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Do You Know How You’re Perceived by Others?

I just started a business branding coaching program (yes, coaches need a coach) and I had to step outside of my comfort zone a bit for an exercise I was given immediately; no thinking, no delaying – just acting. The exercise was to write a post on Facebook to ask what others would describe me in one word. I have done this exercise in a small scale with 5-7 people but not at such a huge one as the world-wide web. I must say that almost immediately I had very positive comments coming through and that still are. It really shed some light on how I’m perceived by others which will add to my brand and attracting the right people to me.

Knowing how others see you is important to know for your career; we all tend to have a different view of how we are perceived and known by others which is not always apparent, and we can usually think it’s in a negative way. We then tend to act on how we think we are perceived: if it’s positive, then we will act bolder and more confident, but if we think it’s of a negative nature then we will tend to hide, being more mild and meek, not speaking up, or acting as if you lack confidence.

Perceptions are everything, whether right or wrong; but this is how people will initially view you and see if they want to interact with you more; if you act closed off, it’s not a good indication that people will want to approach you or continue a conversation; being too talkative or high energy can put off someone who is quieter in nature; if you have a loud voice someone might think you are being aggressive. The result? You might not get the job, or get passed over for that promotion, or don’t secure that potential new client.

Whether good or bad, knowing how others perceive you can help you to amend any behaviors that may not come across as open or welcoming which can then lead to more positive interactions, and can increase your self-confidence and enhancing your good qualities and getting you noticed in a good light.

I challenge you to go post the question on Facebook, or whatever social media platform you prefer, and ask the question to be described in one word; you also can go ask 10-20 people you know that question. Yes, it sounds scary but I bet you will also be pleasantly surprised by the positive comments you will hear as to what others think of you. Armed with this information, you can step into those shoes and be more of who you are. I’d love to hear your results and comments!

Are Jobs Coming Back?

I don’t know about you, but I have been seeing more job opportunities than we’ve seen in years. Locally here in Orlando, we are getting into a ‘booming’ phase of construction returning along with new housing, roads, tourist attractions, healthcare, and technology. In fact, we have three job fairs coming up this coming week, of which one is planning to hire 300 people!

So, do you see jobs coming back in your city? I think consumer confidence and spending is up all around. And according to the Pew Research Center, 7 in 10 Americans feel the job situation is improving (last year, less than half felt this way), and 8 out of 10 are hopeful that this year (and beyond) will be same or better as right now. They also found that only 3 out of 10 are finding their financial situation improving since the recession.

I think that gives real hope to people’s work, lives and outlook improving, and on a continual rise. This means also that organizations are feeling more hopeful, as well. This leads to funders and investors who are willing to invest money in new ventures which is why entrepreneurship is more people are taking the leap into entrepreneurship.

All of these facts lead to the question if jobs are coming back – and the answer is ‘yes.’ However, it might not be an across-the-board answer, which is why it is imperative that those in job-search mode (or plan to be) always ready so when those opportunities present themselves, they (you) will be ready. My only question involves consumers, who I find ‘fickle’ in their needs and wants – if this was truly a lesson-learned and they don’t fall back into having too much confidence and find themselves back in a financial hole. We can spend but within our means and this was a great lesson we all learned.

If you would like help with your career, your business, or your life then contact us at http://www.cys.coaching.com – we’d love to help!

How Much Thought Do You Put Into Your Job Search?

I was listening the radio this morning and a caller was complaining that she was having difficulty finding a job; when the morning DJ asked what she’s been doing to find one she replied that she is ‘having no luck’ finding any job leads on Craigslist! I almost spilled my drink hearing that.

While I’m not dismissing that one can’t find job leads or employment on Craigslist, it uncovered a deeper issue that it seems a good majority of job seekers have, and that is not putting much thought into how they will search for their next job. This is a critical step in the process – you can’t go in a good direction if you really don’t know plan. Just as you won’t take a trip without planning the same principle applies when job hunting.

