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  1. Freshen Your Image. Another phrase that is overstated but contains a lot of wisdom is “image is everything.” Look in the mirror. Is your hair neatly cut in a current style, are you well-groomed with trimmed fingernails, white teeth and fresh breath? Is your posture straight with square shoulders? Is your clothing good quality with a proper fit? Are your shoes freshly shined? Do you carry a leather briefcase and hand out professionally produced resumes and business cards? If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” do what it takes to change it to “yes,” pronto! Employers will decide whether or not they want to hire you within the first 30 seconds of the interview. Everything else will get you the interview, but the image you present as soon as you walk in the office will be the determining factor in whether you get the job.
  2. Freshen Your Health. Unemployment can be spiritually crushing. It can decimate your physical and mental well-being. Don’t let it. If you are not operating from a place of health, you will not have the intense energy, focus and vigor needed to support the fresh search for meaningful employment. Make sure you go to bed and wake up at a reasonable hour, exercise daily, avoid tobacco and narcotics and if you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Also eat well and stay mentally stimulated. Read a book instead of watching TV or surfing the Internet. Unemployment can lead to potentially stultifying “down time,” don’t let it get you down!
  3. Freshen Your Approach. It’s hard to see and hear yourself as others see and hear you, and it’s very rare to get honest feedback on your interview performance from a prospective employer. Therefore, it’s up to you to freshen your interview performance. Conduct a mock interview with yourself, dressing up as you would for a job interview, entering a room and sitting down as you would in an interview, and then answering a series of commonly asked questions. Use any one of the numerous digital devices that lets you make a video of yourself these days, and critically watch the results. Also have a trusted friend or professional contact conduct a mock interview and then give you honest, constructive feedback. An acquaintance who has your best interests at heart may be a better choice than a friend, who might be inclined to “spare your feelings.”

6.5 Freshen Your Outlook. Above all, stay positive in your day-to-day outlook. Looking for a job is tough and dispiriting work, and even the most determined job-seeker will have bad days where they may not follow all the fresh steps. But by making the effort to keep a fresh outlook, you will survive the occasional bad day and stay on track to end unemployment and find the job of your dreams.

 

healthEven as the job market has slowly been recovering, many highly intelligent, experienced and qualified people still find themselves unemployed. The job market is historically tight, companies are loathe to hire any employee they do not absolutely have to, and in many cases having skills and experience can leave a candidate out of consideration due to being “overqualified.”

However, even in this difficult environment, if you find yourself unemployed, you don’t have to stay that way. By taking a fresh approach to how you present and prepare yourself for your job search, you can find quality employment that will put you back on the path to exponential personal and professional success. Take the following 6.5 steps, with the .5 as an extra “half-step” to ensure maximum freshness.

  1. Freshen Your Skills. As mentioned above, companies that are skittish about a highly qualified candidate who will require too much money or leave as soon as something better comes along will sometimes reject them on the grounds of being “overqualified.” However, by focusing on developing a “fresh” set of skills that employers desperately need, rather than acquiring flashy or “impressive” skills that demand a high salary in theory but have few practical applications in reality, you can make yourself irresistible to a prospective employer. In today’s market, think about skills like programming, data analysis, and social media marketing.
  2. Freshen Your Network. The phrase “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is overstated, but contains more than a kernel of truth. While you generally need to be qualified to get a job, there also are generally more qualified people than there are job openings. Thus employers usually prefer to narrow the field of candidates by selecting people that they know, or can be vouched for by someone they know. Maintaining an active and growing network of professional and personal contacts is absolutely vital. This means both keeping valuable relationships active and developing new relationships. Attend professional events and seminars, go to your high school, college and grad school reunions, and take full advantage of social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook.
  3. Freshen Your Education. This step is different than freshening your skills. Learning a new skill can often be accomplished on the job or through personal research, but freshening your education means obtaining credits, certificates and diplomas through accredited institutions. As opposed to focusing on a single skill area, freshening your education allows you to strengthen your knowledge in a whole field of expertise. As with skills, focus on educational areas that will give you knowledge and capabilities employers in your field of interest will find irresistible.

 

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The unemployment rate hovers around 7.6 percent and around 18 percent for the underemployed. Companies and organizations are still in pain but only want to invest in a fresh and proven branded product – employees – with a track record of delivering results.

If you are not in this category you will not be the sought-after solution.

In today’s competitive world, you’re either a distinct and competitive “brand” or an extinct generic. In order to survive, prosper and achieve success you must become a distinct and competitive personal brand. Only then will people be willing to invest the time and money to recruit, hire, promote, train and pay you in a high-skill, high-wage job.

There are great opportunities for unemployed and underemployed individuals to improve their personal, professional and economic situation by mastering the formula 4Ps + 3Ws + 1FP and standing out.

Click here to read the full article.

 

For leadership coachingprofessional development training, customer service trainingcustomer service tips, college success tips, or to learn how to build a personal brand, how to improve customer service, or  how to succeed in college, contact Michael D Brown, a premier leadership speaker, customer service speaker, and college motivational speaker at http://www.myfreshbrand.com, http://www.freshcustomerservice.com, or http://www.52collegesuccesstips.com.

