Archive for May 2010

What do you say when ...

Yes, what do you say when such-and-such happens?  You may have run scenarios around in your head from time to time, but presented with a specific challenge, especially in a business context, you want to be prepared.  This is pretty much the aim of Casey Hawley’s 10 Make-or-Break Career Moments: Navigate, Negotiate, and Communicate for... Read more »

From deep amid the chaos ...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ranna/349588142/ I suppose that  I should have long since given up on trying to figure out why one week there will be a ton of good links early, some weeks they show up at the last minute, etc., except that we’re hard-wired to seek out patterns, since it’s almost always a surprise.  After almost not... Read more »

Maybe something that's NOT a job ...

Some days I think that maybe looking for “a job” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be … maybe I don’t want “a job” … but I want to keep the house, educate the kids, pay the bills, etc., what else is there?  Well, this very popular book by Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape... Read more »
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A day late ...

So … came this || close to there not being a “data dump” this week, and, as it is, this is pushing past a day beyond when I’d usually be passing along the week’s “best of” to you.  Why? Well, because the week was crazy (even beyond the insanity inherent in the 3rd shift schedule),... Read more »

A new feature ...

In my own research and networking I frequently come across people and services who are in the business of helping out job seekers.  Although I, myself, may not be using these, they might be helpful to The Job Stalker readers, and I’ve decided to try to “formulate” another feature (much like books on Monday and... Read more »

Oops, there we go ...

OK, so I don’t know quite why there’s a difference, but evidently my new schedule at the Census is more challenging for my on-line reading than my old one was, and it, frankly, more in line with what I was expecting.  As I noted last week, I was surprised that I had a “full list”... Read more »
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Saving you a ton of money ...

As regular readers know, one of the reasons that I ended up getting The Job Stalker gig here when Julie Wernau got hired by the Tribune was that I had been in three major job searches over the past 10 years or so, and that I’d used various sorts of strategies over those efforts.  While... Read more »

More reading than I expected ...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwichary/ / CC BY 2.0 Well, last week I noted that, with my taking on a 40-hour-a-week Census clerk gig, I thought it was very likely that my “Twitter reading” was going to suffer.  While I have missed numerous hours out of the 24/7 clock which was my previous habit, I’ve been surprised to see... Read more »

When a job isn't a "job" ...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/torley/ / CC BY-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuseeger/ / CC BY 2.0 The question has come up (not from Chicago Now, fortunately) about whether I’m still “qualified” to be The Job Stalker in light of my 40-hours/week gig with the Census.   I’ve had some confusion on the subject as well … and figure that since I’m still... Read more »
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Back on the radio ...

I’m always pleased to be invited back to the Chicago Now radio show over on WGN-AM on Saturday mornings.  Things have changed over there since I was last on, with Alex Quigley replacing Bill Leff, and (as I understand it, she was out of town this week), Amy Guth, of the Tribune’s book section, assisting... Read more »