Me & My Muse – Day 1404: Time for the Weekend…

And it’s also time to read more of my “What Color is Your Parachute?”  book.  Everyone.  If you are experiencing a career change, got laid off, or are looking for a better job, I strongly recommend that you check this book out.  Richard N. Bolles, the author of this book, has updated this book for the past 40 years, and it is filled with up-to-date information about the job industry and the strategies that must be implemented to find a job in the current age and economy that we live in.

Now, I’ve given it my all, and it’s time to continue.  I have applied for a job, got it forwarded to the hiring manager, got a good word put in for me, and I have not so much as gotten an interview for it.

If we look at the lessons from this book, Bolles describes the purpose of HR well.  For them, it’s an elimination game.  When you have over 200 applicants for one position, there not much time to go through every one.  The process must be narrowed down to at least eight to ten applicants, with a second interview narrowing it down to about three to five.  From there, the candidate is decided.

For us, we want it to be the hiring game.  And this requires bypassing the elimination filters.  Do you know someone at that job that you’re applying for?  Get a referral from them.  Get a few letters of recommendation from a few friends that you know well.  And by friends, I mean ones that you know professionally.  They be a mentor, or someone that you know at an organization.  Doing this will bypass the elimination filters and get you to the very top.

So now it continues, and I’ll let you in on a secret.  The best job that you want to have is something that you really love to do.  Don’t choose a job just for the pay, but base it off of the skills and talents that you possess.

Having that said,  the search continues.  The plan for next week?  Get some good letters of recommendation and start using them with my applications.  And it’s time for the weekend…

Today’s high is going to be 67 degrees and the silver lining is the weekend finally being here.

To those of you who are glad that it’s Friday,  I hope that you all have a fantastic day.


Muse:  Nice piece.  For my Jedi training, I just about caught up to Rey!  I’ll have her bested by the end of the weekend…

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