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Tuesday, 01 December 2015 00:00

Game Change Your Career and Life

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Do you feel really alive, like you are making the most of your life, living every day to the full, doing what you love, and loving what you do, or do you feel you are struggling on the treadmill of life simply to exist, or feeling that even though to everyone else, your life looks like the epitome of success, it doesn’t feel like it to you?

In the western world, there is a huge amount of pressure, stress, worry, anxiety and unhappiness, and it seems to affect everyone from the young to the old. “Depression is the top cause of youth disability, and suicide is the third largest cause of death in 10 to 19-year-olds according to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) report on the health of adolescents”. “An Australian national survey in 2014 found that one in five girls in the country aged between 16 and 17 were suffering from a major depressive disorder, one in six had self-harmed and one in 20 had attempted suicide”. (Source: BBC Website 30/11/2015). Suicide has apparently now overtaken childbirth and pregnancy, as the leading cause of death globally for adolescent girls. “Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 50. A hundred men die a week. It is more prevalent than at any time in the last 14 years and men are four times more likely to end their own lives than women”. (Source: BBC Website 13/04/2015)

“More than two fifths of employers have seen increase in workers reporting conditions such as depression or anxiety, according to CIPD research.” (Source: Guardian Newspaper 16/09/2015).

We live in the most technologically advanced, and connected time in history, but it appears that more people are feeling, lonely, isolated and disconnected than ever before. People can have large number of supposed friends on social media, but very few in real life; people who are there for you in the good times and the bad times.

In the old days, life might have been harder, but it was invariably simpler. Complexity and continual change is stressful for many, yet progress and knowledge growth, has accelerated exponentially. We have been conditioned to strive for success, yet many of the most financially successful people, at the top of their game, are amongst the unhappiest and most stressed. An article in the Times Newspaper in the UK (30/11/2015), talking about a Odgers Berndstson, Lonely at the Top Poll, revealed “executives battle burnout”. In 2011 Antonio Horta Osorio, Lloyds Banking Group’s CEO checked himself into the priory clinic because of sleep deprivation.  In 2013, Sir Hector Sants, resigned from Barclays as Head of Compliance, after apparently suffering from exhaustion and stress. In 2015, Sam Smith, stockbroker finnCapp’s CEO, apparently had to take time off as she struggled with the demands of looking after a baby that slept badly, and the demands of running a company.

If you are feeling like your life is not great, you are not alone. Many people are frightened to speak up because they feel it will be seen as a sign of weakness, that might impact their career and life chances, so they put on a brave face and keep going. They also don’t see any choice other than to simply carry on.

I say enough is enough, it is time for change, not a small change, but a big change, in fact a complete “game change” to be precise.

If you are like most other people, a few decisions earlier in your life, set your entire career on the path that you are on today, in fact, it probably started at school. For some people, that path is perfect, but for a great many others it isn’t. If you feel stuck, trapped, out of place, unfulfilled, unhappy, you are not alone. What is really scary is how easy it is to drift through your life, in zombie mode, and later be full of regrets, with hindsight, wishing you had done something different. What you need is foresight; to ignite the passion in your heart, the spirit for living, and the belief that you can live the career and life of your dreams. It is never too late to make the most of the time that you have left in your life.

You need to “game change”, to see things differently, think differently and act differently, to take back real control, and set yourself the goal to achieve the career and life of your dreams.

I’ve been experimenting, researching and studying, to discover what you need to do, to achieve that, for my new book: “Career and Life Game Change”. I’m currently looking for a cadre of people who are up for the challenge of game changing their life and career, who will support and be supported by likeminded people, who are ready to embark on an exciting new adventure, to spice up their lives, to feel passionate and energised again, and to make a difference in the world.

If you are interested in being one of these people, or if you’d like a sneak preview of my new book, email me with your contact details and current situation: .



