Monday Motivation

 Happy Monday!

Every Monday I will bring you motivation to start your week.  71c1eccb27484f6df1325f3c26c81efd 0299df320c2d2cbf57024c8057c6f700 66974afe7613ecd22fe1107eb3ee8d15

– Julie Mendez

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Create a Great Personal “Business” Card

Having a personal business card can be extremely helpful when you are networking for your next job.

I would recommend picking a good sturdy weight paper for your business cards. Don’t print your own on regular copy paper and cut them out! Choose a clear font that is easily readable. Make sure list your name, and your most up-to-date contact information — your phone number, email and LinkedIn URL.

Instead of a position or company, consider listing a branding statement. A branding statement would be a tagline or value proposition statement – letting people know what you want to be known as and what you want to be known for.

Keep those cards in some sort of easily accessible protector – you don’t want to hand out bent-up and dirty cards! Another idea would be to keep a small pen handy, so you can write notes on their card when you get it, to remind yourself of what you talked about. That can be very useful when you follow up the next day!

Let me know how I can help you with your job search at JulieMendez@jsmcareercoaching.com.

Networking Tips for Success!

Are you terrified of networking? Do you feel it’s “not for you”??? Here are a few tips that will help set you up for success!

  • Put the focus on others! Don’t go into the event looking only for what you can get out of the meeting. Look for how you can help others!
  • Networking events aren’t a contest to hand out the most business cards! Focus on building strong, quality relationships!
  • Ask good questions! Strong questions go beyond the surface of dry, mundane information, and dig into the real meat and potatoes of the situation. Have a few in your back pocket before the event to get you started.
  • Be ready to introduce yourself! If you can get past your “intro” (or pitch, or 30-second-commercial – whatever you like to call it), the rest of the conversation will naturally flow.
  • Listen! Having someone really listen to you (as opposed to just waiting for you to be done so they can start talking) is such a rare treat nowadays. This will make your contact feel truly valued and appreciated, and much more like to reciprocate in return!

What Should YOU Ask In Interviews?

Here are a few of my all-time favorite questions for job seekers to ask in interviews!

  • What are your immediate goals (90-day to 6 month) for the person in this position?
  • What are the top concerns that you are addressing right now?
  • Can you describe what a regular day might look like for this position?
  • What kind of mechanisms does the company have in place to promote cross-functional teamwork and team-building?
  • How would you define success in this position?

 

You should always make sure that you have at least three success stories in your back pocket, ready to share at all times. These should highlight how you can help them solve a problem that they have, or address their top concerns of today!

Need help with those success stories?  Email me at JulieMendez@jsmcareercoaching.com so I can help!

Support JSM Career Coaching! Please Vote!

Can you help? I’ve applied for a small business grant from Chase to expand my Career Coaching business. I need 250 votes to be considered. Please support me and vote!! THANK YOU! Below, I’ve shared with you what I wrote on my grant questionnaire!

Mission Main Street Grants

Tell us about your business and what makes it unique. Please provide a general description of your product, customers, competitive landscape, and overall performance.

Once called “a Career Coach with street smarts,” my goal is to encourage job seekers in identifying their dream and pursuing it with ingenuity, passion, and determination. I believe it is my calling to aid clients in finding fulfilling work that utilizes their unique talents. I absolutely LOVE what I do.

In addition to several years in the recruiting industry, my background also includes a bit of a gypsy lifestyle following my spouse’s career around the world, with even a stint working as the Community Liaison Office Coordinator at the US Embassy in Rome, Italy. This background has given me a unique perspective into the recruitment process and the job search strategy that gets a candidate back to work (in a job they love) quickly.

One of my greatest rewards is receiving calls from excited clients when they are holding their offer letter. I also love it when a person, once worn out by traditional job search methods, feels the exhilaration of making contact with the “insiders” in a company who can help them land their dream job.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? Describe both your greatest achievements and biggest challenges.

I decided to become an entrepreneur to have control over my destiny, but also to have a portable career that I could take with me and work no matter where we lived (moving every few years due to spouse’s government position). I found this “job” is the best way that I personally have in truly making a difference in the lives of others.

My greatest achievement is always when a client, any client, calls me and tells me they’ve landed their dream job because of the work we’ve done together. Nothing else could compare.

My biggest challenge? Not enough hours in the day! There are so many things I could do, but just can’t because there is no way I could fit it all in. I need a clone! (Or two or three!)

How is your business involved with the community you serve? Examples include: giving back to the community, sourcing locally, and/or contributing to economic development via hiring.

