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Three Things Job Hunters Can Learn From Jon Gosselin

jongosselin_edhardyIt was only a matter of time before TLC axed father-of-eight and douchebag du jour Jon Gosselin from its hit “Jon & Kate Plus 8”. The writing was on the wall, and still, I think the Ed Hardy-clad cad was shocked.

What can you learn from this debacle? A lot.

  1. If you’re trying to keep the job you have, make yourself indispensible. That means not abandoning your responsibilities. In fact, you should be doing your job better than ever before. If not, you’re rendering yourself useless. You’re no loss…you’re a liability. Jon Gosselin should be chauffeuring that passenger van, coaching Little League, making brownies for Girl Scouts and braiding pigtails outside his Pennsylvania home…all with a big, whitened-tooth grin on his face. He should be shooting for Father of the Year honors.
  2. If you get let go, go gracefully. If you don’t, that’s what people will remember most about you. For goodness sake, don’t bad-mouth your former employer, either. Making the national talk show circuit with your lawyer in tow isn’t going to do much for your reputation except make you look like a crybaby who lost a third grade kickball game. See also  Melissa Rivers on “Celebrity Apprentice”.
  3. If you’re looking for a new job, put your best face forward. The best face you’ve ever put forth in your life. If, like Jon, you’re partying with jailbait, busting the budget and spending your time courting sleazy tabloids, your reputation is going to stink like bad cologne I imagine Jon is wearing. People will avoid you like the plague.

What else can we learn from Jon Gosselin? When will TLC finally give Kate the boot? When will the kids launch an internal revolution and overthrow their captors…er parents?

Let’s Unleash the Experts: Five Ways to Pay the Bills While Looking for Your Dream Job

So many people are so busy looking for that perfect job that they forget there is work they can be doing that not only brings in cash to pay the bills but also keeps your name and experience circulating among those who may be hiring.

Betsy Richards, Director of Career Resources at Kaplan University, has 18 years of career resources experience and has helped build career services at Barry University, Florida Atlantic University and now at Kaplan University  www.kaplan.edu, where she helps Kaplan’s 58,000 online and campus-based students achieve their professional goals. She offers her top five tips:

  1. Make sure you have income coming in while you are searching for your dream job. If you have a job, keep it, regardless of how different it is from your ultimate career goal.   While enthusiastically and effectively fulfilling your current job requirements, you can actively prepare for your next career move.  This includes working with the human resources department in your company to find out about open positions or internal training opportunities to help you develop the skills to market yourself for your dream job.  You can also take on new or additional assignments to build your qualifications.  Likewise, you should research what is available in your community and through professional associations that would enable you to develop the right skills.
  2. If you are starting your job search and aren’t finding many positions you would love to apply for, start applying for temporary to permanent positions.  Many may shy away from these jobs because they don’t include benefits or promise security for longer than a few months, but more and more companies are expanding their temp-to-perm opportunities into the future spanning two to three years.  Since most companies prefer to hire from within, once you get a job, you have a better chance of positioning yourself to be considered for a permanent full-time position, and hopefully your dream job over time.
  3. You may need to find part-time hourly wage work in order to have income flowing in to pay basic expenses while figuring out what you will do next.  You may need to lower your bills by cutting out unnecessary expenses, taking in a roommate or moving in with a family member.  If you are in this position, you may consider going back to school to earn a degree in their desired field or taking courses to advance your knowledge. You could also find a relevant internship (paid or unpaid) or volunteer for a non-profit or start-up to develop experience and build your resume.
  4. Freelancing is another option. Employers don’t have expectations that you’ll work with them during their normal hours, so you can do the work late at night from home or whatever works for you.  When marketing yourself as a freelancer, you are offering to complete a project for a company or a consultant.  There are many places to search for freelance opportunities, including job Web sites, such as craiglist.com, newspaper classified sections or supermarket bulletin boards.  You’ll need to tailor your resume for the type of freelance work you are seeking and prepare an “elevator speech” and letter for phone and email replies to listings.  Be sure that it communicates the skills and experience you have that are specifically relevant to the freelance work advertised.  You can also list your services on professional organization and industry-related Web sites and job boards.
  5. If you have years of experience or expertise in your field, consulting is an option.  While you will probably be working less than eight-hours a day, the client typically determines how much they want you to work and you set the hours. This is a way to use your MBA-level expertise to provide companies with strategic counsel and get paid a professional rate as you continue your job search.

Thank you so much, Betsy! Great information!

Three Tips for Going “Back to School” the Miss Pink Slip Way

As I drove to work yesterday morning, yellow school buwelcome_back_to_school_chalkboardses were again lurching down Atlanta’s roadways, reminding me that kids are heading back to school and the hallowed halls of learning.

When I got laid off, I thought for an entire 10 seconds that maybe I’d go back to school…maybe try for an MBA or go full-force for an MFA. Alas, it was just a fleeting idea. I returned to reality quickly when I realized that would mean student loan debt on top of the credit card bills I was already paying down. 

Still, I feel like I’m always in need of continuing education. I’ve been wanting to learn more about art, photography and writing – all subjects that can be covered outside those ivy-covered walls. So I’ve decided to go back to school the Miss Pink Slip way. How? It’s pretty simple:

  • Books – I have spent $$$ on books over the years and have dozens of volumes on art, writing, history, etc. Many of them have barely been cracked. It’s time for me to put them to use…by actually reading them! If you don’t own books on topics you want to study, by all means get yourself to the library and find anything you want for free
  • Online courses– Almost anything you want to study is available online in some format. Whether it’s an e-learning feature on your local college’s Web site, Wikipedia or YouTube, just surf the ‘net. You can find information on anything from the history of the Peloponnesian War to the rules of rugby to how to dice an onion. Some Web sites I’m checking out for courses include learnthat.com (free), Mediabistro(paid) and Better Photo (paid).  Look up “online classes”, your desired topic and go
  • Community classes – Pour over your city’s free weekly (such as Atlanta’s Creative Loafing) to discover free or minimal cost events and courses. Attend Toastmasters or a local business mixer. Check out museums, churches and universities. Most colleges offer continuing studies programs each semester. For a fee, you can immerse yourself in the worlds of art, business, film, history, tennis and anything else you can imagine

Whether you have money to dedicate or not a dime to your name, you can continue learning and bettering yourself. And if you’re searching for a job, any of these activities can only help expand your perspective, enrich your network and open up new avenues for your life.

I’m excited about going “back to school”–how about you? Got any other helpful sites you’d like to share?