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The Leader’s Toolkit! How to Raise the Lid on Your Leadership

As a Certified John Maxwell Trainer, Teacher and Coach I work with corporate leaders, sales professionals and business owners to help them develop their leadership and communication skills so they don't struggle or burn themselves out while trying to take their teams, business and personal lives to the next level.

In leadership, whatever your abiity to lead will either be restricted or propelled by your effectiveness.

Today, I'd like to introduce you to"The Law of the Lid"  which is Law #1 from one of John Maxwell's most amazing books titled "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership." Applying the principles from "The Law of the Lid" will help YOU move closer to achieving YOUR goals in 2012. Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership. "The Law of the Lid" determines your effectiveness, your potential.

LeadershipThink about a time in your life when you were stuck and someone or something challenged your leadership and you had to look at your situation differently.

The biggest lid in my life was many years ago when I had a fear of public speaking. What challenged me to overcome this fear was when my son got Ewings Sarcoma Bone Cancer when he was only 7 years old. After one year of helping my son fight cancer, I had a story to tell … a story to help others overcome fears and stay positive during life's most difficult challenges. This experience not only eliminated my fear of public speaking, it launched my career as a 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. And, I was fearless. I knew nothing I could ever go through could be as difficult.

So, my question to you is this … WHAT'S YOUR LID? What's holding you back in your leadership, your dreams, your goals?

And, how do you increase your leadership effectiveness? Whether you're leading a large organization, a team, your business or your own life, we could spend months on this law. Here's a few great tips to begin.

1. Reflect and plan everyday. This will give you insight.

2. Invest in training, as a lifestyle.

3. Reflect on who has been the lid lifter in your life? And, what's their characteristics?

4. For some of you, it will be to make a STOP DOING list.

Think about this … if you want to be a better golfer, golf with better golfers. If you want to be a deeper thinker, meet with deeper thinkers.

Holiday Job Search and Networking Success

Holiday Job Search and NetworkingThe holiday season is approaching. Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas are just around the corner.  If you think it's time to slow down your job search, think again!

Why? There are two big reasons why you should be prepared for the Holiday Job Search and Networking. The first reason is because most job seekers are taking a break from Holiday Job Search and Networking and there is a lot less competition. The second reason is most companies are hiring through the holidays to ramp up for the first of the year. I have had many clients land interviews and receive job offers in November and December. Holiday Job Search and Networking is a great time for you to connect at party’s and gatherings with friends and family members. 

In this week's blog, I will share with you great tips on how to prepare for your Holiday Job Search and Networking. I will also share with you a couple of great client success stories.

Below are Great Tips for Your Holiday Job Search and Networking Success

Tip#1. Prepare Networking business cards and bring them with you to hand out at the Holiday parties and gatherings. For example, when you're Holiday Job Search and Networking as a sales manager, your networking business card may say “SALES MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL” with your contact information, i.e., phone number(s), email address and LinkedIn URL from your resume. I recommend going to Vistaprint.com. They print many business card styles for free. You only pay for shipping.

Tip#2. Have your 30 second commercial or elevator speech ready to connect to people through the holidays. For Holiday Job Search and Networking, your 30 second commercial will be something like this … “I’m exploring Sales Management job opportunities in the Denver market, however, I’m not just looking for a job, I’m networking, looking for contacts. Do you know anyone in the ABC industry or ABC company? May I use your name?" This way you can call and set up your own informational interviews where you may have a job created for you in the process.

During your Holiday Job Search and Networking, more people will be happy to give you contact names or  maybe even know of a job opening.

I remember working with Kevin. Kevin was in sales, however, he just completed a Nurses Aide Certification Program. We discussed Holiday Job Search and Networking. After going to a holiday party, Kevin called me to tell me he ran into an old high school friend who was now the Director of Human Resources at the local hospital in the small town where he lived.  He hadn't seen him for many years. He interviewed the following week and received a job offer.

Here’s another holiday success story with a client named Lori. She and her husband just relocated from San Francisco to Atlanta.  Lori was a Health Care Educator, by profession. We discussed the Holiday Job Search and Networking. Lori and her husband were soon invited to a holiday party. This is where she met the Director of Health Care Consulting Services for one of the big consulting firms. She had several interviews the following week and landed the job in a new profession as a Health Care Consultant.

If this can happen to Kevin and Lori, it can happen to you. Be mindful of Holiday Job Search and Networking. It's about being in the right place, at the right time. It's a great time for you to meet with people you may only see during the holidays. You’ll never know who you may run into during the holiday season.

