A Student Job Search Lesson To
Last You A Lifetime
Last You A Lifetime
How To Stop Being The Proverbially Unemployed Student Forever!
Are you running a student job search? Learn something to last you a life time from Greg Harvey, Jim Wilson, and Rick Van Voorhis.
These three friends lost their jobs at Siemens last year, all at the same time. Their prospects for getting a new job was dim.
So all 3 decided that starting a new business would be the only way to end unemployment for them. The business idea was simple. Pizza.
They broke their piggy banks, pooled some money together and focused on serving their local community of Ames, Iowa.
"If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. And I'm not worse off than I was, you know, 2 months ago," said Jim Wilson, who spent over 30 years working for the same employer before he got canned.
How Making Dough Can Make You DoughNow, look. They had no clue how to run a business. Yeah, they had some money, which is more than you could say for yourself as a student, right?
But, check it out. Their only experience was home-made pizza. They didn't buy a franchise. They didn't stand in line waiting for a bank to finance their business plan.
Who's got that kind of time to burn or endurance today, when the bills keep piling up and you got to eat?
Here's what they did.
And you can do the same even if your main goal right now is only on a student job search. It's not hard to learn. But it takes character to pull off. Do you have character?
What they did was to gained a loyal following of customers, because the little guy cares more about the local community than the big chains.
Did you hear that?
"It’s about friendship and community. It’s about rooting for the underdog. It’s about being something more than a number and a name. For three hard working guys that know it takes more than luck to start a business in tough economic times, they went all in..."
This is what these men say in their web site about themselves and their success. They weren't trying to save the world. They concentrated on their local neighbors.
What are you willing to go all in for? Just poker?
Who Says You're Too Young To Run Your Own Business?C'mon! How about starting your own business as the main objective of your student job search?
Don't dream about it and don't dismiss it either. Jump on the occasion. You need to think about this. Other people have done it. Young people have done it!
The typical student job search is worse than unproductive. It's doomed from the very start, because there are no jobs for you to take. If you want a job, then you've better create it.
Look, let me explain it to you this way.
The guys from Black Market Pizza were unemployed during the first recession that started in mid-2007 and that has not even ended 3 years later. They had no employment prospects. They weren't young either.
But 15 months later they were hiring 25 employees, probably young people like you running some student job search that wasn't working. Plus they were opening another pizza parlor.
These men are now ready for the next recession that is coming.
Yes, you read that right.
There is another recession coming. It's called a "double-dip", according to economists. But it won't be sweet like a hard shell chocolate dunked ice cream cone. No. This second recession will hit you hard.
If It's You Saying It, Then Shut Up!For Americans younger than 25 years of age the starting rate of unemployment today is 18.8% not 9.7% unlike the general population.
If you're young, you're in trouble. Did you think a puny drop this summer from 9.7% to 9.5% in general unemployment was "good news" for you?
Accept it. You're in trouble.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that nearly 1 out of 5 young, able-bodied people like you are out of work.
It also says that almost 4 out of 10 people between ages 18 and 29 have been unemployed or underemployed sometime in this recession.
That's just present conditions for any student job search. What are you going to do when the next recession hits early next year?
Do you want to compete ferociously as a graduate for waitressing, pizza delivery, clerical goffer, trainee busboy and warehouse intern sort of jobs? You will have to fight it out for those jobs.
There are 2,000,000 college graduates who are unemployed like you right now.
Put another way, there are more of you than there are jobs. And when quantity supplied is higher than quantity demanded, prices fall. Your wages will be crap.
Instead Speak Up As FollowsDo this instead: Remember the folks from Black Market Pizza.
Just because we’re in a recession, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t any money to be made today by starting your own business and making that the focus of your student job search.
This billboard that I spotted a few days ago perfectly expresses what I’m talking about. Let it become an inspiration to you, because it is the truth.
Let it remind you of another truth.
Bill Gates started Microsoft after spending 10,000 hours learning software programming from the time he gained access to a high school computer in 1968 at the age of 13 until he graduated from high school in 1973. That autumn he went to Harvard.
Yet by summer 1974 he had dropped out of college.
He didn't need Harvard to be successful.
He needed an opportunity where to put to use his 10,000 hours of dedicated effort that he had accumulated in the 5 years between 1968 and 1973. That opportunity came in 1975 when he founded Microsoft. The rest is history.
What have you dedicated 10,000 hours of your life to with near fanatical devotion?
I hope it hasn't been just playing Nintendo. But whatever it is, don't worry about it. May be you don't want to be another Bill Gates.
But as a rule of thumb, if you want to be competent in something, you will need 1,000 hours of dedication to it. If you want to be a master at it, you will need 5,000 hours.
If you want to be a virtuoso like Gates, then you need 10,000 hours of dedication. Are you prepared to do that or to continue just playing roulette with your student job search?
Better Yet. Put Your Youthful Energy To Work!Throughout the country you see reality. You still see businesses unwilling to hire. You read stories of companies getting 500 applications for a single job position.
You find career and job fairs where thousands of job seekers attend, where only a handful of employers are hiring and where dread and fear reign supreme.
Meanwhile the Senate fails to pass a bill to extend jobless benefits for the 1.7 million long-term unemployed, who already have been on the dole far longer than ever in American history. States are broke.
The federal government is finished looking out for the unemployed. There are just too many. So honestly, looks like we’re on our own, student job search or not!
This is why you must look to your local community.
Don't wallow in the stagnant waters of this job market.
Set your student job search strategy toward creating your own job rather than competing for a low-end job that too many people want and that either you're least likely to get or you will see as a dead-end to your career.
Become an entrepreneur. Do it now that you're young.
In youth you don't have experience. But you do have energy. Find yourself a mentor, someone with experience but needy for energy and trade your energy for the mentor's experience.
Apply yourself. Put in those 1,000 hours. Get going. Become competent. Focus on your local neighbor's needs.
Others have done it before you. They've succeeded. Others will do it after you. Don't get left behind. Keep reading this site to learn what you can do to convert your student job search into a search for successfully starting your own business.
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