Monthly Archive for September, 2011

Career Coaching: Daily Habits Determine Career Success

There is a school of thought among psychologists that 90% of our behavior is controlled by habits. Therefore, it follows that the results we achieve in pursuit of our career goals are determined by our habits.

J. Paul Getty, an oilman who was once regarded as the richest man in the world, was right on when he declared:

“The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might and force of habit. He must be quick to break those habits that can break him—and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires.”

Jack Canfield, career coach extraordinary and author of the best-selling book, “The Success Principles”, advises:

“One of the problems for people with poor habits is that the results of their bad habits usually don’t show up until much later in life. When you develop a chronic bad habit, life will eventually give you consequences. You may not like the consequences, but life will still deliver them. The fact is, if you keep on doing things a certain way, you will always get predictable results. Negative habits breed negative consequences. Positive habits create positive consequences.”

So it makes common sense that if you want to achieve a successful career you should make a list of the habits, good and bad, that drive you every day. Build on the good; get rid of the bad.

I wish you success with your career.

Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach

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Don’t Kill Your Resume With Stupid Mistakes

It’s hard to believe but here are nine stupid mistakes in resumes turned up by in a survey of 2,600 employers:

1.  Declaring “The more you pay me the harder I will work.”

2.  Listing as a reference someone who has fired you.

3.  Listing one’s dog as a reference.

4.  Using an inappropriate e-mail address such as “shakinmybooties.”

5.  Claiming the “ability to moonwalk” as an skill.

6.  Insisting on getting paid to come in for an interview.

7.  Reporting being arrested for assaulting one’s boss.

8.  Using only first name in resume. (This is akin to using employer’s first name in application documents.)

9.  Displaying arrogance with such statements as: “Would you pass up an opportunity to hire someone like this? I think not.”

To calibrate the damage caused by such errors consider that according to 45% of HR managers spend less than one minute in reviewing the average person’s job  application materials.

I hope this career counseling helps you in your drive to career success!

Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach

Common Sense At Work