Job Seekers: You’re Not The Only One To Face Rejection


Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston Churchill

success-fail-signLooking for work often seems like a (long) series of rejections.

Every time you send a resume and don’t get called for an interview it can feel like a personal attack.

The truth is, job searching and hiring is a process. And getting critiqued, ignored and rejected are (unfortunately) part of that process. Continue reading

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New Month, New Start On Goals


The first month of 2013 is over. How do you feel about the goals, resolutions or intentions you set for yourself this year?

100percentIf you didn’t follow your plans perfectly, you are not alone. Most of us who make New Year’s Resolutions or create goals for ourselves either stumble or stop trying to meet our goal.

If you “messed up” in January, that’s OK. Look at why you stumbled, make a new plan and start again. You still have 11 months in 2013 to move forward.

Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” ~Gena Showalter

Tips for Starting – Or Starting Over

 1. Create a long-term goal that is achievable but challenging. Make a SMART goal that is specific and measurable.

2.  Work toward mini goals. Don’t get overwhelmed by the timeframe or difficulty of your long-term goal. Instead, act on the things you can do immediately. Make several small goals that, when completed, lead to your long-term success.

 Think about which long-term goal you would like to do. What mini goals can you achieve this month? Which goals can you do by the end of the year?

 3. Celebrate small wins. Take a moment to congratulate yourself when you complete a mini goal. Find positive ways to reward yourself.

todo'4.  Keep moving forward. It is natural to feel frustrated, confused or tired sometimes. These moods will pass, so don’t let them overwhelm you. Continue to work on your current mini goal and you will feel energized again.

 5. Have a support system. Which of your friends and family members can help you complete your goals? Which people will give you positive support and help motivate you? Also think about the mentors, advisers, teachers or work supervisors who might give you support or information.

 “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” ~Joel Osteen

 

More Info:

  • How To Achieve Your Goals In 2013 (Careerealism)
  • Learn About Goals (MyMnCareers)
  • New Year’s Resolutions That Will Revamp Your Career (Come Recommended)
  • Job Search Intentions for the New Year (iSpeak)
  • 5 New Year’s Resolutions You Won’t Keep – And 5 You Will (Forbes)
  • How to Deal with Setbacks (STEP AHEAD)

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Back-To-School Advice For Teens, Part 1


At the end of the school year, I asked adults what advice they would give to teens. I posted some of their remarks this spring.

The question I posed was:

“If I knew then what I know now … What advice would you give to a middle school kid about life, education or career?”

Now a new school year is beginning. Here is some more wisdom from professionals working in all types of jobs about choosing a career and the value of education.

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 Go for your dreams — You can always revise them later if you have to.

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Get involved in activities in and out of school to help prepare you for college (and make you a viable candidate for acceptance into a good college). Concentrate on your studies and do some volunteer or philanthropic work. You’d be surprised how volunteering for two hours a week somewhere can make you look so good on a college application.

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Everyone needs to become an entrepreneur. That means learning how to be an expert, how to sell, how to differentiate, how to take risks, how use social media, how to network.

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Believe in yourself. You are capable of more than you think. Explore your dreams, find out all you can. Try things out. Have fun.

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Work hard to get your (diploma). It will be SO much harder to do later. For most people, more and better qualifications (degrees) equals more and better choices.

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Get a good mentor early on in your career to advise you and to coach you. Always believe in your own strengths/skills, which you have. You know what they are. We all know our top few skills. Stay on the track of believing in those strengths and your own confidence. Stay far away from anyone who tries to keep you from doing that.

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 Read more. Readers become Rulers.

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Be yourself. Do the things you enjoy, learn about the things that interest you, and be confident in who you are. Don’t try to make yourself into a copy of someone else. You are wonderful as You.

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Always stay future-focused. Take those strides as a (freshman and sophomore) that will help you as a senior and eventual college-goer.

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Many teens today are so afraid of making a mistake that they don’t do anything.  “Failure” is a part of life … and can lead to great things.

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Join student groups, band or sports. You will learn to challenge yourself as well as the art of being a team member.

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Find something you are passionate about in the world (art, music, outdoors, people, technology, dance, writing, reading, science, etc.) and learn everything you can about that subject. Get into it! When you find your passion, you find your true self.And always remember that you can do anything you put your heart and soul into. Dare to dream.

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Take high school seriously upon entering the 9th grade.  It is hard to catch up once you fall behind.

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Listen to all who offer advice, but trust your own inner instincts when it comes to making decisions. You are responsible for your own life.

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Author Bio: Denise Felder  is a writer and career adviser encouraging everyday people to make positive life and career choices.

Take 3 Minutes To Find 8 Secrets Of Success


Watch this short video to find out how the famous, wealthy and powerful got to where they are today.

This video of Richard St. John speaking at a TED conference was recorded a few years ago and has great information.

After you watch, post your own Secret for Success in the comments section below.

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Keep looking up.