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Career-Life Times, Issue #33--SUBSCRIBERS SPECIAL
December 23, 2006
Ready to GET HIRED, GET NOTICED, and GET AHEAD? Read on...
How's your holiday season going so far?
Before we get started with this issue, here’s a brief announcement. As a way of celebrating the spirit of the season, I decided to take the time to put together something special for you, my subscribers. If you are hoping to get a new job in 2007, this may help.
And it’s my way of saying "THANK YOU" for reading this newsletter :-)
Here's the scoop:
Up until midnight on January 10th, you can get my entire Job Interview Success System for HALF OFF! It’s normally $39.95; with this special, it’s only $19.95.
But—and this is important—you must order it from a special, password-protected page for subscribers only.
The password is: Flash (exactly like that; it’s case-sensitive).
The special page with info about my System and the reduced price is:
That’s the only page where you’ll find the special half-off price, and remember you’ll need this password to access it: Flash
The reason I'm doing this is because I wanted to thank you for being my subscribers ...and actions speak louder than words.
But wait! There’s more!
When you go to that special page, towards the bottom you'll see that I have something else for subscribers only. I've also decided to give you an additional bonus F-R-E-E when you take advantage of this rare half-price offer.
You'll get my popular ebook, “Networkaholics Revealed! (True Confessions of People who Networked Their Way to Success, and How You Can Do the Same).” I wrote this ebook with contributions from many successful people. It’s about how they build mutually successful relationships through networking, and is packed with true-life success stories. Some of those stories provide specific tips on how to find a great new job. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, even if you hate networking! You can read what it’s all about at this sales page link (note that it’s selling for $59.95; and yes, you’ll also receive the bonuses that go with it):
But do NOT order from that page because you’ll get it F-R-E-E with my Subscribers Special!
You can see everything you're getting, grab your copy of my Job Interview Success System for HALF of what everyone else has to pay, and get my “Networkaholics Revealed!” book as a special bonus (a combined value of $99.45) for just $19.95 from this page:
Remember the password: Flash.
Again, this special "Thank You Sale" ends at midnight on January 10th, so if you want to save 50%, don’t forget the deadline!
I admit it. I zoned out the other day during an interview. Fortunately for me, I was asking the questions this time, not answering them. I was part of a five-person interview panel.
The first candidate was very sharp... well prepared, knowledgeable, smiling, good body language, well spoken, giving all the right answers—he was awesome! And I mentally picked him as my top choice, even though we hadn't interviewed anyone else yet.
Then the second candidate came in. She was also very well prepared. Her experience and skills were not quite as impressive as those of the first candidate's, but her PERSONALITY made up for it! She was very energetic and enthusiastic; you could easily see how passionate she was, how much she loved her chosen career field, and how excited and happy she was to be interviewing for the position! People who bring that kind of passion to their work are rare and valuable.
Hmmm... candidate number one now had some serious competition in my mind.
Then came the third candidate. He was very reserved, soft-spoken, showed no emotion whatsoever—and I completely zoned out within 30 seconds. I didn't even hear his responses to several questions. He could very well have been the most skilled, experienced and knowledgeable of the bunch... but I didn't give him the chance to convince me of that because I zoned out. I mentally dismissed him from contention before he even finished answering the first question.
Was I being unfair to him? You bet! But you know what? I'm human. Every interviewer is human (though it's easy to forget that sometimes, especially when you're the candidate who doesn't get hired!).
As humans, we respond—or fail to respond—to each other on an emotional level more often and more strongly than on an intellectual level.
Realize that, and don't let an interviewer zone out during YOUR next interview!
Show your personality, your enthusiasm, your passion. Don't be "over the top" or fake about it, but if you don’t show any excitement about the job, why should the interviewer show any excitement about hiring you?
Imagine the interviewer's perspective. Often they've been stuck in a room all day, hearing one candidate after the other drone on and on about qualifications that are probably very similar to yours. Ho-hum.
You need to WAKE 'EM UP!
What will make you STAND OUT and grab their attention? YOU. Not your skills, not your resume, not your references... YOU.
If you have a reserved, low-key personality, this will be more of a challenge. But if you really want that job, you have to work for it. You have to be passionate about it.
Don’t underestimate the power of emotion. Showing genuine excitement for the position and the opportunity to work for the company that's interviewing you is one of the MOST IMPORTANT things you can do during the interview.
It will make you Zone-Out Proof!
Picture this: Chris Candidate is well prepared and easily answers a dozen tough questions during his job interview. The hiring manager is nodding in agreement, obviously pleased with Chris so far. He then asks Chris why he’s interested in changing jobs.
Suddenly the ideal candidate becomes the first one to be rejected.
Why? Because Chris answered the last question with complaints about former bosses and coworkers.
Does anyone want to hire or work with a complainer? Nope, no one. We all know one, and we all want to avoid that person’s griping, whining, bitching and moaning, and overall negativity.
If during an interview you gripe about your current or past employers or coworkers—no matter how incompetent they are or how horribly they treated you—you label yourself as "complainer."
Complainers are already all too common within most companies. None of them are valued. Why would any company hire a complainer? They won't. Period.
Be positive about everything. Never complain. Or kiss that job offer goodbye.
According to the FirstGov.gov Web site, three of the most popular New Year’s resolutions are losing weight, saving money and getting a better job.
So why is it that, come February 1, most of us are still chubby, broke and not doing work we love? Could there be a better way to finally get a new job this new year?
The answer is ... maybe. It all depends on you. After all, the best advice in the world is useless if you don't follow it.
