Bud Bilanich http://www.budbilanich.com Your Career Mentor Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:33:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 The Importance of Paying It Forward http://www.budbilanich.com/the-importance-of-paying-it-forward/ http://www.budbilanich.com/the-importance-of-paying-it-forward/#respond Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:33:33 +0000 http://www.budbilanich.com/?p=6632

I’m taking a few days off this week — doing some biking in the mountains of Colorado.

But, because I’m a conscientious career mentor, I didn’t want to leave you hanging.

So I’ll be posting some of my videos today, tomorrow and Friday.


Today’s video is on the importance of paying it forward.


Your career mentor,


PS: You can see all of my video on my YouTube channel — https://www.youtube.com/user/BBilanich

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New Video: What to Look for in a Mentor http://www.budbilanich.com/new-video-what-to-look-for-in-a-mentor/ http://www.budbilanich.com/new-video-what-to-look-for-in-a-mentor/#respond Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:20:47 +0000 http://www.budbilanich.com/?p=6629

Because I’m a career mentor, I am frequently asked what to look for in a mentor.

I’ve received so many requests that I decided to post a short video detailing what you should be looking for in a mentor.

Check it out…


Don’t settle.  If you can find someone with most of these qualities, you know you have found a great mentor.

Your career mentor,


PS: You can download a free copy of my latest bestseller Climbing the Corporate Ladder at http://www.budbilanich.com/climbing.  When you do, you also begin receiving my daily motivational quotes and get a free basic membership in my career mentoring site.

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You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader http://www.budbilanich.com/you-dont-need-a-title-to-be-a-leader/ http://www.budbilanich.com/you-dont-need-a-title-to-be-a-leader/#respond Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:07:41 +0000 http://www.budbilanich.com/?p=6627

I always tell my career mentoring clients that they don’t need a formal leadership title to lead.

The article below lays out five keys to leadership success.

You can put them to work in your life today.


What do you think of the Five Ps of Leadership?

  • Principles
  • Priorities
  • Persistence
  • Patience
  • Passion

I like all five, but if I had to choose just one, it would be persistence. People who keep at it almost eventually come out on top.

I have always thought that Calvin Coolidge a US President said it quite well…

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

That’s what I think.  What do you think?  Please take a minute to share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment.

Your career mentor,


PS: You can get a free copy of my latest eBook Career Success Rx at http://www.budbilanich.com/career-success-rx.  Check it out.  When you download it, you’ll also start receiving my daily motivational quotes and get a free membership in my career mentoring site.

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I’ve been blogging about life and career success for almost 10 years now.  Recently I took a look at some of my most reposted career mentor posts.

“25 Things to do to Create Your Career Success” was and is one of the most popular.  Even though it might anger the Google Gods and be seen as duplicate content, I’m posting it again today.

25 Things to Do to Create Your Career Success

  1.  Develop your personal definition of career and life success.
  2. Create a clear mental image of yourself as a career success.
  3. Clarify your personal values.
  4. Take personal responsibility for your life and career success.
  5. Set high goals and do whatever it takes to achieve them.
  6. Choose to respond positively to negative people and events.
  7. Choose to be optimistic about your life and career success.
  8. Face your fears and take action.
  9. Surround yourself with positive people.
  10. Find a mentor who will help you create your life and career success.
  11. Master your technical discipline.
  12. Become a lifelong learner.
  13. Manage your time, life and stress well.
  14. Live a healthy lifestyle.
  15. Develop and nurture your unique personal brand.
  16. Live your personal brand consistently and constantly.
  17. Dress for success.
  18. Create an on line presence that enhances your life and career success.
  19. Learn, know and follow the basic rules of business etiquette.
  20. Develop excellent conversation skills.
  21. Develop excellent writing skills.
  22. Become an excellent presenter.
  23. Understand yourself. Use this self-awareness to better understand others.
  24. Build relationships by paying it forward.
  25. Resolve conflict with minimal disruption to your relationships.
  26. Be a team player.

You’ll notice that my list of 25 actually has 26 bits of career success advice.  This is because I always do my best to over deliver.  You should too.

If you build a brand as someone who goes above and beyond what is really necessary you’ll put yourself on the road to the life and career success you deserve.  You have to show that you care.

Tweet 100 in my career mentoring book Success Tweets says it pretty well…

“Care about what you do.  If you care a little, you’ll be an OK performer.  If you care a lot you’ll become an outstanding performer — and a career success.”

Do you care enough to go the extra mile?  I know you do.  That’s why you’ll succeed.

Your career mentor,


PS — You can download a free copy of Success Tweets and its companion piece, Success Tweets Explained at www.SuccessTweets.com.  When you do, you’ll also begin receiving my daily motivational quotes and get a free basic membership in my career mentoring site.  Go ahead, do it now, while you’re thinking about it.







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How to Jumpstart Your Career Success Using LinkedIn http://www.budbilanich.com/25-ways-to-kickstart-your-career-using-linkedin/ http://www.budbilanich.com/25-ways-to-kickstart-your-career-using-linkedin/#respond Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:41:47 +0000 http://www.budbilanich.com/?p=6617

When someone contacts me — your career mentor — for career advice, the first thing I do is check out him or her on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn has become to go to place for finding out about people.

Recruiters use it.  Employers use it.  People use it to check out prospective dates.

All this means that you must have a strong presence on LinkedIn — one that presents you in the very best light.

The article below is written to people and companies who want to use LinkedIn to generate leads and business, but there are some valuable bits of advice here for anyone who wants to create a strong LinkedIn presence.


I particularly like #19 — Join LinkedIn groups.

I am a very active participant in several young professional groups — not because I’m a young professional, but because I want to reach young professionals. I participate actively in the groups to which I belong.

Most industries and professions have LinkedIn groups.  These are the best place to start.  Join.  Participate — first by responding to other members’ posts, then start positing yourself.

LinkedIn is a tremendous way to brand yourself as the pro you are.  Use the tips in the article to get the most out of it.

Your career mentor,


PS — You can download free copies of two of my career success books, Success Tweets and Success Tweets Explained. Go to http://www.successtweets.com to claim your free copies. When you do, you also begin receiving my daily motivational quotes.

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Career Advice from the CEO of the National Geographic Society http://www.budbilanich.com/career-advice-from-the-ceo-of-the-national-geographic-society/ http://www.budbilanich.com/career-advice-from-the-ceo-of-the-national-geographic-society/#respond Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:56:49 +0000 http://www.budbilanich.com/?p=6613

Your career mentor is always on the lookout for great career advice.  I found some in an interview with Gary Knell, CEO of National Geographic.

Here are his best three piece of life and career success advice…

  1. Disrupt yourself or you will be disrupted.
  2. One idea can change the world.
  3. Be prepared, have someone else’s back, and take advantage of opportunities when they arise.

He’s right about disruption.  Things happen at a really fast pace these days.  You never know when your world might get turned upside down.  JT O’Donnell my friend and founder of Careerealism says it best — “Every job is temporary.”

But I really like what Gary has to say about being prepared to take advantage of opportunities when they come your way.  Just the other day, I sent a stay in touch email to one of my longtime consulting clients.  She responded telling me that she had just received a promotion.  I asked who was taking her place in her old job.  She told me.  I got in touch with that person and was able to land a small consulting project helping him transition into his new role.

The opportunity was there, and I was able to take advantage of it.  Opportunities are every where.  You just have to look for them — and then take quick action to take advantage of them.

Your career mentor,


PS — You can download a free copy of my latest eBook Career Success Rx here. When you do, you’ll also begin receiving my daily motivational quotes.

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OPPORTUNITYISNOWHERE http://www.budbilanich.com/opportunityisnowhere/ http://www.budbilanich.com/opportunityisnowhere/#respond Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:37:34 +0000 http://www.budbilanich.com/?p=6610

Your career mentor is always looking for interesting ideas to share with you.

I saw this headline in an email I received from Kevin Eikenberry


How did you read this?

Opportunity is nowhere? or

Opportunity is now here?

I admit that I first read it as opportunity is nowhere — and I’m an optimistic guy.

A couple of points here…

First, it’s important to discipline yourself to look for the good in situations.  In this case, opportunity is now here — and it is.  There are lots of opportunities, you just have to look for them and pay attention when you find them.

Second, pay close attention to what you see and hear.  The other day, I sent a motivational quote to my subscribers.  It was Thomas Jefferson.  It read, “I’m a big believer in luck. The harder I work, the luckier I get.”  Later that day, one of my subscribers opted out of receiving my quotes.  Her feedback was “I don’t believe in luck.”  I could be wrong but I one of two things happened.  a) she read the first part of the quote and stopped reading, or b) she missed the point of the quote — hard work is what brings us luck.

I was guilty of both mistakes when I read OPPOTUNITYIS NOWHERE the first time.  I missed the point because I saw the negative first — mainly because I didn’t pay close enough attention.

I’m not trying to make a big deal out of this little play on words — but I think it is something worth thinking about.

Your career mentor,


PS — You can subscribe to my daily motivational quotes by going to my website and entering your contact information in the box on the top right side of the page – www.BudBilanich.com.

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What To Do After a Networking Event. http://www.budbilanich.com/what-to-do-after-a-networking-event/ http://www.budbilanich.com/what-to-do-after-a-networking-event/#respond Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:32:50 +0000 http://www.budbilanich.com/?p=6608

I always tell my career mentoring clients that networking is important to your life and career success.

My friend, Kathy Caprino suggests that you should pit in t30 minutes a day making new connections on LinkedIn and regularly attend networking meetings.

But many people tell me that they are shy and introverted and have difficulty networking.

This article provides some useful networking tips for introverts.


I love the advice about follow up notes.  Take a minute to send a handwritten follow up note to people you meet at networking events. You’ll set yourself apart from 99% of the population, and brand yourself as a savvy polished professional.  It doesn’t take long to write a thank you note, and the benefits are great.

Your career mentor,


PS: You can download a free copy of my latest career success eBook, Career Success Rx here.  When you do, you’ll begin receiving my daily motivational quotes.

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The Key to Effective Networking? Pay It Forward http://www.budbilanich.com/the-key-to-effective-networking-pay-it-forward/ http://www.budbilanich.com/the-key-to-effective-networking-pay-it-forward/#respond Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:43:26 +0000 http://www.budbilanich.com/?p=6603

As your career mentor, I’m always looking for solid career advice to pass on to you. A while back, I read an article in the Denver Post Business Section titled “Few Bites Pop Up on Web; Link Up in Person.” My response – “duh.” Common sense says that you can’t find a job sending resumes out into cyberspace and hoping to generate interviews. Relationships are the key to landing your dream job and climbing the corporate ladder.

The best way to land interviews is through your professional network. Hiring managers will always consider resumes that come from people they trust instead of those that come via job boards. Every week, one or two people in my network contact me to ask me to help them filling their open positions. People I recommend almost always generate interviews, and many of them land new jobs.

I tell my career mentoring clients that my best career advice on networking may seem to be counter intuitive at first. Most people network to see who can help them. I always tell my career success coach clients to do the opposite. Network to see who you can help. Let me say that again. When you network, think who you can help, rather than who can help you.

Tweet 128 in my career advice book Success Tweets says, “When meeting someone new ask yourself, ‘What can I do to help this person?’ You’ll build stronger relationships by thinking this way.” Relationships are the key to networking, and networking is the key to generating interviews.

In 2009 I participated in a writing project with my colleagues at the Creating WE Institute. We published a little book called, 42 Rules for Creating WE. The rules were short essays that contained a lot of great career advice. I contributed three rules. One was called, “There is No Quid Pro Quo in WE.” Here’s the gist of that essay. It goes to the idea of building a strong network of people who can help you when you are conducting a job search.

This is a quid pro quo world: you do for me and I’ll do for you. While there is nothing wrong in reciprocating a good deed or a favor, there is a fundamental problem with quid pro quo. It is reactive not proactive. Too many people wait for others to go first. They adopt the attitude, “When and if you do for me, I’ll do for you.” This scarcity mentality is not conducive to building strong relationships. When you come from a scarcity mentality, you focus on holding on to what you already have. This can prevent you from receiving what you might possibly get.

Or, as Tweet 128 suggests, when you meet someone new think not how he or she can help you, but how you can help him or her.

The career mentor point here is simple common sense. Successful people are adept at building strong relationships. They pay it forward. They build relationships by giving with no expectation of return. They give of themselves to build strong relationships. When they meet someone new they ask themselves, “What can I do to help this person?” They build strong relationships by thinking this way. Strong relationships are the basis of an effective network. Paying it forward is the opposite of quid pro quo and the best way to build strong relationships. When you go first – give of yourself to help someone else, with no expectations of return – you are laying the foundation for a successful relationship. When you wait to reciprocate a good deed by another person, you are engaging in quid pro quo behavior that can result in lost relationship and networking opportunities. Do yourself a favor, follow this career advice when it comes to relationship building – pay it forward.

That’s my best common sense career advice on networking. What’s yours? Please take a minute to share your thoughts with us in a comment. As always, thanks for reading my musings on life and career success. I value you and I appreciate you.


PS: If you haven’t already done so, you can download free copies of my career success books Success Tweets and Success Tweets Explained. The first is a tweets book focusing on life and career success. The second is a whopping 390 + pages of common sense career advice explaining each of the tweets in Success Tweets in detail. Go here to claim your free copies. You’ll also begin receiving my daily motivational quotes.

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The One Thing You Need to Do to Ace Any Interview http://www.budbilanich.com/the-one-thing-you-need-to-do-to-ace-any-interview/ http://www.budbilanich.com/the-one-thing-you-need-to-do-to-ace-any-interview/#respond Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:19:46 +0000 http://www.budbilanich.com/?p=6601

Interviewing is stressful.  And as this article points out, sometimes you get questions that are designed to trip you up.


Your career mentor has a simple solution for answering these five questions — or any questions that might trip you up in an interview.  It’s one word…


When I was young, I was a Boy Scout.  Their motto is Be Prepared.  It comes in handy in a lot of life — especially in interviewing.

Take the time to learn as much about the company and job as you possibly can.  If you know anybody who works there, ask him or her for the tough interview questions he or she was asked in his or her interview.  Think about the questions you have had a difficult time answering in past interviews.  Then prepare answers for each of these questions.

Use the S T A R T method for answering questions.

  • Describe a Situation (S) you’ve faced in the past or a Task (T) you were asked to complete.
  • Describe the Activities (A) you undertook to address the situation or complete the task.
  • Describe the Result (R) of your actions.  It’s OK if you weren’t successful, because in the next step you’ll…
  • Describe your Takeaway (T) — what you learned.

If you use this formula to prepare answers to several questions you anticipate getting in an interview you’ll be well prepared — and you’ll be more likely to ace the interview and get the job.

Try this — it works.

Your career mentor,


PS — You can download a free copy of my latest career success eBook, Career Success Rx, here.  When you do, you’ll begin receiving my daily motivational quotes.


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