Sometimes I pretend to be normal but it gets boring so I go back to being me

Ikigai is a Japanese word whose meaning translates roughly to — “a reason for being”, encompassing joy, a sense of purpose and of meaning as well as a feeling of well being.

The word Ikigai derives from a combination of the words Iki, meaning life and Kai, meaning the realization of hopes and expectations.

The concept is an intersection, a common ground between the following:

What you love
What you are good at
What the world needs
What you can get paid for

What you love could be a hobby, something you enjoy doing and would do for free. What…


8 Tips To Improve Your Resume Video And Help You Land More Interviews

In an increasingly competitive job market, if you truly want to stand out you have to do more than what everyone is doing to land that elusive interview.

Resume videos have started to become more and more popular. What used to be a challenging experience to produce and edit, now almost anyone with a smartphone or tablet and free software can make a good quality presentation video.

The idea is that you can’t explain all about you in a simple resume and cover letter. Especially if you are going after a high-level job with quality candidates. …


Unsuccessful people make decisions based on their current situation, successful people make decisions based on where they want to be

Before jumping into a new career venture, it is important to fully evaluate if you have the necessary skill set, education, experience to qualify for a particular job you would apply for.

Imagine showing up at the airport and the attendant asks you what you are looking for. I want to purchase a ticket. Great, she says, where to? I don’t know comes your response…wherever! What are the odds you will end up in a good spot?

Most people before taking a trip or vacation will take the time to plan an itinerary, pack what they need, make reservations, make…


Technology is best when it brings people together.

This method is becoming more and more popular and can work very well…or it can be very bad for you if you’re not prepared. As more and more companies are finding it necessary to interview people at a distance it is a necessary and valuable skill to have.

So here are 10 tips for your next web conference interview to help you impress and land that dream job!

1. Download and test software/app ahead of time

There exist many types of interfaces right now to do video conferencing from Facetime, to Messenger Video, to WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype, GoToWebinar, etc.

So, unless you are very familiar with the one…


You never get a second chance to make a good first impression

We’ve all heard the saying ‘’You never get a second chance to make a good first impression’’ and although many would believe that we would be talking about the interview as being the first impression, the truth is your cover letter is the proverbial foot in the door.

It’s the first opportunity to differentiate yourself from the rest of the competition.

When writing a cover letter there are a few very important things:

In the title, indicate the position you are applying for. …


CAREER EXPERTS SECRETS book (Introduction)

100,000 hours, 6,000,000 minutes, 360,000,000 seconds…that’s the amount of time the average person spends working at a job or building their career.

For most people, that amount of time means they will work more than they eat, more than they play, even more than they sleep.

It is the part of your life that you will sacrifice the most important thing you have in exchange…your time.

So being happy and enjoying what you do for a living is a very important decision. …


Your Guide To Discovering The Path To A Fulfilling And Happy Career

How do I know if I’m happy in my career? Recent surveys show that 87% are not happy in their current job…why are they staying? What makes them unhappy?

100,000 hours…sounds like an eternity, and it almost is. This is the amount of time that the average person will commit to a job or their career. The scary thing is that that number will probably get even bigger as the average age of retirement keeps getting older and older.

The fact of the matter is that we need…


With the rise of social media, new opportunities have also been created to network. It is also a challenge as the rules of the game are still being figured out.

The fact that it’s so much easier to find something about you can be good to get exposure to potential hiring managers, but it can also be bad if your online social profile is not professional.

One of the first things a lot of hiring managers and business owners do when looking at potential hires is an online search. …


Successful people never reach their goals alone

The word reference has many different meanings, but when used in combination with a job search, it typically means what the Merriam-Webster dictionary refers to as:

A person to whom inquiries as to character or ability can be made

Or

A statement of the qualifications of a person seeking employment or appointment given by someone familiar with the person.

So why do companies ask for references?

Well…simply put, unfortunately, not everyone is honest. …


A number of years ago, a team of researchers did an experiment by placing two jobs want ads in a popular New York Newspaper (before the advent of the internet). The experiment was to find out if people would apply to jobs based on the description and their level of qualifications for that said job, or if they would apply based on the salary offered.

So what they did, is place two separate job offers with identical descriptions, same qualification requirements, same look. The only difference was the salary offered for the position. The first one was for a salary…

Charles-Edouard McIntyre

President of Career Year Academy International, author of Career Expert Secrets, College Professor, Entrepreneur, Business Coach, Married father of 4 great kids

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