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All About You!

Take some time to evaluate your mindset! You can choose to ignore this subject as wishy-washy or you can open your thoughts, push past your comfort zone and treat yourself to an all about "me" day. If you only have a few hours and don’t have the luxury of a full day ok, then dedicate specific time and make it all about you and think just about you. Think about what is important to you and only you. We all spend our time thinking, helping and doing for others. It's time to think ALL ABOUT YOU! Reflect on the points below: What do you want that you haven't yet achieved? What do you need that you are missing, to

Texting & Emailing – True Communication or Surface Communication?

Email & text communication, is it of benefit or can it be a convoluted communication tool? I am pretty sure all of our subscribers would agree that email and texting as a primary communication practice within organizations, has caused problems with those receiving and those sending. Further, it is a fact that both communication mediums are increasingly adding to the loss of productivity and increased cost of operations. These two communication mediums have also increased errors internally and with customers. Error levels increase for organizations with multiple offices in multiple countries or customers based internationally. The volume of extra action items an employee must execute daily often infringes on personal time which is becoming unmanageable. When professional time infringes

What Organizations Must Do that Job Seekers Need to Know

Organizations are concerned with many variables when hiring. Job seekers have other concerns when looking for employment. When it comes to interviewing, the job seeker finds an opportunity, applies through the organizations preferred mechanism and hope to have impressed them enough with their resume and/or profile that an invitation is extended for an interview. Organizations go through many steps before they can meet you!  All organizations go through an internal process to get hiring approval, complete all internal paperwork with all required approvals, they analyze the position requirements to assess what is required, assign a compensation range and again get final approval. Hiring leaders on their own or with HR or other team members or with partner recruiters develop

Resigning From Your Current Employment Home – Not Easy!

If you have never resigned from an employer, it would be a good idea to secure an exit plan before you speak to your boss. If you have been terminated by someone that is not your boss or approached by another organization about a new role in a new organization or you have worked to find yourself a new employment home, you will need to resign from your current employer. This can be a very emotionally charged time in your career. Prepare yourself emotionally and design a plan with precision to make certain you retain the best of relations with your soon to be ex-boss and team members. Resigning brings all kinds of emotions to the table even if you

Exit Strategy

What do you do if you receive an exit letter or termination letter? Review your original offer letter that may affect you leaving the organization. Think about what safeguards should you consider changing or revising in your employment agreement within the term and termination clause, prior to receiving an exit letter or accepting employment. Employment agreements are executed when receiving a job offer. Promotion or change of ownership of the organization within your employment agreement, need to be reviewed so if you are not covered you can do your best to ensure that you are. Offer letters can make or break a termination package – do the work up front when being hired. That is when the organization is

Raising Your Level of Confidence, Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Raising your level of confidence outside your comfort zone takes practice. If you had to deliver a presentation as an employed person you would practice until perfect, right? Being the number one selected candidate on an interview takes precision, time, skill and practice. Technically you can have it nailed but bringing your personality with you to every interview is critical to success. You need to sharpen your interview skills so that you have that extra edge. It is a soft skill most of us don’t realize could be a show stopper if you neglect to pay attention to refining all of your personal presentation skills. Find the passion inside of you to present your personal brand with confidence that

Careers & Identities, Cross Lines

If you have never been unemployed and this is an unexpected and unwelcome change in your employment status, the shock you feel will pass, I promise. With the right next steps, you will be back in the game. If you are not employed it can feel like your business identity is slipping, do not panic. If you are having a tough time managing the stress at home, the stress of finding new employment and you are feeling like everyone is misunderstanding your role, don't panic. Your career and identity can mesh together when employed but when unemployed for too long some people start to question why their identity is tied to their career. Confidence levels dissipate only if you

How to Write a Resignation Letter & How to Resign

What you write and say when leaving employment will stay in your employment file forever! If you need to resign from your employer for any reason and need a resignation strategy or you want to deliver the message before your boss approaches you, please review this content. Often career professionals equate career success with a track record of performance. First and last impressions, how others perceive you, engage and remember you are equally important. Resigning from employment can be a difficult and emotional task that seldom receives proper attention. A well-intentioned, respectful resignation letter and strategy can help you resign and be remembered on a positive note. My thought is always that it is best to keep it simple and

Personality Drill Down

Everyone should do a personality drill down if you want to be honest with yourself and genuine with others. People that are relationship builders always have an easier time but let's throw caution to the wind and give it a go. Ask yourself, am I a likable person? You may be the type of person who would say - who cares if I am likable, I am excellent at what I do. That may very well be true but are you making it harder on yourself by not caring what others think? The question remains, am I a likable person? You may be likable but not everyone you meet in your lifetime will like you. Sometimes people just have

Understanding Recruiters

Recruitment firms are called many different names in the employment market. There are executive search firms, recruiting firms, placement agencies, contract agencies, temporary agencies, specialty hiring firms and of course everyone’s favourite slang, headhunters. In Canada these are paid for services by the hiring organization. In the U.S.A. it is a mix of client pay and job seeker pay depending on the type of firm you engage. Internationally fees can be also paid by the client organization however depending on where the organization is hiring from this can change from country to country. There are specialty firms both locally and abroad that focus in the international space and that is a whole industry by itself. It has been my experience

Job Seeker Assistance – You are not alone!

Most job seekers are having a tough time looking for a new opportunity whether it is your first career step or your 10th.  Looking for a new employment opportunity takes a combination of a strategy, technique and being in the right place at the right time. Job search requires planning, preparation, lots of time and a large amount of focus in the right direction. You are not alone if you feel overwhelmed, exhausted and just scared of the whole process. Most people are feeling intimidated today when they begin an employment search. Take the time to learn the process and how to best to maximize opportunities that create multiple interviews and options. Analyze transition stages If you are new

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Interview Preparation

Quality Checker – get rolling!

Quality Checker is your personal checklist to get rolling! Dust off your resume, find the last updated version saved. Review

Switching Hats

If you are you used to being on the hiring side of the desk this content is for you. This

Representation Letter

What is a representation letter and why do you need to know about it?  The simple answer is, if you

Candidate Reference Consent

At a certain point in the hiring process, you will be asked for references. To be ahead of the competition,

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Your Tools

Respect – Do We Earn Respect or Demand It?

Would you agree that today the work environment and the workplace itself  can be considered choppy at best? Employed or unemployed it takes a great deal of inner strength to get through all of the moving parts of each day. When you ask most people how they are, you hear this. “I am crazy busy”. What exactly does this mean? We know that our personal lives collide with our business lives. Does it mean that we are crazy and busy or just busy and crazy or does crazy busy mean we are pumping on all cylinders and we are good . . .

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Career Promotion – Manage Your Career Path

Everyone needs to manage & examine the next step in their career direction. Have you spent the last number of years going through the motions at work only to realize that years have gone by and you have been passed over for promotion or feel you are not exactly where you want to be?

Career management takes dedication and focus. You are the only one who can move your career to the next step. It is up to you to look after your career just as it is up to you to look after your personal life. Hand in hand . . .

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P.I.P. – Performance Improvement

This is the kind of letter you could receive from your employer if you are officially being made aware of a performance issue. Often organizations have PIP (Performance Improvement Plan) solutions. Once a PIP has been implemented a letter as below is often generated by the employer to the employee. Please note this is a sample of a PIP for a Sales Executive.

Date:

Employee name and title:

Name of employee's Manager:

Signature:

Title:

Department:

Human Resource team member name & signature:

Human Resource . . .

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Online Direct Access to Hiring – Is it Easier or More Time Consuming & Costly?

If you are a hiring manager, recruiter or HR internal team member that is responsible for talent acquisition, let me ask you directly, is the Internet your hiring friend or has it created way more work for you and your colleagues?

As a job seeker, are you finding it easier or more difficult to work with organizations that are hiring directly or would you prefer and be appreciative if an outside recruiter is lead in the hiring process? Nobody is listening, what do you really believe? When hiring should you engage an outside recruiting partner or instruct your team to . . .

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A Healthy Mind Drives Success!

Take some time and evaluate your mindset. What is a healthy mind?

A healthy mind is created and reinforced when you consistently think in a positive manner. Even if something bad happens, with a healthy mind, you accept reality and then look for a solution or the best path to follow.

A negative thinking person creates and reinforces a negative mindset. When you are a negative thinker and something bad happens, coping mechanisms disappear and you feel like you can’t cope. If you want to succeed professionally, you will need to ensure that you have a healthy . . .

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True Story – Does The Position Really Exist?

This is a true story that actually occurred this week. Although this type of major debacle is something I haven’t seen much of in 25+ years, it was a typical week for me of interview challenge stories. Not so typical for the candidate who got caught in this spiral web.