But, if you’re willing to change your attitude, change your actions and persist for at least 21 days -- the time it takes to form a new habit, according to many self-development experts -- you can find yourself in a new and better job by February 1.
Here are two paths to that new job you've resolved to get this new year:
1) Start Where You Are
If you've ever read Russell Conwell's "Acres of Diamonds," you know that riches may be hiding right under your feet (and if you haven't read it, go Google it now).
Most folks who resolve to find a better job do so without first taking a long, unbiased look around their own workplace. But wait -- your dream job might be found at your current employer! All it takes is a little imagination to uncover it.
Example: Years ago I worked with Jane, who dreamed of becoming a graphic designer. But she was an administrative assistant. Did she despair or bemoan her lot in life? No. She got busy hanging around with graphic designers, learning the software, taking on small projects, demonstrating her skills, until one day -- presto! She was promoted to graphic designer.
You can do this, too, and work your way into almost any job, in almost any industry. Why not have a meeting with your boss this week and discuss your plans? If you get an encouraging response, get busy learning the skills you'll need. If you meet with resistance, then you can start looking for a new employer.
But you'll never know if your dream job lies hidden just a few cubicles away unless you look around ... and ask around.
2) Take Small Steps
Just as you can't lose 24 pounds in one day, don't resolve to find your dream job in 24 hours or even 24 days. Unrealistic deadlines produce more frustration than results.
Instead, try small, incremental steps.
After all, you didn't gain all those extra pounds overnight, did you? No. It happened over time, almost imperceptibly. An extra helping of pancakes here, an ice cream sundae there, a few missed trips to the gym and, before you knew it, your pants no longer fit.
Example: By asking yourself one small question every day, such as, “If finding a new job were my top priority, what would I be thinking and doing now?” you can train your subconscious mind to deliver useful answers, because the brain loves questions.
For your job search, try taking one small action every day, such as calling one relative or old friend for a networking conversation. At the end of 30 days, you'll have made about 25 more call than most other job seekers, and you'll be that much closer to your dream job.
So, start where you are and take small steps toward a new job today. Before you know it, you could be doing work you really love.
Happy New Year!
Kevin Donlin is President of Guaranteed Resumes. Since 1996, he and his team have provided resumes, cover letters and online job-search assistance to clients in all 50 states and 23 countries. Kevin has been interviewed by USA Today, CBS MarketWatch, The Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly, CBS Radio, and many others. For more information, click HERE.
A Great Article About Success. This excellent article by Jim Rohn (one of my favorite authors) explains how to become one of those “lucky” people who always seem to get ahead. To read it, click on: It Is a Challenge to Succeed
Are you a "Survivor" fan? If you are (heck, even if you are not), you'll enjoy this article by guest author Carol McClelland. In it, she explains that, just as Yul Kwon used strategy to win "Survivor," he--and you--can use a strategy to figure out what you want to do with your career and life. To read it, click on: Survivor Winner, Yul Kwon: $1 Million Richer, But Still Searching for His True Calling
Videos. Here are a couple of videos you’ll want to check out:
Get a Human!. Don't you just hate it when you call a company for assistance, get a recorded message, have to play their stupid numbers game (you know, "Press 1 for Englies; Press 4 for New Accounts; Press 7 for Anger Management..."), and can't get a real, live human on the line to help you? You're not alone. This is such a common complaint that a website has been created to solve it! It lists most major companies and explains exactly what to do to get a human to help you. Here's the link (you'll want to bookmark this one!): GetHuman.com.
Learn as if you were to live forever."
There was a man who worked for the Post Office whose job it was to process all the mail that had illegible addresses. One day a letter came addressed in shaky handwriting to God with no actual address.
The man decided to open it to see what it was about. The letter read:
"Dear God, I am an 86 year old widow, living on a very small pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had $100 in it, which was all the Money I had until my next pension check.
“Next Sunday is Christmas. I had invited two of my friends over for dinner. Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with. I have no family to turn to, and you are my only hope.
“Can you please help me?
The postal worker was touched. He showed the letter to all the other workers. Each one dug into his or her wallet and came up with a few dollars. By the time he made the rounds, he had collected $96!
He put the money into an envelope and sent it to the woman.
The rest of the day, all the workers felt a warm glow thinking of Edna and the dinner she would be able to share with her friends.
Christmas came and went.
A few days later, another letter came from the same old lady to God. All the workers gathered around while the letter was opened.
"Dear God, How can I ever thank you enough for what you did for me? Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a glorious dinner for my friends. We had a very nice day and I told my friends of your wonderful gift.
“By the way, there was $4 missing.
“I think it must have been those bums at the Post Office.”
Bonus "For Laughs" Item: This is something I wrote for a different website, so it's "off topic." But maybe you'll enjoy it--my somewhat twisted rewrite of a classic Christmas poem: Click here: 'Twas the Blog Before Christmas.
I Hereby Resolve To Make 2007
If you found out you only had one more year to live, what would you do?
I saw that question asked in an online discussion forum recently. Many people answered with variations of “I’d work long and hard to make sure my family would be financially secure after I was gone.”
Around the same time, I read an article about a survey of 500 people in their 80s and 90s that asked what they wished they had done differently during their lifetime. You know how many said they wished they had worked longer or harder? Zero.
Most regretted that they didn’t spend more time with their families, didn’t travel more, didn’t do more of the things they love to do.
Here’s my two cents’ worth… If you want to make sure your family is financially secure after you’re gone, buy life insurance. Don’t spend more time at work. Spend more time with them. Don’t put off traveling or other things you love.
Get off your butt and finally do all the things you’ve always wanted to do.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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