Looking for a job

I’ve been busy the last few days looking for work. It’s tough out there at this present time.

The only thing to be is positive and tenacious. Also trying not to let your head drop.

Today this quote popped into my head and made me laugh

“The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form.”

Stanley J. Randall

Stay hungry!!


Yo y mi cerebro



Are you in the right career?

Here’s an article that will interest you if you’re looking to make a change. It’s by Kathleen Gage,
a keynote speaker and business advisor.
Take it away Kathleen:
Ever wonder if you are in the right career? If you are like most people you have. Did you know that 80% of people are currently misemployed? They are either underemployed, not happy with their current position or not fairly compensated for their skill and/or function set. If so many people are misemployed, why do they stay in their current situation? Why do they not take the necessary steps to move into something that will be fulfilling and something they can look forward to doing every day – a situation they can truly be proud of?
The following are some of the most common reasons:

  • Complacency
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of change
  • Not knowing what their options are
  • Don’t want to give up the familiar, no matter how uncomfortable the familiar is
  • Staying within their comfort zone
  • No time to search for something new
  • They just don’t know how to make a change
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of success (they may actually get what they dreamed of)
  • They fear the job search is more frustrating than their current unsatisfactory job
  • Not knowing where to begin
    How often have we heard others give these reasons for not moving out of an unpleasant situation? How often have we said this to ourselves if we are actually misemployed? Imagine looking back over your life and saying, “I wish I would have done it differently.”
    So often in life, it is not what we do that we regret, rather what we don’t do that we regret the most. Things like not making a change when we knew a change was in order, or not taking the appropriate steps to move into a situation that would lend itself to a more fulfilling life both personally and professionally.
    If you or anyone you know are looking to make a career change, the following steps will help to make a smoother transition and find the courage to make that shift:
    1. Evaluate your current situation
  • 2. Decide you are ready to change
  • 3. Give yourself a timeframe for making the change
  • 4. Get excited about the change
  • 5. Become enlightened about your own values and realize you are worth a great situation
  • 6. Decide what kind of career would truly make you happy
  • 7. Determine what would bring you fulfillment
  • 8. Believe you deserve it
  • 9. Be willing to put time and effort into you transition
  • 10. Have a plan of action
  • 11. Take action on a daily basis
  • 12. Consult with people who have been successful in their own career shift
  • 13. Be willing to invest in yourself
  • 14. Work with a coach to keep you motivated
  • 15. Go after what you want
    Most of all – be willing to acknowledge that life is not a dress rehearsal, this is the real thing. When you look back over your life are you going to wish you had it to do all over and you had taken risks to move you into situation that would bring a deep level of satisfaction to you and your loved ones? The reality is that when we are in a career that brings us a deep sense of satisfaction, all those around us benefit from the fact that we are more fully present in life rather than constantly talking about wishing things would change. The truly successful people in life are the ones who are willing to create their happiness on a daily basis with the minute-by-minute actions they take and the thoughts they entertain.

New job blues: follow up

Well since my last post I have got my head down and got to work. I have said to myself that I will give this a shot, if im gonna go down, im going down fighting.

I have to say that it certainly isn’t by any means easy, but anything worth having never is. Action plans have been developed and are currently been implimented. Support has been sought and hopefully will be given. All in all, on the up!!

Its still too early to say if im gonna be a success,  but nothing ventured, nothing gained.

If I don’t believe in me, who else is going to?
I call the process of doing your art ‘the work.’  It’s possible to have a job and do the work, too.  In fact, that’s how you become a linchpin.



You hate your job and you are unable to quit, what next? step 2

Look at the list of things you dislike. Are there any issues that can be resolved? There probably are. Most situations are not as hopeless as they seem. For example, if you’re having problems with your boss, can you sit down and discuss them with him or her? Before you do, try to look at the problem objectively. There are two sides to every story. Try to see your boss’s side. Maybe you can make some changes that will change the relationship.

Are you unhappy with the work itself? Sometimes a job evolves so that what you were hired to do isn’t exactly what you are doing. If you are doing only work you aren’t interested in, you need to do something about it. Don’t let your employer decide your career path for you. You must be proactive, or you’ll just be dragged along. You need to get experience in your field of interest. This is how you build your resume. Of course this isn’t what you want to tell your boss, but you should speak up.

After a downsizing, remaining employees end up with an excessive amount of work to do. Having additional responsibilities isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Your boss may have given them to you because he or she felt you could handle it. If you are truly overwhelmedand can’t complete your work within a reasonable amount of time you should talk to your boss. In some companies overtime is a given, not an option. Include that time in what you consider to be a “reasonable amount of time.” If everyone walks out the door at 5:00 PM, but you have to stay until 8:00 PM, something is wrong.

