On May 5, 2014 by Marc Cenedella
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On April 28, 2014 by Marc Cenedella
The accumulation of rejection letters, voicemails, emails, and, yes, unfortunately, text messages, is a good sign for any job search. You need to go through a lot of maybes and uh-unhs before you find the right YES!
So you can imagine that famous people who were once not famous got a lot of rejection letters on their way up.
For example, here’s Bono being turned down by RSO:
And Andy Warhol getting the gong from the Museum of Modern Art:
Part of any search for a fit in your career involves the exploration of possibilities. The more possibilities and the more opportunities you explore, the more rejections you’ll receive. But you’ll also get something very valuable with those turn-downs: a better sense of where your talents do belong.
You see, it takes some effort to find out what we’re not in order to find out what we are, and where we belong.
So while I know it’s foolish to ask you to enjoy those rejection texts, at the very least, perhaps you can understand the vital role they play in getting you to your destination.
On April 21, 2014 by Marc Cenedella
“Oh, I’m looking for anything,” you might tell well-meaning friends who ask.
It’s a problem.
Because in today’s economy, no employer is looking for a “VP, Anything”, or a “Director of Whatever Needs to Be Done.” They’re looking for an experienced professional who can solve specific problems.
When you’re thinking about moving jobs, you need to have a brief, pithy assertion of who you are and what you’re qualified to do. It’s important that you be able to explain to an old colleague, or a new connection, in 30 seconds or less, what it is that you’re looking for.
That’s called an “elevator pitch” – a concise statement of your abilities and goals that can be shared in the time it takes an elevator to go to the top floor.
Vague and general aren’t helpful:
No, in the 21st century you need to be more precise and more concrete. You need to describe what you’ve done and what you’re looking to do… specifically.
So it’s not “I’m a saleswoman” but rather…
“I’m a sales management professional looking to lead a 100+ person sales organization, and am particularly interested in opportunities leading sales teams going through the transactional-to-relationship-selling transition.”
It’s not “I’m in logistics” but rather…
“I’m a logistics team leader who specializes in driving efficiency improvements in established groups, bringing down the cost of production year after year.”
And it’s not “I’m a finance guy” but rather…
“I’m a finance guy who enjoys rationalizing finance teams in multi-unit businesses and creating metrics and operating procedures that partner with the business to drive understanding of the underlying levers of growth.”
You need to be specific and concise in your description of your ambitions, so that your network contacts, your future boss, or an HR recruiter can understand how and where you’ll add value and improve the business.
So please, avoid the easy temptation to say that you’re looking for anything, and be specific in your job search. It’s the best way to let people know how to help you, and to let companies know how you’ll help them.
I’m rooting for you!
On April 14, 2014 by Marc Cenedella
Before he was famous, before he painted the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, before he invented the helicopter, before he drew the most famous image of man, before he was all of these things, Leonardo da Vinci was an armorer, a weapons guy, a maker of things that go “boom”.
And, like you, he had to put together a resume to get his next gig. So in 1482, at the age of 30, he wrote out a letter and a list of his capabilities and sent it off to Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan.
So to celebrate Leonardo’s birthday tomorrow on April 15th, I’d like to share his wonderful resume with you. You can click on the link below to see the full-size version.
The translation of this letter is quite remarkable:
What a fantastic piece of personal marketing! There’s none of his famous backwards-mirror writing here – this letter was intended to be read and to persuade.
I’m a hopeless pedantic, so here’s what I think we can learn from Leonardo’s resume:
You’ll notice he doesn’t recite past achievements. He doesn’t mention the painting of the altarpiece for the Chapel of St Bernard; he doesn’t provide a laundry list of past bombs he’s built; he doesn’t cite his prior employment in artist Andrea di Cione’s studio.
No, he does none of these things, because those would be about his achievements, not the Duke’s needs.
Instead, he sells his prospective employer on what Leonardo can do for him.
Now imagine being the Duke of Milan and receiving this magnificent letter from the young prodigy of Florence. The specific descriptives paint a vivid picture of siege engines and bombardments and mortars and trench-draining and bridges to defeat the enemy. You can imagine the scenes that ran through the Duke’s head as he held this letter in his hands and read through Leonardo da Vinci’s bold statements of capabilities.
