Looking for a job?

Try this:

Say you live on Blueberry Avenue, and say there are fifty other residents living there with you. You could start a podcast, and do an interview with all fifty people on your street.

Fifty people, fifty interviews, fifty episodes.

It’s highly unlikely that The Blueberry Avenue Podcast would make it to a large audience, but that’s not the point. The point is that you’d have more skills.

You’d understand audio technology. You’d be more creative. You’d have proven that you’re a person that takes initiative. You’d understand something about marketing.

And you’d be a better conversationalist, a skill that Scott Adams thinks every adult should have:

“Few people are skilled conversationalists. Most people are just talking, which is not the same thing. The difference is that skilled conversationalists have learned techniques that are surprisingly nonobvious to a lot of people.

[…]

The point of conversation is to make the other person feel good. If you do that one simple thing correctly, the other benefits come along with the deal. For example, a person who likes you is more likely to be persuaded, to recommend you for good opportunities, and to want a relationship with you.”

In the meantime, you’re relentlessly looking for a job. But now that you’ve hosted your own podcast, you’re a much more marketable candidate.

Don’t like that idea? Pick your own.

[PS — here’s another idea from Adams’s book about job-hunting. I’m not sure what to make of it, but it seems worth sharing. Here, Adams is describing a scene just after he boards a plane:

“I was seated next to a businessman who was probably in his early sixties. I suppose I looked like an odd duck with my serious demeanor, bad haircut, and cheap suit, clearly out of my element. He asked what my story was and I filled him in. I asked what he did for a living and he told me he was CEO of a company that made screws. Then he offered me some career advice. He said that every time he got a new job, he immediately started looking for a better one. For him, job seeking was not something one did when necessary. It was an ongoing process. This makes perfect sense if you do the math. Chances are the best job for you won’t become available at precisely the time you declare yourself ready. Your best bet, he explained, was to always be looking for the better deal. The better deal has its own schedule. I believe the way he explained it is that your job is not your job; your job is to find a better job.

This was my first exposure to the idea that one should have a system instead of a goal. The system was to continually look for better options. And it worked for this businessman, as he had job-hopped from company to company, gaining experience along the way, until he became a CEO. Had he approached his career with a specific goal in mind, or perhaps specific job objectives (e.g., his boss’s job), it would have severely limited his options. But for him, the entire world was his next potential job. The new job simply had to be better than the last one and allow him to learn something useful for the next hop.”]

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