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I’ve been chatting with a lot of HR directors over the past few months.  They’re gearing up for the economic recovery.  Yes, you read that right.  They’re gearing up for the economic recovery!  For real.

JUST last night on the airport shuttle to my hotel, I was chatting with three HR managers who work for a large corporation and the manager who heads up the recruiting side of things said that she has had an open position every single day through this recession AND she’s gearing up to hire more people.  But it’s not just new hires that I’m finding exciting.

Additionally, companies are looking to expand their in-house mentorship programs.  And what I’m most excited about is the incredible interest in not only setting up a standard mentorship program where a more senior manager mentors a junior manager, etc.  but what I’m most excited about is the interest from HR managers in “shaking things up” with their employees and provide them short-term, small-group mentorship experiences OUT of the office.  What I call Mentorship 3.0.

The Brian Kurth + Company team is ready to assist.  We have mentors in nearly 100 vocations who offer the HR managers’ in-house clients the opportunity to gain key team-building, leadership, project management and communications.  The small corporate teams (4-10) getting the mentorship will then be able to use the 80/20 rule back at the office.  In other words, 80% of the mentorship experience that the Chocolatier (or Animation Producer, Dog Daycare Owner, Wine Maker, and the list goes on) mentor provides regarding business leadership, projection management, communications, etc. can be applied to an IT department at a healthcare provider or to the marketing team at an ad agency, and so on, and so on.

So, I’m here at the SHRM (Society of HR Management) conference in New Orleans.  And I’m really excited to chat a lot about Mentorship 3.0.  Let the paradigm shift begin!

Are you here too?  Let’s meet up!  Email me at brian@briankurth.com

Cheers,
Brian

www.briankurth.com

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Holy Cow!

This almost sounds too good to be true….but my Career Informer, Yvonne, told me about this 6-month dream job at Murphy Goode Winery in Sonoma!  Want to share with you.  If you’re into wine and/or really good at social media networking, THIS is truly a dream job!

I need to let some of my career consulting clients know about this as well.  I know of several who are either laid off or stuck in a rut in their corporate job and this could be something they’d really go for (assuming they have the social media stuff “down” which I think a couple of them do!).  Competition’s going to be tough…but go for it!

Cheers!
Brian

www.briankurth.com

THE ULTIMATE 40-HOUR CAREER TRANSITION PLAN
NOT YOUR USUAL HAPPY HOUR
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Please join Will Wiebe and me for a special Happy Hour and presentation of “The Ultimate 40-Hour Career Transition Plan”.

Changing jobs is always a challenge, even in the best of times. In today’s job market and economic environment, you particularly don’t need rhetoric about career transitioning; you need an action plan that will get you moving in the right direction. Will and I will take you through a 40-hour step-by step plan that will help you:

  • Identify your ideal type of work
  • Research companies/organizations in that field
  • Find contacts within these companies/organizations
  • Communicate with these contacts as potential mentors
  • Secure three mentors in your field of interest

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

WHAT:

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Networking, Brief Presentation, Q&A and Socializing (no-host Happy Hour)

WHERE:

Aura
1022 W. Burnside (across the street from Powell’s)
Portland, Oregon – Click here for a map

Please RSVP below…and please ask your friends to attend and RSVP as well! The more the merrier….
http://vocationvacations.com/MessagePages/2009May-HappyHour.php

Hi Friends,

I will be moderating a FANTASTIC panel of experts who work in animal-related fields TONIGHT at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific.

The panel includes Dr. Jon Geller (who, in his 40’s went back to school to become a vet!  Dr. Jon now practices in Colorado), Judy Robin (Horse Boarder and Stable Owner in Kentucky), Debi Ropes (Dog Daycare Owner in Colorado) and Paula Vellozzi (Alpaca Rancher/Breeder in Oregon).

If you’re like many of my career consulting clients, you’ve perhaps always dreamed about working in a career that involves animals, but have never known HOW to get into the business.   This is the perfect (FREE!) teleclass for you….please feel free to also tell your friends!

Sign-Up and Receive the Call-In Number Here!

Cheers,
Brian

www.briankurth.com

Hi Portland Friends (and for those of you not in Portland, please check my “events” page so we can catch up in person when I’m in NYC, Chicago, LA, etc)!

Changing jobs is always a challenge, even in the best of times. In today’s job market and economic environment, you particularly don’t need rhetoric about career transitioning; you need an action plan that will get you moving in the right direction.

Join Career Coach Will Wiebe and me for a special Happy Hour and presentation of “The Ultimate 40-Hour Career Transition Plan”.

