James Ussery

Aspire to Inspire

If you choose to work

Take your time in the market seriously. Never work for money alone. Be mindful of the mark you leave behind. How are you contributing to the world, the environment, humanity, other species, the universe? What are you and your co workers creating?

Once you feel you have chosen wisely, commit. Put your mind and body in action and focus your energy into being responsible with your time and skills to create something advanced and beneficial. Enjoy taking on the challenges and seek to solve problems.

Finally, aspire to inspire those around you to be disciplined as well, as you all create fantastic solutions for the world to benefit from.


  1. Research
    1. Research your value to the market
    2. Understand your expenses you are responsible for.
    3. Consider driving distance and time.
    4. Research the companies you’re applying to
    5. Understand the roles and responsibilities of the position you’re applying for
    6. Apply for the appropriate position
    7. Only apply for a position you can commit to. Don’t waste anyone’s time including your own by ignoring a commitment or a scheduled time.
    8. Take a professional, high quality approach to your career search. (Optional but highly recommended)
      1. Create a spreadsheet and track the job sites, search keywords, contacts and company details of those that you’re applying for and have interviewed with. I’ve shared a sample document I helped a friend create: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1daAB8z8CX7nM5ZIIxcva86wocFCcpQTkRby5XWC3o3E/edit?usp=sharing
  2. Dress appropriately for the time, the job, the culture, etc. But dress for you. If you need help, research it
  3. Create an apt resume:
    1. http://www.bdjobs.com/career/resume1.htm
    2. http://www.dailywritingtips.com/resume-writing-tips/
  4. Draft a proper cover letter
    1. All words will be in complete thoughts, with correct grammar and sentence structure. “SMS Speak” is not professional.
    2. Who are you?
      1. What have you done to gain the skills, knowledge and experience you have today?
      2. Explain the contributions you’re willing to commit to.
    3. http://jobsearch.about.com/od/coverletterwriting/a/coverlettertips.htm
    4. http://career-advice.monster.com/resumes-cover-letters/Cover-Letter-Tips/the-cover-letter-basics-hot-jobs/article.aspx


  1. Show up
  2. Show up on time
  3. Offer a firm handshake while looking them in the eyes. People can’t trust you if you don’t show them your eyes.
  4. You should be speaking more than the interviewers.
    1. Begin with telling them why you chose them.
    2. Explain what you see in their company that you want to assist them with.
    3. What do you bring to the table?
    4. How have you been spending  your time? How have you contributed thus far?
    5. Explain what projects you started on your own to practice your skills at home, what books you’ve written or blogs you maintain with your expertise?
  5. This is an interview for them but also for you. Ask Questions:
    1. You’re looking for a place where you will be spending the majority of each day.
    2. Will you enjoy the environment?
    3. Will you be respected? Are you allowed to speak freely at this company or do the managers not appreciate forward thinkers?
    4. Will you be paid on time?
    5. Will your skills, time, and experience be valued and appreciated?
    6. What do they offer by way of training? (Can you really be all that you can be or are you expected to advance your learning for the company on your own time?)
    7. Are there opportunities of bonuses or raises if your performance is exceptional? (Hopefully it will be)


  1. Follow-up
    1. Keep track of the companies and contacts and call to follow up.


I put this together for a few people that have asked my advice on getting jobs. Let me know in the comments if there is anything that should be considered to make this advice the best that it can be.




James Ussery

I am a Student of Life currently living in India with my wife and son. I am interested in philosophy, discussions of life and how to make it better as we learn, individually, how to lead ourselves. We're waking up, and our mindset is changing. We need to increase our perspectives in order to become more tolerant and eventually more loving toward all life. The skeptics that would bawk at ideas of communities of people living in peace, choosing to "work" for themselves as a means for a "living" instead of profit and consumerism, simply means they aren't at the same level of understanding and aren't surrounded by an environment or others that would support those ideals. My proposal is for more people to leave their comfortable lives and conveniences and increase their time in nature. Reconnect with that which we are. My goal is in "being" not in "having"

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