Ashton’s strategy for building a life.

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

SceneSetting:

“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.

Personal View:

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.

Message:

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

Mr. Bock Addresses Real People Resume Mistakes

Thinking about being your own boss.Your first question about the post title is likely to be ‘Who is Mr. Bock’? The ‘Mr. Bock’ to whom I refer is Lazlo Bock and holds the title of SVP, People Operations at Google. You should check out our first post about What Google Looks For in job candidates if you are at all interested in learning a little bit about that.

His discussion about the nitty-gritty subject of resumes was posted here shortly thereafter in What Google Looks For, Part 2. It’s unfortunate that we decided to give it that title because we had not considered that Mr. Bock would publish a related ‘part 2’ post identifying what he considers are The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, Part 2: Your top 8 questions. The issues raised in his Part 2 came directly from the comments and questions he received from readers. There is real world information here for recent graduates and professionals in career transition alike. It’s worth your time to check it out.

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’ Your Word Doc as PDF_v.iOS

Save_as_iOS_PDFWhen 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. Watch here how quickly that can be done.

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.

#1 Job Search Tool : Person-to-Person Networking

As most of my focus and time is on the 2014 MPACE Conference this week I wanted to share briefly a recent post about by an English Teacher/Resume Writer, Steve Brady, who used a segment from The Quick & Easy Guide to Networking: Tips, Tricks & Tools for Jobseekers, one of his (all career and job search related) guidebooks that is intended to be a networking primer for job/internship seekers of all ages.

An advantage for 225AM users is that the searching, identifying and then the tracking and organization of schedules and contacts is managed by us in your 225AM account. You may find it useful. Let me know if you don’t!

Measuring Your Job Confidence (and Gender?) Gap

A few weeks ago I came across an article by Max Nisen in Quartz with the headline ‘Job requirements are mostly fiction and you should ignore them‘ so, of course, I had to read it. He offers insight into some of what’s really between the words of a job’s requirements, for instance:

Hiring managers get overexcited and list too many things, even though only a few parts of the description are truly core. But the term “requirement” gets read very literally, and scares people off from jobs they could well get.

Reading it should restore the will and confidence of some of you job seekers out there (and I’m calling out the ladies here) to go after a job posting that you might take a pass on, otherwise.

When professionals were asked why they didn’t apply for jobs they felt unqualified for, in a survey written up this week at the Harvard Business Review, few said they felt they couldn’t do the job well. The reasons had more to do with our propensity to take intimidating job postings at face value. In other words, the problem isn’t a lack of confidence, but a lack of information about how the hiring process really works.

While the article sends an encouraging message to the reader it is also realistic about the chill of rejection. So I really liked how it ends with some actionable, common sense, advice to reach out to ones own network to try to get some additional insight or perspective before sending in your credentials.