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Some large companies receive as many as 4.5 million resumes annually. Others get 10 million applications every year. Obviously, only a tiny fraction of these applicants can get hired. Finding a new job can be a job unto itself: perfecting a resume, scanning career websites, networking among friends and acquaintances. Job searches of the future need to be a completely different experience, with technology doing most of the heavy lifting. I predict a job-hunt landscape that will look very different just a few years from now.

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About 65% of people look for new jobs within 91 days of being hired at a job which suggests matchmaking in the search for work may be less than perfect. Those imperfections can only be fixed with data—and lots of it. The sheer amount of information on job skills, salaries and user tendencies makes matching people to positions simply impossible without using AI to crunch the numbers. the Indeed.com job board generates an average of 25 terabytes of data every day.

Skills Above All

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Skills testing is the centerpiece for CodeFights, a four-year-old San Francisco-based firm that offers tech workers a platform on which to practice their coding skills and to demonstrate those skills which are

scored and rated on the CodeFights platform. This system of skills-based recruiting opens doors for programmers based largely on their proven talents and offers recruiters a true picture as to what a prospective hire can actually do. There are so many data points to consider: skills, salaries, location, personality, experience, company culture, inaccuracies in resumes or job descriptions.

Job search platforms or services will ultimately become education hubs, offering skills-building services that also rate proficiency, making it easier for job-seekers to prove their quality to employers, with whom they would be matched.

A Layer of Testing

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Assessing skills specific to various industries is the name of the game for Harver, a five-year-old firm based in Amsterdam. Its specialty is having job applicants go through a testing process—chosen by hiring companies—that gauges whether they are a good match for a given position. The firm has made deals with Netflix, Booking.com, OpenTable and Zappos. It’s impossible to predict whether someone would stay in the job and do it proficiently so the firm designs algorithms and testing processes with recruiting clients to predict a good match for a job. 

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AI and machine-learning allow services like Indeed to make predictive assessments of factors such as what a salary should be. Calculations hone in on what wages would be appropriate for a particular job, in a specific location, or at a specific company. Exact job title also comes into play.

As for the future, job seekers will likely see a reduction in their research time while looking for work. As AI and machine-learning develop in the field, a service like Indeed should be able to suggest new, much more compatible opportunities based on a job seekers’ work experience, skills, salary, interests and location. A career-focused AI should also tell job seekers whether they are being paid fairly at their current job, with a high degree of accuracy, compared to others in their line of work. Consider this:

  • In China, where there aren’t enough radiologists to keep up with the demand of reviewing 1.4 billion CT scans each year to look for early signs of lung cancer. Radiologists need to review hundreds of scans each day which is not only tedious, but human fatigue can lead to errors. Infervision trained and taught algorithms to augment the work of radiologists to allow them to diagnose cancer more accurately and efficiently.

 

  • Picture1.pngMusic-generating algorithms are now inspiring new songs. Given enough input—millions of conversations, newspaper headlines and speeches—insights are gleaned that can help create a theme for lyrics. There are machines such as Watson BEAT that can come up with different musical elements to inspire composers. AI helps musicians understand what their audiences want and to help determine more accurately what songs might ultimately be hits.

 

  • Using natural language processing, machine learning and advanced analytics, Hello Barbie listens and responds to a child. A microphone on Barbie’s necklace records what is said and transmits it to the servers at ToyTalk. There, the recording is analyzed to determine the appropriate response from 8,000 lines of dialogue. Servers transmit the correct response back to Barbie in under a second, so she can respond to the child. Answers to questions such as what their favorite food is are stored so that it can be used in conversation later.