One of the first steps is to take some time to really think and explore exactly what type of job you want: what are the job tasks and responsibilities would you like to do on a daily basis, what skills and talents will you use, will this job meet my needs – remember, you will be spending the majority of your time in this position so wouldn’t you want to take time and be sure it where you want to spend that time.

Other areas to think about include: when do I want to secure a position (reasonable amount of time), what type of company do I want to work for and who hires for my desired position, what salary do I want and what is the average salary paid, do I know my value and worth, is my resume updated, how will I plan my day while searching for a job and what actions will I take. One other important question to reflect on “What am I willing to do?”

Putting more thought into your job search will arm you with the information and resources you need that will lead to your next position. If not, you could wind up in a j-o-b that might bring you frustration and unhappiness. So take charge of your career, take time to reflect on what you and want so you can begin to develop your job search plan.

Do You Know Your ‘Value Proposition?’

Since everything today is about what you can bring to an employer, or your value proposition, it is imperative that you actually know what this might be. As simplistic as it sounds, I find that the majority of job seekers don’t pay much attention to their value; they usually define themselves by a job title: “I’m an engineer” or “I’m a sales rep.” While this can tell who you are, it does not say what results occur from what you do.

Being very clear about what you accomplish as a result of your skills is when you add value: the number of sales calls you made and how they converted to paying clients; the project you headed up that was able to save the corporation money, or when you had a satisfied customer due to your persuasion and negotiation skills – these are your value propositions.

When you know – and own – them, then you will be able to translate them to your resume, your LinkedIn profile, and to those who ask “So, what do you do?” A value proposition should be a short phrase that will describe you and your skills in a succinct way that is compelling and memorable. Here are 3 tips to help you develop yours:

  1. List all your job tasks or passions that you have, such as marketing, sales, coaching, teaching, training, etc. These are the skills and aptitudes you possess and are good at.
  2. Write down the outcomes of situations or times when you used those skills – what was the benefit to the other person as a result of what you did. Look for key words that are compelling – are you the ‘go-to’ person for problem-solving, or are you the one with creative ideas when your team gets stuck, etc.
  3. Now write out your value proposition that incorporates the skills and outcomes so that others feel compelled to say ‘tell me more.’ Be sure your key words relate to your target audience’s key words – if someone was searching for your offering, what words would they enter in the search engine (or ask someone for a referral).

Once you have your value proposition, try it on by putting it on your resume, your social media sites, and asking friends or family what they feel when they hear it. You can always change it if it doesn’t sound authentic to you or is not getting results. Play around with it until it feels easy and comfortable. Having the ability to convey your personal message and getting it out is what will make others think of you when a job opportunity arises and can get you noticed by an employer.

When Does a Hiring Manager Look at Your Social Media Profile?

We hear so much these days about having a good social media presence, and no truer than if you are in the hunt for a job. We know that LinkedInd is one that not only recruiters but HR and hiring managers check but what about your other social media presences, such as Facebook. My personal belief is that a negative profile can harm your chances of getting your foot in the door. But do you ever wonder if and when they do check you out?

I sat on a panel of career experts last night for an HR association. Included on the panel were a few hiring managers and I found their answers enlightening. Since I don’t work inside an organization, my perspective and expertise is from an external view so it was interesting to hear from the internal side. A few hiring managers said that they don’t have time to check one’s Facebook; another said that they would but only when the candidate had made the first round and before being called for a second interview; while another expert said that Facebook doesn’t matter much and can show the ‘fun’ side of a candidate.

So for some hiring managers, their focus is still on your resume and what is contained in it; however, they all said that they do check candidate’s LinkedIn profile to see if they match. An example was given that a candidate’s resume listed one job title but it was not shown on the LI profile, which immediately took them out of the running. But there are companies out there who do focus on how you are represented by your social media presence as it can indicate character, acumen and what you stand for.