Mini-story: A company recruiter is told by their boss to data mine active candidates in the business development area with experience working in a technology company in both the U.S. and Canadian markets. A Canadian candidate gets an invite to connect to discuss a role . . .

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Is it You or a Family Member that is Unemployed?

If you or a close family member have never been unemployed and this is an unwelcome change in employment status, this too will pass I promise. With the right next steps, you or your family member will be back on top of the employment game.

When we are not employed having feelings like your business identity is slipping, could be top of mind. If you or a close family member are having a tough time managing through and feeling significant stress being unemployed, once you find new employment it will ease your stress level you know that. You need to . . .

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Have You Felt Shocked When a Colleague is Here One Day, Gone The Next?

It is a tragic day when you come to work and your boss tells you and the rest of the organization that one of your colleagues will not be coming back to work. Not because the person was let go or resigned but due to a sudden horrific accident. For our purposes, we will call this employee, Manny.

Most people have immediate gut reaction thoughts. You may think, how/when did this happen? Oh my goodness, I spent two hours reviewing a presentation with Manny yesterday. How is this possible? What do you say? Your thoughts fly as you hear . . .

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Are You a Change Agent or a Road Blocker?

If you work for an organization today, you must be a strong change agent. If this is not your strength, find a way to make it so or you may find yourself on the unemployed side of the table.

As organizations maneuver through business changes at a rate faster than ever before, leadership team's and the managers within organizations need to be the ones to set examples. Cohesive agreement always works from the top down to the entry level teams. Everyone needs to learn how to cope with multiple changes within the workplace. Today change is good. Staying fresh . . .

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Over 40 with Great Experience & at a Crossroad

Long-term senior members of a leadership team can either make or break your career. They can help you up the career ladder or keep you on the bottom rung of the organization ladder. It is up to you to navigate through organization bottlenecks. Develop the skills required to get past the newbie title and move toward your next career step. Let’s take a deep dive into your current or last role, future potential and the steps you need to take to get desired results. The goal of this program session is to improve insight and knowledge to move . . .

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Career Direction Planning – Workbook

What is important to me?

Not everyone comes from a family where focusing on your priorities in life and your career opportunities are their priority. Most families have competing priorities and life is a juggle of all of them to keep all moving parts going in a forward direction. If you have people in your life that care about you that still doesn't mean that your career is their priority. Whatever your personal situation, nobody can decide what is important to you professionally or even personally but you. You are the only one that knows what challenges . . .

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Career Promotion: Career Management 101

Manage & examine career path next steps

Have you spent the last number of years going through the motions at work only to realize that years have gone by and you have been passed over for promotion or feel you are not exactly where you want to be?

Career management takes dedication and focus. You are the only one who can move your career to next steps. It is up to you to look after your career, just as it is up to you to look after your personal life. Hand in hand, piece by piece you must take the time to work on yourself, not someone else’s idea of what your success should be. Take the time every year to look at your goals, hopes, and dreams. Figure out what it is you want out of your life both personally and professionally. There are many steps you will need to take to manage your career path success.

Develop your career road path

Sometimes careers just take you in a direction that you never thought you would be in. Sometimes people are structured in their career path and follow the organization’s idea of the right direction for you, not what you ideally feel is your preferred direction. It is up to you to figure out your own preferred direction and create your own personal roadmap and path.

You can continue to subscribe with pluginemployment.com and utilize our site as your virtual employment coach and mentor or do it on your own but either way, you need to find time to direct your own career. Figure out your lifestyle requirements, preferred path, and direction that will maximize your options and learn to understand your employment passion. Learn what is important to you and what doesn’t really matter. Develop a strategic approach to your career and apply all of the learned skills you have earned to map out your personal career workbook.

Develop a successful working attitude -change what isn’t working.

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Extra Content

Does the Position Really Exist?

This is a true story. This actually occurred quite recently. Although this type of major debacle is something I haven’t

Offer Received Via Skype

Mini-story:  this no-name North American large organization recently interviewed and subsequently offered a Canadian resident a position located in Chicago,

Is Guilt Driving You?

How many people do you know that are driven by guilt? They exhibit feelings of being guilty or they react

Soft Skills Rock!!

Do you remember when hiring was all about experience, skills, technical ability and industry expertise? If you entered the workforce

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