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I recently wrote a post over on LinkedIn about the power of Mindful Career Ownership. It’s the idea that, as a business-of-one who is fully responsible for my career success, I must create a business plan to hold myself accountable that will also guide me to achieve what I want. In my experience, a lot of people out there today are on career autopilot – and it’s costing them a happy professional life. For example, take this quick quiz to see if you are guilty of not being mindful enough in your career: You find yourself pondering your bad luck...
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Job Search
  Job seekers are asking how long does it take to find a new job? The answer to that questions is that it depends on a lot of different factors. Professional job seekers without a question would like to know the avenge time it takes to secure a full-time position and resolve any uncertainty about their future career prospect. The first thing to know is that it is possible to find employment in a matter of days, like a colleague of mine.  He got recruited via Facebook and offered a position two days after he was interviewed and 4 days...
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Over the course of the last year, I have been given the gift of learning to identifying my top skill sets. These lessons were not without skepticism and questioning. But, I can say that these lessons have transformed the way I work and the types of work I take on. Because I was lucky enough to have someone share with me the #1 secret to identifying your top skill sets. And it is this: The tasks and projects are you best at. AND When you finish the task, you have more energy than when you started the task. applying for...
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Zappos
Did you know that working for Zappos, a company on the GameChangers 500 list of the world’s top purpose-driven companies, is so desirable that it’s actually harder to get a job there than it is to be admitted to Harvard? It’s true. In 2013, 25,000 people applied for jobs with Zappos, and they only hired 250. That means that 99% of people who applied didn’t get the job. So, what makes these types of companies so darn desirable? (Because there are thousands more out there.) And how do you get the attention of a company like this and get the...
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Do you know how to be the employee your company wants to promote? I heard an interesting statistic on the radio awhile back that really sparked my interest. It stated that 90% of people who do this are promoted. Then, they had listeners call in and try to guess what that one thing was. It was something I personally NEVER would have guessed. About 90% of people who keep a candy bowl on their desks for people who visit their office or drop by are promoted. Can you believe it? Maybe you can… maybe you can’t… but it got me...
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You can’t escape stress that is a direct outcome of your busy work schedule. Everest College’s Third Annual Survey reveals some startling truths –workplace stress is on the rise amongst Americans and a massive 83% are stressed out by at least one thing at work. It’s also been identified as the number one workplace risk issue. A large percentage of employees see work stress as an acceptable fallout of their professional lives and ignore it. What they do not realize or choose to ignore is that it has a detrimental impact on their physical health, their personal lives and in...
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Job searching can be a lengthy process, especially if you’re just depending on the submission of your resume to job postings through job boards. On the other hand, if you are working with the right recruiters, they can put you in front of the right opportunities and help you get your dream job quicker. The fact is, there are some jobs that never even make it to job boards. Employers may hire a recruiter as the main avenue to finding the right job candidate, and if you’ve grabbed that recruiter’s attention, you have a chance at the job. How To...
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You want to go into a new career field, but you know nothing about it. Rather than let that be a barrier to entry, having no experience can be your in. Really. No experience in a new field is intimidating, and you may feel like you’re not worthy of the opportunity to work in the field that you want to. Don’t look at that as an excuse. If you want to go into this new career, pursue it. Make your lack of experience an asset by focusing on the value of the perspective you can bring the company – the...
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It can be difficult to motivate an entire team, and even more challenging to constantly encourage everyone’s productivity. By making a few simple changes in the work week, however, company leaders can leave a lasting positive impact on their staff’s efforts. Employees who feel empowered within their company are more inspired to contribute. Not to mention, if they are accountable for their goals, and given the tools to succeed, employees will be excited to improve their team’s success. Part of being successful as a team, requires coming together as a team. Here are five things you can do today to...
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Justin Timberlake’s sense of urgency is clear. He’s only got four minutes to save the world. In your job search, you won’t be that lucky. First impressions are formed in less than 30 seconds. Psychology Today says we process small clues, everything from tone of voice to posture, and in a snap we form a larger picture in our minds. This means that hiring managers may draw conclusions, and finalize their opinions, in under a minute. One study found that people shown 20 second video segments of job applicants formed similar opinions to hiring managers who were given 20 full...
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