Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You SHOULD Post It.

iStock_000009570308_XXXLargeIn recent months, I’ve noticed that people are thinking less and less about the consequences of what they say and do online. The warnings are everywhere, but people think that it’s their right to post whatever their heart desires. Whatever it takes to gain attention… Their 15 minutes of fame, their RIGHT to say or do anything. It’s their RIGHT! This is the United States and we have rights, right? Of course, you have the right, but that doesn’t make it right. Is that an overuse of “right” or what??? 😉

The problem with this is that they don’t take into consideration the cost. The cost can be quite high and once it’s done, there’s rarely ever a way to make it go away completely. Even if you take it down, relatively quickly… The internet NEVER forgets!

From the gentleman that had the tirade at Chick-fil-A to the local guy that posted a video on YouTube of him in the Burger King sink on his birthday, like he was taking a bath… There is a cost and for these two , it was their jobs.

What I find amusing is that regardless the HUGE public disasters these events create and no matter how much media coverage there is of the damage, people are still doing it. It’s an attitude that says, “It can’t happen to me.” From stomping on the flag to making uncalled for statements against the police, you hear it happening each week.

The bottom line is that if you’d get fired for saying to your boss or if what you’re doing might get you arrested, you likely shouldn’t be posting it online. It’s much easier to avoid the damage, than it is to clean it up.

So my advice for the week… Think before you post.

Have a wonderful week!

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Five Ways to Get Your Career Ducks in a Row

iStock_000020614872_LargeThere’s an old saying, “Have all your ducks in a row.” It means that you are completely prepared, right down to the last detail. You might ask how this applies to you and how you can make this work for you…

So, you’ve decided to look for a job… Are you prepared? You should ALWAYS be prepared, because you never know what the future holds. From great opportunities, to downsizing… ANYTHING can happen.

Let’s go over just a few ways you can get those ducks lined up:

  1. Documentation: Is your resume up to date? How long has it been since you last updated your resume? This is an area most wait until they need it and then end up in a panic because they are unprepared, when In fact it should always be current and ready to go. Whether you write it yourself or hire someone, get it together today. You’ll find that this makes the entire process much easier.
  1. Style: Attire and hairstyle, modern and professional? You don’t want anything dated, nor do you want something out in leftfield. Proper professional attire and hairstyle are necessary for interviews and believe it or not, it can be done affordably. This is another area that you shouldn’t wait until the last second for.
  1. Education/Training: Education information and skills current? We should always be a student in our chosen fields and in life, in general. It keeps the mind sharp and keeps you current within our fields. Skill sets: are you staying current in all of your skill sets? What many consider age discrimination is very simply put, outdated skills caused by complacency. It’s all too easy to sit back and get lazy with one’s skills when you’ve been at a job for a long period of time (even if you hate the job).
  1. Attitude: although age discrimination is a very real thing, often it is a mindset one creates. I’ve met many a person that are so young at heart that age has NEVER been an issue and they’re well into their 60’s and 70’s, but I’ve also met some in their 40’s that come off ancient. Don’t allow a bad attitude become your greatest hurdle to finding a new or better job.
  1. Contacts: your network shouldn’t be seen as simply a “network” you fall back on when you need it. These should be both personal and professional friends. I can’t stress this one enough… You can’t expect people to put their neck out for you, if they only hear from you, when you want something. Be a friend and friends will want to help, in a heartbeat.

These are just a few areas that can help you in finding a new job or even advancing within your present company. Don’t take them for granted.

Have a wonderful week!

Got Skills???

iStock_000005892300XSmallSo here you are… In a funk because you can’t find work or you’re no longer satisfied with what you do, but you keep hearing that the job market is the worst it’s been ever. Where do you go from here? No one wants to hire someone your age or so it seems. What now???

How about a new direction? What? You don’t know how to do anything else??? Come on! You’ve been working for over twenty years and you haven’t acquired skills other than the obvious???

You know that you have mad skills! Think about it. You’ve been a leader, a mentor, and what about your hobbies? Think about it! There are areas you have never thought about…

Sometimes when you can’t find a job, you need to create one.

Today, I want you to consider the possibility of where your skills could take you. It doesn’t necessarily need to happen today, but maybe you should consider developing these skills further and see what you can do with it. Do some research, take a different approach to your job search. Sometimes it isn’t always obvious, but it’s ALWAYS there.

 

 

 

It’s Not Your Age… It’s That Boulder on Your Shoulder!

Unpleasant Senior manAfter years of working with seasoned job hunters, I’ve found that they tend to fall into two groups… The determined and the victims. Now, don’t get me wrong, everyone has challenges, but there are some that create their own challenges.

Have you ever noticed that some people never struggle finding a job, that even their age is never an issue? Yet there are other people that just assume that they’re going to be discriminated against and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I know you think that you’re different and that it doesn’t show during interviews or meetings, but it does. Whether you realize it or not, the victim mentality shows in every part of your being and that will always hurt. I can generally hear it in the phone conversation and if we meet face-to-face, I can often see it immediately.

If someone else can have that “go to” attitude, so can you! Age discrimination? Of course it’s real, but so is gender, race and any number of other forms of discrimination… Get over it! Adjust! Change your direction!

You can’t keep banging your head against the wall and think that there’s going to be different results. There are fields and organizations known for being age friendly, but it takes research in a new direction to have a chance at finding out. Get on it!

And one final note… A job search, especially a career changer, takes a full time commitment. A full time commitment takes time and that time is to be used wisely. We’re not talking two hours of a job search and research, with three hours of Angry Birds. Just wanted to clear that up.

A site that you might want to take a look at is http://www.retirementjobs.com/