On December 15th, 1998, I rushed my baby daughter to the hospital. She had gone in to heart arrest. This would be the 4th time in as many months, but this time as I handed her to the emergency room nurse I said, “It’s time. She’s old enough now. Please do the heart surgery.” Shannon was now 4 and half months old. This time traffic was heavy and we cut in close. We couldn’t use an ambulance because we live on the border between two provinces and the ‘children’s hospital’ was on the other side. The ambulance wasn’t allowed to drive her there. Thankfully, each time she had gone into heart arrest it happened at night. On a good night I could make it to the hospital in about 8 minutes. We had roughly 13 minutes to travel the 19.2 kilometers before brain damage would start to set in, so we had to leave as soon as we heard her stop breathing. Because of the urgency we had to leave our other 3 children at home alone. To make sure they were safe, we had enlisted a mini army of volunteers who were on the ready – for up to…
Dec 23, 2011 | 0 comments | View Post
If the last few years have taught me anything it’s this: the one thing you will need more than anything else – more than even proper research and interview preparation – is resiliency. Resiliency is the winner’s edge in this, or any market. “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit”, so says Vincent Lombardi, football’s winningest coach. Resiliency – the Winner’s Edge Winners share one special quality – resiliency. As defined by The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: re·sil·ien·cy –The act of resiling, springing back, or rebounding; as, the resilience of a ball. For our purposes, resiliency quite simply is the ability to take disappointment or “take a hit” as Vince Lombardi would say, and get up, and keep going. You know full well that if you were at work and you ran into an obstacle that prevented you from launching a new product or reaching a key client for information that was going to help you be more successful on the job, you’d find a…
Jan 17, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post
With reference to the definition of success, how successful have you been so far? Relate your answers to your career accomplishments. Be prepared to define success and where you believe you are in relation to your career plan. Map your successes to their requirements for the job. Re-read the job posting before you go in the interview. Remember, they want to hire you because they think you’ve got the experience they need and they made that assessment form the information they pulled form your resume. If the employer can’t put 2&2 together you better make sure you can. Compliments of David E Perry and Kevin Donlin. For more creative job search tactics, go to the Guerrilla Marketing for job hunters blog and download the free audio CD.
Jan 23, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post
All around you the people who have the character and courage you admire most in life have gone through pivotal moments in their lives. Times where they’ve pushed forward and won against all odds.
Whether it was a job loss, a death in the family, a h…
Jan 23, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post
If you’re looking for a job there’s great power and upside leverage in understanding how the game gets played: how recruiters think and look for talent. Here’s a great article you must read from Dave Mendoza. "Recruiters are challenged on many fronts, from narrow job specs to the reality of a decreasing labor pool. It’s now commonplace for recruiters to seek alternatives to their tired resume database. One way to enhance your talent pipeline is by broadening your outreach efforts. A warm referral is good, but an even better Compliments of David E Perry and Kevin Donlin. For more creative job search tactics, go to the Guerrilla Marketing for job hunters blog and download the free audio CD.
Jan 31, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post
You can become recognized and branded as an industry expert by writing and producing a newsletter. All you really need to do is summarize best practices – add your experience or comments – print and mail it. When you send a newsletter with topical information that’s actually useful, employers may recognize your name when you telephone, making them more likely to take your call. When they in turn are looking to hire someone with your expertise you’re likely to be one of their first calls. – Newsletters should be 1-4 pages but no longer. – Summarize lengthy pieces and refer the reader to your web site for the full text version. – You can dress up the newsletter without breaking the bank by using pre-printed paper from companies like Paper Direct, http:// paperdirect.com/ – Make an electronic version and put it on your website. Compliments of David E Perry and Kevin Donlin. For more creative job search tactics, go to the Guerrilla Marketing for job hunters blog and download the free audio CD.
Feb 06, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post
Sales guys — show them proof! Keep an up-to-date deal sheet – instead of a resume – on your PC at work which you can share with recruiters when they call. Your IT department won’t accidentally find it and automatically assume you’re looking for a new job. Employers care 1st about who you’ve sold – 2nd how much you’ve sold – and 3rd is your rolodex useful to them. While you may not want to have a resume in circulation with contingency recruiters, a deal sheet can only help you. Put the deal on your Job Hunting Case Study LinkedIn profile using a Booklet or Slideshare. Compliments of David E Perry and Kevin Donlin. For more creative job search tactics, go to the Guerrilla Marketing for job hunters blog and download the free audio CD.
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post
Bland – Boring – Menial Resumes kill trees and the human spirit. Ever wonder why yoiu never get called for interviews even though you’re perfectly qualified? Could be your resume… Your resume is a marketing document that must compete for the attention of over worked time starved managers and executives show live in a post-MTV iPod world. click the link below for some real resume inspiration. AND NO you don;t have to be a graphics artist or a sales and marketing guru to do it. Don’t tell people you’re creative! PROVE IT! Fresh Resume Designs for Inspiration via designbeep.com Just do it.
Feb 11, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post
I do not endorse job search sites – however ExecuNet has always been the exception because of the results obtained by senior people who take the time and make the effort to engage with the site’s features. There are tons of stories throughout Guerrilla Marketing – many of which came from successful job hunters who use ExecuNet. Here’s just one of them provided by Lauryn Franzoni, Execunet’s Managing Director [and a real class act]. Now, in her own words. "A methodical strategy paid off for this ExecuNet member who was very active in her local human resources groups. She contacted the national headquarters for the names of local chapter presidents, and mounted a campaign of contacting each one every two months. Her persistence paid off when she received an offer. " Proving once again, that a direct line is often the shortest distance between two points *********************************************************** Compliments of David E Perry and Kevin Donlin. For more creative job search tactics, go to the Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters blog and download the free audio CD.
Feb 13, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post
The interviewer probably needs to know if you’re introverted or extraverted with this kind of question You’re best off answering " It depends on the circumstances." Let them explain more and put your answer in context with the position. Are you being interviewed for a sales position or executive secretary…. it matters. Compliments of David E Perry and Kevin Donlin. For more creative job search tactics, go to the Guerrilla Marketing for job hunters blog and download the free audio CD.
Jan 16, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post