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Put Your Own Skin in the Game and Get a Job

Throughout our decades of working with great people who have sought a new job or a better opportunity, we have observed a missing advantage. Let us take a clearer look at what job seekers are facing now.

Today’s job seeker faces a very challenging marketplace and discouraging economy. Nearly everyone who finds themselves in a search for new or better employment feels that they are behind the “eight ball” so to speak in facing an endless litany of media pundits and “chicken littles” touting the doom and gloom.

Okay, we get it. It is an uphill battle, yes, but by no means an assured failure. Some folks have resigned themselves to an existence in their homes and either on the computer or couch watching television. This is not to make a disparaging comment about these folks; it is just a widespread and unnecessary reality.

Some folks are unemployed as a result of circumstances beyond their control. Some are coming from high performance careers. Still others were released from their jobs for falling short of outrageous demands put upon them or by organizations so compressed that they couldn’t expand their staff. Finally, others are without jobs due to a myriad of economically insane moves by employers and our government alike. This has caused a widespread sense of fear and futility causing huge numbers of those who simply feel like giving up the good fight.

Reality is a harsh element when you are a job seeker. Nevertheless, you must pull yourself up and press onward. The major reason many “throw in the towel” is because they see a lack of results using what they have come to believe works to gain new employment. I suspect that the underlying cause for a sense of desperation is that the “tried and true” practice of compiling a mega list of employers, writing a resume that seems to meet the recommended one size fits all models, creating a resume blast campaign and then waiting on the flurry of calls. How is that working for you?

The disappointment most face from this well intended process is often caused by the inevitable fact that you just joined a thundering herd of folks doing exactly the same thing. Let’s examine an alternative way of looking at your situation and how to approach it in a manner that will create results in the form of interviews and offers.

Go back to the time when your major focus was on achieving the highest performance in your career positions. These are a few of the tactics employed by the most successful professionals in their position.


  • See the status quo and determine how they can reach outside the box.
  • Amass the resources they know are essential to their success.
  • Prepare a value-based proposition to “sell” the outcome of their ideas being implemented.
  • Identify the potential pitfalls they face and either chose to avoid them or seek a means to overcome them.
  • Align themselves with those who can be a resource and asset to achieve the success they envision.
  • See obstacles as an opportunity to adjust and improve the game plan for victory.
  • Know that resilience is a prerequisite when dropping common practices as barriers to success.
  • Never feel that they must accept the bird in the hand, even in the darkest times on the road to success.

Many of you reading this know these tactics and attitudes to be self-evident. Others know that they may have done more had they been a stalwart in applying them. Regardless of which person you may be, these are the same fundamentals applied by those who find the job they want (or need) and stay in control of the outcome of their plan to do so.

This now begs the question, “How does this translate to a job search?” Here are some paradigms that will help in understanding how seizing a great opportunity and the job that you can count on parallels the same behavioral attributes of highly successful people. They:

  • Create a list of well researched potential employers that are high probability targets
  • Make contact with every individual who can prove to be a resource in their campaign
  • Exploit the use, not abuse, of the technology tools at their disposal wherever they exist
  • Quantify and detail their career accomplishments to a bottom-line level
  • Create a value-proposition that is specifically tooled for each targeted position they pursue
  • Construct a list of direct and liaison contacts as touch stones who will provide competitive interview intelligence
  • Amass the knowledge essential to create the impressions that dramatically separate them from the job applicant stereotype
  • Investigate the real time status of any position of interest and plan their approach with a timely strategy
  • Categorize their references according to their key skills and accomplishments
  • Approach the refined list of high potential employers with a well crafted dialog
  • Craft a material presentation that creates an admired perception of their professional ability to create exceptional results and solve the most challenging obstacles facing that specific employer.
  • Understand the “buyer-seller relationship” and how to pilot it to their goal, an offer.
  • Conduct interviews in a professional, qualifying and compelling manner knowing that the best contributor is not passive

The missing advantage of many job search campaigns is the application of a targeted process to identify and research potential employers, prepare a professional inventory of career accomplishments and then tactically apply your insights to each unique situation. Top performing professionals constructing a job search have mastered a process that includes an aggressive action plan. The put some of their own skin in the game rather than send a resume and passively await the results they want. Of greatest importance to those who seek and find the best opportunities, under any conditions, is acquiring the process and the knowledge of the few who have mastered it and know how to help you apply it..

