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How to Overcome a Job-Hopping History

Are you considered a Jenny or Johnnie Job-Hopper, frequently moving from one job to the other? The following link has some tips on how to deal with such a history.

http://tinyurl.com/audmcl

Have you got Presidential Poise? – Part 3

This is the final in the series of Sue Currie’s article, Have you got Presidential Poise?

Be Well-Mannered. A leader of Obama’s calibre has impeccable manners. He mixes with the well-to-do, moneyed people of Washington who helped fund his campaign. He will also deal with Kings and Queens and Heads of State and will do so with courtesy and stateliness. A Commander in Chief of a country or perhaps just You Inc. understands and displays correct business and social protocol.

Carriage and demeanour. Obama wears clothes well. Of course so does First Lady Michelle Obama who will grace covers of magazines for years to come. They both choose classic and elegant styles. Mr Obama is more conservative and classic befitting his role while Mrs Obama adds a stylish twist to her dressing. They both show great posture walking tall and with dignity. Yes they both have great figures, but no matter what your size or shape, dressing well is a skill that can be learned and should be practiced.

Cool. What makes someone cool or have charisma? Perhaps this is an elusive quality. But I think it’s about being a leader that people want to follow no matter what field of endeavour. It is standing out in a fresh, modern way with a sense of calmness and composure.

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Sue Currie, the director of Shine Communications Consultancy and author of Apprentice to Business Ace – your inside-out guide to personal branding, is a business educator and speaker on personal branding through image and media. To learn more about how you can achieve recognition, enhance your image and shine, sign up for free monthly tips at http://www.shinecomms.com.au

What is Poise?

The following is an excerpt from Sue Currie’s recent newsletter titled Presidential Poise. As a career coach and speaker, I usually discuss some of Sue’s points with clients when I meet with them one-on-one, when I facilitate workshops, or when I speak to groups. I cover topics like poise, self-confidence, public speaking, dress code, mannerisms, etc. Over the next few days, with permission from Sue Currie, I’ll reprint segments of her article. Here’s the first segment:

“According to former Australian Prime Minister, Paul Keating in an article in The Australian, one of the attributes that sets Obama apart is his poise.

What is poise? According to various dictionaries it means calm self-assured dignity, ease of manner and assurance, especially in dealing with social situations. Also, a graceful controlled way of standing, moving or performing in action. Equilibrium, a stable state of balance. Going further into the Thesaurus these words and phrases come up also, mental poise, intelligence and wisdom.

Poise is a very desirable personal brand attribute. Here are a few tips to help you include and exude this trait into your personal brand:

Self confidence. Displaying self-confidence and self-assurance is easier said than done. However, a leader or someone in control shows re-assurance to others. They take an interest, listen and make the first move to initiate conversation, putting other people at ease. Obama uses encouraging words of hope and a future to look forward to. He has a warm, genuine smile. His words, actions and manner are comforting and reassuring.”

Next post will be How to Speak well with Composure.

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Sue Currie, the director of Shine Communications Consultancy and author of Apprentice to Business Ace – your inside-out guide to personal branding, is a business educator and speaker on personal branding through image and media. To learn more about how you can achieve recognition, enhance your image and shine, sign up for free monthly tips at http://www.shinecomms.com.au

Daisy Wright’s Interview with CHUM FM 104.5

Amid news of layoffs and a declining employment rate, what should we be doing to secure a place in the workplace? Career coach Daisy Wright of The Wright Career Solution says job seekers should make proactive choices now. Get your resume ready, take advantage of training opportunities at your current job and do a lot of networking. Get to know people within the company, as well as others in the field. Make sure people know who you are and what your skills are. She says many companies offer bonuses to employees if they successfully recommend someone before they even post a job. That’s one of the reasons jobseekers should learn how to network effectively. CHUM FM reporter Sara Konings spoke with Daisy Wright.

Visit this link: http://www.chumfm.com/podcast/MP3s/Interviews/Career%20Coach.mp3 to hear the entire interview. You can also visit www.thewrightcareer.com/news.htm and click on the CHUM FM 104.5 link.

Do You Want to be Supported or Stretched in 2009?

Hello Readers,

Happy New Year! I would like to share with you a part of an email from motivational speaker Jonathan Sprinkles in which he asks whether the people we associate with SUPPORT or STRETCH us. Do they support us because they care how we feel or do they stretch us so we can question the self-imposed limitations we place on ourselves? Great points to ponder for 2009!

