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

Is it time for you to create interview-producing Professional Profiles for YOU and your career?

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We all need an online presence that is “about us”: Not “stealth”

In an age where you can create an online profile as easily as you can start an email account, it makes sense to me to populate your new profile with some basics–at the very least.

Ideally, your online profile tells a wonderful story about you, making it that much easier for me and others to match-make on your professional behalf.  If I know who you are before you get to my event and my room, I assure you I will create opportunities for you connect with others I know are coming.

The other day I made an introduction to a first time guest, who oversees a blog all about dogs that needs contributors, that she might be interested in knowing the writer/illustrator/artist in our circle, who is also a storyteller, creator of toys and who does custom dog portraits that are very cool! They struck me as a good a match because I knew what each did for their livelihoods. I enjoy connecting people with each other and especially when business grows out of it.

There could be a grand synergy between any two people if each knows what the other is and does and needs.

If you are seeking that next perfect client or a full-time position, doesn’t it make sense to make the effort to share the really good stuff about who you are, what you seek, what you have accomplished and give us a strong picture that is current and lets us spot you quickly at an event we are both attending?

So many seem to initiate an account, barely start a profile, promise themselves to come back to it, and never do. There is a solution to this scenario, but it involves some in depth critical work initially and gentle maintenance thereafter.

As I see it, the key is to develop your full professional profile from the ground up, fill in the stories behind your accomplishments, commit to maintaining it and then get back to working on your business, out in the world. Would you not rather be meeting new contacts online and at events that might know who you are before you get there and seek you out? Or would you just as soon tell the same story over 10+ times to those attending?

If I could ask every member of this community to do but one thing in the next week it would be:

Check your online profile for its “greatness” and a story that reflects who you are. Does it tell your story clearly, engagingly, authentically?

And if you find your canvas is pretty blank (no picture, no summary, no promotion, no involvement in discussions) there is no time like the present to make it happen. And if your profile needs a dust-off and some fresh new content be it your image or logo or links to associations and your contact information, by all means, take that on!

Who will thank you? Who is the winner? I will as one of your community members who looks forward to knowing you should our paths collide online or in person at an event. The future client who can now identify you is another.  And what about the referral partners that are in abundance that you don’t yet know. We all win when community member profiles are current, interesting, multi-dimensional reflections of who we are and what we do and what we seek and offer.

If you need a little guidance on how to go about creating a vibrant profile that showcases you, I can wholeheartedly recommend a book originally written for jobseekers. Résumés that Resume Careers byDon Burrows puts one systematically through a discovery process that yields a great final piece on Brand and Company You. Or you can repurpose your profile content for your website, your blog, or to launch article ideas or seek work if that is your goal. It may take you weeks to complete, but it is worth the sweat equity.

As I see it and experience it, Biznik, in particular, as a community is a stellar example of the hybrid use of online and in-person opportunities to connect and help each other and ourselves.

Are you making it easy for us to do so?