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There are still great opportunities for unemployed and underemployed individuals to improve their personal, professional and economic situation by mastering the formula 4P’s + 3W + 1FP and standing out.   Failing to master this formula will render you generic and receiving anemic to no attention, opportunities or investment.  The proven formula to standing out and be the chosen solution provider is 4P’s + 3W + 1FP.

The 4P’s

  • Product – Prepare yourself for a new/better job through professional development (continued education, research, networking, and so forth).  Ensuring you have a branded product (you) that is fresh and relevant for today’s marketplace and or customers.
  • Price: Sell your value to prospective/current employers – it’s not about how great you are, but how great you can make the person or entity purchasing your branded product.  Not knowing and successfully selling your value with conviction can result in a Ramen Noodle compensation package.
  • Placement: Aspire for the right job – to truly build a brand and a rewarding career, you need to select jobs that you can be passionate about and one that helps you reach your goals and dreams.  Cleary understand the market and company you want to work in and place your branded product (you).  Remember selling great beef at a vegetarian convention is useless.
  • Promotion:  Devise a plan to get the word out about the great you – your branded product.  Be sure to promote your brand in places, environment or events where the prospective buyers are most present.

The 3 W’s

Now that you understand the critical 4P’s that are needed to begin erasing unemployment and underemployment by becoming a branded product– let’s answer the critical question – how do I begin to create and or enhance by brand?  The solution for accomplishing this is the 3W’s

  • Who – Who is my target audience?  What company or organization do I want to work for?  Who are my target customers?  Do I really know my current employer?
  • What- Now figure out what the needs, wants, desires, aspirations, strategies and goals of your target audience.  What are there pain points?   What does success look like for the company or organization?
  • Why- Why me?  What am I am able to competitively do to solve their problems and pains?  What am I able to do that will deliver a return greater than anyone else?  Why should they hire and invest in me and what will they get in return?

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We have all been weathering an “economic tsunami” for the past several years, and although it appears the worst part of the storm is behind us, the seas have hardly calmed. The unemployment rate hovers around 8% for unemployment and around 18% for underemployed. Companies and organizations are still in pain (they want to deliver exponential growth to the top and bottom line) but they are only willing to invest in a fresh and proven branded product (YOU) with a track record of delivering results- if you are not in this category you will not be the sought after solution provider.

In today’s competitive, roller coaster world, you’re either a distinct and competitive brand or an extinct generic. In order to survive, prosper and achieve great success you must become a distinct and competitive personal brand (yes, you need to become a personal brand). It is when you develop this brand that you will be able to deliver the experience that people are willing to invest the time and money it takes to recruit, hire, promote train and pay an employee in a high-skill, high-wage job.

There are still great opportunities for unemployed and underemployed individuals to improve their personal, professional and economic situation by mastering the formula 4P’s + 3W + 1FP and standing out. Failing to master this formula will render you generic and receiving anemic to no attention, opportunities or investment. The proven formula to standing out and be the chosen solution provider is 4P’s + 3W + 1FP.

Click here to read the full article.

 

For leadership coachingprofessional development training, customer service trainingcustomer service tips, college success tips, or to learn how to build a personal brand, how to improve customer service, or  how to succeed in college, contact Michael D Brown, a premier leadership speaker, customer service speaker, and college motivational speaker at http://www.myfreshbrand.com, http://www.freshcustomerservice.com, or http://www.52collegesuccesstips.com.

 

We have all been weathering an “economic tsunami” for the past several years, and although it appears the worst part of the storm is behind us, the seas have hardly calmed. The unemployment rate hovers around 8 percent for unemployment and around 18 percent for underemployed. Companies and organizations are still in pain (they want to deliver exponential growth to the top and bottom line), but they are only willing to invest in a fresh and proven branded product (YOU) with a track record of delivering results – if you are not in this category, you will not be the sought-after solution provider.

According to management expert and author Michael D. Brown, in today’s competitive, roller coaster world, you’re either a distinct and competitive brand or an extinct generic. In order to survive, prosper and achieve great success, you must become a distinct and competitive personal brand (yes, you need to become a personal brand). It is when you develop this brand that you will be able to deliver the experience that people are willing to invest the time and money it takes to recruit, hire, promote, train, and pay an employee in a high-skill, high-wage job.

There are still great opportunities for unemployed and underemployed individuals to improve their personal, professional and economic situation by mastering the formula, 4Ps + 3Ws + 1FP, and standing out. According to Brown, failing to master this formula will render you generic and receiving anemic to no attention, opportunities or investment. The proven formula to standing out and being the chosen solution provider is 4Ps + 3Ws + 1FP.

 

For leadership coachingprofessional development training, customer service trainingcustomer service tips, college success tips, or to learn how to build a personal brand, how to improve customer service, or  how to succeed in college, contact Michael D Brown, a premier leadership speaker, customer service speaker, and college motivational speaker at http://www.myfreshbrand.com, http://www.freshcustomerservice.com, or http://www.52collegesuccesstips.com.