JibberJobber is officially 4 years old! May 15 was our anniversary, celebrated with cake and brownies and hurrays! This week I’m taking a break from normal blogging to share some thoughts I brainstormed yesterday as I had a new challenge presented to me – a challenge which I’m quite emotionally involved in.
In the last four years I have talked about how to find a job, job search tactics, job search strategies, guerrilla job search stuff, etc. Because of my bias I tend to write about and for white collar PROFESSIONALS, just because that’s what I am. I also tend to ignore then career counseling question of “what do you want to be when you grow up,” because that usually hasn’t applied to me.
Yesterday, however, I sat down with a good friend who is in a job search. This is a guy who can fix anything, and has spent his entire career working with his hands. I’ve seen his work first-hand and it is wonderful. He’s an artist, a craftsman, broadly talented, and takes considerable pride in his work. He recently transitioned out of the direction he was headed in his career and is in a step job right now to make ends meet – but it’s not where he wants to end up.
He told me that he has worked the last 14 days (night shift – yuck) and looked exhausted. I asked him what he was doing in the job search and he shared a bare-minimum strategy with me. It’s hard to do a job search when your step job is so exhausting, but the bigger problem was, it seems, he didn’t know where to start, or what to do. He was doing “job search stuff,” but it is the normal stuff that isn’t enough.
We chatted for about 20 minutes and then I spent the next hour brainstorming what I’d tell him, or help him with.
That’s what this blue collar job search will be about. I bet it will go into next week and I’ll probably make an ebook out of it.
Please contribute your own ideas and thoughts and tactics as I blog about…. tomorrow we start with what I think might be the first step… any guesses on what it is?