Tools, Worksheets

Weekly Time Grid

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One of the biggest challenges career changers have is lack of structure and time management. We hate structure when it’s imposed by others (i.e. job, parents, school), but we realized that we need structure in pursuit of our personal goals.

If you have a job, you need to set aside time before or after work and on weekends to conduct your job search and research.

If you don’t have a job, you need to think of your job search as your full-time job and organize your time accordingly.

I hope this tool helps you increase your productivity and results.

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Blog, Books, Career Visioning, Professional, Stats, Tools

Well-Being by Tom Rath

Did you know that most heart attacks occur on Monday? Wonder why? It’s because of work. Our career well-being has a huge impact on every other aspect of our well-being. I knew this intuitively, but I didn’t have statistical evidence until I read Well Being by Tom Rath, who also authored StrengthsFidner 2.0 which is one of my favorite books of all time. It’s a quick read that goes through the five essential elements of well-being which include: career, social, financial, physical, and community.

Some interesting statistics from the book include:
– people who are well in career are twice as likely to be well in other 4 ares
– engagement chart on page 20
– bad boss leads to 24% increase in likelihood of heart problems
– George Gallup (The Secrets of a Long Life) interviewed men who live to be over 90 and average retire age was 80, 93% great satisfaction from career, and 83% having fun
– Most people perceive their occupation as being a detriment to their overall wellbeing. Yet when we started to look back through Gallup’s historical research on this topic, Jim uncovered a book and research study that was written in 1960 by Dr. George Gallup called The Secrets of a Long Life. Dr. Gallup studied people who lived to be 95 years and older, and one of the things they had in common is the fact that they didn’t retire at age 55 or 60 — they kept working until they were 85 or 90 years old. And they said they had fun doing what they were doing in their jobs every day.

Find out more about the book here when you get a chance.

Books, Graduate, Tools, Undergrad

Charlie Cohen’s Recession Proof Grad Book

Charlie Cohen’s Recession Proof Grad book has some simple strategies to help recent grads navigate these tough economic times. According to the National Association of Colleges & Employers, this year, only 25% of graduating seniors had jobs on hand at graduation! College isn’t preparing the younger generation for the real world like it used to. Even a 4.0 isn’t enough to guarantee you success. Whether you’re an undergrad, grad student, or even if you’re employed, you should check out his ebook below.


Superhero Survey

Superheroes know their superpowers. Do you? Sometimes our powers come so naturally to us that we don’t event recognize them ourselves. So here’s a fun survey to send to friends to get some 360-degree feedback and discover your superpowers and how they can be used professionally.
Warning: Side effects include increased happiness, greater self-awareness, & stronger friendships.

STEP 1. Cut, copy, paste, & edit the email template below.

Subject: Looking for some quick peer support…


I hope all is well.

As you know, I’m always looking to grow and I value what you think about me. I found this fun survey for friends to give feedback to one another regarding their strengths, passions, and careers. I’m only sending it to 5 people and one of them is you!

Can you please take 5 minutes to complete the survey at the link below? It’s only 6 questions. Your answers will help me tremendously as I consider what’s next for me. The more specific your answers, the better.

I’ll share with you what I discover about myself.


STEP 2. Select 5 close friends to e-mail it to.

Above are examples of the types of people you may want to send the email to. Make sure you choose 5 or more people you think will be honest with you and have demonstrated commitment to your success in the past.

They will get this…

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…And you will get this…

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Email suggestions for revision or new surveys here.

Resume Writing, Tools

Business Language List

Financial: Measures the economic impact of actions on growth, profitability and risk from shareholder’s perspective (net income, ROI, ROA, cash flow).

Customer: Measures the ability of an organization to provide quality goods and services that meet customer expectations (customer retention, profitability, satisfaction and loyalty).

Internal Business Processes: Measures the internal business processes that create customer and shareholder satisfaction (project management, total quality management, Six Sigma).

Learning and Growth: Measures the organizational environment that fosters change, innovation, information sharing and growth (staff morale, training, knowledge sharing).

Productivity: Measures employee output (units/ transactions/dollars), the uptime levels and how employees use their time (sales-to-assets ratio, dollar revenue from new customers, sales pipeline).

Quality: Measures the ability to meet and/or exceed the requirements and expectations of the customer (customer complaints, percent returns, DPMO — defects per million opportunities).

Profitability: Measures the overall effectiveness of the management organization in generating profits (profit contribution by segment/customer, margin spreads).

Timeliness: Measures the point in time (day/week/ month) when management and employee tasks are completed (on-time delivery, percent of late orders).

Process Efficiency: Measures how effectively the management organization incorporates quality control, Six Sigma and best practices to streamline operational processes (yield percentage, process uptime, capacity utilization).

Cycle Time: Measures the duration of time (hours/days/months) required by employees to complete tasks (processing time, time to service customer).

Resource Utilization: Measures how effectively the management organization leverages existing business resources such as assets, bricks and mortar, investments (sales per total assets, sales per channel, win rate).

Cost Savings: Measures how successfully the management organization achieves economies of scale and scope of work with its people, staff and practices to control operational and overhead costs (cost per unit, inventory turns, cost of goods).

Growth: Measures the ability of the management organization to maintain competitive economic position in the growth of the economy and industry (market share, customer acquisition/retention, account penetration).

Innovation: Measures the capability of the organization to develop new products, processes and services to penetrate new markets and customer segments (new patents, new product rollouts, R&D spend).

Technology: Measures how effectively the IT organization develops, implements and maintains information management infrastructure and applications (IT capital spending, CRM technologies implemented, Web-enabled access).

MBA Language List: The Hedgehog Concept, Porter’s 5 Forces, The Marketing Mix (The 5 Ps of Marketing) Competitive Advantage, First Mover Advantage, Marginal Cost, Marginal Revenue, Break Even Point, Early Adopters, Organizational Behavior, Monopoly, Business Model, Freemeum, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Bottleneck, IPO (Initial Public Offering), Intellectual Property, Net Present Value, Market Segment, Target Market, Market Share, Opportunity Cost, Group Think, P/E Ratio, Bundling, Return on Investment, Value Chain, Value Creation, Mezzanine Financing, Venture Capital, Social Proof

2. Attract Your DREAM Career, Resume Writing, Tools

Resume 2.0

Table of Contents

Section: Introduction
* Cover Page
* Highest Intention
* Table of Contents

Section: The Past
* Lifelong Learner
* Lifelong Leader
* Personal Assets (Passions, Skills & Strengths)
* Experience Creation (Pick a passion to expound on)

Section: The Present
* My Purpose (using the 8 Cylinders of Success)
* Value Creation Example #1
* Value Creation Example #2
* Daily Dashboard

Section: The Future
* Future Goals (one personal & one professional)
* My Team
* What I’m Looking For
* Contact Info

* business plan written
* collateral from advertising campaigns
* letters of recommendation
* pictures of events
* PowerPoint presentations created and delivered
* diagrams and frameworks designed, etc