Your Job Search: Becoming the Ideal Candidate

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Deborah Drake: Authentic Writing & Communications Mentor, Workshop Facilitator and Co-Author of Burn Your Résumé. You Need a Professional Profile™ – (Winning the Inner and Outer Game of Finding Work or New Business)

I believe that Authenticity in communication provokes–every time and always for the better. I believe we all will do better work and be more productive as business owners or team members when we are doing work we personally find meaningful.

I also regard myself the picture of RESILIENCE when it comes to being “let go” or “released” from work I enjoyed and was doing well and with whole heart.

Let’s just say that 20+ years in the publishing/advertising/communication arts field has given me the opportunity to be laid off “due to a lack of work” more than FIVE times! Yes, five times. Never fun to experience BUT each time it got easier for me to regroup and begin my job search. And each position I held be it in publishing, advertising, communication arts, marketing, sales, business development, training, coaching taught me skills that I carried forward with me. I AM the Sum of All I have Ever Done.  (And so are you!)

There came a a point in  my career though, that I took a deep professional and personal inventory and determined it was time for me to launch “Me, Inc.”  for I knew I would Never Fire Myself and I Do Great Work. It’s not that I didn’t want to work for a great company, really contribute and make a difference, AND earn more money year after year BUT the organizations I was part of didn’t seem to see what they had in me and they made business decisions as they had to which impacted me and my family and my future.

For the past five years my business card  has read “Catalyst.” I am told I draw out the buried brilliance in my clients (and groups I lead), that they are so close to they can’t see it (much like the nose on our face which is hard to see if you aren’t in front of a mirror.)

We must be our own best and first advocate and raving fan. How can we expect others to champion us enthusiastically, if we don’t believe in ourselves 100%? It can be done but it is tougher when we doubt ourselves somewhere deep inside.

We never forget our name do we? Imagine having an easy and engaging ability to recall of your professional story? Who would you stop in their tracks then?

Do you understand what you are best suited for and enjoy?

Have you the confidence to speak well of yourself?

Have you the enthusiasm to do so consistently?

To know who you are, what you have accomplished and be able to speak of it with ease and grace and confidence and quiet knowing is POWERFUL MOJO. Don and I are on a Joint Mission to Revolutionize through Revelation the way that people understand themselves, value their experience, honor their professional aspirations and HOW they present themselves “on paper” and “in person” when seeking work and new business.

For more on me visit Authentic Writing Provokes. I can be directly reached at deb @ deborahdrake “dot” com.

I welcome hearing from you. It would be an honor to help you achieve the professional goals you want for yourself.

To Your Confidence, Congruency, & Creativity!

Deborah Drake
Office: 425-223-5335
Cell: 206-250-1855

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What’s the Story Morning Glory?

Say it with me people, “I welcome a fresh new writing challenge for January, because my business and I are worth it!”

Our community writing project is working and rather elegantly for some. With each month I see writing from people who are clearly enjoying their process. And I am enjoying you enjoying yourself. “Thank you sir (and madams) may I have some more.”

In November, those who committed, did in fact make valiant efforts to write daily 100 words or more, with the spirit of National Novel Writing Month like a wind beneath our wings.

In December, those of us who continued on opted to continue with daily writing, respond to writing prompts offered, make a point to stretch ourselves and set new and personal goals. How did you do?

Now comes January. Are you feeling even a twinge of resistance? I sure hope not. Truth is when altering behaviors for good, it is only natural to experience resistance that must be addressed.

Speaking for myself, I am missing some voices that we had in November and December who for one reason or another wandered off to ski, or move, or engage in the holidays with a vengeance, deal with life issues, travel some and “sabbaticals” are good when they are restorative. Here is hoping you are feeling restored and ready to take on some new and exciting challenges from yours truly.

Who among us now is ready to entertain this next writing challenge and commit to it with renewed intention? Your mission should you choose to accept it is:

For the month author at minimum four posts that feature you and your business from the perspective of lessons learned not only in this last year but in all the time you have been in business. Incorporate story and sharing of somethings you’ve not  yet shared.

Make these posts good fodder for an article to reprint and post online elsewhere beyond your site.

Get real and stay honest. How much transparency can you manage?

Begin to “imagine as if” your business goals and marketing plan not only exist but can be realized and that fresh content expressing your 2012 and beyond intentions exposes new readers/prospective clients to aspects of you and how you do business.

What goes in the Circle that represents your 2012 Goals/Plans/Intentions? Map it out graphically and start writing those stories.

This is not to say the daily musings and sightings of things odd and inane and down right ridiculous don’t belong in this month’s writing, but let’s intentionally turn our attention to some compelling and vivid writing about our businesses (if we have not already started).

As for the Blog Title, I can feel you all wondering so I will share with you what inspired me.

