Monthly Archives: January 2016

Discovering Your Dream Job 5 Tools I Love

sx1. LinkedIn – Former Colleagues

Most people think of LinkedIn as a networking platform or job board but there is a powerful research component you might be missing if you haven’t spent your research hours here. If you’re in the exploratory phase of your job search and trying to understand which opportunities exist for someone like you, have a look at the profiles of past colleagues or people who have worked at the same companies as you, earlier in your career. (To do this: Click “connections” and then filter by company).

Where did they end up? Are there any common themes in the types of companies or roles they moved into? You can take it one step further and reconnect with these old colleagues to do a little networking or catch up over a quick call. This is a great way to get on other peoples’ radars with the shared interest of moving out of the shared company in question.

2. LinkedIn – Companies

If finding the perfect company fit is more your goal, LinkedIn also provides ample resources. You can search using the main search bar and selecting “Companies” from the dropdown. A simple keyword search will then bring up all the relevant companies on LinkedIn. Take some time to follow companies of interest and spend time on their company pages. You’ll even be able to sample job openings and identify your connections employed by the company. This is a great tool for building out a networking strategy especially once you find your dream company.

3. LinkedIn – Special Interest Groups

If I were to select the most under-utilized LinkedIn feature, it would probably be LinkedIn Groups. Most people don’t see the value in groups but this can be a hidden gem where research is concerned. LinkedIn allows you to join up to 50 groups and it’s to your benefit to do so. Consider trying groups outside the professional realm and more around your interests. Once in the group, have a look at the other member profiles to see what others, with a similar interest our outlook have ended up doing in their careers. You might be surprised at what you uncover. When you find an intriguing profile be sure to tag it and set a reminder for follow up. If you are able to leverage the common interest group for a phone call or informational interview, this is the best-case scenario.

4. Job Titled is a great resource for anyone in need of research around the various titles that exist and corresponding career paths. Visually simplistic and similar to Google, this search engine allows you to gain insight into a plethora of titles you may come across on LinkedIn or in the online search. It provides information on salary, education requirements, career level, trajectory and industry to name a few. It also provides alternative or synonymous titles – which will be very useful in uncovering hidden opportunities when you’re conducting your online job search.


Indeed is a great resource that I promote for the online job search but did you know it also offers incredible resources when it comes to research? If you scroll to the very bottom of any page, in the site footer – you’ll find tiny links to some major career management topics. The research tools available include: salaries, industry trends, and even forums filled with job seekers sharing insights around the hiring process for specific companies.


How to Regain Self-Confidence After Losing Your Job

dsWHEN YOU’VE LOST A JOB, your self-confidence often flies out the window with it. That’s because the loss of a job is both a kick in the head and one of life’s biggest blows.

Your self-confidence can depart as quickly as air escaping from a deflating balloon because after losing a job you quickly forget how proficient you were. This erodes your self-confidence. So it’s an important part of your job finding campaign to regain the loss of self-confidence and hold on to it.

The best method for restoring your self-respect after being canned

Write your resume. It’s as simple as that. Although writing or revising a resume isn’t a simple task in itself, resume writing is second to none when it comes to helping you remember all of the good things you’ve accomplished on your last and previous jobs.

After all, your job campaign is all about remembering the good stuff you’ve done on previous jobs so you can show prospective employers what you can do for them. And your resume is a self-marketing tool where you list your accomplishments. And thinking about those achievements-what you’ve done and the results-is an easy way to regain self-confidence.

Two case histories prove the point

Tom, one of my One of my job finding clients, learned this technique for how to regain self-confidence after losing his job as an account executive at a major advertising agency in New York City. Tom told me that he was allowed to keep his corner office for awhile while looking for work.

“By noon I became terribly depressed,” he said, “so I would always reach into a desk drawer, pull out my resume, and realize how much I’d accomplished. This made me feel proud and depression would vanish.”

Another job finding client of mine also learned this lesson well. Caroline related how depressed she felt from being a victim of her company’s downsizing until I suggested she write a new resume from scratch. This helped Caroline remember how proud she was to have been asked to lead her department’s important Y2K project back in the late 1990’s. Caroline said she completely forgot about that achievement until it was uncovered while writing a new resume.

Like Tom and Caroline and countless other job finders before you, there’s a pleasant surprise in store when you discover how much you’ve accomplished as you write or revise a resume. Then you’ll be convinced how good you are. You have more skills and achievements under your belt than you’ve given yourself credit for.

Take Flight, Fight, or Do Nothing

nbEvery job starts out from a positive perspective, whether that job represents hope, renewal, self-actualization, desperately needed income, or even a second chance. That initial momentum eventually shifts as a person settles into their job and becomes familiar with the requirements and expectations of the job, along with the working conditions, ethical standards, norms, and overall culture of the organization.

Throughout the process of becoming acclimated to a new job and working environment there will likely be unexpected situations and circumstances that come up, and that is when the reality of the job begins to settle in.

Over the course of any typical job, there may be disputes or disagreements. There may be some colleagues who are easier to work with than others. For example, one person can be challenging to work with while another shows appreciation. Rarely is any job perfect and everyone has a particular level of what can be tolerated, whether or not it is consciously recognized and acknowledged. On occasion a new job, one that felt good at the beginning, can seem to go bad and if it does – it may seem to be beyond your control. But you always have a choice as to how you respond, whether you take flight, fight, or do nothing. The outcome of your action depends upon whether it was done from an emotional or rational perspective.

Triggering Events

Working with a wide variety of personalities, changing job requirements, demanding expectations, or stressful working conditions can challenge the established internalized threshold for what can be accepted. For many people it is a balancing act. As an example, the working conditions may be poor but the pay is good so the tradeoff is acceptable. Or the pay is low but the manager is especially engaging and enjoyable to work with most days. But that tolerance level may have to be adjusted, especially when an issue arises that pushes past it. That triggering event raises awareness of the internalized threshold level and now something must be done to address it.

