Embracing Mindfulness for Career Success

In today’s world, celebrities, professional athletes, concert performers, and consulting companies have endorsed mindfulness as a tool to relieve stress, build equanimity and increase performance. But now there is a scientific foundation for mindfulness.

Over the past 35 years, scientific researchers have studied mindfulness within a wide range of disciplines, among them medicine, education, psychology, and athletic performance.

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The Information Interview: One Key to Your Success – Part 3

Once you have developed your skills securing and completing information interviews with members of your network, you are ready to take this process to the next level: prospective employers. Let’s backtrack a bit.

You secured information interviews with business owners by:

  • Every week sending emails detailing the work you were seeking and identifying target organizations to 7 – 10 names on your email database
  • Asking them if they knew and have personal/professional relationships with business owners or C-level executives
  • Asking your network members to introduce you to these individuals, stressing you are asking for information, not a job

Note: You should not use this technique if you are considering applying for a posted position. To accept an interview would place these key individuals in situations where they face a conflict of interest.

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The Information Interview: One Key to Your Success – Part 2

In my past post, I talked about using two types of information interviews to jump start your job search campaign. The first type is to identify those members of your network who are willing and able to serve as your personal prospecting and networking team.

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The Information Interview: One Key to Your Success

We all know about job interviews. We want to get them! All too often, however, we need to jump through the cover letter/application/resume hoop. When we play that game, the competition is fierce, our resume doesn’t match the job description, and our application doesn’t have enough key words. Result: Our resume never is seen by the person with the power to hire us.

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What’s Holding You Back from Career Success?

I’m here to support you with your New Year Career Resolutions. But in past posts, I’ve also encouraged you to review your last year’s efforts and reflect what worked for you and what “not so much.” In your review, you need to ask yourself a number of key questions:

  • Am I happy where I’m at? Do I want to advance within my present organization?
  • Do I need to leave my present company in order to further my career? Do I know the type of organizations where I can best display my talents and skills?
  • Are there internal blocks or external barriers that I need to deal with? What’s holding me back?

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Resumes & Cover Letters – How Effective Are They?

We have been conditioned to think that the only way we can secure job interviews is to respond to posted job openings with resumes and cover letters. The sad truth is that unless your resume is a mirror image of the job description or your application has the top number of ”keywords” in it, you will have a better chance playing Black Jack at a casino than landing a job interview.

Whenever a job is posted, there are herds of applicants all vying for that position. Competition is incredible. Of course, if the job description seems to truly fit you like a glove, by all means apply. But don’t put all your eggs in that basket.

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Some Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Well, it’s that time of year again. We tell ourselves that 2015 is going to be a great year. (And I do wish that for all of my readers!) We resolve to set goals and write plans for achieving them. We begin with a sense of excitement.

I’ve learned from past disappointments when I could not sustain my excitement and lost my way trying to fulfill my action plan. I want to share some tips that have helped me keep my resolutions. Let me know what you what your think of them and send me your own!

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Year in Review: Have You Dropped out of the Job Market?

I came across Binyamin’s “The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind” (@BCAppelbaum) in The N.Y. Times December 12 issue. It provided a fascinating look at the non-employed male in today’s America:

Working, in America, is in decline. The share of prime-age men – those 25 to 54 years old – who are not working has more than tripled since the late 1960s, to 16 percent…The United States, which had one of the highest employment rates among developed nations as recently as 2000, has fallen toward the bottom of the list…

Many of these men are eager to find work and are willing to make significant sacrifices to do so. Many others, however, are finding it much harder to find higher paying jobs and are unwilling to pick up low wage jobs.

Binyamin cites that foreign competition and the rise of technology have eliminated many of the manufacturing jobs high school graduates relied on to earn as much as $40 an hour. Such men never went on to earn a bachelor degree.

Conservatives would point out that this situation was of their own making. However, as Binyamin makes clear:

The resulting absence of millions of potential workers has serious consequences not just for the men and their families but for the nation as a whole. A smaller work force is likely to lead to a slower-growing economy, and will leave a smaller   share of the population to cover the cost of government, even as a larger share seeks help.

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Year in Review: How Well Do You Relate to Your Boss & Co-Workers?

December is an excellent month to look back on the year and take stock of your life and career. Doing so will help you frame your New Year resolutions.

Have your relationships with friends and family been fruitful? How well do you get along with your boss, co-workers and your customers? The quality of our lives is largely determined by the quality of our relationships. Are we givers or takers? This is a good time to reflect on how we have treated others this past year.

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Tis the Season to Pay it Forward

For many of us the holiday season is festive and bright. For families without a breadwinner, however, it is a season of despair, shame and the lack of basic necessities. In my experience, the unemployed who come to me desperately want to work. Most have lost jobs through no fault of their own. Their paltry UC benefits have run out. They have both skills and experience. They have consistently applied for posted positions with no results.

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