. So I highly recommend taking the time to look at all your profiles and clean them up (if necessary). LinkedIn is one that needs updated frequently as it shows you are engaged in your career vs just working. Ensuring that your ‘brand’ is consistent will be a key point to keep you in the running and getting hired (or promoted).

Attracting the “Right Job”

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Law of Attraction (LOA); it is based on the principles of quantum physics that what you put out there comes back to you. So if you think a positive thought, you can attract positive into your life; conversely, if you think negatively you will pull negative events. Have you ever woke up in the morning already hating the day and things went downhill from there – you stubbed your toe getting out of bed, had a flat tire, or the dog ate you shoe? Well, that is LOA in action.

You may not realize it, but our brains are programmed to think more negatively – that is our protective mechanism that keeps those memories so we are more aware of potential danger or harm. These negative memories also can keep us down in fear and procrastination. Using the law of attraction, you can keep your positive intentions in your awareness which will keep you moving toward them.

So how does this relate to your job transition? It is possible to attract the ‘right’ job you desire; it takes clarity, visual acuity, and focused intention:

  • clarity – you must be crystal clear on the desired job position you want to attain, meaning that you have to state the position and the duties you will be performing. If you state “I want to be a manager,” this is very vague; but if you state, “I will be a manager with responsibilities for leading sales representatives, overseeing a budget, and conducting training sessions with my team” it is much more compelling to find that exact position.
  • visual acuity – when we can visually see the very things we want, our brains will go for them. Our brains really don’t know that we aren’t doing something until our rational brain says it isn’t so; using LOA principles, if you see it you can believe it and then you will act on it so when you can have a visual picture of what you want, you can do it. Professional athletes use this principle; the football player who sees himself running down the field and catching the ball will have success. You can, too. Going back to the early example, if you visualize yourself in the management role and performing your duties easily, it won’t be long before you will ‘see’ opportunities in your way.
  • focused intention – now that you are clear and can see clearly the job position you desire, you must now keep your focus on it or else it will go out of your awareness. You can write your desires daily (10 times), create a vision board, take a picture of you as you would see yourself in that role, or just allow yourself to daydream and visualize. Another great way is to do this right before you go to bed as it will imbed into your subconscious.

One other important aspect of LOA is to be open to receive – you must allow positive and goodness into your thoughts and hold onto them. I mentioned that our brains tend to hold onto more negative thoughts which will reject any positive thoughts. Openness means that you accept what is. The right job is out there for you if you open up to your desires and keep focused on them.

If you would like help with your career or in making a transition, contact us today at http://www.cyscoaching.com

Going After the Job You Want

Standing out in the job-search landscape is still challenging, even though job opening are making a return. Sometimes, you need to take control and do what it takes in order to get noticed – you must not take ‘no’ for an answer. In the news last week, there was a story of a young woman who wanted to work at Disney but never heard from them so she ‘snuck’ into the department she wanted to work at and made her case – so they hired her!

I spoke recently with a former client who moved to a different county to take a job but it was not a ‘good fit’ so she left the company; however, she decided to pursue an opportunity of her former occupation with a company in her town and went back consistently for three weeks to ask for the opportunity. She said that the first week they ‘blew her off’, the second they expressed some interest, and by the third week they recognized that she was persistent and wanted to hire her.

The lessons from these stories is that if you are not getting results in your job search, take action into your own hands and ‘show up!’ I’m not suggesting becoming a stalker but making and keeping contact with a potential employer will keep you in their mind and shows them that you are committed to them and that potential job, all qualities organizations want and need right now. Still with so many resumes and applications to go through, and being very selective, hiring departments continue to be overwhelmed which slows the onboarding process – frustrating for you, frustrating for them.

The more strategic you are, the more focused and persistent you become in taking your career into your own hands. So target a company, be confident in your skills and how you will benefit the company, and take a cue from the two ‘go-getters’ above in getting your next job.

If you’d like help with your career or in taking your performance to the next level, I’d love to help you succeed. Contact us today – http://www.cyscoaching.com.

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