Archive for November, 2012

Holiday Gift List 2012

November 24, 2012

I”m trolling for ideas.  We all know people who are unemployed.  Scared.  Broke.  And needing to know they are not alone.

I hope to publish my annual list of best gifts for job hunters early in December.

Help!  Is there a new book?  New web service?  Or old beloved classic way to help?  I’d love input from readers and fellow bloggers.  If you are unemployed, what could Santa leave for you that would make a difference?  (I know, I know, a job…)

Seasonal – nice work if you can get it…

November 19, 2012

How many times do unemployed people hear that at least they can pick up work at the department store because it is the holiday rush?  And what happens when they try?

I know what often happens.  And I don’t know why.

What happens is that they don’t get the job.

  • you don’t fit the profile,
  • sorry, we already have a list of qualified applicants,
  • you’re overqualified.

Why?  I was reminded today that seasonal hires are often considered for permanent employment during the next year.  And if this never was your career goal, you truly wouldn’t be an appropriate candidate.  Your resume doesn’t support this goal, your references are not prepared to talk about retail, your wardrobe and demeanor are not quite on target.

But I’m guessing.  Have any readers been successful at being hired for seasonal work lately?  If so, please share!  What was the interview process like?  How open were you about your aspirations?  And how did the job work out?

Kid Wisdom

November 13, 2012

I’ve long observed that when you ask a six-year-old what she wants to do when she grows up, she knows an answer – or two or three.

One of my children wanted to be a writer.  And she’s a wonderful writer to this day.

The other one wanted to be a veterinarian or a pediatrician who sews her children’s clothing.  Not quite what she does today, being more entrenched in workplace safety and safety supplies.

But it strikes me that people who are stuck in their career dilemmas should think about it from the viewpoint of a kid.  Maybe it was easier then.

I think of a client whose young child said, “Mommy, you ought to do what makes you happy.  Like writing in that book.”  And that book turned out to be her journal.  And yes, I think Mom is pursuing a job that focuses more on creative writing, less on churning out proposals.

A colleague, Maureen Anderson, has posted a few recent stories about kids and their insights.  Check them out ( and then find your inspiration in what you used to think or what your kids are telling you.

Anyone care to join the conversation about how easy it used to be?

Career Counseling – or what?

November 1, 2012

I’ve been away on vacation, and to get back into bloglife, I’d like to share a picture:  I think its caption is Career Counseling, Brighton, UK:  

True picture.  I saw this wagon parked on the pier at the famous Victorian-era Brighton Pier, in the south of England.  Was I tempted?  Heck yes, and I”m really regretting not buying a session with Ivor.  The cost was 20 pounds ($32).  And I chickened out.  I could have learned about my career, love, happiness and luck, and I balked at 20 measly pounds?

I now understand why people hesitate to call a career specialist.  It’s a lot of money!  How do I know if this is on the level?

And so I didn’t do it.  I didn’t walk up the steps into this caravan and hand over money to this unknown, shadowy figure I could see moving about it.

I think I’ll regret it for a long time.  Would have made for some wonderful blog items.  And I might have learned what the future holds for me.

Has anyone out there visited with Ivor?