The Gift Of Anticipation

As I write this, it’s early in the morning of Christmas eve and while the anticipation of Christmas morning just 24 hours or less awaits, Anticipation itself is felt before job interviews, while awaiting calls to offer you employment or the fresh start on your ramped-up job search in 2015.

Some cynics will tell you not to get too high when job searching, and they base that advice on the knowledge that for every single person that gets the job offer, there are dozens who will be disappointed, let down and could become discouraged. The advice they are kindly giving is meant to spare you the crash from high anticipation to rock bottom frustration. I can see why that advice is handed out….

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#Attitude, #Depression, #Employment, #Interview, #Jobs, #MentalHealth

Your Job Application Says More Than You’d Think

Over the course of any given month, I’m scheduled to supervise a drop-in Resource Centre where people can come in and have use of a computer hooked up to the internet, photocopiers, fax machines, telephones, and even get free paper and envelopes. While they take advantage of all the above, only seldom do they take advantage of the Employment Counsellor with years of experience there to help.

Now, if I went into a brake shop and there on the wall were a number of brake pads, grinders, rotors, and a car hoist, I might be able to tinker away and eventually leave with something that may or may not stop my car on the road. However, if there was a licenced professional brake installer standing there just waiting to help me for the asking, wouldn’t I be much better off asking for his or her expertise? I’d like to improve my chances of stopping….

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#CoverLetter, #EmploymentCounselling, #Interview, #JobCoach, #MakingAResume

What Qualities Do You Want In Your Boss?

They’re all out there; the demanding types, the ones who serve, the laid back ones, and even the ones you hardly ever actually see. Some are the way the are because the job itself requires a certain kind of leader; some are good and some are poor at what they do. Have you ever really thought about the kind of boss you work best under, and if so have you done anything to really put yourself in a position to work under your ideal supervisor?…

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#BestBoss, #Boss, #Interview, #Leader, #Supervisor

Dying With Dignity Versus Suicide

Sorry that this is a bit off-topic, but I’ve been following this story about 29-year-old Brittany Maynard who was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. She moved from California to Oregon because she wanted to end her life (legal in Oregon) rather than suffer through a longer and painful death from the spread of this terrible disease. I completely sympathize with her and other victims of terminal illnesses who want to “die with dignity.” If I were in their shoes I’d probably do the same thing….

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#BrittanyMaynard, #DyingWithDignity, #Interview, #Suicide

Resume on Red Paper?

Remember high school? Go on, think back…for some of you, way back! Did you ever open your locker and find an envelope in it that smelled of perfume? I did. Back then I thought it was groovy, and it got my interest focused pretty quickly in wanting to open it up because I was sure the reading would be good. And back then, I was right.

Back before we had started dating, I recall my wife sending me an envelope with a hand-drawn picture of lips on the back with the words, “Sealed with a kiss” written on it too. It was not only groovy, it was totally out of sight, and I was hip to the trip….

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#Cologne, #CoverLetters, #Interview, #JobApplications, #Perfume, #Resume

Recent Radio Interviews

As a self published author it’s hard to get media access which stinks when you’re trying to reach a broader audience. Among producers, agents, columnists, reviewers, and other gatekeepers there is still a bias against self published works….

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#Adoption, #Attachment, #BillMeyer, #Interview

Using Time In Reception Prior To An Interview

When you get a job interview you are no doubt excited and nervous about your opportunity and the possibilities that the job presents. So when you get to the location and introduce yourself to the Receptionist, there are a number of options you have once the Receptionist says, “I’ll let them know you are here, please have a seat.” What do YOU do with this time? …

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#Interview, #JobSearchAdvice

Interview with CRISP President, Charles E. Lewis, Jr., PhD

Social Work is a profession that is multifaceted and involved in all segments of society. SJS interviews social workers as a way to promote the profession and to share all that one can do with their degree. The interview below with Charles E. Lewis, Jr. depicts how diverse a social work career can be and the types of positions one can hold. Much is gained when a social worker shares their story of why they chose the profession and along with their career journey. The story and life experiences of another can assist current and upcoming social workers, along with those that are curious as to what the profession is all about, in choosing a direction whether micro practice or macro practice or perhaps a combination of the two.

Mr. Lewis’s interview is inspiring for a few different reasons. He entered the profession a bit later in his career and he has been involved in direct practice, teaching, macro level work and politics. …

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#Interview, #MacroLevel, #MicroLevel, #Politics, #SocialWork

Achieving Goals and Eliminating Debt My Own Way

“Dreamer” by Leon Zernitsky (oil on canvas)

Becoming a Social Worker was a calling I chose to heed. Despite my family’s pleas to find a career that would offer me greater financial stability, still, I was determined to become a social worker.

My parents paid for my undergraduate degree, but I fe ……

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#Education, #Employment, #Interview, #SocialWork, #StudentLoans, #TopNews