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Friday June 22, 2012

Go In The Direction That Your Career Is Taking You

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How Do You Let Go Of Frustration And Go In The Direction That Life Is Taking You? Follow These 4 Steps.

1. Acknowledge That You Are Frustrated
Have you been feeling frustrated, but you keep telling yourself that you shouldn't feel that way? Once you acknowledge your frustration, it no longer has power over you. The truth is out. You might try to talk yourself out of being frustrated, but the truth is you are frustrated. You want things to be the way they were because you don't like things the way they are now. It's ok to feel that way; it's not ok to sweep your feelings under the rug. What you hide or deny, persists. Now that's it out, you can do something about it.

2. Accept Your Changing Circumstances
What thoughts consume you? What you don't have (or have lost) or all the great things you do have in your life? You are your thoughts, and your thoughts determine how your day goes, not outside circumstances. When you focus on the good, more good comes. When you focus on bad, bad comes your way. How do you want your day and your career to go? Be grateful for what's in your life now and accept the changes that you are facing. It will help you feel better, and when you feel better, you can do more for your career.

3. Actively Participate In The Change
Maybe where you are supposed to end up next is better than where you are today. Who knows? Just because you don't know where you are headed doesn't mean you are not headed in a better direction. If you perceive change as something that is difficult, you will resist it. Instead, embrace it, and find a way to make it work for you. Get into action. Take a class. Call someone you haven't spoken to in years. Make a plan. Do something that will move your career forward. Complaining and holding onto the past is holding you back and adding to your frustration. Focus on your future. This will bring your power and excitement back.

4. Remember That This Blip Is Only One Moment In Time
Your career spans 30, 40, 50 years or more, so this is small piece of a bigger picture. Your career is more than what is happening to you in the moment. It's made of a many jobs over a span of many years. Like other moments in your career that have upset you, they have passed, and so will this one. Your career will have its ups and downs. If this is your down period, the good news is it's all up from here.

So, what do you say? You only have one life to live, so it might as well be a life you love!

Deborah Brown-Volkman, PCC, is the President of Surpass Your Dreams, Inc. a successful career, life, and mentor coaching company that works with Senior Executives, Vice Presidents, and Managers who are looking for new career opportunities or seek to become more productive in their current role. She is the author of "Coach Yourself To A New Career", "Don't Blow It! The Right Words For The Right Job" and "How To Feel Great At Work Everyday." Deborah can be reached at or at (631) 874-2877.

Thursday June 7, 2012

Good News on the Economic and Jobs Front

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Both the U.S. Department of Labor and the Federal Reserve's Beige Book reported a reduction of unemployment claims an upbeat picture of the U.S. economy continuing to improve respectively.

BLS logo.jpgToday, the DOLreported tht the number of jobless claims fell by 12,000 last week to 377,000. Claims from two weeks ago were revised up to 389,000 from 383,000. New claims were below the 380,000 figure forecast by economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires. The average of new claims over the past four weeks, meanwhile, edged up by 1,750 to 377,750, the highest level in a month.

The Beige Book.gifMeanwhile, the Federal Reserve's latest beige book released on June 6 reported the economy is continuing to improve at a moderate pace, in spite of the recent string of economic data would seem to indicate. The beige book showed reports of hiring, most notably in manufacturing, construction, information technology, and professional services. The only significant hint of a weakening job market in the survey came from the Fed's Chicago district, where hiring was said to be "limited," due in part to difficulties finding qualified workers.

Tuesday June 5, 2012

The Three Attributes of All Big Billers

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One of the things I enjoy most about training and consulting to search firms is that I get a chance to meet big billers from all over the country. I have clients from coast to coast in different cities and regions, yet I have found that there are three attributes that all of their big billers have in common. Remember that the secret to becoming a success is duplicating what has caused others to succeed. Duplicate their thoughts, their actions, their strategies, and their habits. If you can duplicate these, then you increase the odds of you becoming a big biller.

These are the three attributes:

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