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Job Seeker Holiday Tips! 3 Gifts to Give Yourself

Job Seeker Holiday Tips!Welcome to this week's career blog post. My hope is to give the Job Seeker Holiday Tips! Tools to help each of you through the holiday season with encouragement.The holiday season is a joyous time for so many friends and family members around the globe. However, for the many job seekers and their families, the holiday season is bittersweet, a sad time. Today I am writing to all, including those folks in the grieving process after losing a job or the loss of loved one or maybe you were caught in the floods or fire and lost your home.   If you are interested in having career blogs sent directly to your email box, I welcome you to sign up for your FREE job tips on my website JustResumesUSA.com.

 

Below are Beautiful Job Seeker Holiday Tips! These Tips are Both Simple and Powerful!

The 3 gifts the job seeker and everyone around the globe can give to yourself through the holidays:

  1. Identify the things that cause you stress and the things that cause you joy.
  2. Write 5 things you enjoy doing.
  3. Write 10 things you are grateful for in your life.

 

Tip #1: Job Seeker Holiday Tips!

 

 Identify the things that cause you stress and the things that cause you joy.

Keep a journal in 2 columns as you identify what causes you stress and joy. One column is titled “Stress.” The second column is titled “Joy.” Look at the list of what causes you stress to see if you can eliminate any or all of these stresses so you can focus on what causes you joy.

 

Tip #2 Job Seeker Holiday Tips!

 

Write 5 things you enjoy. After writing 5 things you enjoy, commit to doing at least 2 of them by a certain date

 

Tip #3 Job Seeker Holiday Tips!
 

Write 10 things you are grateful for in your life. For example, you could be grateful being a part of the dream team when you were working at your last job. Or the time spent with a loved one before they passed. Establish an attitude of gratitude by keeping a journal of 10 things you are grateful for.  Do this daily to get into the habit of focusing on the positive aspects of your life.

 

It’s is helpful to understand something that I learned and have experienced after I was downsized from my dream job several years ago. Job Seeker Holiday Tips!And, more recently experienced the biggest losses in my life when my mom and my child both passed last summer. Here it is… "Whatever is in your thoughts is what you will bring into your life. The universe or whatever your faith is, ALWAYS says “Yes” to what you want by the thoughts you are thinking."

 

I encourage you to follow these Job Seeker Holiday tips! Write comments and share your stories to help our readers. Remember to sign up for FREE tips on my website and these blogs will be sent to your email box. Sign up at JustResumesUSA.com. Stay tuned…

 

Kim Marino is nationally published author of 6 resume career books and Founder of JustResumesUSA.com and CareerCoachKim.com. As a 30-year veteran of the Outplacement Industry, her expertise is noted for writing professional resumes and coaching motivated professionals prepare for the interview, job searching, social networking, network building and salary negotiating.  She speaks as a subject matter expert on national television and featured on individual and 26-city radio author tours nationwide.  Kim Marino helps her clients realize their full potential with vision, passion and purpose.

More Holiday Myth Busters! The Truth about your Holiday Job Search

Holiday Job SeaechHere we are folks, entering the Holiday Job Search season in 2013. Can you believe how time flies by so fast. This week I’m writing about one of my favorite holiday myth busters, Holiday Job Search success story and many job search tips . I will continue to write holiday tips and success stories throughout November and December. So, remember to sign up for FREE tips on my website and these blogs will be sent to your email box. Sign up at JustResumesUSA.com. Below are important questions and answers you need to consider for your Holiday Job Search.

 

1. True or False? “No one hires in December and why?”

  • Are you thinking, "No Holiday Job Search for me, no way, no how, waste of time. No one hires this time of year." Think again! This is False! Studies show the following response to advertising …

Holiday Job Search reduces your competition by 75%.

  • This means the employers working through the holidays will suddenly be available and will be happy to have time to engage with you. Many great companies have a “Use it or lose it budget.”

  • And, if the company has a need and you’re the right fit, consider this …

During the Holiday Job Search, managers can write you into their budget right away.

2. Will you share with us your best networking TIPS for the holiday season?

  • This is a great question. Have your networking business cards available at a moment’s notice. Remember, you’ll be seeing many family members and friends you may only see once a year. With Holiday Job Search networking, it’s not who you know, it’s who they know that is most likely where you’ll land a job or the gain the contact that will lead you to a great job.
  • Bring your networking cards to holiday parties in order to follow up, contact and/or meet for coffee or lunch after the first of the year. Many companies invite their customers and vendors to holiday parties.
  • Drop a networking card in your Christmas or Hanukkah card with a note expressing companies of interest to you.
  • Volunteer for a worthy cause or children’s group. This is a great time and place to connect with people through the holidays. Holiday Job Search

3. Please share one of your favorite networking stories you’ve experienced with your own clients. I have many client success stories of Holiday Job Search and landing jobs through the holiday season. Here’s one of my favorite…

  • This is the story of a Kevin going through a career change. Kevin lived in a small town in the Midwest. He was in high-end retail sales management for many years. He discovered his passion was helping people in health care after taking care of his grandfather at his home.

When I met Kevin, he had just completed a 6-week Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program. So I wrote Kevin a professional resume focused on his internship and training as a CNA. He told me about a holiday party coming up the following weekend. We discussed bringing networking cards focused on his new career and the Holiday Job Search. At the party, he met an old high school buddy he hadn’t seen in years who was now the Human Resources Director at the local hospital. Kevin was excited. He brought his new resume to the interview the following Monday and got hired as a CNA at the local hospital. He was so happy as he told me he was starting his new career the following week. This all happened in less than 2-weeks. Timing is everything and the Holiday Job Search is the right time for you too.

