Vol. #11  Issue #58

 April 2012

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Five Secrets to Creating More Career Opportunities in the 21st Century!

By Ed Sykes

In the 21st century, career opportunities in the job and employment marketplace are changing fast, and morphing all the time.  In order to successfully take advantage of these career opportunities, you must develop a different mindset.  Let me share this story that illustrates my point:

In high school, my best friend and I went to his house to hang out.  While there, his father asked what was I going to do when I finished high school.  I said I was going to go to college.  When my friend said he was going to college also, his father said, “You don’t need college.  Get a good job at the post office, get their benefits, and get a good retirement.” As we see, that is not the case anymore.   The era of staying twenty years at one company, enjoying bountiful benefits, and getting the “gold watch” at retirement is a thing of the past. 

It has been said that a person will change their careers an average of seven times.  Another report in USA Today stated the corporations of 21st century will be comprised of 60% contractors and only 40% employees.  Why?  Because corporations and other organizations need to be flexible with their resources and quickly acquire the skills needed to take advantage of opportunities to beat the competition.

So what does that mean for your career opportunities?  It means that, in the 21st century job marketplace you will need to acquire the overall skills and attitude to be successful in your careers.  The following are five secrets to creating more successful career opportunities and being prosperous in your life:

1.    Develop an entrepreneurial attitude for career opportunities – What is an “entrepreneurial attitude?”  It is a small business mindset that looks for opportunities and takes advantage of those opportunities.  Even though you may work for a business or organization, if you think and behave as if you are in business for yourself and are increasing your career opportunities by managing your “business” opportunities.  Constantly look for “areas of improvement” and be ready to present solutions.  This will increase your value in the organization, let other people know that you can create solutions, and prepare you for future opportunities within or outside of the organization.

2.    Be Flexible for career opportunities – According to a recent survey, in the 21st century, the average worker will experience seven different career opportunities.  What does this mean?  Although, in the past you worked on just one career, now you need to explore several career opportunities so that you are prepared for the career changes that are guaranteed to come your way.  Be proactive and explore the career opportunities and advantages and disadvantages of each career.  Remember, it is not a matter of if your career will change; it is a matter of when.  Be prepared. (Read the rest of the article at Career Opportunities)


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Ten Powerful Presentation Skills Secrets to Outselling Your Competition

Usually, you have one opportunity to present your organization’s ideas, products, and/or services to the audience. You work on the account for months and the presentation is your big moment. You speak to an under enthusiastic, yet polite audience; they thank you for your presentation and say they will get back to you. Unfortunately, after the presentation you learn that they went with another vendor.

What Happened?

It amazes me how often we see presenters with only one opportunity to make a presentation to sell their products, services, or ideas who come nowhere near meeting the needs of their audience. It’s almost as if the presenter is apologizing for making a presentation, and this prevents them from presenting well.

Why is it important for you to give a powerful presentation that sells you and your organization? You face more competition during these economic times, so you need to stand out so that the prospective “customer” chooses you as their provider. Your job as a presenter is to convince the decision-makers, whether they your managers during a meeting or potential new clients, to choose your organization or act on the information shared during your presentation. The following are ten presentation skills secrets that will help you give a powerful presentation that will sell you to decision makers:

  1. Research Audience Needs
    Invest time to find out what is important to the audience members so that you can meet their specific needs. Find out what challenges they face and how you can help them overcome these challenges. You will find out your audience members will appreciate your presentation more since you took the time to find out what is most important to them.  (Read the rest of the article at Presentation Skills That Sell)


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