Will and I will take you through a 40-hour step-by step plan that will help you:

  • Identify your ideal type of work
  • Research companies/organizations in that field
  • Find contacts within these companies/organizations
  • Communicate with these contacts as potential mentors
  • Secure three mentors in your field of interest

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

WHAT:

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. – networking and socializing (no-host Happy Hour)
6:15 – 6:45 p.m. – Brian and Will present “The Ultimate 40-Hour Career Transition Plan” followed by a Q & A
6:45 – 7:30 p.m. – More fun, socializing and networking (no-host Happy Hour)

WHERE:

Aura
1022 W. Burnside (across the street from Powell’s)
Portland, Oregon – Click here for a map

Please RSVP Here!

Cheers!
Brian

www.briankurth.com

I had to share the following column my friend Jean Chatzky wrote yesterday that was distributed across the country…I could not agree more.  You’ve it hear from me before…but as Jean outlines…it’s about following the career passion…or creating some sense of passion in your current job.  And it’s all dependent upon, yep, you guessed it – mentorship, mentorship and more mentorship.  A career transition or a tweak to an existing job doesn’t happen over night.  And as I tell all my career coaching clients, you have to find a mentor either at your current workplace or in your desire new vocation in order to successfully transition.  YOU CAN DO IT!  Now, here’s Jean’s wonderful article…..  

Cheers!

Brian Kurth

www.briankurth.com

 

Published: April 9, 2009

My college friend Susan went through a stretch where she couldn’t stand her job, and she had this saying, “That’s why they have to pay you. If it was fun, you’d do it for free.” I’d nod and egg her on. We’ve certainly all had our bad days. Some of us have had bad months and bad years.

After immersing myself in the research for my new book, “The Difference,” however, I think Susan and I were wrong. We are paid for our jobs because what we do is of value. However, that doesn’t mean our work can’t be fun, stimulating, energizing or satisfying.

I believe that people who are passionate about what they do reach financial comfort and wealth more often than those who are not. This presents us with two options: Finding your passion and pursuing it or becoming passionate about what you’re already pursuing.

In a troubling economy like this one, the latter option may be wiser, but let’s take a look at the first option.

 

     

  • How to do what you love.The first step is to identify those passions that may be on your list and those that most definitely are not. Asking yourself these following questions can help you figure that out:

1) If money were not an issue, what would you be doing with your life?

2) When you go to the magazine racks or the library, what do you most like to read about? (What do you find yourself searching for on the Internet?)

3) Think about the last few times you said to yourself, “I’d like to try that sometime.” What was “that”?

4) What do other people say you do particularly well?

5) Think back to when you were 10 or 12 and try to recall how it felt to be really excited about some possibility. What could you do today that might make you feel the same way?

Once you’ve nailed down what your passion is, can you envision yourself building a livelihood from it? What lengths will you go to to make your endeavor a success? To figure this out, don’t quit your day job just yet. Instead, work on the new business on the side until you know that it’s realistic and profitable. And in the interim, get the word out and see if you can gather any proceeds for your new venture to supplement an actual launch.

 

     

  • How to love what you do.

If following your dreams isn’t quite feasible, the alternative is to find some happiness, some fresh interest, in the work you’re doing right now. It’s certainly possible.

So the question becomes: How do you find the calling in your job? First, forge a personal connection with your boss. If you’re working for someone you feel is charismatic or inspirational, you’ll likely want to perform better in that person’s eyes.

Learn to embrace autonomy while you work. Making decisions for yourself throughout the day is key to feeling good about the work you do, no matter what kind of work it is. Research has shown you’ll be happier at work if you can make your own mark.

Last, while you’re going through this process of finding the satisfaction in your work, it truly helps if you stay uplifted. If you act like you’re having fun, you’ll find you are having fun.



Jean Chatzky is an editor-at-large at Money magazine and serves as AOL’s official Money Coach. She is the personal finance editor for NBC’s “Today” show. Her Web site is http://www.jeanchatzky.com.

Hi all,

I’ve been so darn busy this week.  Apologies for not blogging, Twittering, and posting my favorite available dream jobs, etc.  We’re in process of launching our new outplacement company — very exciting!  Much more to follow on that in coming days and weeks.

SO…..going to make this quick to get the word out….and I’ll blog more over the weekend.  My Career Informer NewYorkNoelle provided me the lead to a REALLY cool dream job that’s available right now.  Are you ready, fashionistas?  Sr. Designer of Mens Sweaters at Calvin Klein in NYC!  Hello!?

Now, as always, I get nothing out of posting my favorite dream job picks sent to me from my Career Informers other than the feel-good factor.  BUT….if you land this job because of this posting, I just want you to know I’m a Medium.  Just sayin’.  😉

Sr. Designer for Mens Sweaters at Calvin Klein in NYC:  APPLY here and now! (Click on “Search Jobs” and then enter “Calvin Klein” under the drop-down brand options)

As I tell my career consulting clients, keep on dreaming AND exploring….see, there ARE great jobs out there!

Cheers!

Brian

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