Digging Deep & Reaching Out To Job Seekers In 2015

2015 will be a big year for DeniseMpls Career Services!

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When The Going Gets Tough … The Tough Go To Work Anyway

smily-masksI graduated from college three years ago. Everyone said that there were lots of jobs in health care, but it took me two years to get hired in a clinic.

I’m grateful to be working, but this job is not a good fit for my skills, and it doesn’t pay enough. Now my manager is hiring new people at a higher pay rate than me, and he won’t talk to me about a raise or a promotion.

Obviously I’m looking for a better job, but it’s hard to go to work every day at a place that’s not a good fit for me. How do I keep from going crazy at a job I hate until I find a new job?
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What Song Describes Your 2013?

2013 clockThink about the past 12 months. Which song title best describes how you feel about this past year?

Why? Write the title in the comments below.

If you could choose a theme song for 2014, what would it be?

Take Career Cues From Disney Musicals

I’m geeking out!

Come Recommended mashed two of my favorite – but very different — things: career advice and Disney musicals.

What?! Yeah, it happened.

Aladdin-disney-Check out 10 Career Lessons From Disney Heroes to find out how Mulan, Buzz Lightyear and Belle from “Beauty & the Beast” can help your job search.

A few highlights:

Be One Jump Ahead, like Aladdin. If you’re not satisfied with your job (or lack of one), you need to put all of your effort into making yourself happy. Take the big jump.

Find a new perspective, like Pocahontas.  “If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” Find out what other professionals in your field are doing to get ahead. A fresh perspective can do wonders for your job outlook.

Dig a Little Deeper, like Tiana (The Princess and the Frog).  ”When you find out who you are, you’ll find out what you need.” Your current career goals may not be exactly what’s best for you. It’s important to reevaluate your goals from time to time. Your happiness depends on it.

If these tips are a bit too syrupy sweet for you, check out 10 Career Lessons From Disney Villains.

Cruella de Vil and Ursula from The Little Mermaid have a lot to tell you about personal branding and communication skills.

Which television, movie or literary character inspires you?

Need A Burst Of Motivation?

Usually I am full of energy this time of year. The warm – sometime hot – weather and the abundant sunshine naturally get my engines revving.

Ian BrittonTypically, I’m busting with motivation to be more physically active, revitalize my social calendar, take on home improvement project, tackle a professional development project or learn something for fun.

Not this year.

It’s been unusually rainy and cold in the Twin Cities. I’m starting to wonder if spring will ever come …

Instead of waiting for an external cause to motivate me, like the weather, it’s time to stop making excuses and rev my own engine, so to speak.

Care to join me?

  • What tips do you have for boosting your energy or getting yourself out of a rut?
  • What are waiting for motivation to do?

Leave a comment below or on the DeniseMpls Facebook page.

You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
~Mahatma Gandhi

Not sure where to start?
It’s not complicated. Here’s a list of things to do when you want something from life but are not motivated or not sure where to start.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~Mark Twain

Bonus: Because summer is coming, sunshine or not, I’m nominating Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” as our summer anthem.

Leave a comment with your suggestions for positive energy boosters.