Archive for September 2007

8 Important Things To Keep In Mind When Seeking Employment

September 30, 2007

Just two days ago, I was conducting the first part of the workshop for “Employability Skills”. Ideas and thoughts about employment were discussed, exchanged, and reflected. One such understanding is that in the midst of seeking jobs, it is obvious that setbacks of non-acceptance will occur before the success of securing employment.

In getting employed, a number of factors come into play. Qualification, skills competency, experience, achievements, character, communication skills, charisma, age and a few others are all relevant employment factors. However, what one must also realize that the factors play to varying degree of importance rather than all of equal standing.

Here are the important things to keep in mind when seeking employment:

1. Your mindset and perspective is the initial influencing element and the most important of the job seeking process. Blaming on the past will only develop tunnel vision. A renewed view of issues will expand the range of job choices you have. Begin to understand that job seeking is not limited to only one employment factor. Also know that it is your responsibility to help the potential employer see the value in you.

2. As your employment factors change, so must your requested job appointment scope change. Going for those that are obviously not your own competency constitutes a mismatch of job requirement, resulting in non-acceptance during application.

3. Conversely, these new jobs may require you to change to a new job scope and/or new industry. You must be willing to explore new grounds. Whenever you are looking for another employment, it’s like starting all over in a new track of your career. Instead of the insisting on the exact same job, in same industry with same salary, be prepared to discover opportunities in a new place or new responsibility. Opportunities often knock at places you never expect.

4. During times of non-acceptance, dare to move on. There are many reasons to why a person is not accepted. Most of these reasons are hidden, hardly obvious to you. What you think as the reason may not be the actual or only reason. Give it a “No big deal”, learn from it, improve it, and move on.

5. The reasons why they should employ you must be represented in your cover letter and resume. As most potential employers want to know more about your background and competency, your cover letter and resume are keys to represent you and speak for you when you are not there. They are also the initial introduction to them that there is such a person as you. In short, they sell you. Therefore make your first impression powerful. Give your cover letter and resume a make over if you have to. You will be surprised how a well-written cover letter and resume will open doors for you.

6. Employers usually hire the most positively outstanding person in their eyes and mind. This should be the aim of your job seeking. Position yourself as the most outstanding you in the best way possible in the midst of other candidates. Find out more about the company and know the right way to position yourself. Hiding behind others and doing the same things as them won’t help bring you the job. Making yourself outstanding gets you hired.

7. Since life and situation change, persistence helps. It’s really a process of finding jobs that match you and sell to potential employers. Sometimes you might be the one to call the company instead of them contacting you. A continuing process of search is essential.

8. Constantly upgrade yourself to add value as a potential candidate. The more you match the requirements of the companies, the more likely they want you. Just as new trends develop, so should you continue learning.

Do remember to keep these in mind. When you apply them, they become helpful and shorten the search process greatly.

Here’s wishing you the best in your job search. May you excel beyond excellence!

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How To Really Stay Focus On Achieving Your Goals?

September 27, 2007

A person works hard throughout his life. Blood, sweat and tears are poured into it. And what are all these hustle and bustle for? Hopefully, they bring you closer to your goals.

Distractions galore! Temptations abound! Busy, busy all year around!” you say.

“That’s why I’m not getting what I want.” you added.

BUT these are not reasons, they are excuses. It’s just busy for the sake of being busy.

It’s therefore better to realign oneself and keep focusing on getting ourselves closer to our goals, instead of being busy getting no nearer.

Here are the ways to stay focus onto achieving our goals:

1. Know what you stand for

2. Understand what is essential in your life.

3. Your goals must be made worthy enough of your attention.

4. Make them larger than yourself. Include others in it.

5. Commitment and dedication MUST be in!

6. Stop giving yourself excuses to stop. Start giving yourself reasons to start.

7. Accept that there are costs and sacrifices

8. Be willing to pay the price.

9. Give a penalty for not achieving the individual milestones.

10. Take time to reflect on the day’s work. Review it and amend if needed.

11. Plan the act and Act the plan. This is the most cliché of all, YET the least done of all.

12. Do something with what you read here instead of just reading here.

13. Lastly, be willing to excel. Not just excel. But excel beyond excellence!

Top Criteria of Quality Questions That Help You Help Your Client

September 26, 2007

Just completed the first part of the workshop, “Coaching for Enhanced Performance Management” It was indeed heartwarming to sense the commitment and dedication of the participants. Their desire to assist the clients towards a better life and performance was admirable and inspiring.

One of the most vital skills set of an effective coach is the ability to ask Quality Questions. Questions, when artfully used, can immensely empower your client.

During your coaching with the client, most of the questions asked should contain at least one or more of the following criteria:

1. Contains the value that the client is interested in.

Eg, Client spoke at length about an incident where a colleague is always expressing his dissatisfaction with work.

You: “To what extend is satisfaction at work important to you?”
“How do you think you can remain happy at the workplace?”