I often volunteer as a guest speaker at local non-profit jobseeker support groups and at job fairs, sharing my expertise in training the unemployed in the job search process. I am often called upon for my knowledge in interviewing, resume and job search strategy, and in utilizing LinkedIn for your job search. I also volunteer by coaching young girls leadership skills through a national organization. Raising up new women leaders has become a new passion of mine!

What would a $100,000 grant mean to your business and how will you utilize the funds? Please be as specific as possible.

With this grant, I would hire additional support staff (opening up my time to work directly with more clients). I would also create a new website that would focus directly on marketing my expert speaker portion of my business. This grant would also give me the ability to expand my online services and webinar offerings – allowing me to assist job seekers across the country. I would also be able to focus on completing and marketing the two jobseeker-focused books I have in process. I would love to create an in-depth job search full-day seminar program, that could be repeated and replicated in various regional areas.

What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term growth plans for the business? How will this grant contribute to your plan?

My short-term plans include expanding my professional speaker services exponentially – opening up more opportunities to help even more jobseekers on a large scale. I would also like to create more online services (webinar-based, for example).

Long-term I plan to publish two books specifically geared to jobseekers (currently in process). I would also love to create in-depth job search full-day seminar programs, that could be repeated and replicated in various regional areas.

The voting deadline is June 19, 2015 and grant recipients will be selected by expert panelists. Through Mission Main Street Grants, Chase will award $2 million to 20 small business across America. All businesses that apply for a grant and meet the eligibility requirements will receive access to a small business webcast by Premier Sponsor, LinkedIn. In addition, the 20 grant recipients will receive a trip to LinkedIn headquarters.  The 20 grant recipients will be announced in September 2015. For additional details about Mission Main Street Grants visit www.MissionMainStreetGrants.com.

Sitting During Your Job Search Too Much?

These articles came up amongst my resume writer group recently, and given how much we as career coaches and resume writers are sitting in front of a computer, it created some lively discussion!

The Health Hazards of Sitting
Sitting Will Kill You, Even If You Exercise
Why Sitting Is Killing You
Sitting So Much Should Scare You

That conversation started me thinking that many job seekers (or currently employed career changers) might be in the same boat, stuck sedentary in front of a computer for far too long a day. So, I wanted to share with you a few tips that I’ve employed myself! (Let me put the legal caveat in here that I am not a doctor, and none of this constitutes medical advice!)

I’ve been struggling with this the past few years, but I think this year I am FINALLY doing better. Some things I’ve done that have helped:

  • See a chiropractor regularly. As a bonus, my chiropractor actually worked wonders on my arms and the carpal tunnel that was starting to become a major problem.
  • Focus very carefully on my diet.
  • Get a FitBit! It actually motivates me to walk around my house more (instead of waiting to group errands before going up the stairs, etc), take the long way around when out and about, etc.
  • I schedule times to go to the gym! I can’t do a lot yet, but I get on the treadmill while my daughter takes ballet and just walk. My stamina has gotten much better, I’ve lost weight, and I’m feeling so much better. As soon as school is done, I plan to add in at least one more day per week, and perhaps add in a yoga class (currently scheduled at odd times at my gym).
  • Schedule “move” breaks! I try to schedule my time sitting for short shifts and then force myself to take a break and get up and move around. Mornings I’ll fold a load of laundry, lunchtime I’ll stop and get a few things done around the house, dinnertime I’m running around after my kids! Those breaks have also been really good for my sanity! 🙂
  • Sit less when I don’t have to! When I’m not busy on the phone, I try to keep moving about! Less TV in the evenings, etc. I’m trying to get interested in hobbies that don’t require much sitting. (Right now I’m working on “enjoying” going to the gym. I don’t, but I still go!)
  • Standing while making random phone calls! I do sit to concentrate during client calls, but I actually prefer to stand at the counter in the kitchen while dealing with contractor calls, or dealing with the phone company about their bill for example. Whenever I find an excuse to stand I’m trying to!
  • A standing desk? I’m trying to decide whether or not I would actually enjoy it and use one. I know others swear by sitting on an exercise ball.

 

The absolute best thing you can do for your job search, however, is to SPEND AS LITTLE TIME SITTING AT YOUR DESK AS POSSIBLE. You should be out of your house, networking, multiple times per week! Get out and about, as much as you can! See, networking is good for your health! 🙂

Best Companies to Work For

Fortune recently came out with their 2015 List of “100 Best Companies to Work.” And in honor of that, I thought I would share a few other “best places” lists that I’ve collected! Do you know of additional lists that are not listed? Please let me know – I’d love to add them!

