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    7 Gives and 7 Takes for 2017

    This is the last Personal Branding Blog post for me in 2016.

    Over the last few weeks I have written a lot about finding a job through the holidays and a few of the things I’ve learned thru the process of searching for a job myself.

    This post and the Gives and Takes below were …

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    Using Your Network in a Job Search

    Networking is not a dirty word.

    Networking is something you should be doing all the time.

    As noted in this previous post … Growing your Network is your Job

    Since it’s your job … or at least part of it … you should feel comfortable and confident using it when you are making a change …

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    6 Things You Learn in a Job Search

    There are a lot of truths you will discover about yourself and others in the job search process.

    Everything from recommendations to referrals, to people you have helped and now cannot seem to find 5 minutes to call you back, to the way you can insure your job search process is as smooth and professional …

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    You’ve Got the Job Offer, Now What?

    You’ve been thinking about it. You’ve been dreaming about it. Now it’s in your hand or at least in your inbox. That job offer you’ve been dreaming of is finally here.

    Now what?

    All your hard work. All your research. All your effort’s, including time away from family, friends, and fun activities.

    First off … …

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    Job Hunting Through The Holidays

    Can I tell you a little secret?

    Smart people keep job hunting through the holidays.

    Smart people realize a few things about job hunting through the holidays:

    There is less competition Hiring managers are still looking HR professionals get to pick from a very smart and select group

    Family Will Understand

    Your friends and family …

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    There is No Free Lunch

    Subtitled: As the water cooler goes … So goes the company.

    When the water stops being delivered … When the sodas are not stocked … When the Odwalla’s stop showing up …

    You know the free lunch is coming to an end.

    One simple observation is:

    As the water cooler goes … So goes the …

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    What’s your Vector, Victor?

    Don’t worry. There will be no pop quizzes.

    However, there may be some reminiscing of the classic movie “Airplane”

    If you have never seen the movie “Airplane” you have more than likely heard some of the best lines over the years. If you haven’t seen it … Go ahead and watch it now. I’ll wait.…

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    How to use POP on the Job

    There are a lot of measures of productivity.

    For some, that means just pure and raw output.

    For others it means the ability to use your EQ and IQ – sometimes in proportion and sometimes not.

    No matter what everyone has Patterns of Productivity, aka POP.

    How do you make the most of your POP?…

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    Five Things You Can Do to Grow Your EQ

    So, you think you’ve got a low EQ?

    Have you ever been told that something you said was insensitive? Have you ever been in a situation where no matter what you said would come off as insincere or contrived? Have you ever thought about something after you’ve already said it and wished you could take…
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    Five Points for Thinking Handy

    Build your soft skills by building things.

    Building things build skills

    Whether you are building a spreadsheet or a tiny house.

    Building things builds skills.

    Do you remember how it felt to create something, finish it, look at it and enjoy it?

    Are you handy?

    Seventeen years ago this week I lost my dad. One …

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