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:
- 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.
- Jennifer McClure from Cincy Recruiter’s World just spotlighted a post by Boolean Black Belt on how to find a job using LinkedIn. You need to read this right now. Seriously, don’t come back here until you’ve read the whole thing.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.