Unemployment 2012 will come to an end on Monday. I finally got a job. In the last few days, I’ve been offered four other jobs. Naturally, I had to pass on all of them, which begs the question…
WHERE THE HELL WERE THOSE JOBS WHEN I NEEDED THEM?!
The universe works in funny ways. Since I couldn’t take four of the five jobs that’ve been offered to me, I’ve been in a position to recommend other people. Here’s a really simple breakdown of who I call (or email) when I know about a job opening:
First, it goes to the handful of PAs I’ve worked with before. Because these people are hardworking with sunny dispositions, they work a lot, so then I move down to the second tier – people I know, but haven’t worked with. This might be a friend’s brother-in-law or someone I know through the greatest blog in the universe. Again, they’re awesome people with good attitudes, so it’s no surprise that they’re usually working.
That’s where my effort ends. I NEVER call the third tier. They’re some combination of lazy, clueless, dim, or late. I can’t stick my neck out for someone if I can’t safely say that they’ll show up and do the work.
And then there’s the fourth tier – you all. If it’s a job where I don’t have to vouch, I’ll throw it up on the Job Postings page. Those kinds of jobs are few and far between, which is why the page is usually empty.
Before you start complaining to me about the injustice of not passing along every job opportunity to you, why don’t you chillax and take a deep breath? If your best chance at getting a job is an anonymous blogger whom you’ve never met, then you don’t have a chance at all.
Go out. Meet people. Work hard (for free, if necessary). Smile. Get into people’s Tier #1 and #2. Eventually, those people will be in a position to recommend you. The rest will take care of itself.