Putting New Thought to Existing Foundations and Succeeding in any Economic Condition!

I recently read an article, “In Finance, Recent Signs of Hiring” written by Sarah E. Needleman or WSJ.com. This article has inspired me to write my article. Enjoy!

A world of uncertainty is a world of business and community relationships lacking trust. A partnership must be built, redefined/structured, and re-thinking. Going back to the drawing is the commonality of hope, frustration, greed, etc. We all need to work together to fill our differences and not fall short of what we thought was the right thing to do. Instead commit to just knowing what your doing is the right thing.

I’m talking about commitment, passion, relationships; all common denominators requiring a quantitative amount of time. Anything worth having is worth working for. As individuals we have to make a sacrifice, to take charge in our opportunistic world; find services that people need and fulfill those requirements by providing good common quality, and respect to the unexpected and necessary changes that will be needed to improve the services or products we offer.

You see, the times haven’t changed the way business should conducted. But was has changed is the people has perceived the way business should be conducted. Moving forward, yes we are in a new world of technology, but it doesn’t take or should not take away from the communication aspect of customer loyalty, down right good customer service.

We have nothing but time…. Take time to know your customers and the customers will take time to know you.

Re think, reshape, and mold your self for success today, tomorrow and the near future. Make your self apart of the solution. Even with the economic climate, you can still be a thriving member of society its all a perception; Succeeding. Well just remember to give back, in other words pay it forward. Work hard and you will see the results.

Shaun Manzano



Putting Passion Back into Corporate Training

I found an interesting article written by Sunder Ramachandran. The title of the article is, “Do you have what it takes to be a Corporate Trainer?”

I would like to highlight an important aspect that I feel is necessary for a success factor in this type of field. The point about Training vs. Teaching!

Teaching – present information via classroom lecture or power point presentation.

Training – Motivate, involve, restructure or simple stated from the article, “provides people with the tools and skills they need either to change their behavior.”

As most trainers in the industry work with other working adults already in the field they would have to “deal with mature adult audiences who have their own experiences and perceptions.” This right here really draws the line between teaching and training, training employees to develop new ways to do things.

Creating new habits or changing is always easier said than done in most respects.

Another highlight that I see which really identifies if an individual is ready to become a trainer is these very conditioned words presented in the article and they are. “Skills required for a career in training:
Trainers need to possess a natural ease in dealing with people, an ability to present themselves with confidence, speak before a large audience with conviction, a mature thought process to create training material relevant to their audience, spontaneity to respond to difficult situations with ease, a good sense of humor, loads of enthusiasm and most importantly a passion for the subject matter that is being presented.”

Speaking from my own experiences, as I’ve been in the teaching/training environment for the past year, thank JIU… But back on topic… I would say that it definitely take a lot of self motivation, commitment, flexibility and down right passion to drive and influence other individual to adopt or even to accept the need for change. In the beginning, when I am in training mode, for my class I break even one down to the point that they know that they have different weaknesses; which every individual does, and I ask them to share with the class.. The all know that they are there to work on what ever weakness they have, all in efforts to better them selves. I definitely have seen an impact on my influences and management of the change process for these young adults, other mature adults who have been out of school for 20-25 years. I tried to keep it short…. Let me know what you think.

Best regards,
Shaun Manzano

Sunder Ramachandran (2007), Do you have what it takes to be a Corporate Trainer?, retrieved from web site,

See Business in the News!

Why become a Certified Corporate Trainer?

Why become a Certified Corporate Trainer?

Every industry needs training! The opportunity goes beyond the class rooms of the college and universities and brings the instructor to the business site. You will become an independent contractor for training. You’ll also have the ability to travel to other customer sites, both nationally and internationally to gain a wide range of experience in different locations.

More Opportunities…..
Expand your training opportunities and become certified in Microsoft Tools including Office! It’s all about increasing bottom line, and a more productive & efficient a companies resources are the cheaper their business will run.

What is the difference between JIU’s education certificates or M.Ed degrees? What is the current industry perspective of these certification?

Also, If I obtain my M.Ed in Corporate Training and Knowledge Management would I need to have a certification in either the: Certified Instructor or Certified Corporate Trainer?


I’ll be looking forward to your responses!

Shaun Manzano

“Surviving in Today’s Workforce and in Society”

Surviving the Business world in a the past meant hard work, long hours, long term commitment and certainty for a job and steady income was in return. This is the tone that past generations have taken, and now with the explosion of the information/tech world over the past decade and a half, this is no longer the vision. Change is the key element in a society where information is constantly updating, a socialistic society that is constantly being updated with finger touch information. When does the information stop incoming, and when do we set aside time to spend quality time with friends and family.

Today, within the workforce, it is common to see people work more than one job; time is taken for grated most often, even with improved technology to send information/communication – time is not enough. What happened to the days where a letter was written by hand, a trip was made to the post office, sent to the receiver etc. The time was there, the jobs were available and less people worked more than one job. Are we just poor time managers? Do we suck and managing the technology that is provided to us? What is going on?

I just think that people are fascinated with information, just like they are with that first cup of coffee in the morning or that favorite dessert. It’s the new style, trend way of production; for those who lack it are left in the dust. I am afraid that most people may forget about the mail shipping age and become a so auto pilot that they forget to wake up a smell the flowers around them.

Here are some survival tips, what to expect in surviving in our workforce society today and tomorrow.

1. Own a Laptop or a computer
What to look for in a computer – http://www.easycomputertips.com/article-buyingapc.html

2. Familiarize yourself with the computer
Do not take computer training classes!
-> http://dragon.ep.usm.edu/~it365/module/Basics/Basics.htm
-> http://www.jamani.nl/static/Part1.pdf
-> http://www.jamani.nl/static/Part2.pdf
-> http://www.jamani.nl/static/Part3.pdf
-> http://www.jamani.nl/static/Part4.pdf
3. Market your self on the internet
Do you have a Current Resume?

Resume software and Sources:
-> http://jobsearch.about.com/od/sampleresumes/a/sampleresume2.

Some sites help you auto fill the information for resume.
-> http://www.alec.co.uk

4. Create an account in LinkedIn, Monster Jobs, USA Jobs
Monster Jobs – offers free advices on resumes and career etc.
-> www.LinkedIn.com
-> www.MonsterJobs.com

5. Create email account
One that will only be used for job & marketing yourselft Ex. “Gmail, Yahoo, MSN etc.”

6. Strategic Job Searching
View local news paper, Career connection groups like: snag a job
New Paper Resource
-> http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/
-> http://www.actualidad.com/
Snag a Job and related
-> http://www.snagajob.com/
-> http://www.jobfox.com/
-> http://www.job.com/
-> http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/
-> http://www.911hotjobs.com/
-> http://www.studentjobs.gov/
-> http://www.internjobs.com/
-> http://www.retirementjobs.com/
-> http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites
And many more…………..
6. Set up MOCK interviews
This will help you prepare for the big interview
-> http://www.appleone.com/
-> http://www.headhuntersdirectory.com/

Suggested readings
What Color is your Parachute?
-> http://www.jobhuntersbible.com/index.php

Job Interview Questions and Answers:
-> http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewquestionsanswers/a/interviewquest.htm

10 Killer Job Interview questions and Answers :
-> http://www.bspcn.com/2007/08/24/10-killer-job-interview-questions-and-answers/
Why are resumes rejected for and more?
-> http://www.alec.co.uk/resume_writing/resumes_rejected.htm
Truth about working from Home
-> http://nationalemploymentnews.com/employment.php?arid=job-nterview&gclid=CKX3sZbv4poCFQOuFQod6jl2CA
All else fails get a job online:
Online jobs with Google Money Master
-> Step 1: Get Google Money Master
-> Step 2: Also Get My Internet Payday (This is key. Must do both!)
-> Step 3: Post Links given to you by Google
-> Step 4: Deposit the check Google sends you!

Future Topics:

Choosing the right Career for me?
When is the right time to switch careers?

