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Nail That Job Interview

Nail That Job Interview

With so many people losing jobs and out of work, you need to prepare for your next job interview. When that door opens and you are given the opportunity of an interview, you need to sit your butt in the chair with an attitude of you’re “in it to win it”! Here are some tips for nailing that interview that I have gleaned from years of sitting on the boss-man side of the desk that decides whether or not you will get the job. First, if you walk in to an interview dressed like a streetwalker, and I’m not your wanna be pimp, don’t waste my time. If your personal style is the grunge look, and you pride yourself on that dumpster diver find, but you’re not interviewing for a position as a trash truck driver (on second thought, even if you are…) clean it up. Dress a notch above the part of the job you are being hired for. For example, if you’re going for that dot com job where everyone is a cool version of Steve Jobs and the dress code is jeans, t-shirts and flip flops, wear your nicest jeans and a collared polo with nice, clean, closed-toe shoes. You get the idea. I can tell you that from all the interviews I have done, if someone walks in looking unsuitable for the job, the blah, blah, blah of questions that ensues is all for show. There’s not a chance in hell they’re getting the job, and I’m likely going to cut the interview short. Again, don’t waste my time. Second, don’t be too cocky. There’s a fine line between confident and cocky and I remember well the nice looking young man who nailed “the look” for the job but spent so much time telling me how

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Growing a Business; Older Work Force; Interview Essentials; Positive Workplace

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/12.7.13/12.7.13Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPodcast Segments: Growing Essential Oils Business @ 0:00 Older, Back to Job Market @ 19:17 Positive Focus for Older Applicant @ 28:28 Interview Essentials @ 39:34 Positive Through Business Challenges @ 44:57 Positive Workplace @ 1:03:25 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Dignity Care Home McCall Manor Bennington State Bank Troy and Lorie’s Cafe (TLC)  

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Work with Ex?

Work with Ex?

My work situation involves being around my ex-boyfriend and working closely with him. We ended on bad terms, and it’s awkward to be around him. How do I relieve that tension? It is reasonable to expect that you won’t easily relieve the tension you feel working with your Ex, at least not for some time.  I know that’s not what you wanted to hear, but I’m sure that if I tried to tell you that there was a sure-fire way to make these awkward feelings go away you would know that I was just spouting off some BS!  Falling in love is all about opening our hearts to let someone else in.  When you do this, you place yourself in a position of being emotionally vulnerable.  This vulnerability is the basis for the hurt of a breakup and the tension you now feel post-breakup. The fact that you can work at all with your Ex is a testament to your professionalism.  While at work, keep your focus on the task at hand.  Monitor your thoughts and try to keep them on work and off the relationship muck.  Don’t let on that being around him bothers you (even if it does).  “Fake it till you make it” does help reboot your mindset and will help you deal more effectively with him on the job. Healing from a broken heart takes time and it can be more difficult if you have to always see him because you don’t have the benefit of that saying, “out of sight, out of mind”.  Look to heal from this relationship by treating yourself to those things that have helped you heal from past disappointments be that journaling, counseling, a random hookup, or pulling a bitch session with your girlfriends. Since you have to work with him,

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Sold Business, Now What?

Sold Business, Now What?

For 20 years I ran a successful bakery working long days. I sold it a few months ago and tried retirement, but found I am happier having something to do every day. I don’t need the money because I made a lot in the sale of my business, but just to keep busy I now work at a Deli. This isn’t what I really want to be doing but how do I decide what is? I’m also single with no commitments. Running your own business is a bigger time commitment than most people realize. I hear in your question how you are used to the routine of working long hours, and with this sale your daily routine has changed. When something, like running a business, is all-encompassing in your life, it leaves little time for nurturing other interests. This is the familiar grumble heard by wives whose husbands retire only to spend too much time hanging around the house with nothing to do. We all know those who end up returning to work or in another job. Oh, but what an opportunity, especially since you have money, to do whatever your heart desires! To do those things you’ve always dreamed of, to take those trips or even start a little hobby business (once a businessperson always a businessperson). I know it sounds crazy, but sometimes when there is nothing to limit your choices (money, relationships), narrowing down what you want to do next can be challenging. First, let yourself relax in to your new lifestyle, your new routine. It will take time for you to adjust to slowing down from the frenetic pace of the bakery. Take time to reflect on your future desires. Find a place or activity (some people think best while doing menial chores) that allows for

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Medical Marijuana: Child Protection, Research, Uses; Business Startups

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/11.23.13/11.23.13Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPodcast Segments: Find Your Silver Lining @ 0:00 Become a Life Coach @ 4:34 Business Startup @ 24:18 Traits of the Entrepreneur @ 43:24 Medical Marijuana Research @ 44:59 Medical Marijuana for Seizures @ 50:23 Baby Bree Taken Away due to Medical Marijuana @ 1:07:32 Uses for Medical Marijuana @ 1:28:25 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Dignity Care Home McCall Manor Bennington State Bank Troy and Lorie’s Cafe (TLC)  

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New Depression Treatments; Job Loss; Make Your Dreams a Reality

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/11.16.13/11.16.13Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPodcast Segments: New Treatments for Depression @ 0:00 Depressed After Job Loss @ 7:21 Blues Producer’s Celebrity Clients @ 22:33 Depressives Who Resist Getting Help @ 42:55 Positive Outlook After Job Loss @ 45:00 Move Forward after Job Loss @ 1:02:49 Make Change to Live your Passion @ 1:05:15 Make Your Dreams a Reality @ 1:23:20 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Dignity Care Home McCall Manor Bennington State Bank

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Business Trashed on Social Media?

