Years ago, I worked for a company that shaped many of my business philosophies such as how companies should treat their employees and customers, and how employees should respect their employers. I know it is likely old school thinking, but some things in business should not change.
Jim was the owner of the company and he was involved with both the business and the business of his people. We had monthly company meetings. “UGH”, you say. I am sure that many of you have dozed through your company meetings, but it was unlikely that anyone every slept through one of Jim’s meetings. He made them interesting, educational, and fun.
There were two things for sure about every company meeting. The first was that each and every person better know the Mission Statement as Jim would call on people to recite it from memory. Secondly, Jim’s closing statement was always the same. He would point his right index finger up and his thumb out (kind of like the “L” for the loser symbol today) and say “The World is a Changing Place”. Little did we know at the time there was not a truer statement!
After I lost my job last year; I had no idea how unprepared I was to find a new one. I thought with my experience, education, and exceptional work ethic, I would have a job in a few months. HA! Creating a resume and responding to ads was how I got a job in the past, but not today.
“The World is a Changing Place”
I was fortunate to have found out about a class called “Skills for 50+ Job Seekers” being taught at the South Metro Career Center. Attending those classes and what has followed has been life changing.
How we find a job today has changed more than I could have imagined. Long gone are the days where resumes are read “cold”. Networking, LinkedIn, blogging, personal branding, 30 second commercials, volunteering, informational interviews, attitude changes, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, researching companies, and updating or learning new skills are just few of the activities “old dogs” must do.
I am writing this blog today as part of what I call “Optimum Discomfort”. Learning and growing does not happen if you do not work at it. Job hunting… is hard; humbling and up lifting at the same time.
“The World is a Changing Place” and now I am part of the change.
Posted by Joanne