Thursday, November 30, 2006

Manager Tools - Website & Podcast

I found this podcast by browsing on This podcast is managed by Mark and Mike. They have great tools for managers and to-be managers. So if you are on that path this is a great podcast to listen to. Also, I think this is has a great conversational quality and that they give "real-life" tips for managers. So try them and see if they can help you.

This is what they say :

Manager Tools is a weekly podcast focused on helping you become a more effective manager and leader. Each week we’ll be talking about new tools and easy techniques you can use to help achieve your management and career objectives. If you’re tired of a lot of management theory and would rather learn specific actions you can take TODAY to improve your management performance, we think you’ll enjoy the manager tools podcast.

5 Must-Have Books that they recommend

They love Peter Drucker books - which are awesome.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Why should I hire you ?

By Mariette Durack Edwards

The other day I was speaking with a young fellow who had been laid off from his job at a large consulting firm. His education and work experience were exceptional so I was surprised to learn he had been out of work for eight months. "Why so long?" I asked him. He launched into a list of things he couldn't do, experience he didn't have, and technology he didn't know. All of these deficiencies plus "the economy" were why he was still looking for a job. It wasn't until I asked him what he wanted to do in his next job that a glimmer of passion entered his voice.

Being out of work for an extended period is certain to erode even the most confident job-seeker. That's why it's so important that you stay focused on your strengths and how your special qualities, skills and abilities can benefit a potential employer. Remember you are the only person in the world who knows everything about what you know!

Here are a few suggestions to help you stay on track with your job-search.

Never argue for your limitations

It's easy to start thinking in terms of what's missing if you've been out of work for a long time but arguing for your limitations will never bring you the work you seek. Focus instead on how you can position your unique skills and abilities to support a potential employer's goals. Pay particular attention to the things that are so easy for you that they seem unimportant.Fill in the gapsBrag about your efforts instead of shining a spotlight on what you don't have.

Think of yourself in terms of results

People buy solutions. A client who is a voice-over talent left this message recently for a customer she wanted to win back. "Hello, Bill. This is Jane Doe. I was the voice of Top Notch News during the three or four years when the network had its highest ratings. How can I help you regain that position? Call me at ..." She got a request to submit her demo reel the next day. How will hiring you move others closer to their goals?

Ask good questions

Craft a series of questions that are open ended, thought provoking and position you in terms of results. Avoid directive questions that signal the answer you are looking for or require a yes/no response. Ask yourself, "What are the biggest questions I can ask in response to this opportunity?" For example, "What are the organization's most important goals?" "How do you see this position impacting on the achievement of those goals?" "If I were offered the opportunity to work with your organization, what would you like me to accomplish in my first 90 days?"

Learn the art of selling

True selling is actually a wonderful process of learning about others and listening for an opportunity to serve through what you offer. It is the single most important tool in your job-search kit.

Mariette Durack Edwards is a business and personal coach, consultant, speaker, and writer. Her latest book is The Way Things Work: 25 Must-Know Principles for Making Dreams Come True. Mariette can be reached via her Website.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving & A Poem ~ In My Dreams !

In My Dreams
by Steven Robert Heine.

In my dreams
all wrongs are righted,
all sins are forgiven
all wounds are healed.

In my dreams
all lost friends are found
all loved ones are united
all pain is forgotten.

In my dreams
laughter replaces anger
smiles replace frowns
and love replaces hate and fear..

But then I awaken
and I realize that I cannot fix
everything that is broken in the World.
And I decide to try to make it just
a little better somehow.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

State Employment Offices - Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment Benefits

If you lost your job and have a question about unemployment benefits, your local state Employment Office is where you get your questions answered and register to receive benefits. Make this state office your first stop the day after you lose your job - they have many resources and help for you in your job search. These offices provide support for both job seekers and employers. Each state employment office is named and organized differently from the others, but the essential services are the same.

