Category: Job Interviewing


4 Reasons a Holiday Job Search is a Good Idea

It’s always a good time to conduct a job search when you need a job. And a holiday job search is no exception. Instead of taking a break from your job search during the holidays, here are four reasons why you should use the holidays to focus on your job search in a recent article I had published on The Daily Positive. Check it out here:

4 Reasons To Job Search During The Holidays

Need another reason why a holiday job search is a good idea? Most other job seekers slack off on their job search during the holidays. This gives you a leg-up or even a head-start on potential job opportunities!

If you need assistance maximizing your job search this holiday season, let me know. I’m here to help, but time is running out! The holidays will fly by and the new year will be here before you know it!

Stand Up For Your Worth

What’s your worth? My first year out of grad school, I worked at an institution where my male counterparts got paid A LOT more money for a lot less responsibility than me. I also once worked in an industry where I was often told, “Oh, we can’t pay you for your expertise, but this project will give you great exposure.”

HOLD UP! Am I the only one who sees there’s something clearly wrong with these scenarios? The second scenario mentioned will sound familiar to a lot of people here in Nashville, but it’s one that’s (at least in its particular industry) rarely questioned or challenged.

Know Your Worth

If you work hard and do a good job, shouldn’t you get paid for it??? My grandmother believed so. She was the hardest working person I ever knew. Here’s her story, and how she serves as an encouragement to stand up for your worth. I hope that both men and women will learn from her example and teach their children her example as well:

Know Your Worth And Close The Wage Gap

 

Strive For Completion, Not Perfection

In coaching clients on how to answer commonly asked interview questions, I always tell them not to use the canned answer, “I’m too much of a perfectionist,” for the “What is your greatest weakness?” question for several reasons. One, it’s just that, a “canned answer” and recruiters know that. They’ve heard it a million times. Two, perfectionism isn’t always a strength disguised of a weakness. It can be an actual weakness that acts as an obstacle to your work performance and even the pursuit of your passions.

Perfectionism Results In Delay

Those with perfectionist tendencies usually delay their passions and projects because they are waiting for everything to be perfect before turning in their assignment, releasing their project, starting their new business or launching their new product. I often witnessed this among the recording artists I previously worked with when I used to do image consulting. Once a song was finished, instead of taking the necessary steps to finalize it, they would continue tweaking the recording and production of the song, spending extra time and money in the studio.

While it’s risky to tell a potential employer that you’re too much of a perfectionist because they may interpret that as being a procrastinator or someone who doesn’t see things to completion, it’s even riskier to use perfectionism as a way to procrastinate or not follow through on your dreams and your passions. You can always find ways to improve something you’re excited about, but if you’re doing so to the point that no one is benefitting from what you have to offer because you’re still keeping it under wraps, then what’s the point?

It’s always a bit scary to put something out there with your name on it, not knowing what people are going to think about it or how they’re going to receive it. You are making yourself vulnerable to possible criticism. But you also can’t wait until everything is perfect or the timing is perfect, because there’s no such thing. So what is a perfectionist to do?

Beta Test

Learn to view your creations and the work you’re passionate about in phases. For instance, when a tech company launches a new site or app, it’s typically first launched in beta as a way to test the product in the market and test its performance. Why not try the same approach?

Your “phase one” could be to share your idea with a small segment of your market and ask for their feedback, or do a focus group to test your idea with a small group of potential customers. Then, go back and make any necessary tweaks and don’t waste time with the unnecessary ones. Rinse and repeat for phase two. Think about it:  there’s a reason why so many computer software programs have various versions (1.0, 2.0, 2.3, etc.). Your creation can have a 1.0, 2.0, 2.3, or even a 3.0 version too.

Know When to Say When

Once you’ve tested a few different versions of your creation, you still need to know when to stop tweaking and start sharing. A couple of clues include what kind of tweaks you’re making. Are they necessary for the project to accomplish its purpose? If not, it’s time to quit tinkering with it and release it. Are your friends continually asking you when they’re going to get to see this great thing you’ve been working on? Or worse, have they stopped asking you this? If so, then yes, it’s time to debut this great masterpiece of yours.

Are your goals and accomplishments at a stand-still because you’re waiting for perfection? Delay no longer and start achieving your goals with the 8-Step Goal-Achievement Plan when you subscribe to the paNASH newsletter. And if you want to know the proper way to answer the “What’s your greatest strengths?” question and other common interview questions, shoot me an email and I’ll provide you some information about paNASH resources and services!

Shortly after writing this blog post, I came across this video by Derek Sivers, the founder of CD Baby. It uniquely illustrates the point I’ve made above. Check it out:

New to Nashville?

Nashville’s paNASH Announces Integrative Services for New Residents

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 22nd, 2016) – Passion and Career Specialist Lori Bumgarner announced her company, paNASH, will now offer relocation support through a new program entitled the New To Nashville Track.

This program provides a myriad of focused sessions meant to limit the time it takes for new residents of the Nashville Metro Area to acclimate to their newly adopted hometown.

“It can sometimes take up to two years to feel like you really live in a new city: what neighborhood you favor, where to plug in with professional and social networks, how to earmark city resources to explore,” Bumgarner explained, “I looked around the city’s landscape and realized that the increase of available jobs would create demand for an integrative program for these new residents.”

From 2010-2015, the Nashville Metro Area saw a 20% rise in job growth. That trajectory continues to rise right along with a 10% overall population increase and many businesses are increasing focus on attracting talent and professional workforce while maintaining low turnover rates. Large companies are encouraged to take advantage of paNASH’s services as an added benefit to internal human resources initiatives.

“Essentially, while many larger corporations can provide the jobs, many do not have the resources necessary to encourage those employees new to the city to plug in and find their niche within the community,” Bumgarner said, “the New to Nashville Track meets that need.”

She continues: “moving to a new city, starting a new job and meeting all these new people can be stressful. With this program, local businesses can provide a program to help their employees acclimate.”

Studies prove that happy employees are 12% more productive than those that do not feel supported or engaged in their environments*. The New To Nashville Track from paNASH will include support for job search, new job entry, relocation support, exploration of city resources and recreation, networking skills and many other integrative learning skills. This instant support system and increased environment awareness program is available for human resource firms, large corporations and individuals.

For more information, please visit www.yourpassioninlife.com

*statistic via Fast Company, July 22nd, 2015

About paNASH:

Based in Nashville, TN, paNASH’s mission is to serve, educate and encourage others by assisting them with the discovery and pursuit of their passions in a way that honors their purpose and their own vision for success while amplifying who the client is personally and advancing them professionally.

paNASH is owned by Lori Bumgarner, a certified coach with 15 years of experience as a career consultant. Lori is the author of the Amazon #1 bestselling book Advance Your Image. paNASH clients include Girlilla Marketing, recording artist Corey Smith, and author and speaker Kori Yates.

Don’t believe us. Ask the clients:

“Even before we began our training sessions, I felt I had learned a very important lesson. Lori’s process led us to many positive changes that we would have not made or even thought of without Lori’s expertise.”  Jennie Smythe – CEO, Girlilla Marketing

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