Pick The Right Climate

On April 9, 2014, in job hunting, by Rogue Recruiter

If you are looking to move from one location to another there are many, many things to consider. Perhaps too many. You are probably trying to think about places you want to be, what kind of house you want to live in, what kinds of jobs are available, and what kinds of activities and clubs there are to spend time doing away from work. These are all important things to consider before you commit to a move.

However, one vital thing you may not have thought about in this process is climate.  Like snow… welcome to most of Canada but not Vancouver.  Vacillating between  snow and sandy beaches… welcome to Los Angeles {where great ski hills are just a few hours drive up in to the Rocky Mountains and the Santa Monica Pier with all its miles of sandy beach is down the street }. 

It may sounds simple, but you will enjoy your new location much more if it is in a climate that you can handle and enjoy. Even the best home and job will not be as great if they are located in a climate that you do not like. But you know what, considering climate is something most people never consider.

So, what kind of climate would be perfect for you and your family? Are there certain climates that you should avoid as you make a move? If you are unsure of how to answer these questions, try instead to answer these more basic questions first.

  1. What kind of weather do you most enjoy spending time in?
  2. Is it important to you to find a climate that allows you to be outside everyday?
  3. Do you enjoy a climate that includes all four seasons or do you prefer a more consistent climate?

Answering questions like these about climate will help to narrow down the range of possible places that will fit your job and recreation goals. Crossing off possible locations based on climate saves you time and energy from searching out jobs in areas that you will not enjoy living in.

If you have been offered a specific job in a location that has a climate you are unsure about, think about all of the activities you can do

LA Skyline - Wikipedia Photo

LA Skyline – Wikipedia Photo

in that climate. Are you headed to a place with five months of heavy snow and you are unsure of how you will like it? Check out your options in that location. Maybe there will be a snowboarding class you can take or a group of ice fishermen that you can join. Warmer climates will offer plenty of ways to explore the outdoors.

Regardless of what climate you are moving to, you can make the best of it by looking for fun ways to make the most of the area. Enjoying the possibilities that climate allows will make your search for the perfect location to settle in much easier.

 

 

Overcoming Career Obstacles In Spite Of Disability

On April 7, 2014, in job hunting, by Rogue Recruiter
President Franklin Roosevelt, contracted polio in 1921, when he was 39. He used a wheelchair, and metal braces helped him stand.

President Franklin Roosevelt

Is your disability a reason not to aspire to great success in your career, great achievements, and overall fulfillment?

Absolutely not!   

There are some severely handicapped individuals who are incredibly successful and have attained prominent roles in politics, business and the sports arena. Some of these prominent people, you may find out, have even more severe handicaps than you and come from a more disadvantaged background than you. So what enabled them to get to the top? It all starts with having the right frame of mind. It means having your focus on the right target, concentrating on possibilities and opportunities rather than on impossibilities and barriers.

It is true that you are facing some significant challenges, but so did these other successful individuals, some more, and some less. The fact is, all jobseekers have some obstacles to overcome, whether or not they have a disability. At some time or another, we all face setbacks and barriers that bring us to a crossroad in the pursuit of a career. This crossroad will cause you either to retreat or proceed. How will you react?

Bethany Hamilton - one armed surfer girl

Bethany Hamilton – surfer

That’s why you need a research-based job market strategy, that enables you set realistic job market activity goals. This strategy will enable you to create an effective plan for creatively managing your disability when packaging yourself to employers. It will also provide you with key information on where and how to locate jobs that are appropriate for you.

When faced with such a career crossroad moment, you will need to take an honest look at your current aspirations and how realistic they are in comparison to the job market.   Blaming the wrong thing is a common factor that unfortunately blinds a lot of job seekers to the real reasons why they’re experiencing challenges in trying to achieve their job goal.

That’s why you need a research-based job market strategy that enables you set realistic job search activity goals. This strategy will enable you to create an effective plan for creatively managing your disability when packaging yourself to employers. It will also provide you with key information on where and how to locate jobs that are appropriate for you.

