Jul 31, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!


The road of life can be rough

as it twists and winds.

The compass we should follow

is not found in the mind.

You can ask for directions

on which way you should go.

But when you look inside yourself

you’ll realize that you know.

Your ego tries distracting you

and tells you that you’re wrong.

Your heart calls to remind you

that you’ve known it all along.

Will you follow fear

not looking where you step?

Or listen to your heart

where your true compass is kept!

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

Tips to support and assist "2011 college graduates" deal with the challenges of searching for a new opportunity...

Highlight coursework that is applicable to a particular position...

Ask smart questions during an interview meeting. A firm will be impressed if you ask tough questions. "Think out of the box"

Take innovative and passionate approaches to telling your own story and script.

Try at all costs to avoid simply submitting a resume online to a nebulous, no-named e-mail box. Chances are it will fall to the wayside and not be culled from the thousands received.

Write a detailed cover letter about the employer, not you. Everybody likes to read about themselves. The same goes for company leadership.

Highly Recommended Interview Questions to review before your meetings!

“What are your strengths and weaknesses?”

“Why do you want to work for this company”

“What is your most notable accomplishment?”

Jul 30, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!


Always end by demonstrating your interest in the position – One of the biggest

feedbacks I get from hiring managers is: “Yes, I really liked their experience, but

I’m not sure if they are interested.” At the end of the interview, end it by

reinforcing your interest in the position. Something as simply as, “Thank you for

your time today, I really appreciate it and I am definitely interested in taking the

next step as you see fit. Look forward to hearing from you.” Don’t leave them to

wonder, go ahead and put yourself out there. Just make sure you don’t appear

desperate either.

Jul 29, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Quote of the Day!

"The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work,

Stick- to-itiveness, and Common sense." ~ Thomas Edison

Career and Life Coaching Tip of the Day!

Research shows that 83% of executives are more likely to hire AM job seekers. And 70%

of all hiring decisions are made before 11:00 AM. So obviously, if you can help

suggest the time of an interview, make it before 11:00 AM.Avoid Mondays and Fridays.

On Monday, people tend to have too much to do and on Friday they are anticipating the

weekend and ready to get out of the office. So the very best times for interviews are

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings between 8-10:00. The little things can tip the

scale in your favor.

Jul 28, 2011

Career and Life Coaching Tip of the Day...

Interview Tip of the Day!

A major interview mistake is failing to "listen carefully" to the questions. Please don't give an answer to a question that wasn’t asked.

Jul 27, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Quote of the Day!

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're

curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."

-- Walt Disney

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

Discreetly (Hiding) Your Current Job Search From Your Firm, Your Manager, Your Colleagues...

Be VERY smart about NOT using your business e-mail account for new opportunities updates/interview dates and etc...

Don't wear your interview suit to your summer business casual office.

Be discreet when gathering references for your potential new employer.

Use your time wisely for interview meetings.

Never stop giving your all at work. Always give your all~ 110%.

Jul 26, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

Laugh! Researchers are still investigating the precise effects of laughter on stress

hormones, but some findings suggest that it has a stress-relief effect on heart rate,

respiratory rate and muscle tension. Your own research has probably convinced you that

laughing makes you feel better."~ Deepak Chopra

Career and Life Coaching Tips of the Day...

Preparing for Your Interview Meeting~

Research the organization/firm...

You need to know if you want to work there. What do they

do? What products or services do they offer? Who are their customers, clients? With

whom do they compete? What makes them stand out from their competition? The more you

know about them, the better you will be able to explain how you can fit into their

organization and help them succeed.

Research the industry...

Know something about the field and what the trends are in the

field. Is this field growing or changing in some way. Who are the major players in

the field? Be fully prepared with questions to ask the interviewer. Remember that

you are trying to decide if you want this position. Be prepared to ask anything

which is not explained during the interview. It is alright to write down your

questions in a small/large portfolio to use during your interview meetings.

Review you most important qualifications. Be prepared to discuss and elaborate about

your educational history, your previous work experience and your strongest skills

and knowledge.

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

Use purpose and values to "think beyond." Emphasizing who we are and what we stand for

reminds people of the long-term, of the march of history beyond today's uncertainty.

It provides grounding. It helps focus on the times ahead, not just today's troubles.

It helps people remain connected to one another. Let ideas flow~ opening the

brainstorming faucet washes away some uncertainty.

via Harvard Business Review~

Jul 25, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

Worry about your purpose, not your time. Finding your passion is the key to both your

success and happiness. "The fruits of your labor will benefit you greatly if it is

something that you are passionate about and something that you really believe in."

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

Live life to the fullest~


Jul 24, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

Al Pacino's Inspirational Speech in the movie Any Given Sunday!


Jul 22, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!


Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling~


Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

Career Integrity Recruitment and Coaching presents ~Our Candidate Referral Program~

“Referrals aren't given easily. If you don't take the time to establish credibility, you're not going to get the referral. People have to get to know you. They have to feel comfortable with who you are and what you do.”~ Ivan Misner

If you refer a candidate that is placed at one of our clients you will receive a $1,000 bonus after 90 days of their employment. Simply have your referral candidate mention your name as a referral to qualify. Please find me on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

“Referrals are very powerful. When I refer you, I give a little bit of my reputation away. If you do a good job, my friend that hired you is pleased. But if you do a bad job, that reflects badly on me. People forget that.”
Ivan Misner

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

How to Help Your Child Transition Successfully from College to Career
A Guide for Parents~

1. Invest in career development coaching. After spending tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of dollars on college, it’s a pretty sure bet that your children never received ANY training or guidance in how to choose a career, get a job, or participate productively in the workforce. Don’t let all that money go to waste. Invest another 1%-5% to ensure that your children’s education will pay-off – with smarter career choices, better jobs, and higher long-term compensation.

2. Teach your children responsible work habits. Patience, discipline, respect, industriousness and punctuality are habits that were “assumed” in previous generations of new workers – but these qualities are all too rare among recent college graduates. Employers complain about this, and they are worried about how to find, develop and retain a workforce to replace the huge numbers of retiring baby boomers. The new employees who will get ahead are the ones who embrace and embody these traits. Therefore, parents should strive to model these behaviors and instill these qualities early in the lives of their children.

3. Don’t tell your children that, “If they finish college, they’ll be assured of a successful career.” This may have been true several generations ago, but it certainly isn’t true any longer. Today’s college degree is yesterday’s high school diploma – and it doesn’t guarantee ANYTHING. To succeed in today’s work-world, your children will need much more than a college degree. They’ll need your guidance, along with talent, determination, persistence, a strong work ethic and maybe a bit of good luck. They’ll also need a real-world perspective on what it REALLY takes to succeed.

Jul 20, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

"What Cancer Cannot Do"

Cancer is so limited...It cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope. It cannot

corrode faith. It cannot eat away peace. It cannot destroy confidence. It cannot kill

friendship. It cannot shut out memories. It cannot silence courage. It cannot reduce

eternal life. It cannot quench the Spirit." ~ Author: Unknown

Jul 19, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

60 Ways To Make Life Simple Again


Jul 17, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

“Commitment is a decision.” Commitment is not just a simple act of wishing for

something. Commitment is a decision to do whatever it takes." Wherever it comes from,

it requires a decision not only to start, but to persevere. Remember, the rewards you

seek are priceless, and worth every moment of dedicated effort. Become truly committed

to achieving your goals."~

"Don't make excuses - make good." --Elbert Hubbard

"There is no such thing as a list of reasons. There is either one sufficient reason or a list of excuses." --Robert Brault

"The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse." --Unknown

"The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins." --Bob Moawad

"An excuse becomes an obstacle in your journey to success when it is made in place of your best effort or when it is used as the object of the blame." --Bo Bennett

Talk is Cheap. Excuses just don't cut it. If you want something, DO the work! It's all about Choice and Commitment! The Committed get it Done Now! Don't Wait for your Life...Make It Happen Now!

Jul 15, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

Resume Do’s and Don’ts~


* Limit your resume to one-two pages.
* Use a one-inch margin on all sides
* Avoid abbreviations.
* Quantify accomplishments wherever possible.
* Place all dates on the right side of the resume.
* Maintain consistent font style, spacing, indentation, capitalization
and bullet style.
* Use a font size that is easy to read – 11 or 12 pt. is highly recommended.
* List experience in reverse chronological order.
* Use phrases that start with ACTION VERBS.
* Maintain consistency with verb tense with phrases in the experience section.


