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January 2011

Take Advantage of a Few Trends


Trend 1:

Companies are beginning to hire again.


Between November 2009 and November 2010, the total number of job openings rose 32%, according to the Labor Department.


Trend 2:

Lots of people are out there looking for jobs.  People who are unhappy with their jobs but were afraid to leave as well as the unemployed.


 Between December 2009 and December 2010, recruiters saw a 17% increase in applications per opening, according to the Corporate Executive Board.


Trend 3: 

Job boards and job postings generating thousands of unqualified applicants are being replaced by focused recruiting and increased use of social networking sites.



A  recent WSJ article stated,  "nearly 80% of respondents said they plan to increase their use of job-board alternative methods this year, such as employee referrals and other websites like Facebook  or LinkedIn".


What  can  you do today to take advantage of the trends?


Set your intention. 

What do you want now?  What is your perfect position? What five to ten companies might have that position?


Be Ready for Action. 

Get your resume current.    Does it reflect the value you bring to an organization?  Is your resume aligned with where you want to go rather than only where you've been? 


Check out your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles.  Are the keywords you're using reflective of what you want now as well as what you offer to your current or future employer?  Are your posts consistent with your professional image?


Continually nurture your personal brand. 


Get personalized mentoring and support.


It's much easier to take advantage of trends and opportunities if you're not feeling alone or overwhelmed. 


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Set Your Intention!

What exactly do we mean by INTENTION?   The working definition is "an anticipated outcome that is intended  or that guides your planned actions".     "The Act of Making a Choice"   In other words, to have in mind a purpose or a plan to direct the mind and to focus our aim.   

Lacking intention, we sometimes stray without meaning or direction. But with it, all the forces of the universe can align to make even the most impossible, possible.

Where is your focus in your life or at work right now?   Are you focused on  what you want -- your possibilities, opportunities?    Or on what’s wrong--your problems, limitations, constraints?

What do you want for yourself and your career?  Both now and into the future.

My intention is to transform the conversation around  the career of your dreams  from fear and doubt, to hope and possibility.  Consistent actions and results will follow!

Highly effective people invest little energy on their existing problem situations. Instead, they focus their attention and energy on their desired outcome or on what they want instead of their problems.  They consistently see opportunities where others don't and get through and around obstacles that may stop moderately successful individuals.

A key reason for their ability to do this is that they direct their attention and see the world from what they want  and align their energy and resources toward getting that.  This is one of the most important organizing processes you can learn.

And it can be learned.

Begin by asking yourself or others questions which direct your mind, attention, and energy from a set of obstacles to a set of choices.

Given the unknowns and sometimes craziness of life, there’s never been a more important time to have clarity and excitement about what you want and where you're going.  Setting your intention is the first step.

When should you set an intention? How about every day?  Even many times a day?  Your intention could be to work less and make more, or to find a new career that you are passionate about. It could be to get healthy and physically fit, or to spend more quality time with loved ones or alone.

What is your intention?  Are you satisfied going to work every day at a job you hate?  Isn't it time that you began doing the work that makes you want to get out of bed every morning, excited and ready to go?

What's happened to your New Years resolutions?

A week into the New Year,  only 1 of 4 people are maintaining their New Years resolutions.  That's a pretty high fail rate in only a week. 

What are the problems that make it so difficult to keep those New Years resolutions and get the results that we thought we wanted only a week earlier? 

Here are a few of the most common problems along with some suggested solutions that can help those resolutions stick.

  • You are not truly sold on the resolution.  It is something you think you SHOULD want or somebody else thinks you should want.
    • Make sure this is something YOU really want - something that is aligned with your personal values. Who can stay motivated when the going gets tough,  if having this is not something you REALLY want?
  • You didn't think about how difficult it might be to accomplish the resolution or how long it might take.
    • You need a good plan broken down into small steps.  Research has shown that it is easier to reach your goal if you have set implementation goals.
  • You underestimate and therefore don't plan for challenges and obstacles.
    • Know that there will be obstacles and challenges.  Some strategies to use as problems and challenges arise.
      • Create a list of distractions - things you can do to distract yourself when the going gets tough.
      • Decide on some rewards for meeting goals and overcoming challenges.  Reward yourself.
      • Go easy on the punishment.  We're thinking about ways to motivate yourself past an obstacle.
  • Your resolution is too abstract - not concrete.
    • Create a clear and compelling vision of what having this goal will look like, sound like, feel like.  Make it juicy and motivating.

      As you create the vision, take the time to close your eyes and see what a day in the life is like already having your goal.  What will have changed?  Notice any changes that do not resonate with your values and update your vision. 

      As you envision what a day in your life is like, having already achieved the resolution, notice what steps you took that were most productive in creating your goal.  Use those insights as you develop your plan. 

What are some problems you've experienced or are experiencing?  What creative solutions have helped you around your obstacles?