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What vision should people have for career aspirations?

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There are two situations during which an employer and employee share the employee’s aspirations for their future: the hiring interview and the employee evaluation.

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When asked, people will most often mention a job title and/or person’s name.

To be truly effective in a position when should not aspire to be like another person. Consider these words of Olympic runner Florence Griffith Joyner,

“Do not aspire to be like me,” she once said, “be better, shoot higher.”

No employee should ever want to be as good as the CEO, manager or coworker. They need to want to be better. After all, when it comes time for a new CEO, you want one better than the existing CEO. If they ever become the new CEO they will need to have a new vision of bigger and brighter greater things to take the company far into the future. With that goal in mind, employees should have the desire to learn new skills and techniques that will equip them for their next position before they assume the new position.

Imagine the excitement the recruiter will have on an applicant says they want to become so valuable to the company that their goal is to become even greater than the current leader of the company.

Unfortunately Joyner’s speed could not out run an early death. She died in her sleep in 1998 as a result of an epileptic seizure.

This is another installment of a series of motivational quotes providing information about the persons being quoted and the application to our daily life. It is based on material prepared by getmaximpact.com of Rochester Hills, Mich., and is intended as a tool for building the success of today’s business professionals. It is a ©2014 copyright by getmaximpact.com and used with their permission.

© Max Impact, used with permission.

Resources

Michigan Works support centers offers job transition support.

Lesson in interviewing, a tip of what you should not say to recruiters.

How to write a killer resume.

Pure Michigan Talent Connect - The official website for job hunters seeking new careers and employers looking to post jobs and hire employees in Michigan.

Unemployment Insurance Agency - Manages unemployment taxes and insurance. Learn key job seeking information.

Veterans Employment Services, information regarding Michigan jobs, careers and employment assistance for Veterans.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Works with individuals with disabilities to prepare for and obtain employment.

Recommended reading:

How to Find a Job When There Are No Jobs”: a necessary job search book and career planning guide for surviving and prospering in today's hyper competitive job market.

301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions”.

Your Social Media Job Search”: Use LinkedIn, Twitter, and other tools to get the job you want!

101 Weird Ways to Make Money”: Unusual jobs that produce good pay with little competition.

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