Are You Seeking a Career or a Job?

Seeking a Job vs. Seeking a Career A few days ago I posted the following on LinkedIn and Twitter: If you’re "spraying and praying" and applying to jobs without any curiosity or interest in the company that posted it, you’re looking for a job, not the next step in your career.And that’s fine. #careers #CareerDevelopment— Travis L. Scott (@509marketer) July 7, 2020 Some people confuse a job as being part of their career, but I disagree. After watching Elizabeth Gilbert break down the difference between a career, job, hobby, and vocation, it all became more clear for me. Here’s the …

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Changing the Game – Without a Resume

How can you get noticed without a resume or a LinkedIn profile? If you’re a software engineer and have a LinkedIn profile it’s like throwing bread out to hungry pigeons. It doesn’t take long before the flock of recruiters sending you messages grows and grows and grows.  LinkedIn has all kinds of fancy filters that recruiters can use that make discriminating against people pretty easy. Things like filtering results by graduation date making it nearly impossible for older employees to even show up in some search results. That’s why you won’t find my graduation dates anywhere on my LinkedIn profile. …

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My Promise: To Become a Power Connector During This Crisis

I’ve been wracking my brain over the past week about how I can help people during this time of crisis. I’m fortunate to have a job and work for a company that is in a good financial position to weather this storm- at least for some time.  As I hear about those who have gone from a seemingly secure job to no job overnight, I can’t help but think about how difficult that has to be.  It seems as though more companies are laying people off than are hiring, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop trying, give up, …

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Career Survival: Staying Active When Things Feel Hopeless

Things are challenging for a lot of people right now. Seemingly overnight they went from being in a role with job security to being laid off. It’s crazy.  They’re now in survival mode. On the phone with their lenders and their local unemployment office.  Focusing on their career has turned into focusing on finding a job. Just about any job.  Finding a job in an environment in which no one is hiring.  Overnight, some of us have dropped several rungs in Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. You may have been focusing on self-actualization and now you’re wholly concerned about safety.  Even …

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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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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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