Quick and Quintessential Tips to Guide Your Job Search and Work Life
Job-hunting tips from the December 14, 2009, issue of QuintZine.
The 10 hardest jobs to fill this year, as reported by U.S. employers, provide opportunities for those with qualifications in these fields:
- Skilled/manual trades
- Sales representatives
- Information technology staff
- Machinists/machine operators
Note: Survey of 2,000 employers
Ask everyone to write something interesting or quirky about themselves on a name tag or post-it and wear it as a badge. It could be one word like “Blue” or “Led Zepplin 1989.”
Allow 10 minutes for the group to mingle and hear as many stories they can that reveal the choice of words people have used and in doing so learn something interesting about each other.
Here are a few possibilities from the conventional to the quirky:
- your nickname
- sports you love to play or watch
- the sports team you follow
- your favorite biography
- what’s on the cover of your diary
- a thought-provoking quote
- your personal motto
- the beginning of an interesting story
So create a name badge for yourself for all the conferences, seminars, and workshops you attend and let the conversations flow.
Adapted from the newsletter of Anecdote, an Australian consulting firm that helps businesses harness the natural power of stories to bring strategy to life.
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