Trouble Landing A Job?

trouble landing a job


You’ve been looking for a job for a while and nothing is working. You’ve created a great resume, you interview excellently, but for some reason nobody is calling you back. You shake your fist at the economy, blame the poor job market, and bitterly think about how good you could be if they just gave you a chance. You need experience to get a job, and a job to get experience, this whole system is broken and designed specifically to ruin you – you who could be so amazing if only the world weren’t so pitted against you – how is anyone expected to succeed like this?


Stop. Stop right there.


Yes, the system is broken – that’s just how it goes. But that is not an excuse to sit at home all day complaining about it. Successful people happen every day, all the time, and they deal with the same system you do. Generally speaking, they aren’t special. They’re not smarter than you, or better looking than you or born into better circumstances. The only thing separating you from the hundreds of people finding success right at this moment is the effort you put into what you do.


Give it All You Got

Yes, the job market is terrible. Successful people skirt that and make their own opportunities. Want to own a bakery? Start baking every single day. Learn to make the most delicious cupcakes on the face of this good green earth and give samples to your friends. Start selling them to their friends. Get a side job and save like a maniac with the goal of a bakery in mind. Be so good no one can ignore you. Be so good people line up outside just for a bite of one of your delicious pastries. Put hours and hours into perfecting what you do. If you want to be successful, you can’t half ass anything. Because there are 20 people who want the same thing as you do and they’re willing to put in the work.


Prepare Your Goals in Advance

Make a list every morning of three things you want to do that will inch you closer to your goal. Find people who are doing what you want to do, ask to buy them lunch, and pick their brain about every detail of their success. Find out what kind of person excels in the industry and become that person. Zero in on this one thing and make your life about it. Live and breathe it, research it to death, do as much as you can on your own so when you’re finally being considered for that job, you’ll have a lot to show them.


Look Professional

Pay attention to your appearance – in a perfect world it wouldn’t matter, but we don’t live in that world. People’s first impression of who you comes from how you look, so look like someone they’d want to hire. Maybe they’d love you if they got to know you, but that’s not good enough. Make them love you from the moment they see you until the moment you leave. Be charming and friendly and professional and show them you have initiative and the skills they want.


If all that sounds like too much effort then you have no right to complain about not having the job you want. If you press full speed ahead into your goals, they’ll get done. But if you’d like to lazily wander after them, then you will only experience mediocrity throughout your career path.


Choosing Enthusiasm – Monday Motivation – The Job Window


When you were a kid maybe you wanted to be an astronaut or a mega superstar singing sensation, or an inventor – whatever it was, you were probably really excited about the idea of this amazing career you were going to have. The fabulous things you were going to do with your life, the thrill of everything that lay ahead of you.


Maybe some of you are still on the inventor path, but most are probably working toward something a little more commonplace. No matter what your career choice or the path you’ve chosen to follow, how do you feel about this life you’ve created for yourself?


Are you excited to get up everyday? Do you bring enthusiasm to what you’re doing?

Even if you are not exactly working toward the career of your dreams it is still important to find something to be enthusiastic about every day.


Maybe you like everything about what you’re doing, maybe half and maybe only a little. Maybe your enthusiasm resides in things you do outside of work, with friends for example, or a cause you volunteer with. Whatever it is that you like, focus on that. Make it your reason for jumping out of bed. By focusing on what brings you happiness, the things you don’t like feel less negative and the things you like even more positive.


Your attitude about your life is what will determine the life you are going to lead. Your position, your pay are not the ultimate determiners of your happiness. Your attitude is.


By choosing enthusiasm, by focusing on the bright moments – and there will invariably be bright moments, every day has the potential to lead you to infinity and beyond.

Starting The Year Off Right

Starting The Year Off Right


Are you totally happy with the way you did your job last year? Are there things you’d like to do better? When it comes to how we do our jobs, most of us have a few bad habits. Here are four things everyone faces in their daily lives that many of us can do better.

It’s not my job

We’ve all done it. When someone questions why something simple hasn’t been done, and we just stare back at them blankly and say, “It’s not my job.”

While it’s true that some things you may be asked to do are technically outside of your job description, if you see something that should have been done or that should be done, and it’s in your power to do it, then go ahead and take some initiative. You’ll look good in the eyes of the powers that be, and you can feel good for making things just that little bit smoother and better. Not everything you should do “is your job”.


There are many reasons people procrastinate. Because something seems boring, or difficult, or because the deadline isn’t within the next twelve seconds, but procrastinating will only extend the time of boredom or difficulty and it will make those final twelve seconds a nightmare.

Lighten your mental load. Give yourself timelines for projects that end well ahead of scheduled deadlines. Make procrastination a thing of the past.


If you’re one of those people that always run in at the last second, then it’s time to mend your ways. When you have to rush around to get yourself out the door you’re apt to forget something. You arrive at your destination slightly flustered and you look unprofessional.

Find ways to get yourself on time all the time. Set your alarm earlier, change your clocks so they are always ten minutes ahead. Decide to make being on time a priority.


We all run into negative situations or people in the course of our workdays. There is no avoiding that. What you can avoid is negative talk and negative thoughts.

Talking about how unhappy you are with things only fuels the flames of negativity and it doesn’t do anything to move the situation forward.

If you’re not happy then get to the bottom of the problem and take action to change the situation. Positive action will make you feel a whole lot better than negative words or thoughts ever will. And it will get help move you out of the negative situation altogether.


