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Fixing your career and job search: As intense as possible is more

The harder I work on me, the better my life gets. But I can only improve a little each day. So I focus intensely on one or two things that I want to be better at. That makes my career much better with the least effort for the reward. It also improves your job search.

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Job and job search help I saw at the library

My email signature is, “The harder I work on me, the better my life gets.” There is only one person I can control. There is only one person I can manipulate into changing. Me.

Years ago I decided I can work on “me” an extra 30-45 minutes a day. I converted brain dead commuting time [...]

The 7 highest demand job categories are…

After years hearing about the lack of IT professionals, you’d think those are the hardest jobs to fill. But a new report by human resources firm Manpower indicates they are not.

Electricians, welders, and other skilled trades professions are the biggest headaches to hire for [...]

“Ash breeze” can fix your job search

Sometimes your job search just isn’t working. Fix your job search using what the old sailors called “ash breeze”.

You won’t go anywhere in your sailboat if you are becalmed, no wind. Sailors on the old 3 mast boats used to dread finding themselves where there was no wind. There are places in the ocean [...]

How do you get started in a new profession?

This is a short video about how to become a journalist, politician, salesperson, accountant, programmer, etc. It is a great real life example of how to become what you want to be.

Do you know how many engineers do NOT have a degree? I have a bunch of them in my database. Accountants, CFO’s, and [...]

3 ways to get the credentials of an expert

My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what’s really going on to be scared. (P.J. Plauger)

I spent months getting my CPC (Certified Personnel Consultant). It does occasionally help me get some work. It makes me different. I have become a little more elite than other [...]

How to turn your dishwasher into a snowplow

You turn your dishwasher into a snowplow with the same three steps that you rise to the next level in your career. Don’t worry, I will tell you how in a minute.

First, you need the right equipment. Buy the hardware and get the training. Do you need a hammer or a computer? Buy it. [...]

How fledging falcons can help you get a great job

Each summer we watch a falcon’s nest a dozen floors above the train station in Harrisburg. See it here. Five falcons fledged our first year. That means they finally got the maturity and confidence to jump off the ledge and fly. Fledging is learning to fly.

When falcons fledge, they are prepared. They spend [...]

How to make your skills official

You need to make your skills official. You need to get someone to put their stamp of approval on them.

A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender, therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber stamps. [...]

Are you passively employed ?

Thinking of yourself passively — as being employed and, therefore, subject to the dictates of someone else — can be fatal to your long-term success. In reality, you’re the president of your own personal-services corporation. You’re completely in charge of production, quality control, training and development, marketing, finance, and promotion.

Seeing yourself as self-employed forces [...]