Looking for a job! How hard is it to find a job that fits?

If you are a new entrant into the work force or left the work force for many reasons, would you agree that there is a need for a streamlined process to obtain a job? If so visit the link below, to post your reply to my poll.

Thank you for your time,
Shaun Manzano

Investing an Approach For Today and Tomorrow

Investing an Approach For Today and Tomorrow

Risk, Return, and Portfolio Diversification

This is just a short lesson the will guide you in the right direction if you wanted to invest money. Investing is deliberate approach that can be put to a person advantage if all the information were made available, so that decision could be made in advance to take stake on opportunity in sight.

The first step in investing your hard earned money is to identify the types of first if investing is right for you, and then know where to invest. After you have identified where you would like to invest, a solid approach would be to analyze the risks involved in each decision and how to minimize the risks or even how to sustain your investment activities.

Is investing the right step for me?

This is a question that has to be answered in a leveled manner. If investment is done deliberate matter, meaning that you have written and committed to rules that you will stick by “no matter the situation”, then I say investing is for you. Investing is a balance between fear and greed. The market flocks with an affect that is driven my media, communications and abundance of both useful and non useful. The choice that you as an individual have to make, is
where, how, when and why.

Where do I want to be when I retire?
How much money to I want to live off of
When do want to retire?
Why do I want to have all the previous three inquiries?

The right time to invest

Since your have committed to invest in a deliberate matter you will have to know what you are getting into. Investing money involves risks on the return on investment, and time is the evil partnering factor for the risk. Yes, timing is everything. Did you ever hear about the time value of money? When a person works, the are compensated for their time right? What are the risks associated to the individual not receiving the money that they worked for at a job? Ok, this is the mind set that you will need to have when you are approaching investing? How will your money work for you, you earned it now put it to work for you; do no bury it in the back yard.

So what are the risks in investing? There are two main kinds of risks, those that are systematic and those that are unsystematic. Some risks can be minimized based on trends that are available in the market while others are just doomed and cannot be fixed no matter which approach is taken. Unsystematic (separated to specific industries) risks can be minimized with increased investments, that may be either within a similar or different market; this risk is minimized as increasing number of investments are made. How ever systematic risk cannot be avoided no matter how many investments are made. Example of systematic risks is when a country has a recession or funds wars.

Currently the market is incubated with systematic risks, experts suggest that within the US and around the globe that the system is in a recession. What does that mean, stability is non existent and risks are increased or not controllable. A good resource to use any time to research system conditions is by going to the Economic Indicators Calendar, which provides the date and time of key economic data releases. If you are within the US or investing in the US you may also want to consider US Census Bureau. Use as many resources as you can to develop an idea of the current systematic conditions, before you decided to invest.

Where to Invest?

The big question where to invest? This is where more research comes into play. A first stop could be to view all the different types of Retirement Plan Terms, for starters. If you want to invest in the stock market, I suggest trying out the Stock Market Game or even paying a visit to the official Wall Street web site.

Portfolio Diversification

After you have identified where you would like to invest, a solid approach would be to analyze the risks involved in each decision and how to minimize the risks or even how to sustain your investment activities. Improving diversification of your investment:

Choose different investment tools (stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and cash)
Mix strategies with the different types of securities: Mutual Fund Investment – growth funds, balanced funds, index funds, small cap, and large cap funds.
Further Mix the securities into different locations (local vs. globe & different industry spread)

Why is all this important? – Retirement, not working to live or living to work. Its all about a smarter approach to life, like saving for a rainy day.

Suggested Research Resources

Making the ‘Right’ Investing Decisions in 2009 — and Beyond – Available online
Determining where you are and where you want to be – Available online


I am Shaun Manzano, a recent MBA graduate, with specialized training in business modernization, change management, increasing productivity and efficiency, team building – organizational communication, training and knowledge management.

Pages to consider while visiting my blog: Personal Finance, Job Market Strategies – more to come.

Please feel free to browse and comment on the current articles that I have published.

Shaun Manzano