A Prescription for the Unemployed

Even with the super-low unemployment rates, finding well paying work in the industry of your choice can be a challenge, especially if your CV doesn’t exactly match up with what a crusty hiring manager is looking for. Now, don’t let that discourage you, because his crustyness has nothing to do with you, but everything to do with the pressure he feels.

As one “unemployed” here is my prescription for what to do until you have that full-time, “best effort,” exempt from overtime job that you (and I) are looking for: Take 20 hours of RCI (Research, Contact, Invest) and 20+ of other work. These three, when taken together, will certainly produce an excellent outcome and give you confidence and faith during your search.

Research:

This is where you are searching for companies in your geographic areas or industries of choice. Keep in mind that the more specific you are to a geography, the more general your job type and the flexibility of a hiring manger is going to be. So, if you want to stay and live in a small town or city, don’t complain if you end up working at the hardware store even if you would be an excellent materials test engineer. Likewise, if you want to do something super specific, for example a professor of medieval philosophy, you will likely have no choice over your geography. In addition, the larger the labor market means the more selection employers will have and the more work you will have to do in order to earn a more “livable” wage. Spend one third of your time researching companies and contacts.

Contact:

Simply put, you need community and relationships. I recommend treating the job search a lot like a sales job. I don’t know what the exact filter is, but here is a proposal for what to do with a contact you have researched.

  • 50 contacts a week…leads to:
  • 10 correspondences…leads to:
  • 2 interview (one informational / one job related)…leads to:
  • 1 possible job lead.

It is VITAL to keep score here. This is where you will challenge yourself to hit a number and trust the process, building confidence and hastening your job!

Keep in mind that your objective in contacting someone is to offer to be of help to them and show them how you can make them into heroes, not make yourself a hero.

Invest:

Investing is all about learning, participating, developing yourself, reading, etc. This is vital work for you to do. You must be reading books in your industry and current magazines / blogs. Polish your resume, polish your online presence, and spend some time writing your own personal blog (like I am doing now)! After  year of blogging, you will be a much better blogger and professional than you ever imagined. Also, this is a good time to look at additional education you might want. If you have an irrelevant degree from a great school, consider a solid marketing certificate. Certificates are way easier than masters degrees, way cheaper, and help shine up your degree in a big way. They might seem expensive on the front end, but if you show the comparative cost with an MBA, this is a bit like finding antique gold at a garage sale.

 

 

Goals Update: Q2

Not too many comments here, but here are the goals for the next 90 days!

Financial:
– Find stability in work with good benefits
– Find short-term solution for work during the summer.

Physical:
– Find food / workout tracking system
– Push hard during this month to lose 10 lbs.

Personal:
– Check in with fishing guides about going in May.
– Read 4 more business books.
– Mail gifts / letters to friends / family.
– Move from Spain to the USA.

Family:
– Organize photos, update computer, etc
– Create 40 details of love checklist and accomplish them.

Spiritual:
– Finish spiritual book.
– Finish article on “prayers of the faithful”
– Maintain habit of prayer, mass and rosary.

Career:
– Publish 2 more linked in articles
– Get 5 job offers
– Research marketing MBA / Masters degrees based on chosen criteria.
– Continue publishing marketing blog, and add some videos / podcasts

 

Goals Update: 1st Quarter

I am a big fan of goals, because they let me take control of the long-term goals for my life.

Here is what I mean:

Every year I spend time in self discovery, asking the big questions about who I am, what I want out of life, and what my greatest hopes and aspirations are. I have HUGE dreams, but know that I need a plan to get there. That’s where goals come in. Goals are the technology that allow me to reach a long term dreams that I have, because they allow me to move big things little by little. In addition, success for me has never been purely financial, it has always been according to the wheel of life proposed by Zig Ziglar and many others. That is to say, we need to be successful in every area of our life in order to live a life well. This means, Financial, Physical, Personal, Family, Spiritual, Social, and Career.

Here is what I do practically:

  1. Refine my big dreams / visions for my life.
  2. Create 5-year goals in each category, based on my big dreams / visions for life.
  3. Create 1-year goals in each category, based on my 5-year goals in each category.
  4. Create 90-day goals in each category, based on my 1-year goal in each category.
  5. Every week, create a goal list that corresponds to the 90-day goals.
  6. Check in each week with a friend / accountability partner, to watch myself not only accomplishing goals during the week but also see how I’m moving toward the 90 day goals.

So, with a serving of humble pie, here were my 90-day goals for the 1st quarter.

Financial: 3/3
• Update Quickbooks with all relevant banking information. (Win!)
• Submit taxes. (Win! And in both countries!)
• Determine if there is a better way to use miles / such for flights. (Win! Note, there wasn’t / didn’t have enough miles.)

Physical: 0/2
• Start food journaling (No.)
• Track workouts (Nope.)

Personal development: 2/3
• Finish the digital marketing certificate on iMBA. (No. Made progress, but didn’t get it)
• Organize reading list to hit 5 books. (Win!)
• Get linked in posts done. (Goal changed slightly, but I’m calling this a win!)

Family: 1/2
• Finish Christmas letter 2015 by February 2nd. (No.)
• Backup all files. (Yes, actually! Chose OneDrive over Dropbox for a variety of reasons)

Spiritual: 0/2
• Focus on finishing The Way on iPieta. (No.)
• Begin novena for work. (No.)

Social: 1/1
• See friends at least 1/week. (Yes!)

Career: 2/4
• Finish cover mailing for ____ company. (Yes! )
• Finalize list of 30 companies in Eugene / Portland (No, did some work, but didn’t get it really refined)
• Begin mailing campaign. (Had a lot of changes that  made me cancel this.)
• Purchase Plane tickets 54 days in advance. (Yes! With great success.)
• Schedule interviews. (Again, cancelled.)
• Finish “You majored in what?” and work through the process by the end of January. (No. Amazing what it takes to finish a book. Sheesh!)

Since data visualization is nice, here is a radar chart so I can see how i did in each of the areas.

GoalsQ1

 

Now, just because I didn’t make a “spiritual” goal doesn’t mean I wasn’t spiritual during the quarter. I attended mass and prayed more times than I can count. But I did mean that I didn’t make my goal with respect to that.

Alright, I’ll have 2Q goals up tomorrow.