Category Archives: Inspiration
Okay, okay. You’ve probably heard them all before. There are lots of interview tips out there. What makes us different?
Well, we’ve looked through those tips. Here are the little things that we haven’t seen before.
1. Act like an interviewer
We don’t mean you should act like an interviewer in your actual interview (though you should definitely have questions prepared for when it’s appropriate to ask). What we want you to do is look into techniques for being an interviewer. Just like there are tips for you, there are tips for them. An interviewer might be giving away what they are looking for based on the questions they ask. This will help you answer to the best of your ability.
2. Find your weakness
What question are you afraid to answer? Why? Get to the bottom of it and make sure you practice the answer to that question. Don’t just hope it won’t come up. It will. So be ready.
3. Pick your time slot
What is your best time of day? When do you feel most alert? Some job interviews have a little leeway as to when you can schedule your interview. Try to make it work to your best advantage. And don’t forget to allow yourself plenty of time to get there.
4. Ask who will be interviewing you
Is it a guy, a girl, a panel, the CEO? This might just be a good thing to know before you walk into the room. It will keep you from being surprised. Also, if it’s someone high up in the company, you may want to do a little research on what their role is.
5. Have references ready, but not with you
You should definitely line up recommendations from you work history, however, it isn’t necessary to bring those recommendations with you. The interviewer or company will follow up on that if they deem it necessary, you don’t have to worry about it.
What tips have helped you get through interviews? What hasn’t worked? Share in the comments!
By Edward Frazier
I rarely think of the fourth of July as anything but another Holiday. A parade, some fireworks, picnics with watermelons, and pies. Did I mention fire works? One of my favorite memories and a pivotal moment in my youth happened as I watched a pocket full of black cats blowing up in my very own pocket.
Very cool in front of my “girlfriend”, and oh yeah I set her sisters hair on fire trying to be cool with a small bottle rocket. I had watched others casually flip small bottle rockets in the air after lighting it from a punk held in ones teeth. Well, at 14 years old I was ready for such a challenge as lighting and tossing a bottle rocket. So, for my first time ever I lit a rocket tossed it high in the air for safety, only to see it arc over the crowd and land in my girl friend’s sister’s hair styled with flammable hair spray. Best of all! The loud pop right at the finale of the bottle rocket. No fingers ever pointed in my direction so I was stealthy by luck. I disappeared to the watermelon seed-spiting contest. Not too good at that test either.
This weekend is the 4th so happy Fourth of July for all Americans. For reasons no one living can fully appreciate a group of people decided to declare our independence. Since then many more have followed to shape a nation. There has been progress from every generation since the foundation of our country. Many National Pivots are yet to come.
Consider today July 2, what these people who started this defiance of a sovereign Kingdom were thinking. As they no doubt reflected on what they intended to do in the next 48 hours. It had the consequences of death. In fact many did come to that consequence. Some starved on POW boats in the Hudson and came to a harsh end and all sort of war hazards prevailed. I would think to make those determined intentional decisions of our founders must have included a strong faith in God. For who can ponder such things without consideration of God’s role in their destiny? I call them serious historic gamblers who put it all at risk.
Enjoy the Fourth! May greater things come of this Nation. Pray for the days to come.
About Ed Frazier
Ed has been involved in media and Internet technologies for over 30 years. He was one of the founding individuals of the Regional Sports Networks that make up Fox Sports. Following Fox sports Frazier was involved in a joint Venture with Coserv Electric in the deployment and creation of advanced fiber networks. Through the CoServ Joint Venture he supplied advanced Internet technologies, for design, development and Internet marketing. Frazier has years of experience in Internet marketing and media, including, pay per click advertising, video streaming, banner advertising, Google adwords, Yahoo, MSN, and other directory and Internet marketing systems including direct e-mail, and user targeting advertising. His interest in Internet technology management for his clients is targeted to insure best practices in Internet marketing and ecommerce. Ed is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington. He provides consulting services in the field of Integrated Media. This involves traditional broadcast media and emerging media via satellite and the Internet. He has served on the boards of publicly traded companies, privately held corporation and non-profit organization.
Are you working in a job you hate just to make ends meet? Are you afraid of taking that leap into becoming an entrepreneur? You can work in a job you love and still save for retirement. Here are our top 5 ways to invest in yourself and in your job future.
1. Go to a conference
If you have an interest in something, chances are there’s a conference about it. Getting to that conference is a great way to invest in yourself. You’ll meet people who share your interests, and, better, you’ll meet people who are working in the job you want. Talk to people. Make it known what your interests are. Don’t just walk the exhibit hall. See if you can find a group going to lunch or out for drinks. This is a great way to meet some people, but don’t forget to follow up with people.
Networking tip: Monday is the only bad day to follow up with people. Your email will be lost in the shuffle of the new week.
2. Participate in local events
Whether it’s a local performance, a gym class, or a local Meetup.com group, you should find ways to get out into your local community to start making connections. If you don’t tend to be a very social person, set some goals for yourself and ease into it.
3. Take a class
Improving yourself is a great way to invest in your future. What’s something you wish you’d learned but never did? Find the time to take a class or get a tutor. It doesn’t have to be applied astrophysics. Language tutors are everywhere. Community colleges offer a variety of classes to choose from. Pick something you think you’ll enjoy and dive in.
4. Earn a certification
If your dream job is in a field that requires a certification, there’s no reason to wait. It’s just another way of investing in yourself and your future.
5. Take a Myers-Briggs test
The Myers-Briggs personality test was developed as a career placement tool. It can give you insight on where you draw energy from, how you best interact with people, and what kind of working environment you’re best suited for. Finding your personality type will give you a glimpse of yourself and can help you grow.
What are some ways you have invested in yourself? Share in the comments!
Why you should listen
Fascinated by the leaders who make impact in the world, companies and politicians with the capacity to inspire, Simon Sinek has discovered some remarkable patterns in how they think, act and communicate. He wrote Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action to explore his idea of the Golden Circle, what he calls “a naturally occurring pattern, grounded in the biology of human decision making, that explains why we are inspired by some people, leaders, messages and organizations over others.” His newest work explores “circles of safety,” exploring how to enhance feelings of trust and confidence in making bold decisions. It’s the subject of his latest book, Leaders Eat Last.
An ethnographer by training, Sinek is an adjunct of the RAND Corporation. He writes and comments regularly for major publications and teaches graduate-level strategic communications at Columbia University.
What others say
“I try to find, celebrate and teach leaders how to build platforms that will inspire others. ” — Simon Sinek
Start With Why
In studying the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way-and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.
Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire.