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Proof you are really good at getting the job

When you don’t get a particular job, sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and think about past successes.

Very few jobs are awarded to the only candidate considered.  In most situations, even internal promotions, at least 3 candidates are considered.  For the majority of outside hires more than 10 resumes are reviewed.  You never have a chance of getting the job.  But somehow, you eventually win.

Look at your current or last  job.  Who were the competitors? Why did you win? See! You are good at getting the job.

Now look at the next job you want to have.  What can you do today to give yourself the winning edge over the other candidates?

Goals can be used to give you that winning edge in an impossible competition.  Yesterday I talked to someone who spent $6000 last year to finish his degree while working full time.  Now he not only can win the jobs he looked at more easily, but he can look at a whole new level of jobs.

Set a goal to give yourself an unfair advantage in you next career move.

The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser — in case you thought optimism was dead.  (Robert Brault)

Something To Do Today

Figure out when you can spend some time with your goals every day.  Just sitting with a pen and paper for 15 minutes each day can change your life if you are thinking about where you want to go.

Make sure the goals will give you a tangible advantage in your career.


Have a great New Year.

I am doing what I suggested yesterday

I took time yesterday and today to go through my goals, rewrite some, add a couple, and remove some. I did it again today.  I will do it every day this month.  Yes, that includes on Christmas Day.  I want the gifts I get from goals.

Funny thing is, I found a list of things that would make my business expand rapidly if I did them daily.  I moved that right next to my goal list.  I will be reviewing both lists.

I store my goals, research notes, articles, talks I have given, and anything else I want to have for the future in Microsoft OneNote.  That way I have access to my archive anywhere there is a computer.  I store the information in the cloud.  If I update it from a library computer, it is updated at work and everywhere else.

I understand EverNote, Google Keep, and other note or research keeping tools are available. Here is a link to a quick comparison of tools. I use OneNote because I have it and love it.

How to make goals work instead of destroy you

Goal: 1. To score one point; 2. To win a game; 3. To win the championship; 4. To win at life; 5. To win eternal life.

Now is the time to prepare for a great New Year.  December 31st is too late.

Some people avoid goals because they do no good.  Others set goals and excel because of them.  A whole bunch of people set goals and it doesn’t make any difference.

Avoiding goals can help you feel less discontent.  If you never think about what you are capable of and strive to excel, you will feel less discontent.  Maybe.  Or you may just feel that the world is a rigged game.  That YOU can’t win, while others you know “get lucky”.  By avoiding goals, you are likely to become at least a little cynical.

Successful goals come in all sizes.  They can be goals for today, this week, this month, and this year.  I set goals of all those sizes, and larger.  I even have goals for what I want to achieve beyond this life.

Here is what I am going to do for the rest of this month.

One of the ways to make goals work for you is to think about them daily.  Set aside 5 or 15 minutes a day.  Have your list of goals, a sheet of paper, and a pen.  Spend that time writing down things you can do to reach your goals.  Make interim goals you can accomplish today.  Think about the things you can do, the way you can change what you would normally do to accomplish a little more.  For me, thinking about my goals every day is the most important thing I can do to reach them.

While I think about my goals, I change them.  They become more real to me.  My expectations change.  Sometimes I discard them because I see a better goal.  To me, that is motivating.  I am excited to see something even better I can strive towards as I go down the path I am on.

Spend some quality time with your goals every day.  Savor their flavor. You’ll be surprised what a difference it will make.

Something To Do Today

Figure out when you can spend some time with your goals every day.  Just sitting with a pen and paper for 15 minutes each day can change your life if you are thinking about where you want to go.


Now is the time to prepare for a great New Year.  December 31st is too late.

The way to look at goals that works for a change

When France ran Algeria, they needed a way to make roads across the trackless desert.  The desert is reasonably firm.  The distances are too great and traffic too rare for asphalt or concrete, or even road grading equipment.  The French took oil drums and filled them with dirt and rocks.  They placed them every 5 kilometers.

Travelers could see from one drum to another.  The wind may blow away the tracks but it won’t budge the oil drums.  If a sandstorm comes, time to hunker down and hope you can still see out of the windshield when it is over.  Then drive off to the next oil drum on the horizon.  It will still be there. Eventually you will get to your destination.  Just follow the oil drums.

Pick where you want to be in 6 months, a year and 5 years.  The goals can change later. For now, start working towards something concrete.  Figure out what you can actually get done in the short term as you work towards the goals you can’t really see.  The hang on like a bulldog.  Get to the next oil drum in your life.

Bear in mind, if you are going to amount to anything, that your success does not depend upon the brilliancy and the impetuosity with which you take hold, but upon the ever lasting and sanctified bulldoggedness with which you hang on after you have taken hold.  (Dr. A. B. Meldrum)

Working towards a goal, even as it shifts and changes, you will get farther than someone with no goal at all.  Set goals for your career, job change and the next month.  Go somewhere interesting.

Something to do today

I miss a lot of my goals.  I hit a lot of intermediate points.  The way I know is that I write my goals on paper.  I discuss a short term goal with my wife and kids every week.  This week that short term goal was about eating more healthily to get my blood pressure back down. I met that weekly goal, and my blood pressure dropped.

Write down a short term goal for this week and share it’s setting and accomplishment.


Later:               Internet job site scams

Post It notes to meet your goals

In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it. (Robert Heinlein)

Making a goal a constant irritant is critical.  Anyone can set a goal and then forget it.  An effective tool for making goals a constant irritant is Post-it notes.  Write a single achievable goal on each note, then:

  1. Post your achievable goals on the bathroom or bedroom mirror
  2. Carefully read them when you get up and when you go to bed
  3. When you accomplish a goal, paste it in a permanent record

All three steps are critical.  You have to use them as an irritant and as a reminder that you can meet the goals you set.  You’ll find that you want to put up goals you are going to meet.

Remember the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: the mere act of measuring changes the thing being measured.  Putting those goals on your mirror, measuring yourself against them, then cataloging your successes can change your life.

Something To Do Today

Take a pad of Post-it notes home. Write achievable goals on 3 of them.  Make at least two of them very short term.  Create an archive where you can keep all the Post-it note goals you achieve.


Tomorrow:           How they determine your pay rate

Later:                    Certainly I can

But I’m a really fast learner

Re-entering the workforce

I don’t want to spend money on training