What I Do Defines Me – Motivation Monday

What I Do Defines Me - Motivation Monday

What impresses you when you first meet someone? The car they drive? The Neighbourhood they live in? The clothes they wear? Those are the sorts of things that might grab your attention in the first few seconds, but after you’ve known someone for a while the exteriors matter less.

You start to pay more attention to what they do, how they treat others, their work ethic, their concern for the things they believe in.

Who are the people that impress you most? Are you impressed by what they have or what they do? Do you have a boss or a co-worker who always goes out of his or her way to help others? A neighbour who shovels the walk of the elderly couple across the way? A friend who drops by with a pot of soup when you’re sick? Those are the people we respect. The people we care about. The people we should strive to be.

When Commissioner Gordon shines the bat light in the sky he’s not doing it to summon a guy in a bat suit, he’s doing it to summon the person who he knows will help his city.

The outside stuff is cool, but ultimately, it’s transient. The things that make a lasting impression, the things that define us are the things we do.

Are You An Entrepreneur?

Are You An Entrepreneur?


Entrepreneurs are the changers of society. The ones who see a different or better way to doing things and aren’t afraid to put their lives or careers on the line to see their vision through. What makes entrepreneurs different?

Unafraid to challenge the status Quo

Most people are just content to follow along with what everyone else is doing, to agree with the majority opinion, to participate in the same activities. An entrepreneur on the other hand is more likely to be the one to choose a new direction, a brand new way of seeing things regardless of the opposition of others.


Follow their own compass

People don’t like it when someone veers off the beaten path because it makes them afraid. They’re afraid the trailblazer might fail and they’re also afraid that trailblazer might succeed – reflecting negatively on their own choices. Most people aren’t willing to take chances so it makes them feel better when no one around them takes chances either.


There’s a quote by Mahatma Ghandi entrepreneurs can take to heart when pushing against the warnings and advice of others who don’t share their vision:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”


They have a chip on their shoulder

Entrepreneurial types are often the type with a chip on their shoulder. They’re not satisfied with the way things are and want to change it. They become obsessed with changing it. That obsession becomes a chip on their shoulder, a constant, grating reminder that things won’t just change on their own so it’s up to them to bring about the change. That chip motivates them to go that extra mile. Some people who have a chip on their shoulder use it as an excuse to explain why things are rotten. Others use it to make sure things change.


Make like Velcro

Despite endless planning and preparation there will always be setbacks and roadblocks and detours while navigating the creation of any new venture. Entrepreneurs stick to their vision. It doesn’t mean they keep on heading in a direction that’s proving to be a dead end. It means they find alternate routes and they keep going. They keep their goal in mind and keep stick to it like Velcro.

Not Sure What To Do With Your Liberal Arts Degree?

Not Sure What To Do With Your Liberal Arts Degree?


So you got a degree in something you are deeply interested in like the humanities or French literature. As much as it  you intellectually and emotionally, it seems that in terms of helping you find a job, it was kind of a waste of time. Well we’re here to tell you that is not true.


Emma Williams who went from a degree in Scandinavian mythology to general manager of Bing Studios at Microsoft explains the connection between humanities degrees and jobs in tech (or other fields). “You become very skilled in new subject areas and understanding them deeply….You have a broader understanding (of different subjects) and a better set of capabilities than just having a computer science degree.”


Check out these three career inspiring stories from Fast Company

Dealing With Difficult People

Dealing With Difficult People


Some people are pretty easy to get along with and others, how shall we say this – aren’t.


There are people who, no matter what you do, just aren’t very pleasant to have as roommates or co-workers or bosses. Since they exist, you need to be able to handle them. Here are some methods for dealing with difficult people.


Don’t try to change their minds


No matter how much you might think you are a shining example of what every human should be, some people are simply not going to like you. Some people are just going to be rude to you. And some people will be all out mean.


You didn’t do anything wrong, it’s not a fundamental flaw in your character, it’s just something that happens, so file these people away in your head as difficult, and move on.


There are a couple of things to remember here. One, don’t let their behavior get to you. Two don’t bother wasting your time to correcting their misconceptions. Don’t go out of your way to please these people, or work tirelessly to get on their good side. You’re wasting your effort. If you want to do something nice for someone, pick someone out of the reams of people who already like you.


Be secure enough not to need the approval of everyone. Just tolerate the difficult ones, be polite, and move on.  If you’re consistently excellent at what you do, they’ll come around. Or maybe they won’t. But it doesn’t matter because what they think of you isn’t your business.


Don’t get trapped in pointless arguments


Sometimes difficult people will start arguments for no reason aside from the fact that they like to turn everything into an argument. If you find yourself constantly arguing with certain people learn to disengage. Don’t waste your time or your breath trying to convince to sway them to your viewpoint. You are only allotted so much energy per day. Don’t waste it on pointless, winless endeavors.


Don’t be a doormat to them

If the difficult person in your orbit begins to move past being merely a jerk and it turns into straight up harassment, it’s no longer time to not engage. At that point you need to stand up for yourself and let a superior or a person of authority know about inappropriate behaviour.


There is a difference between learning to let difficult people’s rudeness roll off you, and allowing yourself to be truly abused by someone because you want to take the high road.


Difficult people are going to come into your life. Learn to deal with them and the difficulty will be passing.