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Job Tip #11 | Focus On Small Opportunities to…

21 Jan
  • Find small ways to differentiate yourself from your colleagues (or competitors).
  • Create results and successes for yourself, your manager, your department, and your company.
  • Improve what you can easily improve.
  • Be the first to volunteer for those not so glamorous projects.
  • Help your manager stand out or be successful.
  • Network face to face – from top to bottom and from side to side.
  • Recognize and promote other people successes and accomplishments as well as your own.
  • Show you care – you really care!
  • Learn and develop new job skills and build on existing talents.
  • Take (calculated) risks.

What do you say? Please share your thoughts in the comments …

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Marvin Wilson is a professional resume writer and job search coach for CareerSyntax.com. He is dedicated to helping job seekers & employers connect. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/MarvinWilson. You should Become a Fan at http://www.facebook.com/CoachM

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Job Tip #8 | Focus: Ask Yourself This Question “What’s the One Thing…?”

12 Jan

Not all actions bring about the same results.

Some actions may negatively influence your career and life while other actions may positively influence them. In this article I encourage you to determine what positive action you can take today to move you one step closer to career and personal success.

So as you move forward in 2010 and beyond ask yourself this question at the beginning of each day:

What’s the ONE thing I can do TODAY that will move me closer to accomplishing my career goals?

This question is really important for a number of reasons.

  • It gets the “wheels” turning in your head for positive actions you can take today, right now.
  • It weeds out the unimportant junk that only creates busyness (or noise) instead of creating value for your employer or creating portable equity for your personal brand.
  • It helps build tenacity or becomes a tool for removing barriers that hinder success.
  • It keeps you focused on the big picture.

Once you have decided on what the one thing is, you can then take action.

Your goals could be anything ranging from learning a new job skill to starting your own business.

And your actions could be anything as simple as making a to-do list to making that much needed phone call to a new contact.

Again, it’s important to first determine what that one thing is and then take action. The snowballing effect of doing the one thing daily builds momentum and moves you closer to your goals.  Thus, your success is inevitable.

And think about this.

There are 365 days in a year, correct? So, if you ask yourself this question every day of the year and act on it, you would have taken at least 365 steps toward achieving your goals.

That’s 365 steps to move you closer toward career, financial, and personal success. Awesome!

What do you say? Please share your thoughts in the comments …

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Marvin Wilson is a professional resume writer and job search coach for CareerSyntax.com.  He is dedicated to helping job seekers & employers connect. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/MarvinWilson. You should Become a Fan at http://www.facebook.com/CoachM

Job Tip #6 | How to Grow as a Leader.

20 Dec

What Do You Do to Grow as a Leader?
(Not necessary in this order)

1.  You ask questions
2.  You listen
3.  You engage
4.  You provide feedback
5.  You take action
6.  You show recognition
7.  You empathize
8.  You contribute
9.  You encourage
10. You empower

What are your thoughts?

Marvin Wilson is a professional resume writer and job search coach for CareerSyntax.com.  He is dedicated to helping job seekers & employers connect. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/MarvinWilson. You should Become a Fan at http://www.facebook.com/CoachM

Job Tip #4 | Eight Reasons Why Good Is Never Good Enough and Why You Must Always Do Better

10 Jun

Recently, Tim Tymchyshyn, asked the following question on LinkedIn Answers:  “Why is it never good enough, even when you can’t do better?”

I received Best Answer for this question and thought I might share it with you.

At first glance this question seems easy to answer. But after considering the question I realize the difficulty of answering it.  But it’s a great question and in the end, I believe answering it will help make you and me a greater success.

In this case I’m assuming the word “it” refers to the word “good.” In other words, the question could have be phrased, “Why is good never good enough, even when you can’t do better?”

Here are my eight reasons why doing good is never enough:

  1. It is never good enough because when it becomes good enough you start doing mediocre work.
  2. It is never good enough because it REALLY can be improved upon. If not by you then by someone else.
  3. It is never good enough because you are only as good as your last project.
  4. It is never good enough because someone (your competitor) is always on the sideline waiting for you to give up or not perform at your best.
  5. It is never good enough because someone’s life or livelihood might depend on it.
  6. It is never good enough because when you concede that it is good, then your mind stops searching for ways to make it better.
  7. It is never good enough because you might be limited by the tools used to complete the project or job.
  8. It is never good enough because your subordinates might not be good enough and that limits you and/or your department.

That being said, do the best you can with the tools and staff you have. If you need help, then ask. But be certain you have indeed done the best you can because so much depends on it and so many are depending on you!

And when you are all finished and have done well (good), ask yourself the following question:

“What is the ONE thing I can do to make this the best work I can?”

Share your thoughts below.

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Marvin Wilson is a professional resume writer and job search coach for CareerSyntax.com.  He is dedicated to helping job seekers & employers connect. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/MarvinWilson. You can also connect with Marvin Wilson on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/MarvinWilson