Often a triggering event feels like the last straw, especially when a person has continued to put up with circumstances at work and a line was drawn – and someone or something has now crossed it. The threshold is now consciously recognized and must be dealt with internally (emotional response) or externally (some form of confrontation or retaliation). Dealing with triggering events externally first can make an uncomfortable situation better or more likely, worse. That’s why it should be a strategic response, which is tough to do when emotions are running high and it feels as if it is no longer possible to tolerate or put up with current conditions.

Fight or Flight Reactions

A triggering event may seem like it has come out of the blue; however, a job may have actually been going bad for quite some time and it isn’t until there is a culmination of events that a crisis point is reached, which is the time when it gets your attention. Then the situation or triggering event seems to demand some form of resolution from you. Personality clashes at work are usually the most difficult to resolve. A third party or the use of allies to intervene may be needed, and if you truly develop a dislike for someone a decision must be made as to whether or not you can work with them for the sake of the job, or even your future career.

The initial reaction for many people is to fight, by pushing back or speaking up. It could also manifest in the form of performance declining and/or withdrawing from others at work. One choice that never usually works well is retaliation, as it will only continue to maintain negative emotions. When a job seems to become unbearable it can be hard to get back to the initial feeling of excitement that was experienced when beginning this job. That is when a second option of finding new employment, quitting, or taking flight may seem like the best response. Both fight and flight are reactive, often emotional responses, and do not usually result in the best use of judgement. A better option is to wait and avoid reacting or making decisions until you can switch from being emotional to thinking in a more rational manner.

Do Nothing When a Good Job Goes Bad

When a job reaches a crisis point, or something has occurred that pushes past the internalized threshold or comfort level, there are usually strong emotions involved. It is natural to then ask questions, in an attempt to pinpoint a precise reason why the events occurred or why this happened to you. In other words, you may want to get to the bottom of it, figure it out, and perhaps blame someone. If this mental attitude continues for any length of time it can lead to self-doubt, anger, frustration, and other strong, negative emotions. But somehow you have to find a way to address those emotions before you fight or take flight, otherwise you may make a decision that you later wish you hadn’t or eventually come to regret.

It can be helpful to switch to a rational mode, which can take time and practice, and consider the bigger picture. What are your career plans and goals? What are the benefits of staying or leaving? Do you have still more to learn from this job? Are there new skills you can still acquire? Then as you think rationally you can become more productive with your response. For example, what can you do now to make the situation more tolerable? If this involved another employee, can you make the first step to repair the situation or relationship? Is there another team or department you can transfer to if the personality clash continues? Even a temporary change in the situation can help you reset how you feel about the job.

Everyone understands that no job is going to be perfect. There will be an ebb and flow of ups and down times, disputes and disagreements, and circumstances that may be less than desirable. When your personal threshold has been crossed the best course of action is to take a mental time out rather than fighting or taking flight. Engage yourself in reflection and emotional assessment. Seek out friends you trust and have your best interest at heart, who can help you work through these situations. More importantly, conduct a career self-assessment and consider the role of this job in your career plans. The best question you can ask yourself is this: would another job be that much better? When a good job goes bad you may have to leave but before you do, make sure you’ve made the change from a mindset of being proactive with your career rather than reactive and emotional. You are always in charge of your responses and your career.

Dr. Bruce A. Johnson is an innovative educator with experience in higher education as an online instructor and college professor, along with work as a corporate trainer and manager of a corporate training development.

Dr. J has developed expertise in his career with adult education, distance learning, online teaching, faculty development, and instructional design, along with organizational learning and development.

5 Things That Keep Business Owners Up at Night

adCEOs have a lot to worry about, but what are their greatest concerns? What keeps them awake at night? Their concerns fell into three broad categories: talent, operating in a global marketplace, and regulation and legislation according to The Harvard Business Review.

As a CEO you will always running short of time which keeps your attention away from the key data/KPIs which need to be looked to run your business hassle free. The Key Performance Indicators should form the base of your business which helps in taking proactive and faster decision.

KPIs set is different for each Industry segment depending on the requirement of the business, it should depict overall performance of the company at a glance to CEO. Earlier decisions were made on the guts basis by CEO but with the evolution of BI, more informed decisions are taken with the availability of real- time data analysis. CEO Dashboard should give CCTV coverage of company’s health indicating various leakage happening.

The 5 mandatory KPIs in CEO Dashboard

Progress towards Target

When you set monthly, quarterly, annual and long-term targets for your company and individual resources, a check is always needed on your goals. So you want to see the variance between the actual profits and expected profit in the visual format. You’ll be able to quickly compare how the company is doing, reassure management and make crucial decisions.

Control over Expenses

Whether it’s employees, inventory, IT or property, expenses are one of the biggest concerns on your long-term goals. A visual dashboard will give you deep analysis of your expenses so that you can figure out what is consuming more and take decisions on your major expenses.

Net profit

Net profit is the like the Bird eye which the business leader looks for building their future strategy. It can be visualized in a form of line or bar chart compared on monthly and quarterly scale. However you decide to represent the data, it needs to provide detailed, regularly updated information.

Customer Scorecard

You want to know how much your customer spending? What is my profit generated from each customer? A customer scorecard can show all these details at a glance where you can see how your customers performing and take actionable decisions for low contributing customers.

Revenues and revenue growth rate

CEO Dashboard should be able to give a quick glimpse of how your Business has grown, instantly visualize and find out what’s going right and what’s going wrong. Need to invest in low contributing departments? Respond to new trends of Product Demand? Tracking your revenues closely is crucial and will help with those decisions.