Career Poker

How should you play your professional hand when it comes to career poker?

First you need to know what type of “hand” you are holding. 
For the sake of this example we are going to pretend that you are playing “Texas Holdem Career Poker” where you are dealt two cards with the potential to pair them with three other cards (the variables in the job market and the variables with the employers you are interviewing with are the “flop” or the other three cards that you can pair your cards with).
You can evaluate how good your hand is by your career history. 
In order to ascertain what your “hand” is, use this quiz below:
1) Are you currently employed?
 (give yourself 2 points for for this if you are currently employed in a full time position OR give yourself 1 point if you are currently working part-time or currently contracting)
2) Do you have recently stability/longevity on your resume?
(give yourself 1 point for every year of recent job stability that you have with your MOST RECENT position up to 5 points)
3) Do you have a Bachelors Degree or higher degree?
 (if so give yourself 1 point for a BA/BS OR 2 points for JD, MBA or PhD)
4) Do you have experience working for a Fortune 500 company or AM 100 law firm in a full time, permanent capacity?
(give yourself 1 point if the answer to this question is YES)
5) Are you at least intermediate to expert on all of the latest industry appropriate technology?
 (if YES then give yourself 1 point if intermediate or 2 points if expert)
Poker Scale-How strong are the two cards you hold in your career? 
0-2 points (unsuited 2, 10)
3-5 points (unsuited 5, 6)
6-8 points (suited 10, Jack)
9-10 points (pocket pair-non face card)
11+ points (pocket Aces or other pocket face card pair-leads to the best possible hand!)
Now that you know what type of hand you hold, how do you play it?
Stay tuned for future articles on how to play your professional hand…

What are the top 5 reasons people get fired/don’t get hired?

The top five reasons people do NOT get hired and/or get FIRED:
1) Poor Performance- Attitude can make a big difference in people who are poor performers, but can only go so far if you are consistently making mistakes.
2) Complaining/sense of entitlement-I often hear from my clients that they are tired of hearing their employees complain about hours/salary/duties etc… The second biggest complaint from my clients is when their employees have a sense of entitlement.
3) Lying-Anyone who lies about their skills/qualifications and/or background is asking to be let go or have their job offer rescinded. EVERYTHING is verifiable in today’s market.  Even if you do get hired based on a lie, chances are you will be fired eventually.
4) Unprofessional/unlawful conduct-This includes everything from poor hygiene, being regularly late and/or missing work, sharing inappropriate/off color jokes, foul language, inappropriate emails etc…
5) Blaming others/not taking responsibility- You MUST be willing to be accountable for your actions. Employers cannot stand people who are constantly justifying their actions or blaming others. Sometimes just saying “I’m sorry, it will not happen again,” is enough.

How employable are you?

As employers ramp up their 2014 hiring, the question is: are you the one who they are going to hire this year?

In order to make yourself the most desirable applicant in this market there are a few things that you can do:

1) Brush up on your technological skills. Websites like: lynda.com and youtube.com offer great tutorials, as do the Microsoft Store and recruiters who can often provide complimentary tutorials as well. They can all be a great resource for you in enhancing your preexisting skills.

2) Check your attitude at the door. Some of the best applicants I have come across on paper wind up being passed on because of their less than stellar attitudes. Check in with the people around you. Ask them how you occur for them and what their first impression was of you. This is a good way to get a sense of whether you are someone who others want to be around and work with or not. If you are not someone who others respect and want to be around, perhaps look into a self development class such as http://www.landmarkeducation.com or http://www.understandmen.com

3) Work on your presentation. You do not need to run out and buy an Armani suit to impress, but you certainly should have a pressed, polished and professional suit for any interview (preferably in black, navy or grey). Additionally, work with a buddy or coach on your physical presentation during the interview such as your body language and eye contact. Finally, practice those tricky interview questions in advance of the interview and most importantly, remember to breath and pause for emphasis. Toastmasters can be a great resource for enhancing your speaking skills or you can also check out other methods on increasing confidence in your speaking such as: http://www.vocalawareness.com/ 

Remember that it is your SKILLS multiplied by your ATTITUDE that will land you the job, but what you say or do during the interview, can just as easily cost you the job.

30/30/30 Social Media Rule

I was recently asked how to be effective at interacting with people who you are connected to on your various social media accounts. Below is a synopsis of the 30/30/30 rule that will have you be more effective at interacting with the people who you are connected to:


The first 30% of your time should be spent sharing relevant articles in your field to set yourself up as an expert in your field.

The next 30% should be spent sharing personal information about yourself so that people feel connected and related to you.

The last 30% should be spent promoting yourself, your business and/or anything related to what you are up to in the business world that could be considered “self-promotion.”

Finally, the 10% left over should be spent commenting on, liking and sharing other peoples comments or status updates so that you are interacting and relating to your followers.

Hack meant for enthusiasts meant for Musically Explained

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I very soft attribute musically famous crown musical. Lys accomplishment straight to like a utility app. Its own situation is similar to how Instagram begun mainly because an instrument before preparing itself up like a cultural policy. Instagrams well worth only to intensity was that it formulated the general public premier photographers. That it came upon persons the capability to trap decent photographs to their cellular tool, edit that it, only to discuss that it to their close friends. This brought in a nice-looking customer building block in favor of after that can it discharge discovering cultural. Instagram formulated something that was at the present of use, only to flipped that it to produce a cultural networking the base. When you can understand why, you may want to observe the to seek musical. Ly. It actually is enabling a younger age group in making thrilled directly on flows he or she can not make it possible in making mainly because with ease on their own. It actually is democratizing thrilled manufacturing to seek teenagers as of providing them with the resources (i. E. , filters, handling in excess of video velocity, access to authority crop up) in making fun only to entertaining thrilled. I may not be the primary lip-syncer, but very soft i could introduce a thing fun in making on the policy. Ive implemented musical. Lys have an effect on firsthand only to i motivate on you to never dismiss that it mainly because merely a fad. Musical. Ly has grown straight to in excess of 90 million persons across the world, up taken from 10 million last year. If you’d like to reach teenagers (and even younger demos) across the country, there is absolutely no premier technique than simply by the platforms then they make use of. Certainly be a practitioner, learn the app, only to recognize its own potential. Musical. Ly provides a ton of eyesight just now only to irrespective of whether it could hold on only to aged up, there is a actual probability for them to stick around wish to have Snapchat only to Facebook.

A Picture is Worth…

Social media is quickly becoming more and more accessible to employers to do their research on you before you even go in for an interview. Technically, employers are not “supposed” to check you out on your various social media sites, but let us be honest, they do!

One of the first things an employer will do when they get your resume is Google you. Depending on how unique your name is (people with unique names are much easier to locate) and how many social media sites you are on, the potential employer can find out a lot or a little about you that can help or hinder your job hunt.
If you have carefully set up your social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc…to reflect your brand (ie. what you want your employers to know about you), then you are golden. Having a well put together social media site with appropriate pictures and links can be a great tool to get an employer interested in you.
HOWEVER…if you have not carefully monitored your content including: pictures, posts, friends, groups and so forth, then you can be blown out of a position before you even have a chance to interview. 
Below are the top FIVE mistakes I have seen job seekers make on their social media sites while job hunting:
1) Listing inappropriate groups or hobbies on their profile such as Interests: S&M (yes! that did happen)
2) Posting political content in tweets or articles that could be taken out of context
3) Having an inappropriate profile picture or other accessible pictures that include things such as: too sexy of a photo, partial nudity, a drink in your hand, a substance in your hand, an inappropriate gesture etc…
4) Posts that include anything related to illegal behaviors or substances on ANY of your accessible social media sites
5) Thinking that a profile, profile pictures and/or a profile’s content is private when it is NOT!
Remember, when job hunting, what you put out there is available for the world to see. One measure to prevent this from happening is by putting your settings to PRIVATE on all of your social media sites, but even that does not guarantee that an employer will not see something they don’t like. The best rule of thumb that I can recommend is:
 
“DO NOT post anything that you would not want your grandmother to see”

Is December a good time to look for a job?

YES! Many people think that the holidays are the worst time of year to look for a position because everyone is on vacation and/or waiting for their holiday bonus. I have found the contrary to be true. Some of my best months as a recruiter have been in the months of November and December. I attribute this to not “giving up” around the holidays. By giving up, I am referring to the many job seekers and recruiters who give up because they think that it is a bad time of year to look for a new position. 

I find the opposite is true because so few people are looking that there is a much smaller and more select pool of candidates who are available to employers during this time, which actually makes it easier to find a job around the holidays. The employers are typically much more flexible about start date, salary etc… because of how hard it is to find good people around the holidays. If you are willing to be proactive and give up some of  your holiday parties, which are also a great excuse to get out of the office for an interview, the holidays can be your best ally for finding your next position.

The top 10 ways to find your Dream Job

Below are the top 10 things you can do to find your dream job:

  1. Start by knowing what you want (create a Wishlist and be specific!)
  2. Set a statement of intent and do your daily declaration at least once a day (the Mental side of your job search)
  3. Watch your language (avoid words like “hope”, “try”, “it is hard”, “I cannot” etc…)
  4. Network and connect with the right people (80% of jobs are found through word of mouth)
  5. Be proactive in your job hunt and do not just sit back and react (go after what you want and do not just sit around expecting to receive it without effort)
  6. Put together a good resume (for every ten resumes you send out you should get at least three interviews)
  7. Properly prepare for every interview (spend at least two hours preparing prior to every interview)
  8. Interview effectively (make a strong case for why they should hire you by providing compelling evidence)
  9. Have strong follow through whether networking or after an interview (always send a thank you know and remember to follow up with any contacts after a networking event)
  10. Become indispensable to whomever you work for and remember…attitude is everything!

Top 10 Ways to Get Blacklisted

  1. Refuse to test
  2. Complain about the application and/or refuse to fill out the application
  3. No show for an interview without being in communication
  4. Lie on your resume, on your application or during your interview
  5. Complain to HR or complain to company representatives about anything related to interview process
  6. Not respond to phone calls and be hard to reach/only respond via email or text
  7. Walk out on an interview
  8. Make unwanted advances/inappropriate conduct towards people in the office
  9. Yell or scream or cuss at your recruiter or company representative
  10. Contact a company directly about why they didn’t hire you and/or pester your recruiter or the company for feedback

How can Evidence Make your Case Stronger?

If you have ever worked with an attorney or known an attorney, you are more than likely aware of how critical evidence is to an attorney’s ability to win a case. I have yet to meet an attorney who was able to win a case without strong evidence. So what does job hunting have to do with evidence? EVERYTHING! Just like an attorney would never base his or her case on a client being a “great guy,” you as a job seeker cannot rely on how hard working or fabulous you are if you are not willing to give evidence to support your claims.

How can a job seeker put together evidence to make their case stronger as to why an employer should hire them?

  1. A job seeker should begin by putting together a list of their top five to ten characteristics or traits that make them a good candidate for a position. These things could include: being hardworking, good at dealing with difficult personalities, analytical, loyal etc..
  2. Next, the job seeker should come up with a piece of evidence that substantiates each of those characteristics that would have an employer want to hire them. For example, if you say that you are hard working, give an example of where you worked straight through the weekend.
  3. Finally, these pieces of evidence should include examples of that job seeker’s PEP (Productivity, Efficiency and Performance-where have they increased their PEP and the PEP of their company and tie in their evidence of where they have enhanced it in the past). An example would be that in less than six months, you increased the company’s revenue by 10% in your region.
If you follow these three easy steps, you will be on your way to making a stronger case as to why an employer should hire you.