Take Our Next Step

As we walk through life, our goal should be to pick up what we need and desire to help us grow. The trick is not to pick up everything. We must choose between our desires, our wishes, and our destinies.

Like a holiday feast where we want to try everything and often eat more than we can handle, our desires in life often outreach our abilities.  We need to control our passion for projects and things.  We need to pick and choose through what we find to have the time and energy to be our best at what we strive to accomplish.

To be our best, we need to be ready to compete.

As you work and plan, what will be the outstanding achievement you will offer the world?

Do Wisely

Where I live, there is freedom of choice.  It puts us in control of ourselves.

We can live, work and do what we want, as long as we do not impose on the freedoms of others. We can share, learn and design the things we wish.

We are responsible for those things we choose and for what we do.

Choose wisely.  Understand what you want and what it will take to get there.  No one will stop you from trying, and no one else is in charge of keeping you on track.

Plan wisely, my friend, and follow through.

What greatness will you plan and accomplish?

Who Joins Whom

When you get hired somewhere, are you joining that company, store, business, or whatever it is? Or, are they joining you?

It sounds like a ‘so-what’ question, yet the answer will predict the odds of getting picked for your desired position.

You face one of the most important decisions you have to understand before ever looking for a job. To put this in the proper perspective, you must remember that you are not the only person applying for the position, and you have no power to change management’s needs. If you do not fulfill their requirements, they will leave you.

When you get hired, you’re joining an organization that already has its ground rules, what works best for them, and equilibrium amongst their workers and management, making the company successful. They will teach you all of this information and then some. You want to remember that you are joining them, and you will work by their rules.

I don’t want this to sound too rough. In my years of teaching people, I have had more than one person show up for a practice interview adorned with a full head of spikes; piercings, nose rings, tongue studs, and other paraphernalia, including earrings to practice an interview for a conservative company.

Most companies are not going to worry about what you do on your own time. These same companies want you in proper dress code when dealing with their conservative customers.

What choice does the company have? On average, there will be 252 resumes for each position a company advertises. Most people will have looked at the company website, read the company values, and probably the dress code. The majority of the 252 people applying for the job will be hungry and ready to do what it takes to gain that job.

Do you want the job? Play by the company rules.

One Step

We live in a world that’s temporarily in chaos. No matter where we look, we seem to find vulnerabilities, uncertainties, and complex ambiguities.

We find ourselves bombarded with so many thoughts and ideas. It becomes tough to know which ones are real and which ones hold no credibility.

Our doubts and worries often overwhelm us and cause us moments of loss, either losing what we think we know or losing our way.

If we stagnate, we will never get anywhere. Therefore, I recommend you take this journey like any other, one step at a time.

Hidden factories

In your life, you make things, do things, or maybe design things. When you do a good job, your work counts for something. When your efforts have errors or problems, you have just developed a hidden factory.

When you have worked on something that now has an error within it, you must fix the problem. Repairing any item costs time, parts, money, and people. It is a hidden factory because it does not show up in the books.

It is often too costly to take something with an error in it and throw it away. You need to fix whatever is wrong.  Included in the repair should be a new process step to remove the possible duplication of that error. If you do not remove the possibility for that error, it will repeat.

What hidden factories do you have within your life and work?

What will you do to remove them?

Changing Scenery Motivates Minds

Every so often, it’s great to trade venues. This change often inspires new thoughts and ideas.

If you don’t believe me, try it and see. If you are creative, spend one day somewhere new. Enjoy the unique scenery, fresh aromas, and activities. Let your creative juices start to flow.

No matter how great our daily workplace is, there is something worthwhile about an occasional change in scenery.

What Am I Worth

It’s a great question and one that’s prevalent in finding new jobs. The overall answer is two words.  ‘It depends.’

An employer’s offer depends on how much talent a person has. Also, how many people with that amount of skill are in the local area. And how well the new candidate will fit with the rest of the team. For the employer, it boils down to what the new person will be able to do for the company as they grow within it.

 There are many other considerations, such as how well the new individual gets along with the core team. Also, what second and third skillsets the person has and are valuable to the company.

Value to the individual applying should include the pay and the power of the benefits they will receive and how working with the company may help their stature within their professional community.

The topic is too large for one blog. So what I will do is come back regularly with ideas and tips on how to verify the local rate for someone with a particular set of skills. Also, to show how higher education can both help you and hurt you in negotiations. And how to know what an employer does not want to tell you and how you can find out.

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.

Thinking Critically

I am presently working on my next course. And, I hope to have it completed within the month.

The course is on using critical thinking in finding employment.

Do you like working with critical thinking? And would you like to work with it to strengthen those brain cells?

I am asking because I am considering using my blog to train on the fundamentals of critical thinking. These blogs are free; I do not want to bore you, though.

I will take one idea day and give it to you to consider. The next day I will discuss some of the possibilities of that idea in that blog.

If you like the idea of playing with some critical thinking exercises, please let me know. If you hate this idea, you want to let me know soon.

For today I have one question for you to ponder. Why is critical thinking talked about and desired amongst people who are hiring?