What’s The Story?

Last night my daughter and I watched a film and I remembering thinking, “I want to see that while it is in the theaters.” Point is I finally saw it Morning Glory (2010) with Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, and Diane Keaton as well as a stellar ensemble cast, quick and clever writing and some very memorable scenes illustrated comically the power of being vulnerable while being authentic and taking risks:

The Storyline

Becky (Rachel McAdams) is a hard-working morning TV show producer, or at least she was until she got fired. Desperate to get a job, she finally gets an interview with Jerry (Jeff Goldblum) – who is desperate to hire a producer for the struggling show “Daybreak”. Becky accepts the job and it proves to be more difficult than even she might be able to handle. She has to fire the sexist co-host, then try to convince egotistical news reporter, Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford), to take the job, and then try and get him to actually do the job, properly. And she has to do this while falling for handsome Adam (Patrick Wilson), and trying to save the show from plummeting ratings. Will Becky be able to hold on to her dream job and her sanity?

That Scene I Can’t Forget
Becky is determined to get re-employed and after sending her resume FIVE times to probably everywhere (only in the movies eh?). She gets a call from Daybreak Morning Show’s Executive (Jeff Goldbum) who does a fine job being so Jeff Goldbum as he interviews her. Or rather at her interview, she gets nervous and rattles off way too much cheerful banter BUT at the very point she is about to give up hope that the job could be hers because even the Executive is dissing all aspects of the show: its ratings, its content, it’s budget, its staff etc.  she goes for broke, takes a stand and says, “I think this show needs a producer who BELIEVES in it and I am that person.” His response, some version well that is sad/embarrasing…and thanks for coming in. She storms out of the office only to have an embarrassing and important moment in the elevator with two other key characters. (I’ll let you check out the film and review it yourself from this point)

Have you ever reached that point of caring so much you go for broke and make a fool of yourself with a lot of heart?

Becky Fuller got offered the job before she left the building. She had a wild ride over the next six weeks and like all Hollywood movies after twists and turns and ups and downs, there is a lovely happy ending for all the main characters…Ah, the cinema!

It is her passion, her determination, her belief in her self, her out of the box thinking, her fly by the seat of her pants and survive way of handling crises and overwhelm and humanity that makes her my hero.

Made me glad I came to my own senses and said yest to myself and this business I do for a livelihood. And so I preach “authentic self-expression” in all forms and that is what I am AGAIN talking about.

January is about symbolically starting a Fresh Year, on a Fresh Canvas, keeping the Best of 2011, tossing the Rest, embracing 2012 and marketing and promoting ourselves with vivid vigor, tantalizing transparency and curiosity inspiring content. Weave yourself into your business writing. Weave business into your personal writings, as best you can.

It can not only be done. It can be done WELL. Are you game? If so, ante up and let me know who I get to watch for in the coming month!

Divine Kismet and the Writing Coach

Today at the Unity Service I attend, I was reminded that what I have to contribute matters. And what YOU, reader (aka dormant writer) have to contribute also matters.

We simply need to believe that. It takes more time for some than others to reach this AHA point.

Divine Kismet put me at the same service as a woman with a book in her who had set the idea on a shelf. She’d previously come to workshops that I facilitated and was getting excited about an idea for a book that she had. Then life stepped in or time or a distraction or forty and she dropped out of communication.

Today, she dusted off the idea again and she begins again her quest to write.

There is always time that can be found to write in the spaces between the other important to dos. I  am always in possession of a note pad or journal myself. Heck, napkins, post its, coffee sleeves all work to catch notes for later exploration.

We’ll make time for what is important to us. We create space for it and look forward to it. One client I know started with stealing five minutes of time in between tasks at work and that writing demanded being done after hours for it energized him. It all adds up!

Remember: An article or a blog post or bigger still, a book gets written one word, phrase, sentence, paragraph, page and thought at a time.

If there is a voice in you asking to be expressed, I invite you to honor doing so.

If you are the sort that works alone and sticks to your plan, more power to you.

If you are clear about your voice and your story and your value proposition, bravo.

If you routinely let your thought patterns get in your own way, know that working with a writing coach for even a brief time can reset you and develop your confidence. An accountability partner is there to prompt you to write the words you want to daily and weekly. A developmental editor is there to help you develop your true voice.

So thanks to the Writer I bumped into today who was reminded in seeing me, she wants to turn her thoughts into words and her words into a legacy piece.

I was reminded of how it is I make a difference to those I work with and champion. I was thanked for being a motivating inspiration who knew how to draw out the best and enthusiasm in a person.

Getting to do and be what I love best of all as artful expression “for my livelihood” leaves me both flabberghasted daily and humbled as well.

If there is a writer in you struggling to get out, my wish for you is that you have the support you need. You deserve it!