You Are Not Alone…

Finding your way through the myriad of updates, news blasts and Tweets about jobs and the economy is like finding your way out of a maze.  Who do you listen to and who can you trust?  It’s not that you shouldn’t be reminded of how the unemployment rate is nearing 10%, or that certain sectors of the economy like manufacturing for instance, may be part of a bygone era.  It’s good to know where the opportunities lie and where to put your efforts.  Knowledge is Power someone wise once said.  But when is all of this “breaking news” too much of a good thing?  When do you stop taking the advice of others and start listening to yourself?  If you are wondering who on earth you should trust, you are not alone.

It would be nice to dial down the volume and listen to your own thoughts for a change. How do you sort through all of the media noise and decipher what is valuable information versus what is just noise?  Noise leads to fear and confusion and nothing good comes from that. When you are not sure how to process the information, or whose information it’s safe to process, go within and find a quiet place and listen to yourself. Your thoughts can lead you to a safe place where you and you alone can make sense of the information that is coming at you.  

As a media and communication major in college, I spent a lot of time reading and writing about world news and events and studying the effects of media’s message on the masses.  Today, it’s an entirely different world.  There are so many avenues to give and receive information that you have to be mindful about where you and how you get updated.  The bombardment of news and information on a second by second basis, can cause you to blur over with confusion and doubt as you stare helplessly at your Blackberry wondering which Tweet you should be following and when.

It’s important as you journey towards your next job that you consider all points of view. Whether it’s updates on the soaring unemployment rate, the demise of the auto industry, NAFTA, free trade, expansions in technology, Pink Slip parties and where on earth to look for your next job, listening past the noise will help you determine where you should focus your attention. 

You are stronger than you think and you have the ability to know what is best for you. Taking advice from professionals, the news media, your friends and family are all important in helping guide you but at the end of the day, it’s what you think, feel, believe and desire that will ultimately have the most impact and gain you the most traction in your journey forward. When you are truly quiet and can get in touch with what you really want, these are the times you gain the most insight and value in helping craft the plan that will get you to your final destination.  In this, you truly are not alone.

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High Growth, High Tech, All We Want is High Touch…

The world is beckoning, “Come Tweet With Me!”  MySpace, FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter have become household names in a span of a few years. The rate in which change happens used to be measured in decades, five year plans and terms of office. Now, we measure change in nano-seconds, or at least as fast as your last tweet. What is happening to the world of communication?  I don’t know if we should all be excited or mildly confused?   We know we have grown into a community that wants it quicker, faster, shorter, smarter, that we can boldly declare ourselves the “Now Generation!”

At no other time in our history, have we been a more global nation than we are today. Communication technology is a wonderful thing.  It will ultimately be responsible for creating some of the new wealth and booming economy and be responsible for an increase in jobs in the coming years like no other time before.  Rapid growth leads to rapid change.  Rapid change leads to more change, and that’s when we start to notice something has disappeared?   When high growth meets high tech we lose the one thing that really impacts us all, high touch.  In a world where picking up the phone is as novel a concept as flying to the moon on your lunch hour, we are in jeopardy of losing our ability to speak and to communicate on a unique and personal level.  

It’s great when we learn how Ashton Kutcher has just received 1 million  followers on Twitter, but what does that really mean to anyone? It’s not to say that the information technology era we are living in is completely void of “personality.”  But, we are missing the high touch that comes with personal contact.  Whether it’s working along side your co-worker or having dinner with your family, we all need, and on some level require, the presence of another living being. Virtual, does not need to imply “virtually no interaction.”  

The job market for example is changing with technology in a whole new way. Classified job advertisements in newspapers, circulars and trade magazines was for decades the standard way anyone ever used to really learn about jobs. Search firms, temporary agencies and your “personal network” provided other resources until the emergence of technology came to pass.  Today with the emergence of job boards, which have surprisingly only been around in the last 10 years, will soon be considered archaic, and will be replaced by new business practices such as “Twitter, SimplyHired, LinkedIn and other equally non-personal ways to seek out your next career.

Don’t get me wrong, running an online recruitment business for the past 8 years, I’m all for faster, better, smarter myself.  What I fear in all this is how far we are ultimately removing ourselves from personal interaction. The ability to converse with someone when we actually do get in front of an interviewer or more importantly, when we actually land the job is as important an aspect of communication that our last post on Facebook.

Is all this high growth, high tech without high touch the way the Now Generation prefers to communicate?  If so, it is a sad commentary on the evolution of media and communication in this generation no matter how remarkable our efforts to excel technologically have proven.  But, I am more hopeful than that.  In this world of faster, better, smarter we have ourselves to blame when we relay too heavily on technology to be the primary means by which we communicate.  The brilliance in this movement is the way in which we can reach the masses with our message so directly and so precisely hitting our exact target. What we need however, is to not lose sight of the one thing that matters, our ability to relate on a personal level to the people we physically come in contact with in all areas of our life.

The good news is that I know someone will create an APP that will turn the virtual into the personal, as we continue to enjoy our cyber-latte, reading our morning Kindle.

And here’s to embracing the “Now Generation!”

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