Rookie Job Search Mistakes #BarbaraSafani

May 12th, 2016

Barbara Safani wrote a great article on Forbes that really could have been seven articles: Seven Mistakes For Rookie Job Seekers To Avoid.

Normally when I see a list like this it has some really no-duh, obvious, fluffy things.  But I’ll tell you, having been in this business for ten years now, this list is SPOT ON.  Do not skip over any of the seven things that Barbara writes about… they are all super important to know about and beware of.

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Timing, Listening and Talking Over #LessonsFromASpeaker

May 11th, 2016

michael_webb_headshotMany years ago I was speaking at a job club in East Bay (east of San Francisco) and had a delightful time. A new friend (Michael Webb) in the audience gave me invaluable feedback afterwards, which was something like this:

“Jason, you are very funny… and you know you are funny.  Let me give you a tip that I learned while doing improv, to improve my own speaking…”

He went on to tell me that instead of letting the audience laugh at the funny things, I continued to talk, essentially talking over the audience. Instead of letting the energy build, I essentially diffused the potential energy and took away from my ability to impact lives.

His tip? Give the audience time to react.

Recently my wife directed a Shakespeare play with 12 and 13 year old kids. It was fantastic, of course… but one thing I noticed was that these young actors didn’t quite understand how to let the audience relish in the humor. They would say or do something funny, and then as soon as the audience erupted into laughter (or applause), they would say their next line.

The laughter (or applause) brings energy to the whole room, energizing the actors to be better and the audience to be more involved… and they were “crushing it” (not in a good way).

I recently heard about a salesperson who… okay, get ready to cringe… wouldn’t let the prospect talk.  The salesperson always brought the conversation back to himself… his issues, his thoughts, his experiences… YUCK. That tactic is not in any sales training, book, manual, etc.

how does this apply to you?

When you network, you have an “audience.”  When you interview you have an “audience.”  When you are on the phone you have an “audience.”

Are you talking over yourself, or the other person?  Are you allowing time, during the discussion, to make a point?

This powerful tip learned from an improv session, and passed to me by Michael Webb, is a life and communication skill that I’ll continue to work on, and share whenever it’s appropriate.

 

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Work, Vision, and Lots of Stage Time #LessonsFromASpeaker

May 10th, 2016

jason_hewlett_headshotI saw an ad on Facebook from a guy that I am probably destined to know: the speaker/entertainer Jason Hewlett. I say I’m probably destined to know him because (a) we have a mutual friend who talks about him a lot, and (b) I hear he has been active at SLC National Speakers Association chapter meetings, which I used to go to every month (and someday might go back to).

Here’s the first part of his Facebook ad (here’s his video that explains what the ad is about):

“In the past week I have received 5 urgent messages from speakers and entertainers asking how I’ve had such success in this business. The questions are all the same and people are shocked when I reply that it takes work, vision, and lots of stage time.”

This struck me because I’ve been writing about job search for almost 10 years now, and the questions seem to be about the same, and the answers seem to be about the same. I even got to the point, a few years ago, where I wrote “well, there’s nothing else to write about this stuff… it’s all been written.”

Jason’s reply has three parts, and they absolutely applicable to you:

Work: There really is no way around this… work has to be done. Sure, you could get lucky… but what you want (more money, a better job, owning your own gig, selling your own creation, that next promotion, etc.) will most likely require a lot of work. it could be manual labor, it could be deep thinking, it could be working through bureaucracy (aka, playing the game), it could be working on yourself (which is really hard work!) or helping others work on themselves… instead of having “work” be a scary “four letter word,” let’s embrace work, and appreciate the opportunity we have to work. Let’s make the fact that we have to work something that is okay!

Vision: If we don’t have a vision, then what are we working for?  “I want to be a….”, “I want to have….”, “I want to help…” are all statements that will help us know WHY we do what we do. Having a vision is especially helpful when we are faced with a hard task, or troubling times.  Vision strongly correlates with hope… and if we do not have hope, then why in the world do the hard things?  Do not let your vision (or hope) die… you’ll come to rely on it many, many times.

Lots of stage time: So you are a hard worker… and you have a great vision. You are doing great!  Whether you want to be on stage as a professional speaker or not, you need to be in front of your audience. For introverted software developers that might mean participation in online forums… for marketing professionals that might mean a blog on marketing from your perspective, for wannabe executives, that might mean hobnobbing with executives. Whatever “stage time” means to you, let me share two important points: First, Jason says to get LOTS of it. This doesn’t just happen… you have to (a) actively seek it out, and (b) when opportunities come your way, you say YES.  You want LOTS of stage time. Second, YOU WILL FAIL. I have presented hundreds of times, and some of you might know I’ve failed more than once. Once I failed so bad I seriously considered just not speaking anymore.  It was an embarrassing failure. I did take a few weeks off, but I knew that I needed to get back on the (speaking) horse. I did… and later on, I failed again, and again, and … then I found myself failing less frequently. I got BETTER. I learned from my mistakes. But I wouldn’t have learned from my mistakes if I hasn’t made them. Get LOTS of stage time so you can learn to be better.

Thanks for these three suggestions, Jason! This is a great path for an aspiring speaker, and it’s definitely a great path for you and your career!

