Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneurs’

Why Aren’t I Working?

December 12th, 2010

It’s December, so it’s the time of year that people look back over the past year and judge what they have achieved or not achieved.

I suppose we’re getting ready to line up our New Year’s Resolutions.

I’ve accomplished a lot over the past year. With others, I started a non-profit to heighten awareness for retired racing greyhound adoption.

I started my own blog and website for unemployment and job searching here in the triangle.

I picked up a gig writing the Job Tech Review column for Cubicle to Classroom, an online magazine.

I “intern” (read unpaid) as the community facilitator for Hire Friday.

I attended numerous networking functions – met people, made friends, expanded my LinkedIn connections.

I’ve taken advantage of the free training available to job seekers through the local community colleges, as well as seminars and workshops to keep my certifications current.

I ended up an SME in social media for job search, to the point I’m giving talks and workshops on it.

I’ve volunteered – a lot.

What I haven’t done is found a job.

It’s at this point that I recognize the plight and frustration of the unemployed, myself included.

We’ve done everything we are told to do to find a job – networked, volunteered, gotten education, kept current.  We’ve filled out numerous applications online, met for gallons of coffee with folks, attended workshops, spent time and effort and nothing seems to work.

If I’m doing everything we’re being told to do, why aren’t I working?

Well, I’m here to say there’s no magic bullet.

Before this devolves into what could easily become a pity party and whine-fest — really, I’m not playing the victim here — I’d like to suggest that this time of year is as good as any to take stock of what you are doing.

If what you are it isn’t working, change it up.  Set aside time for yourself – figure out a way to rejuvenate yourself.  Treat yourself to something you’ve done without for a while.  Add some different exercise into your daily routine — actually change your exercise routine.  Drive a different route to the grocery store. Trade out the groups and meetings you attend for new ones.   Use the library instead of the home office to construct your project plan for being employed.   Get out there and hustle.

I recently discovered Gary Vaynerchuk, of Wine Library TV.  I must admit I came a bit late to the table on this one.  Gary Vaynerchuk has been out there talking about work and entrepreneurial endeavors for a while now.  But much of what he is talking about is applicable to a job search.  Pardon the rough language, but this is someone who is truly passionate about what he does – in every incarnation.  In the age of motivational speakers who don’t motivate me at all, he is a rarity.  Enjoy – but you might want to close the door before tuning up the sound.

On the bright side, three women who I’ve met through my job search networking have all landed jobs in the past few weeks.  I take this as a good sign.

What are you going to do to change what isn’t working for you?

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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish

October 29th, 2010

Do you see your unemployment as an opportunity?

For most of us who are unemployed, one of the most difficult parts of our journey is what got us here.

We are unemployed, laid off, displaced, in transition (and who thought that one up anyway?) — we are unwanted.

It may have come in a phone call, an email, an interoffice memo, or a face to face meeting.  We were informed that we were no longer needed to perform the job that paid our bills, help put our kids through college, funded our family vacations, covered our medical expenses, made possible our planned retirement, and in many ways fulfilled our lives, nourished our minds, satisfied our souls.

So much of our identity is wrapped up in what now is our past job title or set of responsibilities — and in many ways I think that this is even more so for men who head families and may be the primary breadwinner.

Now that when we find ourselves out of a job we may not feel that we have an identity any longer.  We seem to float around in some odd state of limbo.

We spend a lot of time worrying — and rightly so — about finding the next job and returning to work.  Unfortunately, we don’t take the opportunity to celebrate the fact that not having a job is an opportunity to explore avenues previously closed off due to the obligations of a job.

Did you know that Steve Jobs was fired from Apple? In this video, Steve Jobs speaks about several things, but in particular, how his being fired from Apple offered him an opportunity to reinvent, change and grow.

I attended the CED‘s Start Something celebration last night at the American Tobacco Campus and toured the new American Underground.  The whole purpose of what is being done at American Underground is to create an environment that nurtures new ideas and innovation.