I want to encourage you to follow these tips, write comments and share your stories to help our readers. Again I will continue to write Holiday Job Search tips throughout November and December. So, remember to sign up for FREE tips on my website and these blogs will be sent to your email box. Sign up at JustResumesUSA.com. Stay tuned…

 

Kim Marino is nationally published author of 6 career books and Founder of JustResumesUSA.com and CareerCoachKim.com. As a 30-year veteran of the Outplacement Industry, her expertise is noted for writing professional resumes and coaching motivated professionals prepare for the interview, job searching, social media networking, network building and salary negotiating.  She speaks as a subject matter expert on national television and featured on individual and 26-city radio author tours nationwide.  Kim Marino helps her clients realize their full potential with vision, passion and purpose.

 

One of many lessons I learned from my son, Max

MaxMy vision started pulling me many years ago (long before I was aware) when I had a fear of public speaking. You see the companies I wanted to work for told me it was required to facilitate workshops first in order to be a coach. It was common in the industry. So for a long time I just didn’t bother applying for the jobs when I learned this. Can you relate?

Later, whenever I saw a trainer position available, it would jump out at me. It would give me a nudge. I noticed it, but I wouldn’t pay attention to it because it required getting up in front of a group. Eventually, I would land the interviews and sabotage each one over and over and over again. I would start out doing great in the interview. When the interviewer started describing the job to me and I saw myself standing in front of a group of people, the fear would overcome me with an internal panic and I would sabotage the interview. It was very subtle. I didn’t even know I doing this. However, I do remember thinking back in 1995 over 15 years ago “I not going to get up in front of that group.”

Today, I know there was clearly something trying to emerge from within my soul. My passion, my purpose. What I didn’t realize was I was in an internal war between my EGO and my soul’s purpose, my true vision, my destiny.

My coach, Derek Rydall says there’s an old saying “The pain pushes until the vision pulls what’s to emerge from inside you.

What pain challenged and pushed me to overcome this fear was when my son, Max got Ewings Sarcoma Bone Cancer. He was only 7 years old.  Max already had Cerebral Palsy, severe.  He was a beautiful, happy child who had special needs and was paraplegic. Max was the love of my life. “I remember thinking, my God, what lesson am I supposed to learn this time?”

After one year of helping my son fight cancer, I had a story to tell … a story to help others overcome fears during life's most difficult challenges. This experience not only eliminated my fear of public speaking, it launched my career as a facilitator, trainer, teacher and coach. How? I went through something so much bigger than my fear of public speaking. I went from being shy to being an advocate.

"Max was a fighter with a strong will to live. He taught me how to be fearless. I knew nothing I could ever go through could be as difficult.”

When did your vision start pulling and tugging at you? Who is the Max in your life? 

Think about a time in your life, whether it’s now or in the past, when you were stuck and someone or something challenged you to look at your situation differently. WHAT’S YOUR PAIN? What's holding you back from living your dreams, your goals, your life’s True Vision, your destiny? There’s a reason you are in this world. You have a purpose. If you didn’t have a reason for being here with a message, you wouldn’t have been born.

Max had many miracles in this world. He beat the odds over and over and over again. Up until now. Max passed away recently. He was 22 years old. I am so proud of Max. He made me who I am today. I am grateful I was chosen to be the one with him the last 4 days of this life.

Max has been a teacher of patience, courage, strength and determination to never give up throughout his life!

He continues through his legacy in the hearts of so many including the 200+ people whom attended his Memorial Service and loved him dearly. He came here to earth's stage with a message to help others and left earth's stage when his mission was fulfilled. I am blessed to be his mom.

For information on life coaching contact Kim Marino, Certified Life Coach, 970-672-8476 or Kim@CoachKimMarino.com

 

The Executive Leader’s Toolbox: Creating an Inner Circle?

Inner CircleThe Leader's Toolbox: Creating an Inner Circle!

 

Are you in executive leadership? Have you thought about the people in your inner circle? Who are they? What are their characteristics?  It’s a process to intentionally create your inner circle. You can start where you are right now. Be clear of what you need.  Do you need a mentor? You can be good on your own. No one does anything great alone.

Be strategic in creating your inner circle using the following guidelines

  1. Do they have high influence with others?
  2. Do they bring a complimentary gift to the table?
  3. Do they hold a strategic position in your organization?
  4. Do they add value to you and the organization?

Always look for people in your inner circle with competence, character, and chemistry.

Be aware of expectations. Are the people in your inner circle in harmony with your expectations? If so, you’ll be inspired. If not, it will be disharmony and will drain you. Below are four pointers to help you stay in harmony with the right people for your inner circle.

 

  1. Continue to improve your inner circle. Everyone around you needs to be on a journey of growth. If you have an inner circle member who is not improving for the sake of you, your inner circle and your entire team; it’s time to make a change.
  1. Be prepared to be an inner circle member for someone else.
  1. Prepare a lesson outline on the following: Being prepared to be an inner circle member for a great leader, so that once asked, you are ready.
  1. Outline why this is good for you and how you will follow the guidelines above.

 

If you hear others say any of the following statements, this is a good time to lead them to the principal of creating an inner circle:

“I have a good team but there isn’t any true sense of ownership,”  “Why is it that I’m the only one coming up with new ideas?” Or, “I feel like all of the weight of this thing is on me!”

For more tips on executive leadership, resumes, or career coaching for executives, veterans, or military personnel, stay tuned!

By Kim Marino

970-672-8476