Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Obama's Job Hunting Lessons

Here, we take a look at some of the reasons why Barack Obama has been effective in his quest for his next great job. By observing how Obama ran his campaign against Hillary, we can learn some valuable lessons that can help when looking for that next career move.

Build The Tallest Building
There are two ways to get the tallest building in town. One is to build the tallest building, the other is to knock down everyone else's.
From my perspective, Obama put his message across in a very positive way, focusing on his strengths. Hillary's campaign, on more than one occasion, laid into Obama quite heavily.

In your next interview, resist the temptation to knock your current or former employers, colleagues or competitors. Instead, focus on your strengths and what you can do for the company in the new position. Your message will be sharper and you will be more likely to be remembered as someone that the can add value.

Show Passion
Passion and commitment can help win through over experience.
Although Hillary is by far the more experienced candidate, Obama's passion and commitment helped him to win.

Just as important as "can the person do the job" is "will the person do the job".
In other words, does the person have the motivation to get the job done efficiently and effectively.

Demonstrating passion for the position and commitment to the company shows the employer that you're motivated to achieve.

On many occasions while in recruitment I have seen the most qualified and experienced person not get the job due to a lack of energy and passion.

Be 100% Honest All Of The Time

Hillary was in the lead earlier in the campaign. She fell behind at around the time she grossly exaggerated her experience of being in a war zone.

The bottom-line is that on average we are on this planet for around 76 years. People need to be able to trust us to employ us and to do business with us. Having a clear conscience also helps to free our mind, which helps us to focus on what we can do, not what we have to make up or cover up.
Have A Clear, Consistent Message

Obama's key message is very memorable: "Change we can believe in". I'm not even sure what Hillary's was. Most times I saw Obama on the news he was accompanied by a poster showing the line "Change we can believe in". He's driving his message home firmly and backing it up.

Return To Afghanistan - Business Opportunities!

This is a good article to share.

Flying home with ‘insurgents’ on the back seat
Hamida Ghafour

I have just returned from Afghanistan, my first trip back to my homeland in three years. When I boarded the plane in Dubai last week, I was more than a little apprehensive about the changes I would see. When I left at the end of 2005, suicide bombings were still unusual and there was a sense of hope that the just-elected parliament would put the country on the path towards security and prosperity.
As I mulled over these thoughts, the plane landed in Kandahar for a brief stopover before heading to Kabul, its final destination. I thought it would take me days to get under the skin of the latest developments, but my introduction to the new Afghanistan was jarring and unexpected. The first passengers to embark were four Afghan men, wearing shalwar kameez, the traditional baggy trousers and shirt, and rather oddly, they appeared to be holding hands.
Then a Canadian man came and sat next to me, looking tense but excited. “They just brought four insurgents onto the plane,” he whispered. “Those are the guys handcuffed in the back.” I craned my neck to have a better look. The men had dark hair and light skin and sat very still. One of them was missing an eye. Of course … they weren’t holding hands but were handcuffed together. My fellow passenger – who, it turned out, worked for the Canadian army – said that a Canadian soldier had been killed and Kandahar was in lockdown, with no foreigners being allowed to leave their high-security compounds. It wasn’t clear if the four at the back of the plane were connected to the soldier’s death, but they were being flown to the capital to be interrogated by the Afghan intelligence agency. I hoped that they had been carefully searched. Suicide bombings happen all the time in Kandahar and these four didn’t have anything to lose.
No one else on the flight was aware of what was happening. In the seat ahead of me a baby cried on its mother’s lap. When I looked back again, I noticed another man who appeared to be a Westerner sitting in between the arrested men. The Canadian next to me read my quizzical expression. “He’s an Australian journalist visiting Kandahar,” he said with a grin. “We thought it would be fun to put him there.” It was good to see people’s black humour remained intact during tough times.
Hitting military targets may be the goal of war but anyone who believes this insurgency is a noble struggle against a foreign occupation should consider the following story related to me by a Canadian source. The Canadian army captured a would-be suicide bomber in Khost, which is a Pashtun province in southern Afghanistan battered by the insurgency. The Talib was in a car loaded with explosives, and soldiers caught him before he detonated the bomb. But this fighter was no battle-hardened veteran of the Soviet jihad. He was a 14-year-old orphan from a madrasa in Miran Shah, Pakistan.
When he was caught, he cried and said that he had wanted to see his dead mother because he missed her so much. The mullah at his madrasa had assured him that if he drove the car into the market he would see his mother. He did not know what a suicide bomb was. What is almost as heartbreaking is that he had never driven a car before until the madrasa taught him how to do so in preparation for the trip “to see” his mother.
While the south and east slide back into chaos, in Kabul, attaching the word “Dubai” to anything gives it a stamp of all that is modern and cool – whether it is relevant to the product or not. Many Afghans are in awe of the emirate. There is the Kabul Dubai Mandavi market and the Kabul Dubai Wedding Hall, complete with flashing lights and glass windows. The hall was packed most nights I drove past it.
There is even a song dedicated to Dubai and played often on the radio stations. Could this be a chance for UAE businessmen to invest commercially more in Afghanistan, a fellow Muslim nation that needs their help? Certainly the signs from the Afghans are positive. The Afghans are also good at making the best of a bad situation. The restaurants in Kabul are struggling to attract patrons because expatriates, most of whom are flush with money, are rarely allowed to leave their residences. When a bomb is set off in the capital, foreigners end up staying at home for days or even weeks until the situation calms down.
A young Afghan who grew up in Germany saw a great business opportunity in this. He started up Easy Food, which will deliver food to your door from a selection of 10 restaurants. You ring the Easy Food operator and place an order from your favourite restaurant. The company sends out its drivers to pick up the dishes, thus eliminating the risk – for the diner – of venturing out to satiate that curry craving.
The Easy Food brochure’s introduction begins with a great sense of understatement: “With the constant ups and downs of the security situation in Afghanistan, it makes it difficult to maintain a healthy balance of work and down time …”