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

Job Finding – IT Networking in Ottawa

<< NOTE: Archived. An updated version of this content has been published on www.tngconsulting.ca/consulting >> Below is a list of some of the IT consulting companies that I recommend in the National Capital Region of Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Call them up and arrange for an information meeting, not an interview. You are going out to learn about their organization and the current state of the industry so that you can best position yourself to serve their needs. It’s a lot easier to get an information meeting than an interview. Remember, they actually want to see you succeed because each time they … Continue reading

Job Finding – Resume Tips

Resume Tip #1: Make it look its best — Use the same tense throughout your resume, spell check it, grammar check it and then be sure to save it in Print View. When the employer opens the MS Word document, it will look better. Resume Tip #2: Don’t mention consulting company names — … unless the work you did was directly for the consulting company. In instances where you have been sub-contracting, mention the names of the clients instead. Many government employers, for example, look for consultants with previous experience in the public sector. They really don’t care which consulting … Continue reading

Job Finding – Job Search Tips

Here are some job search tips that will hopefully help you land that dream job or career. Dress like you mean business — Try to always wear formal business attire when meeting with people. I have been told that qualified professionals are easy to come by. The hard part is finding people who present themselves well and are reliable. It’s amazing how many people are out there looking for a job don’t even own a suit anymore. When looking for work, you need to make the most of what you have. You never know who you are going to end … Continue reading

Job Finding – Sample Email

Here is a sample of an email I typically send out with my resume AFTER contacting a consulting organization by telephone or when applying for a job. Naturally I customize it a little to address the specifics of what I am applying for. Clients have given it good reviews since they can open up the email, and quickly see without even looking at my resume that I could be a good fit for many potential positions. I present it here to you in confidence. Feel free to create your own version, something that works for you. Be sure to also … Continue reading

Job Finding – A Momentum Quick Start Reference

Whether you are looking for a job as an employee or your next contract as a consultant, the following information will help you accelerate your job search significantly. The Calling Card Your Name Telephone Number Language Ability Special accreditations and/or security clearance Job Title or Field Excellent (Top Skills) Strong (Top Soft skills) Top expertise Experienced in (areas you have the most experience) Your best attributes Choose a Free Business Cards from 42 samples (just pay shipping):  www.vistaprint.ca Tell Everyone You Know — Building Your List of Contacts Family, Friends and Relatives Parents of your kids friends Former colleagues Former employers … Continue reading

Perspective is Everything When Looking for a Job

Depending on how you look at it, looking for a job can be scary and even discouraging. I say depending on how you look because, just like in art, if you change your perspective, you can see things in a whole different way. Obviously there is a lot of rejection involved in a job search but on the other hand, each rejection is one step closer to someone saying “Your Hired!”. It’s a well-known fact that only 20% of all jobs are advertised. You never hear of 80% of all available job. People tend to hire people they know because … Continue reading

Your Support Circle

[Note: needs more info] One of the important things to do when you are in business by yourself is to build up your support circle. This can include: Connectors When you market to a potential client, you end up with potentially one client if they hire you. However, when you market to a connector, they will become your marketing force. So what’s a connector? It’s someone who is going to market your business to many other people; in other words, they connect you to many people. Traditional marketing is like a funnel. You talk to a lot of people and … Continue reading