How can a daily declaration get you hired?

You have probably heard me mention in my prior blogs the terms “Daily Declaration (DD)” and “Statement of Intent (SOI).” These terms may be something entirely new to you or you could have heard of something similar in books such as “The Secret” and “Think and Grow Rich” (both of which I highly recommend!). 

The concepts of a DD and SOI are something that I created several years ago. The first time I used my DD and SOI was when I wanted to make over $100,000 a year. I was a junior recruiter and was in my early 20’s. At the time $100,000 seemed like an insurmountable amount of money to make. I could not have fathomed making that much money in three years, let alone one year. At that point, I had taken a lot of knowledge from books that I had mentioned earlier, as well as a class that I had taken called Landmark Education and combined them to come up with the ideas of a Statement of Intent and Daily Declaration.
The first year I created my SOI it was solely focused on money, however, I have since expanded my SOI to create a wide variety of things, including booking television shows, creating a successful business and much more.  The key components to creating an effective SOI are “WHAT,” ie. what you want to accomplish, “WHEN,” by when you want to accomplish it and most importantly, you must be SPECIFIC! Statements of intent that are not specific will get you no where fast (ex. I want a great job). It is also important to only use the affirmative and empowering language that I mentioned in a prior blog. You need to take “hope” out of it, and replace words like “hope” and “try” with words such as “create” and “intend.”
An example of what your statement of intent could look like would be something like this:
“By December 31st 2013 (WHEN-typically I recommend picking a date 3 months to one year out so that you have enough time to retrain your brain and accomplish what you intend) I am creating that I will have a position paying me $60,000 or more (always add or more when speaking about money or things you are looking for an abundance of) that is within 10 miles of my house and where I get to work in an environment where I look forward to going to work every day (YES! Do be that specific…it goes back to that old adage, be careful what you wish for because you might just get it!).”
Once you have your SOI written out, keep it somewhere it is easy to get to so that you can declare it out lout a minimum of once a day, ideally 2-3 times a day (you can keep it next to your bed, in your bathroom and/or on your iPhone). The reason it is important to declare your SOI daily is that your brain and subconscious will sabotage you at first and hold you back from getting what you want. Once you begin declaring your SOI out loud every day, you will begin to notice that you will take actions in line with your SOI and it will also help re-train your brain to be in line with your new goals.
Many people will write out a goal or intention, but few will take the time to declare it. What I am suggesting is not something new or even innovative. These concepts have been around for thousands of years and these same concepts are what have made successful men and women around the world able to achiever their highest goals, financial and otherwise.  The concept of the SOI And the DD are just my way of saying it. Over the past 10 years, I have taught thousands of people to be effective using these easy methods. Even if you don’t believe me, try it! What is the worst that could happen? You might actually wind up with the results you want and have to confront your own power and success? At the end of the day, we are the only ones responsible for our lives and our futures (the good and the bad). Once you take ownership of how your life turns out, you will never again be a victim of your circumstances and can begin to create the life that you have always dreamed was possible.

The top ways NOT to be hired on your temp assignment

The most common reasons I have seen temps not get hired recently are:

1) Not showing up on time
2) Asking to leave early and/or asking to change your hours early on
3) Not showing enthusiasm regarding the position or the job
4) Sharing too much personal information or inappropriate information too soon
5) Complaining in general about ANYTHING

The little things

It really can be the little things that make the biggest difference in whether or not you get the job. This goes for people who are interviewing, as well as people who are temping.

I have a lot of people ask me: “Why didn’t I get hired?” Sometimes I can give them the reason and sometimes I cannot for legal reasons. Below are a list of some of the little things that people could have done that might have gotten them hired instead of being passed on:
1) Sent a “Thank you” note. When an employer is having a hard time deciding between two or more candidates, something as simple as a thank you note can be the thing that is the deciding factor. This is especially true of a well written and thoughtful thank you letter.
2) Followed up. There are many different ways to follow up. You could follow up with a phone call after an interview or you could follow up your boss on an important matter so that they do not forget. I cannot tell you how many times one form of strong follow up or another has gotten someone hired. If you are going to follow up with a phone call after an interview, it is important that you follow up once and not ten times. You do NOT want to come across as too pushy, but you DO want to come across as interested in the position.
3) Been more flexible! The less flexible you are in the interview process and/or while you are temping, the less likely you are to be hired. Flexibility can be anything from being flexible with your times you are available to interview to being flexible with your attitude about the types of duties you are willing to do. If you are someone who is very accommodating and flexible throughout the process, the employer will take note and will likely be more inclined to hire you.
4) Shown common sense/good judgement. I wish I didn’t have to list this one, but common sense really is a little thing that goes a long way. Many people lose a job opportunity over a lack of common sense or good judgement. Use good judgement before you say or do something in an interview or on a temporary assignment. 
5) Offered to do more. This is true for an interview or a temporary assignment. In an interview, prepare more than is expected and I guarantee you will blow the socks off of the next person you interview with. The same is true when you are working on a contract and/or temporary assignment. Just putting for that extra little bit of effort can really get you noticed and have you stand out. There are many things that we know we could do to go above and beyond, but we get lazy or lackadaisical and don’t put forth the extra effort.
If you can just prepare a little more before you next interview or go the extra mile on your next temporary assignment, you WILL be the one who is hired.

Hot Job for Recent Grads: Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Many of the articles I am reading about the job market point in one direction: SPECIALIZATION. The more specialized your skills are, the better your chances are of getting a job in the next 10 to 20 years. In particular, one field is growing extensively and there are not enough job seekers to fill the positions that are available: The Sciences.

If you are someone who enjoys chemistry and/or biology, but don’t want to spend the next 10 years becoming a doctor, your best bet might be to get certified as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. An undergraduate degree in the sciences is required, from what I understand, but the benefits are definitely worth the 4-5 year investment of your time.
I had never heard of this position until just a few nights ago. I was sitting at a hotel bar and started chatting with a couple of recent college graduates who were there for a medical conference. They explained to me that they were in the process of becoming Certified Laboratory Scientists (CLS) and that they received a full scholarship for their one-year program. What I found most interesting was that the starting salary, even in Fresno, for a CLS is close to 70-80k. 
It is very hard to find a position right out of school that will pay you over 50k your first year in this market with minimal training beyond just a four year degree. If you are looking for a great way to make a difference and a lot of money relatively fast, a CLS career might be the right move for you.

Proper Reference Etiquette

When an employer or recruiter is checking a reference we are looking for three key components:
  1. What the reference says in response to our question about you.
  2. The tone with which the reference talks about their experience working with you.
  3. The length of the answer that reference gives in response to a question.
Part of being a recruiter or HR person is being able to understand what is not said during a reference. If an employer gives us short, one-word answer in response to the question we ask or uses a negative tone, that typically gives us pause. It is not always a deal-breaker if the answers are short or the tone is not that enthusiastic, however, we do take all things into consideration when checking references.
The best potential references to select to give to an employer or recruiter are those people who directly supervised your work. Recruiters and employers are not interested in talking to peers or personal acquaintances for the most part. Once you have chosen the people whose names you are going to give out, it is critical to personally speak with each person before a potential employer calls to check your reference. Additionally, references typically speak more highly of those people who they have regularly kept in touch with. 
Finally, it is important NOT to list your references on your resume. It is appropriate to have a separate list of your references and to only provide that list once requested by the employer or recruiter. Otherwise, if you include your references on your resume they might be abused by people you don’t want calling them.

When should you start putting your resume together?

I often see people in this market who are unexpectedly laid off or terminated and therefor, they do not have a resume prepared. This can cost them valuable time in finding their next position. With the current economic condition, it is critical to strike while the iron is hot. If you see a position posted online that is a strong match for your background and you wait 24 hours to submit your resume because you do not have a resume and/or your resume is not up to date, you can lose out on that position.

My recommendation is that you always have an up to date resume, and that every time you get a new position you add that position to your existing resume. This is what I call your “master resume.” Your master resume should have everything you have ever done listed on it and should be up to date at all times.
As different opportunities come up that you might be suitable for, you can adjust your master resume by adding or subtracting information to better suit the position your applying for.
The easiest way to put together is to utilized “Resume Wizard” in Word. Resume Wizard offers hundreds of different templates for a variety of positions.
You never know what is going to happen in this economy, so no matter how safe you think your job is, make certain that your resume is in mint condition and ready to go.

What are Employers Looking for on your Resume?

Is it neat, clean and easy to read
A clear easy to read format and font with dates on the right hand side of the page and important information bulleted and technical skills listed at the bottom
RESULTS! What results have you produced
Reputable schools and companies
Clear and concise writing skills
WORD format!