Written by Trudy Jo Ware
Jessica Pierce, Executive Director for Career Connectors leads the event, “Good morning, can we help you?” Are you here this morning because your “self” made you do it and your mouth is on a downhill slope as a result of the coffee you didn’t have or the proverbial situation you’re in because of no job? With deep concern Jessica nudges thoughts and creates an awareness that extensive effort is made on your behalf to select just the right topics with relevance in the job market, as well as the speakers and resource people, so at the end of the day you are helped onto the right track for employment. It is our pleasure and she says, “Thank you.”
Attitude is everything in our daily quest and changing mediocrity is Bob Wilson’s reason for presenting THE NEW NOW.
He opens with Mark Twain’s Quote, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” 15 years have gone by and Bob can say he is the master of procrastination rather than the master procrastinator. Solutions can be upward or a downhill spiral and he gives an example by R. Alex McKenzie, The Time Trap that states, “… time is generally wasted in the same way every day.”
Therefore, the process becomes a habit which can be changed at a high level by looking at the underlying reasons for excusing or delaying response, or creating stress by self-criticism and causing worry by rushing. Habit multipliers in many cases are the “to do list” which become too boring, too monumental, or gravely important and the “need to get done” is put aside because procrastination drained the willpower. Beneath the surface are the real emotional controllers: Fear/Resistance; Perfectionists; Life’s Unfair – Victim Mentality/Anger; Easy Distraction; and Ego. But wait, there is more: the psychoscocial effects of childhood, parenting, and peers.
For those interested in changing a mode of oprindi, be aware that it takes no less than 66 days. Niel Fiore, The Now Habit, designed a procrastination log that helps track the behavior variables and provides methods for change. Bob offers additional techniques, such as, “Think Small” which helps with Fear/Resistance and Distractions; For the perfectionists – “Think Things are Good Enough”; Trade up – From Victim to Choice Maker and the technique helps with the self-criticism and psychosocial tendencies; Take Breaks – The Brain actually works best in spurts; and Minimize Distractions by defining productive times according to segments of work and incorporate into daily work altered distraction techniques.
Pick one behavior and a simple strategy for limiting the procrastination. Remember and follow through with the goal. The Here and Now productivity will certainly increase!
In the few minutes remaining, Jessica provided an opportunity for Paula Dumas, a Career Connector follower since July to say a few words:
“A Day Care manager, I provided service from my house and van for 13 years and had not sought employment for 15. I heard about Career Connectors and really enjoyed attending. At one event I heard Dave Sherman speak on Networking and decided he was talking to me. I prepared my business cards with my picture, no less. Every opportunity: meeting with family, friends, appointments and the whole gambit, I handed out cards, telling everyone who I am and what I wanted. This past week I landed a great job!” Jessica strongly emphasizes “Networking” and Phoenix is the place to do it. Put away the excuse, I can’t do that, and you too can be a success story!
Jessica Pierce, Executive Director, Career Connectors
Jessica encourages those of us who have not taken the DISC Assessment to go to Career Connectors website and select the Resource tab free of charge. The questionnaire and results are presented in an easy to read. Keep in mind that the DISC is an assessment that measures behavior style – no right or wrong answer. It is not to be confused with a measurement of the seeker’s intelligence, but simply identifies behavior traits for the seeker’s understanding in relationship to self, to others whether it is the workplace, community or home.
The DISC measures normal behavior against four dimensions. They are:
- how you respond to problems and challenges.
- how you influence others to your point of view.
- how you respond to the pace of the environment.
- how you respond to rules and procedures set by others.
Include your DISC as added-value when giving thought to yourself as a marketable service for a hiring company.
Chaarmi Kathrani, HR Generalist
Green Tree has grown in the last 32 years to the largest Loan Servicing Company with more than 4200 employees across the country. Located in Tempe, Arizona, Chaarmi presented why Green Tree is a great place to work and because of its continual growth many positions are available. For further information on the company, its culture, benefits and career opportunities, check their website.
Roy Palomo, Recruiting Manager
Although HotFoot Recruiters is located in Gilbert, the company works with clients all over the Valley. Started in 2009, the company settled on their catchy name so that people would ask questions about their company. Manufacturing, engineering and ITT jobs are their specialties. Note that construction jobs are on the rise. And in just the past few months, the company has needed to triple its own staff. The company places people in full-time employment in Phoenix and even other states including California, Colorado, Nevada, Kansas and the Northwest. For more information, visit their website.