Those who know me, know at least this about me — I always have a job. I don’t want to jinx it and take things for granted, but the one thing I do best, is stay viable in the job market. In the course of my varied career path (freelance writer & editor, to law firm word processing dept. supervisor, to web developer, to technical program manager), I’ve encountered tons of fantastic ways to keep myself always learning, always growing. And always earning.
Some of my choices have raised eyebrows and made folks wonder if I’d lost my mind. Other choices have looked sound from all sides. In every single case, there was far more method than madness — others simply lacked the insight into what I was thinking… and what I saw coming down the line.
Regardless of how smart or dumb my choices have looked along the line, they’ve worked out exceedingly well. And as the economy continues to gyrate and drag us along on its roller coaster trajectory, what better time to share what I’ve learned, than now?
For all the complaints about not being able to find work, these days, I have to say this — I don’t buy it.
First off, I’ve never known a time when higher education and the right resume were a sure thing. I entered the job market when Black Friday happened in 1987, and the job market tanked where I was living. There were those flush years in the late 1990s when the dot-com gold rush was on, but I didn’t jump at the shiny-pretty opportunities people dangled before me. I’d already been “dot-bombed” 10 years earlier, and I knew well enough that what goes up, comes down.
Secondly, I’m a firm believer that when it comes to the job market you make your own opportunities. Sure, some people are well-connected and can line up new opportunities with relative ease. But the rest of us have to make our own opportunities and press on, regardless. Just how you do that, isn’t always clear, however — especially to millennials. I’m not sure if it’s a product of them being raised autonomously and being encouraged to figure things out for themselves, or it’s a case of people being unteachable. But in any case, it just seems prudent to me to put out some info for folks who are wondering how I managed to stay continuously employed for nearly 30 years.
It’s not rocket science, but there is some science to it. And art. You’ll find more details here in the coming weeks and months, as well as in the new section Getting To Work. Feel free to subscribe, follow, check in, and see what’s cookin’. And feel free to share.