Getting Strong Now (Hear the Rocky theme playing?)

Let Rocky Show Us the Way
Well, we don’t have to beat up slabs of beef but staying upbeat is important for job seekers. Sad sacks, like Winnie the Pooh’s Eeyore (http://www.just-pooh.com/eeyore.html) turn off potential employers. The ups and downs can be rough on us and those around us. Taking good care of ourselves is the best thing we can do for our loved ones and our job search.

Don’t Eat Right and Don’t Exercise
Not really. Do what you can to maintain a healthy weight, but cut yourself some slack. I don’t like working out but I do it because I feel better: the endorphins and a feeling of accomplishment lift my spirits. If you don’t have access to a gym, find stairs to climb. If the weather’s bad, walk at the mall. Find a buddy to exercise with. It’s a good networking opportunity. Set a small goal like two hours of walking a week.

Pay Attention to Your Attitude
I haven’t watched network or most local news for years. So am I an uninformed slug? I hope not. I pick and choose my sources, mostly online. I think about H.A.L.T: am I hungry, angry, lonely or tired? If so, I take action. I meet regularly with my two unemployed “buddies.” They understand how I feel better than anyone else. I tell them about my goals and report my progress.

Enjoying Your Life – Free or Inexpensive FUN Things to Do
Take a Walk through American History
Visit Ganondagan (ga·NON·da·gan), site of the historic Seneca community in Victor, NY. Tour a full-size replica of a 17thc. Seneca Bark Longhouse; walk miles of self-guided trails. Their ongoing events include visiting a living beaver dam, watching art demonstrations are free or $3/adult. You can also attend the annual dance and music festival in July .

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Confidence…. 7 Ways to Help Yourself Get Hired

Confidence – most of us have it in varying degrees. What qualities make you appear self-assured and confident? The adjectives vary, but “resourceful” and “accomplished” come to mind. How you present yourself matters: your posture, clothes and the way you speak. Here are some things to think about:

1. See yourself as the answer to an employer’s prayers. Not cocky, but believe in yourself.
2. Figure out how to communicate trustworthiness. Anyone hiring is taking a chance and they want to hire well. Give them every reason to think you will make them look good.
3. Speak positively. No waffling or being negative, about anything.
4. Ask for the job. Tell the hiring manager the job interests you and you’d like to contribute to the continuing success of the organization. Decide before you go in you’ll keep an open mind no matter what the employer presents. Mid-interview negativity shows.
5. Find a creative way to get introduced. Send an employer a coffee cup with a $5 swipe card and a little note:”I’d like to get together and talk with you over coffee. I’ll be calling soon.”
6. Consider using a ‘Visual Resume’ http://www.visualcv.com or other creative ways to demonstrate your credentials and skills.
7. Shake hands firmly. Smile. RochesterWorks.org will video you in a mock interview. I did this and even though I was conscious of trying not to say ‘um,’ I still said it several times. There’s nothing like actually seeing yourself to highlight your strengths and weaknesses.

Check out these online resources:
Day-of-interview tips: http://www.mefeedia.com/entry/craving-confidence-confident-interview-skills-part-03/16758481

Laugh out loud examples of what not to do. http://www.howtonailaninterview.com/

Enjoying Your Life – Free or Inexpensive FUN Things to Do
The Lilac Festival starts May 8th. See all the free events (events with a charge say “ticketed”) http://www.lilacfestival.com/09eventinfo.html

You Can’t Always Get What You Want…..

But if you try sometimes, you get what you need…The Rolling Stones rarely got it wrong (Keith Richards?) and there is a great message in this song for all of us today.

I’m focusing on what I have instead of what I want. For today, I have what I need: health, family, friends, a place to live, and food. How about you? How can you pursue what you need with gusto and joy? Defy negative thinking. Try replacing the …” things aren’t the way they’re supposed to be” with “what can I do to better my little corner of the world.” Attitude, intention and action say it all. This is a teachable moment for our children and grandchildren. Let’s make the most of it.

There is a group on Linked In that picked up the discussion that was started on Facebook called  Defy the Recession.  (To find the group, sign in to Linked In, click on groups and type in defy the recession.) Here are few of the movement’s  ‘mindsets.’
• Promise to see possibilities where others blindly accept problems.

• Refuse to comply with naysayers, prophets of doom, Chicken Littles, doubting Thomas’s and other glass-half-empty types.

• Make even smaller molehills out of molehills.

• Choose to be agile rather than afraid.

In addition, I think the down economy is helping America in many ways. Families are hunkering down and enjoying each other.

• Our need to “consume” is waning. We shop less and focus more on living.

• We proved to the oil companies that we can and will reduce consumption of gasoline.

• The President (like or dislike him) is focusing on making us energy independent. Do you remember the ‘War on Poverty’ (Lyndon Johnson) or “Putting a Man on the Moon” (John Kennedy)? Out of each of these national priorities came innovations of all kinds. Agree or disagree with the way we’re going about it, it’s an excellent goal.

What do you think?

Enjoying Your Life – Free or Inexpensive fun things to do

Have you ever been to the Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park? It’s warm inside and the plants and flowers are amazing, particularly in the dead of winter. Spanish moss, a real banana tree and orchids delight the senses. It completely takes me out of the real world. They currently are charging $2.00 to visit. After your visit, let me know how you liked it.