Category Archives: CAREER

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What is a career?

Category : CAREER

Australia’s is the youngest city in the world and the state government of Victoria has come up with the best explanation I’ve seen on what a career encompasses.

A career includes all the roles you undertake throughout your life – education, training, paid and unpaid work, family, volunteer work, leisure activities and more

“Career” was traditionally associated with paid employment and referred to a single occupation. In today’s world the term career is seen as a continuous process of learning and development. Activities that contribute to a career can include:




-work experience

-community activities

-enterprise activities


-different life roles

-volunteer work

-leisure activities

A working environment constantly changing how we work

Rapid changes in information and communication technologies, increasing globalization, and greater competition, are all contributing to a dramatic change in working life, which will have an impact on your career. The concept of a job for life is no longer a reality. Young people now are likely to experience five to eight major career changes in their lives in a variety of industry sectors. They will also be experiencing more fluid forms of working with increasing casual, contract and part-time work options.

Many people are also increasingly looking for work/life balance in their lives. They want to maintain the best balance between the hours they spend in paid work and the time devoted to other roles in their lives such as leisure and home and family life.

In this new climate, individuals need to be adaptable, dynamic, innovative, flexible, resilient, self-initiating and collaborative to accommodate and thrive in workplaces, or to create work for themselves.

People need to be proactive life/career managers actively engaged in learning throughout life. Life long learning is now the norm and will be an integral part of workplaces of the future. It is critical for people to manage their life, learning, and work if they are to successfully navigate their way around a dynamic and complex economic landscape. But this is the one thing most people fail to do and why I have dedicated all my life to mentor, coach and train people to manage their careers successfully.

I want to make my expertise on “How to for Career Success” – available to you!

Because Happiness can only be achieved when you lead your life in the direction of your dreams.  “But with more than 20 years of experience coaching successful leaders plus my own personal history of being cast out for challenging the status quo –  I know that is a daunting task we easily give up early on.

We live in a world that seems to only value those who are more aggressive or perceived to have power, money or fame. Hence why we get discourage thinking that building a career and life around what’s truly important to us doesn’t pay off.

I want to change that mindset by showing you the ropes and easy steps to take that my clients and I have followed to succeed – doing what we love, while making a difference in the world. Starting now! by accessing my career and entrepreneurship advice online via coaching, workshops to the public, social media channels, and – soon – in my ZP Success in Action® TV and Radio show.

What will you learn?

The how to of these critical elements that most people don’t know when choosing or changing careers:

-Knowing yourself – what you like (your interests), what you are good at (your skills and abilities), what is important to you (values)

-Getting to understand the world of work – what’s out there

-Learning how to make informed decisions

-Finding out how to achieve objectives.


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Do you want to be a successful leader?

Category : CAREER

Zulmarie Padin with the University of Miami students

Are you ready for a leadership role? Before you go after that management position, make sure you have what it takes to succeed. Managing others requires a set of talents that go beyond knowledge or technical expertise. In my experience working with employees and companies finding the right candidate for management it’s very challenging. According to Gallup great managers have these talents:

1. They motivate every single employee to take action and engage them with a compelling mission and vision.
2. They have the assertiveness to drive outcomes and the ability to overcome adversity and resistance.
3. They create a culture of clear accountability.
4. They build relationships that create trust, open dialogue, and full transparency.
5. They make decisions that are based on productivity, not politics.

I will add # 6. They have the ability to manage conflict. To lead others successfully you need to stay calm and see everyone’s point of view to discover the root of the problem.

“Gallup’s research also reveals that only 1 in 10 people possess all these traits. While many people are endowed with some of them, few have the unique combination of talent needed to help a team achieve excellence in a way that significantly improves a company’s performance. These 10%, when put in manager roles, naturally engage team members and customers, retain top performers, and sustain a culture of high productivity. Combined, they contribute about 48% higher profit to their companies than average managers.

It’s important to note that 2 in 10 exhibit some characteristics of basic managerial talent and can function at a high level if their company invests in coaching and developmental plans for them.”

In my experience employees who want to grow do their best to give their best. But what they don’t know they just don’t know. And that’s why coaching managers to develop their leaderships skills yields powerful results and is the most gratifying part of my job.

If you think you’re ready to lead, take the time to evaluate your performance based on that list. If you need help in preparing yourself for that management role – give me a call.

Zulmarie Padín is strategist for success and career expert. Training and coaching leadership skills for more than a decade – across industries for top companies worldwide.

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10 mistakes to avoid in a job search

Category : CAREER

Great insight on 10 things I’ve also seen people do wrong in their job quest. I can attest this one is the worst mistake job seekers make: “Spending all their time answering ads, or sending out their résumé to blind contacts, instead of making meaningful connections and doing face-to-face networking. “It’s the number one, catastrophic job search mistake,” said Chase this article  “Stop Screwing Up Your Job Search In These 10 Ways” (link below)“It fools people into thinking they are doing a pro-active search when in fact it’s very passive.” Stamboulie and Attridge agree. “More than 50% of jobs are never posted,” notes Attridge. “Eighty percent of jobs are found through networking or direct contact.” We’ve written it many times but it bears repeating.

#ZPknows  another one that hinders candidates more than they think –  is becoming impatient and pestering recruiters and hiring managers frequently, especially by phone. Stanboulie’s advice is right on ” It’s a good idea to follow up, but impatience or testiness will alienate your potential employer.”

Good luck in your search and make sure you take note of this pitfalls The link between wanting and having is doing to the right thing.

Zulmarie Padín is a career strategist empowering millions of Hispanics with her collaborations on radio and TV Show Despierta America that airs on Univision.  If want you to get hired now, contact her. She helps people transform the frustrating process of job searching into an exciting quest to find their dream job. Session via phone or videocall. She’s fully bilingual – spanish.

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If you want success focus on your strengths

Category : CAREER

We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity: If you’ve got vision and smarts you can rise to the top regardless of where you started out. My experience coaching and training for more than a decade worldwide – confirms this excerpt from Peter Drucker:

“Truth is, companies do not manage their employees’ careers effectively so it’s up to you to carve out your place, to know when to change course, and to keep yourself productive during a work life that may span 50 years.”

“What are your strengths?” – is the first question I ask in my coaching sessions. Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong. They know more about what they are not good at – and even get that wrong.

Throughout history, people had little need to know their strengths. The peasant’s son would also be a peasant; the artisan’s daughter, an artisan’s wife. But now people have choices. We need to know our strengths in order to know where we belong.