According to Jonathan:

People who SUPPORT you care how you feel.
People who STRETCH you care how you finish.

People who SUPPORT you don’t want you to get hurt.
People who STRETCH you don’t want you to waste your potential.

People who SUPPORT you want you to feel loved.
People who STRETCH you want you to feel challenged.

People who SUPPORT you tell you it’s okay.
People who STRETCH you ask you how you’re going to do better next time.

People who SUPPORT you want you to be safe.
People who STRETCH you love you too much to let you stay where you are.

My wish for you in 2009 is that you will surround yourself with a good blend of supporters and stretchers. Supporters are great, but you need some no-nonsense stretchers to force you out of your comfort zone and set you on the path to achieving your goals. Olympians Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps had stretchers who helped them reach their gold-medal potential…so can you!

Happy New Year!

Daisy

Borderless Workforce Survey

Top 10 jobs that employers are filling with foreign talent in 27 countries, ranked in order, 2008

1. Laborers
2. Engineers
3. Production operatives
4. Technicians
5. IT staff
6. Sales representatives
7. Administrative assistants
8. Customer service representatives
9. Senior executives/board members
10. Accounting, finance staff

Note: Based on survey of more than 28,000 employers in 27 countries.
Source: Manpower Inc

http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/MAN/439136478x0x208357/41b8de87-062c-4840-9b0a-8ff48bd175b4/2008_Borderless%20Workforce%20Survey_Global%20Results_FINAL.pdf

The Executive Job Functions Most in Demand

According to ExecuNet’s 16th annual Executive Job Market Intelligence Report survey of more than 250 employer organizations, demand for senior-level executives with significant business development, sales, operations management and general management will outstrip corporate appetites for management-level hiring this year.

Business Development – 14.6%
Sales – 12.9%
Operations Management (including Quality, Supply and Logistics) – 12.9%
General Management – 10.3%
Finance – 9.1%
Engineering – 9.1%
Marketing – 8.7%
MIS / Information Technology – 6.2%
Consulting – 6.1%
Research and Development – 5.7%
Human Resources – 3.5%

How To Secure Your Dream Job

“The most important thing is that you must understand the company you are approaching. Then show them you can marry the organisation with your personal qualities.

“Most companies don’t care about anything except how the interviewee is going to improve the company itself. So tell them: Sell yourself as a package; present yourself as a business proposition. You are delivering a set of expectations related to your education, upbringing, attitude – your brand.

When you are looking for a job, you’re searching for an avenue to show The Ultimate You. Your main selling point should be to show how you will help the organisation reach its goals, while you are reaching your own.

“Also important is how you present yourself. Your appearance must mirror the image of the organisation. Reflect how the head of the organisation presents himself or herself. The CEO is the embodiment of its brand, and you cannot go wrong projecting a similarity. It doesn’t mean you must spend the kind of money that they do on clothing – it is more about attitude and capturing their brand.”

thebe ikalafeng
Brand expert and author

Want to Secure Your Dream Job? Learn to Brand Yourself First

“The most important thing is that you must understand the company you are approaching. Then show them you can marry the organisation with your personal qualities.

“Most companies don’t care about anything except how the interviewee is going to improve the company itself. So tell them: Sell yourself as a package; present yourself as a business proposition. You are delivering a set of expectations related to your education, upbringing, attitude – your brand.

When you are looking for a job, you’re searching for an avenue to show The Ultimate You. Your main selling point should be to show how you will help the organisation reach its goals, while you are reaching your own.

“Also important is how you present yourself. Your appearance must mirror the image of the organisation. Reflect how the head of the organisation presents himself or herself. The CEO is the embodiment of its brand, and you cannot go wrong projecting a similarity. It doesn’t mean you must spend the kind of money that they do on clothing – it is more about attitude and capturing their brand.”

thebe ikalafeng,
Brand expert and author

A Personal Branding Summit – November 8, 2007

The concept of personal branding has become popular enough that there will be a “Personal Branding Summit,” to be held on Thursday, November 8, 2007.

If you are in the hunt for a new job, or looking to advance your current career, personal branding is one of the best ways to secure a favorable impression from hiring managers or current bosses. Visit http://www.personalbrandingsummit.com/program-schedule.html and register to ‘attend’ the summit. Even if you can’t participate, register and the audio link will be sent to you.