Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Real Thing!

Being authentic means you HAVE to get real. It means telling your experiential TRUTH and understanding that when you DO IT, your integrity increases!

True authenticity happens when you get honest about what is happening in your life. You share your hurts, feelings, failures, doubts, fears and weaknesses.

People wear masks to keep their guard up. They act as though EVERYTHING is just "peachy-keen." These type of attitudes are deal breakers.

Being authentic requires you to be courageous and humble. There is an element of fear and rejection. There is ALSO and element of blind FAITH.

It's the ONLY way to grow and be emotionally and spiritually healthy.

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Reduce Your Accent (Part 1)

A thick accent can hold you back, personally and at work. Here are some tips to changing your accent:

1) Slow down! That's right. Go slow. You are learning a different way to speak and communicate. If you speak too quickly, native speakers will have a hard time understanding you.

2) Use your dictionary! Become familiar with the phonetic symbols in the dictionary. Look up words that are hard for you to say.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

You and Your Spirit (Part 2)

Spirituality is ALWAYS with you. Many forget about it. They forget to nurture it. Spirituality is like stepping out onto center stage. It's about experiencing the NOW.

Spirituality is also about FAITH, and expecting the best. It's NOT about fear, or expecting the worst. Your spirituality points out what you can BE!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Linkedin and You!

Have you heard of LINKEDIN? It's a great way to network! It continues to gain momentum as a resource. A quality profile is becoming an essential element of a career marketing package.

Your LINKEDIN profile serves as a summary of your work history. Your resume and LINKEDIN profile need to be organized and well written. A LINKEDIN profile needs to offer enough information, to drive action from recruiters.

When resumes are submitted to corporations or job boards, they go through a filtering process. This filtering process looks for "key words" to determine which resumes deserve a personal review, AND a face-to-face interview by a hiring manager.

Once your resume is submitted, it goes into a "black box" and you're left wondering, "Will they call me? " LINKEDIN  profiles are NOT like that. A simple search, will show you how your profile comes to the forefront. Try this:

  1. Go to PEOPLE tab and hit advanced search
  2. Enter keywords that pertain to your targeted position
  3. Enter a zip code and a distance quotient
  4. Select an industry or multiple industries
  5. Now, hit SEARCH
Look at the top names and open their profiles. The highlighted words will show you the criteria LINKEDIN used to filter the search. LINKEDIN scans four categories: Professional Headline, Titles, Specialties and Industries.

So, what do you do now? You OPTIMIZE these categories with the key words that you believe a recruiter would most likely use, when looking to fill an employment position that YOU are targeting. Invest some time in mastering the LINKEDIN site.

Remember, a LINKEDIN profile is just another way to get your name "out there." You ALSO have to network, network and network some more. LQQKING for a job, is a JOB in itself. Don't be afraid to pull out ALL the stops, to get your foot in the door, AND to land your dream job.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Courtesy and Respect!

Tactful persuasion accomplishes a great deal more than commands, when dealing with people. Remember to exhibit courtesy and respect in your relationships.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

You and Your Spirit (Part 1)

Some people get hung up on "spirit." They think it's about RELIGION. For some, YES; for others, well, it's about your passion and remembering who you are. This post marks the beginning of a series.

Spirituality is different for each person. Think of the Binney and Smith crayons. Each color is different and so is spirituality! Spirituality is about perspective. It's about being positive. Here are some other thoughts:

Spirituality is about a way of life.
It's about awareness.
It's about noticing things around you.
It frees you up to the UNIVERSE around you.
It's about LQQKING deep inside yourself.
It's about seeing beauty.
Most importantly, it's about maintaining a vision of being the best that you can be!

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