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Career-Life Times, Issue #10 -- The Toughest Job in the World
October 24, 2004

Issue No. 10, October 24, 2004

"Get Hired - Get Noticed - Get Ahead"

Welcome to the latest issue of CAREER-LIFE TIMES! I hope you find this little publication to be informative, useful and entertaining!

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In This Issue:

* The Toughest Job in the World
* 11 Sources of Over 100,000 Jobs
* The Rule on Resume Length
* Shop Now for a Holiday Job
* New Book Shows That Being Fired Can Be a Good Thing
* How to Help Your Job-Seeking Friends (and Put a Few Bucks In Your Pocket)
* Worth Quoting
* Just for Laughs
* Random Rants & Ramblings

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The Toughest Job in the World

Opening: President of the United States

Requirements: Must be a natural-born U.S. citizen, 35 years of age or older and have lived at least 14 years on American soil. No special skills, education or experience necessary.

Salary: $400,000 per year.

Other Benefits: Free room and board in a 132-room mansion with 35 bathrooms, a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater and bowling lane; unlimited use of the presidential retreat; free first-class transportation; great pension (even if only serving 4 years in the job).

Despite the great bennies, not many people are interested in this job. It mainly attracts lawyers, for some reason. Others who've taken it on have included a teacher, an actor, two farmers, a mining engineer, a newspaper publisher, a tailor, five military officers and two businessmen. The only president not to have had an occupation outside of politics was John F. Kennedy.

Personally, I think anyone who applies for this position must have a screw loose. Sure, it's a noble thing to want to serve the people, and I guess being the most powerful person in the world has a certain appeal. But imagine having your every word and action scrutinized and criticized. No matter what decisions you made, someone would always say you're wrong. Then there's that annoying necessity to be surrounded by a small army to protect you from assassins, terrorists, fruitcakes and interns.

And what about the intolerable interview process? Millions of Americans, whose only qualification is that they're 21 or older, get to decide whether or not you're fit for the job. And many of them make that decision based on misleading or downright wrong information put out by another candidate.

Why would anyone in their right mind want to put themselves--and their families--through this nightmare? Whatever the reason, I guess we should be glad that there are people willing to apply for and accept this crazy job. While I personally think neither of the current applicants is an ideal candidate, I'm going to show support and vote for one of them. Just my way of saying thanks for being willing to take on the toughest job in the world.

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11 Sources of Over 100,000 Jobs

According to the November 2004 issue of Business 2.0 magazine, "Despite the underachieving recovery, good jobs are out there and more are coming. We've found at least 100,000 of them."

The magazine gathered data from Dun & Bradstreet and conducted interviews with economists, consultants, headhunters, and more than 100 companies. They then filtered out jobs that pay less than $36,000 (the national median salary). Here's their list of companies that are definitely hiring:

WELLS FARGO. Expects to fill 20,000 positions through 2005. Why? To expand its sales-force so it can grab more of the home-financing market.

NORTHROP GRUMMAN. Expects to fill 13,000 positions through 2005. Why? Navy warship contracts worth $60 billion; and its IT division needs help to provide services to the intelligence community.

RAYTHEON. Expects to fill 11,500 positions through 2005. Why? They've got a lot of business thanks to the War on Terror, building Tomahawk missiles, bunker-buster precision bombs, and other high-tech weapons systems.

LOCKHEED MARTIN. Expects to fill 12,500 positions through 2005. Why? They're the nation's largest defense contractor and business is booming.

BOEING. Expects to fill 11,400 positions through 2005. Why? Yep, they're another defense contractor; and their commercial jet division is starting to hire now, too.

ERNST & YOUNG. Expects to fill 9,300 positions through 2005. Why? A new corporate reform law (no doubt thanks to Enron and other scandals) has created a surge in demand for accounting and governance consulting services.

DELOITTE. Expects to fill 9,500 positions through 2005. Why? While benefiting from the same trend corporate reform trend, they're also busy with a $1 billion software implementation at the Pentagon.

PRICE-WATERHOUSE-COOPERS. Expects to fill 7,000 positions through 2005. Why? The same corporate reform trend; plus they're boosting their IT services and risk-management consulting practices.

MICROSOFT. Expects to fill 6,450 positions through 2005. Why? They need more software engineers for major new projects like the MSN Music download service and next-generation Windows operating system.

SAIC. Expects to fill 7,000 positions through 2005. Why? They're the ninth-largest Pentagon contractor; they run security for huge events such as the Athens Olympics; they provide data-mining software to spy agencies.

IBM. Expects to fill 6,500 positions through 2005. Why? Corporate spending is increasing, so they need help in their IT services unit.

Target these companies for great opportunities. For more information, visit the magazine's website at

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The Rule on Resume Length

A subscriber (Ami) recently emailed me and said that she'd been told by her brother that her 2-page resume was too long. "It can't be longer than one page," her bro stated. Wise woman that she was, instead of blindly following his advice, Ami sought a second opinion. Here's what I told her about that so-called resume "rule."

The "old rule" was to limit your resume to one page. The logic everyone spouted was that hiring managers (or HR folks) were just too busy to read more than that. But things have changed. (1) With more people applying for jobs, employers need as much information as possible to help them pick out the best candidates; (2) People change jobs a lot more often now than they used to, so there's more to list on their resumes; (3) modern technology allows computerized resumes to be scanned quickly for keywords, so even lengthy ones can be reviewed quickly by most large companies.

Now the "rule" is to simply make your resume as long (or short) as necessary to include all the pertinent information. So someone who's only had one job and is looking for an entry-level position could certainly fit their resume onto one page, while an experienced professional who's had 6 jobs in the last 10 years may need 2 (or even 3) pages.

