As anyone who looks at my About Me page will know, I’m looking for work. This is obviously a full-time job as it is, searching for leads, attempting to network through LinkedIn, as well as attending as many networking events as I can fit into my schedule.
So why start a blog? Why spend time, significant time, writing and compiling articles, etc., when I also need to be searching for openings, networking in, applying, and all the things that a person who is looking for work needs to do?
First and foremost, as a Conservative Jew, I believe in Tikkun Olam – literally, “healing the world”. If an article I post helps someone, if an essay of mine touches a hiring manager and gets them to hire someone… then I have done a small, small thing in helping make the world a better place. For example, check out my aggregates of articles related to job searching:
And my JOBS in New England compilations:
Second, it’s an insight into my character for possible hiring managers and HR people to see: I help people. More importantly, I help people without hope of direct reward because it’s the right thing to do.
Third, I like to write. This gives me a venue to do so and hopefully help people at the same time. This has the added benefit of not only showing that I can write engagingly – unlike many engineers – but that I have a mind that quests beyond engineering to other things… showing intellectual breadth. My original essays are here.
Lastly, I post pictures, puns, and quotes to provide a bit of levity.
In a presentation I have developed and gave at Acton Networkers recently – about networking to find work – I challenged people to help others in a pay-it-forward way.
- If you’re on a company’s website anyway – copy-and-post/forward the leads to groups you are in, or individuals you know who could use the info.
- If you pass by an industrial park, write down the names of the companies there and post/forward them.
- If you find a useful article, ditto.
All these things are not just good things to do, but they put credits in your networking “bank account” against which you can draw when you have a specific need. I challenge you to spend 30 minutes a day healing the world.