* Use meaningless words or phrases such as “seeking a challenging position”.
* Start phrases in the experience section with “responsible for” or
“my responsibilities included”.
* Begin phrases with “I” or use complete sentences.
* Exaggerate your experience or your GPA.
* Use a font smaller than 11 pt.
* Include any demographic information (age, race, gender) or photographs
on your resume.
"Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But

it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure

along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't.

it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from

it or whether you learn from it whether you choose to persevere."
~President Obama.

Jul 14, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

Your life is up to your, life is full of choices, full of changes no two people are

the same or want exactly the same. Deciding what is right for you, then believing you

are worth it, makes the choices you make so much easier, so you design and live your

life as you want to. Choose your goals, write them down, read them, visualize them,

feel them everyday. Test drive that car, go look at the houses, try on the jewelery,

make it seem in your mind that you are ready to live your chosen life, not just look

at it from the outside and wish.

Jul 12, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

"Determination" in a Job Interview/The Job Offer...Christopher Gardner, The Pursuit of Happiness~


Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

Why Faith Matters~ by PM, Tony Blair...

Former British prime minister Tony Blair says that we should strive to understand one another's beliefs and work together to build a better world.

I remember very clearly what would nowadays be called my spiritual awakening, the moment when faith became something personal to me. Until that day, I had been an extremely lucky child. I had a loving family and a comfortable life, and my father was a successful lawyer.

When I was 10, my father, just 40, suffered a severe stroke and was rushed to the hospital. The doctors were uncertain if he would survive. My mother, trying to keep a sense of normality for her children, sent us to school that morning.

To provide comfort to a frightened and bewildered boy, the head teacher, who was ordained, suggested that he and I kneel and pray for my father's recovery. I knew this was not as straightforward as he thought, and I plucked up the courage to whisper, "I'm afraid my father doesn't believe in God."

My teacher's reply was to make a lasting impression on me. "That doesn't matter," the man said. "God believes in him. He loves him without demanding or needing love in return."

My father ended up making a good recovery after a long rehabilitation. Nearly 50 years later, he remains an atheist. And while I did not become a fully committed and practicing Christian overnight, that conversation with my teacher started the process in which I came to recognize that there is a purpose to our existence beyond ourselves.

I was confirmed while I was at college, and faith has been a constant in my life. Yet even for nonbelievers, faith cannot be ignored. Today, religious beliefs -- whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or other creeds -- are at the core of the lives of two-thirds of the world's population, giving them sense and direction. And it is not only a matter of numbers -- faith matters because it inspires people to act and raise their sights beyond themselves.

Sadly, religion can be distorted into violent extremism. Having spiritual beliefs has never rendered a person incapable of doing wrong or evil. But far more often, faith can be a force for good. I have witnessed its positive impact wherever I've gone in the world. I've seen it at major disasters in the incredible humanitarian efforts of the Red Cross, Islamic Relief, or World Jewish Relief, all organizations inspired by belief. I've also seen it in the central role of synagogues, churches, temples, and mosques in helping the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged in every country. In every case, men and women of faith who are trying to put the idea of unconditional love into practice are leading these efforts.

We should not allow those who use religion as a divisive force to succeed. We can harness its power and common values to bring us together. This is more important than ever in an age when the Internet, mass communication, and travel are shrinking the world.

None of this means giving up our own beliefs -- I always say that no matter the company, I remain a Christian. But it does require focusing on the vast areas we share and not on the much smaller areas that separate us. Two years ago, I launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. Among our projects, we've connected students from different continents and religions to help them learn from one another. We've united faith communities to fight against malaria, a disease that kills one million people a year. And we recently held a competition in which young people around the world created short films that showed what their religious beliefs mean to them.

That idea of unconditional love, which made such an impression on a frightened young boy so long ago, is at the core of all our great faiths. We need to get back to this guiding light. By understanding one another, respecting one another, and acting with one another, we can show why humanity is made not poorer by faith but immeasurably richer.

Tony Blair, who served as Britain's prime minister from 1997 to 2007, is the author of the new memoir "A Journey: My Political Life." To read more about his work, go to tonyblairfaithfoundation.org.

Jul 11, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself ...

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Jul 10, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

It Takes a Vision:

Vision is a clear mental picture of a preferred future. Vision produces passion with

incredible intensity. Cultivate a vision for what you want your career to be and then

work each day to bring it into reality....

