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    Successful People Have One Quality in Common

    Two Roads  November 3 2015 04:39:29 PM
    Being successful in both your personal and professional life requires you to overcome adversity, learn from it, and push forward… RESILIENCE. Here are three ways to help develop it, utilize it, and be successful.

    Embrace Your Failures

    Every time you fail it is an opportunity to learn. On the road to success you will find failures. You can allow them paralyze you, or you can receive each one as an opportunity to shift what can you do next time. By viewing a failed interview or presentation as a learning opportunity you will be more confident in the next one.

    No Limits

    In job searching, for example, it’s easy to become discouraged and think, There’s no way I’m going to get this job. This is a limit that you immediately place upon yourself. Keep an open mind and push harder and further than you thought was possible. You’ll never know what you can accomplish until you push yourself and live limitless.

    Know Why You’re Doing What You’re Doing

    Whether your career choice is to have a respectable career and provide for your family, or to be able to travel the world and work, find a sense of purpose for what you’re doing. This will help you in finding your self worth so that you may move forward to obtain your goals.

    Resilience only goes as far as your belief in the purpose for which you are applying it to. In your mission to start your own business, find your dream job, or get the big promotion, find reason in doing so. Believe in your mission, because the failures and discomforts along the way will test you constantly. If you truly embrace it, resilience will come naturally.

      5 Habits to Break to Achieve Success  September 28 2015 08:34:32 AM
      Great article on the Two Roads Blog today.  You can read the original HERE.

      As important it is to acquire the right information that is specific to your goals, and it’s just as important to move out of automatic behaviors and into conscious understanding, or unlearning. Sometimes success comes from what you learn to stop doing, but it takes hard work. It requires an attentive vision for a different business life, one that is at a deep level of self-love. There are a few behaviors that we all need to unlearn in order to become effective and transformational leaders.

      Striking that balance between doing too much or doing too little is a learning process, but once that middle ground is found it becomes a place of true value for yourself and others. The need to please others comes from fear of being rejected or fear of not being good enough. Unlearning this behavior allows us to build self-confidence and feel worthy of belonging. From there, we can become strong, positive leaders in our companies and the world at large.

      Loose Boundaries
      Communicating healthy boundaries creates clarity, security, and order. Loose boundaries create dysfunctional organizations. An effective leader sets a clear framework for everyone in order to set his or her team up for success.

      Not Speaking Your Mind
      Holding back from saying your truth creates negative emotions inside the withholder, deteriorates relationships, and weakens the health of your organization over time. Speaking up is an important form of honesty. Honesty builds trust and demonstrates commitment to the process and the people involved.

      Avoiding Failure
      Many people have a desire for success but an unwillingness to fail. We want to avoid the painful feelings that can accompany failure. When your mindset is to avoid failure, the strategies you use are ultimately shortcuts, trying to just do the techniques without bothering to understand them. When your strategy is to aim for success, you want to know exactly why you’re doing these things and when the best times are to use the techniques you learned.

      Negative Thinking
      The way you think determines whether the results are positive and beneficial, or negative and harmful. When something bad happens and we attribute negative meaning to it about ourselves, we may be heading for a downward spiral. If a potential client or investor says, “No,” don’t take it personally. This doesn’t mean that your project was bad or that your idea wasn’t good enough. Don’t overanalyze it, instead, plan what your next move will be to achieve your goal.

      We all need to work on our bad habits one at a time and, as we improve, personal growth becomes a self fulfilling prophecy!

        Employment engine keeps humming for IT job seekers  August 4 2015 04:19:15 PM
        Programmers fare well, but some positions, such as Web developers, see rising unemployment

        Momentum keeps building in tech industry hiring, with unemployment dropping even lower than before. But it's not all good news, as Web developers and others saw increases in joblessness.

        IT jobs site's second-quarter tech employment "snapshot," released Tuesday, saw unemployment drop to 2.1 percent -- the lowest rate recorded since 2008 -- based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures. It had been 2.3 percent in the previous quarter and 2.5 percent late last year. The overall U.S. unemployment rate, meanwhile, stands at 5.5 percent.