 

 

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“Outsourcing the job search may feel calm…” #jobsearch

April 27th, 2016

jacqui-barrett-poindexterJacqui Barrett-Poindexter is a friend and career professional. She wrote How to Keep Your Eye on Your Career Destination Prize (blog post).  Here’s a great quote that she put on Facebook, from her blog post:

“Outsourcing the job of job search may feel calm, as you are head-down, performing the assigned tasks. However, this method of career management can derail you–and your career–if not kept in check. You must commandeer your own job search. Strategically enlist people, tools and processes to help arrive at your personally prescribed destination …”

Yes, you can outsource it. But don’t do it blindly.  Don’t stay hands-off.

And when she says “strategically enlist tools,” let me recommend JibberJobber as THE tool to help you organize and manage your job search. :)

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Blog Recommendation: Ask a Manager

April 26th, 2016

If you are looking for an excellent career blog to read, check out Ask a Manager, by Alison Green.  She doesn’t know I’m writing this and probably has no idea who I am.

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I love candid, tell-it-like-it-is advice, and this is exactly what you’ll find on Ask a Manager. Lots of scenarios and questions that you will likely relate to.

Here are her favorite posts, and her most favorite post is this: An ode to the bad managers of my past

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How To Network Like a Veteran

March 23rd, 2016

Here’s a great post by Chad Storlie on Every Veteran Hired: 10 Steps to Networking Success: An Easy (and Effective) Strategy

You may not be military-trained, but that shouldn’t stop you from understanding and following the 10 steps. This is more than a cute article with some cute ideas… I strongly urge you to follow each of the steps, in order.

Except, of course, Step 5, which says to use a spreadsheet for your contacts. Obviously you would use JibberJobber.  You can start with a spreadsheet, but as you network more you’ll find the spreadsheet becomes a rats nest of information, and soon it becomes unusable.

Check it out!

 

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JibberJobber: One of the Best Job Search Websites for 2016

January 20th, 2016

jibberjobber-best-job-search-website-logoThis is a list worth being on… JibberJobber has been on many lists over the last 10 years, but some of those lists that say they are “here are the best” are really “here are all of the sites we could find”… being on a list made up by someone who is just trying to list everything out there was not flattering.

This list is different.  Hannah Morgan, The Career Sherpa, put together 43 Best Job Search Websites 2016, and included JibberJobber.  Hannah is a career practitioner, subject matter expert, and a thought leader.  To have her vet and include JibberJobber is meaningful.

Check out the other 42 recommendations:

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This Is What Job Descriptions Should Look Like

December 3rd, 2015

I’ve been on the phone with recruiters lately, and one of them really made me think differently about job descriptions.

Actually, I have already thought differently about job descriptions (my thoughts: they stink)… he helped me understand what they should be.  And then I read this post from 2010 on Ask The Headhunter, by Nick Corcodilos: Now THIS is a job description.

HOLY MOLEY. This is what Nick is talking about. I read the whole post… well, except for the link out to the real, technical, sanitized job description.

You know what? It’s not a job description. I don’t get a detailed idea of what I’d do in that job. But I do get a great idea of what it would like to be to work there, and with that team, and by the end of what Nick was talking about I’m thinking I HAVE TO WORK HERE!

Not really, because I’m busy running JibberJobber, but I seriously was thinking how freaking cool it would be to work there.

My head is in job descriptions, and how to make them better for job seekers, which should make the hiring process just a little smoother for everyone.  We’ll see if anyone out there trying to do this gets traction.  Nick’s post is 5 years old… and I haven’t seen anyone do anything as cool as Joey’s.

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Free Resources from Martin Buckland (An Elite Resume)

October 12th, 2015

martin_buckland_headshotHere are some great free resources that should help you in your job search… all you need to do is put your first name and email address in his form:

  • Resume Keywords
  • Resume Action Verbs
  • Job Search Analog
  • Resume 101
  • Top 25 Mistakes

Looks like some great resources – thanks Martin!

 

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When the Biggest Mistake Is Okay (Jia Jiang)

October 2nd, 2015

Jia Jiang has a fun and kind of funny story about his mistake that supposedly cost him millions of dollars.

But, it is okay. It wasn’t the end of the world. He recovered. Read his cool story here: Embarrassing myself in front of LinkedIn’s CEO cost me millions of dollars, but it was the best mistake I ever made

You might feel like you have made some pretty big mistakes, too. And, it’s okay. You can recover.

Last year I was camping with some friends, one of which is a specialty pharmacist. His specialty is working with emergency room and NICU doctors. Talk about high-stress, fast-paced!  I asked him what he has seen in his job that has amazed him the most about medicine, or the human body.  After a minute to reflect, he replied:

“I’m amazed at the body’s ability to heal itself.”

This, coming from someone who has seen people coming back from near-death trauma.

Our careers can actually heal, too. As a job seeker we feel like we are getting a black eye, or have introduced something that is irreparably harmful. It will forever impact our brand, reputation, or marketability. In reality, though, our careers can heal.  We can heal.

Just stick with it, continue to do good things, and this will pass like water under a bridge.  I know it might not feel like that now, but it can later.

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