Jul 9, 2011

Career and Life Coaching Tips of the Day...

Interview advice~

Learn what it takes to receive the job opportunity you currently desire!

Preparing for a successful interview meeting~

Being "well prepared" for any interview is essential. Be confident of your skills and knowledge that you will be to a firm.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next interview meetings:

* Know yourself. Think about specific examples you can share that will substantiate the information that you have included in your resume and will highlight the skills and experiences that you can bring to the position.

* Know the company and the role you are applying for; you can become acquainted with the company by reviewing their website in detail.

* Always listen extremely carefully. Ask for clarification,as needed. Make notes if this is a helpful reference for you.
* Express your thoughts in a clear and organized manner.
* Be thoughtful about your tone of voice and how quickly you speak.
* Come prepared with questions about the position, the firm and culture.

Telephone interviews are a very common first step in the interview process today. Here are some tips to help you during the telephone interview.

* Be sure you have your resume you submitted for reference.
* Know the name of the person you will be talking to, your notes and questions.
* Have a pen and paper or other note-taking system to record notes, new information, phone numbers and names.

Good luck!
Resume tips~

Write and Present a resume that stands out from the pile.
Put your best foot forward with a strong resume...

The purpose of your resume is to obtain an interview meeting. Go for quality over quantity by keeping it short and to the point. A two-page maximum is a good rule to follow.

* State your objective and know how your skills and experiences support the opportunity you are currently applying for.
* Use action words and phrases that highlight your accomplishments when describing your career experience.
* Always be HONEST about your skills and past work experience.
* Ask someone you trust to check over your resume before submitting it to ensure that the content is clear and that there are no grammatical or typographical errors.
* Be sure to include ALL your contact information.

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

New Beginnings~ By Bruce B. Wilmer

Each chapter that is ending
Leads us to a new beginning.
The past that we are leaving
Means a future we are winning.

Each change that fills the present
Sets the stage for our tomorrow,
And how we meet each challenge
Helps determine joy or sorrow.

In every new beginning
Spirit plays a vital part.
We must approach tomorrow
With a strong and steady heart.

So as we turn the corner
Let all apprehension shed
And fill our hearts with confidence
As we proceed ahead.

Jul 7, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

KUTLESS - What Faith Can Do lyrics

"Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think its more than you can take
But you are stronger, stronger than you know
Don't you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I've seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn't ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I've seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That's what faith can do

It doesn't matter what you've heard
Impossible is not a word
It's just a reason for someone not to try
Everybody's scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It'll be alright
Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

I've seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn't ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I've seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That's what faith can do

Overcome the odds
You don't have a chance
(That's what faith can do)
When the world says you can't
It'll tell you that you can!

I've seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn't ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I've seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That's what faith can do
That's what faith can do!
Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise....

Jul 6, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching News~

via TED.com~ Matt Cutts:

Try something new for 30 days! Totally Awesome! :-D

Is there something you've always meant to do, wanted to do, but just ... haven't?

This short,lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.



Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!


Passion for the stars
Passion for the ocean
A moment of passion so easily shared,
With no fear or regret.
Passion is the eagerness to wake up with the light

A moment of passion I'll never forget
My passion found me
And what is my passion?
Passion and lust takes my mind

Passion the power to love,
The speed of passion...
Passion is something you see
Passion its something you are. ---Marisa Taylor

Jul 3, 2011

Career and LIfe Coaching Thought of the Day!

Live one day at a time and make it a masterpiece...

The A to Zen of life……

* A void negative sources, people, places & habits.

* B elieve in yourself.

* C onsider things from every angle.

* D on’t give up and don’t give in.

* E verything you’re looking for lies behind the mask you wear.

* F amily & friends are hidden treasures, seek them & enjoy their riches.

* G ive more than you planned to.

* H ang on to your dreams.

* I f opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

* J udge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

* Keep trying no matter how hard it seems.

* L ove yourself.

* M ake it happen.

* N ever lie, cheat or steal.

* O pen your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

* P ractice makes perfect.

* Q uality not quantity in anything you do.

* R emember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

* S top procrastinating.

* T ake control of your own destiny.

* U nderstand yourself in order to better understand others.

* V isualize it.

* W hen you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

* X cellence in all your efforts.

* Y ou are unique nothing can replace you.

* Z ero in on your target & go for it.