 

  • The AI tech revolution has hit farming as well, John-Deere-Machine-Sync-1and John Deere is getting data-driven analytical tools and automation into the hands of farmers. They acquired Blue River Technology for its solution to use advanced machine learning algorithms to allow robots to make decisions based on visual data about whether or not a plan is a pest to treat it with a pesticide. The company already offers automated farm vehicles to plough and sow with pinpoint-accurate GPS systems and its Farmsight system is designed to help agricultural decision-making.
  • UK news agency Press Association partnered with news automation specialist Urbs Media to have robots write 30,000 local news stories each month in a project called RADAR (Reporters and Data and Robots). Fed with a variety of data from government, public services and local authorities, the machine uses natural language generation technology to write local news stories. These robots are filling a gap in news coverage that wasn’t being filled by humans.

 

    • Epcot-MagicBand-Scan-620x330Google is using AI and satellite data to prevent illegal fishing. On any given day, 22 million data points are created that show where ships are in the world’s waterways. Google engineers found that when they applied machine learning to the data, they could identify why a vessel was at sea. They ultimately created Global Fishing Watch that shows where fishing is happening and could then identify when fishing was happening illegally.

 

  • Even Disney is getting even better thanks to big data. Every visitor gets their own MagicBand wristband that serves as ID, hotel room key, tickets, FastPasses and payment system. While guest enough the convenience, Disney gets a lot of data that helps them anticipate guests’ needs and deliver an amazing, personalized experience. They can resolve traffic jams, give extra services to guests who may have been inconvenienced by a closed attraction and data even allows the company to schedule staff more efficiently.

In the span of less than 20 years, job hunting will have evolved from newspaper want ads to online job boards to social sites like LinkedIn to AI powered headhunting. Experts in the recruiting field agree that AI can help streamline the connection between employer and candidate. With the vast amounts of data collected on skillsets, job titles and salaries, AI can help job boards like Indeed make accurate predictions on hiring competition and compensation. It helps cut down on the research time for job seekers and helps employers find qualified candidates faster.

 

Just Say No
It’s not just their discipline to work hard to reach a goal, but their ability to say NO to those things, which on the surface appear to be important, but in reality are distractions. Saying “no” is a gift you give yourself.

When you choose to only focus on what’s truly important, it will make you available physically and mentally for the things that are really critical to reaching your goals.

By saying “no” you inevitably protect your most important fixed resource- TIME.

You and I have 24 hours in a day. So do President Obama, Tim Cook and Katy Perry. Your success no longer just depends on your ability to prove yourself, but more on your ability to prioritize what’s important.

As Steve Jobs once said, “I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1,000 things.” Jobs followed his advice in 1998 when he cut Apple’s product line from 350 down to 10. Watch this 1-minute video with Mark Parker, the CEO of Nike talking about a call he got from Steve Jobs.

When you’re focused, it’s easy to see what you need to do to become remarkable and manage your brand. Herb Kelleher, the Founder of Southwest Airlines applies a simple mindset to every issue: Will this help Southwest continue to make the airline THE low-cost provider with remarkable customer service? Southwest was recently named to Fortune’s 2015 list of World’s Most Admired Companies for the 21st consecutive year with a record 42 consecutive years of profitability.

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That’s why remarkably effective people are so decisive.

Indecision is usually the result of a lack of focus. Take a look at this video of Kobe Bryant’s insane work ethic that earned him a net worth of $300 million as a 37-year-old basketball player.

Your career is not a ladder where you have unlimited time to reach your goals. It’s a mountain that has to be climbed. If you want to make it to the top, you’ve got to carry only what’s necessary, and nothing more. Because what you carry will either slow you down or help you get to the top faster before you run out of time.

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 14 years since Reese Witherspoon starred in the movie Legally Blonde. At that time, she was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. But after Witherspoon won an Academy Award in 2006, she got divorced and her career floundered.

Fast-forward 8 years. Reese has made a dramatic comeback. She recently produced one of the highest grossing movies of 2014, “Gone Girl” proving that when you take control of your career and stop waiting for someone else to create what you want, you can change your life.

Witherspoon read a story in the New Yorker in 2012 involving a profile of Ben Stiller and a list of actors who were big stars 10 years ago and now they are not. She was on that list.