2. Enables the filling of the gaps of the client’s thoughts and strategies.

Eg, Client: “When I look at what my life has turned into, I know I have to do something to change it. I know I must.”

You: “What is it exactly that makes you so determined to change your life?”

3. Makes the client reflect and think.

Eg,”What does fulfillment in life truly mean to you?”

“How do you see yourself making a difference to your loved ones?”

4. Helps the client think or move in a forward direction.

Eg: Client: ”I know I want to be happy. I would like to wake up happily tomorrow and go to work.”

You: “What action do you specifically have to take in order to wake up happily?”

5. Lets the client self-understand his own thought processes or action steps.

Eg: “How did you arrive at this conclusion?”
“What steps did you take to accomplish that?”

6. Minimizes ambiguities and towards clarity when needed.

Instead of saying, “Kindly indulge me in the comprehension of your intended route of implied application.”

Simply ask, “What do you intend to do next?”

7. Draws out the client.

Eg, “What role do you see yourself playing in this situation?”

It is always useful to practice asking these quality questions often. Make these questions a part of your coaching process to help your client. Together with your client, you’ll definitely excel beyond excellence!

How To Create Value In Your Negotiations?

September 25, 2007

It was yet another wonderful series of negotiation trainings. At today’s “Effective Negotiation Skills”, I loved it when participants start to apply the structure and tactics of negotiations. It is an indication of the learning process. At the same time, they are encouraged to vary them when needed. Well done, guys! (And welcome to the world, Stanley. 🙂

As promised, here are the steps on creating value in your negotiation:

1. Know what the other party wants.

2. Know what you want.

3. Find the common area within.

4. Word your language to their interests.

5. Begin a process of subtle ‘trading’ of the values.

6. Always gear up on your confidence and negotiating balance of power.

7. Document your agreements.

8. Follow up with action.

Key Tactics For Attracting People Into Your Life

September 24, 2007

Had several in-depth discussions and sharing at the “What Men Want” workshop yesterday. For those of you who have not heard of the workshop, it’s a relationship and attraction session strictly for ladies only. It was definitely fun as we go about setting specific directions and strategies to improve the ladies’ life.

Upon reflection and further arrangement, here are several key thoughts about attraction:

* When you want to attract a lion, dangle the meat in front of him, not the vegetable.

* Whoever you want to attract in your life, be that person first.

* Be ready to socialize to have a social life.

Crunch Time! What Must You Do To Master Over It?

September 23, 2007

There are often times where you are put through extremely tight situations. When I mean ‘tight’, I do mean so tight that even a minute of difference count. A rushing, a scurrying, and a meeting in a nick of time.

Some pointers that you can use to overcome it:

1. Use breathing technique

2. Keep your mind clear

3. Manage between rational and emotional aspects of yourself

4. Be precise with time planning

5. Get friends to support you and take over some tasks

6. Coordinate extremely well and work closely with them

7. Charge your phone and have sufficient sms

8. Keep fit

9. Smile to defuse anxiety

10. Keep people and purpose in focus in whatever you do

11. Begin with the end in mind

How To Boost and Maximize Your Brain’s Learning Capabilities?

September 22, 2007

“Your mind has been a learning machine ever since you’re born.” This was one of the messages I shared with my course participants for the last two days. In “Brain Power”, I’m so glad that all the participants took immense interest excelling in their own mental well being and life success. Well done, everyone!

To add on, here are the ways to maximize and boost your brain’s learning capabilities:

1. Get curious. And I mean really curious about everything.

2. Start to ask questions. Ask them well and ask them deep. Ask me too.

3. Be observant. Hone your powers of sight and hearing. Tune your instincts.

4. Study different perspectives. Be receptive to possible ways of looking at issues and ideas. You see what I mean?

5. Take notes. Note them down. Study them. Discuss them.

6. Test for reaction. A bit of cheekiness here. Dare you push someone to the brink of their limit? Not crossing it though. A little sort of “what happens if I do this?” and then just work on the nerve buttons. I bet you’ll learn something you’ll never forget. (Please… use some emotional intelligence here to know your limits of testing, ok?)

7. Add variety. A little bit of pepper won’t hurt. Who knows, you might like it. So, instead of cramping the books, get out and boogie!!!

8. Seek creativity. When variety isn’t enough, get creative. Ever worn a flowery shirt to work instead of the usual black-and-whites?

9. Have fun. Fun has the strange ability to make you want more of it. So if you have fun learning, guess what you want more of? (The irony is… it’s a no brainer!)

10. Experience freshness and refresh your life. Take a deep breath, feel the positive energy of this world. Reflect on its existence and your purpose of being here in this life. Mediation adds to your enlightenment too. Hmmm……

Remember, your mind craves for new knowledge. Never deny it the chance to grow, for its continued growth is your guarantee to excel in life. A life that lets you excel beyond excellence!