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 […]

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 […]

Are You a Happy Pig?

No, not trying to be mean. Yesterday I shared with my audience at JMS, the story about the “Pig of Happiness” by Edward Monkton. This is a short story written and illustrated as a gift card, but the storyline is profound. It is about a pig who decides to stop […]

Are you really a “people person”?

When I coach and counsel job seekers, I am often confronted with the age-old term “people person”. What is that exactly? I have a friend who is an HR professional. He tells me they use the tag line “Oh good. If you are a people person, we can pay you […]

Challenging People

When was the last time you dealt with a “challenging personality”? We all have our stories about the store clerk or the person ahead of us in the checkout lane or the co-worker in the cube next door. We regale ourselves in telling these stories on and on when the […]

Job Loss is Tough

Recently speaking to my group at JMS, we were visiting the idea of trying to stay focused and positive while dealing with career transition. In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald (he should know given his life struggles) –“Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the […]

It’s HOT Here

OK maybe global warming is on the rebound. At least in the greater Houston area, we are experiencing hotter than usual days with no rain whatsoever. As we say here in Texas, “even the jackrabbits are carrying canteens”. I’ve been trying to act like none of this is happening though. […]

Sales Minded job Search – Revisited

Last week while speaking at a conference, one attendee took me to task when I talked about having a sales minded approach to your job search and your interview. Where the discussion went then is not important right now, but I confess it made me think a bit. OK…time’s up. […]

TGF

Long week, but great week. I had the good fortune of meeting with members of the PMI Houston organization during their annual conference at the GRB in Houston. This was a super group of folks. I met people from all walks of the certified project management world. After three very […]

Know Who You Are

Today at JMS we had a great round of discussions. Here are some of the highlights: 1. Shrug off the “negatives”  People in job transition need to find ways to shrug off the “negatives” like “bad day, tough interview, feeling stress, etc.” You can do this by coming to your […]