Throw Yourself A Job Shower…..

Well, you’ve heard of baby, engagement and bridal showers.  Why not do something nice for yourself and have a Job Shower!  Forget Pink Slip Parties which help you network with equally desperate and unemployed folks all vying for the same job. What if you tried a different approach-desperate times, create desperate measures or something like that.  Be kind to yourself and allow others to help you and throw yourself a Job Shower!

You might ask, “How would that work exactly if I’m unemployed with no prospects on the way? That’s just the point, it’s easy and it’s about helping those who can help you – a win-win for everyone!  So instead of party favors, floral arrangements, and receiving meaningless gifts to mark the occasion, create a “Job Registry” listing all of the jobs, companies, positions you are interested in working for in your quest for your next job.

You can make this a virtual party or a real one, depending on your desire for an actual martini and how much you really like hanging out with your guests. Unlike the obligatory bridal shower where you have to invite Aunt Millie and your high school girl friend turned serial bridesmaid, here you can invite only those folks who will help fulfill your wish of finding your dream job and or working for your dream company.  Even if your idea is to start your own business, invite guests who will help you find resources like funding, business plans, office space and list your needs on your Job Registry and invite those who can help you build your dream.

Ok, here’s how you get started.  Start by inviting 10-15-20 of your friends, colleagues, contacts from your network and each of them has to bring you a “gift” from your Job Registry.  Each guest will be instructed to provide you with any one of the following: 1) a job lead that you have heard about but don’t have a contact at the company, 2) an interview with one of your target companies, 3) a barter service to help you with your headshot, resume, or portfolio, 4) a list of legitimate prospects and or contacts you don’t already have on your list, and best of all, 5) a potential for a job offer, project or consulting assignment!

Forget about getting drunk at another networking event and meeting people you don’t know or who really don’t want to know you. With a job shower, you are throwing the party and are in complete control of the invites, the gifts and the potential for a job offer from one of your guests!  This is a way for your friends or contacts to not only help you, but you in return can provide your own “party favor” and offer to barter your services to those who come bearing gifts and help them in some special way as well.  You can personalize your party favor too by offering your guests services like pet sitting, house cleaning, gardening, or whatever else that person needs assistance with in their lives.

You can keep it small to start.  No need to rent a hall, hire a band or a professional photographer.  All you need to start is provide  your guests with your “Job Registry” and hope they will come bearing some meaningful and entertaining leads and offer you a gift you won’t be looking to return.

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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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