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15 AND 2

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I’ve had the pleasure of communicating with Pasha over the past couple of weeks and I have been impressed with her spirit of “git up and go” and her enthusiasm for exploring come-what-may. However, she is young and I have take the opportunity to warn her not to take her 15 seconds of fame [thank you Andy Warhol for that term] for granted because once one arrives at the point where media and others initiate the action, the clockhands immediately begin to sweep and the seconds tick away, and soon she will be running on empty with regard to others taking notice of her [they’ve already moved from the billboard]. What this means is that every person seeking a job is essentially competing to get 2 seconds of attention from a stranger, just as a billboard is on the side of the road. This is precisely why traditional resumes don’t work: When was the last time you stopped to look at a resume–words on a screen or ink on paper–with any real interest?

A billboard is big so it doesn’t need a lot of graphics to grab you. I have been lured numerous times to look up at one simply to see the word or the typeface. Big matters. Scale that down to a screen or a letter-sized sheet of paper and the words are about as enticing as a stain of spilled coffee. My point to Pasha and others who somehow manage to game the system to get it to glance up at them and their wants/needs/predicament/call-for-help is not squirrel that 15 seconds away, but to convert it as quickly and meaningfully as possible into something more long lasting. We’re all going to end up seeking the same 2 seconds, but some of us can get a better jump on it than others through creative hard work and innovative spirit. You can’t stop there.

Traditionally, a hand-signed (in blue ink) follow up letter after an interview would often separate those with true class and those who didn’t care enough to bother; often it was the follow up that clinched the 2nd interview and got one the chance to really sell him or her self as the best candidate. Follow up is even more critical today.

The score in the game today is determined how well you pitch yourself [heard of the elevator pitch?] and how well you deliver at the home plate: you don’t have to hit a home run, but you have to at least hit the ball. That means you have 3 chances to get 2 seconds. Don’t miss even one.

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May 1, 2009 at 12:28 pm

BILLBOARD BIOBLOG

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HIREPASHADOTCOM

THE BIGGEST BIOBLOG EVER! BILLBOARD SIZE!

WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT HER?

SHE WANTS TO STAND OUT.

THAT TAKES SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

NOT EVERYONE CAN DO A BILLBOARD.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

BIOBLOG AS MINI-BILLBOARD?

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April 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm

IF YOU HAVEN’T NOTICED THERE IS NO STATUS QUO

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It’s gone in case you didn’t notice, the status quo. Obama flipped it over his back like he would a long shot. It doesn’t matter whether it is good or bad or right or wrong when it comes to people with the most talent trying to survive and making themselves stand out amongst the restive classes (middle, upper lower, low and lowest) who find themselves standing in a line at the STATE office with their hand out and a number: 0022110044999383 … next!

If you think a traditional, wordy, same old resume is going to do you any good right now, you deserve a job as a shovel shover or a trash, sorry, waste specialist. You don’t know jack if you think resumes (invented after the second world war, that’s WWII! when jeeps were for the Army, and Eisenhower jackets were cool) are still meaningful when they say things like “objective” and “work experience.” The categories today are “I am, I can, I will.” If you don’t get it, you lose.

Bioblogs are not for everyone. If you are everyone, get off this blog.

Adieu.

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March 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm

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DEPRESSION BIOBLOG BLUES

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MARCH 2009 NEWS RELEASE

WORD-DRIVEN RESUMES FLOOD MARKET, READERS DROWN

BIOBLOGS TO THE RESCUE!

As the already too busy marketplace for workers and talent is flooded by the surging newly unemployed, a new problem arises: the majority of these folks have NEVER used a resume before and are being SNOOKERED by the greedy word crafters of traditional resumes (and those expensive “cover letters”) without so much as a clue as to what a waste of hard earned money it is to throw another piece of paper full of hackneyed key words and stilted verb-phrases into the all consuming fire of THE RESUME FILE. Does anyone really believe that their word-based resume can possibly grab 2 seconds of attention in a stack of hundreds and thousands and millions? Wishful thinking.

NEVER has their been a better time to employ a strong, attention grabbing, high value graphic resume. That is what a bioblog is for, to get 2 seconds of attention.

BAIT IS BAIT, SOME IS BETTER, BIOBLOGS ARE THE BEST.

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March 4, 2009 at 1:47 pm

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TOO LATE FOR RESUMES

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FINANCIAL CRISIS / GOVERNMENT BAMBOOZLERS / DOUBLE-TALKING POLITICOS

CREDIT CRUNCH / UPSIDE DOWN / DEAD END IN THE TUNNEL

LAYOFFS/FAILURES/LOSS

IT’S OVER, IT’S GONE, IT’S COMING

NEXT WEEK, TOMORROW . . . WHAT?

You want keywords, there ya got it. Why do you think they don’t have windows that open on Wall Street skyscrapers? Sales down, projections flat, staff let go. [Don’t you love that, “let go,” as if you are pleading with them, “Please, please, let me go, ruin my plans, fracture my hopes and disrupt my life! Oh please!”]

Anyone who thinks that your typical word-word-word resume with its usual “works well with people” and “highly motivated” has a chance in Hell of having an impact on a screener in today’s market — much less the worse one of tomorrow — is living on mescaline or Disney movies.

Now is the time for all young men (and women) to call for the aid of a bioblog.

If ever (EVER!) there was a time to stand out above and separate from the crowd, it surely is now. If anyone is going to get hired, it is surely going to be the best ones; the others will just have to make do.

Which one are you?

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October 1, 2008 at 7:58 pm

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A CUTLINE BIOBLOG

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Resume As Bioblog As Blog

A Cutline Bioblog – Using WordPress To Grab Attention Fast

Here’s a bioblog that incorporates WordPress’s popular Cutline theme. It not only is attractive and inviting, but can be used both digitally (with activated links) or as an attachment (pdf or jpeg); it can even be printed and mailed, accompanied by a cover letter personally signed in blue ink. [Remember: it’s just bait!] This blog-like bioblog shows how well the art form works to combine the creative character (of your bio) with the contemporary appeal of a blog.

Compare this bioblog to a traditional resume: What a difference graphic design makes! Why should advertising 20+ years of global experience and hard-earned expertise not be as powerful as a typical ad for a mass-produced luxury car or a shiny chronograph? Why shouldn’t self promotion (of talent, know how and potential value) be couched in graphic terms just as “exotic travel” or “fine cuisine” be promoted, which do not offer anything more than a limited experience of fading value over time?

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May 11, 2008 at 7:30 pm

SAME BELONG

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I am among the more than a few who have noticed the “tribal nature” of the workplace, and my particular spin on it is that not only to “employers hire personality more than skills,” but that it is a process that is based on tribal instincts inasmuch as they (the hiring chieftans) can get away with. Thus, a resume is more of an initial “same belong” signal (of likeness, therefore safeness) to the other fella / woman holding a weapon (the fistful of dollars and promise of esteem on the one hand, the determination to help the other win on the other hand).

What a resume in the format of a bioblog should say is, I’m like you, Same Belong.

Then you can chat about how the differences are worth a dollar or two more.

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May 11, 2008 at 6:55 pm

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