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Video: Your job search should be constant from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

September 17th, 2014 No comments

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When do you start your job search? When do you stop it? How long should it last. Blah, blah, blah. For me, a job search is constant. You should always be looking to improve your career in some way. So, that — looking for a career — is not a transition that happens every so often, like a heartbeat. It is jut something that becomes and integral part of your life. Sometime you integrate into everything you do. Whether it is talking to people on the street or at the coffee shop or coming to a meeting like this or CareerCamp or anything you do. There is some aspect of all your life in all of those events. They shouldn’t be seen as anything different, or strange, or new, or — in some cases — frightening.   

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Sacrificing Self-Worth for Celebrity from “What is success…and why you might have it already?

September 16th, 2014 No comments

Some will sacrifice anything for success from “What is success…and why you might have it already? 

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One of the most striking things I have seen over the last 10 years or so, is the willingness, the ability of people to even actively degrade and debase themselves in public in an attempt to reach celebrity. How many people watch Survivor? How many people watch Wipeout? How many people watch “insert favorite reality show here”? Those people have decided that nothing is more important than being a celebrity. They may tell you “a hundred ways to Sunday” that it is something else. That’s what they’ve decided. Nothing — not my ethics, not my morals, not my self-worth, my self-respect, is worth the chance — not even getting it — the chance of celebrity. I want to — I want to reinforce in you and I hope you already somewhat feel this way, how disturbing that truly is — and the damage it can cause. — not only to you and not only to them, but to everyone around them. Because everyone around them simply becomes a pawn in that game. Their family. Their peers. Their co-workers, don’t matter. “That’s what I’m after! Get out of my way!”

Opportunity — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

September 16th, 2014 No comments

Opportunity -- from the Career Opportunities Podcast

Opportunity

When attracting opportunity to you, one of the most important aspects is to tell people “what you do and how well you do it.”

This is the main reason I encourage people to start blogging, to start using Social Media, Podcasting and more, because they are perfect avenues to tell people “what you do and how well you do it” – and way to actively demonstrate it.

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Video: A Time to Serve Yourself from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch

September 15th, 2014 No comments

Building the Career You Deserve from Career Compass with Douglas E. Welch

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We spend all this time serving the needs of other people. There’s a time in your career when you need to serve yourself and, unfortunately, I think most of us forget that — or perhaps we never learned it. Perhaps we’ve been indoctrinated in the 1960’s style of management of “Be luck you’ve got a job.” How often do you hear that? Right? Yes, you are somewhat lucky to have a job, but that doesn’t mean you have to be happy about it. A job that is sustainability is not a career that services you for the rest of your life. So, yes, be grateful you have a job. Go find a better one. That’s always my mantra that I put out there.

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Archive: Without risk, we all stagnate — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

September 12th, 2014 No comments

Archive: Without risk, we all stagnate

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I think it is true of any long-term relationship, but I began to notice that when I brought up new ideas to my wife, her response often began with a host of reasons why that particular idea wouldn’t work. There seemed to be a never-ending list of reasons we shouldn’t do something. At one point, I stopped her and said, “Instead of finding all the reasons we shouldn’t do something, why don’t we try and find one reason to do it.” I realized we had fallen into a common trap in life…that of risk avoidance. New things are risky and prone to failure. Still, life without new thoughts and new challenges quickly degenerates into boredom and stagnation. Will we fail, sure, but we may also succeed beyond our wildest dreams. I think the risk is worth it.

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Video: Navigating Your Career Course from Career Compass with Douglas E. Welch

September 11th, 2014 No comments

Building the Career You Deserve from Career Compass with Douglas E. Welch

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There are those that manage their career at every step. Every time they evaluate a job or opportunity or an interview they look at that and say, “How does that fit with what I want to achieve in my life?” There’s the other side, which many of us I am sure know and in some cases I have been this person, who have simply let their career happen to them. They take the first job that offered. Whether it has any interest to them at all. When it has any direction to where they want to go in their lives or their career. It’s simply they take one job, then the next, and the next, and the next, and they wake up 20 years later and go, “How did i get here?” Because they had no plan. Because they weren’t watching where they were going. They weren’t setting their course. Someone else set their course for them and I will tell you, that if you don’t manage your own career, there are more than enough people who will gladly manage it for you. They will say, “You need to go work over there and you need to work over here” and you’re going to wake up in 20 years and wonder, “How did I get here? How did I get from there to here?” You’ll have no idea, because it has simply been a case of taking whatever presented itself along the way.

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Video: We are always in transition from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

September 10th, 2014 No comments

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Transition is the new normal. Now, the fact, is, what I really to reinforce is, transition has always been normal. We have come, over the years, to dislike transition, to dislike change more and more and more. Over this last couple of years, I’ve had to change my own thinking, because, I was falling into a lot of the same, same, ideas and concepts that a lot of other people do. Which is transition is is just a short term thing. I am going to go into it. I am going to do it. I’m going to come out of it. And if you in transition for any time at all, if you are thinking of it that way, you realize that’s not the case. Transition is a constant state of flux. It is always with us, whether in large ways or in small ways, we’re always in transition about something in our lives. We might be in transition about our career today and our life tomorrow and our children the day after that and our pets the days after that — as we were talking before we started. It’s always there and we really need to get back to thinking about transition as being something that is just simply an integral part of our life and not something that just happens every so often. 

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Noted: Why Having More Time Being Alone Makes You A Greater Person via Lifehack

September 9th, 2014 No comments

Why Having More Time Being Alone Makes You A Greater Person via Lifehack

Why Having More Time Being Alone Makes You A Greater Person via Lifehack

“The best thinking has been done in solitude.” – Thomas Edison

When was the last time you were alone?

Not alone by today’s standards (Facebook and Twitter within arms reach, friends constantly buzzing your phone), but truly by yourself, with no outside influences providing data or information to your brain. Can you think of that time? If you’re like most people, it might take you more than a few seconds. The speed of life at which the world lives today doesn’t leave much time to stop and smell the flowers, let alone leave time for yourself.

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Video: Some will sacrifice anything for success from “What is success…and why you might have it already?

September 9th, 2014 No comments

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Another dark side of this is we get — we begin to think that no sacrifice — including sacrificing our morals, engaging in criminal behavior, abusing others — no sacrifice is too great to get there. And I personally think that that is a great reason why we see so many scandals, so many things happening in the world in the news today is partially due to this problem. You start to throw away those things that make you most human in order to try and and get this. Of course, the Bell Curve laughs in our face and says “You can try all you want, only this amount of people are ever going to get there.” So, you’re going to destroy  your life and still not get what you want. 

Are you evil? from the Career Opportunities Podcast

September 9th, 2014 No comments

Are you evil? from the Career Opportunities Podcast

Are you evil?

Of course, if your company is evil, then you are also evil…or, at least, on your way to evilness. Every time you reinforce an abusive policy, overcharge a customer, engage in “bait and switch” tactics or whatever other evil behaviors your company exhibits, you, personally are becoming more and more evil. The evil starts to wrap you up in its web.

Is your company evil or stupid?
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