. During promotion, it is easy to get discouraged with the process. People don’t respond as you hoped, or signups are slow. It is then that you need people around you to encourage you and provide ideas. You can’t afford to lose momentum and a team will help keep you focused.
You need to connect with the right people. It wasn’t until late in the process that I reached out to a couple of individuals that could have been very helpful in the process of promotion, but there wasn’t enough time to have a serious impact. When you team up with folks, you need to connect with influencers. These are folks that tend to be where the action is and they know how to promote. When they move, other people follow. This is the Law of E.F. Hutton who was so influential that when he spoke everyone listened. Attract the right leaders to your cause and this will help you build a following.
Start sooner. The bottom line is you need to have time to promote. The community has to get used to the idea, and it takes time to sink in. People need time to discover who else will be attending your event. If you are looking for businesses to send employees, they need to have your event on their radar at least a couple of months ahead. For an event like the one I was promoting, four to six months would have been ideal. Planning earlier will save panic and missed opportunities later. You just need to get out of the gate as soon as possible.
Get personal. Share your enthusiasm for what you are doing, and do as much as you can in person. Speak to clubs, to churches and to businesses. You see, people likely don’t know that they need what you are promoting. They may not “need it” yet they will benefit from getting involved. It helps people to make that connection when they can hear from you in person.
Don’t let fear keep you from action. The best lessons are learned while you are in motion. Action builds confidence. People usually regret the things they didn’t attempt, not the things that didn’t go as planned. Today I know a lot more about promoting an event like Leadercast and my next attempt will be an even bigger success.
Live events are a great way to get noticed and to build your brand. No matter what your platform is, I encourage you to consider some kind of live event. It could be a conference, a workshop, a sale or even a concert. Give it some time to work. Create a plan, and work your plan. If you follow these five key lessons it will help you achieve the success you are looking for. If you have an idea for a live event of your own, I would love to connect with you about it. Leave a comment below and let’s get you started!
Whether you are a teacher, a leader, an artist or you just long to interact with people there are four reasons to do a live event.
- A live event is a great way to become a perceived authority in your niche. Teach your passion. Help others to succeed in the area where you have had success. Become the “go-to” person for information in your area of expertise. This helps to establish you as an authority.
2. A live event can be one of several things, and you can pick the option that works best for you. If you like webinars, then this is an option. If you enjoy face to face contact, then a workshop or seminar is a good option as well. If you like even more interaction and want to meet large groups of people, then hosting a conference may be the right thing. A live event can be many things, so give one or all of them a try.
3. Live events are motivating. There is something dynamic that happens in the presence of many people. There is a certain energy. There is a sense of common interest. The ideas that are generated, supported and affirmed are valuable.
4. You develop connections. Connections are critical to surviving in our current culture. You need to be able to network with other like-minded people and live events help make that happen.
Whatever your niche, I encourage you to consider doing a live event. Live events are just one segment of my personal goals in 2014. Leadercast Owatonna will be the second live event for me this year, and I encourage you to get your tickets today if you are in Southern Minnesota. In fact the early bird price will expire this Tuesday the 19th, so get them soon before the price goes up!
Consider doing a live event of some kind, whether it’s a how-to class, an informational workshop or hosting a conference. It’s a great way to connect with people and it just may help you get your business off to a great start! So enjoy the video, check out the Leadercast Owatonna page and let’s go live!
Simply put, you have much to offer. The world needs you and your ideas. You are just that special, and yes, you are just that ordinary. The world needs ordinary folks who are willing to launch their extraordinary ideas. You, along with your failures and imperfections, but more important, your energy and initiative will make the difference in the lives of someone. So don’t hold back. Push away from the shore and dip your paddle in the water. Don’t wait. Show us what you can do.
Watch the video. Consider what it is that you need to do to get started.
Check out this incredible organization that was started by Gene and Cheryl Witte from Waterville, MN. They saw a need and were compelled to take action. Today the lives of scores of orphans are being changed in India because Gene and Cheryl pushed away from the shore.
What will you do? When will you get started? Take some time to connect with others that are ready to launch just like you.
Are you a great leader? Leadership is something that all of us will need to display at some time in our life. Whether we lead others by choice or as part of our job description, or we have folks around us that look to us for leadership, we will all need to learn to be better in this area.
Dolly Parton, the famous singer, actor and business woman said, “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.”
There is an opportunity coming to Owatonna, for you to discover how to be a better Leader. It is called Leadercast Owatonna. Take a moment to watch the video and consider if you would like to be a part of this event. Leadercast as an organization has been around for years and has grown into one of the world’s largest one day leadership conferences. It is an opportunity to hear from several amazing speakers on the topic of leadership and it will help motivate you to become a leader worth following.
If you would like more information, please read more about this event here. Otherwise leave a comment below and I will be happy to answer your questions!
“Doers do things. Smart people think about things.” This is a recent quote from Andy Stanley when he spoke at the May 9th, 2014 LeaderCast Event. He went on to say that great leaders need to hire people that are “predisposed to doing”. These are folks that have experience. These are people that have tried and failed and then tried again. A doer has a list of accomplishments and probably a list of failures. They can talk about what they have done, not just about the degrees that they have earned. Are you a Doer or a Thinker?
Regardless of your age, you can be a doer. I listened to a podcast yesterday of a 10 year old girl that has her own podcast show called Entrepreneur Kids Academy. This experience has incredible value! Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “An ounce of Action is worth a ton of Theory!” So what is holding you back at your age?
Take some action today. Stop researching. Stop pursuing the next degree. Be a Doer not a Thinker!
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I know that many of you have things you want to get accomplished this summer. You have been reading books, looking at pictures, gathering information and visualizing success. Are these things Good Intentions or a Plan of Action? Henry Ford said,
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
Good intentions will only get you so far. In fact they won’t get you very far at all. How long will you wait until you actually take a step of action toward your goal? I know what it’s like to spend time in the research phase. It is fun to dream and think about what could be, but it is very unproductive. In fact, last year my goal was to read about 25 books. I spent a lot of time reading and being inspired, but didn’t get much done. This year, I have shifted my goals from reading to doing. Both are necessary, but I was confusing preparation with action.
I have taken action on a number of things this year that require a great deal of work, but finally things are getting done. In the coming months I will some of these things with you. Hopefully they will inspire you to greater action.
One item that I want to share with you today is an upcoming webinar. It is this coming Thursday in fact. On May 22nd at 7pm, I will be hosting a Webinar called, “Five Creative Ways to Make $1000 this Summer!” It is completely FREE and will cover some very simple business ideas that you can use to generate income. Do you need money for college? Are you saving for a big purchase? Perhaps you would like to build an emergency fund. Maybe you have a home improvement project that you just don’t have the cash for right now. All of these things may be great intentions, but you need a plan of action. This webinar may provide the help you need.
This is a perfect way to get closer to taking action. Yes, it is still just another type of learning and another way to prepare, but perhaps this one will get you motivated to actually take a step. You can find more information here as well as how to sign up. Let’s get past the good intentions stage. Please join me as we take action together!