Make Change, or Not.

December 22, 2008

I have this crazy idea of change. I truly believe that we all have the power to make a positive change in our life and improve our own situation. Yes, this is being optimistic about who we are and the abilities that we possess. Furthermore, I also believe that change does not come to those that do not sacrifice for it or have a little good fortune along the way.

What really boggles my mind is why as a society we are so reluctant to change. Is it not a good thing to evolve and improve our status? Why then do we resist when we are called upon to make such a change. Do we fear the unknown? I would say so. If you were asked to leave your job where you know what is expected of you and you make decent money for something that has no certainty at all would you do it? That, my friend, is a choice only some of us can make. Can you?



Life’s Journey, What Happened?

December 19, 2008

Ever sit back and remember what it was like to be a kid. You know the time when you pretended to be the person who you saw yourself as when you were all grown up. Who was it? What did you do? Now ask yourself this. What happened? Today that is the question that I am wrestling with. In my time of self-reflection I have to ask this simple but complex question of what happened between the time when I was a child sure of whom I was to become and who I am today.

I have yet to discover where things began to make the turn. Sometimes I think about the small (or even large) bumps in the road of life. Did I lose focus on my dream, or was that I just became influenced in other ways. For me I wanted to be a Doctor; I just didn’t want to take all those classes and be in school that long. Funny thing is that for all the years that I did put in to finally complete my degrees I could have been.

So here I am today, far from becoming a doctor, with way to many obligations in my life to fulfill my childhood dream questioning where I go from here. Can someone who lost the way early on find that passion from his or her childhood once again? It seems to me that once the course of life’s journey has been charted that it is ever so increasingly hard to change direction. Not to say that I still want to be a Doctor of medicine anymore but there are some things that I would like to pursue as a career. The question now is how. How do I show my ability to do what I dream? Can I even get in the door or will I forever be labeled as a person with a career in sales? Can you make the change and start to chase your dream, your life’s ambition? Let’s come together and help each other in charting a new course. A life full with happiness and satisfaction.

Finally, if you enjoy what you read please make time to comment or even follow my blog. Also, if you have any suggestions let me know because together we can achieve our life’s journey!

Nathan McIntyre

The jobseeker maze.

December 18, 2008

Almost a year ago I started a new project with a couple of friends of mine. It was too simple of an idea. Our plan was to help everyday people find better jobs using the Internet. Now I can hear you saying to yourself “that already exists”. I agree this is true. There are a number of job search engines that are on the Internet with more and more are showing up every day. A real problem that hiring companies face and cannot ignore is the fact that the masses have migrated online. These same companies must then include virtual job boards in their candidate search for fear of missing “the big fish that got away”. With that being said, I still believe that there are a number of fundamental errors that need to be addressed if we are going to continue using the Internet as a method for securing talent.

Problem #1: Many candidates state that there is so much clutter on job boards today how will they ever find the “right” job?

Simple, they won’t. There is no way to currently filter through everything that is out there. The problem is that for every potential good job out there 100 of them you would never even consider. Job boards are not there to help you find a job; they are there to make money. The more job seekers they have in their pool the more an Internet recruiter can charge a company to post they opening on their site. Sure they all say they will help you find a job but really, who has honestly found their dream job on Monster? If you have let me know.

Problem #2: Can I make myself a person rather then purely a number in the eyes of a company and still use the job boards?

Not yet. What easier way is there today to find candidates for a job then to sift through a job board while putting in a couple of filters, key words, and restrictions. There is none. Let me explain through the use of an example.

You have Tim a job seeker looking for a job. He has taken the time to post his resume on a number of job boards to start the search for his new career. His qualifications are fantastic; great work history, excellent performance, etc. The problem is that he hates (for lack of a better word) what he does.

In this example, most of the companies that are looking for a candidate with their criteria that fits would miss out on Tim. Any other company would simply miss him because he does not fit their profile of a good candidate. This is all wrong in my mind. What if Tim has a passion for the great outdoors and know everything about Geo-Cache (GPS tracking), and trail hiking? This would never go on a professional resume and more then likely he would never be qualified to apply for a job applying his skills.

Now it is my hope that one day Tim will be able to get his dream job but currently using today’s job boards and removing the “person” from the job search he many never have this opportunity. I want to make a change, a charge forward to the future of how hiring is done. With your help we can make a dream become reality. Who is with me?