The Shrewd Job Search

Job Search

My wife Linda is looking for a job. She is incredibly skilled in her profession, which is in Change Management, Business Readiness and Project Management. Her industry has been Public Utilities for over 25 years but her skills translates into many other fields. She’s been applying now for a while. What has she learned during this time? That knowing everything doesn’t matter if you don’t know anybody who can either give you a job or introduce you to someone who can give it to you.

Sly vs Shrewd

It can be frustrating to those who want to be judged solely on their qualifications and their accomplishments. But what they forget is that being social and engaged is a qualification and an accomplishment. Doing most jobs successfully means more than accomplishing a task, it means working with other people and what is that but socializing at some level. The hard part of course is doing that in a forced way. It’s not natural to just ‘like’ a stranger on LinkedIn or Facebook. It seems like you are being fake because you don’t really want to be friends with them, you want to connect with them so you can perhaps get a job. Seems a bit sly. But the truth is it’s not sly, it’s shrewd.

What is Your Goal?

The most important question is, what do you need to do to reach your goal? If you want a job in a certain company or industry, then you need to connect to people at that company and in that industry, simple as that. If you aren’t willing to make that connection, even if it is a bit awkward, then you have to accept that your chances of reaching your goal drops dramatically. It won’t be because you aren’t appreciated, it will be because you weren’t willing to connect.


Drawing and commentary © Marty Coleman | napkindad.com

“A wise person knows everything, a shrewd one, everybody.” – Chinese Proverb


>A Busy Person Never Knows

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Day #5 of Work Week at The Napkin Dad Daily
I weigh myself.  Not every day, but most days.  But I wouldn’t as much if I were busier (I wouldn’t as much if I didn’t have a scale in my bathroom as well).  

But here is a question: Do you think the aid workers in Haiti weigh themselves very often?  
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Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily

Quote by E. W. Howe, 1853-1937, American novelist and editor

>You Can't Plough A Field

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Day #4 of Work Week at The Napkin Dad Daily
It’s easy to mistake thinking about doing something with doing it.  It takes up a lot of mind power,  mind time and mind energy to think through something. The mind work make you feel as if you have already done it, so it can be hard to get up the enthusiasm to actually go and do that thing.

But taking action is the only way to make your thoughts real so best go do it!
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Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily

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>Whenever You Are Asked If You Can Do A Job

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Day #3 of Work Week at The Napkin Dad Daily
Long ago I had a job where I used certain development software very intensely.  My boss came to me and someone senior to me and asked if either of us wanted to work with a new software program neither of us were familiar with.  The person senior to me had first pick. He said no.  I jumped at the chance and said yes. But my boss wasn’t sure.  She asked ‘Can you do the job?’  I said yes and immediately started staying late after work to learn the program.  I succeeded in mastering it, the other guy soon quit under pressure because his work was suffering and his skills were laking.  I became the boss a year later. He went back to Texas and worked in construction.

If each challenge you face in work (and in life) is met first with a ‘I don’t know how to do that’ response, then guess what?  You won’t be given the chance to learn how to do it. Whether it’s taking a class for your own enjoyment or something at your place of work,  make your first response be ‘Yes, I can’ then work like hell learning how. 
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Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily

Quote by Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, 26th President of the United States

The Best Way To Appreciate Your Job

 

I decided it is ‘Work Week’, so today is day #2 of it!
I don’t just mean your ‘work’ job. I mean the jobs in your life.  Want to appreciate your job as a mother?  Imagine your children gone.  Want to appreciate your job as a communicator? Imagine all the communication methods you use gone.  Want to appreciate your job as a friend? Imagine you don’t have any.

What jobs do you have in life that you overlook?

Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily

Quote by Oscar Wilde, the best source of pithy quotes in the universe!

>An Idea Is Something That Won't Work

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Day #1 of my week long series on either ideas or work, not sure which yet. You will just have to come back tomorrow to see!
No matter how bizarre the mechanics, how advanced the electronics, how many people behind you are helping to turn the gears or switch the switches – if you don’t do your work your idea will not work either.

Preached to myself this 13th day of December, 2010.
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Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily

Quote by Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931, American inventor

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