career-tools

Getting Fired - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What should I do first when I'm fired?
  • What do I need to prepared if I might be fired?
  • How do I tell people I've been fired?

This cast concludes our guidance on what to do when you're about to be or have been fired.


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Getting Fired - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What should I do first when I'm fired?
  • What do I need to prepared if I might be fired?
  • How do I tell people I've been fired?

This cast gives our guidance on what to do when you're about to be or have been fired.

Mark often compares being fired to the scene in a film which references the Winston Churchill quote: There is nothing so exhilarating as being shot at without result. When you've never been fired, you imagine it as being the absolute worst thing that could possibly happen.

Once it's happened to you though, you know it's not so bad. No-one is gone, your family still love you and you still have skills. It also not impossible to get another job after you've been fired. All the best people have been fired at least once.

Of course, there are better and worse ways to behave when you're in this situation. Help yourself by following the guidance in this cast.


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How To Be Ready For A Hiring Market Upturn - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I need to do to be ready?
  • Why do I need to practice interview answers now?
  • Who do I need to contact?

This cast concludes our guidance on how to prepare for the coming hiring market upturn.


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How To Be Ready For A Hiring Market Upturn - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I need to do to be ready?
  • Why do I need to practice interview answers now?
  • Who do I need to contact?

This cast gives our guidance on how to prepare for the coming hiring market upturn.

As we record this cast in early 2011, the signs of hiring recovering from the recession are still interspersed with more negative indicators. However, whether it's in the next few months or before the end of the year, the recovery will come. The world economies have always and will always cycle through growth and recession, and we need to be as prepared for an upturn as we are for a downturn.

It's not only growth which fuels empty vacancies. As the labor force begins to feel more secure, the quit rate goes up and the liquidity of the labor market increases. That's what we're seeing right now, ahead of the upturn. Whatever the current situation when you hear this cast, you need to be prepared.

Let's not all make the same old, "rushing around getting my resume ready when I get a call mistake" TODAY … because now things happen faster, and you've got social media to worry about.


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Attending A Team-Building Event

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What should I do before I attend a team building event?
  • What do I need to do during a team building event?
  • What do I do after a team building event to make it effective?

This cast gives our guidance on what to do when you have to attend a team building event.

On the Manager Tools casts, we've told managers that we don't believe that 'team-building' events are effective. One day of playing games or drinking together doesn't help the team bond. Working towards a common goal, being honest and appreciative with each other and delivering together does.

However, we know that not every manager is a Manager Tools manager. Many of the individual contributors listening will have to attend team-building events. Some of us will be forced to go paintballing or share 'trust falls'. Whatever the event chosen, some of us will love it and some hate it. How can we best deal with it?


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Write A Job Advertisement - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I need to include in a job advertisement?
  • How do I make a job advertisement appealing?
  • How do I stop inappropriate applicants for my open role?

This cast concludes our guidance on how to write a job advertisement.


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Write A Job Advertisement - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I need to include in a job advertisement?
  • How do I make a job advertisement appealing?
  • How do I stop inappropriate applicants for my open role?

This cast gives our guidance on how to write a job advertisement.

Writing job advertisements is a job which managers love to delegate. They think it involves creativity and therefore must be difficult and takes lots of time they don't have. Like everything, those of us who have written lots of advertisements know there is a formula.

Once you know how, it's easy.


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The Eight Minute Rule

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What time should I arrive before an interview?
  • Why is 8 minutes the right time?
  • Why should I not be too early to an interview?

This cast gives our guidance on when to arrive for an interview.

It turns out that there is a perfect time to arrive before an interview. Too early, and the interviewer is not ready and feels flustered and hurried by your arrival. Too close to your interview time, they’re not sure whether you’re coming or not, and start to worry. After your interview time, and there are two problems – one, you’ve started your interview with a negative, and two, you have a shorter time to get yourself out of that hole.

Does it really matter? Yes. The idea is that you want the interviewer to like you. The way you do that is to make their life easier. The way you do that is to be on time. Being on time means not too early and not too late.

What is the perfect time? 8 minutes before your interview.


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Finish A Conversation

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I know when a conversation is over?
  • How do I use body language to suggest a conversation is over?
  • How do I excuse myself from a conversation?

This cast gives our guidance on how to finish a conversation.

At least once a month we're asked: is there a way to help a conversation draw to a close without diminishing the relationship building aspect? Most recently, this came up on a forum post which Mark answered, but it comes up so often, we thought we'd answer it in a cast.

We just wish it wasn't that all of the people who ask it weren't incredibly high D's who constantly interrupt and have short attention spans. (Not casting aspersions - it's true of us too).

Literally, we have NEVER met someone who has asked me this question who, when asked for an example, didn't want to end a conversation after an abruptly short period of time, after having appeared to have been tapping their fingers in irritation within seconds. I've seen them expect conversations to be over ("okay, I've built this relationship, now let me go do IMPORTANT STUFF, BYE!") within 30 seconds. In the context of this posting, they would define "reasonable" as that 30 seconds.

But maybe that's not you. ;-)

So, if you think you've spent enough time:


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Creating A Presentation

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • Where do I start when I need to create a presentation?
  • What are the steps to creating a presentation?
  • When should I start creating my presentation?

This cast helps you start to plan to create a presentation.

We've covered a number of aspects of presentations in both Career Tools and Manager Tools, but we've never really told you where to start. A great presentation doesn't start when you stand still in front of the room (Presentation Basics - Principle 1). It doesn't start when you send the invites out. It starts way, way before that. At least, it does if you want to be successful.

It's human nature to wait until a few days before a deadline (or the night before) before starting anything, and yet we all know the sooner we start, the easier it is and the more successful we'll be. So, if you hear nothing else in this cast, hear START EARLY.


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