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Three Things the Unemployed Can Learn from the New Orleans Saints

Who ‘dat! Who ‘dat! Who ‘dat thought the Saints would ever make it to a Super Bowl!

It’s the miracle of all miracles – once the worst of the worst in the NFL, the New Orleans Saints have made it to the main stage of professional football…the Super Bowl.

I’m not going to go into all the sentiment, because likely you’ve seen it on television or read it in the newspaper. They’re calling the Saints “America’s Team”, and no franchise in NFL history has deserved it more.

If you’re unemployed and have struggled for months (maybe even a year) to land that full-time gig, you probably know how the Saints felt until this year. Since 1967, they have been the punching bag of the NFL. In fact, it took until 1987 for them to have a successful season. But after forty years of terrible records and a catastrophic hurricane, the Saints finally came out on the other side. How did they do it? And how does that apply to you and your job search? Three things:

1) Ignore the naysayers. Saints fans are loyal, to say the least. But through hard times, even those folks have turned on their beloved team.  In 1980, the Saints lost a slew games, and a local sportscaster said Saints fans should wear paper bags over their heads at games. The phrase the “Aints” became part of the local lexicon.  This team, which could have given up and eventually collapsed under negative feedback and support, pressed on and now they’re showing the naysayers what they’re made of.

If you’ve got negativity surrounding you in your job search, get rid of it. Ignore it. It won’t help anything. And believe me, if you keep going, you’ll eventually show your detractors who’s boss.

2) Ride out the storm. Loyal fans stayed with the Saints through thick and thin. And even with the Superdome lying in tatters after Katrina, the franchise got to stay in New Orleans, and the city rallied around “their” team like no other point in Saints history. 

Times may be bad, and the market may be grim, but eventually, your time will come. Try to be patient, stay positive and keep doing your best.

3) Employ some top guns. Both the team and the city used this strategy to their advantage. The Saints hired Coach Sean Payton and Drew Brees in 2006, and the rest has been history. The leadership those two have imparted on the team and its hometown have been monumental and helped highlight the talents of many other Saints players who were, frankly, under the radar.  

Sometimes you’ve got to use the right people to make you look good and help elevate you to the place you deserve to be. Don’t be afraid to find them, use them and reward them.

Finally, GEAUX SAINTS!

GUEST BLOGGER: Ken Herron Shares 5 Things You Should Be Doing Online to Find Your Next Job

I am a marketing geek, who, like many of you, is “actively seeking” my next job.  Job hunt experts consistently tell us the best way to find our next job is in-person networking.  What they don’t always mention, however, is that maximizing our online presence will also help us to find our next job faster.

Here are five things you should be doing to increase the likelihood of being “found” online by recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers.  When you submit for jobs online, they also give people helpful information supporting your submission.

#1  Use the same version of your name — everywhere
You don’t need to understand the latest SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques to know that using multiple versions of your name in your resumes, online profiles and in real life makes you harder to find online. 

#2  Google, Yahoo!, and Bing yourself — weekly
Are you on the first page of search results?  Are you nowhere to be found?  Do photos and/or videos pop up showing you wearing nothing but a hat comprised of several different kinds of tropical fruit?  You should know exactly what comes up when your name is entered into the most popular search engines.

#3  Create a Google profile
I know of no other guaranteed, real-time way to get exactly the information you want about yourself — including text, photos, and links — on the bottom of the first page of Google search results for your name.  Didn’t even know Google had profiles?  Learn more at: http://www.slideshare.net/KenHerron/how-to-leverage-your-google-profile (full disclosure: this is a presentation I gave recently at a conference on the topic). 

#4  Really use your LinkedIn profile
Having a complete, up-to-date LinkedIn profile is not enough.  Actively use LinkedIn on a daily basis for online networking.  To start, update your status to network with your connections, join groups to make new connections, answer questions to demonstrate your expertise and review LinkedIn’s job postings.

#5  Cross link
Include the web links to your relevant online profiles, recommendations, portfolios, papers, presentations and videos on both your paper and online resumes.  Always include the links to the most relevant profiles (e.g., Google, LinkedIn, VisualCV, etc.) in your e-mail signature lines and cover letters.

The Internet has exploded our job search tools from a kid-size box of crayons to a warehouse club-size tub.  Take full advantage of all the different web “crayons” available, and you will dramatically shorten your job search!

An award-winning global marketer, Ken Herron (http://www.google.com/profiles/kenherron) lives in Boston as he networks, online and offline, to find his next job.

Thanks, Ken! Keep us posted on your progress!

Think You’ve Exhausted Your Job Search? Get a New Perspective

My UPiC (Unemployed Partner-in-Crime) Shelley continues her search for work with her head held high and her goals in check. But after feeling like she’s exhausted every contact, every lead, every meet up and every friend- of-a-friend, she is working to freshen her job hunt with new strategies.

What’s her secret?

Get a new perspective!

Although a meeting planner by trade, Shelley met last night with a PR professional – someone completely outside her field – who was able to read her resume with a fresh eye, provide some new contacts and look into industries she may never have considered. She emerged feeling rejuvenated and is now ready to start today on a new path.

Fresh perspectives are critical. I have an old boss who insisted on interviewing people outside our industry because of their different experiences, likes and dislikes, hobbies, etc. So don’t just limit your contacts to people in your field. Seek people outside your job parameters who have different backgrounds and outlooks. 

For example, don’t turn down a meeting with someone in engineering if you’re in accounting. You never know what might transpire: There may be an opening in the accounting department in their firm, they may know someone in your field from their church, a client may have a position available, his dad could be hiring, you never know.

