I was at JCPenney a few weeks ago sauntering around the men’s department.
I was in the market for some new dress pants. It’s hard when you look for sizes with a 40 inch waist and 34 length. At that size, you’re definitely shopping in the Husky section. Hashtag tall guy problems.
Near me were two women folding clothes and talking to each other about job searches. One was younger and one woman was middle aged.
This is what retail people do. Retail is such shit. The hours are shit, the customers are shit and the result is the people who work there give zero fucks.
Anyways, the younger girl was talking about her friend who just quit her job to accept a new offer, but the offer was too low, so she didn’t take it and didn’t have any job.
The older woman literally said this word for word:
‘Once I get my computer up and running again, I’m going to be resume-ing left and right.’
I had to laugh at this for a few reasons. One was who the fuck has to get a computer up and running? If it’s running that slow, its “resume-ing” days are over. What do you own? A Gateway 2000?
The last time I had an ultra slow computer, I just bit the bullet and bought a new desktop.
Back in the day, it was a 2009 Dell, and fully loaded with Windows Vista. Dude, I bought a Dell.
AND the main reason I pulled the trigger was at the time the economy was deep in the shitter and my old laptop from college was trash. I thought in case I lost my job, I’d at least have a faster computer for job searches.
The older woman added how she saw a job on LinkedIn related to “medical stuff.”
She described how she had a friend who worked in a medical office and all they did was “check people in.” She said, ‘I could do that.’
I’m sure she could, but there’s one problem (other than aiming super low)… After working in business for a decade now, I can tell you unless she knows somebody at that office, she won’t get the job.
I’ve done it myself where I’ve just made it rain resumes all day, applying for jobs left and right.
I’ve had days, where I found the perfect job on paper, spent HOURS getting the wording right on my resume and cover letter, double checking the spelling, just to email it to a black hole where I never heard from anyone.
At the end of the day the only thing that worked was I knew somebody who knew the person who was hiring.
I’ve had 5 jobs since high school and with 4 of them, I got a job where I met the interviewer through a friend.
There was only one job where I didn’t have any introductions, and the hiring manager honestly just liked my sales experience, which took years of successes and failures to build up.
And ultimately, THAT job expanded my personal network by a lot, and led me to my next job.
You can send out resumes until you’re blue in the face, but the real progress is all with who you know.
With all the Facebook and LinkedIn connections people have, if someone’s looking for a new job, I’m sure you can find the right people to connect with.
You can work harder or work smarter, and it’s 100% up to you how you spend your time.