Job Ninja Stardate 95144.83 Accessing your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities to Gain Leverage.

FORT LAUDERDALE – Many years ago, in the age when jobs offering pensions were plentiful and job stability was standard for most industries, workers who were focused on becoming a specialist in their field were usually called “someone with a one-track mind”. In today’s job market, workers strive for the specialized mindset to increase their value to the company to offset the suffering that comes with the perplexing question of “what if”. Believe it or not, that “what if” is constantly on the mind of the average “Millennial Worker”, as in the question “What if I lose my job today?”  It has gotten to the point of anxiety and insecurity where a recent article on Jobing.com reflected on how today’s corporate professional faces the daunting question of whether or not they should even take their vacation days due to fears that their job may not be there when they return. The job market is in a constant state of flux and the only way to remain competitive is to leverage your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities and apply your focus in the right direction to attain your desired results.

Leveraging your knowledge, skills and abilities gives you the power to weather life’s uncertainties. Even if you find a job that appears stable for the most part with an upward mobility “promote from within” culture, the problem is that many workers come up “wanting more” and feel the need to constantly redefine the meaning of job satisfaction, especially by the time they hit their mid-career point. For most working professionals, by mid-career your formal education is relatively static unless you are required to take continuing education classes to maintain your professional title. Your skills or work-related competencies and abilities and your talents and strengths are dynamic elements of the Knowledge + Skills + Abilities = Competitive Leverage equation.

The lack of job satisfaction or the feeling of “wanting more” arises from the “mind-chatter” or the constant need to perform an internal assessment of the dynamic elements of Skills and Abilities, which can change in the blink of an eye especially if you’re assigned to new position in your company or you’re transferred to different department. For many working professionals, the frequency of this “mind-chatter” or internal assessment has been linked to the level of anxiety, uncertainty and instability they feel in the workplace. If you plan to make a job change very soon, there is never a better time than NOW to make a checklist of your “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities” to weather the transition effectively and gain competitive leverage in the job marketplace. Here is a short list of questions you should write down and present detailed answers:

*Do you have 6 months salary on reserve for life’s uncertainties and emergencies?

*Do you need to take any continuing education classes before you start to look for a job?

*Did you write down at least three workplace stories that highlight your accomplishments that you can share in your next job interview to build camaraderie with the Interviewer, in the event you get an job interview opportunity in the next 24 hours?

*Did you make a checklist of your areas of skills and abilities, related to your current workplace competencies?

If you are seeking a job change, you need to hone your social adaptive skills. Your technical proficiency such as on-the-job training and education for the most part are relatively easy to assess upon review of your resume and education credentials, however employers desperately want to know about your social adaptive skill set (i.e. can you function in large groups, can you manage a team effectively, etc.) are investing into personality assessment technology and group interviews to assess the adaptive skills of potential job candidates. They want to see how well you are able to manage effective working relationships and work cooperatively with fellow employees. For many Fortune 500 companies, effective performance especially at the senior management level depends on stable emotional competencies such as self-confidence, initiative and conflict management skills. If you’re just starting a new job search, it’s important to remember the role of your technical skills and adaptive skills — both play a major role in job targeting. Based on a recent article on Monster.com (“Free Career Assessment Tools“), 7 out of 10 employers are investing in technology for assessment of job candidates’ emotional competencies. Employers are conducting interviews in groups of ten or more candidates with emphasis on group interaction in small “pods” reminiscent of a“company retreat” to build emotional bonds that increase creativity, self-confidence and optimism — well before you’re even hired for the job. Your knowledge, skills and abilities each have a role to play in discovering your Authentic Vocation.

Job Ninja Stardate 95108.38 Guide to Social Media Networking and Job Search

FORT LAUDERDALE – The big rage right now is social media and social networking for your job search – it’s everywhere, in our corporate lives and in our personal lives. With your job search being a big part of daily routine, it’s natural for us to want to connect to each other and use forums like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to build social capital and stay engaged and motivated when trying to find a job.

Have you ever wondered why so many employers post jobs to Twitter? Twitter is not only a massive job board but it’s a fast and cheap means to conduct a quick “background check” and verify a candidates skill set and qualifications. Once a candidates starts their job search online, they leave small digital footprints wherever they go, thereby making it easy for employers to verify facts on resumes and evaluate personality traits and communications skills.

