Many job seekers may have trouble understanding whether people who’ve helped them in the past can’t now, don’t want to anymore or, despite appearances, may still be willing.
Subscribe to WorkWise RSS feed
The Boston Marathon bombing drew attention to the antisocial personality, beginning with the bombing, an act of violence, and the emotionless face of the younger suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. You might encounter it more commonly at work in theft, lying, sexual harassment and stalking.
Job-hunting doesn’t have to be pure drudgery. Go against the pack to open doors with less resistance. Look inside yourself for direction and, when you network, use smart methods.
Selling new natural food products requires knowing what it takes to get people to buy them. While operating b-to-b, getting to that “c” is essential.
Craig Ahlstrom needed a potential construction manager for a Texas manufacturer of steel utility poles. The founder and president of the executive recruiting firm Perfect World Search Inc. in Morton, Ill., searched both his personal database and LinkedIn.
Some people overstep the boundaries of good business practice when they communicate by telephone and email. Not being seen creates a false sense of security.
In the early 1990s, women became aware that they could identify and secure “options.” That same spirit has moved into the retirement camp, where men are designing theirs by using no-nonsense job-hunting tactics.
IHS Global Insight’s research in 12 countries on behalf of DHL Express in Woodinville, Wash., captured information about interest in international trade from 410 small- to medium-sized businesses with 10 to 249 employees. Forty-one percent want to open markets outside of their countries. Their greatest challenge when exporting arises from making contacts with international partners and/or an international customer base.
An aspiring software developer was interviewing by telephone with Jerry Masin, then- president of an information technology career school. The man was discussing his portfolio in excruciating detail. Almost overwhelmed by this highly skilled person, Masin whisked him off the telephone. He maintains that the incident illustrates the danger of coaching that leads to becoming “overprepared and overheated.”
Khaleelah Jones, working with contractors in her first freelance job postcollege, opened emails attacking her because of her age. Not willing to put up with it, she blocked the emails and spoke with the person by telephone and face to face. With the mask of anonymity off, the offending woman backed down. Jones is now a digital communications consultant at Something With Words LLC in New York, where she is founder and managing partner.
Anger could be impeding your job search, career counselor Deborah Brown-Volkman, president of Surpass Your Dreams Inc. in East Moriches, N.Y., says.
Ryan Zagata, founder of Brooklyn Cruiser LLC, which sells urban bikes out of Brooklyn, N.Y., needed his first commercial loan to accelerate growth. The 18-month-old business had been self-funded, with reinvested profits, but Zagata didn’t want a loan to depend on equity. He was a poster boy with personal assets, a fine credit rating and a strong earnings history in sales, his previous career, an important factor should a business fail. Two large national banks denied his application — they needed more than two years of consistent cash flow.
So you’re 24, 40 or 50-plus and you don’t — or no longer — set the world on fire. Job hunters with low energy need to factor that into their searches by seeking more stable industries and functions that don’t require them to take charge of a project or team. Scour job descriptions, assess whether you fit and gain perspective on energy in company culture.
- Page 2