Unemployed and looking for a job? Congratulations!

Congratulations on your new job! Think of it as contract work where you get paid when you are finish the job… which of course is to go shopping 7.5 hours a day for a new job! Make the most of this time to also learn and grow as a person and contribute by sharing what you learn with others. Many unlucky people feel that they are stuck in jobs they don’t like for years. This is a real opportunity for you to lead others by example. You got this! ūüôā Tip: Check your local library or book store for a … Continue reading

Which Web Development Programming Languages Should I Learn?

I am often asked this question by other Web developers. In fact, I regularly need¬†to figure decide which¬†web programming languages and technologies I need to learn next as part of my life long learning. Start with Web Browser Technologies Did you know? Even after over 20 years of mainstream web technology, web browsers only natively understand 3 things: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. That’s it, that’s all! There actually used to be a fourth, vbScript, but it was only available in Internet Explorer and Microsoft finally deprecated it as of IE11. Anything more and it is usually an add-on, plugin or … Continue reading

The Power of Hello!

HELLO!¬†Do you say “Hello!” to strangers when walking down the street?¬†You can even be fancy and say “Good morning!” or “Good evening!”. Time and time again, I have seen the unfriendliest looking face turn warm and friendly using that one simple almost magical word. It’s like “please” and “thank you” Try it and be amazed.¬†When you get a strange look or people just ignore you, smile and know that you have given them something to think about… perhaps a glimmer of hope that the world need not be a hard and cruel place. It may not feel comfortable at first. … Continue reading

The Power of the Information Meeting when Searching for a Job

Information meeting, what some call Informational Interviews, are extremely useful. In a time when it is difficult to find jobs, it is relatively much easier to just meet with people, learn about them and their organizations, what kind of projects they have been working on and build relationships that can eventually lead to opportunities for both you and the person you are meeting with. As a consultant, I’ve successfully used this technique repeatedly for the past 10 years to meet potential clients. The keys to success include: Start by calling people you know, having a meeting with them and getting … Continue reading

Remove Red and Green Underlines in Word

Using Microsoft Word, you’ve created a professional high quality¬†report at work, or a resume if you are looking for a job. It’s ready to be published to the target reader. The only problem is, it’s full of red (potential spelling mistakes) and green (potential grammar mistakes) squiggly underlines. Adding all the words that are underlined in red to your dictionary will only affect your own computer. When the document is opened on someone else’s computer, those lines will be back and you won’t even know it. Is it possible to get rid of not only the red but also the … Continue reading

What is Your Perception of the Economy?

It’s a very interesting question. Down in the U.S. and even in most parts of the world, the economy has taken a beating over the past several years. While not immune, according to the Invest in Canada Factsheet, this has actually effectively positioned Canada as having one of the strongest economies in the world. In times of reduced sales, many businesses tend to downsize. The reality is, this is the time to build strategic partnerships, develop relationships with clients and come together to innovate and find new opportunities. I’ve seen the cycle has come and go before. The most successful … Continue reading

How a Job Search is like Shopping

As many people know, the process of shopping (job search) involves knowing what you are looking for (position), how much you want to pay (salary)¬†and¬†going to stores (businesses) that sell¬†things (jobs) you might be interested. They may or may not be having a sales (job openings) but that doesn’t stop you from going in (meeting with them) just to browse (learn more about what they do). The store may have a contest form (job applications) you can fill out or have some other promotional offer (job opening) where you give them your contact information (business card, resume) so that they … Continue reading

Is it a good idea to connect in advance with a person who will be interviewing you?

I think it is a great idea. In fact, I suggest connecting with people by telephone and even try to meet with them to learn about them, their projects and the company in advance even before applying for a job, even before sending them your resume! Think if it as a job shopping strategy. Start developing relationships from the moment you get a name. 80-90% of all jobs are never advertised. 80-90% of job seekers look for jobs online which is really ironic when you think about it. Social networking tools like LinkedIn can help you find the connections you … Continue reading

Finding fun and play in your work

Anything you do can be fun and meaningful to you. It’s all a matter of how you look at it. Wayne Dyer says that when you change the way you look things, what you see changes and what you do as a coach is no exception. I have experienced this firsthand. Start by thinking back to when you first thought about becoming ,. Why it was important to you? What did you think it would be like? Who did you see yourself helping? Write down your answers. After each answer, keep digging deeper by asking why, or what does that … Continue reading

The 5 Year Cycle of Creative People

While there are many people in the world who are quite content to go do their job every day until the moment they retire, there are also people who can’t seem to stay happy in a job for more than 4-5 years. These people tend to be very creative. If you are once of these people, there is someting you need to know: The 5 Year Cycle of Creative People. Don’t worry, it’s not a bad thing unless you don’t know about it, or worse — ignore it. Of the Six Basic Human Needs described by¬†Tony Robbins, creative folks usually … Continue reading