JOBSEARCH: Action speaks louder than resumes

Monday, October 30, 2017


What Job-Hunting Teaches Us about the Value of Innovation
By: Ryan Ayers
In: Innovation Psychology

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Create Your Own Solution – Take Action

When you’re searching for your dream job, so are hundreds of others. They’re all applying for the same openings, using the same strategies to land a job that everyone else is. However, the people who really get noticed are the ones who go straight to the companies they want with their value, regardless of whether there’s a posted opening or not. One tech company hired four people in six months who proactively reached out and showed the decision-maker at the company what they could do to make his company more successful.

Innovators don’t wait until someone asks for a need to be filled. They spot the gaps before anyone else sees them, and take action to create solutions proactively. They know their efforts may not be successful, but they try anyway. Why? Because sometimes, it they do work. Decisive, informed action is what sets innovators apart, in both the job search and when driving the changes they want to see in the world.

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This reminded me of my very first job search when I took my first golden handshake from AT&T. I didn’t know any better, so I sent out 400+ letters to banks and brokerages. Each included a multi-page resume. I don’t remember the page count but it was long. It took two first class stamps to mail. And, each was personalize and in a hand addressed envelope. I was rewarded by many interviews and a choice of three offers. I started the second week in January and remember I was upset because I was out of work about 10 days. Laugh!

So, be aggressive in seeking out YOUR opportunities. I still believe that your UVP (Unique Value Equation) must be backed up with your USP (Unique Sales Process).

Good luck and good hunting.

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JOBSEARCH: Found an old list of the “sales funnel” I used in my many job searches

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Job SearchSales Funnel
(Remember this is an inverse tree) 

  • Resume posting
  • Networking meetings 
  • Lead found
  • Hunter contact
  • Hunter discussion
  • Proceed
  • Phone screen
  • First interview scheduled
  • First interview completed
  • Second interview scheduled
  • Second interview completed
  • Third interview scheduled
  • Third interview completed
    (I don’t do fourth ones)
  • Offer
  • Acceptance
    (Remember you only need one)

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JOBSEARCH: Tales of unemployment

Monday, February 13, 2017

At 55, a ‘Rainy Day’ Turns Into a Year
By Jeanna Smialek

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“It’s very discriminatory, if you ask me,” Schlager said, explaining that interviewers avoid asking his age or mentioning it, because such discrimination is illegal. He has nothing on his resume that marks his age. “It’s a vicious game, and they do it legally, but there’s that undertow.”

Schlager was making $53 an hour working 35 to 40 hours a week in his last position, but he’s applying to lower-skill, lower-pay positions in logistics as he broadens his job search. There’s a limit as to how far down the ladder he’ll drop, though, because he wants to make sure that he has employer-provided health-care coverage.

Not finding employment isn’t an option. While he has relatively low living expenses, Schlager is dipping into his 401(k), so he’ll need to replace what he’s withdrawn. And, beyond financial motivation, he wants a job for its own sake.

“It just kills me to sit here, and not work, and have the abilities that I do,” he said. “I call it a rainy day that turned into a rainy month that turned into a rainy year.”

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I have been saying for a long time that there is “age discrimination” out there.

Once you turn 50!!!, you must plan that, if you lose “your job”, then you may never NEVER “work” again.

In self-defense, you must have your Plan B, C, and D ready.

Success for the younger generation is: (1) ruthless financial discipline — no bad debt; (2) a life long interest in learning — education — a degree — they can’t take it away from you; (3) a NON-OFFSHORABLE white collar job in order to save big bux; (4) a blue collar skill for hard times — never saw a poor plumber; (5) one or more internet based businesses — your store is always open; (6) a free time hobby that generates income; and (7) a large will-maintained network of people who can “help” you.

Success for the “older” generation is somewhat similar: (1) financial house in order; (2) develop “streams of income” — can’t depend on “one job”; (3) a blue collar skill — plumbers are ALWAYS in demand; (4) an internet business; (5) An income generating hobby; (6) a network of people; AND (7) most importantly a hunter gather mentality. While you may not be one paycheck from financial disaster, you should be always looking for “opportunities”. They may not seem to be “paying ones”, but you might have a pleasant surprise.


