6 Things I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You About

6 Things I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You About

by Kerry Scott on 27 July 2009


I had intended to do a longer post today, but it’s my kid’s 4th birthday.  I gave her a set of Little House on the Prairie dolls, and now I am going to spend my morning helping the Pa doll build a log cabin on the prairie of our family room using Lincoln Logs.  Try not to be consumed with envy.

So here are some links I’ve been meaning to pass on to you:

  1. Cheezhead recently posted about the latest accessory for the unemployed:  bracelets and t-shirts that proclaim your need for a job.  While I’m down with the idea that you really have to leave no stone unturned in looking for leads, I am not sure I’d have the nerve to actually wear these.  Unemployment is hard enough on your self-esteem.
  2. Jennifer McClure from Cincy Recruiter’s World just spotlighted a post by Boolean Black Belt on how to find a job using LinkedInYou need to read this right now. Seriously, don’t come back here until you’ve read the whole thing.
  3. The Simple Dollar had a post a while back on whether you can really earn money using Amazon’s MTurk.  If you’re looking for some extra cash, this might be worth checking out.
  4. The Wall Street Journal recently had an article pointing out that even in this job market, employers are far more interested in hiring people who still have jobs than those who don’t.  This is why you have to build your network long before you lose your job.  It’s one of those things you tend to want to put off as long as possible.  Please don’t be that stupid.
  5. Alison Green from Ask a Manager writes a weekly column for U.S. News on career issues.  They’re all good, but this one on the #1 question your resume should answer was one of her best.  If you do this, you’ll have a great resume.
  6. One thing about unemployed people is that they like to start blogs.  I’ve had a few questions lately about how to do that, which amuses me, because clearly this is not my area of expertise.  If it was, this blog would look a lot fancier, and there would be no mention of things like Little House on the Prairie dolls.  If you’re looking to start a blog, you should check out Anna’s new series at ABDPBT Tech.  It’s a step-by-step guide from the truly-beginner level on up.  I’ve learned all kinds of stuff (I haven’t applied it all, because, alas, I’m a little lazy.  But it’s all on the to-do list, and when it starts snowing here, I’m going to get busy.).

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to figure out how to make a Tonka truck look like a covered wagon.

Photo by hern42

As always, thanks to Anna at ABDPBT, who started the Fighting Listlessness on Mondays trend in blogging. Anna’s blog isn’t about job hunting; it’s about other, way more interesting things. I highly recommend it.

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Ask a Manager July 27, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Aw, thank you!

And Lincoln Logs: how I loved those. Hopefully you’re also making a balloon out of a pig’s bladder, like they did in Little House in the Big Woods.
.-= Ask a Manager´s last blog ..7 mistakes managers make when giving criticism =-.

Charles July 28, 2009 at 10:27 am

I saw that WSj article about only hiring those who are currently employed – nothing new that I haven’t been hearing for years from some people.

However, what I found most interesting was the “correction” listed at the bottom of the article. I guess Bobby Fitzgerald thought being in the article would give his restaurant “free publicity.” It seems that he may have had second thoughts after seeing how he and his comments were portrayed in the article.

Kerry Sandberg Scott July 28, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Ask a Manager—we went to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Day at Old World Wisconsin, a historic site that is cool beyond description. One of the things they had was a real pig’s bladder that you could throw. My kid refused to touch it. Chip off the ol’ block, that one.

Charles—I hadn’t seen the addendum. That is very interesting. I guess it’s not so smart to look like a weenie in a national publication. Who knew?

Ken Moir July 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Here’s another great resource for all those aspiring bloggers — it’s a free e-book from the always-excellent Write to Done blog, called “The Zen Habits Story: How I Got 100,000 Subscribers in Two Years:” http://is.gd/1UTU4.
.-= Ken Moir´s last blog ..scenario planning makes a comeback =-.

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