        Programmers experienced a significant decline in unemployment, with their numbers dropping from 6.5 percent in the first quarter to 1.8 percent in the second quarter, and software developers saw a slight decline from 1.5 percent to 1.3 percent... (read the rest of the article HERE at

          Three Simple Job Search Tips to Immediately Put Into Practice

          Two Roads  June 24 2015 12:39:04 PM
          If only job hunting could still be as simple as seeing a job posting in the classifieds, applying for the position, and starting your new employment endeavor. Job search today is more sophisticated , trickier, and highly competitive. You have to be imaginative, savvy and smart to be successful. Just responding to advertisements in the classifieds probably won’t land you your dream job .Follow these three simple tips to help you land your next dream job.

          1. Don’t Rely on Just Classified Ads
          Who is not to say that you can’t find a job from the classifieds ? These days classifieds include not only local newspaper ads, but also online classified ads (found at places such as and entries listed on large, online job search engines (such as but it’s not the only place you should be searching. If your job search were equivalent to an Internet connection, a classifieds only search would be similar to using a dial-up modem; it might help you get where you want to go, but it won’t do so as effectively or quickly as a high-speed connection.

          2. Update and Customize Your Resume
          If you aren’t getting results with your current resume consider revising it. When updating and customizing your resume,make sure your descriptions are concise and detailed, focus on just the most relevant, significant and recent information, remove any personal pronouns, and proofread your resume for any typos and/or grammatical errors. Once your resume is updated, customize it for each new potential position you apply for.

          3. Network
          When job searching, who you know, and who you get to know, are often times just as important as what you know. When you start looking for a job, contact friends and trusted professionals in your field to let them know you’re on the hunt. Consider giving them your personal business cards or a copy of your résumé in case they run into someone who’s searching for a candidate like you. Also ask them to serve as professional references or to let you know if the companies they work for are hiring.

          So, unless you want to make job searching your new full-time job, follow these search tips to improve your hunt and land a great new gig in no time.

            Three Tips for a Great Cover Letter

    June 3 2015 09:16:48 AM
            When applying for a job, it is sometimes the small things that make a big difference. A great cover letter is a sure-fire way to set yourself apart from the next applicant. The vast majority of cover letters read essentially the same, making it somewhat unbearable for those sifting through the applications. Review these tips and techniques for writing top notch cover letters to send with your resume.

            1. Do Not Repeat Your Resume.
            Your cover letter will be stapled or attached to your actual resume, so you can make the assumption they will already have your resume information with them. Most people write cover letters as if they are paragraph form resume, making it all very redundant. Instead, use your cover letter to show personality, curiosity, and an interest in the field you are applying to work in. Google the history of your field or the company you are interested in working for, and add some cool facts into your cover letter, thus keeping the reader’s attention and excitement.

            2. Keep It Short
            Less is more. Three paragraphs is enough. Half a page, tops. Skip lengthy exposition and jump right into something juicy.

            3. Showcase your Skills
            When you know you have the potential to do the job,try focusing on your skills. At the end of the day, what hiring managers care about most is your work experience, and what you can offer the company if they choose to hire you. Stay positive, focus on your strengths, and immediately launch into your transferable skills and infectious enthusiasm for the position.

            Remember the purpose of writing a cover letter before you sit down to send a resume out. The greatest cover letters are those in which the applicant is memorable, and stands out. Be you!

            Read the above article on the Two Roads blog -- as well as more more great information about job searching and staffing -- by clicking here

              Five Tips to Choose the Best Job Reference

              Two Roads  May 22 2015 09:40:56 AM

              References serve as a powerful tool during the hiring process. Hiring managers often contact references to find out what a candidate can truly accomplish and what they?re like to work with. Having a great reference to back up your skills is imperative, but not everyone knows how they should go about getting one. Here are five tips to choose the best job reference.

              1. Create a list of people who you believe will say positive things about you.
              Former supervisors, coworkers, managers and even clients are typically the best choices. If you do not have any work experience, expand your list to include volunteer assignments, college professors, and internship supervisors.

