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Today, I return to one of my favorite hobby-horses. Practice, Practice, Practice which is one of the reasons Phil Mickelson won the Masters yesterday with some truly brilliant golf. Mickelson is recognized as one of the best putters in the game, but he does not rest on his laurels. Just a few weeks ago, when he was interviewed for The Golf Channel, he touched on the level of practice he was putting in with his putting coach Dave Stockton to improve what is already a phenomenal skill set. Interviewed during the Arnold Palmer Invitational this past March, the new champ... Continue reading
More insights and commentary from Mark Twain to give you a lift during challenging times. The great humorist left us 100 years this month, unsure as to where he wanted to end up as he famously wrote “Heaven for climate and Hell for society.” I thought of Twain when I revisited (do you remember when you just “watched again”?) one of my favorite movies, My Cousin Vinny, a few days back. It is a very funny movie containing – shall we say – quite a bit of profanity which is impossible to take offense at. It reminded me of an... Continue reading
I would never make an argument that job seekers rely on only one site, but if I had to pick one platform as being absolutely crucial for the job seeker, I might now suggest Twitter. Continue reading
Mark Twain left this world 100 years ago this month (April 21st.) As indicated yesterday, given the month that is in it, I'm taking some of his writings and show how you – in your job search - can learn from a master storyteller. Brief overview Twain was probably THE finest humorous speaker ever. He might have concurred that he did suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune during his 75 years on this planet. He suffered through bankruptcy, the loss of beloved family members and at one stage, he himself went through the pain and angst of job... Continue reading
Mark Twain left this world 100 years ago this month (April 21st.) He was probably THE finest humorous speaker ever, who might have concurred that he did suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune during his 75 years on this planet. He suffered through bankruptcy, the loss of beloved family members and at one stage, he himself went through the pain and angst of job search. Given the month that is in it, I thought I'd take some of his writings and show how you – in your job search - can learn from a master storyteller. So here... Continue reading
A unique fun take on the gift of gab and how Goals, Attitude, Behavior can help you beat the recession - and that is no blarney. Continue reading
What Baby Boomers can learn from Bruce Springsteen, Bob Lutz and so many more Continue reading
This is an update of a previous blog, but I got such a visceral reaction recently to the Spokeo concept when presenting a SHEIFGAB program, I thought I'd revisit it. If you are Gen X, Gen Y and have been using social media since you were in diapers, you have probably forgotten most of what you posted online, but that embarrassing photo of you, with you-know-who, doing God-knows-what, in I-can't-remember-where might still be online and your potential employer or recruiter can find it. Sends a shiver, doesn’t it? Your prospective company can find this information via sites like www.spokeo.com. The... Continue reading
Presidential Lessons to Help your Job Search and Job Transition On President's Day, I thought it might be interesting to consider what you might learn from some previous inhabitants of The White House to help you in your job transition journey. You can't do it on your own Although a great writer, Abe Lincoln often solicited advice from advisers and Cabinet colleagues. Secretary of State William Seward contributed substantially to Lincoln's first Inaugural. Lincoln's famous "mystic chords of memory" was suggested by Seward who proposed ''The mystic chords which, proceeding from so many battlefields and so many patriot graves, pass... Continue reading
You got to hand it to Betty White, that wonderfully endearing actress in the popular Snickers commercial which aired during the Super Bowl. She appears to be a thoroughly likeable person who charms virtually everyone she meets. The Late Late Show's Craig Ferguson says in his enjoyable book American on Purpose that she is his favorite guest. So here we have an eighty-eight year old actress taking the country by storm. So what does this mean for you in your job search? Betty White is successful because - despite her age - she conveys a sense of energy and makes... Continue reading
Sarah Palin is getting bashed again – this time for writing cheat notes on her hand during her interview at the National Tea Party shindig. An argument can be made that she should be able to remember three key points of her platform, but whether you agree with that or not, you – in your job search – should follow her example, particularly when it comes to the telephone interview. A simple way to make sure you perform well at the telephone interview is to clear your desk of everything except CHEAT SHEETS. I do quite a few telephone interviews... Continue reading
The current tight race for Illinois Democratic nominee for Governor brings to mind one of the most memorable Democratic races of all time featuring "Landslide Johnson" (LBJ) in the 1948 Texas primary. Following an extremely tight and nasty race for Senate nominee with Governor Coke Stevenson, Lyndon Johnson won by a total of 87 votes out of 988,295 votes cast. In his excellent book Means of Ascent, Robert Caro details how LBJ was able to win the Democratic primary. For instance, one "late" ballot box from Duval County delivered 425 votes to LBJ and just 2 to opponent Stevenson. In... Continue reading
If you are Gen X, Gen Y and have been using social media since you were in diapers, you have probably forgotten most of what you posted online, but that embarrassing photo of you, with you-know-who, doing God-knows-what, in I-can't-remember-where might still be online. Your prospective company / recruiters can find this information via sites like www.spokeo.com. The good news for job seekers is — You can find out what they can find out about YOU. Spokeo is a social network aggregator site. "A wha?" I hear you say. A social network aggregator, that's wha! Spokeo and similar sites are... Continue reading
