JOBSEARCH: 10 fatal flaws of a doomed employee

10 fatal flaws of a doomed employee
John McKee

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Overview: You’re fired! This succinct phrase strikes more fear into the heart of the working man or woman than any other. Why is it, then, that many well-intentioned and reasonably astute professionals hear these words throughout their career despite all best efforts? Business coach John McKee shares this list of 10 self-destructive workplace habits sure to endanger your longevity on the job–things like failing to deliver results, confusing efficiency with effectiveness, and believing that you’re irreplaceable.

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#1 Failure to have a life plan.

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JOBSEARCH: Your unique sales proposition

Your unique sales proposition

I was recently asked by a seeker’s husband to “look over” his wife’s resume since he “knows I am good at that sort of stuff”. Arghh. (Note to self: Learn to keep your big mouth shut.) Trying to live up to my own self image as a good soul, I said “sure”. Mistake #1 is saying yes to an intermediary. So I looked over the resume.

It wasn’t “so bad”. No typos that I could see. Decent format. Two page length OK. So, I didn’t go berserk, as I am won’t to do. I compared it to the resumes of the seven turkeys I am trying to help. (Easy enough to do since I have them pinned to my wall next to my desktop. As a reminder to me as to what happens if I get “lazy”.)

All of a sudden it struck me. There difference between theirs and hers was the USP!

Each one of the seven. Probably as a result on my nagging, whining, and ceaseless groaning, all had an immediately identifiable Unique Sales Proposition.

I could tell in a few seconds what of my problems would this turkey would solve for me. Now I may not have that specific problem. In which case, that seeker won’t get an interview from me. But if I do have that problem, the resume impels me to get that person in front of me. That is after all the only purpose of a resume is to get someone to talk to the seeker.

Everything on my turkeys’ resumes support their USP. The intro, whether they have labeled it “profile”, or “objective”, or unlabeled, states the problem that they are going to solve for me. The job history, whether they call it “Experience”, “Professional Experience”, “Chronology”, or “Selected Accomplishments”, in every item sings why I should believe that they can solve my problem. Education ditto. Ditto ditto ditto. On the turkey resumes, there is nothing that doesn’t advance the USP. Nothing that distracts from the USP.

You may need several different resumes. One size doesn’t fit all.

You see that is what was wrong with this co-worker’s wife’s resume. When I read it, I thought of five different jobs she might be applying for. So that is what is “wrong” with her resume. Now she may get interviews off of it. But, I comparing one turkey, who is similar to her, I know which one I’d chose to talk to first.

So does your resume advance your USP?

Gobble, gobble, good luck to you,
Just A Big Turkey

Your value proposition is a series of statements defining your worth. It is the value you bring to the table – the skills, strengths, core competencies, marketable assets and accomplishments you can declare as your own. Your value proposition describes your uniqueness – your unique gifts. It is what differentiates you from the crowd.

Think about some of the statements you can make about yourself that reflect the skills, strengths and competencies you possess. What makes you uniquely you? What is your value, your worth? Begin to jot down some ideas. You might want to ask someone who knows you well what values they see in you. You may be surprised by what they say. Then begin to formulate the best way of stating this.

Your value proposition is the cornerstone for all self-introductory communication. It sets the tone. It’s how you make your mark. It is how you describe yourself when you are networking, when you are conducting an exploratory meeting with senior management, and when you are interviewing.

Your value proposition should be used as your primary response whenever you are asked these types of questions:

So tell me about yourself?
How are you different from every other candidate?
Why should I consider you for this position?
How do you know you can do the job?
Why do I want to get to know you better?
Your value proposition also becomes an integral part of your resume. It is placed at the top, so it sets the tone. It holds tremendous weight as a differentiating tool, swiftly setting you, and your resume, apart from the rest.

There is a fundamental difference between your value proposition and your areas of expertise. Your areas of expertise pertain to what you have done, the experiences you have gained over the years. Your value proposition reflects who you are, the unique gifts you possess. It is who you are which best describes to an employer how you would accomplish the specific responsibilities of the position offered.

As an example, let’s say you gained experience in a cash flow / cash management, or Treasury, type of function. As part of this position, you also gained experience working with bank executives, establishing important relationships with key personnel. These would be areas of expertise. Let’s say that as part of your uniqueness, or worth, you have great macro-vision, which is the ability to see the big picture. You also have an unusual ability to communicate which allows you to quickly initiate critical relationships with high- level executives. These abilities are part of your value proposition. It is your macro-vision and unusual ability to communicate that describe how you would fulfill a position as Treasurer.

Incorporating your value proposition in every aspect of your job search will set you apart and significantly improve your competitive stance in the job market.You will find your next job faster and be in position to receive a much stronger compensation package.It is critical to your success.

– David Richter

FUN: The Real World

The Real World

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Charles Sykes is the author of DUMBING DOWN OUR KIDS. In his book, he talks about how the liberal, feel-good, politically correct garbage has created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1

Life is not fair; get used to it.

Rule 2

The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world Will expect You to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3

You will not make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice president with a car phone until you “earn” both.

Rule 4

If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.

Rule 5

Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping; they called it opportunity.

Rule 6

If you screw up, it’s not your parents’ fault so don’t whine about your mistakes. Learn from them.

Rule 7

Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way paying your bills, cleaning your room and listening to you tell them how idealistic you are. So before you save the rain forest from the blood-sucking parasites of your parents’ generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8

Your school may have done away with winners and losers but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades, they’ll give you as many chances as you want to got the right answer. This, of course, bears not the slightest resemblance to anything in real life.

Rule 9

Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10

Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

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INTERESTING: known little about him, even the fact that he was black

Steven Gilliard Jr., 42, Dies; Founder of Liberal Political Blog
Published: June 6, 2007

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Steven Gilliard Jr., a political journalist who found his calling as a combative and influential blogger on the left, died on Saturday in Manhattan. He was 42.

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In what is a now-familiar story among Internet collaborators, many of the thousands who posted online reactions to Mr. Gilliard’s death wrote that they had known little about him, even the fact that he was black. Others, though, mourned the loss of an African-American voice in the liberal blogging world. Those closest to him offline similarly knew next to nothing about his life as blogger.

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“On the the net, no one knows you are a dog”

Interesting the separation between his lives as a person and as a blogger.

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INTERESTING: 1944 Battle of Normandy during WWII


D-Day: The Allies Land on Normandy Beaches (1944)

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The Battle of Normandy during WWII was fought between the German forces occupying Western Europe and invading Allied forces. It remains the largest seaborne invasion in history, with almost 3,000,000 troops crossing the English Channel. The battle continued for more than 2 months and concluded with the liberation of Paris.

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No one seems to think about the ~400,000 casualties from both “sides” that were taken that fateful day.

Who knows how history could have been changed?

It seems a general consensus that, without American involvement in WW1, everything would have been drastically different.

Remind you of today?

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