Fortune 2015 100 Best Companies to Work For

2014 Fortune Fastest Growing Companies

Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work

2015 NAFE Top 50 Companies for Executive Women

2015 NAFE Top 10 Nonprofit Companies for Executive Women

2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

2014 Working Mother & Flex-time Lawyers 50 Best Law Firms for Women

2014 Best Companies for Multicultural Women

Best Employers for Workers Over 50

Largest Employers in DC

 

Best Government Agencies to Work For in DC

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

Best Cities for Teleworking

 

Where the Exec Level Jobs Are

Here are a few hiring statistics I received from ExecuNet. I thought you might find them interesting!

Good news! The results of our annual Executive Job Market Survey are in and recruiters project a 17% growth in assignments in 2015. Here at ExecuNet, we’ve already seen a 10% increase in hiring activity. And here’s where the jobs are…

Top 10 Fastest Growing Areas for Executive Hiring in 2015
By Function
1. Business Development
2. Sales
3. Engineering
4. General Management
5. Operations Management
6. MIS/IT
7. Finance
8. Marketing
9. Research & Development
10. Consulting

By Industry
1. Healthcare
2. Technology
3. Manufacturing
4. Pharma/Medical Devices/Biotech
5. Internet & eCommerce
6. Business & Professional Services
7. Consumer Products
8. Energy/Utilities
9. Software
10. Financial Services

Use Your Fitness Routine to Understand Your DISC Style

by Jane Roqueplot

Understanding DISC styles is understanding predictable behaviors of both the motivation for our goals, and the diversions from our goals. Goal setting and the motivation to reach those goals are based on behavioral styles and personal characteristics.

Below is a general breakdown of each DISC core style and tips as each applies to fitness and motivation.

D-style people are goal, task, and results-oriented. They are driven and competitive and often prefer to work alone. So how does this apply to motivation and fitness?

  • Design a fitness plan with stages, milestones, and goals along the way. As you accomplish these smaller goals and see results in stages, you’ll build motivation for the next steps of your plan.
  • You’ll especially enjoy exercise if you can compete with others or against yourself, envision the end result, feel a surge of adrenaline, and even win at some sporadic challenges.

I-style people prefer interactions with others and will prefer to not work alone. They want tasks to be fun and engaging, but may have a difficult time focusing on anything tedious, repetitive, or perceived as “not fun”. So how does this apply to motivation and fitness?

  • Focus on incorporating fun into exercise. If you love music, try to incorporate music. If you like to dance, look into dance-exercise plans or classes.
  • Because the High I style is so focused on people, it’s important that you exercise either with friends or join a class so there is interaction. It also helps for someone else to hold you accountable.

S-style people are relationship-oriented, but in a more private way than the I-style. They often prefer to work with others, but would prefer the person be close to them with whom they’re already comfortable. Routine, safety, and security are very important. They’re very patient, good at multi-tasking and can work at a slow and steady pace until the task is done. So how does this apply to motivation and fitness?

  • Create a routine in your exercise plan. Try the same day of the week, time of day, order, and place of exercise.
  • See if a good friend will work out with you. You’ll enjoy the companionship and you’ll have someone to hold you accountable to the task and goal at hand.

C-style people are task-oriented and prefer to work alone. They have a strong attention for detail and are able to engage in deep focus. Precision and doing things correctly are very important. So how does this apply to motivation and fitness?

  • Information is very important. Try getting a personal trainer or doing research, so that you understand how the exercises affect the muscles and why you’re doing it.
  • Ultimately, you’ll want to work alone and at your own pace, focusing on precision and form.

What Builds a Strong Solo Entrepreneur Business

For those of you that are considering starting your own business, or in the process, or perhaps are focusing on building your business, here are some great factors to focus on!

To have a strong, vibrant, thriving business, your company is going to need these things:

  1. Repeat Customers – Customers who pay by subscription, membership, or an ongoing service arrangement.
  2. Leverage – Business revenue is generated by you AND others. Most importantly, the business doesn’t  depend entirely on you to sustain itself.
  3. Multiple Income Streams – The business generates revenue with more than one product or service.
  4. Support/Expertise – Either by background or expertise, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
  5. Return on Investment – The business provides an income AND also provides a return on investment.
  6. Recession Resistant  – Regardless of the health of the economy, the business can remain profitable.

(list ideas from Scott Hill, Franchise Consultant)

Have you created a business strategy to focus on each of these topics? Coaching can provide a framework to evaluate and fine tune your plans and propel you toward your goals.  Email me at JulieMendez@jsmcareercoaching.com. Working on your own doesn’t have to mean going it alone!