Its Never PersonalIt's been a while since we talked about Judy.

Just in case you're new to this blog

Perhaps you've seen one of those science experiments where biologists merge together thousands of photographs and create an "average" face?

Well, that's Judy.

Play The Job Market Like A Slot MachineI have a friend who's great at beating slot machines.

You know when you're at a casino or a hotel, and every now and then you'll hear a stack of coins come crashing down while some guy cheers?

Well, he's usually that guy.

And it's because he knows a "secret".

The Daily Ritual of a DiamondWe've spoken a lot about being a diamond lately.

So today, here are five things you can do every morning to step out into the world as a diamond -- i.e. a diamond job candidate, a diamond employee, a diamond friend, a diamond manager, etc.

Actually, let me rephrase that.

If I had 3 wishes Id wish for 3 more wishesLet's talk about job interviews.

Do you remember when you were a kid, and you used to play that game with your friends: "If a genie suddenly appeared and granted you three wishes, what would you wish for?"

(I always wished for superpowers -- like my favorite superhero Wolverine, also my wife's favorite superhero because she loves Hugh Jackman.)

The Wine DilemmaBack when I was in business school, my professor taught me something I'll never forget. She was talking about hiring employees:

"Alan, hiring someone is a lot like choosing a bottle of wine in the store. You can't actually taste it until you purchase it and take it home."

"This means, no matter how exquisite the wine may taste, no matter how much genius went into making it, all you can really do is judge it by the label."

Why You Should Get A Haircut For A Phone InterviewA reader named John recently shared this tip with us.
            
Telephone interviews can feel a little strange sometimes.
            
Especially if you’re slouching around in your jeans and t-shirt. The collision of two different worlds can sometimes make it difficult to feel comfortable.
            
So something a lot of folks do – to get into the right mindset and improve their confidence – is, they’ll dress up as if they were going to a “real” interview.

Overcoming Job Search BurnoutThis week, I want to talk about something that can kill your chances in your next job interview and stretch out your job search.

I'm talking about job search burnout:

After all your hard work, applying and interviewing, often the only response is silence...

It can seem like you're getting rejected over and over again. And at times, that just hurts.

How to Avoid Wasting Time on Organizations that Dont Want YouMany a person has asked me:

"Alan, this 'side door' thing is good and all... but how do I know I'm not wasting my time on some company that doesn't want me? How do I know I'm not just being a nuisance and bothering them?"

That's a very good question.

Here's the way I see it:

But Im an introvertLet me ask you a question:

Are you an introvert?

Psychologists and sociologists estimate that between 30% and 50% of the population falls towards the introvert side of the "introvert-extrovert" spectrum.

Despite that, culture -- US culture especially -- is heavily biased towards extraverts. (I guess it's because they shout the loudest!) This means, from a young age, us introverts have been encouraged to fit the mold and act like extroverts. Those who don't are labelled "shy" or even "anti-social".

Stroll Into Interviews with this Ace in Your PocketAfter helping thousands of people over the years, I’ve learned something important:

The best candidates have a “secret advantage” that not only makes them a lot more likely to get the job but also makes them more likely to earn more money and better benefits.

It also makes them feel much less stressed when they walk into an interview.

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