Diversifying Your Job Search

Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.”

You saw an ad for an upcoming job fair. You pre-register convinced that the companies listed in the ad are going to be there with real jobs. You make extra copies of your resume, put on your best suit & off you go, ready to conquer the world.

But a funny thing happens when you get two blocks from the venue. The street is packed with cars, but being the opportunist that you are pull into the parking lot only to all the parking stalls are full. You park 3 blocks away, turn the corner to the entrance & “oh my” there’s a line of people just like you that snakes around the building.

It’s then that you realize you would have better spent your time re-arranging your sock drawer.

How many Job Fairs have you attended expecting to find the ideal career position with the ideal company only to find the venue & parking lot packed with the unemployed all hoping that this is going to be their day; only to be disappointed because there weren’t any. If you’ve gone to enough job fairs you will find the same companies attend job fairs with no real jobs in their arsenal.

I think that most candidates fall into 3 categories.

1.      The recent starry eyed college graduate.

2.      The candidate who’s collecting unemployment & attending to fulfill their unemployment requirements.

3.      The candidate who’s attending just to get his/hers spouse off their back.

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Employees & Social Media Usage

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I just read an interesting article in CRM (Customer Relationship Management) magazine titled “Rave All About It.” While it covers many facets of Social Media & it’s usage there are two items that got my attention.It says, “typically in larger companies the geniuses in either the legal department or the HR departments have a policy that nobody is allowed to even look @ YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or LinkedIn. While I can understand blocking MySpace the others I can’t. What the geniuses don’t know is that they’re only blocking access to the social media sites that they are aware of. There are literally hundreds of social media sites that most of us are clueless of their existence.

Basically these companies don’t trust their employees to do the right thing at work, and also, by regulating the media, it shows that those organizations don’t understnad human communication.

This goes back to the argument that if you don’t trust your employees you shouldn’t have hired them in the first place & conversely do you really want to be working for a company who operates under a cloud of mistrust. Personally I’d much rather work for a company that not only trusts me but values my integrity to do the right thing. Continue reading