WHERE WILL YOU BE NEXT YEAR?

The employment scene has changed dramatically. An average worker stays in an industry for approximately five years, the average CEO might spend 2.5 years in his position, and a CMO only about 23 months.

What is important for you to know based on the evolving job front is …

––Only those who can adapt to change will survive; and

––You need to make a mark, leave a legacy, so you are branded as a valuable asset rather than a valueless commodity

TOP RECRUITING & TALENT MANAGEMENT COMPANIES

According to recruiting guru Dr. John Sullivan, the following is a list of top companies for recruiting and talent management practices. Read the entire article at http://www.erexchange.com/articles/db/07EA0A1AF9D544D1805C50B91881C69F.asp

First Merit Bank
General Electric
Microsoft
Wachovia Corporation
Starbucks
Marriott International
Southwest Airlines
Booz Allen Hamilton
Valero Energy
T-Mobile

Now that you’ve read the article and identified companies that value their employees, how are you going to position yourself as a top talent to get noticed?

THE DAFFODIL PRINCIPLE

Have you heard of it? If not, here’s a link to a beautiful version of the story.

http://my.homewithgod.com/mkcathy/inspirational2/daffodil.html 

It makes its way around the Internet every spring, and holds the key to a very important life lesson. One day at a time, one step at a time … because each small step sends out ripples that affect and impact others around you. If you really thought about that last sentence, “that everything you do and say, every decision you act on, impacts people you care about,” how would that change the things you do and the words you use? What about what you don’t do or say?

And what about the first part of the lesson, that everything is done one step at a time? What are you not doing that will move you on your way to achieving your goals or being the best you can be? How would your life be different if you just took that one step that moved you closer to your dreams? What will be your first step?

ONLINE NETWORKING

My faithful readers know that networking is the best way to find their next position. But do you also know the power of online networking? Here are a few “must belong” resources for this emerging trend in career transition.

Public networking sites with free membership:

––LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com) for all types of professionals

––eCademy (http://www.ecademy.com) for business professionals and entrepreneurs

––Ryze (http://www.ryze.com) for all types of professionals

––Spoke (http://www.spoke.com) for sales professionals, managers, and executives in technology, manufacturing, investment, and professional services

––ItsNotWhatYouKnow (http://www.itsnotwhatyouknow.com/businessnetworking.aspx)

LinkedIn requires an invitation from an already existing member. If you would like to join my LinkedIn network, please email me and I’ll send you an invite.

A great private, fee–based networking site for executives is Netshare (http://www.netshare.com). If you join, please tell them I sent you!

WHERE’S THE BALANCE

Are you making time for the important things in your life – or are you consumed with work to the exclusion of other things you deeply care about? Do you intentionally create enough time daily or weekly for family, friends, self-care, play, and relaxation?

As you drag yourself home from the office every day – exhausted – do you recognize that something needs to give, but you don’t know what or how?

Balance. It’s that seemingly illusive thing in our lives that we can never quite grasp and hold on to. As soon as our fingertips touch the ring of balance, one area of our lives seems to take over and become all-consuming. Does that sound like a place you have been or are now?

One of the first steps is to identify where your life is most out of balance. Email me for a free copy of my balance wheel so you can begin today to grab hold of the balance ring.

Speaking of balance, I’m heading to my annual industry conference in Denver on the 12th. The weekly updates will resume when I’m back in my office on Monday the 18th when I will begin sharing all the latest and greatest career information with you.

TO BLOG OR NOT TO BLOG

Everyone has them. Even recruiters. Which brings me to my point!

Posting intelligent and articulate comments on blogs can be a great way to get you noticed, differentiate you from the hundreds of other candidates vying for a recruiter’s attention.

The downside – isn’t there always one? Google is the great weapon in a prospective employer’s arsenal. All he needs to do is type in your name and he has access to the kinds of public comments you are making.

The compromise. Post carefully, thoughtfully, and articulately.

WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE GOOD INTENTIONS?

Here it is … mid–March. How are you doing on those goals you set at the beginning of the year? Are you making progress, or are those things you thought were priorities – now pushed to the back burner?

If your answer is a guilty “back burner,” then I have a suggestion for you. It may well be the very best thing you can do for yourself if you are serious about hitting your goals this year. Create an accountability or master mind group. I’m sure you’ve heard about this concept in Napoleon Hill’s “Keys to Success.”

A group of like–mind people, could be as few as 3 or as many as about 8, who meet on a regular basis to motivate, encourage, and support each other in reaching their goals; brainstorm on obstacles and challenges they are facing; and share their multitude of expertise. This group of people can be invaluable in helping you to achieve things you can’t or won’t on your own, and become a powerful center of influence for you in your career goals.

If you would like to know more about how master mind groups work, read Hill’s book or email me for a copy of my article “Power of the Third Mind” published last year in Executive Update magazine.

SARBANES–OXLEY ACT

Not exactly a common household name, but it may become one. Particularly as it relates to new regulations regarding financial disclosures and the provision that companies must warehouse emails, instant messages, blog postings, and other electronic data … even new Internet phone conversation logs.

What does that have to do with you, the job seeker? If you’re employed and using company equipment and email to conduct a job search, make inquiries, or communicate with networking contacts … EVERYTHING!

I know I’ve said it before but it is worth repeating. Use a personal email account on personal time and use your personal cell phone for any job search (or other personal) conversations. Not only might it save your current position, but prospective companies may also notice the integrity you bring to the table.

Think it can’t happen to you? Google Harry C. Stonecipher, Frank Quattrone, or Henry M. Blodgett. It happened to them.