Jobs’ advice to the graduating class at Stanford doesn’t have to be only for the young eager students graduating from college. Each of us on our journey to the next point in our career can take his advice and move forward.

Perhaps your unemployment will allow you to be like Steve Jobs.

Perhaps we all should Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.

What is this time in your life going to allow you to create, innovate, explore? What have you done foolish lately?

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Seeing Green – Green Economy, Green Careers, Green Jobs

August 24th, 2010

It seems the world is going green these days.

In the span of the next 8 weeks there are green events everywhere you look.

Want to understand the new Green Economy?  Michael Gaudet of Green Peak Research is presenting a class Transitioning to the New Green Economy at Wake Tech’s Cary Campus this week on Wednesday and Thursday this week  — August 25 – 26, 2010.  You can still attend the class, email Pat Taylor (pstaylor@waketech.edu) at Wake Tech and/or Michael Gaudet (mgaudet1@waketech.edu) directly to enroll.  It’s free to folks who are unemployed, underemployed or pending a layoff.

Green Drinks is going to be on the Greens – the Lonnie Poole Golf Course greens at NCSU that is, on Thursday, August 26, 2010.  For more information: http://www.triangleusgbc.org/events/event/150-green-drinks-drinks-on-the-green

A follow up to Transitioning to the New Green Economy, a one day course — Targeting Green Jobs in NC will be held on September 1, 2010 at Wake Tech’s Cary Campus, as with the previous course, it is free to folks who are unemployed, underemployed or pending a layoff.  Email Pat Taylor (pstaylor@waketech.edu) at Wake Tech and/or Michael Gaudet (mgaudet1@waketech.edu) directly to enroll.

Green NC (Career Day, Education Sessions, Trade Show, and Awards) will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at the NCSU McKimmon Center.  This event focuses on the Green Building, and is sponsored by the US Green Building Council NC Chapter.

The SJF 2010 Summit on the New Green Economy on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 14 – 15, 2010 will be held at the Downtown Durham Convention Center.

And the State Fair October 14 – 24, 2010 is getting into the action with an exhibit called Green NC.  Between the Deep Fried Twinkies and Pig Races, check out the exhibit.

And as if you haven’t seen enough Green yet, Triangle Business Journal is holding their Green Awards and Expo at the Embassy Suites in Cary on Tuesday, October 19, 2010.

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Strange things are afoot at the Circle K… er, blog

August 17th, 2010

Well, perhaps not that strange…  I’m actively trying to make the website more useful, so there are a few changes here and there…

You may have noticed the changes in layout – the links for Job Boards and Aggregators is now an entire page found via the tabs up there at the top of the page.  I’ve expanded out the boards that I had previously listed based on a presentation I recently gave at Hope Community Church’s Job Seeker’s group.

I’ve started a page with resources for Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed folks.  It seems there are a lot of people who are thinking about going this route – whether it is starting their own business, contracting while searching for that right opportunity, or doing consulting as a bridge until the right job comes along.  Regardless, the resources listed may help you if you are trying to pull together a marketing plan, weigh your options on whether to be an S-Corp or an LLC, or understand what forms need to be filed with the IRS.  There is a lot of information and free resources out there, so this list will be expanding regularly.

You may have heard from a little birdie that jwjobblog.com has started to tweet on Twitter.  The truth is people have been asking me to mention their events, job openings, classes they are teaching, job groups out there and there just was too much to blog about — and most of it wasn’t new or exclusive to me.  So the easiest way for me to get the word out and for you to find it Twitter.  So sign up, sign on, and follow @jwjobblog – all the tweets the triangle has to offer in one place.

If you have any suggestions as to resources, job boards, or events I may have missed, things you’d like to see tweeted, or professional organizations you’d like to see listed, please email me at jw at jwjobblog dot com.  Or leave a comment below.

So on to what is new with you?  Anything strange going on with your job search?  What other roads are you traveling to expand your options for employment?  Leave us a comment.

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