Now, consider the listof things you like about your job. Are there particular things you enjoy doing. Try to take on more of those responsibilities. Most likely, if you enjoy what you’re doing, you’ll do it well and your work will be noticed.

Do you get along with your boss, but hate the work you’re doing? A smart boss will be hesitant to give up an employee with whom he or she has a good relationship. He or she will probably be willing to accommodate that employee. Let your boss know that you’d like to do more of the work you enjoy, but are willing to pick up the slack where necessary.

Looking For More?

I’ve heard people complain that they are bored with their jobs. They feel they can handle greater responsibilities then they’ve been given. In that case, ask for more responsibility. Express an interest in projects you know you can handle. If you get turned down, don’t worry. Prove yourself instead. Find volunteer opportunities where you can hone your skills. Call your boss’s attention to what you’re accomplishing outside of work. If your new experience isn’t acknowledged, be assured it will be appreciated sometime in the future when it becomes part of your resume.

Find out what educational benefits your company offers. Many larger companies provide tuition assistance or reimbursement for their employees. They sometimes require that you stay at the company for a time after completing your education. With the cost of a college education as high as it is, making this commitment might be worth it.

Following the suggestions in this article can help you make the most of a less than perfect situation. If you have no choice but to stay with your current employer, you have nothing to lose anyway. You may even gain something — new skills, an education, etc. You may not only find that you can tolerate your job, you may begin to enjoy it.

You hate your job and are unable to quit, what next?

Jim graduated from university last year and is now working at what he thought was his dream job. He was recruited right out of uni. Right after receiving his first pay cheque, Jim moved out of his parent’s house into a flat of his own. A couple of months later he bought a new car. All sounds great, right? Wrong!!

About six months into his job, his employer merged with another company. Jim’s boss, who was also his mentor, got transferred. Jim now has a new boss who pays little attention to what Jim is doing except when he criticizes him. Jim’s job is still a dream — a bad one!

With a few more months of experience, Jim could start looking for a job elsewhere. Right now, though, jobs aren’t plentiful in his field — at least not for someone with as little experience as he has. He’s also not assured of a good reference from his current employer. Jim’s situation isn’t all that unusual. Many people get stuck in jobs they don’t like (or even hate). As in Jim’s case, quitting isn’t always an option. You may have a mortgage to pay or a family to help support. Or you may not have the experience you need to get a better job. Whatever your reason for staying at a job you dislike, there are ways to make the best of a less than ideal situation.

FIRST!! Figure Out What You Don’t Like and What You Do

The first thing you need to do is sit down and make a list of the things you don’t like about your job. Now come on, don’t say “everything.” Sometimes when you hate something, or several things, about your job, it makes you so miserable it seems as if you hate it all.

Pick a time when there is a little distance between you and work. This will allow you to see things more clearly. Holiday time is ideal, but a weekend will do. Be specific. If you say you don’t get along with your boss, list the things about him or her that bother you.

Now, list the things you like about your job. Again, don’t say “nothing.” Sometimes all the bad stuff overshadows the good, but if you look hard enough I’m sure you can find something that you like about your job. Maybe it’s your boss, or your co-workers, or part of your job.

That is the first step, stay tuned for stage two!!

Motivation part 4

15. Constructive criticism – Often people don’t realize what they’re doing wrong. Let them know. Most people want to improve and will make an effort once they know how to do it.

16. Demand improvement – Don’t let people stagnate. Each time someone advances raise the bar a little higher (especially for yourself).

17. Make it fun – Work is most enjoyable when it doesn’t feel like work at all. Let people have fun and the positive environment will lead to better results.

18. Create opportunities – Give people the opportunity to advance. Let them know that hard work will pay off.

19. Make it stimulating – Mix it up. Don’t ask people to do the same boring tasks all the time. A stimulating environment creates enthusiasm and the opportunity for “big picture” thinking.

20. Communication – Keep the communication channels open. By being aware of potential problems you can fix them before a serious dispute arises.

Motivation part 3

9. Recognize achievement – Make a point to recognize achievements one-on-one and also in group settings. People like to see that their work isn’t being ignored.

10. Personal stake – Think about the personal stake of others. What do they need? By understanding this you’ll be able to keep people happy and productive.

11. Concentrate on outcomes – No one likes to work with someone standing over their shoulder. Focus on outcomes — make it clear what you want and cut people loose to get it done on their own.

12 Trust and Respect – Give people the trust and respect they deserve and they’ll respond to requests much more favorably.

13. Create challenges – People are happy when they’re progressing towards a goal. Give them the opportunity to face new and difficult problems and they’ll be more enthusiastic.

14. Let people be creative – Don’t expect everyone to do things your way. Allowing people to be creative creates a more optimistic environment and can lead to awesome new ideas. 16. Constructive criticism – Often people don’t realize what they’re doing wrong. Let them know. Most people want to improve and will make an effort once they know how to do it.