Hey Chris! Thanks and can I ask for your advice?
Thanks for the post on social media rules for biz. That site is great! I’ve been reading as much as I can about how to use it effectively. Did you read the Canadian Business (Sept 13th) interview with Amber MacArthur? Its a little brief but says some interesting things about personal brand building in the career world.
Chris, I’m in the middle of a serious job search at the moment and I’m having trouble getting interviews. I took a couple of years off to be a stay-at-home daddy and I think it may be hindering me. I did some consulting work for a friend’s company to stay involved and I’m trying to be as proactive as possible in the job hunt but I’m still having great difficulty breaking back into the workforce. In part, I think it has to do with the online screening/app process that so many companies use and I’m sure it also has to do with my resume. Do you have any advice or resources on how to catch the attention of a Chris McLeod type of employer?
I’ve also been told that many employers are using LinkedIn as a screen. Its been a long time, Chris, but I was wondering if you would be willing to be a reference and write a recommendation for me on LinkedIn? I’d really appreciate it.
Any ideas or help you might have would mean the world to me.
Linked in for sure is good- I am assuming you are on it? Will look you up to see if I am connected to you and yes I can write a recommendation for you.
If you can help me answer some of those questions I cna help guide you in some directions that may help?
In an ideal world:
I would work on a daily basis with a product/service that I really care about, that makes people happy, and in some way makes the world a better place. My co-workers would be as excited about work as I am. I would control my schedule to ensure that I wouldn’t miss family events, could play with my daughter, and could take time to recharge when necessary. I would be in a position where I could interact with the entire organization and could influence the direction of the company. I would not be chained to a desk full time. I would spend time in the field with clients and co-workers. Much of that time would be outdoors. There would be travel involved that wouldn’t exceed more than 1/3 of the year and trips wouldn’t last more than 2 weeks at a time unless the family could join me. I’d spend a lot of time on the west coast. The job would have a comfortable salary and an achievable performance bonus or commission/profit sharing program to reward hard work.
Most of the things that I’m the most passionate about look like they come from a teenager’s Christmas list: Bicycles, hockey, power boats, consumer electronics and computers, motorcycles, video games, skis and boards and, athletic training.
I also spend a ton of time reading and thinking about:
Business organization and efficiency, business development, Alternative energy sources for consumers (believe it or not), and, green vehicles.
What I’m best at… I’m at my best when I’m teaching people about a product, an industry, or a lifestyle; motivating and influencing. When I believe in something I tend to become evangelical. I love to see people excited and energized and thrilled. I am very good at building personal and business relationships. I’m also very scrutinizing. I am good at recognizing opportunities for improvement, I discover what people want out of a product or service and I then I convey that information well. I enjoy analyzing products, markets, and business processes. I do this well because I’m not afraid to ask questions and actually listen to the answers.
I love the bike industry. I’d still be there if we hadn’t left BC. Unfortunately, the industry is very small in Ontario with most positions being full commissioned sales or low paying in-house sales or warehouse jobs. I would work in the industry again if I could avoid full commission.
The other industries that I’m interested are: professional, amateur, and action sports (teams, leagues, organizations, sports marketing agencies, broadcasting), sporting goods, fitness, green transportation, green tech, renewable energy, marine and power sports, video games/electronic entertainment, and, to a lesser degree, consumer electronics/computers.
So there you have it! I’ll shoot you my resume as well.
Thanks again, Chris. Any guidance would be fantastic.
I don’t launch my blog until next friday, right now I am just putting content in there and tweaking design…. but with your permission… what do you think? This could be a pretty cool social media experiment?
The blog site looks great too. And, Chris, thanks for the glowing endorsement. It means a lot to me.
BTW: I changed my FB profile pic to something a little less thug.
JP said to look at csga website where all the rep jobs and industry jobs are
You might think about getting creative and making a short video montage if yourself to email to hr folks?