Acquiring blog readers is hard. Simple as that. At times, the vast technological universe that many of us partake in can make it difficult to attract those that are the target audience you are searching for. However, that involves you actively trying to attract an audience. When I started this blog back in January of 2011 it was for me to share experiences that were taking place at work, at home and within my day-to-day structure. I’ve blogged about my divorce, my job changes, working with other managers, fashion, sewing, dating, dancing, running and living with Fibromyalgia just to name a few of the most popular topics.
I started the blog as a way for me to get things off my chest that I wasn’t able to openly talk about until people started mentioning my blog. Placing links to my blog on my personal Facebook was a way for me to share with my friends and family what I was going though. During my marriage I lost touch with many people and have been trying to rebuild those relationships ever since. I thought that maybe if people had an opportunity to see all the pandemonium that was going on in my brain they would understand what had been going on when we lost touch.
Outside of my circle of friends it never occurred to me that there might be others out there that are interested in hearing about my sewing projects or management techniques. Who knew that my stories of being a 21st Century Gal would be that interesting to others? Oh yes, that’s right…my mother! Even at 29 it is still hard to admit that my mother is almost always right. See what I did there with the “almost” part? I’m sure there is something out there she might not be right about; such as biomechanical engineering or space travel.
It was my mother who started blogging before me and has shared her tips and tricks, so I guess I haven’t acquired these readers all on my own. I might make management sound amusing, but you should see what my mom can do with the topic of cancer. Never thought I could be laughing about cancer, but that’s how things work under her roof. Anything and everything has the potential of being funny. I’ll tell you what, it is rough knowing that as a teenager but quite amusing when you finally grow up and realize your parents aren’t as uncool as you once thought.
Thanks mom for sharing yet another life lesson with me. Check out her blog, The World According to Alexandra, if you’re looking for a good laugh. She even makes bodily functions funny instead of shamefully disgusting. Thank you to my readers who stop back regularly. For those of you who are just lurkers I invite you to subscribe to my blog and stick around for a bit. There are some big changes on the horizon and I can be you won’t want to miss out on them.
A good friend of mine was just let go from his job this week and he’s one of many people I know going through this. The unfortunate part is that those who keep getting let go seem to be the best employees that any company would be happy to have on staff, so I’m going to take the time to focus on two of them in hopes that maybe someone will see that their past employer’s mistake can be their gain.
Alexandra is an amazingly articulate writer who can tackle even the most serious of subjects and somehow make you laugh so hard you’ll have tears streaming down your face. She frequently tackles the subject of cancer on her blog and I don’t know too many people who can get me laughing about something like that but her. She’s one of the most well-rounded workers an employer could ever hope for. He background runs the gamut from theatrical scenic work and professional stand-up comedian to detail oriented office manager and design consultant. To be honest, I’m convinced that she can do anything that comes her way. Alexandra’s amazing ability to adapt to change in an organization is only outdone by her stellar ability to turn customer service into an art form. If you need someone to re-write all your training material into an SOP booklet people will be fighting each other to get their hands on then she’s your gal. This wordsmith can make even the driest of materials insightful and humorous. Check out her blog, her LinkedIn, and scoop her up before someone else does.
Ken is the go-to guy you want on your team if you have a live event to coordinate or manage. His guest service skills were perfected over his many years of experience with Disney and have left him with the ability to make fast-paced decisions to keep your event running successfully. He has theme park and hotel experience that keeps him well rooted in the hospitality industry and will ensure he can work in any type of office atmosphere he would be needed in. Most recently he was responsible for the implementing the logistics for special events, coordinating donor relations activities, and evaluating budgets with a fine tooth comb. Ken is one of the most determined and passionate employees any company could hope for. Once on your staff his goal is to always look out for the best of the organization in all ways possible. Check out his LinkedIn profile and let him lead your next live event project towards the applause of your CEO or President.
Being let go from a job is hard enough, but in today’s economy it is definitely more difficult to turn around and find a new job when your experiences are so broad. Over the years I always thought it was good to stay well-rounded, until my resume became so versatile that no one could figure out exactly how I would best fit into their company. Now I understand that there is a very fine line between being well-rounded and an enigma that employers are confused by. I like to relate it to my performance days. Sometimes casting directors can’t see that the best performer to cast is the one right in front of them unless they are handed an opportunity to see them already fulfilling the role they are auditioning for. Obviously in performing arts, and even in the traditional job world, most people don’t get a chance to actual fill the role they are auditioning or applying for before being hired. Therefore, we’ve all got to get a bit creative to make sure the casting director or HR representative can see what is right in front of them.
I am thankful that I have a job. Really I am. I am watching people I love trying to find a job and seeing the struggle of participating in the process without having current employment. However, I still find myself frustrated with the fact that my one year anniversary with my current company is 2 days away and that will also mark my ten month anniversary of looking for a job that gets me back to where my passion remains. After about two months in my current position I realized that the gripes of the last employee here were less based on his bitterness for being fired, but more accurately based upon the lacking structure coming from our superior. If only I realized that before I accepted the job. C’est la vie. I can’t turn back the clock so I’ve been trying to keep looking towards the future.
After ten months of in-depth searching, I’m starting to realize that it’s less of whether I am actually equipped to do the jobs that I’m applying for and more about beating the computer that scans my resume before it makes it to an actual human. If you background is in something clear-cut such as accounting then I would think it would be easier to guess the key words you need within your resume to get past the scan. However, if your pursuing job in entertainment with a vast and varied background then guessing which are the most important key words is like flipping through the dictionary and randomly stopping on any given word.
I’m exhausted from trying to play the word game and beat the scanning systems. What happened to the days when you could talk to actual people and put your resume in their hand? I’m applying for jobs in the arts and entertainment which most will agree is an outgoing industry based upon talent and creativity. With that being said, it just boggles my mind how in such a creative industry I’m given one opportunity to submit a very structured and rigid resume of my background and ruled out based upon that before I’m given the chance to demonstrate my actual talents. Just for fun I decided to submit a resume that was more creative than my normal one and yet included all the same information. I formatted it slightly different, changed the font and reorganized the order of items listed. By no shock of my own it was returned to me with a denial email faster than my traditional resume.
Here I sit, frustrated and creatively stifled awaiting a company to take a chance on me so that I can once again surpass their expectations. Since most places won’t let you even drop things off in person any more I’ve given up on the idea of sneaking into a decision maker’s office and performing a grand performance of my qualifications. Therefore, I’m going to attempt what my loved one did on her blog since it caused a small stir within her job search…
Good afternoon internet visitors! I’m well educated in two very different, and yet very similar, industries in a standard higher educated sense as well as with many years of hands on experience. The flexibility and adaptability skills I possess are only surpassed by my dedication to creatively inspire others to action to get to common goals with a little style along the way. Give me the chance to bring my talents to your company and I promise to exceed any projections you set for me while keeping a smile on my face all the while. My creativity is screaming to be let loose from its current cubicle and I would like to put it to work for you instead of the HR computer scanner that won’t let me get through to you. Therefore, for your viewing pleasure and random perusal you’ll find my complete resume below.