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Keeping Your Search Confidential

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I keep my boss from finding out I'm looking for a new job?
  • How do I interview without my boss finding out?
  • is it disingenuous to interview with the competition?

How to keep your current employer from finding out about your search for a new job.

We recently got an email from a listener which said: "I listened to your Job Boards cast, which said to post a profile of myself and my resume on 8 job boards. In your opinion, is this safe to do while I am currently employed? What if my company stumbles on my profile? Thanks!"

We have answered this question before, but in passing in other casts. So once and for all, how do you keep your current employer from finding about your search for a new job?


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Internal Support Roles And Responsibilities - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I best support internal client departments?
  • Why can't client departments fill in a form?
  • How do I develop relationships with client departments?

The conclusion of our guidance on how to obtain the requirements you need when working as an internal support provider.

The relationship between internal support providers and their customers has to be one of the most frustrating in the corporate world. The provider NEEDS x and y and z before he can solve the customer's problem. The customer just wants a thing, that does "you know", and just works. Both are hampered by corporate policies and processes.

There are ways of making this relationship go more smoothly. But as an internal support provider you will need to change your perspective in order to make this work. You might find this hard to hear, to take and to make the changes we recommend. We're dedicating this cast to the Atlanta January 2012 conference attendees who found it hard to hear, but thanked us for telling them anyway. We hope you'll feel the same way.


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Internal Support Roles And Responsibilities - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I best support internal client departments?
  • Why can't client departments fill in a form?
  • How do I develop relationships with client departments?

Our guidance how to obtain the requirements you need when working as an internal support provider.

The relationship between internal support providers and their customers has to be one of the most frustrating in the corporate world. The provider NEEDS x and y and z before he can solve the customer's problem. The customer just wants a thing, that does "you know", and just works. Both are hampered by corporate policies and processes.

There are ways of making this relationship go more smoothly. But as an internal support provider you will need to change your perspective in order to make this work. You might find this hard to hear, to take and to make the changes we recommend. We're dedicating this cast to the Atlanta January 2012 conference attendees who found it hard to hear, but thanked us for telling them anyway. We hope you'll feel the same way.


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Email And The High I

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I know I have email from a High I?
  • How do I respond effectively to email from a High I?
  • How do I start and end an email to a High I?

How High I's use email, and how to effectively use email to communicate with them.

At the end of the ECC conference, we give a demonstration of the four DiSC styles and how they think of and treat email. It's a great, fun day, and email is the highlight.

It's also one of the easiest ways to introduce yourself to tailoring your communications to other DiSC styles - you have a lot of information in the form of hundreds of emails to analyze people's styles and plenty of time when you're replying to get it right. You'll be astounded at the results you get from this simple change.


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Staying In Touch - Examples

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I say when I'm keeping in touch with my network?
  • What do I say when I call?
  • What message should I leave on a voicemail?

Examples of what to say when you're 'staying in touch'.

The 'How To Build Your Network' cast is Wendii's Most Important Cast. When asked why, she said, because everything we ever say always comes back to having a strong network. Whether it's a new job, or how to do something, or support for your idea, having relationships within and without your organization is essential to your success.

We often get asked though, 'what do I say?'. And in this cast, we're going to give you some examples, so you know exactly what to say.


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I Am A Former Peer

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I deal with one of my peers becoming my manager?
  • How do I treat my new manager?
  • Can I complain about peers being promoted?

Our guidance how to deal with not being promoted, when your former team member is now your boss.

One of the most requested Manager Tools casts was "How To Manage a Disgruntled, Non-Promoted Direct". The cast was written for new managers whose former peers were struggling with the new relationship.

But what if you're the person who wasn't promoted. How do you deal with your own feelings and develop a new, productive, respectful, manager-direct relationship?


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Declining An Offer

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I say when I want to decline a job offer?
  • How long can I take to decide about a job offer?
  • Should I stay in touch when I decline a job offer?

Our guidance how to effectively turn down an offer.

If you've only ever received one offer at a time, then the thought of turning down an offer might be quite odd. However, the more you listen to Career Tools and make yourself into a desirable candidate, and the more you listen to the Interview Series and ASK for offers, you will soon find yourself in the enviable position of turning down offers.

It's totally possible to turn down an offer, continue to have a great relationship with the company and the hiring manager and get another offer from them later. Your aim is to decline the offer, gracefully and professionally, and avoid doing anything which irritates the hiring manager.

So, how do you do that?


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Resume Accomplishments Examples - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I write accomplishments on my resume?
  • How do I write my accomplishments on one line?
  • What does verb, result, method mean?

The conclusion of our guidance how to create accomplishments for your resume, and ten examples.

We have several casts on resumes, and the Resume Workbook, but we still get questions on the forums about how to create accomplishments.

In this cast, after a quick reminder on how to create your accomplishments, we're going to give you ten examples of great accomplishments.


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Resume Accomplishments Examples - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I write accomplishments on my resume?
  • How do I write my accomplishments on one line?
  • What does verb, result, method mean?

Our guidance how to create accomplishments for your resume, and ten examples.

We have several casts on resumes, and the Resume Workbook, but we still get questions on the forums about how to create accomplishments.

In this cast, after a quick reminder on how to create your accomplishments, we're going to give you ten examples of great accomplishments.


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How Not To Multi-Task - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I give up multi-tasking?
  • How do learn to concentrate?
  • What do I do when I get distracted?

The conclusion of our guidance on what to do instead of multi-tasking.

We've said often on air that multi-tasking is a lie. We don't mince our words, and we totally mean it. Multi-tasking is impossible for humans. It's not even possible for computers. In the early days they just switched between tasks so quickly that it seemed as if they were multi-tasking. Nowadays they have multiple chips, so it can be argued they are multi-tasking, but you still only have one brain, so the argument doesn't help you.

Yes, you can rub your belly and pat your head at the same time. How much concentration does that take though? If we do it, we can't do anything else, because doing those two things simultaneously takes up our WHOLE brain.

We sometimes show this video at our conferences: Test Your Awareness: Do The Test. In it, you're asked to look out for the number of passes the basketball players make. Something else happens in the video, which if you haven't seen it before, you won't see. Why? BECAUSE YOU CAN'T MULTITASK! If you are counting basketball passes (a relatively simple task) you cannot see the other things that happen.

And, it doesn't matter if you're male or female, old or young, computer savvy or technically barely literate. No-one can multi-task. It's just not in our physiology. (Humans differ by .1% from each other, so we're all a lot more the same than we are different).

Those of you who are thinking, but this isn't me... *I* can multi-task, you're wrong, but apparently not being convinced. Please try and experiment with us. Try these techniques for just a week and see if your output improves. If it doesn't, you can go back to multi-tasking with our blessing.


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