Stephen_Hawking

Stephen Hawking – author

However, do note that there is a process to job market success and the proper implementation of your job market strategy depends entirely on how well informed you are of this process.

Mastering this process will enable you develop the lifetime skills required to achieve any job goal you desire. So to put yourself on the right track, start off by taking listening to the FREE audio, “Guerrilla Job Search Secrets Revealed “,  available to the right of this screen.  It’ll help you determine your current level of job market readiness.

Go Guerrilla Go!

David Perry

 

 

Outwitting the Job Market Over the Long Term – Part 3

On April 6, 2014, in job hunting, by Rogue Recruiter

LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES BOTH WITHIN YOUR COMPANY AND BEYOND

If you’ve been in your job for at least a year, a promotion isn’t the only path toward career advancement. Applying for and landing an internal job of higher rank and responsibility is another way of getting ahead. Most companies will pick qualified internal candidates over qualified external ones. Beware, however, of applying for an internal position if you haven’t spent at least twelve months in your present job. While companies are partial to internal candidates, they don’t want someone who will leapfrog from one position to another.

Take a gander at the new openings at your company frequently. Better yet, look for a suitable internal job before it’s publicized. Sometimes, you’ll get a heads-up through word of mouth or office gossip. From there, it’s a matter of speaking to the HR person responsible for filling that position.

While applying for an internal position is a perfectly legitimate means of career advancement, don’t hide your intentions from your boss. He’ll probably find out down the road, through a human resources person or another employee, so you might as well be up-front from the get-go. Also, while it’s acceptable to apply for one or two positions, don’t apply for every opening under the sun. For one thing, human resources won’t take you seriously. And for another, your lack of specificity will signify that you don’t have direction. It’s much better to wait until the right opening comes.

While looking for opportunities internally is important, don’t ignore the opportunities that exist outside of your company. If you successfully used a recruiter in the past, let him know if and when you are about to begin another job search. It’s also a good idea to keep your resume available on at least one employment site in case another company wants to contact you about an open position. Just don’t make your resume too available. If you’ve plastered it all over Monster, HotJobs, and various other job sites, there’s a chance your present employer will notice. Getting caught in the act of looking for an outside job is akin to unofficially declaring your decision to leave the company-something you might not be prepared to do.

NEVER STOP NETWORKING

Just because you are happily employed doesn’t mean you should halt your networking efforts. In fact, the best time to network is probably when you are comfortably situated in a job. That way, you won’t be saddled with the weight of a job search or unemployment. Also, you’ll be able to talk freely with your contacts without having to ask them for favors. As mentioned in chapter 3, it’s important to communicate with your contacts regularly, not just when you need their advice or assistance.

Keep track of your contacts and how often you communicate with them. It’s easy to let months, and even years, pass in between phone calls and e-mails. And the more time that elapses, the harder it is to reestablish contact. Use a calendar, planner, or personal digital assistant to help you organize your correspondence. And don’t forget your Rolodex or address book. Keep it updated with the correct phone numbers and e-mail and mailing addresses of each of your contacts.

If you have a long contact list but little time, try to prioritize. Be sure to make time to see in person those contacts who are most important to you. For acquaintances or casual contacts, the occasional e-mail or phone call is an acceptable alternative to a face-to-face meal or coffee break.

While keeping up-to-date with old contacts is crucial to networking, so too is meeting new people. Your new job will mean lots of fresh faces, so don’t be shy about introducing yourself. Stop and chat with your new coworkers at company-sponsored parties. Go for drinks or dinner with your department. If your company sponsors an employee sports team or weekend activity that doesn’t interfere with more important obligations, sign up.

If your company doesn’t offer many opportunities for socializing, invent your own. Ask a few of your coworkers to your house for a dinner party. If time permits, organize a trip to the movies, bowling alley, local watering hole, or a concert. If you want to organize a larger event or to start a club or a sports team, speak to human resources before you forge ahead. You may need the department’s consent and to follow a certain protocol. Nevertheless, human resources personnel are thrilled when employees think of new and innovative ways to bolster company morale. Most will be happy to oblige.

