I was sucked in to an hour long pyramid scheme pitch at Tully’s.
Don’t get me wrong, the guy was nice and all. But I thought he was starting a company and needed someone to manage his development team, or his eCommerce site. Turns out it was a pitch to work from home to sell products to people for a company called Market America, and eventually manage my own team of salespeople. I should have clued in when a few simple questions to him didn’t immediately reveal his business plan, or what he wanted me to do for them.
Now it was an interesting pitch, and I don’t think it was any less interesting than watching an episode of Battlestar Gallactica. But I kind of feel silly for getting nervous before the meeting, like I did when I “interviewed” for cutco knives after college and it ended up being an hour long sales pitch on how to sell knives to friends and family.
Oh well, I’m sure that for some people that these things are wildly successful and I don’t begrudge anyone in this land of capitalism and entrepreneurship their piece of the pie. I’m just glad I realize what I’m good at and I don’t have to schlep products for someone else.
The job hunt is picking up. I’ve posted my resume and am getting responses from Excell data and a few other recruiters. These are positions primarily at Microsoft.
I also started reading Kei’s book “The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search” a book by Orville Pierson, a career services professional, and his methods for identifying work you want to do, then finding it. The book is crammed with good advice, and fits my mindset of offering a complete solution to figuring this stuff out (not just a book on cover letters, or resumes, or
I’ve sort of skimmed the chapters on identifying the job you really want. There are some activities in there I’ve started, like listing out all the experiences paid and unpaid you’ve had and writing down what you like and don’t like about those experiences. This is a way to identify your interests, which Pierson explains are the best way to identify what you’re next job should be. People do well at what they are interested in doing. I am going to hold off on this for the moment, and focus on looking for work similar to what I do now so I can make this transition seemless.
My next task then, according to the Pierson method, is to create a target list of companies I’d like to work for. There are a couple that pop straight into my head, Google, Amazon, SolutionsIQ, but the point here is to come up with a “Rolling 40”, a prioritized list of companies that you would love to work for in your area, industry and size. I think I’m going to check out Hoovers for lists of businesses, the Internet, and asking my old .com contacts if they know of any startups.
An interesting twist on this is that the Rolling 40 is not a list of companies offering jobs, but companies you’d like to work for. This is a big difference, apparently, as 75% of jobs are unadvertised. My goal here is to find people I know who work for these companies and see if they like working there.