Archive for June, 2012

My Brother-in-Law, the Marine

mikeThis October, my brother-in-law will conclude his career in the Marine Corps. This guy IS the Marines. For most of his 20-year career, he has been part of the Marines’ elite recon force, equivalent to ninjas in my book. So that is why when the phone rings and the guy asks me for some help getting a job, I make it top priority. Mind you, this is the guy that said to me before I married his sister, “You hurt my sister and I will break your face.” Continue reading ‘My Brother-in-Law, the Marine’

Take Pride in What You Do

A few years back when I was nineteen years old, I remember filing for unemployment. I went down to the old TEC office on Spencer in Pasadena arriving there at about 8:30 a.m. thinking “the early bird gets the worm.” Boy was I wrong! There was a line out the door with about 75 people lined up on the sidewalk waiting to get in on this mid-summer morning. After a couple of hours in line and covered in sweat, I finally got in the door and took a number. After waiting a few more hours, I finally got to meet with someone to discuss my situation, but was dismissed after just a few minutes. I thought to myself, “Wow, that was really helpful – NOT.” Nevertheless, I proceeded to look for work, and luckily within a week, found a new job. All was OK for the time being. Continue reading ‘Take Pride in What You Do’

Dumbing Down a Resume: Is It Smart?

Often people with excellent job skills and extensive years of work experience sit with me and complain that their job search is stretching out far too long. They begin to consider taking jobs below their level of expertise just to make ends meet. Their first questions to me are “What should I do about my resume? Should I dumb down my experience and qualifications to get a lesser level position?” Continue reading ‘Dumbing Down a Resume: Is It Smart?’

Back Alley Deals and the Hidden Job Market.

Peek-a-boo, I see you.

We have all heard of the mysterious hidden job market, but what is it? We conjure up ideas of roundtable discussions being held in some smoke-filled room with lots of cognac being served on ice–tangible deals for only a select few. Yeah right? Not! Continue reading ‘Back Alley Deals and the Hidden Job Market.’