Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Is Anyone NOT looking for work these days?

Let's start this Tidbit Tuesday with a quote:
"I have never liked working. To me a job is an invasion of privacy." -- Danny McGoorty (1901-1970)
As for other matters:

He says, she says: Seth Godin is wrong. Or so says Heather Leigh, who says you do need a resume. He says you don't.

Checking out the greener grass: If there's any doubt that we're all nervous about our job stability, a recent survey by Accountemps finds that 75 percent of executives would be "comfortable" looking for a new job while still working. That's up from 69 percent in 2002.

My mother says I'm very special: "On a very, very basic level, skills aren't the only factor a company should be considering. Loyalty, ethics, willingness to work hard, ability and willingness to learn, and all those other personality traits should factor in. The person who has less experience, but more enthusiasm and sincerity should get the job, not the one who can hit the ground running, but doesn't have a stable working history," says Judi Perkins at How to Find the Perfect Job. She goes on to give some tips about how to get job recruiters to see how you'd be a terrific fit for a job, whether you have all the skills they advertised for a not. Challenge their thinking, she advises.

Laughing all the way to the bank: This really doesn't have a lot to do with the workplace -- OK, maybe a little. But it's funny and sure to provoke discussion with your office mates at lunch today, and that's a heck of a lot better than talking about work. Take a look at "The Five Most Useless Products Ever Sold".



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Patricia Robb said...

I also read that you should apply for a job whether you are qualified or not. I always think I am wasting everyone's time if I don't meet all the qualifications in the job posting. But what is the harm in trying? They can only say no, but if you do get an interview and get the job you might be in for a challenging career that you didn't expect.


Anita said...

Good point, Patricia.
I think many employers have posted a lot of "kitchen sink" job descriptions that don't make a lot of sense. So what if you don't have every qualification? Who does? I say go for it. If you make a compelling case for yourself -- you're a quick learner, have proven bottom line results and have skills that can be transferred easily -- then you are of value. Once you're in the interview, then you really have a chance to sell yourself...and let's face it, they hire you because they LIKE you, not because you've got every qualification they're looking for.