Here lies the “rub”. I know of no college or institution of higher learning that teaches an individual the seemingly elusive secrets of a successful job search. It’s equally rare for either an employer or consultant outplacement firm, hired by an employer, who provides any advice, let alone a total process, which will run against the “common wisdom” of get your resume together and send it to anyone who will read it, etc. etc. Empowered with the insights of top professionals, jump into the game and win big!

Internet and Computers, A Game Changer – AI, Robotics, BioTech, and NanoTech Are Next

It has often been said that he who controls the media, controls the minds of the people. The printing press gave an advantage to those who used it. Today, those who control the information have almost unlimited abilities to control and capitalize on that information. Thus, information technology has been a game changer in nearly every sector sense its arrival. The era of big data is now the changer of the game. Okay so, who owns the future in the next period?

Well, let me take a stab at it, but first to catch you up to speed on this topic, why not read this book below:

“Who Owns The Future?” by Jaron Lanier, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 2013, 416 pages, ISBN: 978-145-16549-67. Also the author of “You Are Not a Gadget” which was one of his earlier books, published by Vintage Press, 240 pages, 2011, ISBN: 978-030-738997-8.

The author works now for Microsoft Research, prior he’s had stints working with all sorts of corporations which use information to drive sales – he’s worked with algorithms for high-frequency trading, and sophisticated computers for insurance companies determining risk analyzing all the big data at their disposal. He’s watched companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook move ahead of the pack – companies like Cisco, Oracle and others build the systems to take the game to the highest levels.

Fine, and this makes sense, his knowledge, experience and observations are relevant for the future and in hindsight. Now then, what of the future, will big data still rule the world or will AI, Robotics, BioTech and NanoTech take the lead? Well, I suppose I could submit to you, as might Jaron Lanier, that in those sectors, big data will help those companies leveraging that data the best reach the top and control and own those industries.

Consider how important big data and computing power is to artificial intelligence? Without the computing power it’s not useful at all is it? What of robotics, same thing right, and you have to merge AI with robotics to get to the fullest potential there, again, big data is keenly important to success. In BioTech, the same thing, we already see that don’t we? DNA isn’t simple, it takes computing power to figure it all out. Material science is simple in concept, but complex to make it work for you. It seems that big data, and information technology will rule the game for the next era won’t it? Please consider all this and think on it.

Free Online Games and Its Benefits

It is widely known that online sport games are becoming popular through the course of time. There are quite a huge number of paid and online adventure games that are available. Though you need to pay for ‘paid’ games, there is a lot of demand, considering there is money at stake. Some of these games are poker and casino. However the gaming industry has earned a large source of revenue from online shooting games that cater to children, teenage people and people at large. Since you do not have to pay anything, these games are played by many. Of course, you can earn prize money through free online strategy games too.

The beauty of online war strategy games lies in the freedom of a person to choose his or her favorite game. It can be any game-arcade game, shooting game, quiz game, adventurous game, action game or a board game. You do not have to invest your money in costly game players like a play station or a video game player; all you need is an online connection and a computer, and voila, you are set! One of the most interesting parts about these games is that you have a variety of options. Unlike other conventional gaming ways you are not limited to just one or two games. You can choose from the broad spectrum of online arcade games. Ranging from puzzle games to casino games you may find every type of games the may interest you. You may also come across games developed based on film stories like harry potter, Spiderman, Aladdin etc.

Some free online games do you require you to install plugins like Flash to play computer games adventure, successfully. You may take privileges of enjoying 2D as well 3D games online. It has been found that arcade games, shooting, board games and quiz games are the ever green classics when it comes to online games. You can take advantage of these online games that are offered for free, and develop your skill so that you can pay the toughest games without any qualms. Of course, most of these games have skill levels from amateur, professional and expert. So master your skills go to your favorite free online games website and make the most of your intellect, logic and focus to be the master gamer.