A different, fresh perspective can be your key to success.

Let me know if this works for you!

Let’s Unleash the Experts: LA Fashion and Image Consultant Shares 3 Tips for Improving Your Interview Appearance

You’ve heard it all before:mirror

  • “It’s what’s on the inside that counts.”
  • “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”
  • “Beauty is only skin deep.”

We’re told all the time that our smarts and personalities lead to success. And that’s certainly right! But, you’ve got to consider the whole package. When you’re searching for a new job, first impressions count and it’s often shallow nuances that can stick with the interviewer.

Burbank-based image and fashion consultant Lori Ann Robinson got in touch with me recently, and her perspective is that “your image is your personal visual message, and just as a corporate visual message is critical to the confidence and success of the organization, your personal image is a message that is critical to your personal confidence and success.”

Lori graciously offered three of her top tips for maximizing your image while interviewing:

  • Review, rethink and update your hair and make up to stay current. Remember, the higher you are on the food-chain of success, the more your image matters
  • Remember the importance of your face, since most of the time the interviewer will be focused on it. Be aware of everything from your make-up to your teeth. I suggest a trip to the “close up” mirror just to be sure all is ship shape
  • Look in three-way mirror to do a check. Remember the interviewer will see you coming and going. Yes, that stain on the back of your pants from the Mexican restaurant will be seen, and you cannot back out of the office now can you?

I think #3 is one of the most obvious, but most important things to remember. Your pants may look just fine in the front, but what about the rear view? Did you clip those extra threads in the back slit of your skirt? Is your jacket straining in the back? Is the leather on the back of your heels scuffed from cracks in the sidewalk? Sounds silly, but details count. If you look sloppy, they’ll think you probably perform sloppily.

I hope these helpful hints help you polish your look. But, don’t get so focused on your improved image that you forget your interview questions!

Check out more information from Lori:
http://www.larconsultants.com
http://www.larconsultantsimageandfashionblog.com

Easiest Way to Jump Start Your Job Search. Period.

Alarm_clock_at_7_AM_croppedI just posted this little bit of advice on Twitter (find me @mspinkslip_blog), but thought I’d share it with all of you.

While meeting someone for breakfast this morning on the Westside of Atlanta, I realized having an early morning appointment to get up for really is the key to jump starting the day. This especially applies for those seeking work and those who are taking time to explore other avenues to earn a living.

When I was searching for jobs, I found that my most productive days were when I had someone to meet, say, at Starbucks for coffee at 8:30 a.m. or breakfast at Highland Bakery at 8:00 a.m. I had a plan; I had a commitment to be somewhere. There was no lying around in bed until 10 a.m. watching Hoda and Kathie Lee while I mentally reviewed all the thicoffeengs I had to do and people I needed to contact. Too much time and too easy to procrastinate.

Getting up and engaging in early morning conversation is a terrific way to jog your brain, raise those endorphins and give you that little push you need to get out there and make things happen.

So, if you need a quick, easy way to get going, schedule your meetings in the mornings and get started early!

Pink Pinks: Layoff Support Network and FiredNetwork

Both Layoff Support Network and FiredNetwork are free networking sites. Layoff Support is much like Facebook in that you set up a profile, and it features 13 sections teeming with content, both useful and fun. It’s “one-stop shopping”.

FiredNetwork is geared to “change seekers” and “change facilitators”. It connects:

Change Seekers               ->           To       ->         Change Facilitators
Job Seekers                                                                Employers and Job Angels
Entrepreneurs and Company Buyers                              Investors and Company Sellers
Job Seekers                                                                Entrepreneurs so they can partner

Check these great sitesfiredout and support your brothers and sisters in unemployment!
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GUEST BLOGGER: Miss PR Princess Takes on This New “Don’t Call Me Liz” Debacle in D.C.

From MPS: This story about Rep. Jim McDermott’s (D-Wash.) scheduler/office manager, Elizabeth “Don’t Call Me Liz!” Becton, has been burning up the Web today, and I just can’t believe someone could be so self-involved and stupid! Doesn’t she know email gets forwarded???  Well, I can believe it, but…  My dear friend and today’s Guest Blogger, Miss PR Princess, has provided some wise commentary that you should definitely soak in:

Your Reputation’s all You’ve Got
If you’re lucky enough to be employed, don’t sweat the small stuff; your future employment could depend on it. It’s inevitable; we spend a lot of time at work, and people are going to get on our nerves. Whether it’s the coworker who always tries to steal your thunder or the person in the cubicle next to you who cuts their nails at work; it’s always something. But it’s best to take the advice of relationship counselors and “pick your battles.”

For example, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), scheduler/office manager, Elizabeth Becton insists (and we do mean insists) on being addressed by her full name — not Liz or any other variant – to the point where she verbally attacked an executive assistant at McBee Strategic (story below). The outrageous e-mail exchange was leaked online, and now this woman could possibly be fired, and worse, her reputation destroyed! She could have just been having a bad day, and now she looks like a total schmuck who no one would ever want to work with. In today’s world, you never know what could get leaked online. And once it’s online; it will show up when your name is Google searched. It’s best to show restraint and keep your cool. If you need to have a difficult conversation, suck it up and have it face-to-face. Don’t put it in writing. Even, and especially if, it’s just “one of those days.” Your future reputation and employment opportunities could depend on it.

Thanks, Miss PR Princess. Love your advice! That chick needs to be run out of D.C. on her you know what.

Related post: https://misspinkslip.wordpress.com/2009/05/18/dont-give-a-damn-bout-your-online-reputation-your-next-employer-sure-does/