Job-Seeker Advice

By Dave Hutchinson

Ezra is looking for a job. He has experience with a wide variety of security related companies. He has looked in the newspaper and checked with his friends. It seems that he is always just a day late. The jobs are all taken. What can he do? Is it possible that he has talked himself out of work? Let’s consider the language we use when it comes to finding work.
We use terms like ‘job seeking’, ‘job hunt’, ‘and job search’. Could we be more positive?

Those expressions used above convey a misconception: It sounds too easy. After all, finding a job is easy. Getting the job is another matter.

The word ‘pursuit’ conveys more action, energy, focus.
Consider these examples: seeking a hidden treasure; searching for a lost set of keys; house hunting. All three of these may have a sense of urgency because of the situation. None tells us about the object or target of the search, hunt, or looking. They are all very general.

“There’s a treasure out there somewhere.” Or, “I don’t know where my keys are, but I’m looking for them.” Or my favorite is my little brother saying, “I’m waiting for work”.  Really? While you sit at home watching cartoons? Is someone going to come knocking on your door with a job? Stop me before I write another book!

Now think about things that pursue. Imagine a sniper. If the target is moving, the sniper can’t aim at the target. He must aim ahead of it. Predatory animals do this instinctively. Some rifles calculate everything for you and tell you where to aim.
Our target is a career.

Our aim needs to be in front of it, because things are always changing. We want a job with a ‘forward-moving’ company.  So, let’s consider changing our language. Consider what we can do with the word “pursue”.

The question is: How can I ‘aim ahead’ of the job I want?
One way is to consider the future. Many of us are on the edge of the baby boomer generation. To us, life without technology would be ideal. The companies today—including executive protection and body guard companies—are up-to-date. We need to ‘get ahead’ by being technologically competent, if not expert.

The paper resume may not be dead, but the buzzards are definitely circling. If you are totally computer illiterate, there are many opportunities to learn basic computer skills. Some classes are free; others are offered when you buy a computer. Take a class. This will get you started as you move forward with technology.

Once you have figured out how to go on the internet, you will find that many companies prefer electronic resumes. If you are reading this online, you are already well past this stage.  Now, let’s assume that you have put your resume out there in cyber space.

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