Wednesday, 23 October 2013 16:09

Top Job Hunting and Career Tips For Young People

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My Top 12 Tips For Young People

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  1. Take the time and effort, to work out who you really are, and what you really want in your life and career. (Use a wide variety of different assessment tools to help you).
  2. Run your career and your working life with a set of values and principles, that you set yourself; hold yourself to them and don’t ever compromise them without good reason. Try to make sure that you are a person, who stands for something that others will relate to, don’t be bland.
  3. Choose a career that plays to your strengths, and that you are going to be good at and enjoy.
  4. Have a plan for your career and life, and amend it as circumstances, and what you want changes, and then live the plan.
  5. Learn that working hard or getting great qualifications, often isn’t enough to get on in your career; you need to learn to be good at marketing and selling yourself on an on-going basis. It is worth getting training and learning how to do that.
  6. Continually have higher standards for yourself than others have for you, particularly your boss, don’t fall to the lowest common denominator, or be pulled down by others.
  7. Take ownership of your own career, become a leader and don’t put your career in the hands of others on the basis they will look after you.
  8. See your life and career as a story, where you get to write most of the script. Know where you are now, where you have come from, and where you are going; try to be congruent, and make sure that the right people know about it, and that your story excites you.
  9. Be a lifelong learner, continually develop yourself and grow, always try to acquire the skills and qualifications for the jobs above you, before you are in the role, not afterwards.
  10. Learn to recognise the value that you add to an organisation, and do everything that you can to maximise that value. Recognise that differences matter and that you will at times, have to compete with others - sometimes when there can only be one winner.
  11. Try to be a good team player and colleague, try to keep good relationships with everyone.
  12. Your prospects will be limited unless you learn to become a leader, proactively decide to become a great leader, develop your leadership skills and step up to the challenge.

When you see a job advertised that just seems like your dream job, that you are perfectly suited to, that is exactly what you’ve been looking for; it is difficult to not feel happy and excited about it. It is easy to feel that, that job has got your name all over it. When your friends, family or trusted colleagues tell you the same thing, it can increase your desire and confidence.


I know of many people who have spent, not just hours, but days, preparing their CV’s and applications, just for that one job; more care and thought has gone into it than you can imagine. 


Hit send on your email, or on the job application on the Job Board Website, or pop your letter in the post, and then it is done, all you can do then is wait and hope.


The anticipation can be killing; what you want is the phone to ring, almost immediately, and an enthusiastic employer to tell you, that you are just what they have been looking for, when can you come and see them. 


If you are lucky you get an immediate acknowledgement to let you know they have received your application, but often you hear nothing at all, ever. Day after day there is nothing; the phone is silent, the email in-box full of spam, but not a response from the employer. You can call and get brushed off “don’t call us, we’ll call you”, either by an overworked and apparently uncaring recruitment company, or from the employer themselves. 


If you get an interview, that’s great, but if it ends in rejection, it is difficult not to be disappointed; in fact often interviews that appear to go well, with encouraging comments from employers, to make you think you are in with a chance, or perhaps even more than that, can only heighten your hope, and make disappointment of not being successful even worse. It is like you have been lifted up, only to be dropped down; you invest emotional capital as well as your time and effort in applying for jobs.  If you get rejected once or twice that’s bad enough, but if you get a string of rejections, it can really knock your confidence, and make you feel down. You can experience a range of feelings from mild disappointment through to depression, lack of confidence, despair, frustration, worry, fear, anger etc.


We all have an inherent need to feel loved and wanted, and when you get rejected, you can easily feel anything but loved and wanted. It is like being knocked down, getting up again, and then being knocked down again. Most people have the resilience to cope with it a few times, but after a while, you can begin to expect it, rejection after rejection, after rejection. So how can you and should you keep your spirits up?


There good news is that there is plenty you can do to lift your spirits if you get rejected, and here is just a few ideas:

“Turn Negative Energy into Positive Energy... 

See Yourself Being Surrounded in an Invisible Cloak of Teflon that Negativity Simply can’t stick to.”


 “No is Normal on the Path to Job Hunting Success

The Best People Have Often Been Rejected Before”

Copyright Jonathan Blain


1.       Firstly reframe the way you see things

Rejection is highly likely for most people, in fact it has to be expected, you can’t be all things to all people, and all it means is that the employer thought someone else was more suitable for them.


No rarely means “no never”, it usually means “no – not now”. In applying for a job, you are selling yourself, and many people don’t feel comfortable selling, ask the best performing salesmen, and they are likely to tell you they face rejection on a daily basis, it comes with the territory, rejection is a sign you are trying, at least you are applying for jobs – you should congratulate yourself on that.


See Rejections as a sign of progress on your path towards job hunting success.


See each rejection as an opportunity to learn and improve, to raise your standards and improve your job hunting and career management skills. Let each rejection increase your resolve and determination.


