Monday, March 8, 2010

Twitter Job Search Guide

I was lucky enough to be selected as a contributor to a new book that just came out last week, "The Twitter Job Search Guide," written by my esteemed colleagues, Susan Britton Whitcomb, Chandlee Bryan, and Deb Dib.

A few weeks ago, contributors were invited to be on a conference call with the authors, and although I haven't seen the book itself yet, I can't wait to read it! These women are amazing, and if you don't follow them yet on Twitter, you should!! You should also check out the website for the book. (I won't hold it against them that they spelled my name wrong in the contributor's section. *smile*)


Resume writers whose clients want to know about using Twitter for their job search should definitely check out -- and recommend -- this book!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

What We Can Learn From the Oscars

To be the best in your career, you need to practice your craft. Every year's Academy Awards ceremony is recognition of this. It requires patience, teamwork, creativity ... and, most importantly, hard work.

Set high standards for yourself -- for your behavior, your actions, your work ethic. And then work to live up to those ideals. Lowering the bar is a cop-out. I found this quote (author unknown) that sums up the struggle for those who decide that it's too much work to live up to the ideal that they had once expressed for themselves.

The greasiest leverage you can create for yourself is the pain that comes from inside, not outside. Knowing that you have failed to live up to your own standards for your life is the ultimate pain. If we fail to act in accordance with our own view of ourselves, if our behaviors are inconsistent with our standards - with the identity we hold for ourselves - then the chasm between our actions and who we are drives us to make a change. One of the strongest forces in the human personality is the drive to preserve the integrity of our own identity.

You want to be an Oscar-winning actor or director? You must work hard. You can't say, "Well, that's too much trouble."

You want to be the best resume writer there is? You must put in the time. Write a lot of resumes. Work on improving your skills. Take criticism gracefully. And never, ever lower your standards.