Posted on March 22, 2010, in Guest Blog, Inspiration, Job Search, Personal Branding and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Samantha-

    So far you know more than you’re university’s career services department…not bad.

    You wrote about trying to identify what you’re good at but neglected to have down pat what you love to do. For instance, you “…want to write a book, get published, skydive, swim with dolphins, snorkel in the Grand Cayman, meet different kinds of people, make genuine lasting connections, and [lots of] travel.” So I have a question for you (even though the answer is somewhat obvious)…

    Can you articulate – and write down – what you would like to do simply for the joy it brings you to do it? No money, no fame, just bliss.

    If you can, then you have the gold key for the next part of your life (however long – or short – that might be). Let’s say that for you it’s skydiving; I typed “skydiving” into the Keyword box in LinkedIn and found 7,848 connections. When I added in “social media” – another thing you love – it was whittled down to 182 people. Imagine contacting some of these people with a lead-in about skydiving… “I read from your LinkedIn profile that we have skydiving AND social media in common.”

    Heckuvalot better than “Dear Sir or Madam” or “To Whom it May Concern”…


    • Hey Steve,

      Might I say that this is one of the best blog post comments I have ever received. I tried not to hone in on “what you love to do” (while I completely agree it is crucial to recognize) to focus on finding hopefully unique results in your search, but your comment is perfect.

      Linkedin is an unbelievable tool that I think everyone should utilize – most of my friends don’t even know the basics. And THAT would make a phenomenal blog post. Even I am guilty of not using LinkedIn to it’s full potential, and you’ve just exemplified a great way to keep the job search going without stumbling across the same jobs.

      I love that you infuse making a connection with someone due to their interests as opposed to it sounding so contrived and nearly saying, “Hey, I’d like your job or for you to help me find one”.

      Thanks for commenting, I can’t say I won’t be thinking about this the rest of the day and plugging in things in LinkedIn. It’s all about thinking unconventionally, and that’s the another great way to re-do the job search.

      Awesome input.

  2. This is a wonderful post for a new batch of job seekers preparing to head out into a tough market.

    The one thing that I can’t stress enough, is options. You need to have as many options as possible in your job search, so I absolutely love that you tell people to not just focus in on the one or two key words that pertain directly to their area of study.

    Many skills are transferable to different jobs, but it can be tricky to figure out exactly what jobs they are, especially when it’s a job title you can’t see yourself in. So many students are so stuck on their major that they can’t see this clearly, and your post should help open up some eyes.

    Companies are continuously looking for ways to bring innovation to their recruiting. Your post sheds light on the fact that candidates also need to look for innovative ways, and stretch out their job search tactics. Great job on this post, I hope that many graduating seniors stop by to read this!


    • Hey Richie,

      Thanks for the comment! I think it’s tough still being in school when my teachers are “niching” us students into advertising, or PR. I know here at the J-School my friends are getting frustrated – a lot of them don’t feel like they’re cut-out to work at an agency, or they don’t want to put themselves in the stereotype of being a “creative”, or an “account”. While these are how jobs might be distinguished in agencies, it’s not even close to being the case at other places – that’s why you have to be able to think out of the box. Job title is just that, a job title – but these might be hard to find conducting a traditional search.

      And I agree completely with this – “Many skills are transferable to different jobs, but it can be tricky to figure out exactly what jobs they are, especially when it’s a job title you can’t see yourself in” Definitely why if you feel like you’re a good fit with the skills, then there’s no reason not to apply – even if the job title isn’t exactly in your vision.

      Thanks once again for stopping by and posting a comment, really appreciate it!

  3. When Richie wrote, “Many skills are transferable to different jobs, but it can be tricky to figure out exactly what jobs they are, especially when it’s a job title you can’t see yourself in” and you alluded to people not even applying because the title doesn’t sound right, one question comes to mind…the question I’d really like to see new entrants into the job force ask.

    Imagine seeing a job post for a company with a job title that wasn’t quite right, do something radical…Apply but instead of including your resume or standard cover letter (which we might not even read), ask this:

    “There are many things about the job description that interest me but I’m hoping that you can give me some details on the specific problems I might find myself working on in the first six months. After all, business IS about solving problems.”

    Well, two things might happen: One, you might be labeled as an arrogant GenYer and receive a thanks but no thanks response or two, you just might get the person on the other end intrigued enough to answer your question. You might find that the job title is the job or you might find that the job is more than the title.

    Don’t take job search as Gospel. You might be snot-nosed GenYers but you deserve the same answers as us Boomers… 😉

  4. Hi! Good pm. I’m seeking a job for a computer skills.

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