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Thanks for visiting. For me, the number #1 success factor in this process is your mental fitness. Begin right now to affirm daily that you are unique and that your uniqueness is your greatest asset in finding your ideal job and/or career. I will deal with this topic in some detail asap.

I dedicate this blog site to you!

Looking forward to serving you,

Peter Guess aka GUESS-on-AIR!

B.Soc.Sc.(SW)

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My Career And Job Move From Cape Town To...

Posted by Peter Guess on January 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Move To Welkom, Free State, South Africa: January 2012


Just a quick update to let you know that I have taken on a wonderful career and job opportunity in Welkom - just up the road and around a few bends - from Cape Town...


As of January this year (2012) I will be branch manager at SANCA* - Goldfields Alcohol & Drug Centre. This so excites me because I feel a deep passion for this work and I have a clear vision and set of plans for the future. These plans and the vision are not my own creation but have emerged from my time of meditation and conversations with God (as I understand God).


I was really battling since July 2011 to find a job after being retrenched as a project manager. The tools (as documented on this website) appeared not to work. I took on small projects and used other talents just to survive. I moved up to Bloemfontein in September 2011, after a discussion with my family and an offer from them to take up a marketing manager position on my brother's farm. The job was open ended as it could stretch over 3-5 months or be longer term based on the need there. After less than 2 months the project ended in disaster!


Back to the job-hunt.... and then success in December  2011!


Throughout this time, from July to December 2011, I was supported by an "Earth Angel". A dear friend in Cape Town who is a Virtual Assistant (VA). She pulled out all the stops. Placed over 30 ads online. Provided regular SMS support - and gave me vouchers for  SMS bundles, when I had NO CASH! It was humbling. But also a massive learning experience in learning to ASK FOR HELP! My challenges were compounded because I could not use my email system due to the fact that my laptop and mobile had been stolen and I had no money for the luxury of the internet cafes (that I am so addicted to!).


Due to the above challenges, she took over my email system to respond to messages and send invoices or messages for me when there was urgent work. She made calls when I was unable to and took over some of my website editing for my various websites...


And she helped me with that most important ingredient in the job and career search - PMS. My Positive Mental Attitude was constantly under threat due to a variety of severe stressors and some traumatic incidents I had to walk through.


So today, I want to honour my VA and star supporter -Karin Visagie. If you need this kind of virtual support, whereever you are on the planet, she will and can help provide a service that may just bring that breakthrough you need. Go to her Virtual Business Consulting website here: http://virtualbusinessconsulting.webs.com


Blessings for the New Year,

Peter

*Note: SANCA stands for South African National Council on Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Treatment.

What Do You Do When All The Doors Seem Closed?

Posted by Peter Guess on November 8, 2010 at 7:39 PM Comments comments (0)

What do you do when all the doors seem closed, options dried up and thousands of jobs are being shed? Simple. You just keep doing the next right and responsible thing.


You remind yourself of this FACT: “Opportunities are everywhere.” This affirmation from John Kehoe, author of Mind Power, reminds us that the universe is abundant. Even when little visible evidence exists for this.


At one point in my career in HR, the door to a new career and job only opened after 17 proposals to a senior client! No, I am not saying it's purely a numbers game. Job and career seeking is a combination of quality inner work and quality and quantity outer work. But it is persistent work. Faith work.


Practically, what do I do?

  • I keep knocking on as many targeted doors as possible.
  • I remain flexible and modify my proposals, CV, cover letter, my approach to clients, employers and my network.
  • I do a little everyday: a blog, a concept design, a proposal, some product development, read up on targeted businesses where I could find work opportunities, make a call, send my CV, post my CV online, write my network, post on Facebook/Twitter etc.
  • Treat myself for little victories.
  • Take time-out.
  • Go for a walk/run to energise and open to new ideas and perspectives.
  • Journal my lessons.
  • Use my diary and set goals (e.g. make 5 calls a day).
  • Search online and in journals, newspapers and community bulletins.

...and lots more ideas and tips at Job-Search Links.


“Opportunities are everywhere.”

Believe this and act accordingly.


With great expectation,

Peter Guess

 

 


The Global Reach of GUESSjobs to date

Posted by Peter Guess on November 2, 2010 at 4:56 PM Comments comments (0)

I was greatly encouraged when I did my web analytics and saw the following footprint of my site with a total of 164 visitors. Thanks to all. Peter



Update: Beta-testing for 7 Key Steps for Career and Job Change

Posted by Peter Guess on November 2, 2010 at 1:38 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey there,


Thanks again for your interest in this project. Just a quick note about the open source initiative: Seven Key Steps for Career and Job Change.


I have extended the due date for beta-testing and feedback to 10 November 2010 due to delays in the launch of the ebook and a somewhat slow response from my networks and marketing strategy.


Please share this project with others via your Facebook, Twitter and other contacts on Social Networks by going to the HOME page of my site and using the share options. You can also forward the initial email invitation I sent to you (or the registration link below) to people on your email system. This is the best referral and marketing method due to the crediblity factor.


I really need solid feedback to ensure the product meets the global needs of people seeking career clarity or looking for a job. However, even if you spend 15 minutes and overview the ebook, your overall impressions will be crucial for me.


Warm regards,

Peter Guess

Email: [email protected]

Cell: +27 72 092 3315

How To Find Your Ideal Job Quickly - Part 2 (Podcast)

Posted by Peter Guess on October 8, 2010 at 10:03 AM Comments comments (0)

In Part two, I cover more tips to find your ideal job and career quickly. You need to get clarity about your career interests and one very quick way (5 to 10 min) is using the Holland Type profile. Then identify your prefered occupations (job types). Finally, search for available jobs online and off-line. You can download my podcast, get the RSS feed and/or subscribe via iTunes at this link:

>>> Click here to view Part 2 of the podcast

How To Find Your Ideal Job Quickly - Part 1 (Podcast)

Posted by Peter Guess on October 8, 2010 at 9:29 AM Comments comments (0)

Podcast Part 1 helps you prepare your mind for the job and career search. I give guidelines to find your ideal job and career then I cover 5 job seeking approaches that work best and 5 that are least effective (on their own). You can download my podcast, get the RSS feed and/or subscribe via iTunes.

>>> Click here to view Part 1 of the podcast

Welcome To GUESSblog!

Posted by Peter Guess on October 4, 2010 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to my blog! I'm so excited about launching this new "job-hunting-toolbox". We have such an urgent local and global need to provide these tools, in addition to creating support systems that maintain morale and self-esteem during the rocky, challenging path to find that ideal or dream job and career. And, let's be honest. Some must just get a job - any job - and now!


I will be providing you with updates on the launch of my podcasts, new tools and resources and tips to help you find your ideal career and job as quickly as possible.


GUESS-on-AIR!

Click here to view my podcast on "How to get your ideal job quickly - Part 1". Part 2 is in production and will be available asap. BUT... while you wait for Part 2, you can click here to do some very practical preparation on my other blog site. Then come back to this site.


Thanks for joining me on this adventure.


With hope,

Peter Guess

p.s. Although this site is new, it is associated to coaching work I have been doing for over 24 years as a Human Resources Consultant and via the website "Life, Career and Recovery Coaching". I identified the need to have a targeted site with a special focus on how to find a job, due to current needs both locally in South Africa and globally.


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