Within 2 years of starting her own production company, “Wild” was released, and this year, she was back at the Academy Awards as a nominee for “Gone Girl”. In her words, “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever give up on yourself.”

Take some time and watch the last 5 minutes of the movie “Legally Blonde” and see how she inspired others to realize their dreams in life. The movie is a comedy, yet it underscores the often hidden truth that success is not dependent on always being successful, but how you handle failure or unexpected challenges.

If You Don’t Like What You See, Do Something About It

Witherspoon did not like the roles she was being offered, so she created her own production company, Pacific Standard. It’s focused on creating interesting and complex roles for women. Since she never knows which project will be a hit, her company has 16 television and movie productions in development.

Stop for a moment and ask yourself, What is the lifestyle you want to architect?

What career or job changes do you need to focus on to reach your goals? The odds are, you’ll need to try or evaluate many options before you discover the right formula for your success. Failure or dead-ends are your friends.

More often than not, it’s the process of trying and sometimes failing that will help you uncover the golden opportunity that was waiting for you to find it.

Job seekers today are facing a never before seen employment marketplace with new rules and new technologies. There is a new mindset that is required to be successful in today’s employment market – unless you’re remarkable you’re invisible. Gone are the days were you could just post your resume on-line and wait for a call.

Consider adding these components to your job search.

1) Share Stories Not Facts. There’s an old adage in sales and marketing that stories sell and facts tell. People can relate personally to stories. The more you know about the company and person that you are interviewing with, the better off you will be.

2) Present Solutions. An employer wants to hire someone to solve a particular problem. Either they don’t have enough of something or they want to fix/change something. And if they had all the solutions then they wouldn’t need you. So after you have thoroughly researched and analyzed the company, its culture, the competition, the industry and the people you are interviewing with, you need to know what potential solutions they may need and be able to communicate your ability to solve them. Any employer worth working for will be completely impressed not only by your research but by your diligence.

3) Be Proactive. Most people don’t want to put forth the time and effort to do what they need to do to secure an interview and a job. The vast majority of jobs are attained by active networking – not by posting your resume on-line or applying for job after job. Yet most people are not willing to do what it takes to establish and nurture the right networks. Focusing on building relationships can mean the difference between having or not having network contacts and ultimately getting a job.

4) Be Interesting. Surveys of recruiters and HR managers show that the #1 trait that job seekers lack is high energy. People want to be around other people who are upbeat, exciting and at the very least, energetic. If you’re not excited about what you have to offer, why should anyone else?

5) Speak multiple languages. People get information in 3 ways; Auditory, kinesthetic and visual. Auditory learners can grasp information just by you talking to them. Visual learners need some form of pictures or stories to create the picture before they “get it”. Kinesthetic learners need to be an active participant before the information gets through to them. Most people are visual. Why do you think that Google paid big dollars for YouTube? Because video appeals to the masses in a way that written text never could. Try to appeal to an interviewer’s preferred style. It’s difficult to be sure what the interviewer prefers, so ALWAYS make an effort communicate in all 3 styles.

6) Don’t Be A Quitter. Most people quit too soon. Studies show that 81% of professional sales people take 5 calls to close a sale. However, 90% give up prior to making that critical 5th call (48% quit after the first call and another 24% quit after the 2nd call).

7) Have A Remarkable Resume. Your resume won’t get you the job or interview but it can lose it for you. Make an investment in a resume prepared by a professional. You need to work with someone who knows what employers want and can make your resume sell, not just tell. The # 1 reason someone initially reviews your resume is to rule you OUT!

8) Be A Giver Not A Taker. If you are always looking for what a company is going to do for you and what your benefits will be, then you are thinking backwards. Everyone’s favorite radio station is WIIFM (what’s in it for me). Focus on what you can do to help the employer as a solution provider instead of a job searcher.

9) Be Prepared. For every minute you spend planning, you save 10 minutes in execution. That’s a 1000% return on your energy. Remember that more often than not, “Chance Favors The Prepared Mind”.

