But, I am a thinker and an analyzer by trade. I like turning things on their end and upside down and taking another look at what makes the process tick. I figured out that people who have successfully found work have followed five principles. What's different here is that The Five are malleable. Adaptable by each person to their own unique search. The Five are
- Telling Your Story - Communicating what matters.
- Adding Music - Going beyond just words.
- Communitizing - Finding needs from the inside of a community.
- Solving a Mystery - Filling a need now that you've found it, and knowing that you are just the right person to solve that mystery.
- Practicing Stewardship - Taking care of something larger than yourself.
Yes, you should have an up to date resume. Yes, you should interview well. But it's when you start becoming part of your community, listening for the needs it surely has, and then figuring out which need you can fill, that you will start finding work.
Take Margie Powell. She began her quest like a lot of people who find needs in their communities that perhaps only they can fill. To use her words, "I needed a job."
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Margie, 52, lives in the tiny Texas town of Anderson, now. She moved to Anderson from a town just outside Seattle five years ago, newly divorced, and with no immediate job opportunities. Soon, she noticed that her new home didn't have much in the way of rural garbage collection services. So, she set out to solve the mystery of collecting garbage over an 800 square mile rural area. She began with 12 customers and an old horse trailer, hauling away garbage and delivering it to a landfill in College Station.
As her business grew, she bought her first garbage truck. Over time, the number of customers surpassed 500, and just this past month she bought an even bigger truck.
What does Margie's success say about the process of finding work? A set of instructions on "how-to" will never apply to everyone. Instead of filling out a form, she shaped and molded principles. Instead of going to a networking event so she could "know someone", she became part of her community. And instead of asking for a job, she solved the mystery of garbage collection in a rural Texas county.
Margie found work when there were no jobs. She didn't do it with a better resume. She found the key, "Thinking differently."
Then she figured out how to make that thinking work for her.
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Roger Wright is a speaker and the author of "Finding Work When there Are No Jobs."