How to Find (and Land) a Job in This Economy

How to Find (and Land) a Job in This Economy

Pssst… wanna know a secret?

NOBODY can tell you how to find and land a job in this economy.

But I can say for sure the following:  It’s not gonna be a killer resume.

It’s not gonna be a memorable business card.

Or that guy you knew fifteen years ago, haven’t spoken to since, and are now hitting up for a reference.  With a cold call.

People, there are folks losing their jobs who have been doing what they do for the past 25 years because of the historic economic times we find ourselves in – you think a humorous Moo Card is gonna help you, how?

I can’t think of a single job I’ve landed – as a W-2 or a contractor – since 1985 that I didn’t get through a personal connection or through a network of people that knew my work.

(1) Knew.

(2) My Work.

If you’re just now building your network, only after you lost your job, what can I say.  You’re behind in the game.  Not impossibly behind, but I ain’t gonna lie – it’s not good.  The competition is tough.

You’re gonna have to get above whatever noise you’re contending with to get noticed.  That’s what a lot of well meaning advice on resumes and job fairs and business cards are meant to convey – stand out.  Problem is, EVERYBODY is trying to “stand out.”

The one positive benefit that working on resumes and revamping business cards has is that it does get you doing something.  Anything.  Better than sitting around moping about not having a job.

If I seem to be flippant about this, I’m absolutely not.  Quite the contrary, I genuinely want anyone reaching out to me for a hand to get a job.

But I can’t in good conscience dole out a bunch of bromides about leveraging your LinkedIn network to land gigs.  Or go to your local chamber of commerce mixer and expect to get anything other than a bunch of “come ons” to buy life insurance, financial services, or be otherwise “rushed.”

You want to land a job?

Get your story out.  Get it out in a way that tells who you are, what you’ve done, and what you’re capable of doing.

What’s the best way to do that?  How many Angels can dance on the head of a pin?  Nobody can tell you that.  And I won’t pretend to.

But chances are, you’re not going to land your dream job reading this post (or any other post) sitting in your kitchen, den, or bed room.

Get out.  Tell your story.  Show your work.  Persist.

Good luck.

Totally Unscientific Observations on Economy From the Past Weekend

Totally Unscientific Observations on Economy From the Past Weekend

Some totally unscientific observations on the U.S. economy, based upon a ridiculously narrow view from the past weekend:

1) Traffic on I-75, between Nashville and Wildwood, Florida, was sparse to say the least. Usually, Memorial Day and on this is a white-knuckle ride. The fewest cars on the road I have seen in many years for this trip.

2) Disney Parks. The longest wait for ANY ride across three days time was 10 minutes, and that was for the Harumbe African Safari. All other rides we basically walked on. This was for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during Peak Summer. Unheard of.

3) Disney Hotels. No waits to speak of in restaurant lines, and none of the pools crowded at all – at a Value Resort (Pop Century, in our case). Again, unbelievably sparse crowds during Peak Summer.

As a former Orlando resident, this reminds of the time immediately following 9/11 with regard to the drop in tourism – based upon my very small window on the world.

Any one else seeing this, or did we simply hit the “sweet spot?”