              2. Narrow down your reference list to 4 or 5 people.
              The most effective references are those who?ve had the opportunity to experience your personality and witness your accomplishments first-hand. Senior positions will require 5 to 7 references. Choose work references that will speak highly of you, and will attest to all that you were able to accomplish. Omit potential references who might sound unprofessional, or those with whom you did not have a great working relationship.

              3. Ask for his or her permission.
              Never use a reference without asking for his or her permission. Regardless of how you perceive your relationship with the reference, not every person is comfortable giving recommendations for employment opportunities. While in most cases your colleagues will be flattered to serve as references, it?s always respectful to ask for their permission first.

              4. Make sure your reference?s information is thorough and correct.
              Once you?ve secured a job reference, collect their contact information. Record their full name, current title, phone number, email, and work address. These details will be required by most employers during the interview process. In the case of work-only references, stay away from listing things like home numbers, personal emails, and cell phones. Privacy is an issue, and the hiring manager may not be aware they are reaching out to a personal account. This looks bad for everyone, and is unprofessional on your part.

              5.Coach your select references, and keep them updated throughout the process.
              Give your reference a current resume and update and/or remind them of your achievements, skills, important projects, etc. Preparing your references will ensure they provide a more relevant reference and recommendation.

              Always be willing to use your references, and remember to say thank you. Saying thank you

              Read more staffing advice at the Two Roads blog by clicking HERE

                Three Tips For A Successful Phone Interview

                Two Roads  April 29 2015 09:29:41 AM
                In today’s job market, more companies are investing time in to a preliminary gauge on whether a prospect should be invited to a face-to face interview. Phone interviews are in fact a REAL interview, so here are three tips to help you be prepared.

                1.Treat the phone interview the same way you would an in-person job interview.
                Focus and be prepared with knowledge of both the company and the job. One benefit of having a phone interview is that you can have company materials in front of you for handy reference. A suggestion is to have the company’s website on a computer in front of you along with the job description you are applying for. Have your materials ready to go a few minutes before your scheduled time so that you are not typing or distracted during your phone interview.

                2. Be prepared to take the call in a place that is quiet environment and has good reception if you are using your mobile device.
                You want to make sure that the interviewer knows you are taking the interview seriously and background distractions are a sure turnoff. Plan to be in a space where you are able to control the ambiance and the noise around you. Having a phone interview in public places such as coffee shops and restaurants are absolutely not recommended.If you do not have a quiet space available in your home, check with your local library to see if they have a meeting space you can reserve for free.

                3. Eliminate any distractions while on the phone.
                For example, turn off your computers’ speakers, find a babysitter for your children, put your dog outside, etc. You only focus should be on what the interviewer is saying. Do not split your attention!

                Once you have closed the phone interview, send an email to the interviewer thanking them for their time, and remember to follow up with them to ensure a second interview.

                  Career advice from Mark Cuban and Derek Jeter

          March 17 2015 10:23:34 AM
                  As  reported in Business Insider:

                  In December, two worlds collided in New York City. "Shark Tank" star and billionaire tech entrepreneur Mark Cuban sat down sat down for a conversation with recently retired Yankees captain Derek Jeter.

                  For fans of business and sports, it doesn't get much better than that. The event was hosted by Brandon Steiner and produced by his well-known sports memorabilia company, Steiner Sports.

                  While Cuban, the business titan, and Jeter, the baseball legend, come from different industries (though Cuban does own the Dallas Mavericks basketball team) the men were in agreement on a number of things. Namely, the idea that, to be successful in business, you have to be hungry, passionate and willing to work your ass off to accomplish your goals.

                  Here are some highlights from the discussion:

                  Get up and hustle.
                  Steiner asked Cuban about what it takes to be a success. "Find something you love, be great at it," Cuban said. "No one quits something they're good at."

                  In true, profanity-laden Cuban fashion, he expanded on what it takes to eat and sleep your business, and get your hustle on:

                  Crush the competition.
                  Being the professional athlete, you might think Jeter would be the first to speak up about competition and doing everything it takes to win. Not when he's in the room with Cuban, who is notorious for his opinions about dominating in business.

                  "Business is the ultimate sport," Cuban said. "Unlike sports, you often don't even know who your competitors are. ... Your character is really tested when you're challenged ... when someone is chasing you, when someone's fighting you.