Finally, remember that networking will benefit you throughout your career. According to a recent poll conducted by the Society of Human Resources Management and the Wall Street Journal’s Career Journal, the percentage of jobseekers who rate networking as an effective job search tactic was 78 percent. Referrals from employees also ranked high at 65 percent. Obviously, when it comes to finding jobs and advancing in your career, the more people you know, the better off you’ll be.

 

 

Outwitting the Job Market Over the Long Term – Part 2

On April 5, 2014, in job hunting, by Rogue Recruiter

STAY ON GOOD TERMS WITH YOUR BOSS

Your boss is the person who will recommend you for a promotion, if the opportunity arises. For this reason and for many others, staying on good terms with her is imperative. Put time and effort into the relationship. Try to think from your boss’s perspective. What drives her? How does she do her job? And more importantly, what can you do to make her job easier? If there’s an important project in the works, for example, don’t hesitate to put in extra hours. Do the bureaucratic tasks that you know your boss detests. Come in early and stay late to make sure you’re always available should your boss need you. If you can lighten her workload in a helpful rather than invasive way, you will make yourself more valuable. In fact, if you can become indispensable to your boss, she will bring you up with her if she is promoted.

But what can you do if, despite your best efforts, your relationship with your boss isn’t working out? One account manager describes his difficult experiences with his former manager. He says, “My boss and I were actually competing for the attentions of his supervisor. My boss’s boss had taken a liking to me and had even given me some of the important duties that would normally have been my boss’s domain. There was some rivalry there, even though I didn’t want there to be. I spoke with my boss about improving our relationship. I thought we could meet once a week for a lunch meeting, just the two of us, to sort of mend our working relationship. But he was opposed to all my suggestions-perhaps he felt threatened-and I realized I would probably need to move on.” As this example indicates, not every relationship can be saved. If you’ve been consistently passed over for promotions, if you’ve been in the same job for a few years despite prospects of upward mobility, if relations between you and your boss are consistently tense or uncomfortable, it may be time to explore other horizons.

If you like your company, one option would be a lateral move. If you take a job at the same level, but with a boss who likes you on a personal level, your chances of promotion will be much greater. Of course, you can also look for employment outside the company.

SPEAK TO THOSE WHO HAVE SUCCEEDED

In your company, or perhaps in your industry in general, you have no doubt encountered people whose work ethic or management style you respect and admire. How did they get to where they are today? What paths did they take? And how do they stay at the top of their game? No matter what level you’re at in your company, speak to those people whose abilities, skills, or drive you can learn from. You can do so informally. Sit with them in the company cafeteria. Introduce yourself after a company-wide meeting. Send e-mails asking if you can stop by their offices. Or you can take a more formal approach and ask for brief informational sessions. Either way, by listening to and learning from others, you can cultivate your own professional growth.

By the same token, you may be the person whom others are seeking out. If there are people at your company whom you can encourage and assist, reach out to them. The more friendships you forge, the more benefits-personal and professional-you will reap.

EXCEED EXPECTATIONS

Above and beyond your job description, what else can you be doing to make the most of your position? Complete the tasks expected of you, then strive to do more. An administrative assistant at a nonprofit organization was eager to showcase his technical skills, which he seldom used on the job. When the nonprofit organization decided to replace its outmoded computers, he volunteered to head up a task force to refurbish the old computers and donate them to a local public high school. “Everyone was impressed by my initiative and my sense of giving. I volunteered my time after work because I believed in the cause. But a perk was that my coworkers and superiors noticed that I was really good with technology.”

There are many ways to make your mark at work. Volunteer to do something small, like record the minutes of a company meeting. Better yet, tackle a larger problem. Organize a team dedicated to finding a solution for a persistent company problem, or volunteer to complete an unpopular, but high-profile assignment. Consistently go the extra mile, as long as doing so doesn’t interfere with your regular workload. Your leadership abilities won’t be lost on those around you.

