Dangen! Was once again incapable of remembering that there was a cardboard box of dryer sheets nestled in the laundry. #braindead

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8 Responses to 2018-01-31

  1. Barb says:

    good morning –
    So damn busy at work for end of the month shipping, I really don’t understand why they all wait until the last couple days & ITS GOTTA MOVE.
    THEN – the boss pissed me off BIG TIME with an email – the job hunt is back on – and I’m really going to do it. I’m so tired of his crap.

  2. Forgot to mention successful trip to dentist on Monday. Unfortunately I have a sinking suspicion that I will be there again before my next scheduled visit because of a lingering issue I am experiencing.

    • HamWithCam says:

      I had an unsuccessful visit with my dentist.
      Brushing my teeth, felt something funny, and my tooth broke. WTF?

      Turns out it was a crown, this same dentist installed….in 2015.
      I’ve got socks that have lasted longer.

      So it’s back Tuesday for a do-over, at my expense.
      “See John, your jaw can exert more pressure per square inch than a hydraulic press….and there’s no way to warranty a porcelain crown blah, blah, blah.”

      In other news, how’s about that SOTU! Did you catch our own “Sonny Perdue” was the “designated survivor”?

      73 de JG/HamWithCam

  3. HamWithCam says:

    Sounds like it might be time for you to “Make 3 x Lists…”

    Short version:
    List #1 (3-5): *Exactly* what you’d like your next great opportunity to be.
    Be very specific.
    1) VP of Purchasing at small/medium company
    2) Specialty bicycle store owner
    3) Big $$$ Hash Consultant <— John make joke

    List #2 (15-20): *Exactly* where you think you could do list #1.
    Again be very specific.
    1) Oxford Industries
    2) NSX
    3) Apple Computer
    4) Spanx
    5) Gwinnett Place Mall (bike shop)
    6) KPMG Consulting
    7) Manual's
    8) Barb's "army of one" consulting

    List #3: the "100" folks you know well enough to call, send a direct email. This ought to be pretty easy for you. You know me, so you need to list out 99 more….

    Now, here's the first part of what makes it all work. "Map List #3 onto List #2…" In other words, who do you know that works at "Oxford Industries", etc.

    Pro Tip: Research your list #3 on Linkedin, The FaceBook, etc, etc. Figure out who is who, where they are, and who knows whom at List #2.

    Step #2: (and this is the magic): Send the following email to your List #3….

    "Mary –
    I worked the last 15 years as a consultant helping local companies make the most of their IT investment. I really enjoyed it, but it's time for something new.

    As you recall, my background and experience are in corporate IT, as a CIO and consultant. My areas of focus are blah, blah, blah and blah.

    While I know you may not know of any specific jobs, you're somebody whose opinion I really value. I'd like to spend a few minutes getting your advice on where you think I fit in today's market. I'll plan to give you a call early next week. Maybe we can get together for some coffee or perhaps a cold beer.

    Thanks and regards,

    Short, simple.
    Email summary:
    1) update 'em (current status and a spin on why you're looking.)
    2) your value proposition (your pitch, why hire Barb)
    3) call to action (disclaimer: "not asking you for a job…" (Whew!), but I will follow-up to network, get advice…and your help."

    Networking 101, nobody is going to help you if you do not ASK.
    Follow-up with everybody — without fail.
    Worst case, folks will give you 2 x more names….to get off the hook.

    Folks are super busy, don't expect everybody/anybody to run to the phone to call you. A follow-up email or calling as promised works 99% of the time.

    This simple system works. If you work it. By the time you get to name 100, you should have multiple job "offers".

    The next deal you want is not going to come from responding to job posting, or waiting for a recruiter to "find you a job.". It's going to come directly from networking to find openings and going to the top of the candidate list.

    The guy in front of you in line at the grocery store (or Home Depot, etc) might be VP of something or other. Start a conversation, you never know. Have your "elevator speech ready…" "Nice lettuce, hi I'm Barb, I'm a blah, blah, blah in blah blah blah… You?"

    Everybody knows somebody on your List #2.

    (Who do I know on your List #2 Barb? Who indeed?)

    Happy to discuss further. Not everybody gets this List stuff the first time around…
    Maybe our "quarterly" OK Cafe lunch is in order?

    Good luck…
    73 de JG/HamWithCam
    jgrimsley at gmail.com

  4. Steve says:

    Great ideas John. Tonight Barb, not tomorrow. Work is a four letter word if you don’t enjoy what you do.

    I’m sitting in the house while my head is spinning. The friendly vertigo hit me last night. I’m better now and might go out in a bit. The gang went “horse shopping”. A dinner tonight- a lot more of the 70 folks arrive today for the party on Saturday.


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