We all struggle with a job search at some point in our careers.
But not all of us struggle with the same thing.
Someone out there (looking for work right now) could use your experience.
Someone else has experience that can help you.
Some people call this the wisdom of crowds.
I prefer to see it as the best reason for job-seekers to start helping themselves.
Discovery begins with experimentation
[Visual experimentations shared by Sanchtv on Flickr.com]
What it does for job-seekers?
If you're a job-seeker and you want to get involved (in something with the potential to help you and people just like you) to get the ball rolling just answer this short list of questions I'm calling The Job-Seeker’s Interview.
You'll get immediate pay-back if you do because this interview helps you understand your job search experiences and learn more about the support that you need.
Your pay-back for taking part will also grow as more people like you take this interview, adding to the knowledge and experience within the group.
If enough job-seekers share their stories and talk about the things they are struggling with (and I'm making it my job to see that they do) a cross-over of experiences will start to take place. Job-seekers will start helping job-seekers. People will be helping themselves as they help others.
OK, I'll take the interview. What happens next?
When you have submitted your interview, I’ll get back to you with a unique reference number for your answers. Right now the counter stands at ‘00000’, which means the first set of answers I receive will be labelled ‘00001’ and we'll go upwards from there.
When you have your number, I’ll post your interview up on the Explore Your Career blog so that you and other job-seekers can read it and the exchange of experiences can begin. Only you will know what number you are, so the whole thing can be anonymous if you want it to be.
Each numbered interview will have its own permanent page and can be commented on and even linked to other job-seeker's interviews where cross-overs happen. You and anyone else can comment on any interview and talk/network as much as you want. When you comment, you can use your own name, a nickname or your unique interview number, it's your choice how you get involved from there.
Looking Further Ahead
I see a community of job-seekers helping themselves. Sharing their 'real-world' job search experience. Encouraging and supporting one another as they go. It will take time to arrive at a place like this but I believe it can be done and that there is genuine potential to move careers and job searches forward along the way and when we get there.
In the meantime, whether your number is ‘00001’ or ‘01001’, I know there is value in this interview (even if you do it alone) because it gets to grips with life as a job-seeker and aims to do something positive with the experience. Something positive that has the power to benefit you and other people just like you. Out there right now looking for work.
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