Speaker Summary 1/5: Ken Kuznia on “Meet Your New Opportunity”

December 10, 2014

in Job Search, Life Skills, Meeting Reports, Networking

“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work,” HL Hunt – billionaire.

What’s your definition of success? Do you look forward to going to a job on Monday?

It has been said that, “success is when preparation meets opportunity.” Are you prepared?

Ken Kuznia, recruiting firm owner, and the “who” behind www.digyourwork.com, said there are six dimensions to your job search. He uses a tool called the Wheel of Life to identify those 6 key areas with a visual aid. Seeing what is key, where you are at with each aspect, allows you to see where your “gaps” are and what you really need to work on. This can be used for your personal life, as well as professional.

At Job Seekers Network Monday, Kuznia walked job seekers through 6 key points to a successful job search. And asked each person to rank on a scale of 1-10 how well they’re doing in each area.

  • Attitude
  • Elevator Pitch
  • Resume
  • Interviewing skills
  • Running partner
  • Let go

He advocated that having the right attitude will impact results. He said “In life, 10% is what happens to you,” but you can’t let that keep you down. Staying positive and being positive while taking the correct actions will lead to success.

An elevator pitch is a very succinct message that tells people who are, what your good at and what you’re looking for. A message that you can quickly and confidently say to anyone that you meet.

Having your resume updated and ready to go, with the top third of the page showing your value, is what Kuznia says is important. “You’ve got to sell yourself and what you can do for the company in the top third of the resume format.”

Have you practiced Interviewing? Do you have succinct answers to specific questions about your experiences and how they can assist the potential employer with a need? Are your responses in a format that shows what the challenge was, what actions you took and what the results are? Interviewing skills can make all the difference in getting to the next stage of the process.

Do you have a running partner? Is there someone else holding you accountable for your actions in your job search? Have you set goals? Are you making efforts daily to reach them? To increase the percentage of goals met, you must write them down. To increase even more, tell it to someone else. To increase even more, have someone else, a true partner, hold you accountable. A partner could be a friend, a former colleague or mentor. A spouse may be a natural choice, but may be too close.

And lastly, you’ve got to “let go!” Kuznia addressed the fact that losing your job can be traumatic, which induces feelings like fear and sadness and potentially resentment. But in order to move forward, you have to “let it go.” “Travel light, process it and move forward,” Kuznia said.

He encouraged everyone to do 3 things today:

  • Have someone else rank you on your 6 areas
  • Put a game plan in writing
  • Get busy

You may have to get out of your comfort zone, try some new things and do things differently to achieve better results in your life and your job search. Kuznia wrapped by quoting Andy Anders, “An athlete does not enjoy the pain of training; an athlete enjoys the results of having trained.”

Ken Kuznia, can be found at www.digyourwork.com , a site dedicated to teach job seekers a more efficient and effective way to land a job.

Ken Kuznia, CEO and Owner of both DigYourWork.com and Point-Blank Recruiting 

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