Camping Tip: Check to see if your campground is on fire before you get there (what does this have to do with your job search??)

August 13th, 2013

patch_springs_fireCamping clothes: Check

Food for 3 days, 7 people: Check

Tent, sleeping bags, etc.: Check

Water: Check

Check to see if the campground is on fire… oops.  We forgot to do that. (details: ours was the Patch Springs Fire)

I just got back from a three day campout with my family.  When we were driving to a somewhat unfamiliar area I noticed some really, really cool clouds.  As we got closer to the destination we realized that the clouds were in fact clouds AND smoke from a forest fire.    The closer we got the more I realized it was coming from… right where we were going to camp.

Who ever googles to see if the location they are going to is on fire?

I didn’t even think about it.

When we got there we found a couple of campers from Michigan who said someone told them if the fire came over the ridge (over the hill), the entire town would evacuate.  We were closer to the fire than the town.  We watched for a few hours and then decided we would stay, and that we should pitch our tent.  The first few hours of our trip we weren’t even sure if we would stay or if we were supposed to just turn around and go home!

By the next morning the smoke was gone (it was back by lunch, though).  We stayed the entire time, as planned, and had a blast.  We built family relationships, gave the kids memories, bonded, and all came home smelling like campers.

What does this have to do with your job search? I don’t know… how about:

:: Sometimes, with all of the preparation you make, things will just go wrong, like the business or industry you join, will be minutes away from catastrophe.

Do you risk it and stay there, or do you pack up and go back home?

It’s totally up to you.

:: Sometimes, where there is smoke, there isn’t necessarily fire (that will affect you).  In other words, it might seem like a dangerous or volatile situation, but you might be far enough away that there is plenty to do and enjoy (as was the case at our campground).

:: Have a Plan B.  Our Plan B was to go home and pitch the tent in the backyard.  Not ideal but heck, if there was a fire pushing us out we weren’t going to stay!  Do you have a Plan B?  Did the people at Enron, who got forced out with very little (or, NO) notice, have a Plan B?  Would it have helped them?  51 Alternatives to a Real Job is a book about Plan Bs.

Maybe there are other lessons.  My lesson was to JUST DO IT.  Just be there and make memories and create traditions.

Others might leave, others might think you are crazy, but your career choices are YOURS.



51 Alternatives to a Real Job interview with Jeff Rock

August 9th, 2013

Yesterday I spent 30 minutes on an interview with Jeff Rock, a career and personal branding coach.  It is always fun to brag about your own stuff and Jeff was a gracious host.

The book is now available in paperback, on the kindle, and on other ereaders.

I hope this short interview inspires you – I really get jazzed talking about this stuff.  This is the stuff that helped me go from hopeless and depressed in my own job search to hopeful and excited when I expanded my vision from looking for a traditional job to being open to creating other revenue streams.

Enjoy the interview!  (click the icon to go to the blogtalkradio page, then push play there or click here to download)




Dave Perry: Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters interview

August 7th, 2013

This almost-two-hour interview was AWESOME.  I tried to stay quiet as much as I could and let Dave just talk.  I think he is brilliant.  His ideas are gutsy.

The only question is, are you going to DO any of them?  Watch here.

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Ask The Expert: Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters with Dave Perry

August 5th, 2013
This dude is SERIOUS about your job search

This dude is SERIOUS about your job search

Dave Perry is the Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters expert (see his third edition book here).   Tomorrow (Tuesday) we will chat on our monthly Ask The Experts call at 9am  Mountain, 11at Eastern.  Dave is awesome… register right now here.

Here are past ATE recordings…. lots of awesome stuff there!



Great news: Only 37,701 layoffs last month (July 2013)

August 2nd, 2013

A research firm announced layoffs fell almost 5% from June.  In total, between June and July, there were almost 80,000 layoffs.  Read the numbers here.

I can appreciate that economists like this dip from June to July.  Especially government economists.

But here is the reality… I’m guessing every layoff probably severely affects about six people:

1. The person who is laid off,

2. The person’s spouse (assumption: 1 spouse)

3. The person’s kids (assumption: 2 kids)

4. The person’s parents (assumption: 2 parents)

(speaking to my assumptions – not everyone will have a spouse, but an ex that doesn’t get alimony or child support because there is no income is also affected. Some people don’t have any kids, others have a lot more than 2, and some people have only one living parent while others have 2 parents and 2 step parents… so I’m guessing for every one person laid off there is an average of 6 others who are closely affected)

So the number is really not 80,000 people affected… more like 480,000 people.

Is that great news?

Tell these people about JibberJobber to organize their job search!

Tell these people about 51 Alternatives to a Real Job!

Tell these people to get started on the right foot, with the first  30 days plan!

Help these people!  It is more than just tens of thousands that are affected…


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