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Video Tips to Help Improve YOUR Self-Confidence

29 May

Are there times when YOU don’t feel confident to speak in public, pursue a new job, ask for a promotion, etc.? This happens to most of us at one time or another. What can YOU do to be more motivated and self-confident? LEARN from and enjoy the six video clips that are shown below! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

This first video is to give you a chuckle and psych you up for the other — more serious — videos.
 

 
This next video has been viewed more than 9 million times. And the others have all been viewed several hundred thousand times or more!!!
 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivational Quotes to Get You Going

2 May

There are times when all of us need some inspiration to keep us motivated. Our favorite (as reflected in the blog subtitle is to “live life every day.” 🙂 What is YOUR  favorite  inspirational quote?

For more inspiration, check out the 50 motivational quotes from Inc. (curated by Jeff Haden). Here is Inc.’s top ten:

  1. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney
  2. “Fear is the disease. Hustle is the antidote.” Travis Kalanick [Uber]
  3. “The question I ask myself almost every day is, ‘Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?'” Mark Zuckerberg [Facebook]
  4. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese proverb
  5. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” Florence Nightingale [founder of modern nursing]
  6. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” Amelia Earhart [aviation pioneer]
  7. “Do or do not. There is no try.” Yoda [Star Wars]
  8. “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” Mark Twain [author]
  9. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” Lao Tzu [Chinese philosopher]
  10. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” Alice Walker [author]

 
And check out this Inc. video on Richard Branson.

 

What Are Today’s Hot Jobs?

1 May

An important consideration for people planning their careers and doing job searches is the popularity of various occupations in terms of the number of employees to be hired in those occupations. As always, marketing-related careers rate highly.

Recently, LinkedIn published an article on the most popular occupational categories listed at that Web site:

“Getting a new job can be a challenging process, but it doesn’t have to be – especially when you know what recruiters are looking for. We surveyed nearly 4,000 recruiters around the world to get a better understanding of the functions that are most in demand in today’s workforce. If you work in sales, operations or engineering, you’re in luck as these are the top three functions recruiters are looking for (hint: this is also a great opportunity to turn on Open Candidates to privately signal to recruiters you’re open to a new job opportunity).”

“Having a strong profile makes you exponentially more discoverable to recruiters and we’ve got some tips to help you build a great one. Just adding a great photo means you’ll receive on average 21 times more profile views.”

Here are the top ten occupation listings on LinkedIn, four of which are marketing-related occupations:

  1. Sales
  2. Operations
  3. Engineering
  4. Information Technology
  5. Business Development
  6. Marketing
  7. Program & Project Management
  8. Administrative
  9. Finance
  10. Product Management

 

Note on the ranking methodology: “The data are a result of a survey of nearly 4,000 recruiting professionals around the world. Job opening data represents the number of open listings currently on LinkedIn Jobs as of March 31, 2017 and may be subject to change.”

 

Attributes That Employers Study for Their Marketing Hires

25 Apr

What attributes do employers most value when considering candidates for marketing positions? Certainly, there are many possible answers to this question depending on the company, the specific job, and other criteria.

Nonetheless, here is an interesting delineation of factors that employers consider, as suggested by Geoffrey James for Inc.:

“Hiring great marketers can be challenging, though. Some marketers are great at appearing to be useful when they’re really accomplishing next to nothing. And, in my experience, some of the worst marketers have MBAs or years of experience. With that in mind, here’s what [employers should] look for in a marketing candidate.”

  1. A person who understands that marketing is a service. The first question to ask any candidate for a marketing job: ‘Define marketing.’ The answers will fall into three categories: (a) ‘Say whut?’ You’d be surprised how many marketers (including people with MBAs) don’t have a working definition of what they do, or plan to do, for a living. (b) ‘Marketing is strategic.’ Some marketers define marketing too broadly. Candidates who hold such bloated notions tend to squander their energy in too many directions. (c) ‘Marketing is a service.’ A top marketing candidate will tend to define marketing as a service that helps sales do its job more easily.”
  2. A person who likes being measured. Strong marketing groups (and the candidates you’d want to hire in them) are all about quantitative measurement. They’re familiar with marketing metrics (like conversion rates) and more than willing to have their work  judged on the basis of verifiable numbers.Weak marketing groups focus on activities, regardless of whether those activities generate sales opportunities or help salespeople close them. Such activities include brochures that nobody reads, fancy ads that generate zero sales leads, trade shows that are networking parties for the marketers, and more.
  3. A person who can write concisely.  We live in a constant state of information overload. Thus, the only marketing messages that are heard and remembered are short, vivid, and original. Unfortunately, some marketers are prone to use $5 words when 50¢ words would do the job better; biz-blab like ‘reach out,’ ‘circle back,’ and ‘pick your brain’; and clichés like ‘disruptive innovation,’ ‘industry-leading,’ and ‘state of the art.’ These sins can be deadly to marketers who must communicate with customers who are notoriously unwilling to wade through thick business prose.”
  4. A person who’s had some experience selling.  Great marketers have a deep respect for the job of selling. They realize that marketing is only meaningful if it helps salespeople do their job, which is much more important than any marketing task. You needn’t hold out for someone who’s sold for a living (although that would be ideal), but it is important that a marketing candidate know what it’s like to actually sell.”

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                   CREDIT: Getty Images

 

FREE: 2017 Edition of Careers in Business

11 Apr

Learn about the many opportunities and challenges facing those interested in a career in business. The latest data are included. Lots of data!!
 

Outline of Topics:
  • General Hints
  • Background Data By Occupation
  • Long-term Trends
  • Hot Long-term Business Career Opportunities
  • Bureau Of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • LinkedIn
  • “Find A Job” Resources

 

 

Being Real on a Job Interview!

30 Mar

When going on job interviews, regardless of the level of the position, presenting yourself as authentic is essential. Over-inflating your accomplishments or presenting an untrue depiction of your true self often backfires.

Shane Parrish, writing for Quora, offers several valuable insights on this topic. How can a potential employer determine if an applicant is actually intelligent and not just a blowhard?

“I’ve been collecting little heuristics over the years. Here are a few that will get you thinking:

 
Now, take a a look at this short video clip from Inc. And click here to read more from Inc.

 

The Best Firms If You Want to Work in Tech

8 Mar

If you want to work for a technology company, TechRepublic has ranked these as the best employers [Click the company names to visit their jobs’ Web sites.]:

  1. Facebook — “Never pay for lunch (or dry cleaning) again when you start your career at Facebook. In addition to health insurance, employees are given benefits such as $700 a year for fitness and $250 annually for running Facebook ads.”
  2. Google — “This pet-friendly workplace is designed so no employee is ever more than 150 feet food.  massages are subsidized, transportation is sustainable, and game rooms are pretty much everywhere. And every employee is encouraged to spend 20 percent of time working on a personal passion project.”
  3. World Wide Technology –“The CEO’s Glassdoor approval rating is 100 percent. About 75 percent of employees use the firm’s telecommuting option. And World Wide Technology has an on-site clinic where employees and family members can see doctors and stay healthy.”
  4. FAST Enterprises — “Its Annual General Meeting (AGM) is an all-expense paid, annual trip for employees and their families where they are recognized for accomplishments. These workers are known as FASTies.”
  5. LinkedIn — “Its speaker series has hosted the likes of President Obama. The cafe has kombucha on tap, and there’s a rock wall right there in the office.”

 
Click the image for a TechRepublic slideshow of TWENTY top technology employers.

Courtesy of Apple


 

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