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Your Green Apple and other thoughts

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Job Search expert, entrepreneur, and founder of Neighbors helping Neighbors John Fugazzie has started a program in partnership with Montclair State University to offer a cutting edge speakers series for job seekers, career changers, and recent graduates. I was honored to be the guest speaker the other night.

My talk, called Kick Starting Your Job Search, features nine tips for accelerating your way to your goals, including The Green Apple concept.

Imagine a green apple sitting in front of a bunch of red apples or a bunch of oranges. The green apple stands out because it is different from the rest.

That's what every job hunter has to do, become a green apple. In other words, discover your differentiators. The things about you that are unique, that embody the value you can bring to an employer or to an organization.

You might think, "What's so special about me?"

That's the $64,000 Question!

If you don't take the time to figure it out, who will?

Every person born into this world of ours has some special gift to bring to others. I believe it is our purpose in life. But how do you undertake this quest for self-discovery?

There are a variety of tools out there but one I really like is contained in a book called Is Your Genius At Work? by Dick Richards. It's an easy to read workbook of exercises that will lead you to your special calling. Dick Richards calls it your "genius," a word that derives from the ancient word genii meaning a daemon or spirit that dwells within us from birth and is there to be a guide if we are awake to it.

This metaphor works for me. If you would prefer a different approach, though one that reaches a similar outcome, try Nick Heap's Core Process, which is described at this website:

Whatever path you choose, be sure to pursue it until you find the differentiating factor that you feel certain represents Your Green Apple.

Note: Here is the link to the upcoming speakers in the NhN series at Montclair:

Posted by Terrence Seamon on Saturday December 7, 2013

Terrence H. Seamon is an organization development consultant who provides leadership and team development services to employers in New Jersey. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better, provides leaders with a guide to initiating, and navigating through, organizational change. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at and via his website:



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