Just incase you’re in a third world country with no other means of communication, other than word of mount, Tool has announced that their so far untitled new album will be released on May 22 (or May 15th) in 2012 (and even then, you probably already heard). The news was announced on the band’s official website in a bizarre newsletter, which discusses topics including the Rapture, intergalactic travelers, and Taco Bell, and which you can read here.
Finding Your Niche/Voice (Charlie Sheen calls this "Winning")
Alright, so today I felt compelled to share with you my thoughts on career searches, scenarios, strategy, and deciding if that opportunity is right for you. Why you ask? There are thousands of human resources professional spewing and spinning their philosophies; what gives yours the edge, and what are you trying to sell me? Well, that is just it; I am not selling a single thing, so enjoy this early tasty Christmas morsel. I hope it should bring you a happy 2012, while you usher in the new year with a good ol’ song (assuming the world doesn’t end, lol).
I see many articles out there on the separate topics, but none that fill the gap and making the necessary connections within the whole process (like a good lesson plan, formulated by an expert educator, will do). So where do we begin? Let’s see now, you’ve formulated a rock solid resume and given an accurate representation of yourself, being the public relations master you are; good. You’ve had it looked at by multiple people, taking some opinions and casting some to the wayside; great! You know “the game” well, and are versed in being able to sense and read peoples reactions, you master of psychology you; even better! You use this skill to tell a human resources manager what they want to hear; wrong! Here in lye the mistake with doing this… they get a picture of their ideal candidate, the person they think you are. In education, we call this setting yourself up for failure, unless you are willing to completely retrofit/format who you are to fit this role. Think about it; this is the time to be genuine and actually retrofit the position to you! Employers know a “rockstar" candidate, when they see them, and they won’t shy away if some of their criteria isn’t a match (even skills). So how do I give employers an accurate image of who I am, aside from my nice tidy resume?
Network your @$$ off! Seriously… sites like Linkedin.com and other famous social media platforms are designed with in major aspect at heart; communication. There is no better way, currently, to show just who you are; it is free advertising for your image, so why not? Alright, so that is a ton of work, but I promise you it will be a platform for showing people who you are. It is public, so choose and tweak these social platforms how you like; most of all, be prepared to defend any or all actions on these places for mass communication. With that being said, it will deter people and strengthen connections to others (no worries; the people deterred you wouldn’t want to work for anyways). What better way to attract the people who you share common objectives and specialties with? Even better, its global.
Uh. So your one of those poor individuals who were sacrificed to the heathen gods of the economical state… don’t fret. It is a great time of change in this country. Now is the time to strengthen your resolve and show what your made of; even land your dream job. Don’t be afraid to use social media as your voice, from that dark place you were dropped into. You might be surprised of the connections you will make just being you. Don’t get me wrong, you should still use traditional means of getting your info out, such as job boards and emails (and God forbid someone asks you for a hard copy; yes, some people are still existing within the Triassic Period). WARNING: Some employers, a scary number in fact, utilize these mediums as a means to get more people to apply to satisfy their need to fulfill a certain government mandated statue, so filter those out. They are easy to spot, because of the nepotistic manor in which they are written.
#2 Employed, On the Hunt (stop laughing at the #2, this is not Austin Powers or gutter mind time!)
Employed but seeking better opportunities, is a great position to be in. Casually searching the and listening for opportunities to move into a position that better suits your skills (I am sure you will do this throughout your career). There isn’t much to say, other than to quote Steve Jobs, “Stay hungry, stay foolish”.
#3 Independent, Like the 13 Colonies
Your the master of your domain, but your not out of the woods yet… make sure to draft a daily agenda, to remind you of what you need to accomplish. I recommend a good cup of coffee and morning/evening reflection; even during gym time, if you multitask like me (it does exist, but you need to know how to harness it). You have to know yourself a 100% to pull this off, and sometimes you will find yourself having to compromise; that is life. All I can stress is to stick to your schedule!
#4 Win Lottery, Publishers Clearing House, Etc. (this shouldn’t even be in here, but some people get lucky).
Self explanatory, don’t you think? Think about the people who have less, and use this as an opportunity to literally “Be the change you want to see in the world”. Hopefully you practice this philosophy regardless of your status, but if you fall in this category you can choose to focus on it a little more than others.
You have landed an offer and it is solid, but how do I know if it is the right opportunity? Truth is, any opportunity is better than nothing, right? Wrong! If your not going to fit within the environment, lacking less than half the skills required, or your objectives do not coincide with this choice, choose no; you will thank me in the long run. Why, because you will either: A. Quit because you don’t like it. or B. Get fired because you can’t hack it. Then again, its hard to say to an unemployed individual, “Its alright, you or your kids don’t need to eat or pay bills”. Consider the long run, though; do you really want to be in the same boat in a year or so when the floor falls through?
I’m a Rock Star
For people in my boat, who become highly specialized and find themselves unable to locate the right company or business, or who do not fit the typecast, something to consider would be self-employment. Alright, I know that is risky, but with great risk comes great reward. If our forefathers weren’t afraid to say to “No” in the historical piece of literature, know as the Declaration of Independence to good ol’ King George III, well you can just imagine what we would be like now. Side note, I must admit that there are times I typecast some CEOs, Founders, and Presidents in the same light as Georgie, but don’t let that recuse my pursuit to help you get the best job ever. This is a genuine chance to walk your own path, and be happy doing so (especially for free thinkers).
You hit the lottery? Well, congrats you get to live totally free (aside from the constraints of mortality). I hope you will take a day to reflect upon your life and the very next, or even that day, choose to right something wrong in the world. Think global… although from a philanthropic point of view, make sure not to forget the ones around you who supported you before the change in status.