Job Hunting Smarts

Job Hunters are seeking to reach their next career goal, to find the job of their dreams. But how to do that? What would it take to land that job?
In the old days, what often worked was to peruse the "want ads" in the local newspaper. In today's world, new strategies are necessary.
Here are five practices that will make you a job hunter with "smarts."
S = Strategy: Do you have a strategy for your job search? What is a strategy, you wonder? Essentially, if you have a strategy, you have a battle plan. The word strategy comes from "strategos" and means the art of the General. An effective commander knows what she is after. The Objective is clear. The Plan for achieving the objective is laid out as a roadmap. The Obstacles have been identified and the Resources will be marshaled against them.
M = Market: How do you find potential employers? Like a Big Game Hunter tracks and snares his prey, a job hunter with smarts knows that she is hunting companies, not …

Action Changes Things

Last September, we had a gathering at my church for a conversation about the crisis. The triggering events were the downfall of Cardinal McCarrick and the Pennsylvania report about widespread clergy abuse of children.

Our then-pastor asked several of us to be small group facilitators for the gathering, following the lead of a guest speaker whose expertise included many years as a church attorney, dealing with cases of abuse by priests.
As you might expect, it was an emotional meeting, with strong feelings expressed including outrage (at the lies), sadness (for those who were hurt), anger (at our local Church leaders), and a sense of betrayal by Church authorities who covered up despicable situations for years.

But it was also a productive discussion, generating a great deal of input that found its way into a report that we forwarded to our Bishop, wherein we claimed our role and responsibility for providing leadership in the local church.. 

Thinking about that meeting, I realized that ea…

Build Your Team

There are many pitfalls that today's job hunters must be wary of including:
Don't wait for the phone to ringDon't spend all day on the computer Another one that is less talked about:
Don't go it alone. In fact, I have started to tell my clients "Job search is a team sport."

So many job hunters isolate themselves, hardly ever coming out of their house! This isolation is dangerous:
You are not connecting with othersYou are not surrounding yourself with positivityYou are not getting diverse points of viewYou are not getting a change of sceneYou are not getting exercise

Such isolation can lead to depression...and a lengthy search.

So, what is the answer?  Build a team.

I've started to ask my audiences, "Who is on your team?"

After a few seconds of blinking, they get right into it, discussing the people that are in fact already on their team. People such as family members, friends, former co-workers.

In a recent speaking engagement, an audience member o…

"How Do I Survive?"

On the phone the other day with a client, he asked me, "Terry, How do I survive?"

I rattled off an answer*...
...but his question is haunting me.
Many of us who are "north of 50" years of age are feeling somewhat fragile these days, like the steamrollers of our time are going to mow us down at any moment.
What would you tell a client or a friend if they asked you, How do I survive?
*The answer I gave my client included the following four points:
Don't stop networking after you land the job you are seeking. Keep your network alive and fresh. Stay in touch with people. You never know when you may need to leverage these relationships again.
Stay healthy. You aren't getting any younger. Find ways to stay active and fit. Challenge your body and your mind.
Stay current in your field. Be learning all the time. Read. Take courses. Watch TED talks. Expand your mind.

Reconnect to your purpose.
Later, some additional thoughts surfaced:

Build community. Become many by …

Open Your Eyes

We all have blind spots. Trouble is, by definition, we are blind to them. Unless someone fills us in, we go along oblivious.

One piece of wisdom that I came across years ago resurfaced the other day in my twitterfeed...and it reminded me of an important life lesson.

The wisdom is a quote often attributed to Albert Einstein:

"The definition of insanity is...doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"

The life lesson for me is to examine the insanity in myself. What am I doing over and over again that is NOT producing the results I want out of Life?"

I shared the Einstein quote with a friend recently after he shared his frustration that he wasn't getting any traction toward his career goals.

The second I hit the Send button, I stopped and looked at myself.

Could this be my blind spot as well?  Am I repeating well-worn routines that are keeping me in old ruts?

As I am writing this post in early January, the time of year for new ideas and ne…

3 Words for a New Year

At this time of year, I often recall the "3 Word Exercise" that I learned from blogger Chris Brogan.

In a nutshell, he recommends visioning the new year ahead and letting 3 words filter out of the "big story" you have in mind.
As I sit here and envision my "big story" for 2019...three words that are percolating up for me are...
Epiphany (as in "shine forth")
I'll be pondering the significance of these words and write about them in the new year.

What are your 3 words for 2019?

Posted by Terrence Seamon on New Year's Eve December 31, 2018

Dark and Quiet

"Darkness reveals the heavenly lights."

For the past several years, a group of friends has gathered in December for the celebration of the Winter solstice. One of the group, a Franciscan sister, prepares a short and simple prayer for us to follow as we stand around a fire in the night.

This year, she asked us to reflect on the meanings we have for darkness.

After a few initial responses that brought out the "dark side" of darkness, someone said, "When it's dark, the stars come out."

We all oo-ed and ah-ed at that reflection and we immediately looked upward. It had been a cloudy day, but the bright moon flashed through the rapidly flying clouds.

Suddenly one of our group pointed and said, "Look a star!"

Filled with renewed animation, this triggered more reflections on darkness including one about growth. The individual said, "In darkness, seeds lay dormant in the ground, away from the light, until the seasons change and they begin to ger…