What Doesn’t Kill You…?

It turns out that there may actually be an Upside to Unemployment and there’s research to back it up!  Losing a job, moving, even divorce – when life comes at you hard you just have to tell yourself “it’s temporary” because new research suggests that the hard times do, in fact, make you stronger.  You will come through this difficult time and be better for the experience.

Going through something difficult, science has found, changes your body and mind so the next time something comes at you sideways you’re less likely to be overwhelmed.  I think this may be why I handled my recent unemployment like a break and a chance to reinvent myself the second time around.  I wasn’t as stressed as I was ten years ago when I was told my by employer that they were “moving in another direction” that didn’t include me.

Be grateful for the difficulties of your past because they’ve instilled coping skills, hopefully you built a network of people you can turn to and lean on and you’ve even experienced “cell growth in brain areas relevant for coping.”  These are all things your next employer will benefit from!

Read more:  http://todayhealth.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/13/10138835-the-surprising-upside-to-hitting-hard-times
If your job loss is recent or if you’ve been looking so long you don’t remember the last time you were late to a meeting there’s always an opportunity to make sure you’ve covered your bases and you’re up on the “latest” when it comes to the job hunt, your resume, and interview skills.

Even though I’ve landed a great job I’m still working on my website, looking for ways develop my skills to make more money in my field, and networking.  Networking continues to be the most important thing you can do and there are so many more ways to network then there were just a few years ago.  Social Media is here for good, and because of it, employers now want to see you & sometimes hear from you, in addition to seeing what you look like on paper.

This article on Career Builder has great tips on how to make yourself relevant to the employer in the year 2012!  http://msn.careerbuilder.com/Article/MSN-2862-Cover-Letters-Resumes-R%C3%A9sum%C3%A9s-in-2012-Whats-old-whats-new/?SiteId=cbmsnhp42862&sc_extcmp=JS_2862_home1

It’s a new year and you WILL land that new job.  Be open to change.  Be flexible.  Be determined.

Keep the faith!

Corey Dylan

New Year, Clean Slate, NEW Blog!

That stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is especially hectic so this is the first chance I’ve had to write a new blog in weeks!  With the New Year comes renewed hope that our lives will improve and that employers will start hiring again!

Floridians have a particularly tough road ahead with the real estate market gasping for breath, politicians politicking, and too many still out of work.  This is why I didn’t wait around for a hand out.  In this economy you have to be bold and it’s my intention to keep up the push for more work in the coming year even though I’ve landed a full time job.

In a recent survey conducted by the Tampa Bay Times & Bay News 9, more than ½ of us in the Bay Area expect our economic situation to stay about the same.  Last month they called 508 Bay Area residents to ask them how they felt about their economic prospects and the general feeling I came away with after reading the article: we’re nervous.

See the article:  http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/article1208244.ece

I was nervous too when I was unemployed at the and of last year but I felt like I had nothing to lose by marketing myself and making as much noise as I could about being unemployed.  Ironically, I had everything to lose; house, car, rental, savings, etc.  I guess when you think losing everything is an option you’re motivated to do everything you can to keep it!  Today I am rebuilding: my career, my savings account, and working hard!

The poll also gave residents a number of what they called “remedies” to the situation and the most popular fox was spending tax dollars and financial incentives to bring more jobs to the Bay Area.  Chances are these won’t be the same jobs you may have worked in the past so it’s crucial to market yourself as someone who can get ANY job done.  Focus on the positive and your strengths.

Governor Scott campaigned for months on the slogan, “Let’s Get Back to Work!”  And he promised those jobs would come soon.  I didn’t have the luxury to wait to see if his plan worked or what it might mean.  Like most Floridians I needed work NOW.  I’ve never been the type that relied on someone else for much of anything.  In part, I got lucky, but it wasn’t without putting myself “out there,” in the right places in and in front of the right people.

I’m reminded of that Will Smith movie, “Happyness,” and I was inspired that when he desperately needed to make money he sought out someone who WAS making money and DID what that guy did.  Be relentless.

If you were put out of work in 2011 you have the chance to start a new job with a clean slate. It’s a great opportunity!  And in this economy “opportunity” is what you’re looking for rather than simply a “job.”  Employers are always conservative when predicting hiring needs but experts are optimistic that they WILL be doing more hiring in the coming year.  And I can say that I’m seeing more and more people that were on the sidelines with me get hired too so stay positive!

I recommend reading my past Blog entries and here are a couple articles that should help you as you continue or start your job search in 2012:

8 Job-related Smart Phone Apps

http://msn.careerbuilder.com/Article/MSN-2850-Job-Info-and-Trends-8-job-related-smartphone-apps/?SiteId=cbmsnhp42850&sc_extcmp=JS_2850_home1

Oddball Interview Questions from 2011

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2011/12/top-25-oddball-job-interview.html

 

Until next time keep the faith!

Corey Dylan

What does it take to be successful?

Every week I Blog, and every week there are remarks of support….and detractors who say I’m part of the media spreading a delusion that everything is going to be OK.  Everyone’s entitled to their opinion – and keep them coming – but I believe that attitude is everything and a bad attitude never got anyone anywhere.

Things have changed.  Everything’s changed actually and I‘m finding a new way to look at things in order to survive.  I read a great article in the Huffington Post that instructs that you should no longer be looking for a job, you should be looking for “opportunity!”   I think that’s spot-on advice because far too many “jobs” have been eliminated permanently.  Just last week hundreds of people in radio where told their job no longer existed!

So how does one go about seeking opportunity?  Define your skill set and start networking like crazy.  Be open to trying new things and start new habits that will make your efforts successful.  And it turns out that there are habits that successful people share in common, it’s not simply “luck.”

One of those key traits successful people among us share is that they’re trustworthy.  Now, everyone thinks they’re trustworthy but studies show that certain behaviors can tarnish how trustworthy you’re perceived at work.  “When you engage in behaviors that are indicative of low self-control, your trustworthiness is diminished. In other words, all those things you know you shouldn’t do – smoking, overeating, impulsive spending, being lazy, late, disorganized, excessively emotional, or having a quick temper – may be even worse for you than you ever realized, because of the collateral damage they are doing to your reputation.”  (Forbes.com)

Though even if you’re trusted as I was with hosting two different radio shows at my last “job” that doesn’t guarantee longevity.  There’s still the game of survivor to be played!  Success doesn’t guarantee a smooth ride to the top.  Just like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs you have to cultivate behaviors that will pick you back up after a job loss.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/augustturak/2011/01/04/5-ways-to-cultivate-successful-character-traits/

The other key trait successful people share is passion.  In the book Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies; more than 200 successful people were interviewed including Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs, Maya Angelou, Steve Forbes, Quincy Jones, and Dalai Lama.  Ultimately, these successful people had a passion in their lives that drove them to work hard and endlessly to succeed over a long period of time.  Success isn’t instant and patience is hard to come by when you need someone to give you a paycheck.  But hopefully by opening your mind to opportunity you will see your options open up as well.  Feed your passions and people around you will take notice!  I’m connecting with people I would’ve never met had I not lost my job and in turn they’re offering me experiences to do things I would’ve never sought out!  I don’t know where this path will lead me but I’m on the way to finding out!

Keep the Faith!

Corey Dylan

To read more about traits of success:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  http://www.quickmba.com/mgmt/7hab/

For Most, Success That’s Built To Last Starts With A Portfolio Of Passions http://www.usatoday.com/money/books/reviews/2006-09-18-success-usat_x.htm

Stop Looking For A Job, Start Looking For An Opportunity http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2011/11/02/stop-looking-for-a-job-start-looking-for-an-opportunity/