Top 10 Places to find your Ideal Workplace:

Finding the right place to work that is a perfect fit for your skills, passions, and culture is a difficult task.

A Quick Note before you starting looking for companies…you must be able to complete the following sentence:
— I solve X pain for Y type of company by doing Z and here are my results —

Once you are able to clearly articulate the pain you solve and the type of organization that is likely to have that pain, you can begin searching for specific companies.

Here are 10 places that you can identify companies that are likely to have the pain that you can solve:

  1. The Business Journals Most metropolitan cities in the US have a Business Journal dedicated to them. This is a great resource to keep your finger on the pulse of your local business market to identify companies that are growing, relocating, moving and shaking. I highly recommend that you get a subscription for your local market now
  2. The Book of Lists: Each year, the Business Journal publishes a “Book of Lists” in it are page after page of different categories of business in your area. Lists include: Fastest Growing Companies Under/Over $50M, Best Places to Work, Largest Private Companies, and many more.
  3. Your friends and colleagues. You have to do more than send out a blast email, “Hey, I’m out of work do you know anyone that’s hiring.” They may be your BFF, but this is not going to help you. You need to be able to give them an idea of what work you moving to so they can help you…BTW if it’s been a while since you’ve touched base, now is a good time to buy them coffee…just be sensitive to their time, they’re busy.
  4. Business Networking events. Keep in mind that most people at business networking events are Business Development (aka sales) people. They’re super friendly, but unless you’re in sales, they are probably not hiring managers. Use the opportunity to learn about the company: What is their culture? What do they sell? What is the value proposition they present to their customers?
  5. Don’t sit at the computer filling out online job applications. This gives you a false sense that you’ve actually done something. Allow yourself no more than 2 or 3 hours a week to find and apply for online jobs.
  6. Did you find a job posted online? Great, now put on your detective hat and learn more about that company and explore other opportunities with them.
  7. Industry and functional associations. HINT Get involved with the associations now and don’t just wait for when you need to find a job.
  8. Private Equity Firms. PE Firms have tight time schedules and are very demanding. If you have the right background and enjoy the pace, there can be some hidden opportunities for you.
  9. Recruiters. Do your homework on some of the Top Recruiting firms in your area and geography. A clear introduction letter outlining the pain you solve and the type of company you’re looking for can go a long way in helping a recruiter connect you with the right opportunity. NOTE: don’t fall into the trap that a recruiter is going to “find you a job.” Their job is to “find multiple qualified candidates for open positions.”
  10. BlueSteps a discreet database hosted by the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants that is visible only to member recruiters. This is the only suggestion that requires a fee. But if you have demonstrated executive leadership and a verifiable salary of $150K or more it may be worth having your profile in this database.
  11. BONUS: Work with a coach like me 8^)
  12. Inc. 5000 list

What do you think? What places have I missed? Leave me a comment.

Finding Work You Love

Lessons Learned from a Recent Job Search

I just met with my friend, Daniel who recently completed a successful Job Search.

Daniel is in the high tech industry in Austin, Texas and offers some great insights on how he landed a great job.

  • No Job is Safe
  • Complacency and Comfort in a role can lead to becoming irrelevant
  • When a manager or company shows you what their like, BELIEVE THEM!

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From Dream to Demonstration

Life is a process

Don’t you love Comic Book movies? Spider Man is awesome. Like me, Peter Parker is this geeky, kinda shy, teenager who one day gets bit by a bug and the next day he’s Spiderman with superpower spider senses.

Don’t you wish real life was like the movies?

You know, you’re a normal nobody plodding along and you get bit by the “bug.” A short 5 minutes later of montage transformation and you’re living your dream.

Well, as we know, real life is not like the movies…In real life, there is a process that you MUST go through in order to live your dream (and it takes time!!!)

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Christians In Business

Aligning all the parts of our life

One of the major themes for me in 2015 was “alignment.” I took purposeful steps and actions to align all the different “pieces” of my life (family, church, work, etc.) to be focused in a single direction.

We spend over 50% of our waking time “working,” but is our work “aligned” with what God has called us to do? I made a business decision to be very upfront with my faith in relation to work. “Maximize Others” is as much my “work” and “ministry.”

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Passions vs. Values

how to align your passions with God's original blueprint for your life

Do you feel like your vision has a sense of contribution on a grand scale to the world? Do you sometimes feel like there is a battle between what you want to do, and what God wants you to do?

When I began making the transition from Corporate IT to Professional Coaching, Training, and Mentoring, this video by Lance Wallnau was one of the first training’s that I watched at it made a huge impact on me.

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Live Life With More Meaning, Margin, and Money

the power of using Virtual Assistants

Do you feel overwhelmed with all of the different tasks that you need to get done each day? Would you like to be able to focus on the 2 or 3 things that you do best? Wouldn’t it be great if you had a personal assistant who could help you build your business?

Mathew Casteel works with some of the coolest people in the Coaching and Mentoring space by helping them imagine, create, build, and manage their online platforms.

His expertise is helping entrepreneurs utilize Virtual Assistants to free up their time so they can focus on the 2 or 3 things that they do best. Learn more about Matthew at

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How to Ask for H.E.L.P.

The discussion for this week’s Maximizer Mastermind Group was, “How do you ask for help.” We all come to times in our lives and our business that we need help. For many of us, it’s just plain hard to ask for help.

When asking for help, start by thinking about what type of help you’re seeking:

  • Hurt – I’m hurt and need 911. I’m not looking for long term support, I just need someone to get me to the hospital so I can get patched up.
  • Education – I need to learn about something.
  • Labor – I have a project that needs to be completed and I need someone to do the work.
  • Passion – It’s been a hard week, and I’m exhausted. I need someone who can reignite the passion inside of me.

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Moolah U Barracuda

MoolahUBarracuda Last week I had the pleasure to be a “Barracuda” For Moolah U. Moolah U is a summer camp that teaches kids (8-14) how to manage money and be entrepreneurs (I think that a lot of grown adults could use this type of training, don’t you?).

The first day, the kids develop a business day. The second day, they present their idea to a “Barracuda” (think Shark Tank) and ask them to invest in their business.

My team made really cool bracelets, and I invested $17 to help them get started.

The rest of the week, they hit the streets and start selling. My team was able to repay the investor (including a nice capital gain) and made a nice profit.

It’s been a highlight of my summer so far. If you’re still looking for a great experience for your kids this summer (or want to start planning for next summer), check out