The announcement of Toyota's sales suspension, while mind-boggling, is further proof that no person or corporation can move through this world without hitting a speed bump or pot-hole at some stage. Brett Favre's performance and ultimate failure last Sunday is proof positive that live has its up and downs. Barack Obama's current standing in the polls shows you can't always stay on top. As Rudyard Kipling wrote: If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; …… If you can meet with triumph and disaster And treat those two imposters just the... Continue reading
Who is the biggest provider of free internet in the United States? (Hint: answer in headline) Who is the biggest coffee seller in Germany? (Hint: answer in headline.) As I wrote in a Nation's Restaurant News article previously on Leadership Lessons from McDonald's Turnaround, the Golden Arches has made one of the most impressive corporate turnarounds in many years. Kudos for the turnaround can be given to many people not least the late Jim Cantalupo, who re-energized the business, his successor Charlie Bell who constantly spoke about the need for Brand McDonald's to be relevant and current team led by... Continue reading
Do you know as of this posting Ernst & Young – globally - has at least 1,511 job postings available via Twitter and that IBM has 12,263 jobs. No, that's NOT a typo. IBM has 12,263 jobs on Twitter. That there is 88 quality marketing positions, 252 healthcare positions in the Chicago Metro area? You can find this information at http://www.tweetmyjobs.com/ Do you know that http://www.twitjobsearch.com/ has had 283, 386 jobs tweeted, twittered, fluttered, whatever you want to call it, in the past 30 days? Do you know that Adidas, KFC, Lloyds Bank and a gazillion others use Twitter for... Continue reading
I remember a presentation I did a few years back where I spoke about not criticizing your previous employer. One participant came out with the wonderful line, "I don't diss my previous employer even though they hadn't a clue what they were doing!" The person did not appreciate the irony in their remark. I've had conversations with people in job search where I've advised them to be careful about comments they make about their previous company. A regular response is, "I'm only saying this to you. I wouldn't say it at interview." That maybe so, but I do believe that... Continue reading
Martin Luther King presented a powerful rendition of his I have a dream speech at Cobo Hall, Detroit, some two months BEFORE the famous speech in Washington, August 28th 1963. Listen to Link below. The best orator of the 20th century practiced and prepared, practiced and prepared. Preparation of powerful, convincing material, be it speeches or interview answers does not happen on the fly. King wrote that he would spend fifteen hours writing and preparing a sermon. Admittedly, this time commitment did reduce as he got more famous, but he did understand the importance of preparation and practice. You are... Continue reading
I'm currently doing a number of radio interviews (telephone) promoting SHEIFGAB the World: 8 Building Blocks to Successful Job Transition and providing tips on job transition and job search In SHEIFGAB the World, our hero Finbarr Kozlowski provides advice on telephone interview to a group of disillusioned, demotivated job seekers. I follow this advice for all my telephone interviews. After all, I'm essentially trying to sell myself also. *************************************************** “Right, let’s talk about the telephone interview for a moment. Here are a few things you need to do for a successful telephone interview: 1) Dress professionally. Yup, put on your... Continue reading
Kudos to Ford Motor Company which yesterday won both the North America Car and Truck of the Year award for the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and the 2010 Ford Transit Connect, respectively. It is an impressive achievement for a business that was on its knees just a few short years ago. So what has this got to do with you in job transition and job search? One reason for the Ford success is because it worked on one of the 8 SHEIFGAB Building Blocks. “I” is for improvement and there is no doubt, that Ford CEO Alan Mulally has pushed... Continue reading
Brendan Tripp writes an excellent blog for those in job search / job transition with the rather quaint name of The Job Stalker. He recently interview me about SHEIFGAB the World: 8 Building Blocks to Successful Job Transition. I provide the link to the job blog and interview here, but on re-reading the interview, I want to highlight one specific question and answer. I copy it here and believe that it is an answer that will help you in job search and job transition. If you had just ONE piece of advice for today's job searcher, what would that be?... Continue reading
I am currently reviewing some business cards I picked up when speaking at recent job transition events and my blood pressure is starting to rise! Jobseekers, you need to understand that a business card is a sales tool and a sales brochure, so spend a bit of time and if you can afford it, a few extra dollars to make it someway memorable and useful. I have a number of cards in front of me right now which have name, address, phone and email details. I have absolutely no idea what these people are looking for or what their job... Continue reading
I posted the following to a number of LinkedIn groups recently and received very positive response to it. I think it is worth repeating here and I hope it will help job seekers and those in job search. ************* A number of networking groups were meeting at my local Panera while I was working on marketing my book online - SHEIFGAB the World: 8 Building Blocks to Successful Job Transition. Over a two hour period, I heard three networkers apologize for arriving late while another comment was made – “You never know whether he’ll turn up or not.” These are... Continue reading
This is the blog of Job Transition Guru and humorous business keynote speakerConor Cunneen Author : SHEIFGAB the World This is a test page to make sure that everything is up and running and before I provide some of my thoughts on how the person in job transition can SHEIFGAB the World via 8 Building Blocks to Successful Job Transition. Those of you going through job transition will know that it is a pain in the butt and something that saps your energy, morale and often your finances. As part of this exercise, we will see if I can insert... Continue reading
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