It’s a buyer’s market so you better have the right product.

Now more than ever, make your job search a process, not just an event.

90% of job searchers post their resume on-line and wait for a call.
10% of job searchers build relationships.
Most jobs are filled through referrals and relationships with people.
Focus on people, not postings, and the results may surprise you.

FocusA major role of our unconscious mind is to filter the millions of bits of information that we’re bombarded with every day and delete, distort and generalize them, allowing us to focus on what we think is important.

When we change our focus, the world around us presents us with evidence that supports our new thoughts. Our brain likes making sense of the world, so despite the many contradictions you may encounter, you will find supporting details for your beliefs.

In the book, “The Secret”, it says, “Whatever you focus on will expand and be brought to your conscious awareness”.

Think about your biggest challenge in life right now. If you spend your time thinking about a problem, your unconscious brain will filter all the information being thrown at you and present you with more evidence to support the problem. Your brain likes being right.

Try shifting your focus from the problem to the solution. What is it you really want to accomplish? The problem shouldn’t be your focus. Focus on the ideal solution long enough, and your brain will shift gears. It will start providing evidence (evidence that is already around you, but not consciously recognized) that you can use to work towards the solution and around or through the problem.

Professional athletes focus on the ideal outcome and then visualize all the steps necessary to make it happen. Focus on “not falling”, and your brain gets caught up in the “falling” portion of the process.

Know what you want and focus on the results, not the obstacles. Change your thoughts to change your world. It works.

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 10 years since Netflix and Zipcar changed the economy to a shareable consumption model that has become a compelling alternative to traditional forms of buying and ownership.

Now many consumers are choosing shared access over ownership.

The effects of the global economic crisis, environmental issues and the expansion of a globally connected social web have created a new generation of businesses and jobs that are changing the “world of work”. In the job market, the world is going from “having a job” to “doing a job”. Companies are essentially “renting” employees as contractors when they need them instead of “owning” them as full-time employees.

Take a look at how even businesses are changing to reflect this ”renting mentality”.

Consider AirBnB. Back in 2007, Gebbia and Brian Chesky were recent graduates in need of extra cash to pay their rent. On a whim, they built a website offering attendees of a design conference a place to stay in their apartment on an air mattress and included a home-cooked breakfast. Encouraged by the experience, they decided to build a web platform where booking a room in a person’s home anywhere in the world was as easy as booking a hotel room. AirBnB is now in more than 8,000 cities and rents houses, castles, cars and yachts.

Zipcar, now owned by Avis, convinced people that they could avoid car ownership and enjoy the perks of access without inconvenience. Now companies like Uber, RelayRides and Getaround don’t own any cars like Avis, they simply enable the sharing of autos owned by individuals. Essentially they have “re-purposed” products/services by enabling them to be shared via web access.

German car manufacturer Daimler (they make Mercedes) is also developing this new business model into a part of its core business. Daimler AG distributes 100 vehicle models in 200 countries worldwide. Its Car2Go service is similar to Zipcar’s, except that it doesn’t require a reservation or a two-way trip. Car2Go’s mobile app allows a person walking down the street to locate a Smart car and access it immediately via a windshield card reader and PIN number, drive it anywhere locally, and leave it there for someone else to use. Daimler has also started developing apps that work for any car, not just a Daimler-made vehicle to capture this new model of transportation access.

  • Why buy a second home when you can rent a chateau in France on Airbnb for $300?
  • Why hire a chauffeur when they don’t come with an Uber app that tracks their relative location to yours and can be used for a quick pick-up for a 2-mile trip to the dentist?
  • Even owning the music of your favorite music artist is a lot less appealing when you can stream it immediately on or offline with Spotify and without taking up any space on your hard drive.

These business examples make a compelling case for why you to need make yourself a web-enabled personal brand. Many employers are evolving their businesses model where shared employee access makes more economic sense than employee ownership. This is not a niche trend led by web-based companies. It’s quickly becoming the new way of doing business using the globally connected social web.