Business Trashed on Social Media?

An unhappy customer aired their complaint on social media and the trashing my company got on the Internet has left me feeling like closing my doors. People who didn’t have a legitimate complaint jumped on the bandwagon just to join the negative rant. We have policies for addressing complaints and would have gone out of our way to help the customer, but when they choose instead to take it to the Internet, I just feel defeated. How can a company defend their reputation? These stories make my stomach hurt because I too am a business owner and I can sympathize. While you as the owner can set up company policies and procedures to keep your customers happy, most owners can’t be at their business every second of every day. You have to trust that your employees will adhere to the systems you put in place for customer service, but the reality is, employees will not always follow protocol. Even with your best effort, you will never have a 100% approval rating. The strategy I advocate for adverse events in companies is to pull out all the stops to fix the problem that resulted in the complaint. To start with, if you feel you need to respond to the Internet complaint, send out a well-written statement. Post it once and then let the negative comments die a natural death. If there is a way to make things right with the initial complainer, do so. They may have a change of heart and take to social media to praise how you handled their complaint. Now is also a good time to take an honest look at how your company is performing. It’s easy to blindly go along with the status quo, but that may not be working for you, and this incident

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Beer Pong Business, Life Balance, Over-controlling Parents

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/10.26.13/10.26.13Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPodcast Segments: Joan Gets Excited! @ 0:00 Business Featured in Bloomberg @ 9:08 Expanding Beer Pong Business @ 26:59 Balance in Life @ 41:11 Live Your Own Life @ 45:02 Over-controlling Parents @ 58:16 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Girls Scouts Dignity Care Home Protandim LifeVantage Bennington State Bank George Jerkovich Photography Circles of the Heartland Stiefel Theatre Smokey Hill Museum

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Employer Frustrated with Employees?

Employer Frustrated with Employees?

I’ve spent the last 15 years branding myself as a life coach, author and public speaker but now that I’m in demand I get frustrated that my 3 support staff can’t get the smallest things right like answering the phone and booking my speaking engagements.  They need cross training or a manager as I can’t do it all on 3 hours of sleep per night.  I’m spread too thin.  This coach needs coaching. Where do you live?  Can we commiserate over lunch??  Boy do I understand where you’re at with this, but first I want to congratulate you for your success!  Few people understand the hours of work you have put out to get where you are today. I don’t need to tell you that you have provided your own answer in your question.  Your support staff do need cross training or a manager, but let’s discuss those two options because the nuances of getting that taken care of might be where the stumbling block lies.  You are dealing with a problem that all successful entrepreneurs run in to from time to time:  The business is growing fast and you know you need to add more staff or do more training but both take time, time you barely have for sleep!  What’s a person to do? First, even though your time is so restricted, force yourself to take the time to review your business needs critically and honestly.  Make a plan for moving your business forward with the solid support staff you need.  This deserves a thoughtful plan instead of a knee-jerk reaction or band aide fix as careful planning will set you up for longer-term rewards.  Do you have current employees who aren’t performing in their job as they should reasonably be expected to do?  If not, you will

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Annoying Co-Worker?

Annoying Co-Worker?

I work in an office with a co-worker who has the bad habit of chewing gum loudly and popping it.  She works in the cubicle next to mine and does this constantly.  It has become so annoying I need to make it stop.  What should I do? You can choose to either address this yourself or turn it over to your manager who gets paid the big bucks to deal with these petty issues, such as: the stinky co-worker; the co-worker who’s always trying to sell you their kids’ fundraiser crap; or the co-worker who joins the office pool for take-out Starbucks, only to stiff you on the bill…well, maybe that one you should handle yourself! If you choose to address a co-worker nuisance yourself, gauge what you think will be the best way to do that.  From what you know about this co-worker, would it be better to address them directly or indirectly.  The direct approach is to simply tell them that their gum popping is distracting you from your work.  Ask them to stop. Be nice and give them your best fake smile.  Or, use one of the following indirect approaches such as leaving a note on their desk or sending them an email.  Or, tell their immediate supervisor to address this issue for you.  The beauty in having their supervisor address this is that they can leave your name out of it.  I guarantee you that if this bad habit is annoying to you, it is also annoying to your other cubicle mates.  Chomp, chomp, pop, pop, take this bull by the horns and make it stop! Embrace your Personal Power with Life Coaching~ Where will you find the resolve to address this issue? What might cause you to put up with this annoying habit one more

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