Ashton’s strategy for building a life.

TRANSCRIPT: Ashton Kutcher’s Teen Choice Award Acceptance Speech 8/2013

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“What’s up? Oh wow. Okay okay, let’s be brutally honest — this is the old guy award, this is like the grandpa award and after this I gotta go to the geriatric home.

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Um, First of all, um, I don’t have a career without you guys. I don’t get to do any of the things I get to do without you. Um you know, I thought that uh, it might be interesting.. You know In Hollywood and in the industry and the stuff we do, there’s a lot of like insider secrets to keeping your career going, and a lot of insider secrets to making things tick. And I feel like a fraud.

My name is actually not even Ashton. Ashton is my middle name. My first name’s Chris. It always has been. It got changed when I was like 19 and I became an actor, but there are some really amazing things that I learned when I was Chris, and I wanted to share those things with you guys because I think it’s helped me be here today. So, it’s really 3 things. The first thing is about opportunity. The second thing is about being sexy. And the third thing is about living life.

1. Opportunity

I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. When I was 13 I had my first job with my Dad carrying shingles up to the roof, and then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant, and then I got a job in a grocery store deli, and then I got a job in a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground. And I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job, and every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.

2. Being sexy.

The sexiest thing in the entire world, is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap, I promise you. It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less, so don’t buy it. Be smart, be thoughtful, and be generous.

3. Living life.

The third thing is something that I just re-learned when I was making this movie about Steve Jobs. And Steve Jobs said when you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way that it is, and that your life is to live your life inside the world and try not to get in too much trouble, and maybe get an education and get a job and make some money and have a family, but life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing, and that is that everything around us that we call life was made up by people who are no smarter than you, and you can build your own things, you can build your own life that other people can live in.

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So build a life. Don’t live one, build one. Find your opportunities, and always be sexy. I love you guys.”

Be Rare and Remembered.

feedback225AM encourages developing mentors. 225AM believes that cultivating a strong social and professional network is an important, if not critical, dimension in how you build and strengthen (or lengthen) your career path. I have referenced opinions and called out advice that supported the same. So this leaves room for Steve Tobak’s recent post on Entrepreneur. He summarizes what generally appeals to us, as a society and community, in the relationships and associations that we make — our coterie of friends and business colleagues. Then he offers his observations.

He laments that what he sees trending now are people who behave or appear one way to the public but are completely different personalities on the inside. He doesn’t take a deep dive into the theory of ‘why’ and I get that because THAT is a much bigger question and Entrepreneur is not the proper forum for such a discussion. But I like that he has made a call for ‘authenticity’ in our collective engagement with each other.  I believe introducing that practice into ones own life, for the most part, is good. I am not advocating, nor is he, any extremes here. In other words, being genuine or authentic shouldn’t narrow or reduce your social graces to the point where you tend to offend. But such self-awareness may be an invaluable quality that in time and practice will make you stand out from the crowd in your private and professional life.

Tobak gives his opinion of the 10 Behaviors of Genuine People. How many of these describe you? Do you think he has overlooked one? Let me know.

 

What if there were No Job Boards???

I don’t believe, nor do real-life experiences support, that tossing your cover letter and resume hundreds of times into the online application ring will improve your chances of getting an interview, much less a job. Note that the ‘successful’ applicant in the article seemed to be a perfect match with the job description.

There are hundreds of professional career coaches and pundits who write up lots and lots of ways to ‘effectively’ use social media as a way to provoke some kind of career opportunity. I’ve even promoted some of the ideas here.

But, finally, Lou Adler, CEO of the Adler Group, published an article that re-frames the whole approach for the job-seeker with the intriguing title of ‘10 Ideas for Getting an Interview without Applying‘. Note further that Adler’s last paragraph  begins ‘Unless you’re a perfect fit…’. Are you a ‘perfect fit’ for every job you apply to online?

It may be helpful to think about which of the 10 ideas could be blended into your job hunt strategy — or may stimulate some new ones for yourself.

 

Finding the Backdoor to your Interview

Spend at least 80% of your time finding a key to the back door. Unless you’re a perfect fit you will not get an interview by applying directly to a job posting. So don’t waste your time. Limit this effort to one hour per day.cropped-cropped-silho_teaser221.png

This call out is from a recent article written by Lou Adler. It’s here because we think it’s important to hear from a recruiter and influencer especially when he is telling you to stop applying directly to job postings and clicking anonymously on the ‘submit’ button. It’s what 225AM has been saying since our ‘Day 1’ and why we give our users a way to search across your social networks that sorts your connections by company, job title, location or industry. If you are looking to transition from your current job or searching for your first one then you really ought to refresh your perspective in the job hunt by considering what he says here.

By the way, ‘a perfect fit’ for a job is only in the mind of an eager candidate, never in the ‘eyes’ of the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) for the reasons illustrated in the infographic linked below.

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 from lifehacker.com

It’s all about that Base

There’s no catchier tune currently on the radio than the song not-so-subtly referenced in my title. And there is just a dead beat for all of you out there who cannot find the rhythm of networking because you are struggling with a sense of interpersonal angst. Well, you gotta snap out of it!  And you know that, too, because finding a job, never mind a career where you feel you will make a difference, requires getting into the ‘power pile’ of resumes sitting on any hiring manager’s desk and staying out of their InBox Spam folder. Remember the power pile? It’s the short pile, the pile that gets read.

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What’s that you say? You don’t know how to get started? Well, the one sure thing is that you must try because the only other ‘sure thing’ is that ‘you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take’ (Wayne Gretzky). So, I thought The Ultimate Guide To Networking For Introverts would be a good place for you to start. Olivia Gamber takes you through her journey out of the shadows to networking enlightenment. It may seem a bit long but stay with her on this. You’ll benefit from at least learning one, if not more, traits for self-development, if not self-awareness.

Of course, merely mastering the art of networking (or being a social lion in meet-ups) won’t yield instant results for you. You must provide value to the new relationships that you have cultivated. You have to genuinely, sincerely, engage with the people that you meet who are directly or tangentially part of the career community into which you want to join. When you show your authentic self in conversation, over time, you will earn the trust and mind share of your network base.

How to Upload Your PDF and Image Files to 225AM Document Library

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NOTICE: There will be a new version of this video available shortly. However, this version will show you how to upload documents and images to your 225AM Document Library and create tags to easily organize and sort your Library contents.

Always ‘Save As’ PDF

shareWhen you attach PDF files of your cover letter, resume, or bio in an email, you’re protecting yourself from unauthorized tampering of your information when it reaches its destination. That’s why we strongly recommend that you always ‘save as’ PDF before you upload your files to the Document Library for sharing and management.

See how fast and easy it is in the newest video on our ‘How To’ channel. This one shows how to get it done if you are using Word in Windows. There is one coming up soon for Mac. Get to know all the features and functionality as we keep adding to this channel every week.