For the past 39 years as a Talent Attraction expert, I have helped over 1,000 job seekers with brief conversations and close to another 300 professionals with paid career counseling.  While you may feel you are alone, there is always someone who will listen.

“But I Do Not Want To Bother Them”

I wish I had a dollar for every time someone told me that they did not want to bother another person for advice or help.

Isn’t that the purpose of a community?  Every member assisting neighbors, friends, family, and even total strangers when there is a problem.  The help may be physical – jumping in to help others when a windstorm uproots trees, helping strangers evacuate before or even during a flood, helping victims of a car accident, etc. It may be coaching unemployed neighbors, friends, or family during a pandemic.  Someone in your community is waiting to be informed there is someone who needs assistance.

Remember the recession in 2009? Of course, you do! During that summer we moved to Park City, UT. Someone read an article in the Park Record discussing the reason I moved to Park City.

Anne was a financial consultant who was receiving calls from people asking for assistance in their search for a job. Her friend, Ellen, was the Executive Director of Jewish Family Services.  Together, they were discussing how to help all of these members of the community who were looking for a job.  Then I dropped out of the sky (well, seemingly so).

Anne called me to ask if I would help them help other community members. “Of course, I am happy to help!” Interestingly, I was already writing blogs (like #JobSearch #Friday) to help people find new jobs.

Together, we created the Park City Career Network. For 6 ½ years, we met every Monday during the majority of the recession and then scaled back after the economy recovered. There was no cost to attend. The only rule was to come prepared to learn ways to find a job – and contribute open job notices to other members. After Anne and her husband moved to California, Pat joined us and contributed her knowledge as a Career Transition Coach.

Temple Har Shalom was nice enough to contribute space for our meetings.  During January’s, They needed their space for the Sundance Fim Festival. St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church across the road provided a classroom when we could not use Temple Har Shalom. The Community was at work to contribute to the effort of assisting professionals in their job search. Over 6 ½ years, we were aware of 108 professionals who found new positions. There were probably more who attended, benefitted, and then moved on to a new job.

The point is there are communities across the US (and probably in developed countries around the world) where meetings like this occur. I spoke at similar meetings in Ft. Collins, Colorado during the recession of the early 2000s. For 9 years, I spoke prior to career fairs in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, Iowa on how to find a job. I was a volunteer for all of these speaking engagements – simply to help people find their next job.

How Do I Find Help Like This?

First, it is important to swallow your pride. Let people you know that you need help finding a new job. Most people will happily open their networks to assist with your search. You are a valued member of their community.

Second, ACT on their advice! If I am volunteering my time to help you, you must accept my coaching and act on my advice. If you do not act and want to continue to talk about the problem, we will not spend more of my time. There is no purpose to continue the conversation.

Third, Expect Success!  When you decide (and it is Your Decision) to actively network your way to a new job, you will find your Dream Job. Every day, another professional who is actively engaged in a job search finds their job.

Your Job right now is simple. Conduct your search to find your dream job. Get dressed for work Every. Single. Day. You conditioned your brain that when you get up and prepare for work, you are going to work. Now use your brain and your voice to find your Dream Job.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you!

I wrote my books to duplicate my efforts to assist you in your search. My expert experience as both a Recruiter and Career Coach gives me a perspective few professionals have. My Salary Negotiation script solves that pain point for most job seekers. To accelerate your #Jobsearch, please immediately click on this link to my recent book, Employee 5.0: Secrets Of A Successful Job Search In The New World Order  My book contains the 12 Steps to find a new position in a nice, orderly fashion that follows your sales process.  According to a newspaper review, “It is refreshing to find an author who speaks With you and not At you!” It also has the stories of people who did well – and some who did not. You may learn from both sides.

My Talent Attraction business model is to work with one company at a time and charge a flat monthly fee.  This enables me to become part of a company’s team for short or long periods.  Therefore, I know what is going on behind the curtain that candidates and book writers outside of my field cannot see.

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See you on Fridays!

Coming Soon, my third book on Finding A JobExpect Success!  The Art Of The Over 50 Job Search!

Bill Humbert is available for Speaking, Talent Attraction Consulting, Career Transition Consulting, and Training contracts.  435-714-4425

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