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Steve P Brady
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Teacher | Job Search Strategist
Teacher | Job Search Strategist

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Everyone should have a mechanism in place for dealing with consequential decisions. There are quite a few different mental models used to accomplish this task. Just Google "How to Make Decisions" and see for yourself. However, I like the following from Hammond, Keeney, and Raiffa book Smart Choices the best as it is also fairly straightforward, and I know if it is simple enough, I will normally use it.

1. Work on the right problem.
2. Identify all criteria.
3. Create imaginative alternatives.
4. Understand the consequences.
5. Grapple with your tradeoffs.
6. Clarify your uncertainties.
7. Think hard about your risk tolerance.
8. Consider linked decisions.

Whatever strategy you opt to use, use something. Don't let self-serving questions guide your career decision making. 
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Sure, you've cleaned your closets and downsized your DVD collection, but have you applied minimalism to your resume yet?
https://stevepbrady.me/2017/07/20/when-writing-a-resume-simplicity-is-key/

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Ritual is something sorely lacking in our modern society. Many people think of the word ritual as a dirty word, synonymous with superstition. However, a ritual is simply a habit that is developed for a purpose. And there are a few habits that are especially beneficial to the job seeker, so why not create a daily ritual out of them. One benefit of having a daily ritual is to give you a framework for your day. When you're out of work it is easy to fall into bad habits, wasting time on Netflix, continually spinning your wheels applying for jobs on job boards, getting hooked on Candy Crush, you name it. But a ritual is like a built-in schedule for your day. Stick with it and it can act as your anchor keeping you on track.
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#Minimalism. You can even see it everywhere from magazine covers to web site design. Simple, clean looks without excess words. Pages unafraid of white space because they direct people to 1 or 2 key ideas. What does this have to do with your job search? Everything. From your resume to your to your LinkedIn profile, simplicity is key. Don't use a sentence when a few words work. Don't be all things to all people. Don't let your documents be afraid of white space. Be concise and to the point- something that can easily be scanned in a few seconds.
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BUILDING YOUR BRAND --> There is something you need to start doing before you worry about digital portfolios and profiles. And you can start as soon as you have finished reading this : You need to start being helpful. That's it. The first thing about building a brand is forgetting about you and focusing on others. Start being a person of service and you'll become known as a go-to person in your field. You'll be the person people seek out for advice, a word of encouragement, or simply a sympathetic ear.

You don't need to be an expert, you don't need to have all the answers. What you do need to be is sincere. BE HELPFUL. 
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Sometimes life comes at you fast, and work can be a grind. But then there are pockets of awesome likes this. Hope you're finding some of your own awesome this summer. On that note, if the job search is stressing you out, tomorrow's newsletter is for you. SUBSCRIBE: https://tinyletter.com/stevepbrady
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Sunday afternoons are for planning...and watching baseball... and golf. #multitasking
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Amber Case on the concept of calm technology.

Machines shouldn’t act like humans, humans shouldn’t act like machines…. Technology isn’t our most valuable resource, attention is. Watched a short lecture by Amber Case- cyborg anthropologist, user experience designer and public speaker- that was pretty…

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Machines shouldn’t act like humans, humans shouldn’t act like machines. Technology isn’t our most valuable resource, attention is. Watched a short lecture by Amber Case- cyborg anthropologist, user experience designer and public speaker- that was pretty…

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Whither the Black Riders? -A darker interpretation of the beginning of The Lord of the Rings

It has been at least 20 years since I last read through J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic trilogy, and my memories of the books are dimmed by the specter of Peter Jackson’s excellent film versions. What I do remember is that the story moved along at an almost…
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