LinkedIn HandsOn Workshop

Today was the first edition of my newest workshop format, live laboratory experience using your personal LinkedIn account for training and learning. The outline still followed my book “12.5 Ways to Get Ahead on LinkedIn”. The workshop used that outline to make each attendee’s profile stronger and more effective. The good folks at Houston’s campus […]

If the Phone Doesn’t Ring It’s Me

Jimmy Buffet wrote some great lyrics with this theme. While he was trying to entertain, there is a more divine message here for those who look to God and trust in His ways. Often we struggle each day for direction, purpose, and meaning. Things happening around us do not always make much sense. In the […]

Are you pregnant?

When you hear the question “are you pregnant?”, what comes to mind? The key word might be expectation. I recently shared this topic with my group at JMS. The concept and question is one I credit to Tony Evans. Getting ‘pregnant’ creates a certain kind of expectation. What will it be? How is my life […]

“Sun Spots” in Today’s Hiring Market

Lots of buzz asking the question “is the recession over?” If we focus just on area hiring trends, I would say the answer to that question is “I am not sure”. What I am seeing is something I choose to call “sun spots’ of hiring activity. That means there are flares of activity here and […]

More On Sales Minded Job Search

Yesterday we talked about creating a Value Proposition. Today, let’s break that down a little more. First we need to zero in on your core purpose; “here’s what I am about”. Can you explain that in about 3 to 10 seconds? This is not a “pitch”. This is a direct communication of who and what […]

HCC Partners for Jobs

Don’t miss the latest HCC TV series featuring the Partners for Jobs campaign. Five installments hosted by friend and job search expert Rick Gillis. Houston area viewers tune in to HCC TV on Comcast cable or see it on the web at www.HCCS.edu

What is a “job”?

This week at JMS I explored the origin of the word “job”. I was not happy with what I found. The most consistent references point to a French root word “gobbet”. This translates into morsel or “piece”. Hence a “job” is a “piece” of work. It struck me that it also suggests a piece of […]

Are We Heading in the Right Direction?

Recent events in my marketplace, main street employment organization called JMS seem to suggest the economy has taken a pause from its downward spiral. Job seeker landings are on the rise. Could it be that employers are starting to realize the “wait and see” strategy needs to be abandoned? Are the actual market forces making […]