State Employment Offices
AlabamaDept. of Industrial Relations
AlaskaDept. of Labor & Workforce Development
ArkansasEmployment Security Dept.
ArizonaEmployment Security Admin.
CaliforniaEmployment Development Dept.
ColoradoDept. of Labor and Employment
ConnecticutDept. of Labor
District of ColumbiaDept. of Employment Services
DelawareDelaware Dept. of Labor
FloridaAgency for Workforce Innovation
GeorgiaGeorgia Dept. of Labor
HawaiiDept. of Labor and Industrial Relations
IdahoIdaho Dept. of Labor
IllinoisDept. of Employment Security
IndianaDept. of Workforce Development
IowaIowa Workforce Development
KansasKansas Deptartment of Labor
KentuckyOffice of Employment and Training
LouisianaLouisiana Dept. of Labor
MaineMaine Dept. of Labor
MarylandDivision of Employment and Training
MassachusettsDepartment of Workforce Development
MichiganMichigan Career Portal
MinnesotaMinnesota Workforce Center
MississippiDepartment of Employment Security
MissouriDepartment of Labor & Industrial Relations
MontanaDept. of Labor and Industry
NebraskaNebraska Dept. of Labor
NevadaDept. of Employment Training and Rehabilitation
New HampshireEmployment Security
New JerseyWork Force New Jersey
New MexicoNew Mexico Dept. of Labor
New YorkNew York Dept. of Labor
North CarolinaN.C. Employment Security Commission
North DakotaNorth Dakota Job Service
OhioDept. of Job and Family Services
OklahomaEmployment Security Commission
OregonOregon Employment Dept.
PennsylvaniaPenn. Dept. of Labor and Industry
Rhode IslandRI Dept. of Labor and Training
South CarolinaSC Employment Security Commission
South DakotaSouth Dakota Dept. of Labor
TennesseeDept. of Labor & Workforce Development
TexasTexas Workforce Commission
UtahDept. of Workforce Services
VermontDept. of Employment & Training
VirginiaVirginia Employment Commission
WashingtonState Employment Security
West VirginiaBureau of Employment Programs
WyomingWyoming Dept. of Employment

Friday, November 17, 2006 - A website which offers job search information and community resources.

If you've been laid off at least once, try a pro-active, rather than a re-active, approach in your next job search. But finding a job is a job in itself. There are so many places to look. As I have said before yes networking works but there is a Hidden Job Market - What is it?

I came accross a great site -
I usually like to check out the sites and really see if they are useful as there is way too much info on the web nowadays.

Anyway, JobStar is a California based website which offers job search information and community resources for California. (only certain counties) Mary-Ellen Mort, M. L. S. is the Project Director & Webmaster. Although the site targets CA I think it has very useful information that can be used anywhere.

Here are 3 Articles I found that will help the job seeker.
  1. Step-by-Step Plan for Using the Internet to Go "Beyond the Want Ads" has 6 steps that will help you plan better. They are 1. Focus on your selling points. 2. Focus on one position and one target industry. 3.Develop a custom list of targeted employers. 4. Use your network. 5. Make contact with the employer. 6.Get help

  2. INDUSTRY RESEARCH - Tips on Industry trends, areas of growth, leading companies, companies in your geographic area, "insider" tips on skills in demand, products or services in greatest demand, new technologies.

  3. COMPANY RESEARCH - Lists resources to keep up with the latest news about the company you are interested in.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Definitive Guide to Wireless Hotspots

This is an excerpt from the article on the SmallBizResource (SBR) website.

I was wary about using hotspots but this guide helped me understand the basics.

"You have to leave the office, but you're waiting for a crucial and time-sensitive email from a client. You could wait a few hours until you return to get your email, or you could drop into a coffee shop, enjoy a cuppa joe and check your messages from the road.

If you're not already a hotspot user, this guide will show you how to start reaping the benefits of the abundant wireless opportunities that exist in more and more public places every day." Link

Sunday, November 05, 2006

SlideShare is a free service for sharing presentations and slideshows

SlideShare lets you upload, tag, and embed your presentations on any web site.

You can upload your PowerPoint and OpenOffice presentations, tag them, embed them into your blog or website, browse others' presentations, and comment on individual slides. It's a great way to share your ideas with others, or to learn from other people. And it's free.

After you upload a slideshow, you can view the small version or go fullscreen (which looks really good), clicking through slides one at a time. Looks like a great tool share presentations.

Slideshare is the work of Uzanto - a small startup based in Mountain View, CA and New Delhi, India. There is more on their FAQ page

Wednesday, November 01, 2006 - Personal Job Referral Exchange Website !

The first personal job referral exchange.Your last job could be the key to finding your next job...

I really like this. It is only with personal references that most jobs are secured. This is a great way to link with and actually make connections. I talk about "networking" all the time. What a neat way this is. Now only spreading the word about this site will get the ball rolling.
When you join the site, they ask you to contribute at least one job referral to gain access to their network. So if you know of a job or can get someone refered to a job you put that in. The more you refer the more points you earn. You should really read more on their website.