 

 

Outwitting the Job Market Over the Long Term – Part 1

On April 3, 2014, in job hunting, by Rogue Recruiter

You’ve found a great job, and you have every right to celebrate. Go out on the town. Eat a good meal with your friends. Make a toast to your own future. Just don’t forget that while you’ve outwitted the job market in the short term, you’ll have to keep your eye on the long term market too. That’s right, outwitting the job market is actually a career-long pursuit. As long as you’re in the workplace, you’ll have to plot and strategize ways of staying ahead. Fortunately, this isn’t as hard as it sounds. The tips below are a good starting point for taking advantage of the opportunities your new job will offer-and creating a few opportunities of your own.

UNDERGO REGULAR CAREER SELF-APPRAISALS

You go to the doctor once a year for a complete physical examination; why not undergo an annual career examination too? The self-appraisal is a way to take stock of your continuing career-related achievements and goals. At least once a year, write down a list of the skills and experiences you hope to be gleaning from your job and where you want to be in the coming year. By comparing this list to what is actually happening, you will be able to determine the rate of your professional growth. If your job is helping you to achieve most of your desired career goals, then you know you are making good progress. If, however, there are sizable discrepancies between your “wish list” and your “reality list” over a reasonably long period of time, you may want to consider renewing your job search efforts.

One management consultant says she takes off a personal day every six months specifically for the purpose of self-appraisal. “I usually spend the day outdoors, in a park or hiking. I take my list with me. Away from work and the usual interruptions at home, I’m able to be more objective. I can be honest with myself about where my job is going, where I want to be, and whether those two directions dovetail.”

Thinking long-term doesn’t hurt, either. Where do you want to be in your career in five, ten, or twenty years? What can you do now to ready yourself for these goals? Considering the distant as well as immediate future can help you to make important decisions regarding your career. Explains a thirty-one-year-old professional who works for a prominent accounting company: “I have a rough idea of where I want to be, using age as a scale. I want to be in a management role by the age of thirty-five, for example. If I’m not there in a few years, I have to assess some things. Why am I not getting promoted? Am I not performing up to the [necessary] level? Or is the company overlooking me because of something beyond my control? [If this is the case,] I’ll have to find another company to stay on track.” For this employee, as well as for many others, short- and long-term career appraisals are a regular part of work life.

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR PERFORMANCE REVIEWS

Many employers, especially large corporations, consider job performance reviews a standard part of the cycle. Once every six months, or once a year, your boss and sometimes your peers and subordinates too, will review your on-the-job performance based on competencies such as leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities. You will be graded, in a sense, the same way you were graded in school.

It’s natural to balk at the thought of performance reviews. Yet if you choose to ignore them, you will also be ignoring their impact on your career prospects. Indeed, performance reviews are often weighted heavily when promotion time and raise discussions come around. If you’re serious about moving ahead in your field, don’t be passive about performance reviews. Tackle them head-on. Be gracious when your strengths are pointed out, but pay more attention to the areas that need improvement. If your supervisor says that your presentation skills are lackluster, for example, make an effort to improve them. Take a public speaking seminar; maybe your company will be willing to subsidize it. There are plenty of ways to improve perceived weaknesses in your employment performance: Read books. Take classes. Enroll in online courses. Seek the advice of those who are adept in the areas that you are trying to shape up and sharpen. In the process, be sure that your supervisor is aware of your attempts at self-improvement. Don’t assume that she is in the know and will automatically take into consideration your efforts at your next performance review.

And what about those long months between reviews? Don’t wait for your employer to initiate discussions about your job performance. Approach your boss and ask, ‘Am I working up to your expectations? Do you have any suggestions for how I can become a better employee?” Being proactive about your own improvement is a great way to get noticed for the right reasons.

And speaking of getting noticed-the next time you’re praised in an e-mail, letter, or memo, be sure to keep a copy. Keep a folder for the express purpose of collecting items that illustrate your value to the company and your continuing improvement. Keep copies of your performance reviews, too. The next time you begin a job search, this folder will help to convince future employers that you’re worth hiring.