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A Thank-Note…Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving_DaisyWrightI don’t usually send emails on weekends, but it’s Thanksgiving Weekend here in Canada, and as I was pondering on the things I am grateful for, I felt the urge to send a thank-you note to my clients and supporters. (This was sent to each client this past Saturday, and reproduced here on Canada’s Thanksgiving Day).

Dear _____,

You might be a client, a supporter, or someone who has been a source of referrals for my business, (yes, more than 70% of my business come from referrals). Regardless of which category fits you, on this Thanksgiving Weekend, I want you to know I am immensely grateful to you.

When you chose The Wright Career Solution for your career needs – whether it was for resumes, interview and job search coaching, or longer-term career coaching – you wouldn’t have known the rippling effects your investment would be having on people around the world.

For a long time I have supported various charitable causes, locally and internationally, but it didn’t occur to me that I was not doing it by myself. You have been a part of my team and have indirectly made a contribution to the organizations listed below. Some are recognizable brands; others are not well known. You might not know it, but I am a sucker for the ones less known.

Do me a small favour, and click on all the links included. It will give you a sense of some of the challenges some people face, what these organizations are trying to achieve, and have you look back in gratitude for your own circumstances:

Two-Day Cycling Event to Conquer Cancer: Benefiting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top five (5) cancer research hospitals in the world.

Shoppers Drug Mart OneWalk to Conquer Cancer: Also benefiting Princess Margaret Hospital.

United Achievers Club of Brampton: This organization has been around for more than 30 years in my city, and has been supporting students from the Black and Caribbean communities as they pursue university and college education. Recently, their work received honorary mention in the Ontario Provincial Parliament by MPP Harinder Mahli. Here’s the Youtube video: United Achievers’ Recognition.

Amanda Edwards: Her hope to become a doctor was dashed after an accident in the United States that left her paralyzed. Her story was highlighted in the Brampton Guardian.

Mahima Foundation:  My friend’s niece, Monique Gourzong, passed away a few years ago from breast cancer. Before she passed, she asked relatives and friends to arrange an annual concert to raise funds for Jamaica’s Hope Institute, the only Cancer Care Hospital in the Caribbean.

Camp Jumoke:  This organization provides opportunities for children living with Sickle Cell Disease to attend camp for two weeks each summer.

Help Princess Lila: Through Twitter, I was introduced to this little girl. I don’t know her or her family, but her story tugged at my heart.

The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada: One of my colleagues participated in the annual Exile Island Ottawa 2015 event for one day in an effort to grant special wishes to children with a life threatening disease or illness.

The Walnut Foundation: A local men’s health group whose initial focus was on Prostate Cancer, but has expanded to provide a safe environment in which men can seek out healthcare information and support. This one is near and dear to my heart, particularly because of my brother.

Donor Drive 4 Dorothy: Dorothy’s story was featured on Global News Toronto, as she searches desperately for a bone barrow donor. Global News.

Kiva: Since September 2010, I have been a part of this organization supporting women in developing countries to become self-sufficient. This is one of the easiest charities to support as it requires a minimum of $25 to start. Once the loan is paid off, one has the option to re-invest it in someone else. I am on my sixth project. Twenty-five dollars can certainly go a long way.

So, that’s why I am thankful to you ______. You have indirectly allowed me to pay it forward and support these organizations and causes. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, whether or not you are in Canada, and rest well knowing that I appreciate you very much!

To your success,

Daisy

There you go! My client appreciation letter sent on Thanksgiving!

Monday Rx: Thank a Co-Worker Today!

This coming Thursday, November 24, is the US Thanksgiving, and the Black Friday TV ads are already reaching me from across the border. After all, I am just a mere 90 minutes away from Buffalo. But, because of the prevalence of these ads, a debate has begun between my brain and my pocket. Should I head across the border on Friday? Right now, I don’t know which one will win the debate by the end of the week.

