On December 15th, 1998, I rushed my four and a half month old daughter to the hospital. She had gone in to heart arrest, again. This would be the 4th time in as many months that we rushed Shannon to the hospital after she had gone in to heart arrest. This time though, as I handed her to the emergency room nurse I said, “It’s time. She’s old enough now. Please do the heart surgery.”
I was visibly shaking but my resolve was solid. This time traffic was heavy and we had cut it close. We couldn’t use an ambulance. We lived one the opposite side of the border to where the ‘children’s hospital’ was located and the ambulance was not allowed to drive her there, even though we’d already been told there was nothing anyone could do fer her at the hospital up the street from our home.
Thankfully, each time Shannon went into heart arrest it happened at night. On a good night I could make it to the hospital in about 8 minutes. We had roughly 13 minutes to travel the 19.2 kilometers before brain damage would start to set in, so we had to leave as soon as we heard her stop breathing. Because of the urgency we had to leave our other 3 children at home alone.
To make sure the kids at home were safe, we had enlisted an army of volunteers from our church who were on the ready – for up to 6 months – to drive to our house if their phone rang in the middle of the night. There was no guessing. They knew it was us calling. And we’d already left before they’d had time to answer the phone. If you’re wondering, why we had to drive our daughter ourselves was due more to politics than the health-care system.
Fortune smiled on us and we were able to take her home on the 20th just in time for Christmas. I have to tell you, it was the best Christmas we’ve ever had. To thank our friends and neighbors and the army of volunteers from church who watch over our other 3 children we decide to have a New Year’s Eve party.
I really thought my ‘gift’ had been the safe return of my baby daughter. I would soon discover that Shannon’s operation and safe return were just the beginning of a gift which would last more than 16 years and likely until my passing 56 years from now.
Here’s where this story really begins.
It was a big party. Fortunately we had very little furniture in our new house at that time so it wasn’t hard to fit the 100+ adults and children.
Our lives changed for ever that evening when Anita and I learned that several of the people I really thought we knew well, where out of work and hadn’t said anything to us. I mean we’re headhunters for goodness sake, we know what to do in these situations. I was shocked to hear both had been out of work for quite a while and hadn’t said anything to anyone. In fact the only reason I found out was because one of them had thanked me profusely for inviting his entire family, accidentally confessing they hadn’t eaten like this in months…. which lead to my discovery of his being in ‘between opportunities’. (We helped fix that quickly in the New Year.)
I admit I was stunned. Shocked I didn’t know how bad things were for him and his family: shocked that he hadn’t said anything. Disappointed at myself because I hadn’t paid closer attention: humbled that he and his family – who were in such a terrible situation – took the time to help us with our baby when he could have/should have been pounding the pavement looking for work.
That night Anita and I started what has become a tradition amongst our friends, old and new.
Every year we have a Christmas party. I know a lot of people. We invited old friends, new friends and many of our clients who live in the Ottawa Valley and anyone who’s traveling through at the time. It often takes Anita up to 3 days to prepare for it. It’s grand event and we all have a good time.
Now, no one has ever known – until just now – one of the side benefits of the party AND the major reason we host it was becasue of that New Years Eve party in 1998. We learned from out mistakes. At every Christmas party, miraculously, several of our friends seem to find new ‘career opportunities’ while talking with someone at the party. Someone who may have been invited that particular evening because we felt they might benefit from meeting someone else we also knew.
Now, I understand that not everyone has the time or energy to arrange a party to help their unemployed friends find a job. And in fact if people knew what you were doing they likely wouldn’t attend out of misplaced pride. However I know you can still make a huge impact on someone you know AND not have to worry about their ego getting in the way and destroying the friendship.
Here are a few things we’ve done over the years:
- Make a mortgage payment or pay their property taxes for them.
- Order a cord of wood or pay for a delivery of oil for their furnace. (There’s really not much anyone can do when wood gets dumped in their driveway)
- Slip a gift card for groceries or a department store, anonymously in their mail box.
- Pay their Internet or their subscription to the newspaper [both of which are essential to job hunters and ironically are often the first to be cut from the family budget].
- Pay their utility bill.
- Please feel free to add to the list if you can and pass it on (I’m always learning for readers)
Use your imagination. [None of the above are guaranteed to be easy to do in your area of the world so experiment. Just be practical and don;t leave any trace back to you.]
Do it quietly and expect nothing in return. MOST importantly, never tell them – even if it’s 15 years later. Never admit to it. If your friends find out you risk losing your friendship, not strengthening it, so be anonymous no matter what, even if they hint about it later. Pride is a funny thing and has held many people back when they could least afford it. Just keep emotions out of it and do the right thing and never look back.
We’ve done this every year since 1998 – and not just at Christmas. Shannon’s safe return was not the only ‘gift’ I received that Christmas. I discovered how to give back in a meaningful way and feel good about privately – that was my Christmas bonus in 98.
So why am I writing about this now?
