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Just Respond Darn It!

Posted by Mark Salinas on February 26, 2009

For a few years now I have been on this crazy kick trying to understand why most individuals don’t respond, whether it be via email, voice,  pony express etc.  Initially I just accepted it as human nature…but why? Why don’t people respond? Is it  geographical a issue (laid back, too busy), procrastination, fear respondof being rude? Does the non-responding individual have an ego problem? Personally I have much more respect for an individual that is willing to share not so good news than an individual that hides and doesn’t respond. Don’t you?

I want to share with you one of my favorites chrisbrogan, his site is one that  I visit on a regular basis.  His post 10 Things You Could Do Better Today got my attention of course! Have a look at # 1 !

The list…

1. Improve your response time to requests. <–I might add respond at all.
2. Improve the brevity and simplicity of your email correspondence.
3. Connect with five new people and seven existing colleagues or friends each day.
4. Inspect your business process cycle from start to finish for improvements.
5. Rethink your approach to helping others succeed.
6. Increase the amount of times you connect others together to build new relationships.
7. Resolve three pieces of unfinished business, no matter how painful.
8. Live closer to your goals and your main points of focus, and less by reaction.
9. Take time to thank the people who make your life possible.
10. Rest and unplug.

The other 9 are very useful points as well! So why do you think people don’t respond? Is it intentional or unintentional? Does the mind start playing tricks on us when we don’t have an answer…….we deserve a response. Don’t we? Just respond darn it!

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The Keyword Wall

Posted by Mark Salinas on February 10, 2009

Now days everything is so automated. When applying for a job you might be in the company of 100+ applicants! So what does the hiring company do to filter out applicants? They use keywords to narrow down the prospects. I keywordunderstand the logic behind it but I don’t necessarily agree with it for most positions. A doctor, engineer or maybe a chemist to name a few examples makes sense. Unfortunately this is how it is and I do not see it changing anytime soon.  So what does one do to get past the filter process and have a person actually look at your resume?

Some ideas:

1-Look over the position thoroughly and rearrange your resume using specific words to match the job description.

2-Use a cover letter that has appropriate keywords to match the job description.

3-Send multiple resumes with different keywords (same meaning).

4-If a phone # or email is listed call and email the contact person, it shows that you are assertive.

Extra effort is required in today’s world ….. Be assertive and stand out!

More on Keywords, How can keywords help with a job search?

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