OK, so what does this have to do with my topic? Well, it’s so easy to get wrapped up into the commercial aspect of the Holiday; so much that we forget the real reason for the season. It’s all about gratitude – being thankful for what we have; being appreciative for family, friends and coworkers, and being open to share.  And talking about coworkers, when last have you thanked one of them for ‘just being there’?

According to Jon Gordon, author of the Energy Bus, “the number one reason why people leave their jobs is because they don’t feel appreciated. A simple thank you and a show of appreciation could make all the difference.”  Can you imagine that a simple ‘thank you’ could determine whether a co-worker stays or leaves? Yes, two small, but very powerful words could make a difference.

Wherever you are today, whether or not you are celebrating the official US Thanksgiving, find a co-worker and tell him or her how much you appreciate them. It could make their day, and yours too!

To your success,

 

 

 

PS: Every Monday, I take off my career coaching and resume writing hat and write a ‘Monday Rx’ post to stave off the Monday blues from which some of us suffer. Why not add your email address in the box on the top right of this page to receive each post? And, while you are at it, ask a friend or coworker to add their email address as well. I appreciate that. Thank You!

 

11 Things You Can Do Between 11 AM & 11 PM on November 11, 2011

While this blog post is not really connected to November 11, and the Poppy, I have chosen its image as a reminder of the many people who paid and continue to pay the ultimate price for the freedom we so often take for granted. In their honour, I ask that you take a brief moment (less than 11 minutes) to read and understand the significance of this memorable poem written by Lt. Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian Army. In Flanders Field.

That said, today being 11/11/11, appears to have a significance of its own for many people and what’s going to happen after this date. An extract from the following blog post: The Aquarian Shift: What Will be Different in Our World After November 11,  states:

“You are ready to accept that you have the knowledge and wisdom within yourself. It is no longer necessary to attach to something outside yourself, but to become a leader of one: yourself. Instead of being a railroad car that is pulled by an engine, you become your own engine. It is your responsibility to stay on the tracks and to keep moving forward.”

Here are 11 things you can do to show you are, indeed, leader of one – yourself’ – and that you have the courage to become your own engine’:

  1. “Greet your friends with a smile, and put soul into every handclasp.”Elbert Hubbard
  2. Show appreciation to those who have fought and continue to fight for world peace.
  3. Learn to say “Thank You” in 11 different languages.
  4. Pick up the phone and make one of those cold calls you’ve been procrastinating about.
  5. Take 11 minutes out of your 15-minute break and mentor someone.
  6. Randomly select 11 people from any of your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Google+ accounts, and send them a message to say how glad you are to have them in your network.
  7. Take an 11-minute mind break to be alone with yourself. Even if you are in an office full of people, just take the time to be quiet.
  8. Send a motivational quote, a tip or a favourite recipe to 11 people in your address book.
  9. Write down 11 accomplishment statements you could use to improve your resume.
  10. Write down 11 interview questions that you struggle to answer.
  11. Send a LinkedIn invitation to 11 people with whom you would like to connect.

Happy 11/11/11, and to whatever significance you attach to it, if any.

 

7 Job Search Do’s and Don’ts

 

DON’T send a cover letter with “To Whom it May Concern”. It portends laziness and lack of interest.

DO the research to find the name of the person responsible for hiring.

 

DON’T use “References Available on Request” on your résumé.

DO use a quote from your performance appraisal or a testimonial that highlights your value.

 

DON’T replicate your job description when developing your résumé.

DO include powerful accomplishment-based statements that address the employer’s buying motivators or needs.

 

DON’T spend too much of your job search hours on the computer.

DO arrange more face time with people in your network.

 

DON’T send a generic Thank-you note after the interview.

DO send one that recaps key elements of the discussion and reiterates your interest in the position.

 

DON’T ask for a job at an informational interview.

DO ask for one or two names they recommend you contact.

 

DON’T relate your life story when asked “Tell me about yourself”.

DO talk about your education, work history, and what you have recently done for your company.

 

 

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