God, I hate the holidays. More importantly, I hate going to parties and telling people that I work in human resources.
“Why don’t you find me a job?”
I purposely don’t walk around with a baseball bat in my hands because those people would be the first to feel my wrath.
I try to tell anyone who will listen that only you can find yourself a job. There are great resources out there. Bloggers. Recruiters. Job boards. Niche websites. But nobody will ever hand you a job just because you know someone. You are not a Romney. And even those Romney kids don’t expect to be handed jobs. They went to the right schools, gained a decent education, and work hard.
Some money is better than no money. A job is better than no job.
My friend, Tim Sackett, can get anyone a job. The catch is that you can’t be picky, and you have to show up and work. Very few people take Tim up on his offer to find them a job, but they should.
Sometimes good advice is wasted on people.
My friend, Nick Corcodilos, is probably the best blogger and headhunter I know. He’s the author of a new book called Fearless Job Hunting! Nick knows you can bring a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. There are truths out there about job hunting, job boards and negotiating offers. Some people can’t handle the truth, but Nick can handle it. He’s my go-to guy on looking for a job.
So this is all to say that great advice is out there, but it will be lost on anyone looking for a hack.
If you’re like me — and you avoid telling people that you work in and around HR — take a different approach, this holiday season, and refer your lazy friends and family members to Nick and Tim.
Those guys know what they are doing, and they’ll gladly set someone straight.