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You’re Fired! Miss California Carrie Prejean Gets the Axe – What Can You Learn?

I know I’m late on this one, but there’s a lesson to be learned for the unemployed and struggling.

2009 Miss California USA Carrie Prejean

Carrie Prejean has found herself without a job, and now lawyers, pundits and everyone else with a pulse (including annoying bloggers–ha ha) are weighing in, hurling accusations at one another and polluting our news feeds with this tiring drama. Again, my perspective and angle of this post have NOTHING to do with the gay marriage issue. I’m looking at this event as a perfect example of what can happen when you let your emotions get the best of you.

I stand by my previous post (see below). I think Carrie has the right to her opinion – whether or not I agree with it. I think Perez has the right to his opinion – no matter how obnoxious he may be. Let’s face it: You must be authentic and support your true beliefs in order to represent your self honestly.  BUT…if those beliefs and values clash with others, don’t create an ugly, immature fight. Don’t keep stoking the fires. Also, don’t keep putting yourself out there as a martyr. You will get burned.

Sometimes it’s best to let things go and MOVE ON. You’ll look like the bigger person and put yourself on the path to something more productive. That goes not just for Carrie Prejean and Perez Hilton but also for everyone else involved in this hubbub, for people being laid off, people in arguments within the workplace, with a family member, whatever.

What Job Seekers Can Learn from Miss California vs. Perez Hilton:  http://tinyurl.com/nxc7ww

Let’s Unleash the Experts: The Most Unique Job Search Story EVER. It Involves Puppets. Curious? Read On…

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This might be one of the most unique job search tales I’ve ever heard. And it’s true. Couldn’t make it up if I tried (kind of wish I had). Here’s the story:

“When I was laid off from a high-paying Internet marketing position last September, I knew for my own sanity, I’d have to do something to stick out and also to establish my personal brand – especially because I was transitioning full-time into PR after 20 years as a journalist. I’m a true creative and felt it important to establish that to any potential employers. Also, even though I have consulted for major PR firms like Hill & Knowlton, Fleishman Hillard and Edelman, the lack of ‘agency experience’ was used against me. So I knew I had to stick out in some way. How did I do that? By using my daughter’s puppets and creating a YouTube series called PR Puppet Theatre where I offered PR advice to my puppet clients.

“I then pitched it to various places, including CNBC, which called it “must-see entertainment/education for every PR flack. I also used that when pitching agencies about my services, and my current boss hired me because of it, figuring rightly that if I can teach puppets about PR (and get press from CNBC), I should be able to help him. He was right on the money. In my second month on the job, I single-handedly tied a record for TV placements that had previously been set by three people.”

http://www.youtube.com/prpuppettheatre

Okay, people, the bar has officially been set.

Kudos to David Moye! That is way out and wacky. And I love it!

David Moye is with Alternative Strategies, a San Diego-based PR agency.
www.altstrategies.com

You Could Learn Something from “Schooled”: A Book Review in Brief

schooled_book_launchRemember this book by Anisha Lakhani I was reading the other day? Well, I finished it and here’s what I learned:

Being ambitious + being a do-gooder + living in NYC = Prada-hungry, money-grubbing do-gooder with no scruples or self-respect, but a really hot bag

Seriously? I loved Schooled. Read it in about three sittings. Despite choosing a questionable path, the lead character/teacher-in-the-making is likable…even when she’s wayearnest and even when she eventually gets a little too obsessed with the new Chanel tote. I also adored the description of her school-subsidized apartment on NYC’s Upper East Side: A perfect, detailed portrait. Felt like I was back in my old 29th St. studio!

The book is fun, frothy and makes you realize that the job you want isn’t necessarily the one you get (It may also keep you on birth control for another 20 years). So, be careful when signing on that dotted line! And keep yourself in check! Remember what your mama taught you: Money doesn’t buy happiness or a conscience.

Do You Have a Plan B?

Friday’s New York Times Fashion & Style section boasted a piece called “What’s Your Backup Plan?” It got me thinking: If I hadn’t landed a job, what would I have done? What was my Plan B? And I’m not talking folding jeans at the Gap (but BTW–I would have done that).

As defined by writer Alex Williams, “Plan B typically offers less money and prestige than Plan A, but promises a more hands-on, stress-free and fulfilling existence.” Read the article–Alex’s journey into three “backup” jobs is pretty damn funny. Chocolatier or dog masseuse, anyone?

I’ll be honest: If  PR hadn’t worked out for me, I have absolutely no idea what I would have done. If I had to dare to dream, I’d say write this blog. I love speaking to you guys every day. It’s so fun, and I can do it for hours without batting an eyelash. If that hadn’t worked out, I suppose I could have gone for Broadway superstar.

What’s your Plan B?

Let’s Unleash the Experts: Quick Job Tip from Miriam Salpeter, Keppie Careers

“Don’t write [your] resume in a vacuum. Target jobs first, then connect the dots between what you offer and what the employer needs.” — Miriam Salpeter, Keppie Careers

Check out Keppie Careers here!  http://www.keppiecareers.com/

Miriam is very active on Twitter, too! She’s always giving out awesome tips. Follow her now @Keppie_Careers.

Help Me Help You: How to Aid Job Seekers in Their Quest for Employment

help_me_help_youThe New York Times Job section ran a great Q&A in its Career Couch column yesterday titled “Helping the Job Seeker Without Hurting Yourself”. Though it seems it’s directed at those helping the unemployed, it’s  a column EVERYONE should read.

If you’re looking for work, it will tell you what helpers are looking to hear and give you some basic etiquette tips. Here’s a quick one: No, you shouldn’t just ask if they know of any jobs. If you’re aiding job seekers, the piece tells what to do every step of the way — from the initial phone call to a brief face-to-face to a polite decline.

The overarching theme? Help for goodness sake! You never know when the job hunter will be YOU. This goes for currently jobless folks, too. What comes around goes around.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/07/jobs/07career.html?_r=1&8dpc

Related Post: http://tinyurl.com/obzysq

WSJ Reports That Job Seekers Want to Find Resources and Contacts, Not Troll Job Fairs

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Check out Joseph De Avila’s great article in today’s Wall Street Journal Career section titled “Ditching the Job Fair for  a Venting Opportunity”. It features our friends at Laidoff Moveon and LaidOffCamp.

The piece discusses events around the country that aren’t focused on recruiting but on meeting other laid-off people, trading job leads and exchanging resources. People helping people. Glad to know the word is still spreading, good karma is flowing and people are benefitting from others’ ingenuity!

http://bit.ly/EPQVn