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Finding Work When There Are No Jobs

5 Steps to Hire a New Bears Coach

Roger Wright | Posted 03.01.2015 | Chicago
Roger Wright

Hire like the big companies. GUARANTEED to get ownership EXACTLY what they want most.

The Top 10 Job Search Fantasies

Roger Wright | Posted 02.16.2015 | Business
Roger Wright

The folks who had the fantasies? They're all working now. But it wasn't so long ago that they were searching for work, more work or better work. A search fueled by fantasies. None of which helped.

Why Can't I Get A Job?

Roger Wright | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
Roger Wright

Job search is not a rational process, but we pretend it is. In the name of efficiency and cost savings and sometimes plain old "just not getting it," we both coach and do our own job search as if it was a mathematical formula or a recipe for a nice, warm cup of soup.

"Happy Talk" Job Search

Roger Wright | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

The next time someone gives you a piece of Happy Talk advice on finding work, ask yourself: "What if I thought differently about finding work?" Then listen for your own unique answer. Not the expert answer.

Does Knowing Someone Get YOU Work?

Roger Wright | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

OF course it will! But wait. There's more to the story. Used to be that "knowing a guy" (and yes, it most often was a guy) was all you needed to get a job. Go see the man in charge, and presto. You're working.

She Got MY Job!

Roger Wright | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

Why did she get the job? Why not me? Was it her resume? interview? Or is there something else? There is something else. You never see it in the standard "how-to" books on getting a job. It's not part of career development or outplacement.

Has Job Search Changed?

Roger Wright | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

If you are searching for work, perhaps knowing about the changes in advance can save you some steps or even heartache. And if you get paid to recruit, you might find these changes very familiar.

Why Can't I Get the Job?

Roger Wright | Posted 09.14.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

Do any of the following 10 reasons sound familiar? Perhaps you've noticed some changes since the last time you looked for work? If so, you're right. Things have changed!

Recruiting Bob McDonald. Why?

Roger Wright | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

Why is the former CEO of Proctor and Gamble most likely to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs? The answer is something that's rare in most organizations. Good recruiting!

The Road To Bad Hiring

Roger Wright | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

The Road to Bad Hiring is the sick and twisted system we use to connect the right person with the right job. On this road, no one really wins. Instead, we waste time.

Hiring Horrors!

Roger Wright | Posted 06.10.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

Hiring Horrors are the worst kinds of hiring problems because they take place in situations where everything seems just fine.

Passionate Job Search

Roger Wright | Posted 05.11.2014 | Money
Roger Wright

Because everyone's search, just like every one's passion, is different. There IS no one right recipe. No matter how many followers on Twitter, how slick the web site or Facebook page or how alluring the cover of the book. There is no one right recipe.

The Career Development Disconnect

Roger Wright | Posted 04.27.2014 | Education
Roger Wright

Career development operations are being starved for funds in colleges across the country. Teaching what they know instead of prompting all their customers to think differently about finding work.

A Book's First Birthday

Roger Wright | Posted 03.27.2014 | Books
Roger Wright

Next week my book, Finding Work When There Are No Jobs, turns one year old. Still just a baby. What have I learned that might strike a chord with...

Jobs From Someone Else's Dream

Roger Wright | Posted 03.09.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

Brian is telling me about how someone else's dream led to his new job. "It's was a dream," he says. "It's not supposed to be logical. I get that. I'...

When Work Search Gets Personal

Roger Wright | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Roger Wright

So what connects these people who appear to be so different? It's this: They were prompted to find their own path to finding word. Not told. Or instructed. They started with a totally unrelated story that was based on a principle. That story prompted a thought.

The Resume Has No Clothes

Roger Wright | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

When do resumes fall short? Every time we think they are enough to make a decision about who should fill a job. Say you're looking for a baker. How...

"Finding Work" FAQ Part II

Roger Wright | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

Fighting ageism by battling a culture, a gatekeeper, a stereotype, or a blind job ad can be a noble pursuit. But it can also be like throwing cotton balls into the wind.

"Finding Work" Reader's FAQ

Roger Wright | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

The new thinking on career development operations is that businesses are their customers too. That can be a radical change.

Finding Dominick's Employees Jobs

Roger Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Roger Wright

Because in this time when jobs are so scare, no one wants to give a job to a stranger. Jobs go to those who are part of a community. And perhaps you share a community with one of those 5,000. In fact, you might share a community and not even know it.

Why Write for Free?

Roger Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Roger Wright

Perhaps a tougher question than it sounds? Cliché talking points about 'finding my passion' make me cringe. Self promotion can't be all there is. And then there is the fact that I need the money now. So what's the real answer?

Stories That Find Jobs

Roger Wright | Posted 12.30.2013 | Business
Roger Wright

Job search is traditionally portrayed as a one-size-fits-all set of skills. Learn the skills, get the job. But what if there was more to it than that? What if what is standing between you and a job isn't a resume tip?

Writer Finds Full-time Job!

Roger Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

Stand at the corner of Publishing Street and Job Market Avenue and you'll see an endless stream of corporate or organizational writers, copy editors, freelancers, self-promoters, bloggers and people who write because they can't imagine a world where they didn't write.

How Do People Really Get Jobs?

Roger Wright | Posted 10.15.2013 | Business
Roger Wright

"It was the story in your book about Dr. Martin Luther King tossing the baseball to the little suburban kid." "Wait... what? THAT was the missing pie...

In Job Search, Is More Still Better?

Roger Wright | Posted 12.09.2013 | Business
Roger Wright

Looking for work? More work? Better work? Work that pays what you used earn? Then it makes sense to apply for as many jobs as you can find. Right? Follow up on every lead. Selling anything, even yourself, comes down to the numbers. And more is better. Or is it?