Sunday, March 04, 2007

Ok, Ok, I am blogging again...

Ok so it has been a VERY long time since I last blogged. I have no excuse for not blogging other than I just have not done it. However, I have been keeping up with the blogs I read on a regular basis just have not felt inspired or creative enough to post.

I am not sure that tonight I have anymore creativity but I was pretty much told it is time for me to get my blogging fingers back to work. So here I am. This is brief but I promise to start blogging again and trying to stay on top of it.

So what is new with me? I am in the job market. This is a new world for job searching and one I am trying to learn very fast. The fact is you cannot just walk into the front door of a company anymore and talk to someone about working for them. There is no phone number you can call and you cannot talk to a person. Heck, you are even lucky if you find the name of someone to address a cover letter to.

When you try to make contacts you get the same responses all the time and that is to submit your info using their website. The fact is only about 15% of the jobs filled are filled in this manner. 80% of the jobs are filled by people knowing people. This makes that old saying "It is not what you know, but who you know", very true. The name of the game is networking.

I am guessing that networking is something that many people struggle with. It is hard to meet random strangers and then make the transition to this is what I do and who do you know that could help me. Finding the leads and the contacts is very difficult.

This makes me think of that Six Degrees game. It is the theory that any two people can be linked together by a string of six or less people. It sure would be an interesting test to try and see how easily you can make these links. Hmmm that gives me an idea for a reality tv show.

Well this blog is brief and not focused but it starts the ball rolling again. I am tired so I hope it is not too much of a ramble. These are just some things that have been in my head lately. Look forward to blogging more soon. Goodnight!


Anonymous said... nagging worked! Glad you're back. Hope you had time to enjoy Vegas too while you were there. Z and I hanging out while others at BG. Looking forward to your next blog.

Susan said...

And we look forward to reading you again too. I have to think you are not on "new blogger" cause "new" didn't come up to show you'd posted.

:-) Sooz

Greg and Christie said...

D, we love ya and are always thinking about you. Glad to see your blogging again we missed you...


Grandma Callahan said...

Hi Dan: Read all of your Blogs. I am glad you have a very "UP" attitude in losing your job. That is what it takes, when life hands you a disappointment such as this. I know you can recover from all of this..Just have to "keep on...keeping on!!"

I guess this is happening all over the place to people who are very dedicated to their jobs.

Keep your chin up..and "THIS TOO SHALL PASS!!!" one of my mottoes...and "FIRST THINGS FIRST" another one. Keeping you in my prayers, and knowing you can RISE ABOVE all of this, if you try.

Love you very much....Grandma Callahan