Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Self-determination.  Encarta Dictionary defines self-determination as the ability or right to make your own decisions.  As a job seeker you certainly have self-determination - perhaps too much of it! 

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So what are you doing with all that self-determination, anyway?  If you are like many job seekers, you may be floundering and unsure of what to do to get back to work.  Or, you may be like the rest who think they know what to do to get back to work. 

Chances are you may be missing a crucial element that may keep you from being successful at finding work.  Most job seekers do the same rote activities over and over and quickly become frustrated by a lack of response, let alone any results!

Nora Ephron
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”
― Nora Ephron

What crucial element are you missing in your job search?  I wish it were that easy - it is different for everyone, but you can find out what you are missing by learning how to look for work.  
  1. Read career related articles and blogs daily. 
  2. Consult an expert for advice, resumes, cover letters, etc.
  3. Subscribe to career and/or motivational newsletters
  4. Join a job search group - either online or in person.
  5. Ask for input from someone you trust and respect.
  6. Develop realistic short and long term goals
  7. Examine your efforts objectively and make changes accordingly.
  8. Add your own here!
The bottom line is your job search is up to you!  

What will you do to make sure you are successful?  Comment below to let me know! 


Kwanzaa 2012

Kwanzaa is a week long African American celebration observed from December 26 to January 1 each year.

DATE Principle in English THEN Principle in Swahili

December 26  Unity Umoja
December 27 Self-Determination Kujichagulia
December 28 Collective Work & Responsibility Ujima
December 29 Cooperative Economics Ujamaa
December 30 Purpose Nia
December 31 Creativity Kuumba
January 1         Faith         Imani

For further information, you can find more facts at the Apples for the Teacher website.

This series will be followed by the 12 days of Christmas series beginning Christmas Day!

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