LinkedIn has become the number one social network for job searching and it is increasingly used by hiring managers and recruiters. When you start your job search, you want to pay close attention to your online reputation. It’s very important for you to PROTECT YOUR ONLINE REPUTATION. Employers and recruiters are using social media now more than ever to get an true indication of a candidates communication skills, industry knowledge and much more. These job boards are data aggregates where technology intersects with human engagement. Social media has become the place to go for recruiters to get a clear idea of who you are and what you have done well before they talk to you.

As discussed in Job Interview Magic 2.0, when you are progressing through your next job interview, it’s important to use creative visualization to construct the mental framework that “you already fit right in to their group”. Based on a recent survey by Jobing.com, “recruiters are using social media to get clues about your personality and how you will fit into their corporate culture”.

When you are networking with social media, join LinkedIn Groups that are active and vibrant and make sure to introduce yourself to the most active members of Groups in your industry and reach out to help Group Members who are actively seeking help to overcome obstacles in the development of their career in your industry. There is no match for this type of social capital when it comes to social networking.

Be proactive on LinkedIn and Twitter and start following companies in your industry so that you can get notified of new hires, product developments and other news. Stay in-the-know about industry trends which brings immediate value to a potential employer. Stay engaged in LinkedIn Groups and build social capital by linking to provocative content and by answering questions on LinkedIn and establish yourself as an authority in your field. It’s easy to navigate through the Web with a one-sided mentality of “what’s in it for me?” but you have to give in order to receive. Answer questions, reach out to other members and make introductions and help out others.

Building social capital on LinkedIn and Twitter requires updating your Profile and Status frequently and providing content to the groups you join. Make connections with the right people and let your content and engagement in the Groups be a direct reflection of your intellect and quality as a potential candidate.

You may join many sites when social networking for a job so it’s important to make a plan. Your efforts will become too diluted if you join too many non-industry specific forums and Groups. It’s best to focus on the job boards and forums that most relevant to your industry and stay organized and disciplined and don’t try to multi-task social networking. You can multi-task everything else in your Life, but when you apply focus that’s where the energy flows so you can work on your Profile one day, join a few more LinkedIn groups on another day and update your Status on another and always remember to reach out to Group Members and offer provocative content to increase the level of engagement in the LinkedIn or Facebook Group.

This is one of the most powerful sure-fire methods of getting a job offer.

Find a job by starting a blog. You can blog your way to a job by commenting on issues in your industry and linking back to your blog when you post on other sites in your industry. As mentioned before, you leave digital footprints when you are social networking so setting up a blog can lead recruiters right to your virtual doorstep. If you are following companies on Twitter, you can blog about industry trends affecting the companies of interest in your job search and link back to your blog when you post on Twitter using HootSuite or Tweetdeck when you are engaged in multiple job search data stream simultaneously so that you maximize your social capital when you apply there.

So stay engaged and get connected and build your social capital from Day One. Join LinkedIn Groups and follow companies on Twitter and refresh your Profile and Status frequently and start blogging and commenting on issues and trends in your industry on other industry-related blogs and you’ll be amazed by the level of authority and social capital you’ll gain! Happy job hunting!

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Job Ninja 2.0 Stardate 95071.94 Are Your Values at Work Jeopardizing Your Career Goals?

FORT LAUDERDALE – On the Path towards discovering your True Authentic Vocation, reflection on your values at work is very important for self-assessment and for plotting a path of success towards achieving a high level of potentiality in your career.

Values are simply the things that, to us, are valuable and desirable and serve as the basis for making career decisions. For many corporate executives, they celebrate an extrinsic value system that nurtures external gratification such as physical setting and their pay grade and title and how many people report to them on a daily basis, while for others, their values are deeply rooted in the value of their work as to how it intrinsically relates to their community and to the betterment of their society.

There are three major value systems: achievement, affiliation and power. Achievement reflects on striving for a benchmark of excellence and improving one’s performance while affiliation puts emphasis on the values that most people hold most dear such as their interactions with other people and building relationships with their coworkers beyond the confinement of the office. The value system of power is pretty simple; it relishes on the impact that one has on other people and their decisions and it strives to be influential in every aspect. Perhaps you have a power-intense supervisor who micromanages your entire existence at work but your “Values at Work” system overrides any negativity because you celebrate the “Freedom” of working 4 days a week and having more time to spend with family and friends.

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According to Dr. Edgar Schein, the author of “Career Anchors: The Changing Nature of Careers Self Assessment” and an expert in organizational psychology, it’s important to know your career anchors really early in your career. By identifying your values, you will know what job you should do and which career is right for you that’s satisfying based on your core values and your personality.

A lot of times people choose a career for all of the wrong reasons and their personal work values are not compatible with their work environment. Without truly understanding your work values, it may cause many years of unrest, stress and loss of productivity because of the mismatched drivers and motivators for your work and your career anchors. Is it possible for someone to be a hybrid of these value systems? Yes, it is possible and quite common. Being able to access the importance of values at work is an important step in unraveling one’s true Authentic Vocation. The clarification of one’s values is important for the development of a successful career plan.

Are your values more intrinsic or extrinsic or cultural or operational. Are you just going through the flow at work without ever really thinking about the impact you have on your career, your family and your community? Is work and the things you accomplish on the job simply a means to an end where you go to pay your bills and you have a little money left over at the end of the money to have a cookout at the beach with friends. It’s okay to strive for a little “freedom” as your Values at Work System. It’s important to access the sustainability of your “Values at Work” with respect to being able to accomplish your 5-year or 10-year short term career goals. While it may sound great to have “happiness” and “freedom” at work, however, will these values allow you to tap into your Career’s Potentiality?

If you are interested in developing a more successful career plan with short-term goals for the next five years, break down your values in one of four categories: (1) Intrinsic, (2) Extrinsic, (3) Cultural and (4) Operational. A cultural value relates to your independence and autonomy in your work environment and how it builds your character and personality and an operational value relates to how focused you are on the day-to-day flow of activities at your company.

Are you an achievement type of person or do you base your success at your workplace on the relationships you have with your coworkers. So, do you simply work to have a Power Trip and live for having influence over other people and micromanaging the lives of your associates. Aim high with your Values at Work self-assessment so that you can dictate your career path for the next five years. Maybe it’s in the Cards that you jump ship to another company very soon to gain greater career satisfaction.

Job Ninja 2.0 Stardate 95052.81 How to Escape the 9-to-5 grind to enjoy the List Building Lifestyle!

FORT LAUDERDALE – Are you one of those corporate America professionals who is ready and willing at any given moment to throw in the towel and start enjoying the List Building Lifestyle? If only you knew where to start. So what is the List Building Lifestyle, anyway? That’s a very good question!

The List Building Lifestyle, as it’s referred to by many of today’s most successful mom-and-pop email marketing operations is simply the science of building your list and optimizing the quality with tests of different business opportunity offers to turn a profit with each mailing. It is a science, but not too complicated once you get a hang of it. As your subscriber base grows, you will lose subscribers. Many of our subscribers love our blog posts (we aim to please) and many others unsubscribe. It’s okay – their interests change over time. A true List Builder understands the value of their list because “The Money is in the List”.

One of the best ways to start enjoying the List Building Lifestyle is to find our passion and write about it. You can create a small downloadable e-book or set up a Website Portal. For example, do you have an interest in photography? Do you dream of starting a wedding photography studio? Start blogging and network with other blogs in your niche to build your list of potential clients fast.

One of my favorite bloggers is Mark Weins of Migrationology. He and his wife travel throughout Asia sampling different types of foods for his food travel blog and shares his videos on YouTube. The quality of his website and his videos are up there with the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmermn of Bizarre Foods. It’s great to see how dedicated he is to his craft. His travel blog is sustained by sales of his e-books. He is a true professional and he shares his success tips for blogging freely on his YouTube Channel. He talks about the video equipment he uses and how he packs for each trip. He is based in Bangkok. His enthusiasm for his Food Travel blog is very contagious.

Find your passion and start blogging. WordPress is the most powerful blogging platform. It offers easy hosting packages and lots of great themes “right out of the box” that you can start using almost immediately to match your interests. Whether you plan to use a 3rd party email list management tool such as Aweber, MailChimp or Constant Contact, start building your list as soon as possible.

Yes, the Money is in the List. As your list grows, you will be able to estimate the value of each subscriber. It may take some testing but you may arrive at a ball-park estimate for each subscriber’s value to your business (i.e. $1.50 each) if you are selling a simple e-book for $29. Of course, the value of each subscriber escalates substantially if you have a solid backend product upsell strategy for $197, $297 or even $497.

Okay – great – what internet marketing method do you recommend to start building my List? Most bloggers start building their lists with Google Adwords because it’s so easy to set up an account. Simply bid on your keyword phrases and Google lists your links on its search engine. You can bid on competitive keyword phrases in your niche and create an email marketing funnel to effortlessly market to your new email subscribers to convert into sales and pre-qualify these sales leads for your backend sales calls.