                  "You come into my industry, I'm gonna kick your ass," Cuban added. Of course.

                  Be prepared and be willing to do the hard work.
                  To launch a business and take on your competitors, entrepreneurs need to do everything it takes to be prepared. On the field and off, Jeter said his biggest fear is not being prepared.

                  "Just because you want it doesn't mean it's going to happen," Cuban said. "You always need to learn. You need to do the work. ... The minute you slow down, someone will pass you by."
                  Keep your team motivated.

                  Not every one of your employees will share all the same passions as you. The trick is twofold: Hire people who are passionate and driven, then have a mutual understanding -- for each individual -- about what each of you wants to accomplish, Cuban said.

                  "It takes time to get to know the people you lead," Jeter said. "Treat everyone fairly, but you have to get to know everyone separately. Its about the right chemistry."

                  Stay humble.
                  "I'm close with my family," Jeter said. "Even at this age, I still never want to do anything to disappoint my family."

                  See the original article on Business Insider HERE.

                    The most dreaded question in a job interview

            February 20 2015 12:09:21 PM
                    You are sitting across the table from the person who has the power to hire you and they ask, “Tell us why you were let go from your last job?” Yikes.

                    It’s the question that you bump into every time you have an interview and each time it’s asked you stumble around for the answer.

                    Don’t fret. Here are some tips on how to prepare so that the next time you run into it you won’t feel like the interview is going sideways with no hope of recovery.

                    1. Be prepared for the question and work out the answer well in advance of an interview.

                    2. Make a list of all of the reasons you were unemployed for that time and be prepared to also identify the things you accomplished while you were out of the job market.

                    3. Even if you were let go from your last job, chances are you can still come up with a few positive things that happened at with your last employer. What projects did you work on that highlight the skills that will be helpful to your prospective employer?

                    4. Talk about what you learned from the experience you had with the employer who let you go. It’s admirable when a person can take a look back at a bad experience and describe how it gave them a better understanding of something or provided insight into something they needed to learn.

                    5. It’s never a good idea to put 100% of the blame on the previous employer. The person interviewing you wants to know that you are capable of getting through a difficult time and ended up with some significant expertise.

                    Read the original article HERE at the

                      LinkedIn cofounder has advice for those seeking to switch careers

              February 17 2015 12:27:43 PM
                      The process of finding a new job is intimidating.

                      From meticulously reading over your resume, to expertly crafting a cover letter, to worrying about whether or not you'll make the right first impression, it's a stressful situation to be in. That process can become even more overwhelming if you're switching career paths.

                      But changing your career may not be as hard as you think, says Allen Blue, the co-founder and vice president of product management at LinkedIn.

                      Blue made a significant career switch himself — long before co-founding LinkedIn, he designed scenery and lighting for stage productions.

                      Here are some of the key takeaways from our conversation.
                      • Other people can be the key to success when changing career paths. "In the end you never make that career switch alone," Blue told us."People will help you make that transition. And the people you know right now will help you find those people. That's the main resource that matters." People will help you learn new things, explore new positions, and give you your first job in the new space, according to Blue.
                      • It's okay if your previous experience doesn't line up with your new career choice.  Blue said he had no idea what he was doing when he transitioned into the tech and business space. In fact, many early LinkedIn employees didn't. Social web apps weren't nearly as big as they are today back in 2002, so the LinkedIn team had some room to experiment and figure out what worked."There was lots of room for failing and starting all over again," Blue said. That may not be the case in sectors that are already well-established, but don't let the fact that you may not have experience on paper discourage you.
                      • Companies may even benefit from hiring someone with a different background. People with different experience may be able to attack problems in new ways, Blue explained. He recalled a human resources survey from Google he came across last year. The survey found that standards such as GPA scores didn't matter much when it came to success — it was more about personality traits like determination. But what was interesting, however, was the fact that engineers within Google took the survey to learn more about the company's HR practices. And the method they used produced some compelling results, even though they approached it in a different way than someone in human resources might. "Having people come in and think about problems differently is actually super valuable," Blue said.

                      Read the original article at here: