Useful work or administrivia?
One of my managers told me, “Bryan, you don’t work hard enough. I put in 60 or 70 hours a week. Even if I’m just in here filing stuff, I’m getting more done than you.” I couldn’t answer him. I was too amazed. He took my silence for the deep pondering […]
Kids always made fun of the way I dressed. I had two shirts and two pairs of jeans for the whole school year. That’s all. I had cheap shoes. For dinner our family had beans every night, literally. We drank powdered milk. I brought peanut butter sandwiches to school every day with homemade quince jam. […]
An 18 inch cockroach is the best resume I’ve seen. A friend of mine was applying for a job as a programmer of railroad simulators. He knew that many programmers could do the technical part. He also knew that the artistic part was just as important. Drawing is difficult, but sculpture is even tougher. He […]
Where will you be in 5 years? What if you don’t really know? What if you don’t care?
Here is an interesting link that may get you thinking about what you really want in 5 years.
The harder I work on me, the better my life gets. But I can only improve a little each day. So I focus intensely on one or two things that I want to be better at. That makes my career much better with the least effort for the reward. It also improves your job search.
My email signature is, “The harder I work on me, the better my life gets.” There is only one person I can control. There is only one person I can manipulate into changing. Me.
Years ago I decided I can work on “me” an extra 30-45 minutes a day. I converted brain dead commuting time […]
Sometimes your job search just isn’t working. Fix your job search using what the old sailors called “ash breeze”.
You won’t go anywhere in your sailboat if you are becalmed, no wind. Sailors on the old 3 mast boats used to dread finding themselves where there was no wind. There are places in the ocean […]
You see 6 ads for one job you really want. It is so good you would quit you’re your current job just to apply. What do you do?
High Priority Jobs
Getting your resume into the hiring manager’s hands is your quest.
First gather information.
Is there anything that makes you think the writer […]
You see 3 job board ads with almost identical wording for a job in the same suburb. You go online and find 3 social network ads that are almost identical from 3 more different companies. It has to be one job, not 6 different ones. What do you do?
First decide how much you want […]
Here is the truth no politician, few economists, few teachers want to tell people, and that few people want to hear: certain jobs are only worth a certain, maximum number of dollars per hour, whether you’ve been there doing it for one year, ten years, or thirty years. Longevity does not necessarily merit more money […]