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"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things"- Albert Einstein.

They say "money cannot buy happiness" so then Einstein's point about not tying a goal to a materialistic value is on track, but isn't the key to true happiness having someone to share those values with?

So why would Einstein say not to tie your goal to a person?

There is no doubt that sharing success and values with another brings a happiness that comes from deep inside.

However, before one can be happy with someone else and reach that level of success he or she wants to share, there needs to be a happiness that only the individual can achieve.  Goals are personal objectives that can only be achieved by an individual for true personal satisfaction. To accomplish a goal, a person cannot rely on others to do the work because not everyone has the same goal.  Also, true success comes from knowing and feeling the personal efforts that went into obtaining this priceless ideal.  An individual can then share the benefits and the happiness with others.

Goals are important for several reasons.  They help to reach the "big picture."  However, the big picture is different for everyone.  For one person, it may be something as small as organizing his or her closet.  For a sports team it may be to go one season without being defeated.  A business might make the goal to increase profits by 15 percent from the last quarter.  Goals give purpose to certain actions in life; they give a sense of accomplishment.

Since goals are so important how is it that they are so hard to achieve but so easy to fail at reaching?

Jimmy Dean once said, "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."

The best things in life are not free, both metaphorically and materialistically.

Steve Jobs did not create Apple without a little elbow grease and Beyoncé did not receive 16 Grammy Awards just by singing in the shower.

Jobs and Beyoncé have two very different professions, but what they do have in common is that they worked hard to achieve the success that is recognized all over the world.

Failure is an ugly, but very common word.  However, it is what an individual does when failure knocks on the door that allows for an option of success or despair.  Does he or she welcome it in? Or say no thank you?

Giving up requires less work and less time, but it takes away pride and motivation.

The key, is to push aside frustration and go for the goal! (Pun intended?)

Take a basic situation such as riding a bike.

  • Get on bike.
  • Start pedaling.
  • Fall off.
  • Sit there and ponder "try again or give up?"

Obviously the right answer is try again.  It would be uncool to be the only kid who doesn't know how to ride a bike.

  • Get back up.
  • Brush your shoulders off.
  • Try again.

End result: Professional cyclist.

Ok, maybe not a professional, but the goal was ultimately achieved after some effort.

Since most goals are not as basic as riding a bicycle, there needs to be a little more planning.

As Larry Elder said, "A goal without a plan is just a wish."

Having a plan makes the goal more attainable.  It provides an idea as to what needs to be done to get to the ultimate result.

Be SMART about goal setting.

Setting a specific goal allows an individual to understand what needs to be done without adding extra work.  Make it as simple as possible so it is easier to focus.

If the goal is measurable it is easier to see the progress that has been made.

An attainable goal is a goal that is realistic.  Is the goal something that really can be achieved?

Making the goal relevant allows for more attainable and specific goals that pertain to the individual's lifestyle and needs.

Lastly, setting a timetable or a limited amount of time to accomplish a goal allows it to once again be more attainable and structured.

In addition to being SMART about forming a goal, it is important for the individual to know himself or herself.  An individual should ask questions such as:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I like?
  • What do I dislike?

This helps the person to figure out more about himself or herself.  It is helpful in figuring out what might work in the process of reaching a goal or what may not work.  It is different for everyone.

It is important to remember to try again even if it does not work the first time.  Also, it is important to be SMART and to know oneself inside and out before starting the process of reaching achievable goals.


How to Choose Your College

Choosing a college can seem very daunting for some, especially with the large amount of choices that exist. However, you can make it easier for yourself by following these tips.



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Choosing a college can seem very daunting for some, especially with the large amount of choices that exist. It is not to be forgotten however, you can make choosing a college into a systematic process, allowing you to come to a final decision through a much more controlled process. Many high-school graduates also have problems when choosing their college as the amount of different opinions that exist on each college one vary widely from person to person. It is often much easier and much more strongly recommended to build your own opinions through research of various kinds.

Top Tips to Choose Your College

  • Visit - Hearing about colleges through other people even when it´s close friends that have gone their is never a good idea. You should always try and build your own opinion. By visiting multiple colleges you will begin to get an idea of what you want and do not want. For example you may start noticing patterns weather you prefer a smaller or a bigger college. Visiting a college also allows you to gain a first hand impression of their facilities and the people that are attending there. This is worth more than many think and visiting more than one college even if you are not sure you want to go there will help massively with college selection in the long run. 
  • Don't base everything on rankings - Although it is a good idea to look at the rankings in order to get a feeling for how colleges have been compared to some others you know, it is not recommended to apply to one college over another because of it's ranking. Rankings, as done by the New York Times every year, often concentrate on the spending of a college on it's faculty, facilities, and classes or the amount of research undertaken. However, the colleges spending habits do not necessarily impact the quality of the education you will receive and the value of the people that you will meet while being there.  This is why visiting colleges is so important, you may wish to go to a certain top ranked college, however after visiting it, you may decide it's not for you after all or that you definitely wish to attend that school. Keep in mind, it is often far more accurate to search for college rankings concerning themselves with your course or major specifically.
  • Apply to 3 ranges of colleges - It is a good idea to apply to some "reach" colleges which you believe are just slightly out of your reach when it comes to results. It is possible that you will be pleasantly surprised if you are not completely unrealistic with your choices. Then apply to two or three colleges which you believe that you would really like to go to, choose these carefully as they are the ones you will most likely end up attending. Also choose a safety school, make sure you still like this school as much as your others however it should be a sure thing that you are getting in.