To ensure your income security and marketability, take time now to assess how you can become a part of this rapidly changing business mindset. Study the tools of the Internet that essentially offer you the capability to reach an “income market” beyond a reasonable commuting distance from your home.

As a Boy Scout, I earned a marksmanship merit badge demonstrating that I could safely use a gun and hit a target. However the most valuable lesson I learned, has changed the way I think about business and my career today – To hit a moving target you have to LEAD the target and anticipate where it’s going. Flexibility to change course, accessing the power of the Internet and looking for what lies ahead have become the key factors in ensuring your economic security as it relates to your job. Perhaps the word job should be changed to “income stream” to highlight the importance of having multiple income streams coming from many customers (employers).

Changes are coming quick and they are inevitable.

Start NOW to make yourself a SHAREABLE web-enabled personal brand.

The opportunity of a lifetime is right in front of you. Go for it!

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People are usually bad at predicting the future because everyone thinks the future will resemble the past and they have totally different perspectives of the past based on their own experiences.

Statistics genius Nate Silver recently told a story that offers us an insight into why we need to be aware of our viewpoint looking toward the future of our career path.

Radar technology was in its infancy in the 1940s. Navy planes circled the Hawaiian Islands, searching for threats by sending planes that would fly around the islands until they were low on fuel. The Japanese military knew exactly how large that circumference was, so it sent its aircraft carriers just beyond the range that the U.S. reconnaissance planes could fly so a surprise attack would be easy.

The point is that our viewpoint usually just gives us a fraction of the whole picture. There are important developments and technology that are just outside your viewpoint that, if we knew about them, they would totally change how we view the world and future employment opportunities.

Another factor is your personal history, which is heavily influenced by your own experiences. But just like the Navy aircraft, your own experiences are only a partial view of the world, altered by when you were born and your past, the equivalent of the reconnaissance planes with a limited fuel range.

Dr. Morris Massey a Sociologist, and a former professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder produced a 70’s video titled “What You Are Is Where You Were When”. An updated version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZFLiQ8XkBE captures the essence of “viewpoint” not just related to what we believe, but also how it can affect how you develop your future employability.

The lesson here is that we need to continually and consciously update our viewpoint.

That’s why I have always believed that (1) Who You Hang Around With and (2) What You Read, are the 2 Key Factors In Determining Your Future.

Consider these ideas to ensure your viewpoint enhances your future success:

  1. Set aside an hour a week to browse the magazine section of your local library. Pick a magazine that piques your interest and look for insights that can offer you a new perspective related to a future career.
  1. Go to http://www.stumbleupon.com, select topics of interest and then let the site algorithms bring you to related websites with just the click of a button.
  1. Use a Twitter Keyword Tracker http://bit.ly/1oHmDaw to find articles and links to topics that will lead you to alternative career perspectives.

In computer technology, the acronym WYSIWYG translates to “What You See Is What You Get”.

Make it a habit to change what you see by taking a different route to work, rearranging your office furniture or maybe going to http://www.meetup.com to discover new friends who can offer you a new perspective on what you believe and how you think.

The world of work is changing fast. It’s time to update the software of your thinking and embrace the exciting opportunities that await you.

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Sometimes it’s what you STOP doing that allows you START doing what will make you more productive and ultimately more successful.

Surprisingly, a key variable in getting what you want relates to having clarity, which leads to focus, which motivates you to take action.

Author Greg McKeown in his latest book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Doing Less, http://bit.ly/1mOLOrY highlights the importance of discerning between external noise and your internal voice.

Greg draws on experience and insights from working with key executives from some of the most innovative companies in the world to show you how to achieve the disciplined pursuit of less to get more.

His core message isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the RIGHT things done.

It’s about challenging the core assumption of ‘I have to do everything’ and replacing it with the pursuit of the right thing, in the right way, at the right time.

Take a look at the online shoe retailer Zappos.com. It’s projected to make $1 billion in sales this year, yet profits weren’t its top priority when it was a start-up.