Because the last 10 years has dramatically changed the world around us. Economic uncertainty and change are now the only constant and many people have no idea how to cope. Many have lost hope as their lives spiral out of control.
Many are consumed with shame – the shame of job loss and the shame of not being able to provide for themselves or their family AND while might argue that they shouldn’t be for many reasons — it’s their reality and the shame is very real.
All jobs are temporary now and unemployment and foreclosure is only a handful of paychecks away for most people. For me, Christmas and Hanuka signify hope, and hope is all that many job hunters have right now.
My intent today was to let you know about several ways to help others which you might not have considered before. That’s it. So, if you have a job I’m inviting you to to enjoy the gift of giving. I guarantee you that your life will never be the same AND you may just save someone life or at the very least give them relief and hope that better days are ahead because they are.
And if you’re looking for work right now I implore you to let your friends and family know how they can best help you and your family. Please consider this – wouldn’t you help your friends and family if you knew they were in trouble? Of course you would. Give us the same opportunity today. We may need your help tomorrow. Letting us help is a great gift to give us.
God bless – Happy Hanuka and Merry Christmas
Twesume has become a new trend for searching a job. To help you tweet your way to get a lucrative job, here we have shared some smart Twitter Templates that can get you a new job quickly.
8 basic Twitter templets
Your Twitter job search tip begins with using these templates for your desired position and industry. Some of them you can tweak easily and some can be sent directly to the Twitter handle of your desired company.
- Begin your conversation with a question
Your goal to use Twitter should not be limited to finding a job, but to get into a smart conversation that could land you to a job interview. Start your conversation with this:
Using this template can help you trigger various responses and get the ball rolling. You can also ask for a coffee meeting!
- Be specific
When applying for a marketing job role, this becomes vital to remain specific about how and what value you could bring to the company. Your tweet should change to a sample like:
- Add attractive features
Use Twitter’s unique features, hash tags(#), and keywords to draw an attention-grabbing tweet. For an engineering job role, use sample template No. 3:
Engineer with expertise in #mobile app; qualified in 4, 5 star rated portfolio, and #OOP. Check my latest app [give hyperlink.]
- Try simple things
Experienced and passionate to work in X. Look at my resume [hyperlink to your online resume].
- Provide link to your work
Take this opportunity to show your work and use your online portfolio to get a job.
@employerZ Looking for a job in X. My online portfolio will witness my skills and what I can deliver. [Add hyperlink]
- Be creative
Show your creative and quirky side to grab the attention of a potential employer via Twitter. A simple, yet a creative tweet would go like this:
@A, My Klout score#HUGE. [Add online resume]
- Charm the Interviewer
A proper research about the company helps you to compliment it and charm the employer. So, before your job interview, do some research and throw one or two compliments.
Searching for a job & inspired by @X excellent products and customer service. Hope to connect & discuss how I could contribute in your success and take it to the next level. [insert resume]
- Ask for a Reference
During your job search, networking naturally allows you to ask others for job references and spread the word for you. Twitter is one of the best places to do so.
Jessica Nora: Financial Analyst. 8+ years financial management experience and seeking job in X. Check [hyperlink to your LinkedIn Profile] for resume. Please Refer.
Twitter is a powerful platform to create your resume. It crossed 500 million accounts in June 2012. So, try these Twitter templates and fast track your job search.
Swati Srivastava is an avid writer with a keen interest in the extensive domain of job search and career counselling. She is Assistant Manager Content at Naukrigulf.com (a part of Infoedge), her articles are published on several reputed job search portals and online career magazine.
When you hear “I went to University” most people will envisage 3-4 years of drinking, sleeping and wearing pyjamas. But as I enter my third and final year of higher education at the University of Sussex in Brighton, I aim to prove that my time at University has been incredibly valuable. But it’s not just for the degree I’ll receive next summer, nor the grade I’ll manage to achieve; it’s all about how I got there and my quest for employability.
One year before I began my University degree, I was working full-time in a shoe shop. It wasn’t glamorous, but it was a job. Luckily my colleagues were lovely enough that the rude customers I encountered on a daily basis didn’t get me down. I had plans to travel once spring arrived, but during the dingy month of October, I came across a tweet that completely altered my future.
A respected music magazine – that I had read occasionally but never exchanged money for – tweeted looking for an intern. This was luckily re-tweeted by someone I knew, so it appeared on my news feed. I was on a train at the time and had very little knowledge of the magazine, but thought “screw it, I’m going to apply”. Within 20 minutes I had an application sent, and on the following Monday I received a reply asking for some previous written work. All I had was maybe three ‘reviews’ of live shows on my blog and my blog had a readership of maybe two people. I worked quickly through my lunch break, reworking some of these pieces on my phone and hoping it would be enough. I may have neglected shoes that day, but come 6pm I had an acceptance email in my inbox asking me to come into their London office for a month. After 4 weeks, I fell in love with the industry, the writing and I knew I would do everything to pursue this dream job that I had just unearthed.
