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Job Tip #14 | Ask Intelligent Questions

17 Mar

Do you ask intelligent questions during your job search interviews?

People determine your intelligence by the questions you ask, not by the answers you give during job interviews.

Try this:

  • Make a list of 7 intelligent questions to ask during your job interviews.
  • Find a way to ask these questions during the interview.
  • Make sure your timing is right for each question.

Now, try this:

What do you think. Add your thoughts below.

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Marvin Wilson is a freelance 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 and  you should Become a Fan at http://www.facebook.com/CoachM

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Job Tip #12 | Use Common Courtesy: Say Thank You and Please

27 Jan

Quite often I get requests from people asking me to review their resume, LinkedIn profile, visit and read their blog, etc. While I can sometimes be quite busy, I don’t mind. It’s cool seeing what other people are doing in their career. And it’s cool helping people succeed.

The funny thing is though.

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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

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

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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 #3 | Top Seven Reasons Why You Should Take Control of Your Life at Work

29 Apr

(Note: This article has been modified since it was lasted posted on April 29, 2009)

“… In the years to come you will find yourselves up against gods of all sorts, big and little gods, corporate and incorporeal gods, all of them demanding to be worshiped and obeyed—the myriad deities of money and power, of convention and custom, that will seek to limit and control your thoughts and lives. Defy them; that’s my advice to you. Thumb your noses; cock your snooks. For, as the myths tell us, it is by defying the gods that human beings have best expressed their humanity.” – Salman Rushdie, writer (As quoted in Success: Advice for Achieving Your Goals from Remarkably Accomplished People, edited by J. Pincott)

In job tip #1 I suggested that you may want to start your own business and create wealth for yourself and your family and gain more control over your life.

In this tip I am suggesting that you think differently about your relationship with your employer, specifically the managers that manage your department or company.

So if you decided not to start your own business and work for someone else, that’s fine. But if you must work for someone else please understand this:

Your employer is only hiring you, he/she’s not buying you! Therefore, he/she doesn’t own you.

No matter how much he tries to convince you otherwise.

That’s right. We’re talking about a mutual business relationship here.

Never give an employer, manager, or anyone for that matter, authority over your life. Your first priority should always be to youself and your family. In other words, what’s in the best interest of you and your family first, then what’s in the best interest of your employer.

Now that doesn’t mean you won’t be loyal to your employers and their managers. It just means that managers and employers have their proper place in your life.

You have to stand up for yourself. You can never let someone hinder your success at work or control the quality of your life at home or at work.

Too often I’ve seen the stress, hurt, and frustration managers have caused their employees by dictating to them what they can and can’t do in their own lives.

Now let’s look at what happens when you take control of your life at work:

  1. You build your self-confidence.
  2. You decrease your work related stress levels.
  3. You self esteem will increase, resulting in your being more productive and successful.
  4. Your managers will respect you more and understand you can’t be manipulated and controlled.
  5. You do those things that matters most to you and your family. Thus you enjoy life more.
  6. You regain control of your life at home and at work.
  7. More importantly, you express your humanity.

Working for someone doesn’t mean giving up control of your life. Work for you should be a means to an end. And that’s to make a living.

Now, go take control of your life at home and at work and be successful and remarkable!

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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