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How to Optimize Your Resume for Applicant Screening Software

In order to diminish the numbers of applications some companies will automatically screen applications, make sure you do not get filtered out with these tips!



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When bigger companies advertise the opening of a position, it is not uncommon for them to receive a large amount of applications for the respective job. While not all companies do this, some use applicant screening software in order to filter out the applications by a set of rules that are predetermined by the employer. However, this sometimes also causes problems for the applicants. If your resume or cover letter does not contain certain keywords related the to the job for example, it is possible that no one will ever see your resume. It is a good idea to format your resume and cover letter correctly, in order to avoid being eliminated before the hiring manager has considered you.

Resume Optimization

  • Use keywords - One of the main things that screening software does is scan the resume for certain keywords. Problems arise when, for example, the job description requires the ability to use a certain program, however, it is not mentioned in your resume even though you are able to. This is why it is important to include skills that are required or maybe even seem obvious as screening programs often filter resumes out that do not contain certain words, in an effort to only select candidates that are fully qualified.

  • Repetition - If the job seems to focus on a certain skill or function it is a good idea to include it multiple times throughout your resume. Screening programs will often filter out resumes that do not seem relevant enough to the job, this can be combated however, by using the words from the job description especially those which seem to play a large role in the job.

  • Job titles - Applicant screening software also often scans your employment history and checks its relatedness with the job you are applying for. This is usually the case when the job requires a certain amount of experience. Sometimes however, the software will not recognize a job title and class it as unrelated. It is therefore a good idea, if your recent or current job title does not match with the one you are applying for, to clarify or even put the new employers name for the same job in parentheses. It is not recommended to change the job title entirely as this would be seen as a discrepancy if questioned about it.

  • Save in a standard format - It is often debated which format is the best to send out a resume as, when the company does not specify. Using nonstandard software or formats may cause your resume to be discarded by the screening process or the company may have trouble opening it. Due to the number of applicants the company will not alert you of this fact and your resume will also be discarded. Therefore when sending your resume it is suggested to use a PDF or Word (.docx or .doc) file as most companies will view these as standard.
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Tips for Submitting an Online Job Application

Online applications can be daunting for some, however by following these tips will help you avoid the most common mistakes when applying for jobs online.



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Online job applications are becoming much more common, however for many people the process is fairly new and unfamiliar. The adopting companies often prefer the paperless aspect of online applications as well as the fact that losing documents also becomes a non-issue. The overall application process may be similar to when applications are done in person but there are some crucial aspects that need extra attention when applying online. The idea of applying online for a job may be daunting but using the following tips as a guide may clear up some worries or questions.

Top tips for applying for a job online

  • Know what you are applying for - One of the most common mistakes made when applying for a job online is not fully reading the job description or advertisement. Hiring managers that use online mediums to search for candidates often complain about receiving applications from job seekers that are under qualified, or do not have the necessary experience  to obtain the job. Make sure you read the whole job description and know what is expected of you, just because an application is online does not change the fact that job requirements are often not flexible.
  • Avoid errors in your application at all costs - Although this goes for all job applications it is even more important when you are applying online. Online applications are often stored even if the candidate was not selected, therefore if you provide content that includes errors this may reduce your chance of seeking another job with the same company in the future. Make sure to check all work before you press the submit button, also reading your text backwards often helps detect spelling errors.
  •  Create a job specific cover or motivation letter (if required) - Make sure to write a good cover letter if one is required. Instead of using a template or writing one that is not specific to the job you are applying to, use the guidelines in the link below to create a unique specific cover letter.

How to write a cover/motivation letter

  • Check your social media sites - If you are applying to a modern company that you know either uses a lot of social networking sites or even conducts checks of these sites as a part of the hiring process, be sure to check your account for any information you do not wish to share with your employer or anything that could deter them considering you as a candidate.
  • Be aware of applicant screening systems - Many employers will not send your details straight to the hiring manager. Often companies use an application screening system that allows for employers to cut down on the number of applications they receive. The system works by scanning for keywords relevant to the position or company, therefore remember to use include all skills and abilities even if they may seem obvious.

How to optimize your resume for applicant screening software

  • Use the STARR method when asked competency questions - Many firms like to ask competency questions on their online job application form. These are questions which allow the employer to learn more about you on their own terms. The STARR method is a great way to answer these questions, it consists of describing a Situation, Telling the employer what your task or role was, describing the Actions you took, discuss the Result and how you Reflected about it. It is always a good idea to use specific, concrete examples of past situations when applying for a job, when applying online competency questions provide you with the chance to do so.



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