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JOBSEARCH: Never too old?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Five Myths About Landing a Good Job Later in Life

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Hmmm, maybe I should go back to work. And the hell with paying more taxes.

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JOBSEARCH: Jobsearchers have yet another hurdle to overcome

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The long read
How algorithms rule our working lives
Employers are turning to mathematically modelled ways of sifting through job applications. Even when wrong, their verdicts seem beyond dispute – and they tend to punish the poor
by Cathy O’Neil
Thursday 1 September 2016 01.00 EDT

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Will those insights be tested, or simply used to justify the status quo and reinforce prejudices? When I consider the sloppy and self-serving ways that companies often use data, I’m reminded of phrenology, a pseudoscience that was briefly popular in the 19th century. Phrenologists would run their fingers over the patient’s skull, probing for bumps and indentations. Each one, they thought, was linked to personality traits. If a patient was morbidly anxious or suffering from alcoholism, the skull probe would usually find bumps and dips that correlated with that observation – which, in turn, bolstered faith in the science of phrenology.

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Obviously, the job search process must be “gamed”.

Each “candidate” must figure out the “game” and present the “image” needed to get and stay hired.

Throw out old memes and paradigms. It’s just a jungle out there. Survival of the fitest is survival of the most adaptable. 

Like that book title, fast – lean – smart beats slow – fat – stupid every time.


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JOBSEARCH: Captain Obvious — “Gone is the era of the lifetime career”

Sunday, August 9, 2015

August 4, 2015 11:06 am
New ‘gig’ economy spells end to lifetime careers
John Gapper in London

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The gig economy is only part of a shift in employment over the past three decades, unleashed by technology and global trade. It has created many winners and losers, both by outsourcing jobs from the west to Asia and Africa, and by changing the terms on which most people work. Financial and contractual risk that used to be borne by companies has been transferred to employees.

“Gone is the era of the lifetime career, let alone the life-long job and the economic security that came with it, having been replaced by a new economy intent on recasting full-time employees into contractors, vendors and temporary workers,” Nick Hanauer and David Rolf wrote recently in Democracy Journal, although the US jobs statistics do not yet reflect such a transformation.

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Knew that several decades ago. I guess some folks never learn.

I continue to assert the following formula / paradigm / meme or call it what you will.

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Success for your generation is:

(1) ruthless financial discipline — no bad debt;

(2) a life long interest in learning — education — a degree — they can’t take it away from you;

(3) a NON-OFFSHORABLE white collar job in order to save big bux;

(4) a blue collar skill for hard times — never saw a poor plumber;

(5) one or more internet based businesses — your store is always open;

(6) a free time hobby that generates income;


(7) a large will-maintained network of people who can “help” you.

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How many do you have!

I’m working on #4, #5, and #6 now.

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JOBSEARCH: Don’t be a “source of inconvenient truth”

Friday, March 6, 2015

Surviving (and Thriving) After a Layoff
8 things to know and prepare for–emotionally and professionally
Jan 8th 2015 1:35PM

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I saved this, because I knew it was coming sooner or later.

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1. It is personal. Despite what others may tell you, it really is about you. If you were so essential to the survival of your organization, you wouldn’t have been let go. Accept this as fact and move on.

2. It probably had to do with income. It’s possible that some part of the reason you lost your job is your age, but more than likely it’s because you made more money than your junior colleagues. Employers often figure: Why let go of two lower-paid employees when we can get rid of just a single, senior one? That doesn’t make the loss any sweeter, but it does allow us to keep more of our sense of dignity.

3. Work friendship is fleeting. After you leave the workplace, you’ll miss not only the place and the work (not to mention the steady income and benefits), but also the people. It’s likely that you and your co-workers formed close relationships, especially if you were there for a long time. Be forewarned: often those close relationships are close only through the workplace. You’ll feel ditched by these former friends when they don’t call, write or keep in touch. It happens more often than we like. Two years after my layoff, I still felt hurt when my former friends didn’t reach out or even respond to my calls.

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I think it is MORE than personal.

If you are viewed as a threat to the “establishment” or a more powerful fiefdom, then “downsizing”, “RIF”, or “job elimination” are great excuse to eliminate an “source of inconvenient truth”.

Keep that in mind, and it hurts a little less.

Very little.

If you are, keep your resume updated. And, your eyes clear.

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