I wrote this book because I am an expert at finding and obtaining employment. I have searched and found employment over and over again. My academic credentials include two degrees; an MBA and a BA in Computer Science. My most important asset has been my ability to always find employment. Over the past 20 years, I have submitted over 5,000 resumes, taken over 300 phone and/or face-to-face interviews and worked for 16 companies with salaries in excess of $100,000. I sought out job after job because I did not know my passion, my calling, my purpose, my chief aim in life because I was chasing the “almighty dollar”. My career path has afforded me an opportunity to hire people. As a hiring manager, I have conducted more than 200 interviews and hired well over 150 people which makes me a subject-matter expert. The key to finding your dream job starts with your resume and following a process that I have created called EMPLOYMENTOLOGY.[top]
In the early phases of my work history, it was not uncommon for people to work for one employer 10, 15, 20 years or more. Today, most people do not remain with one employer for more than 10 years and their expectation is to be fired, laid off, down-sized, or riffed (meaning to have dismissed an employee because their job was eliminated) sometime in their career. "The person who gets the job is not the most qualified for the job; it’s the person who is the most qualified at getting the job." If you want to get employed, you will need to become an expert at finding and obtaining employment.[top]
If you are planning to use historical job seeking techniques (online job postings, billboards, trade publications, Craigslist) and networking with close friends, you should expect your search to be tedious and time consuming. You’ve posted your resume on all the job boards, responded to hundreds of job postings and yet, you are getting nowhere. Posting your resume and responding to jobs on job posting boards WILL NOT GET YOU AN INTERVIEW! Things have changed and there are two problems with the historical approach: Problem #1: Searching public sites vs. individual company sites is too broad and Problem #2: There is outdated information on public sites.[top]
Unemployment is slowing down and more companies are starting to hire. In order to find the “Job of Your Dreams,” you’ve got to be willing to change your techniques. Read Chapter Five to learn about seven steps to get you there.[top]
Step 1 – Find Your Passion - Chase your passion not a pension. Go after what you want!
Step 2 – Create Your Resume – Write your own resume in Microsoft Word. Don’t focus on a clean sleek look; the format is not as important as finding employment – stay focused on the goal.
Step 3 – Create Company List – Need to create a short and master list of companies that match your skill set or qualifications. Start with the short list, but exhaust the master list of companies until you find your dream job.
Step 4 – The Job Search – Review your company lists (short & master) to find job openings and only apply to positions that you are qualified to work! It is not about flooding the marketplace with your resume if there is no passion for the work!
Step 5 – Create Your Profile – Make sure you have an up-to-date profile (resume, cover letter, references). Complete online profiles and keep usernames and passwords current.
Step 6 – Networking – Make sure that everyone in your network is aware that you are seeing employment. You must promote your skill and ability to get the dream job that you want!
Step 7 – Interviewing That Will Get You Employed – Remember that "The person who gets the job is not the most qualified for the job; it’s the person who is the most qualified at getting the job." You must have a value add for the company and be able to solve a business problem.
Our economy and all of our systems are struggling and that is why it is so difficult finding and obtaining employment. The paradigm shift is that the Baby Boomer generation is no longer spending; producers are no longer producing as much as they did before because of the lack of demand for their products and services. Companies only hire more people when the demand for their products and/or services increases…! Our federal government CANNOT CREATE JOBS!!!! So stop looking for Washington to bail you out, you’ve got to go out and find the job of your dreams. Your mantra has to be: "IF IT’S TO BE, IT’S UP TO ME"[top]
Generation Y (age 25 and under), also known as the Millennial Generation, Generation Next, Net Generation, Echo Boomers and Worst Generation --"The Unemployed Generation". The current economic conditions have led to a dramatic increase in youth poverty, unemployment, and a high percentage of young college graduates living with their parents. These students are graduating with an average of $50,000 in student loan debt because they did not get the right type of degrees and as a result, their salaries are not at the level to sustain paying off student loans. The goal for Generation Y is to graduate with the least amount of student debt as possible. To be successful, this generation must do their research and focus on degrees that compliment jobs in the industry that are expanding and growing. Statistics show that between now and 2020, the following are the top three industries for the future: Health Care, Educational Services, and Food Services.[top]
One of the secrets to becoming wealthy and earning more income is that you MUST first decide that you want it. The amount of money you receive will always be in direct ratio to the demand for what you do, to your ability to do it, and to the difficulty of replacing you. There is really three areas of money that are important:
The key to wealth is to have a plan – set goals! Wealth is about changing your mindset -- you must become WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT!!![top]
This road begins and ends within your mind! I read a book on this road that changed my view of success, the book is called “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. I had been searching for the secret to success all of my life and in just six words, this book spelled it out -- “WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK ABOUT!” I received the answer that I needed. “I can determine what I think about; therefore, I can determine what I can become.” In layman’s terms, people who think about wealth become wealthy and people who think about failing, become failures. Now that you know the secret to success, stay on the right road to acquire the success you seek.[top]
It’s your duty as an American to invoke the right to become as rich, wealthy and happy as you want. The Declaration of Independence states that we have the right to pursue any lawful business or vocation, in any manner not inconsistent with the equal rights of others, which may increase your wealth/prosperity or develop your faculties, so as to give you your highest enjoyment possible. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness means you are to live a course of living that produces extreme pleasure for yourself. The pursuit of happiness means, you have the right to pursue your dream no matter how big it is! I challenge you to dream big - DON’T GIVE UP![top]
Whatever you want in life, you will have to TAKE IT and sometimes, take it by force! If you commit yourself to dreaming big, to becoming better at what you do, and never giving up, there is virtuously nothing in this world you cannot accomplish. Your success in life will be largely determined by your ability to find your true calling. You must work to find the right work for you to do, and you must put your whole heart, mind, soul, and body into it. You must begin to walk in the spirit of excellence. There are no limits on what you can be, have, or do if you can find your true calling. I challenge you to become this person! Start now! You don’t always get in life what you want; you get in life what you expect. It’s called "The Pygmalion Effect." Remember that finding a job is not easy, you must have some goals and a process; a methodical approach to finding employment. This book will give you the recipe to find and obtain employment. Now, go get your dream job![top]