Job hunting, that is.
At least with “real” hunting, humans are generally the hunters, not the hunted. But when it comes to looking for work, unfortunately, the whole process is more like being the one getting shot.
I suspect it’s been this way for many years and is only getting worse, but especially in the challenging marketplace of today, trying to find work is a completely dehumanizing experience. It’s emotionally and physically draining, and if you haven’t experienced it, I recommend doing two things:
- Take a moment to say “Thanks,” and
- Prepare yourself for when your time arrives.
This is not a whiny post about how crappy it is to be unemployed, however. This is a post about what we can do about it.
I hear all sorts of conflicting reports about job creation. There are both reports of hope and tales of unbelievable horror, and because of this it’s hard to get a true picture of what’s really going on.
Here’s my thought: consider the “job market” like some kind of economic law of thermodynamics. Money, like energy, doesn’t ever really disappear; it has to go somewhere. But with the marketplace changing in such a tectonic way, it’s hard to know how to adapt.
The opportunity for reinventing how people get connected to jobs that fit their talents is a major challenge for us Revolutionaries. As you well know if you’ve experienced the inhumanity, or watched someone close to you go through it, the process the way it is now is utterly, ridiculously broken. It can’t be allowed to continue.
But what do we do about it?
I tend to think re-educating ourselves is always a great place to begin, so first I recommend people read as much as possible from futurist-type thinkers like Seth Godin and Umair Haque. Developing your personal brand is also a very good step. (In that vein, please read Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It if you haven’t yet!)
Obviously reinventing the whole process will take time, and is a rather large task (although I think we’re up for it!). But where do you think we should start? What will YOU do?
What To Read Next: Unemployment, Greed, & Hope
Kill The Jargon by Josh Allan Dykstra on March 29th, 2010
How To Build An Astonishingly Great Startup Culture on Forbes by Josh Allan Dykstra on July 9th, 2013
Why Big Companies Will Never Be Sustainable Places To Work by Josh Allan Dykstra on June 26th, 2013