The History of the C.V.

The History of the CV

 

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Didn’t Hear Back About That Job? Here’s a Trick to See if It Got Filled

One of the common complaints by job seekers is not hearing if a job has been filled. In this hyper-legal sensitive world feedback is shrinking, and questions and complaints are growing. If you want to see if that job you thought you should have gotten was filled, use the internet to help you. It’s easy, well sometimes.

Here’s how.

Just go to LinkedIn and search for the company you were interested in. Once you click on their page you can see on the right side all the people who are on LinkedIn that work there and the various degrees of separation you are away from them.  Now, just click where it says “see all”.  This will bring up all the people who work at the company you had pegged to be your next employer.  I know, not rocket science just yet, but hang with me for a sec.  Now, in the search bar at the top left your your new screen, type the title of your job and ta-da.  You will see a list of people with that title at the company that you are checking in on.  More likely than not, if you click on these profiles, you will find one that has been in the position for a short time.  If so, sorry.  It’s time to move on.  If not, keep faith alive, you still have a shot!
I know you wanted the recruiter to call you back, or the hiring manager to tell you the truth.  But in case they don’t, this simple trick might give you a small piece of mind.

Adversity and Your Career

“Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn’t make me stronger.”
– Lou Holtz
Adversity seems to me like a reality of life.  It hits us at home, it hits us in school, and it hits us at work.  Philosophers have made their mark but pointing out the effects of adversity and providing strategies to overcome them.  I read this quote by Lou Holtz and it reminded me of my own personal career adversity.  I was at rock bottom for sure; confidence shaken; felt pretty lost.  But guess what, I managed through it.

During troubled times, when adversity is knocking down your door, just remember when you look back at this you realize just how much stronger you are.  Many of us measure our self worth by our career.  I suggest measuring your self worth by the adversity you overcome in you career.

Keep your head up and keep plugging away.

The 5th of July

I love the 4th of July.  It is a day that most Americans can put aside politics and differences of opinion and just rejoice in the greatness that is America.  What no one talks much about what happened on the 5th of July.  Could you imagine if the founders of this great land just said, “OK, we’re good here,” and walked away?

The point as it relates to business, the job hunt, and life in general, is what you do the day after is just as important as what you did the day before.  Keep moving, keep working, keep striving for your goals.  The job hunt is tough.  You are going to get kicked around.  Recruiters are going to break their promise to call you back.  Hiring managers are going to tell you yes in person because they don’t have the guts to tell you no, and you will find out later it is a no when the HR person calls to clean up.  You will leave an interview and no you aced it, only to see some chump with less skills update their LinkedIn profile in the role you interviewed for.  You are going to hear no a hell of a lot more than you hear yes. Keep moving.  Keep fighting.  And keep believing.

The founders of this county got kicked around a lot too.  Think about the fight in George Washington as he sat in the freezing cold preparing to cross the Delaware River to DEFEAT Lord Cornwallis(Think the Patriot) at Trenton, NJ.  George Washington was celebrating his previous victories or wallowing in his previous defeats, he was focusing on the next day, which happened to be the turning point in the Revolutionary War.

Today you might hear no about the job of your dreams and yesterday you may have aced an interview and still lost out.  It may or may not matter.  You know what matters?  Tomorrow you have another day to get it done.  Tomorrow, you might have your chance to attack the British and win.  Our country was founded to give you the opportunity of tomorrow.  It is what you make of it.  Please, don’t waste the promise of tomorrow on what happened today.