See Job Hunting as a competitive game. Once you realise you are in a competitive game, you can start to think more about how you can compete and win.


2.       Change the Way You Think and What You Think About

What you think has a profound impact on every aspect of your life. Read Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich”, Listen to “The Strangest Secret” audio by Earl Nightingale, or watch or read “The Secret” by  Rhonda Byrne.


Employers are allowed to think what they want and do what they want within the law, you are not in control of them, but you are in control of what you see, what you think and what you do. First seek to understand the employer and then think about what you can offer, what is different about you that they would want, and what as a package you offer, that would make them want to choose you, rather than all the other people who apply.


Tap into your Subconscious mind; see how it can be unwittingly sabotaging you, and also how it can help you to achieve things beyond your wildest imagination.


Develop a winning attitude. Remember research has shown that 97% of employers have said they would rather employ someone with the right attitude and mind-set, rather than the right skill-set.


3.       Change What You Do.

Seek Help from Friends, Family, Trusted Colleagues and Professionals


Take responsibility for your own future, don’t feel sorry for yourself; step up, raise your game, raise your standards, start playing to win.


Work out who you really are, what you really want and then think about how you can achieve that. Find some meaning and purpose in your life, and work towards something that is bigger than yourself, get the energy in the universe behind you.


Create a vision for your future, develop a strategy of how to achieve your vision and specific plans that you can actually implement. Implement your plan, measure your results, make changes as required until you finally achieve your goals.


Celebrate achievements even minor ones on your path to success.


Learn from all your job hunting experiences and make it make you stronger.


Don’t just follow what everyone else does, do more and do better.


Don’t take rejection personally.


Find Courage and don’t let fear destroy your life.

Jonathan Blain

Job Hunting and Career Problem Solving Expert and Best Selling Author of 12 Books including:

“Job Hunting and Career Pain Relief – How to solve your job hunting and career problems”

He Offers New Thinking, New Ideas and New Solutions Designed to Get You the Best Results Quickly



You know what it is like, you see a job advertised, decide you are going to apply, and then you have got to actually do it. These days it can be almost as easy as hitting the “apply button” on a job board; hit the button and off goes your CV / Resume and the application is made. Cover letters are often optional, meaning it is possible to apply with minimum effort. Some employers will make you complete an application form, which may contain some pointed questions; you’ve then got to think about what to say....

You might have put in lots of work on your job applications in the past, heard nothing and got nowhere, which might make you think “what’s the point, spending ages on application”? 


“Seek to Understand – Then Be Understood” – The Late Stephen Covey

Author of: 7 habits of Highly Effective People


The late author Stephen Covey, in his multi-million selling book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” said one of the seven habits is “seek to understand, and then be understood”.  If you want to be highly effective in your Job Seeking, you have to do your homework, if you are applying for an advertised job, you need to study every word of the job advert, better still if you can request the job description, most organisations have them, and then really seek to understand, not just what they are looking for from the candidates, but also what the organisation does and stands for, and what is most important to them. When you feel you really understand what they are looking for and what they value, you can start to look at what it is that you are, what have to offer and how it fits with what they want. 


A job application gives you the opportunity to let the employer know that you have understood what they want, and help them to understand what you offer that is relevant to them. You have to remember that it is highly likely lots of other people will be applying for that job too. It is a competition and your objective is to compete and win, so be competitive.


Many people I coach, have told me that they believe that the primary purpose of a job application is to get you an interview, would you agree? I don’t want to appear to be splitting hairs; it is hard to disagree that a job application is about getting you an interview, but I feel your application needs to go one step further, and give the employers the reasons they should ultimately hire you and not someone else.

“Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow”


When you make a job application, you are planting a seed, how good that seed is matters, you need to make sure it is the strongest seed, which will go the distance, and grow into the job you want, not wither on the vine. 


The more effort, thought, care and love you put into your job application the greater your chances of winning. A great job application could set the agenda from the start, make interviews easier and more successful, and help you to get across the finishing line. 


Go for it, the time you invest working hard on job applications, will be nothing compared to what you will lose if you don’t!

Jonathan Blain

Job Hunting and Career Problem Solving Expert and Best Selling Author of 12 Books including:

Job Hunting and Career Pain Relief – How to solve your job hunting and career problems”

He Offers New Thinking, New Ideas and New Solutions Designed to Get You the Best Results Quickly