Thursday, January 21, 2010

How to make yourself hire-able

The New Year has come, and with it, many people reassess their careers and decide that it's time to move on to new roles, as part of their new year's resolution. Whether you’re in the midst of a job search or are ready to look for your first job, it’s always important to take the steps necessary to make yourself hireable. This is something you can do even if you don’t have a lot of experience. So, if you’re ready to kick your job search into high gear, here are three quick tips to consider:

* Start Your Own Blog

One way to make yourself hireable in the eyes of recruiters is to start your own professional blog. Making this effort works in your favor in a number of ways. First, it helps you to boost your web presence, which you need nowadays to stand out from the crowd. Second, it helps show employers that you are a subject matter expert in the field you’re attempting to make ground in. Third, it offers prospective employers a wealth of resources to look for in the event that they ask for details about your background.

A web blog is the perfect way to not only showcase your knowledge, but build knowledge as well. It’s the perfect transition for those trying to switch careers or those entering the professional world for the first time. But the best part is that you can easily start one with no worry of overhead because they are free. I suggest using Blogger for ease of use. Other options are WordPress and LiveJournal.

* Get a LinkedIn Page

Another great way to make yourself stand out among your competition is by signing up for a LinkedIn profile. You’ve probably heard of this great site for professionals, but if you haven’t, you’re really missing out. In social media circles, LinkedIn is considered to be the professional equivalent of Facebook. Not only can you create a virtual résumé that is easily searchable via all of the search engines, but you can connect with other professionals for networking purposes and have those you’ve worked with before give you recommendations.

Having a LinkedIn page ups your credibility in the eyes of hiring managers and recruiters. So it’s a good idea to build yours – just don’t forget to link to your blog.

* Obtain a Professional Email Address

If you don’t already have a professional email address, now is the time to get yours. While may have been an hilarious email address in high school, now's the time to get one that tells the story that you’re now ready to be a professional. Afterall, just imagine what a recruiter would think if he spotted this email on your résumé or online presence? Not exactly a rousing testament to your work ethic, right?

The standard route to take when choosing your professional email address is to use some variation of your name like, or But if you really want to look impressive, you could register a domain under your name with a service like GoDaddy, and get a website up in no time. This way, you will be able to sign up for an email address through your own account (ex., post a quick résumé on your site, point to your LinkedIn page and blog, and have the ultimate professional email address. Now that's professional!

Sometimes it’s not easy to think of ways to get your foot in the door when you don’t have a great deal of experience in the field you’re pursuing. But taking free or low-cost steps to build your presence beforehand could make you more hireable then you could ever imagine.

In Bliss,

Coach Sandy

© 2010, Find Your Bliss Coaching.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What Would You Do If You Only Had a Short Time to Live?

Today's blog is a guest post from Zen Habits blogger Leo Babauta.

It’s hard, from within the storm of every day life, to see things with real perspective, to know what’s important and what’s simply pressing on our consciousness right now, demanding attention. We have people emailing us for information and requesting action, we have phone calls and visitors and a long to-do list and a million chores and errands to run and all of the slings and arrows of our daily reality … and yet, what is important?

Ask yourself this: if you suddenly found out you only had 6 months to live (for whatever reason), would the thing in front of you matter to you?

Would those 20 emails waiting for a response matter? Would the paperwork waiting to be processed matter? Would the work you’re doing matter? Would the meetings you’re supposed to have matter? Would a big car and nice house and high-paying job and cool computer and mobile device and nice shoes and clothes matter? I’m not saying they wouldn’t matter … but it’s important to ask yourself if they would.

What would matter to you?

For many of us, it’s the loved ones in our lives. If we don’t have loved ones … maybe it’s time we started figuring out why, and addressing that. Maybe we haven’t made time for others, for getting out and meeting others and helping others and being compassionate and passionate about others. Maybe we have shut ourselves in somehow. Or maybe we do have loved ones in our lives, but we don’t seem to have the time we want to spend with them. When was the last time you told your loved ones you loved them? Spent good quality time with them, being in the moment?

For many of us, doing work that matters … would matter. That might mean helping others, or making a vital contribution to society, or creating something brilliant and inspiring, or expressing ourselves somehow. It’s not the money that matters, but the impact of the work. Are you doing work that matters?
For many of us, experiencing life would matter — really being in the moment, finding passion in our lives, seeing the world and traveling, or just seeing the world that’s around us right now, being with great people, doing amazing things, eating amazing food, playing.

These are just a few ideas … but what would matter to you?

I highly recommend that you spend at least a little time now, and regularly, thinking about this question … figuring out what really matters … and living a life that shows this. How do you live a life that puts a great emphasis on what matters? Start by figuring out what matters, and what doesn’t. Then eliminate as much as you can of the stuff that doesn’t matter, or at least minimize it to the extent possible. Make room for what does matter. Make the time for what does matter … today. Put it on your schedule, and don’t miss that appointment. Make those tough decisions — because choosing to live a life that is filled with the important stuff means making choices, and they’re not always easy choices. But it matters. Spend time with your significant other, show them how important they are. Take the time to cuddle with your child, to read with her, to play with her, to have good conversations with her, to take walks with her. Take time to be in nature, to appreciate the beauty of the world around us. Take time to savor the little pleasures in life.

Because while you might not have only 6 months to live, I’m here to break the news to you: you really do only have a short time to live. Whether that’s 6 months, 6 years or 60 … it’s but the blink of an eye. The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now.

In Bliss,
Coach Sandy

© 2010, Find Your Bliss Coaching.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Working hard to be more promotable for success

Being successful is a great goal to have for anyone. We all want to have a good life; afterall, who wouldn't want happiness and success, right?

1. Persistance Pays: Being persistent is one trait that you need to have in order to achieve success. You need to make sure that you are getting ahead in life and doing all that you can for both yourself and for others. Persistence is going to pay off for you when you use it right. You want to be serious in any type of work that you do whether it is for your personal life or career. Working hard is a great trait to have, but you also need to be good at what you do in order to make your dreams and goals come true as you go through life.

2. Dependability Works: Being dependable is another good resource for you to have. You need to be sure that you are very reliable and dependable for anything that you do. If you are committing yourself to a project or event, you need to make sure that you see it through and make it happen so that you put yourself on the right path for success. Being dependable is an essential element in positioning yourself as promotable. So that this seriously if you want to get ahead in your life and career.

3. Challenges Breed Rewards: Take challenges when you can. If you want to strengthen your skills and limit your weaknesses, having a challenge or two in your life or career is going to help you learn and grow. You will end up much stronger for it. Once you master new skills, difficult projects will become easier, since you will be able to handle the new challenge with ease.

4. Know Thyself: Take inventory of your strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. Is there something else that you could do to make your life easier and more promotable? If so, don't let this opportunity pass you by. Allowing yourself the right to be more successful is going to help you cruise through life better. You will be able to enjoy things so much more and be free to make choices that you had not previously thought of. Want your life to be more creative and exciting? Figure out what you want the most and take that challenge! Get ready for new things and do not concentrate too much on anything that you cannot have. And be prepared! Because in the end, this is what will help you succeed the most.

Take chances and go after the impossible. If you are looking for something to fulfill your life, look inward and examine whether you are doing everything you can to make it happen. It may be hard, but if you are determined, giving yourself the confidence that you need to make it happen will bring you the blessings you're seeking. Being a hard worker will surely pay off for you in the end and help you to achieve the promotable success that you are craving in life.

In Bliss,
Coach Sandy

© 2010, Find Your Bliss Coaching.