Their initial focus was on making improvements to the customer experience thinking that the more loyal customers they had, the more word-of-mouth business growth they would get.

They essentially adopted the ‘Essentialist Mindset’ of primarily focusing on building customer relationships instead of just selling shoes.

This perspective targeted customer service and made their customers raving fans who told their friends about why doing business with Zappos was remarkable.

They probably could have sold anything and still ended up being a great success.

By focusing on what is essential, doing less non-productive things allow you to take control of your choices so you can focus your time and effort into working on activities that matter.

Something as simple as trying to do too many things may cause you to lose a lot.

Maybe it’s time you consider becoming an Essentialist. It isn’t about getting more done in less time.

It’s about getting only the RIGHT things done by eliminating non value-added activities that are nothing more than distractions.

Consider these insights to get your goals on track while using an Essentialism Mindset:

Write Things Down

  • A goal that you can see is 10 times more powerful than a goal you just think about.

Get a Vision Board

  • Cut out pictures from magazines that represent your goals and look at your board when you wake up and when you go to bed.

Talk About Your Goal

  • Talking with others about your goals will help keep you on track and make you accountable to do what you say.

Set a Date

  • If you give yourself a deadline, you’re more likely to reach it.

Day by day, you may think that nothing changes but when you look back, you’ll see that many things about you are different because of how you spend your time.

Begin today to decide what you will STOP doing to START what you need to be doing to reach your clearly defined and written down goals.

Change your mindset from I have to do everything and I don’t have enough time, to your new “Essentialism Mindset” where you discipline yourself to Pursue Less to do More. 

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In 2014, finding a job is all about customization of a Personal Employment Offer and actively promoting yourself for a job.

With most job search tools free and capable of powerful research and networking, success in making a job connection will likely result from multiple factors over time, not the typical sequential process of applying for jobs and hoping to be a match.

People think the Internet has changed everything about job search but it really hasn’t. The best way to find a job is still building a track record of measurable results, marketing your achievements in a compelling way and connecting with influential people to get interviews.

All the Internet has done is give us new ways to accomplish these things on a larger scale and primarily through digital tools.

Once you recognize that job search is a process not an event, you are on your way to developing your own Personal Marketing Plan that focuses on what you can offer and represents your “employment offer”.

Ultimately you have to OWN and be accountable for keeping yourself relevant and marketable in the job market.

Consider these 6 core elements to preparing and marketing your “Job Search Portfolio” in today’s digital job market:

 

1. Video Interviewing Is Becoming A Common 1st Step In The Interview Process

The cost effectiveness and time savings has made pre-screening Skype interviews a common interviewing trend. How you handle the process can demonstrate to an employer that you are technically savvy.

Zappos candidates get a 3 part interview process. A recruiting phone/ video screen usually on Skype, a technical phone screen and a 2-part onsite interview. These assessments ensure that a candidate has the skills needed to do the job and they are a culture fit for the company. Interviews are carefully constructed to determine if the applicant is technically qualified, will fit into their corporate culture and wants to truly work with the Zappos team versus just want a job. Interviewers pay close attention to the types of questions applicants ask during the video interview and during a tour of the Zappos corporate office. They are looking for a genuine interest and excitement, not just a good resume.

2. Cover Letters Matter

The cover letter is not dead. It is your best opportunity to match your experience, education and skills to what the employer is looking for.  Tell the employer what you have related with what THEY need and BE SPECIFIC! Generic covers are a thing of the past. Forget about the concept of applying for a job and FOCUS ON BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS with Hiring Managers from companies you want to work with.

 3. Create an “Interview Portfolio”

You need to put together a branded presentation that you take to an interview. Developing an interview presentation prepares you for an interview and makes you stand out from your competition by clearly defining how you can help an employer make money, save money or solve a problem.

