Interesting story in the news today, evidently a gentleman who had been unemployed for the last 2 years finally got a job. Congratulations to that person, I hope he does well.
But as I read the details of the story, I kept wondering about a few things. This person was laid off and his primary job search strategy was evidently standing on a street corner with sandwich sign – handing out resumes to those who walked by. His sandwich board proclaimed him almost homeless and his personal and family issues were in dire straits.
He did this as he collected unemployment checks for the past 99 weeks. He was fortunate in that he finally found work in the proverbial nick of time as his unemployment checks ran out.
There are a lot of different job search strategies an unemployed or laid off person could use. Yet, begging for a job on street corner is not one that I would consider productive. A popular, perhaps worn out, definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. For nearly two years, this gentleman stood on street corner with a sandwich board, handing resume to whomever, and begging for a job.
And I am sure he wanted a good paying job.
Toward the end of the story, after all the sensation parts went by, the author mentions that this gentleman got his job through “old-fashion” networking. He went to job fair and a friend introduced him to individual who would become his new boss. This gentleman thinks this notoriety help get him his interview.
But he had to network. Wow. Imagine that – he finally got a job through networking as his unemployment benefits began winding down. Versus not getting a job standing on street corner handing out resumes. What is done is done, yet, I wonder what would have happened if he spent as much time networking – in the beginning – as he did standing on a street corner.
Would not his time been better served researching, analyzing, networking fulltime from the very beginning versus standing on a street corner fulltime? Just wondering.
You know, mailing resume after resume to job advertisements on-line or off-line is only a step or 2 above what this guy was doing. It took the impending deadline of no unemployment checks for this guy to finalize wise up and do what works – networking.
Do not do what this person did. Do not waste 2 years of your life. Starting networking now, start developing your contacts now. As Harvey Mackay admonishes, “dig your well before you get thirsty.”
Well, congratulations to him and a warning to the rest of us. Every day is a networking opportunity.