Are You Busy or Forward Focused

Busy does not mean you are actually in the development of meaningful work.  It is easy to be busy learning new software and protocols and at the same time marching in place instead of going anywhere significant.  It is just as easy to build the next great path for humanity and not need 37-hour days to do so.

I want to say the choice is yours, yet there is a problem you must overcome first.

To feel the inertia of movement, you need to put your plans into gear.  To do so, you need to know and understand software, various philosophies, and how to market your ideas.  There are a plethora of offers to help you through classes, symposiums, and other time (and money) consuming events. 

Do these side developments help you to advance ideas, or are they paid diversions?

The answer is how you decide what training and other knowledge you need and how you go about the process.  Being presented with this, I must ask one thing.

When you work on new projects and programs, how do you pick and plan your platforms to further your knowledge?

Finding the Right Company

If you have completed what I gave you yesterday, you now know what you want to do. The next step is to find who’s hiring for that type of position. Now, I want to warn you that many job requests get written to hire a specific person the company wants to hire for that job.

To get past that, you have to apply for many jobs. Also, each job posting will attract on average 250 job applications. To beat the odds, you want to read the company’s website and write your resume and correspondence using the company language. If they call customers ‘clients’, you do the same. If they call their employees ‘the team’, you ask to be part of the team. The more you work this, the easier it gets.

Even if you pay somebody to do your resume, you may end up with only a generic form. Take your time to do your work. Employers do notice and pay attention when you put the extra effort into it. Taking the extra step rarely goes unnoticed.

Make sure friends, family, and everyone you know understands that you are looking for a job. Anything they do to help you is greatly appreciated. You want to be on everyone’s good side and every set of eyes counts.

Earning a job is not an easy gimmie. Many consider getting employed as the most challenging thing to do.

Tomorrow – phone interviews.

Accurate Planning

We all have days when we feel that our planning is little better than throwing darts at our calendar and hoping. Granted, we do not have control over everything. There are many demands which lurk in the shadows to blindside us whenever we think we have everything under control.

We need to look at our accuracy as a ratio. How often our planning state was correct, and how often we had to move on to plan B, C or D. Some of the best hitters in the major leagues only hit in the 300’s. If you’re planning is consistently 50-50 then you are doing a pretty good job. Granted, there are times you will be better, and times that will not be quite that good. The idea is to keep swinging for the fence.

The real trick is to be able to figure out, fast, what others are throwing at you on any given day. If you recognize the change-up of what’s coming at you, it makes it easier for you to adjust, or just move on to plan B or C. You may be looking at this and figuring that this means more work on your part. Isn’t a little more work worth not just standing there and being caught flat-footed?

When you’re out to razzle-dazzle your fans whether at home taking care of the house, or doing battle in the corporate environment, a little planning, and preparation, can absolutely make you look like a star performer. How do you do this? Be observant, and be able to tie cause-and-effect together. Know what customarily happens on each day of the week, and then try to understand ‘who’ asked different when ‘what’ happens. This is kind of like lining up your own, ‘If This, Then That.’

If you watch old movies, you may remember something like this between Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, or several of the other paired stars like in The Thin Man.  It is not very hard to do, just pay a little attention and look for who want something different and what might have caused the request. Being up on top of work requests and needs will save you a lot of time and trouble by not having to either redo something or do something completely different.

As with everything being suggested this week, this is not hard considering what it will save you in time and effort. Being able to anticipate needs and being prepared, I would think, is a trait that would be sought after in almost any work environment.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

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