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October 4, 2009

Enjoying Life

Filed under: LIfe Balance,Passions,Professionalism — Anne Cloward @ 11:49 pm
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My sons bought tickets several weeks ago to see an award winning flamenco guitarist named Jesse Cook. I had heard several of his albums before, but had never really listened to him. My mistake, for sure. I had no idea what an accomplished artist he is how enjoyable the evening would be.

Last night changed my mind. After struggling to find a parking spot (I declare that can be as difficult a task as it was in St Paul), and walking two blocks on bumpy sidewalks, we made it to the theater, which has seen better days. Inside, though, there was nothing but excitement. Ardent fans assured me I was in for a treat. As the band quickly entered, they picked up their instruments and began to play. Within 30 seconds, I knew something special was happening. Those in the know were already cheering. Jesse’s pictures all look like this, which is misleading, because most of the time he is performing, he is smiling and enjoying himself.

For the next two hours, they played to a most appreciative crowd. They were having fun, lots of it. We bought CDs, grateful they had them there for us. After the show was over, the band members started to pack up their gear, but they were stopped by ardent fans (including me and my son) who wanted to express appreciation and have them sign their CDs. Brief conversations followed, as they got ready to go on to their next stop. They are just regular guys with extraordinary talent doing what they do best, giving of their talents to an appreciative audience.

For more information on this remarkable artist, go to his website, http://www.jessecook.com/#/home/

What has this to do with a job search?

  • Jesse knew at a young age what he wanted to do with his life. He got training and learning his craft. He still does. This tour is in support of his 7th album, which has just been released.
  • He surrounds himself with equally as talented and passionate artists who go out on stage and give all they have to their customers.
  • What do you do with such passion in your life? How can you create that kind of joy for yourself and others in your work?

September 29, 2009

What I Learned from My Grandchildren

Filed under: LIfe Balance — Anne Cloward @ 11:10 pm
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I have four grandchildren, three girls and one boy, and ranging in age from seven to almost 2. For their safety, I will not use their full names here.

But they have taught me lessons that can be applied to a job search. In no special order, here they are:

Go after things that you are passionate about

Granddaughter #1 puts her whole heart into everything she does. Do you bring that same enthusiasm to your search?

Support your family and friends when they are in need

If you are there for them, they will be there for you. This is a time when you need each other. It’s a time to strengthen relationships. (Granddaughter #1 and her brother).

Be true to yourself

Know who you are and what you want. If you don’t know, find out. (Granddaughter #2 who has known who she is from the beginning)

Begin each day with enthusiasm

Be open to opportunities, to help, to learn and to do things that you have not done before. Don’t use the fact that you have never done it, therefore it must not be good. (Granddaughter #3 is always ready to tackle the new day)

What can you learn from your children?

September 25, 2009

Everyone Back in the Pool!

Filed under: job search — Anne Cloward @ 12:46 pm
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One of my favorite memories from my summer is spending time with the grandchildren at the beach. They love the ocean, as I do. We will be returning again throughout the fall. This picture was taken on the most glorious day, just before Labor Day. It was 94 degrees in Portland, and about 80 this Saturday afternoon.

I know that it has been a while since I posted, but it’s time to get back to work here.

To me, this is really the beginning of a new year. The beginning of the school year has always stirred excitement in me with dreams of new adventures and opportunities, much more than any old party in the end of December. One of my favorite memories of this time was buying new school supplies, pencils, pens, notebooks. And then there were the books. A new book full of information and stories that I hadn’t read yet. This is my idea of pure heaven.

So, for all of you job seekers, get back into the search mode. Though my evidence is anecdotal, the landscape is changing. Recruiters are calling again. Jobs are suddenly popping out of the woodwork. Even though there are still more applicants than positions, this is a change in the air, and not just the falling of leaves, either.

April 15, 2009

Some More Good News

Filed under: Networking — Anne Cloward @ 9:55 pm
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fireworksAnother member of our CC Writer’s focus group has found employment. That means three out of the nine of us are working now. C had worked several contracts at Intel before and they wanted her back.

All our best to you, C. You will do a good job, I am sure.

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