Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

If It's Who You Know, Then Become an Internet Sleuth

If who you know is always going to be more important that what you know, where you went to school, what your last job was, etc., then you need to know the person that is hiring for the position you want. This, of course, only applies if you are focused on a single position and not just casting your employment net out into the sea of job searches. But if you have identified the company you want to work for or found a specific job listing you are applying for, then you need to become focused like a laser beam. The internet is a virtual fount of information. You can find out who is charge of the department you are seeking to join, learn where they went to school, whether they have a social networking page, information about their family life, their hobbies, yes I know at this point it starts to feel like creepy stalking, but imagine that point in the interview when you connect with the person responsible for hiring you or not on a real and personal level because you steer the conversation to your experiences in travel softball and he relates that his daughter is the queen of travel softball and that is how he spends every weekend. Your chances of getting hired just shot up astronomically and had nothing to do with your skill, ability or resume. So once you focus on a job, start scanning facebook, twitter, google searches, company white papers, any and every internet source you can find to educate yourself about the person who will make the decision to change your life or not.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Unemployed Doesn't Have To Mean Financial Nightmares

Becoming unemployed can lead to financial strains that you previously could not have imagined. If you are under ever mounting financial stress, take a look at my other blog for some helpful advice.

Purpose Driven Social Networking (PDSN)

The most important tool in getting a job is who you know. Even in the 21st century, the sad truth is that the majority of jobs are filled not be meritious selection of the most qualified candidate from a blind review of resumes, but by the recommendation of someone who knows someone. Sure there are jobs to be had from the hopeful submission of an unguided random resume, but they are far and few between. The age-old adage of it’s not what you know, but who you know still holds true today. In fact, it is true whether you are applying for a blue-collar trade job or a white-collar executive position. This advice holds true whether you are applying to McDonalds or a fortune 500. Now before you label me an internet tech junkie simply advocating the recent glories of social networking, I would remind you that the “good ole boy” system has existed long before anyone ever thought of twitter or face book. So, what can you do to enhance your position? You can engage in PDSN (Purpose Driven Social Networking). What does that mean? It means you network socially for a specific purpose with intensity and focus on a singular goal. Career advisors and life coaches have advised people for decades now that they need to actively social network within their profession in order to be aware of better opportunities that come along or to prepare for unexpected career changes. They have advised you to join professional organizations and to make yourself known to your peer group. I don’t discount that as bad advice. It simply is insufficient in this economy if you are unemployed. If you find yourself unemployed, you have to take own a guerilla warfare mentality to seeking a job. I urge you to actively, unashamedly create a social network of people looking for employment for you. In this modern age, there is little to no social stigma to being unemployed. So shake off any false chains of embarrassment and get started. Start with your family. Tell everyone you can that you are unemployed, that you are looking for a job and what your skill set is. Next move on to your friends, your face book friends, your twitter followers, your Sunday school class, and any group of people you have regular contact with. Remember your purpose is to get a job! You should be DRIVEN toward that purpose. That means you ask people, all people, do you know of anyone hiring for a job like what I am looking for? Do you know someone who would know? Social networking has been described as dropping a pebble into calm water and watching the waves oscillate outward. If you are unemployed, you need to throw boulders into the water and surf the waves as far out as they will carry you! Start blogging about yourself and your skill set and direct EVERYONE you know to your blog! Don’t stop until you get a job!