You can run social media ads on Twitter and Facebook if you can get a decent conversion rate, however if your business plan calls for the sale of a backend product for $495 or higher, you’re going to need to pre-qualify your leads which is more suited for the telemarketing method because it’s direct, dynamic and scalable to your marketing campaign. You will have many options for growing your list but you should always have an exit strategy for your email marketing funnel. For you to take the critical leap and enjoy the List Building Lifestyle, you need a strong backend product so that you can keep pushing the profits up the side of the Pyramid.

Another method is to use SEO (Search Engine Optimization) but many times it takes too long and keywords are highly competitive unless you focus on four-word and five-word keyword phrases which offers lower volume but better targeting. Most people go for the low lying fruit which is social media, but ad saturation has diminished the returns for many marketers.

 

Job Ninja 2.0 Stardate 95026.95 Unlock the Secrets of your Life Purpose and your Authentic Vocation.

FORT LAUDERDALE – The world’s most successful entrepreneurs and leaders – Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg, just to name a few – all profess to their personal belief that their success came about from making a clear conscious choice on what, where, and how to make a valuable contribution to the World. They believe that it didn’t happen by accident, or by luck. They found their “calling” by choosing to listen to their Intuition to unlock the secrets of their Authentic Vocation.

Have you ever thought about your Life Purpose? Unlocking the secrets of one’s Life Purpose is the central theme for finding work fulfillment and satisfaction in Life. Every person has a central Life Purpose – for many it may take 20 years to find it, even 30 years or more. However, once that central theme, quality or passion becomes clear, we are able to clarify and align our focus to find true authenticity. Ultimately, it’s this clarification that will unleash your quest of self-discovery for your Authentic Vocation. Your Life Purpose will start to unravel once you start to listen to your Intuition. There were clues in your Life all along (i.e. a book catches your attention in a store or you meet someone within the scope of your future Authentic Vocation at your company’s Christmas party, etc.) but you were too consumed by the pressures to “make a living” that you weren’t about to embrace the Power of Now in that particular Moment. That’s how some of the world’s most productive non-profit community activist organizations got their start — “like minded people sharing a cohesive life philosophy in the Moment” on their respective journeys for their Life Purpose to satisfy an innate (“screaming”) desire to make a bigger Contribution to society as a whole. These clues were intermittently dispersed, not by coincidence, but by design of the Collective Mind that all people share a connection to, whether they believe it or not.

The clues to your Life Purpose and unlocking your Authentic Vocation are all around you. Ask yourself, “What parts of your present job do you thoroughly enjoy doing away from work?” and “If you were asked to write your own Obituary, what would you like people to remember you for at the end of your Life?”

These questions form the basis for a powerful introspection tool called S.W.O.T. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) Analysis. Start by looking at the value of a skill or interest that you have that you took for granted because you thought everyone else can do it. So many people never take time to find out what makes them “unique” because they are too consumed by the pressures of their hectic lives. The obstacle to progress is thinking that only so-called special people have talent and have a Life Purpose. These people are not special in anyway. They simply made a clear choice to decode their own Destiny by exploring their Life Purpose to achieve more fulfillment and satisfaction in Life. Grab a pen and paper and complete your S.W.O.T. Analysis now! Create four columns; one for each trait and fill in each column as much as possible. You can make this clear conscious decision today!  S.W.O.T. Analysis is a very powerful tool of self-awareness. Use your responses to awaken your Intuition and create your Life Purpose Statement. For example, your Life Purpose Statement may shape up to be: “To be a positive influence on single mothers seeking self-healing after an abusive relationship” or “To motivate underprivileged children to achieve a college education”. Once you implement your new Life Purpose Statement, it’s underlying Power will become the central Organizing Principle in your Life. It will have an impact on every decision you make and everything you do thereafter. The Power of the Organizing Principle will shape your new Role in society, your Long-term and Short-term goals and the Action you’ll take to achieve your Master Plan.

Every person has Central Life Purpose if they care to look for clues. It’s time to shatter the myth that only special people have a purpose. S.W.O.T. Analysis clear destroys this notion and these types of preconceived constructs once held as “authentic”. You will enjoy more work fulfillment and more satisfaction in your Life. You’ll find your “calling” and locate the treasure map to your Authentic Vocation.

Reference: Learn about Zig Ziglar, the amazing motivational speaker: Born to Win: Find Your Success“.