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10 Insightful Talent & Career Quotes to Inspire & Motivate You

ONE):  “Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?”- Thomas John Watson Sr., Former chairman and CEO of IBM

TWO):  “Acquiring the right talent is the most important key to growth. Hiring was – and still is – the most important thing we do.”- Marc Bennioff, Founder, Chairman and co-CEO of Salesforce

THREE):  “The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world.”- Steve Jobs, Chairman, Former CEO and co-founder of Apple

FOUR):  “If you hire good people, give them good jobs, and pay them good wages, generally something good is going to happen.”- James Sinegal, Co-founder and former CEO of Costco Wholesale Corporation

FIVE): “The competition to hire the best will increase in the years ahead. Companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge in this area.”- Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft Corporation

SIX): “Nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies.”- Lawrence Bossidy, Former COO of General Electric

SEVEN): “You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it. In that process you will figure out who you really are — and you just might become the very best version of yourself.” – Sheryl Sandberg

EIGHT): “Change equals self-improvement. Push yourself to places you haven’t been before.”– Pat Summitt

NINE): “Positive thinking can be contagious. Being surrounded by winners helps you develop into a winner.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

TEN): “We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.” – Kobe Bryant

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Getting Ahead in Your Career – Tips from Bordan Tkachuk

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Bordan Tkachuk is CEO of Sir Alan Sugar’s Viglen IT company. He is also a trusted business advisor for Lord Alan Sugar, is also known from his appearances on the BBC-produced British version of The Apprentice, interviewing for Lord Sugar. He is known for his sharp attention to detail as many candidates interviewed by him on the TV show have discovered. Just ask Lee McQueen.

  1. Be courageous and take advantage of emerging consumer markets
  2. Carry out a self-appraisal of yourself. Ask yourself. Do you enjoy what you do? Do you get fulfillment from it? Are you financially rewarded for your efforts? Addressing questions like these will help set the direction of what you truly want from your career
  3. At the interview, always make a good impression and sell yourself well to the company. To really make this work look at the company website, find out who the competitors are, what the products are, the market size, or ring the company and ask them to send you information.
  4. Make sure your CV is readable.  Be honest about your skills and don’t try to bluff your way through
  5. The key to being successful in your career is to be persistent
  6. A degree will give you a good foundation but sticking with something and continuously developing your skills is central in shaping your competencies
  7. Working your way up through an organisation will give you a lot of confidence
  8. Having passion and believing in yourself is the fuel that will drive your forward.
  9. Always view mistakes as learning opportunities not failure

Integrity is a highly valued quality by employers.  If you can demonstrate that in your interview and on the job you will be on the right track. Don’t try to be something you are not. You won’t come across in the right way to others. The importance of being genuine and being yourself is essential.

4 questions you need to ask before contemplating a job move

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The global economic decline has prompted many employees to cling on desperately to their current jobs. But as skills sets become scarcer in certain professions and  sectors, individuals with particular hard to find skills sets are increasingly in demand. Faced with increased probability of getting a call from a head-hunter/recruiter, here are 3 questions you need to ask yourself before considering a potential career move.

  1. Will the opportunity on offer improve my quality of life?
  2. If I chose to stay in my current role, what would the next step for me be with my current employer?
  3. What isn’t working for me in my current role?
  4. Will the proposed role add value to my career in the long run?

Focusing your discussion on the above four questions will ensure that you cover the critical aspects with the head-hunter/recruiter. By doing this, you will keep the conversation flowing and allow yourself to make an informed decision about whether or not to progress discussions to the next level.

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