The key to a great resume is the CONTENT, not the length. You can find more information about that at my website. Here's the link to that page: Resumes

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Shop Now for a Holiday Job

Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner?!? Well, don't use this as an excuse to slow down your job-seeking efforts. Believe it or not, this is one of the best times of year to be looking! Here's why:

1. Less competition (fewer people looking as they get distracted by the holidays).

2. Many newly created jobs are filled at the beginning of the new year. Interviews for those positions are held in November and December.

3. There are many extra seasonal job openings, especially in retail, during the holidays. Plus some companies bring in temps to replace workers who are on long holiday vacations. If you've been out of work for a while, accepting a temporary or seasonal job may be a good idea. You'll earn some money and keep your skills fresh. And who knows... perhaps a great performance during a temporary gig will lead to something permanent.

Here are some tips on how to make the most of the holiday-season job search:

1. Take advantage of all the extra networking opportunities (also known as holiday parties). Attend as many as you can, and make sure everyone you meet at these events knows you're looking for a new job.

2. Send holiday cards to everyone you know. Slip in your business card with a note, "Please pass this on to anyone you know who's looking for new widget-maker" (or whatever position you're seeking).

3. Be agreeable to starting right away and working long or evening hours. If you're interested, don't wait. Hiring is going on now.

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New Book Shows That Being Fired
Can Be a Good Thing

I've just finished reading a new book called "We Got Fired! … And It's the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Us" by Harvey Mackay. If his name sounds familiar, it's because he's the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers, "Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive" and "Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt."

Harvey's new book is based on interviews with 28 of the most successful people in America, including Muhammad Ali, Bill Belichick, Michael Bloomberg, Mark Victor Hansen, Billie Jean King, Larry King, Robert Redford, Joe Torre, and Donald Trump. His focus was on the one thing they all have in common: every one of them had been fired sometime during his/her career. Harvey himself was fired early in his career, and says it was truly the best thing that ever happened to him.

His book reveals how these now famously successful people--who'd been fired due to bad judgment, poor performance, or backstabbing--overcame that hit to their self-esteem and took action to get back on top.

In addition to the interesting and entertaining stories about how those big shots got canned, throughout the book are fantastic morals, insights and lessons all of us (whether fired or not) can benefit from learning. Here are just a few:

* The next time someone accuses you of being plain vanilla, bore them to death with success.

* You should always be looking for advice. But think about the agenda of the people who give you that advice.

* The real reason you are being fired is rarely the reason you are given.

* The nicest, most loyal, and most submissive employees are often the easiest people to fire.

* The resume that explains a firing situation clearly and honestly is not the one that potential employers find suspicious. The suspicious resumes are the ones with unexplained voids or breaks in a career.

* Once you're fired, you already have a job. It's tougher and more demanding than the last one, but it has great potential. You job now is to get a job!

* Finding a job is a matter of direction and selection, not rejection and dejection.

* Every event in life always as two sides. Energize yourself by picking the proactive one!

I really enjoyed this book and suspect it will soon be on the New York Times Bestseller List. I think you'll enjoy it, too. You can find it at this link: "We Got Fired"

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How to Help Your Job-Seeking Friends (and Put a Few Bucks In Your Pocket)

Do you know people looking for a better job? Could they use some help with their interview skills? Sure, you could refer your friends to the tips on my website ( ). But if they're really starving for job-winning sustenance, why give them a tasty yet tiny sample? Show your friends how to get the full 7-course meal... dozens of amazingly powerful job-winning strategies compiled into a simple, step-by-step system they can use to become an unbeatable candidate at their next interview!

Refer your friends to my Job Interview Success System, and if they buy it, we all win! I'll get happy new customers, your friends will get an incredibly effective, totally guaranteed system for winning their dream job, and you'll get your friends' undying gratitude -- and a 75% commission! (Hey, I won't tell if you won't!)

Check out this link for all the details: Referrals

Oh, and here's the link if you want to read more about the System: Job Interview Success System

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Worth Quoting

“Learn from the mistakes of others.
You can’t live long enough
to make them all yourself. “

(Eleanor Roosevelt)

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Just for Laughs

Things You'd Love To Say At Work

I can see your point, but you're still full of shit.

I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.

How about never? Is never good for you?

It's nice of you to set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.

I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.

I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.

It sounds like English, but I don't know what the hell you're talking about.

You validate my inherent mistrust of strangers.

I have plenty of talent and vision; I just don't give a damn.

Do people often visualize duct tape over your mouth this early in your conversations?

I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you being competent.

I'm not rude. You're just insignificant.

And your crybaby, whiny-assed opinion would be...?

Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.

If I throw a stick, will you leave?

Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.

I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.

Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?

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Random Rants & Ramblings

Lowest Prices of the Season! Did that get your attention? It's a wildly popular advertising ploy. Have you ever glanced at the calendar and noticed that the season only started a couple of days before that ad came out? Or did you realize that if the prices are the same as they've been all season, they can still use that announcement? But they use it because it gets attention and gives the perception that great bargains are available.

Half the Carbs! Another great attention-getter, since so many people are trying to eat fewer carbs these days. I saw that claim recently on a loaf of bread. Seemed impressive, until I held that "low-carb" loaf next to a regular one and saw that the bread was half the size! Yet I'm sure some people fall for that marketing ploy.

The point I'm trying to make with these two (of many) marketing gimmicks (other than "buyer beware") is that, while they fool some of the people some of the time, they don't fool all of the people all of the time. So if you're using similar gimmicks to get a new job ("My last boss said he'd never had a worker like me before!"), stop it. Eventually your B.S. will be discovered. Hyperbole and exaggeration belong in advertising (and political campaigns), not in resumes and interviews.

Have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN and VOTE for the LEAST SCARY CANDIDATE on November 2nd!

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