My job search has run out of steam. Some people get discouraged and quit at this point. How to respond to being in this place in the search becomes a serious challenge. There has been no fruit on the networking vines for a little while, so I turned to the job board “search agents” I set up to scout leads.
Now, we all know–as does any sales account manager–without fresh leads business will dry up. I create search agents to “prime the pump”; to suggest things to my chain-reference type mind (one idea prompts another). Search “agents” from my tried and trusted job board aggregators are a puzzle sometimes. Lately, I’ve been casting for bass and drawing up old boots. Look what one agent dragged in for me:
Car show model.
Car show model? I’m not 20, shapely and blond. How about, within striking distance of 60, plush in places and graying? I can just see it now. What a Laugh. At the end it says, “paid gig”. Yeah. So the money is so attractive that I would actually consider caressing a luxury car’s door handle suggestively as I lounge across its broad, smooth hood? Sometimes the feedback I get from my agents is negative acceptable.
Truthfully, I could put on my mom jeans, grab my tool bag and hop a John Deere. Believe it, a garden tractor or a rototiller I could relate to. A pose on either might even encourage every American in this economic morass to get into an entrepreneurial mind-set–plant victory gardens instead of lawns.
What I am really beginning to think is that the job board well is a dry hole and it’s time to fire my agents– or at least retrain them.