 4. Customize Your Resume and Cover Letter

Personalize your resume and cover letter for each job you apply to. Online applications make it easy to apply to lots of jobs using the same resume but take the time to consider each job individually and customize your resume (employment offer). Keep in mind that unless you’re REMARKABLE, you’ll be invisible.

5.  Know Your Target Employers

Identify your “target market” by developing a list of companies you want to work for and then research the companies with the specific goal of identifying people to contact within the company. In today’s competitive job market, targeted networking and ongoing marketing are more crucial than ever. Don’t look for what’s available, go after what you want!

6. Make Your Job Search an Investment

Invest the time to architect the lifestyle you want tied to multiple streams of income. Forget about employment security – think INCOME security. Develop a strategy to truly build a career that is satisfying and offers you income as fuel to get what you want and enjoy a REMARKABLE life.

Make your discovery of income security a process that leads you to building great relationships and referrals.

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For many people, the start of the New Year reminds them of the saying, “If You Do What You’ve Been Doing, You’ll Get What You’ve Been Getting”. To make 2014 better than 2013, it’s time to change your thoughts to change your world and realize that “Average is Over” and going forward, you need to become REMARKABLE to achieve great success.

In the past 12 months, the Internet has radically changed the way we do business, how we connect to others and most importantly the critical requirement for all of us to develop our own Personal Brand. Consider these New Year’s Resolutions to maximize your potential and truly become REMARKABLE in your area of expertise.

1.     Expand Your Professional Network – relationships and referrals are still the #1 factor in your being successful. Take time to acquaint yourself with NEW people who are aligned with your goals.

2.     Learn A New Job Skill – take time to expand on what you know to include a NEW skill that is in demand and marketable.
Set aside time to refresh your continuing education so you feel “brand new” again.

3.     Quantify Your Accomplishments – remember the saying, “You Can’t Manage It if You Can’t Measure It”. Set up a spreadsheet to track personal development metrics to measure your success in reaching your goals.

4.     Find a Mentor – the research is conclusive; get a mentor who can offer you qualified feedback and help you stay on track and you can DOUBLE your productivity.

5.   Brand Yourself As Someone Who Can Help a Company Make Money, Save Money, or Solve a Problem. Companies are not in the business of hiring people. They are in the business of making money. They use their money for increased automation, improved technology, leaner manufacturing and streamlining processes.

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   Create Your Own Self Marketing SystemTo land your dream job you must be both FINDABLE and RELEVANT. With a well-designed “self-marketing plan”, you can have potential employers and or customers calling you! In the “old” job market, the adage used to be, “It is not what you know but who you know.” In today’s new job market, It’s who knows you, can you be found AND is what you are offering marketable and in demand.  Become an industry expert or the “go-to” person in your professional circle. Join organizations within your professional specialty and become an active participant in LinkedIn groups.

7.   Stop Setting Goals (seriously) and Start Making Habits– It is the small things that occur on a regular basis, that truly define who you are. Commit to a PROCESS of improvement, not just a goal. When you focus more on the practice instead of just the performance, you can enjoy the present moment and improve at the same time. It frees you from the need for immediate results. Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term but having a SYSTEM is what matters.  What’s the difference between goals and systems?

  •   If you’re a coach, your goal is to win a championship.
    Your system is what your team does at practice each day
  • If you’re a writer, your goal is to write a book.
    Your system is the writing schedule that you follow each week.
  • If you’re an entrepreneur, your goal is to build a million dollar business.
    Your system is your sales and marketing process

8.   Life is Like A Cafeteria– A man came to America from Europe and went into a cafeteria to get something to eat. He sat down at an empty table and waited for someone to take his order.  Nobody did. Finally, a woman with a tray full of food sat down next to him and told him how a cafeteria worked. “Start out at that end,” she said. “Just go along the line and pick out what you want. At the other end they’ll tell you how much you have to pay”. He soon learned that that’s how most things work in the world. Life’s a lot like a cafeteria. You can get anything you want as long as you are willing to pay the price, but you’ll never get it if you wait for someone to bring it to you. You have to get up and get it yourself.

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