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How to disagree with grace and sustain friendships

How to disagree with grace and sustain friendships

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How to disagree with grace and sustain friendshipsDisagree with grace seems like a contradiction. Regular readers may start seeing a theme. I find that many people find it okay to voice their disagreements in public loudly and nastily.

Most of these people either don’t care if they offend people or they are oblivious.

I can tell you that if I were in the market for services, I would run away from many people on Facebook today. If I was a hiring manager, I could consider them to be a liability.

How can you disagree with grace?

Stop being vitriolic and caustic online. You may find it fun to be antagonistic or delight in using your sharp wit to send out snarky zingers. Do you really think hiring managers look for people who thrive in hostile environments?

When emphasis is on retaining customers and building client base, consider that you can be found online by anyone. Will a Google search showcase your combative personality? Will that make you attractive to the next customer or client?

Find ways to either say nothing or think before you post.

Are entrepreneurs at risk?

You hear much about branding, including personal branding. I feel like we are all marketing every day. If you are an entrepreneur, you need to keep building allies and ambassadors. I think many people enjoy looking like a smart mouth online. It makes me wonder about the long-term results of poorly researched responses deemed as nasty and offensive by others.

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Is your online identity ready to be examined?

Is your online identity ready to be examined?

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Is your online identity ready to be examined?Do you think your online identity could take the scrutiny of a political campaign? How about your online identity affecting your job search?

Listening to the political mess the United States is experiencing with two candidates who didn’t pass any litmus tests is a clue to how important your online identity and past is to your job search.

Check your online identity

Every word you say, every Tweet, Facebook status, and social media posting you make is part of your brand. Even when you are ranting about politics and being snarky, it is part of your brand.

Google yourself.

For some people, their political opinion is more important than their brand. Politicians have to do damage control. Do you realize that your online identity is influencing the opinions of those connected to you?

Though I generally stay in the middle, I am very disturbed at how vile people I respected became in this election. I can’t stand to be on Facebook anymore. There is too much meanness. I hope as a country we can come together again.

How does all this affect your job search? And your brand?

When you hit submit on many online applications, many companies launch an immediate Google search for your online identity. What will they find? For years I have cautioned job seekers to watch what they say online.

Everything online is your brand — Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and much more.  Think about what you say. It may last forever and be brought up years down the road.

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4 ways to make sure you are not misunderstood

4 ways to make sure you are not misunderstood

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4 ways to make sure you are not misunderstoodMisunderstood? You thought you spoke or wrote clearly what you meant. You meant good but it didn’t get interpreted that way.

It was bad enough when we just had to worry about talking over the fence to our neighbor or on the dial phone in the kitchen. Today you can be create misunderstandings on a 100 platforms daily.

You can be misunderstood in milliseconds

Not only can you hurt the feelings of the person you were talking to by saying something that is misunderstood but it can be passed to 1000’s in a heartbeat. It can also be used against you months or even years later because your words don’t disappear on social media.

I find people who are so worried about their brand on their resume but they speak with wild abandon on social media.

4 ways to make sure you are not misinterpreted

  1. Don’t write or speak without thinking first.
  2. If you feel passionate about something, remember that there are other people who are equally passionate in the opposite direction and they may be your good friends, network or even your next hiring manager. Are you that passionate that you are willing to give up your future? If so, go ahead. Otherwise, think hard first.
  3. If you are thinking about someone who bothers you with a personality trait, are you willing to insult others who are otherwise good people because you are angry at your father, mother, husband, wife, sister, or brother. Keep your own issues out of the conversation.
  4. If you really want to blast someone, write it today on paper and if you feel the same way tomorrow, then post it.

Make a good first impression online too!

When I speak with job seekers, they are very concerned that they make the right impression at the interview but today you make an impression all the time.

If you do screw up, don’t beat yourself up. Hit delete if you can or just be more careful in the future.

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Why I need to be the author of my own blog content

Why I need to be the author of my own blog content

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Why I need to be the author of my own blog contentIn recent weeks, at least two people asked who writes my blog content. Until they asked, I assumed everyone knew I write everything on my site. I truly believe that my voice has to be the one on my blog.

I get requests frequently from people who would like to supply content here. I generally hit delete because the requests are from people I never heard of before and I don’t want anyone else writing my content.

Who writes your blog content?

One of my clients said that he didn’t know when I found the time since he knew how very busy I have been all year with new clients. He assumed I bought content or had other people write for me. He couldn’t see how I found time to write blog content with the number of clients I was juggling.

When he bought his package, he was disappointed because there were no open appointments for two weeks. But all was well and he was happy because I immediately added him to my cancellation list. He was able to get his project going much sooner due to clients who had to cancel because they were ill or had unexpected work commitments.

I told him that one reason I am writing more content lately is I recognized I failed to prioritize writing content. It is this blog that built my business and as I got busier, I slowed down writing blog content because I was writing for clients all the time. By reorganizing my schedule and by dropping other things, I found time to write.

Why writing blog content makes me a better career professional

In this blog, I often expand on answers to questions my clients asked. The blog allows me to give more career marketing information that will interest my clients and others looking for career help. I know I will never work with most of the people who read my blog, but I can make sure that there is quality content and information out there to help job seekers.

In the writing of this blog content, I find myself learning new things to help job seekers. It’s a win-win. The blog also gives me the opportunity to talk about things that are on my mind that go beyond career marketing, like this post. It’s a platform that let’s me reach out to other people and share my thoughts.

Love of writing

It helps that I really do love to write and you always get better at what you do with practice. Writing this blog for the past eight years and creating 970+ blog posts improved my overall writing and helped me understand content marketing to allow me to teach others.

This blog is a commitment but one that I truly love. As my list of regular readers expands, I find myself even more motivated to create new content.

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If I know there are people who appreciate my writing, it makes me want to continue writing.

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