When contemplating a new career opportunity, many job seekers begin by dusting off their resume and bringing the experience section up to date. Traditionally that was the right move. However, today you already have a virtual resume – everything accessible and available to the public online. Your internet footprint describes you to potential employers, networking connections, and interviewing teams without your permission. On this episode of the Career Confidante, Executive Talent Agent Debra Feldman joins host Marie Zimenoff to share how you can control your online presence – including your social media accounts and what others are saying about you – as you look toward your next promotion or prepare for job search. Listen in for practical actions to enhance the virtual you!
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HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED IN YOUR JOB SEARCH: TIPS FROM “YOUR ONE-MINUTE JOB FINDING COACH” by Hemda Mizrahi & Randy Place
âMotivation is the key to your success,â says career counselor Randy Place in his book, Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. âAnyone who has tried and failed and then learned and mastered a sport, a musical instrument, or a field of study knows that failures are the foundation for success.â The reason you kept on keeping on? You were motivated to do it.â
Randy expands on these insights by stating that a lack of motivation can lead to procrastination, adding, âa reason you might lack motivation is that you have no GOAL for your search. Without a specific job or career target, youâll confuse the job marketplace. If youâre unsure about a goal, itâs okay to have several targets. Then youâll conduct your job campaign in three main buckets as a way to uncover the right target for you.â
Given the necessary role of motivation in both initiating and sustaining a productive job finding campaign, Randy offers FIVE TIPS FOR GETTING AND STAYING MOTIVATED:
LOVE WHAT YOU DO. Loving what you do and doing what you love gives your life a meaning and a purpose. People who love what they do have enthusiasm, a key selling point in interviews. Several studies show that happy campers earn more money, have higher productivity rates, and are more motivated to succeed.
AVOID BEING OVERWHELMED. Feeling unmotivated can be the result of being swamped. The antidote to feeling overwhelmed is to be very specific when writing tasks on your to do list. For example, by listing âwrite the first draft of my SUMMARYâ rather than âwrite my RESUME,â youâve given yourself a task thatâs doable today.
NARROW YOUR FOCUS. Not only should you break tasks down into achievable portions, but also narrow your focus to accomplish just five things today. Nobody has to tell you that long task lists donât work. You never get to cross of the 22 items youâve jotted down. Youâll feel motivated with the confidence that youâre going to get the more important stuff done today.
PICTURE THE OUTCOME OF WHAT YOU WANT. Just imagine how nice your completed resume looks and see yourself proudly handing it to a recruiter. Picture yourself hugging your spouse, partner, or friend as they congratulate you on landing a new job as customer service representative, trader, or physical therapist.
TARGET YOUR SEARCH. Having a goal guarantees a positive outcome, and allows you to assess your progress, and redirect if necessary. Without one, you can become a victim of a fear of failure or a fear of success. When you fear, you choose to fail. Therefore you become successful in preventing a positive outcome.
Listen to my conversation with Randy on âTurn the Pageâ to gain his advice on other common challenges you might face related to a job search or your career, like negotiating salary and asking for a raise.
Benefit from the wealth of in-depth guidance that Randy generously offers by reading his book, âYour One-Minute Job Finding Coachâ and visiting his website, where you can post and receive his responses to your job search questions.
COLLABORATIVE COMMUNICATION: HOW TO STAND OUT AND OPEN DOORS THROUGH YOUR WRITTEN WORD by Hemda Mizrahi and Elaine Rosenblum
How can you negotiate better, improve your self-presentation skills, and prevent misunderstandings that may emerge from e-communications, such as texting and emailing? Elaine Rosenblum, JD, an expert in COLLABORATIVE COMMUNICATION, joined me on âTurn the Pageâ to share tactics that will enable you to open doors through your written and spoken words.
Listen to our conversationÂ to hear the full range of her suggestions and illustrations.
Elaine states, âTo avoid potential miscommunication, SPECIFICITY is as important as shifting from judgmental to neutral language, especially in texting or emailing people you donât know well, or in professional interactions.â
She provides two examples:
MICHAEL, AN EMORY MBA STUDENT PITCHING HIMSELF FOR A JOB
Elaine suggests to Michael: Instead of Â âI think I have the skills to do this job,â let your interviewers know, âI am an Emory MBA with four years of beverage marketing experience at Coca Cola and Starbucks. I can conduct business in English, French and Spanish.â
FROM INDIANA UNIVERSITY TO GOLDMAN SACHS
âYoung people interviewing for first jobs typically only have internship experience and minimal workplace skills. Itâs imperative for recent or soon-to-be grads to understand âtransferable skillsâ and articulate what makes them uniquely interesting. This Indiana student was a poker prodigy at nine. Few college juniors can own this proposition. Poker also has transferable skills to Wall Street. The Goldman feedback was that telling an engaging âstoryâ about his âpoker giftâ is what set him apart and landed him the âlong-shotâ position. Â Even seasoned executives have to work to maintain their specificity when articulating.â
MORE ON SPECIFICITY
âUsing âthem,â âit,â or âthatâ as reference points in texting may not provide adequate context. While it takes more actual texting words, directly stating time and place or redefining who âthemâ or what âitâ or âthatâ is can prevent misunderstandings.â
Elaine offers three examples:
Revise âWhat time are you meeting them?â to âWhat time are you meeting Susie and Tom tonight?â
Change âWhatâs bothering you about the erupting situation?â to âWhat exactly concerns you about the disagreement between Susie and Tom that seemed to arise at the party on Saturday night?â
Instead of âDo you plan to do that?â state âDo you plan to attend the 7:00 pm San Francisco trip meeting on Tuesday, 4/3?â
BOND IN WRITINGâ¦AND FACE-TO-FACE
âWhile verbal communication typically evaporates after we say it, written communications survive and can serve as meaningful reference points. Communicating with clarity is a leadership skill and way of standing out in a professional world that demands immediate communication and moves too quickly. In personal relationships, SPECIFICITY builds invaluable trust and enhances the bonding that we crave and continually seek out on social media.â
In emphasizing how we can communicate to avoid unnecessary conflict and strengthen interpersonal connections, Elaine suggests that we avoid OVERRELYING on the written word: âThe emotional satisfaction of a face-to-face conversation is difficult to replicate on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.â
RESOURCES THAT WILL GUIDE YOU TO âYESâ
Improve your outcomes by going deeper in honing your collaborative communication skills. Elaine recommends: âGetting to Yesâ by Roger Fisher and William Uri; âAlone Togetherâ by Sherry Turkle; and the ProForm Uâ¢ blogÂ by Elaine Rosenblum.
Learn about ProFormUâ¢, Elaineâs consulting and mentoring firm, which âteaches students and professionals at all levels to articulate, collaborate and negotiate in virtually any setting.â
While we focused on the tactic of specificity in this post, Elaine shares other requirements and nuances of collaborative communication in our conversation on âTurn the Page.â Hereâs the linkÂ for you to listen now.
Just like a new product needs a marketing plan for a successful launch, your job search needs a structured plan so you can land your ideal job quickly. During this episode of The Career Confidante, host Marie Zimenoff will welcome expert guest Michelle Robin to explain what a plan does for you and how to create one. Weâll share how to avoid a common mistake â worrying about your resume first â and tell you what to do instead. Tune in to tune up your job search and get great tips on researching organizations, networking, and interviewing!