What Renaissance Duke wouldn’t want “kinds of mortars; most convenient and easy to carry; [that] can fling small stones almost resembling a storm”? Sounds pretty enticing.
And that’s exactly what your resume needs to do, too. Not the laundry list / standard bio that talks about you, but the marketing piece that talks about the benefits to your future employer and how you fit into his or her needs and desires.
So it turns out that even on his 562nd birthday, this remarkable fellow Leonardo da Vinci is teaching us about the future. What a genius…
Here’s wishing you an illustrious week, Readers!
On April 7, 2014 by Marc Cenedella
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On March 31, 2014 by Marc Cenedella
Thousands of your fellow subscribers have found their new jobs in March on TheLadders!
On March 24, 2014 by Marc Cenedella
Written several years ago, the simple article “Top Five Regrets Of The Dying” recounts the lessons learned by a hospice worker in Australia from her departing patients…
Bronnie Ware writes: “For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.
People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.
When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people have had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.
We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.
It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.
When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.
Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.”
Now, Readers, you may find Monday morning an awkward time to ponder the great questions of your existence. After all, Monday morning is a time for starting, not for stopping, or for navel-gazing, and there’s a helluva work to get done this week.
But, in fact, there is no better time than this Monday morning for you to be thinking about the future and how you’ll look back on the past; on how you’ll look back on today.
That’s because every change begins with a start, just like this Monday morning.
Are you doing what makes sense for you and your family? Are you doing what’s right for who you are and who you want to be? Are you living the way you will wish you had wanted to?
In my conversations with subscribers like you over the years, I’ve found time and again that the answers to those questions are: “no”.
And when asked the reason why?… there’s never much of a good answer other than that they hadn’t started yet.
So this Monday morning, on your way to work, as you sit there, alive and living in a way that someday, somewhere, you’ll remember fondly, distantly, perhaps ruefully…
Take this moment to ask yourself the most courageous question of all:
Will I regret this when I’m gone?
Whatever your answer, Readers, you know…
On March 17, 2014 by Marc Cenedella
Here’s an easy way to turn dreaded employment networking into deadly effective bonding:
When you’re networking, ask for a reference, not a job.
Whether you’re doing catch-up drinks or grabbing lunch to reconnect, your primary need is to get an ally, not a tally of job listings. Recruiting a helping hand to your search is your goal.
So don’t ask your college friend if she knows of any jobs for people like you. How would she?
And don’t ask your boss from two jobs ago if she has the names of any people who are currently looking to hire somebody like you. It puts her on the spot. Uncomfortably.
No, instead, ask for a reference. Mention that you’re going to be moving on, or you’re already looking, or that you’re actively out on the street. Let them know the type of positions you are and are not suited for, and what you’re hoping to achieve in your next opportunity.
And then ask them if — when it gets to that happy place in your search — if it would be OK to use them as a reference.
By not putting them on the spot about specific job openings, you reduce the awkwardness inherent in the networking conversation.
And by letting them know that you hold them in high enough esteem to potentially use them as a reference, you’re actually paying them a compliment.
You’re also making it easier for them to say “yes”, and to feel good about themselves for being a good friend and helping you out with a little favor.
All of which means that you have a new buddy in your search — one who’s going to be thinking about keeping an eye out for new opportunities and an ear open for fresh possibilities for their reference-able friend: you.
It’s wins and grins all around.
Now, this doesn’t work for just any old person you meet on the street. There’s probably a pretty good match between people you’d take to lunch and those you could ask to be a reference. So my advice would be to stick to asking those you know well enough.
Being realistic, the widely offered and deeply wrong advice from the past decade that you should try to extract favors, concessions, names, jobs, and career assistance from people you’ve only met over the phone is not only useless, it can be counterproductive to your aims by antagonizing your broader network.
By making your networking about compliments, you’ll find it pays dividends.
Good luck in the search this week!
On March 10, 2014 by Marc Cenedella
If I ripped off the top third of your resume and handed it to a complete stranger…
And finally, your online presence needs to back up your paper resume and be consistent with your offline job goals.
On March 3, 2014 by Marc Cenedella
In the decade I’ve been writing this newsletter, the single best tip I’ve given, that has come back to me over, and over, and over again, is this: