Shireen DuPreez

Executive Search. Recruitment. Career Coaching.

Inspirational Career Quotes, Articles and Videos

banner shireen dupreezBelow is a collection of resources which I have curated for my online course, to help candidates and for anyone else who finds my website! I’m sure you will find them useful.

Wheel of Life and Work/Life Balance

“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” Aristotle.

Article by Thrive Global – How the “Wheel of Life” can help find balance

Podcast episode by Tony Robbins – The Six Human Needs 

Podcast episode by Rich Roll and Guru Singh – Cultivating Awareness to Awaken Your Higher Self

 

Mindset & Health

 

Video by Benjamin Zander – The Art of Possibility 

Podcast episode by Dr Linda Tucker and General Rhonda Cornum – Resilience

US Government website on fitness – www.fitness.gov

Victorian Government website for better health – www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au

Action for Happiness is a charity for creating more happiness in the world – www.actionforhappiness.org

Podcast episode by Mark Divine and Dr Belisa Vranich – Breathing

Podcast episode by Rich Roll and David Goggins – Mindset

 

Your “Why?”

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” Oprah Winfrey.

Video by Unmistakable Creative and Elle Luna – The Crossroads of Should and Must  

 

Technology Tools for Job Search

Article by Michigan State University – How has technology changed your job search?

Personal Branding

“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”  Abraham Lincoln.

Article on Social Media Today – Personal Branding 101: What’s Your Story. 

Article on Mashable – Personal Branding 101: How to Discover and Create Your Brand 

Article on Forbes – Personal Branding 101

Blog post and guide by BrandYourself – Control Your Online Reputation

 

Cover Letters, Resumes, LinkedIn Profiles

Article by me – Highlight Your Achievements on Your Resume 

Article by me – Your LinkedIn Profile vs Your Resume – The Important Differences

Video by Harvard Extension School – How to Write a Great Resume and Cover Letter

Video by Stanford Graduate School of Business – How to Optimize Your Resume

Article on LinkedIn – Is your CV an interview generating weapon of mass employability?

 

Social Media for Job Search

Read my blog post – Which Social Media Platforms are Best for Personal Branding?

PDF document by several authors – Personal SEO Report

Blog post and guide by BrandYourself – Online Reputation Management – The Ultimate Guide

Blog post and guide by BrandYourself – Advanced Guide to Fixing Negative Search Results

Video by LinkedIn on their Help Centre page – Top Tips for Getting Started on LinkedIn

My blog post – LinkedIn basics

My video – Choosing the right LinkedIn profile picture

Article by Hubspot – How to Use LinkedIn: 35 LinkedIn Tips for Professional Networking, Business & Marketing

Article by Career Sherpa – Facebook is Great for Job Search

Article by Career Sherpa – What Makes a Good Google Profile?

 

Job Search Strategy, Tactics and The Hidden Job Market

“The job market is like an iceberg, the largest part is hidden.” Shireen DuPreez.

Article by Caroline Ceniza-Levine – The Employment Numbers That Really Matter to Job Seekers

Video by PBS – Lose your job? It may pay to announce it

Video by Natalie Ledbetter – How I got the best job ever without submitting a resume

Article by Nina Mufleh, Harvard Business Review –  What a Year of Job Rejections Taught Me About Pitching Myself 

Article by Robert Coombs – I Built a Bot to Apply to Thousands of Jobs At Once – Here’s What I Learned

Article by Ramit Sethi – How to Connect with Busy People

Article on Business Insider – 13 Email Templates You Can Use While Job Searching

Article on The Muse – How a Simple LinkedIn Message that took 2 Minutes to Write Landed Me My Dream Job

Video – How to Access The “Hidden Job Market in 2017

 

 

Networking

“Your network is your net worth.” Porter Gale.

Blog post – Book Recommendation: The Start-Up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Forbes article – The Number One Predictor of Career Success According to Network Science 

TEDEd – Networking for the networking averse – Lisa Green Chau

Video and discussion guide by Herminia Ibarra on LeanIn.org – Building Effective Networks

Video and discussion guide by Deborah Gruenfeld on LeanIn.org – Power & Influence

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Video by Inside Quest and Keith Ferrazzi – Relationships Are Everything

Article on Harvard Business Review – Learn to Love Networking

Video by Marie Forleo – Networking for Introverts with Susan Cain

Video by Yale University – Networking

Article on First Round Review – How to Become Insanely Well Connected

 

 

Recruiters

Article by BlueSteps – How to Best Approach Executive Recruiters as a Candidate

Article by Wall Street Journal – How to Find Recruiters in Your Niche

 

Interview Skills

Article by Tony Robbins – How to Look Confident – 5 Ways to Appear Self-assured

Video by Amy Cuddy at TED – Body Language Shapes Who You Are

 

Negotiation

Article by Caroline Ceniza-Levine – Ask For Even More: Five Items Even Savvy Professionals Forget to Negotiate For

 

Career Planning

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“Find the right fit (strengths, passions, people). Extraordinarily successful executives lead careers that fully leverage both their strengths and their passions more than six times as often as the average employee.” James Citrin and Richard Smith in The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers.

