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Archive: Career Opportunities Vision for Your Career — From the Career Opportunities Podcast

July 12th, 2013 Comments off

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As we approach the end of the year, we sometimes look to resolutions to guide our way. Instead, this year, I found myself thinking of the Career Opportunities Vision. What goals am I trying to accomplish with this column? What do I want to impart to you? How can I make a difference in your career and, possibly, in your life? This column is the sum of my thinking and will be my guiding light for Career Opportunities in 2007.

I would love to hear your comments and questions on this and any other Career Opportunities column, past, present or future. Your email is always welcome at career@welchwrite.com or you can call the WelchWrite Reader/Listener line and leave a message at 818-804-5049.


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The Vision

The Career Opportunities Vision is:

* To help you find a job and a career where you can achieve your goals while simultaneously helping your organization achieve their goals

Today, your work is (or should be) a partnership — two equals coming together for a common good. If either partner succeeds at the cost of the other, then it is truly no success at all. Success, real sustained success, can only be found where both company and employee are working at their best for a common goal.

* To help you to benefit from your work as much as your company — sharing prestige and income in a fair ratio

When your company succeeds, you deserve to succeed as well. Your work directly benefits the goals of your company and should be recognized. Outrageous executive pay and bonuses have no place in the best environments. Employees should not be forced into “work for hire” agreements, nor should you allow yourself to work for companies that seek them. You deserve to be rewarded for significant developments and income generated by your work including patents, licensing and notoriety. Anything less stunts your career and puts you at the mercy of your employer.

* To help you improve the world through your work, not diminish it

You should never feel you must work for companies that engage in abhorrent activities of any sort. Companies that, through their actions, contribute to the destruction of the environment, destruction of people or the destruction of quality of life should be avoided. Working for such companies, especially when their actions go directly against your own personal morals, wishes and desires only strengthens them and allows them to continue their activities.

* To help make yourself the best person possible while assisting your company in doing the same

Growth is essential for any human being as well as for your career. Companies that seek to limit your growth, through ignorance or action, damage both you and themselves. You must grow and you deserve to grow. Anyone or any entity that seeks to limit this is to be avoided.

* To help you to have the time to explore relationships and knowledge outside of your work

Your work and career is only one small part of your life and should be treated accordingly. Burying yourself in your career, at the expense of family, friends, love and knowledge is damaging to you and those around you. All careers should allow you time to pursue “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” without attempting to monopolize your time, energy and intelligence. Companies should know that growth, whether directly related to your work or not, illuminates and expands their opportunities.
..and finally…

* Career Opportunities seeks, above all, to help you build the career you deserve.

Everyone truly deserves the most fulfilling and the most rewarding career available. Never let anyone tell you that your career must be drudgery, filled with abuse or unfulfilling. The greatest accomplishments of mankind come when we all work together, as equals and apply ourselves to a task that is far bigger than an individual could ever conceive.

Those who seek to coerce, control or compromise are the foes of us all. Those who seek to raise their own position by the abuse of others instead bring about their own failure. We all are partners in our endeavors and those who forget that, on either side, will surely suffer. For your part, remember that you do deserve as much as you can accomplish in your life and no one has the right to stop you.
Now let’s all move forward into the New Year and your great career!

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Photo: Meetup with a longtime Career Opportunities listener, Ben M.

July 6th, 2013 1 comment

Meetup with Career Opportunities Listener, Ben M. from Columbus Ohio

A highlight of our trip back to our home state of Ohio was a chance to meetup with longtime podcast listener, Ben M. from Columbus. He made the trek up from the city to my small hometown of New London, Ohio to share a pizza and sub with us at my childhood pizza house. It is always great to meet people face to face when I am out and about. Thanks again, Ben!

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Archive: Your employer needs you as much as you need them — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

July 5th, 2013 Comments off

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It is almost 2007 and yet we still have some archaic views of the employer/employee relationship — on both sides. We have seen the concepts of corporate loyalty overturned and the paternalistic concepts of group health care and pensions are quickly disappearing. With all these changes, though, there is one change even more important to the average worker. It is an even more difficult change because it has to be developed from the inside, from the individual, rather than imposed by the corporate structure. You must finally take to heart the concept that your company — your employer needs you, your skills and your intelligence, as much as you need the company. As more companies seek to treat you as an independent contractor, you must embrace that role and make it your own. Otherwise, you are fooling yourself into living in a world where no one is ever outsourced and you spend your entire career working for one company — a fantasy today if it ever really existed.


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Let me be clear, though. When I talk about circumventing the process I am not talking about having your resume delivered via FedEx, or worse still, in a pizza box. It isn’t about sending email to every person at the company. Not only will these tactics not work, they are likely to prevent you from ever getting a job at that particular company and perhaps others.

Instead of simply submitting your resume into the great maw that is most HR departments, you need to start, today, building an on-going job search that doesn’t depend on want ads and resumes. You need to start making connections and relationships that allow you to walk into the company of your choice with a head start.

Of course, your response might be, “Douglas, my boss thinks they can fire me and hire another 20 just like me. We’re interchangeable cogs in the marketplace. I have to follow their rules if I want to keep my job.” The fact is, this is what many workers have always believed. They serve at the pleasure of their employers and this is exactly where you go wrong. Even if your company can replace you, they cannot replace your specialized knowledge and skills and they will suffer for that loss. The key for you is to find the companies that understand this fact and let the other companies proceed on their slow, but assured demise. Just as you need to take your importance to heart, so do the companies that employ you. If they fail to acknowledge this new relationship, it will still occur. So, stop worrying about being fired and start looking for companies that respect you, your skills and your knowledge.

The process of change begins at the very beginning of any job — the interview process. So many of us are used to entering an interview from a position of weakness and fear. We saw the company as being able to “give” us a job, when in reality, it is we who have the power to “accept” or refuse the job they might offer. They need your skills, or they wouldn’t be trying to fill the position. You have the skills they need and you should be proud of your accomplishments. An interview is not about bowing to the power of the company, but rather showing how you can help the company accomplish its goals. It isn’t about pop quizzes or mental tests or high-stress group interviews, it is about what you know and how you can apply it.

To be successful in your job search, which means finding not only a well-paying job, but a job that is right for you, you have to have confidence in your own abilities and the effect you can have on any company smart enough to recognize them. Carry this thought with you at all times and it will be evident to anyone you meet. This doesn’t mean acting like an arrogant (and usually also ignorant) kid who thinks they are entitled to a job. It means trusting that your skills and knowledge are as an important commodity as the steel or computers that the company may use as raw materials.

Remember, you are not simply looking for a place to work — a weekly paycheck. You are looking for a job that can use your talents to the fullest and challenge you to grow even further. It is never about filling an empty cubicle in an organization. It is about finding a place where both you and the company benefit — where both become something bigger and better by their association.

Stop thinking of companies as hulking entities that “give” you a job. The best companies understand that they need you, and your skills, as much as you need them. This secret to a successful career is really no secret at all. Trust in yourself first and you will find a company that trusts in you. You have more power to select your work and direct your career than ever before. You only have to wield it.

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