February Newsletter 2011
Robert Louis Stevenson
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
One important key to success is self confidence. An important key to self confidence is preparation.
What an incredible start to the year - weather wise especially to our near neighbors in Australia who have endured Floods, Cyclones and Fires.
Also politically – With long standing Dictatorships being brought to their knees in Tunisia and Egypt.
On a much happier note the Hamilton Garden Arts Festival starts on Friday 18th February and runs for 2 eventful weeks.
Forget about the humidity enjoy the summer evenings and go to the gardens!!!!
Comedy Theaters, Readers & writers, Visual arts and much much more………..
"A downturn is really the time to prepare for the inevitable upswing!"
by Zych Berbes
Staying motivated when things aren't going the way we'd like can be challenging. Recently someone left me a note on my blog asking me how they can stay motivated while looking for a job. After thinking it over, I came up with the above quote.
I learned about what lies at the heart of this quote while I was a basketball player and once I became a basketball coach this theory was one to live by. When you're two or more points down in the game is when you have to really prepare for the tide to turn. You have to tap into your preparation resources and strategize to swing things your way. Sometimes you may still lose the game, but you can take heart that you were well prepared for the opportunity to win and then move on to the next game. This analogy of bring in a game, experiencing a downturn and being adequately prepared fits many different times in our lives, but especially when one is looking for a job in a saturated market.
Losing anything can make us feel like we're no longer in control of our lives, and this is especially true when we lose a job. So I suggest that you get to work. I mean get to work on yourself and those things that are in your immediate control. For example:
· Polish up your resume. I mean really polish it up. Send it to a resume makeover specialist and get that baby to shine!
· Decide if you want to continue to work in the same field or change career paths. Examine your life's purpose and mission statement for indicators that your interests may have shifted. If you don't have a written purpose and mission statement do some research on how to and get to writing!
· Research the industry and company that you're interested in. What's the culture in the specific company you're interested in? You should know more about the industry or company than the person you're going to interview with. (the internet makes this very very easy to do)
· Try to find out something about the person you're interviewing with. Today the movement is towards authentic connection and more transparency.
· Use social networking to your advantage. Yes, you'll have lots of time on your hands and you should devise a schedule that will have you doing part of your job search on the net. On the net, be vocal about your job search. Ask for leads from peers. Be sure to use Facebook, Twitter & Linkedin to create free profiles. On Facebook and Twitter you can even search for companies that you're interested in and begin to engage with them socially but remember to be subtle. There are lots of articles and tips on blogs out there about how to use Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin to your advantage.
· Learn from others. A great site that will give you inspiration and further insight about job hunting is howigotmyjob.com. Real people sharing real stories about how they got their job.
· Give yourself an attitude makeover. Yes, losing your job stings your pocketbook and it can definitely deflate your attitude. This is the time to make attitude adjustment your top priority. Spend at least 15 minutes a day reading articles or a book that are all about keeping the right attitude that will help you move forward.
· These tips will help you stay motivated and keep you focused on moving forward as you attract the job that will fill your pockets and give you fulfillment in you quest to live your dreams.
Thank you to Zych Berbes
Events of interest happening in Hamilton in the coming months
Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival
Hamilton Gardens 18 February 3 March 2011
Children’s Day 6 March 2011
Waikato Museum 1 Grantham Street
Free Admission 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
Website: Museum Events
Census 8 March 2011
The Department of Statistics will hold the Census of Population and Dwellings on 8th March 2011. The Census is the official count of how many people & dwellings there are in NZ. It takes a snapshot of the people in NZ and the places they live.
Indigo Festival – A gathering of cultures 19 – 26 March 2011
To note into your Diary for latter in the year
Contacts & clues – Migrant Pathways to Employment & Small business development 21 May 2011
21st May 2011 WINTEC House
10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Seminars, workshops, speakers, success stories,
This will be an excellent source of information on how to access jobs in NZ and information about starting up a small business, a not to be missed event.
If you have anything that you would like me to include in the monthly newsletters please send me an email.
Enjoy the remainder of February