 

I hope you found this information helpful and encourages you to prepare for your Holiday Job Search and Networking.  If you're a job seeker with a holiday success story to share, please email your story to kim@justresumesusa.com.  I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

 

Are you the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, or a business owner with the desire to transition to the corporate world.  Or, maybe you are a job seeker or know a job seeker going through career transition. If you answered yes to any one of these situations, I can help you. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition and throughout your career.

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call at 970.672.8476 or contact me through my website at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

7 Quotes of Wisdom. A Tribute to Steve Jobs!

Steve JobsWe all know Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios. And, he will be missed in so many ways by millions of people on our planet called Earth.

I would like to pay a Tribute to our greatly gifted icon and talented Human Being by writing my favorite quotes of wisdom spoken in his Commencement address. Steve Jobs delivered this speech, June 2005 at Stanford University. I am also including a link to Steve Jobs Commencement address on youtube.

 

QUOTES FROM STEVE JOBS

1. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."

2. "Don't be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people's thinking."

3. "If you live every day as if it were your last, someday you'll be right."

4. "Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice."

"AND MOST IMPORTANTLY," SAYS STEVE JOBS …

5. "Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.

EVERYTHING ELSE IS SECONDARY."

Steve Jobs goes on to say with profound wisdom … "No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life."

6. "Death is life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.

Right now the new is you, but some day, not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away." Steve Jobs goes on to say "Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true."

7. Steve Jobs spoke … "For the college student graduates …

STAY HUNGRY! STAY FOOLISH!"

Please write me your comments or thoughts, I'd love to hear from you. And, take Steve Jobs wisdom to heart. As he was a very wise and gifted man for us all to learn from in so many different ways. Kim Marino, Owner of Justresumesusa.com, 970-672-8476. Kim@justresumesusa.com

Top 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth be Told! Part-3

resume writing mythsMany of you know, as a career book author, professional resume writer and executive coach, I write blogs for the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, business owner's transitioning to the corporate world and job seekers going through career transition. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resume writing, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition and throughout your career. 

In Part-1 we exposed the first four resume writing myths. These resume writing myths included 1-page versus 2-page resumes, chronological resumes, accomplishments and employment history.

In Part-2 we exposed resume writing myths five through eight. These resume writing myths included your education and GPA, community service and functional resumes.

Today we will expose the final four resume writing myths in this 3-part series. These 12 Resume Writing Myths are all from questions I have been asked about for years and still hear from client job seekers today.

Resume Writing Myths! Part-3

  9. Age 50+ job seekers have to include all their jobs on the resume.

10. Create a list of all your accomplishments under Selected Accomplishments on functional resumes.

11. Resumes can be more than 2-pages.

12. Paper doesn’t matter! Afterall, it is the electronic age.

 

resume writing myths 9. Age 50+ job seekers have to include all their jobs on the resume.  Absolute, not.  This is one of the resume writing myths to be exposed. Employers are looking to see what you accomplished going back 10 to 15 years. For this reason, it is necessary to put the dates on your resume going back up to 15 years in order to get through the Human Resources initial screening process.  It is not recommended to include dates for positions beyond the 15 years.

I cover details of this topic in Part-2 of the 12 Top Resume Writing Myths Exposed!

10. Create a list of all accomplishments under Selected Accomplishments on functional resumes. This is another one of the resume writing myths and one of the reasons your functional resume may not be working for you. A functional resume is a skills-based resume. For this reason, it is important to create two to four skills sub-headings under Selected Accomplishments. Then, rearrange or type your accomplishments under the appropriate skill sub-heading. This is the beauty of the functional resume for those of you making a career change or a lateral change in your career. The resume screener and/or employer can quickly see within the 15 second glance you may be a great candidate for the interview.

11. Resumes can be more than 2-pages.  This is one of the resume writing myths to be exposed. Unless the employer specifically asks for a 1-page resume, your resume should be only 1- or 2-pages. If you have 1-page or 1/2 page of related publications, patents or projects to add to your resume, I recommend creating an "Addendum to Resume" and add this information to the Addendum. This way you will get through the screening process and the employer can see what they want to read first and review the Addendum when they are read to do so.

12. Paper doesn’t matter! Afterall, it is the electronic age. Another one of the resume writing myths to be exposed, here and now. This is true, it certainly is the electronic age. I agree to go green by being environmentally conscientious. However, you will need to bring your resume to the interview. I recommend bringing at least 5 copies of your resume on resume paper to give to each interviewer. A good resume paper is "Linen."  The best color of Linen paper for your resume is brilliant white, ivory or light grey. It's important to make sure the paper you select compliment the words on your resume, not dominant it.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you're an Executive or job seeker with a success story you'd like to share, please email me your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call at 970.672.8476 or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com. You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn