Never ask "Are you hiring"

Were your aware that June 2009 statistics indicate the U.S. Employment rate is 90.5%. Huh? Of, you may have heard it reported as..... The U.S. Unemployment rate is 9.5%.

According to :

In June, unemployment rates for the major worker groups--adult men(10.0 percent), adult women (7.6 percent), teenagers (24.0 percent),whites (8.7 percent), blacks
(14.7 percent),
and Hispanics (12.2 per-cent)--showed little change. The unemployment rate for Asians was 8.2 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

SO what does this mean for you and me, and your prospective employer? It means we all have to "step up our game", cowboy up, employ out of the box thinking, and "git-er-done".

Here are 5 TIPS to stand out, get noticed and GET THAT CAREER!

1. Never ask "are you hiring?" - all this says is you are tuned in to "WIIFM (What's In It For Me). Do you know what you prospective employer hears? "help me, i have no money, in need a job, i need you" - WEAK VERY WEAK

- wouldn't you rather convey this message: Your company will benefit significantly by adding me on the team, When are you available to discuss my value added partnership with you? - This conveys confidance, skill, assertiveness.

2.Know your Strengths - What skills and talents do you possess? What are you really good at doing? Empathy, listening, writing, communicating? - Once you know this info, determine how this fits into the company and position you are interested in acquiring.

- There are many free internet sites that will help you determine your strengths. A great book on this topic is Strength Finders 2.0 by Tom Rath.

3.Research the company AND THE POSITION- research the company;pay particular attention to the mission, value statements, company culture, financial soundness, and growth. OK now, research the position you are seeking-

  • Review the "job description"

  • Ask others that have this position about the day to day (doesn't have to be the same company, and you can easily obtain this info via internet groups, friends, family etc)

  • In reviewing the job description- find out what characteristics are required to excel in this position, be thorough in this step

  • Review your strengths, is this a position well suited to bring out those strenghts, or will you have to struggle (if you are shy and this is a telesales position do you think you will be happy day in and day out?)

  • Decide why you want this position-determine if you are willing to hone in and improve the characteristics required to become successful in this position

4.Give yourself some love - Are you currently unemployed or under employed? Is that the reason you are looking for a new position? This is the perfect time to make lemonade from lemons. What is your chosen field? What skills are required to excel in that field? Since your status changed to unemployed, how have you "sharpened" those skills. If you are used to working 40-50 hours per week, and you are spending time seeking employment, why not spend some time increasing your skills- doing so on a schedule- something routine that indicates you ability to remain in the "I have a purpose" mindset.

Again, there are so many free resources available. Use them. Make some lemonade and stop sucking lemons.

5.Confidence 2.0 - rebuild your confidence by deciding to find the good in this not so pleasant moment in time. Remember that's all this is - just one moment in a long string of moments that are your life. Look at it this way, if you live to reach 90 years old thats about 32,850 days- how many days have you been unemployed? In the grand sheme of things, that's a relatively small number. The moments are just that, temporary moments in a long string. And it is reasonable to assume some of those moments will be great, fantastic and wonderful, and some not so great----> the are all just moments, plus it averages out good. Do something that builds your confidence:

  1. Lose 5 lbs, or put on 5lbs of muscle

  2. learn 500 words of another language

  3. create a me speech - this is a 30-60second speech, spoken in present tense, that describes your strengths. Memorize it, repeat it often, post it. Here's my "ME Speech"

I am a wonderful person who loves life and feels absolute joy, appreciation and relaxation. I am so energetic, smart, funny and so very beautiful. All that I have ever earned and will earn is because I know that I deserve it. I see opportunity everywhere and since I know abundance is real, I share my knowledge by adding value to those I encounter. I love me and feel gratitude for each and every waking moment.

Have fun and enjoy life!

Question and thought to ponder. What if I knew my real potential was to be a billionaire? What characteristics do billionaires have that I also have?

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