Video by Whitney Johnson – Disrupt Yourself

Video by Rita McGrath – Careers in the Transient Advantage Economy

 

Tony Robbins

“The strongest force in the human personality is the need to remain consistent with how we define ourselves.” Tony Robbins.

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Relationships

“Alone we can do so little – together we can do so much.” Helen Keller.

“The people you spend the most time with will change you in ways you cannot anticipate or ever fully understand after the fact. The most important choice of all is who you choose to surround yourself with.” Ben Casnocha.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn.

Courage and Overcoming Fear

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop and look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I loved through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Winston Churchill.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Anais Nin.

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.” Plato.

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up for our friends.” J.K. Rowling.

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“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Body Language

According to Harvard Researcher Amy Cuddy, practicing power poses before walking into an interview can decrease stress-related hormones in your body and increase your confidence.I highly recommend watching this Amy Cuddy TED talk “Body language shapes who you are”

Personal Power

“You lose your power not by giving it away, but by not giving it away.” Debasish Mridha.

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” Margaret Thatcher.

“He who gains a victory over other men is strong; but he who gains a victory over himself is all powerful.” Lao-Tzu.

“I’m finally ready to own my own power, to say, “This is who I am.” If you like it, you like it. And if you don’t like it, you don’t. So watch out; I’m gonna fly.” Oprah Winfrey.

“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” Abraham Lincoln.

Confidence

“We convince by our presence.” Walt Whitman.

“Presence manifests as confidence without arrogance.” Amy Cuddy.

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” Norman Vincent Peale.

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” Marilyn Monroe.

“Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde.

Leadership

“Effective leadership flows from effectively leading yourself.” Thai Nguyen.

Decision Making

Planning, Time Management, Productivity

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“Easy short-term choices lead to difficult long-term consequences meanwhile difficult short-term choices lead to easy long-term consequences” Rory Vaden.

“Successful people have all had to do things they didn’t feel like doing in order to get where they are.” Rory Vaden.
“Little hinges swing big doors.”  W. Clement Stone.

“Focusing is about saying no.” Steve Jobs.

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot” Michael Altshuler.

Design Your Life

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” Seth Godin.

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” Jim Rohn.

Managing Your Money During a Career Transition

“Hope for the best, save for the worst. Immediately cut all the expenses you can, hunker down and be very frugal with your money until you get another steady job.” Suze Orman.

Read my blog post – How to Manage Your Money During a Career Transition

 

More Quotes I Love

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter.

The higher your perceived value, the further you’ll advance in your career, and the harder it will be to get rid of you in an economic downturn.” Stuart Diamond in Getting More.

“Worry is as useless as a handle on a snowball.” Mitzi Chandler.

“If you aren’t embarrassed by the first version of your product, you shipped too late.” Reid Hoffman.

“But ‘elite’ is a tricky word, so let’s be careful to define our terms. In this case, the elite are not the rich or the one percent or the stars of stage and screen. In the historical context, it was those with the interest in and capacity to use the scientific and mechanical ideas in the Encyclopedie. It was they who set the groundwork for growth in the coming industrial era. While they may also have been rich, that wasn’t the point.” Entrepreneurs, Economic Growth, and the Enlightenment. Written by Tim Sullivan, Harvard Business Review

“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” Red Adair.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor Frankl.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius.

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” John Ruskin.

Try not to become a person of success, but rather a person of value.” Albert Einstein.

 

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot

“And the only way to do great work is to love what you do…Don’t settle.” Steve Jobs.

“Who dares wins.” Motto of elite military special forces units.

“Was I aware of the revolution I was creating? Not at all. One world was ending, another was being born. I was there, chance offered itself, and I took it.” Coco Chanel.

“Giving connects two people, the giver and the receiver, and this connection gives birth to a new sense of belonging.” Deepak Chopra.
If you want to be happy, be.”  Leo Tolstoy.
“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past as better than it was, the present worse than it is and the future less resolved than it will be.” Marcel Pagnol.
“There is no duty we so underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy, we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.” Robert Louis Stevenson.

“A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.” Arthur Golden.

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Alexander Graham Bell.

“As you meet your friends and new people, shift from asking yourself the very natural question of “What’s in it for me?” and ask instead, “What’s in it for us?” All follows from that.” Reid Hoffman.
“The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn.

“If we keep doing what we’re doing we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.” Stephen Covey.

“The best investment you can make, is an investment in yourself…The more you learn, the more you’ll earn.” Warren Buffett.

“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures… I divide the world into the learners and non-learners.” Benjamin Barber.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw.
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers.
“Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspirations and expectation.” Jack Nicklaus.
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Theodore Roosevelt.
“If you will change, everything will change for you.” Jim Rohn.

podcast-iconPodcasts I like

Dr Linda Tucker, San Francisco based Psychotherapist
Resilience- General Rhonda Cornum
Habits of Rich People – Tom Corley
John Lee Dumas and Kate Erickson, EO Fire  (Entrepreneurs on Fire)
Mark Divine, The Unbeatable Mind and Seal Fit 

“We wish you luck with your future career.”

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A rejection letter that @U2 received in 1979.

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