After leaving the internship I spoke to a few online music publications enquiring about (unpaid) work. I then found myself writing for three sites around my full-time job and loving it. I started University the next September with a paid part-time job and weekly writing commitments. Compared to my fellow freshman, I seemed to be the only one with a plan. And over two years later, I still feel the same about many of my peers. It’s always been a no-brainer for me, because with low contact time at University I have the time to pursue other things and develop my skills for the future. That’s what University is really about, right?
In the time I spent reviewing live shows, albums, interviewing bands and working with WordPress to edit and schedule work, I worked my way into an editor’s role at one of the magazines I still work for. Sadly I still work for free, but being able to attend amazing shows and speak to inspiringly talented people about their passions is good enough for now.
It may sound like a lot of work for a student, but without my student loan supporting me and the low commitment hours needed for my degree (well, my first two years at least), I wouldn’t have been able to achieve any of this. I admire those who still find time to write around a full-time job, but for me, I knew I had to get my experience in while I still had the time.
Lizzi is a Marketing Assistant at the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, a music journalist and an English Language and Linguistics student at the University of Sussex. Right now, she’s probably drinking coffee.
Get Hired with a Thank You Note.
Here’s what you’ll discover in this Guerrilla Job Search seminar, filmed live in suburban Detroit, Michigan. One man in the audience found a 6-figure job 8 days later.What did he (and the others) see?Here’s a sample…
- You get the blueprint to the Coffee Caper technique that gets interviews in 48 hours — or less!
- Extreme Networking secrets of recruiters — how to get hired by contacting the recently departed.
- Why you should call an employer when the job posting says, No phone calls.
- The 5-Minute Networking method that’s as easy as tying your shoes.
- Turn-The-Tables Job Interview secrets that knock out all competition for the job you want.
- 5 simple ways to make absolutely, positively sure that hiring managers get your resume by email.
- And much, much more!
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I believe in You!
Belief is a powerful tool! It can drive you forward or hold you back. Sometimes, when it looks like the whole world has turned against you the difference between success and failure is a matter of your belief in yourself – your self concept matters. Too often when I’ve been recruiting over the last 28 years, whether it be for an executive role or a new grad’s first opportunity, the difference between those who succeeded and landed the role and those who lost it – was their self concept.
If you’ve played sports or have had a life-threatening illness you already now what I mean, you play full-on through the last whistle or your last breath. And when you see that you can change your fate you start to understand that your future is in your own hands. Increasingly, with more than 6 billion people inhabiting our planet rising above the ‘noise’ is hard. It takes more energy to break-free of the ordinary of every day normal. And yet if you’re looking for a job you have to rise above it to find what you’re looking for or to be found.
It is also a well know fact that your conscious mind can only hold one thought at a time AND psychologists have proven that people move toward those thoughts that the hold utmost in their mind. This is an important fact to fully comprehend and internalize when you’re job hunting.
When you’re facing a career change you can pull in your horns and settle for an uninspiring routine job that doesn’t challenge you – or seize the moment and go after what you want.
By now you know full well that finding a job is a full-time job. There’s no silver bullet. Finding a job is a lot of work, mapping out a career even more so, but it does work – if you make the commitment to your self to work at it.
The big question is do YOU think you’re you worth it? Are you worth the investment you’re about to make in yourself? Only you can convince yourself you are. The strategies in our book will produce interviews for you but wishing you had a new job or getting around to acting on the advice wont. You can’t keep the book under your pillow and expect to find your dream job.
I believe in you! And I don’t even know you! Because I understand what happens when people believe. When they believe in themselves and in each other. I’ve seen the miracles that can happen.
If you’ve finished reading Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters then in a nut shell here’s what you must do next:
Define the environment that gets your motor running.
- Detail your career history with absolute precision.
- Define the industries of interest to you.
- Analyze your skills and personality characteristics. – then map it against your Top 10 Employer’s needs.
- Draft your Resume — actually — draft two resumes: One Guerrilla Style for knocking down doors and one value-based for leaving behind after you have an interview.
- Determine your attack strategy
- Draft your cover letter templates.
- Organize your computer for highly effective and rapid response.
- Prepare for future interviews.
- Concentrate on filling your Opportunity funnel.
- And lastly, rid yourself of anyone who doesn’t believe in you.
Believe in yourself. Take your life and your job search seriously and that means carving time out of your schedule EVERY DAY to work at it. That’s the only way to ensure success.
PS. Let me share this with you if I may…
People who know me well personally, know I have chosen a song for each of my children that reminds me of them – a song that was playing on the radio around the time they were born. Amanda Marshall’s song, “I believe”, was the one playing daily when my youngest daughter was born and needed life-saving heart surgery at four months old and the song carried me through some very dark days. Today Shannon is healthy and has a great attitude towards life. And of course I believe, because others believed in me. So believe in yourself and while you’re at it let others believe in you and help where they can.