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Empathy in Your Job Search

Empathy. That’s what I’m going to talk about today. Empathy and how it relates to your job search. You hear about empathy a lot. Especially in a business context. But how does it relate to someone looking for a job? Shouldn’t the interviewer and hiring manager show empathy toward me? Not the other way around. When you start to view the world through someone else’s eyes and worldview possibilities open up around how to connect. Not just that, but it also helps you understand why you may not have gotten a second interview or an offer. What Hiring Managers are …

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Get Out of Your Own Way

How to Make Better Career Decisions from The Winding Road on Vimeo. Today I’m going to talk about fear. It’s a topic that I resurface from time to time because it’s an important one. It’s one of the most life-limiting and career-limiting factors any of us face and we face it daily. At least in some form. It shows up when we start to consider a change. Any kind of change. But especially when we consider a change associated with our career. I have a couple of ‘theories’ on this and the one I see as the most influential is …

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It’s All Invented

Do you ever sit and think about the advice you’ve just given yourself? Have you ever wondered where that came from? Why you would tell yourself something so irrational and stupid? Have you ever tried writing your fears down on a piece of paper? Do that today and let me know how it felt. Did it sound even more irrational and ludicrous now that it’s out of your head and could be shared with the world? Chances are it probably did. Every day we tell give ourselves self-limiting advice. Advice that would get us fired if we were a coach …

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Taking a SHORT Break

Some of you may be wondering where I’ve been and why I haven’t recorded a podcast, social video or written many blog posts recently. I recorded a video back on Dec 31st where I discussed why I would be taking a break. Here it is, in case you want to watch it: The short of it is I made a big commitment to enroll and participate in Seth Godin’s altMBA. It’s a very intense, four-week program. I also realized that we often have to say ‘no’ to some things in order to say ‘yes’ to others. As a result, I …

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Don’t Punt

The holidays are the best time to make excuses. A time of caving to our human nature of pushing difficult things into the future. We tell ourselves, “I’ll wait to start working out until after the holidays”, or “I’ll start working on that project after the holidays.” That eventually turns into, “I’ll wait until the crowds thin at the gym after January” to “I’ll wait until it gets warmer to run outside”, which turns into “I’ll wait until it gets cooler to run outside”. See the pattern? Humans are good at a lot of things but every single one of …

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A Riff on Taking Shortcuts

  Taking shortcuts is never the answer to success. Sure, you may have some short-term wins. You may beat your competitor to the punch a time or two, but it’s not sustainable. Sooner or later you’re going to lose. There is no shortcut to becoming great at something. I am currently enrolled in Bernadette Jiwa’s Story Skills Workshop. I’m sure there are people who registered for the workshop hoping to find a shortcut to writing and telling great stories. The bad news for them, there isn’t one. Storytelling is difficult to do well. It takes practice. A workshop can show …

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Job Seekers: It’s Time for a New Perspective

As I was on my daily walk this morning, something that Erica Larson said during our recent sit down for the podcast had stuck with me. She said that studies have shown that men tend to apply more often to roles in which they may only meet 60% of the job’s requirements. As I pondered that, I also thought about the gripes I hear from candidates about the lack of feedback or the automated emails they receive after applying. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty to fix there, but there’s more to the story from the other side. Understanding this …

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Hiring Bias is Killing Your Company’s Growth

I always found it interesting when I was recruiting how many generalizations were used when trying to filter out candidates. So often, a good candidate would surface but a recruiter or hiring manager would make an assumption about someone they didn’t even know. Someone they have zero backstory on. Someone they haven’t even spoken to about why they were interested in that company or the role. A common profile, for instance, is the person who decided to leave the corporate world and start their own company or become a freelancer or consultant. Hiring managers and recruiters think of a million …

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The Time is Now for Building Your Personal Brand

Attention is earned. Just like in marketing, building your personal brand is important to becoming visible. People don’t know you exist until you show up. People won’t give you their attention until you prove you’re worth it. Showing up – drip-by-drip, day-by-day. Gets you in front of people. It shares what you know., how you think, with other people. That’s how you connect with the people like you. People that have the same values as you. People you can build and form long-term, productive, mutually-beneficial professional (and personal) relationships with. Keep in mind, it’s also just as important to realize …

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