Ideas for Making Money

I saw the list below of freelance and other ways of making $$, and would like to share it with you.  If you’re out of work and need ideas and places to look, here are a bunch!


Like Writing?
Get paid to write articles for AssociatedContent.com
Get paid for writing how-to articles on eHow.com
Get paid to post abstracts on Shvoong.com
Get paid to translate at OneHourTranslation.com
Get paid to transcribe audio files on oDesk.com
Get paid to guide others at About.com
Get paid to blog at Smorty.com
Get paid to tweet at Sponsoredtweets.com
Get paid for reviewing software at SoftwareJudge.com
Get paid for reviewing websites on UserTesting.com
Get paid for writing product reviews on Epinions.com
Sell short reports at PayDotCom.com
Sell your own paid newsletter using Tinyletter.com
Sell your articles on Constant-Content.com
Sell your own e-book on Tradebit.com
Sell your own hardcover book by self-publishing it at Lulu.com
Sell documents online at Gazhoo.com
Sell essays at MyEssays.com
Sell unique blog posts on Ghostbloggers.net
Sell your story to top magazines and newspapers at Webuystories.com
Sell your content on Scribd.com

Like Doing Gigs?
Get paid to do freelance work at Getafreelancer.com
Get paid for doing gigs posted on Craigslist.com
Get paid to do all sorts of stuff on Domystuff.com
Get paid for taking pictures with your iPhone at Gigwalk.com
Get paid to do gigs at Fiverr.com
Get paid to work from home at Clicknwork.com
Get paid for voice over work at Voices.com
Get paid to do data entry work on oDesk.com

Like Designing Stuff?
Get paid to design on 99Designs.com
Get paid to design T-Shirts at Threadless.com
Get paid to design products at Ponoko.com
Sell graphics on GraphicLeftovers.com
Sell flash files at FlashDen.com
Sell web design templates at ThemeForest.net
Sell your product designs on Zazzle.com
Sell your created font at FontOff.com
Sell WordPress Themes at WPThemeMarket.com
Sell your animation on Aniboom.com
Sell your logo designs on Inkd.com

Like Coding?
Sell a turn-key website on Flippa.com
Sell professional, flashy websites created using Wix.com
Sell WordPress plugins at WPPlugins.com
Sell software source code at Binpress.com
Sell your pre-made Android apps at Buysellapp.com
Sell scripts on Buystockscript.com

Like Helping Others?
Get paid by renting your place to travelers at Airbnb.com
Get paid to share a tip on Daytipper.com
Get paid to share coupons and discount codes on Buxr.com
Get paid to teach your own online course at Wiziq.com
Get paid to share how-to videos at Metacafe.com
Get paid to socialize on myLot.com
Get paid as a virtual assistant on 247virtualassistant.com
Get paid to tutor on Tutor.com
Get paid to offer your expertise at LivePerson.com
Get paid for answering all types of questions at ChaCha.com
Get paid for your advice on Ether.com
Get paid to help with homework on StudentofFortune.com
Get paid for sharing your knowledge on Buksia.com
Get paid to answer expert questions at JustAnswer.com
Sell e-learning courses at OpenSesame.com

Like Having Fun?
Get paid to play online games at Gamesville.com
Get paid to upload files to Depositfiles.com
Get paid for podcasting at Mevio.com
Get paid to host live Internet radio shows at BlogTalkRadio.com
Get paid to play a game against another player on Moola.com
Sell virtual stuff from your store on SecondLife.com

Like Getting Your Creative Juices Flowing?
Sell your photos on BigStockPhoto.com
Sell your music at Vibedeck.com
Sell your videos to Fotolia.com
Sell your audio at BuyStockSound.com
Sell your ideas at Ideabuyer.com
Sell handmade stuff on Etsy.com
Sell your art on Imagekind.com
Get paid for coming up with unique domain names on Pickydomains.com
Get paid for coming up with market-ready names on NamingForce.com

Like Promoting for Profit?
Get paid to promote $100% instant commission products on Digiresults.com
Get paid to promote webinars at Webinarswaps.com
Get paid to promote web hosting from HostGator.com
Get paid to promote $7 products on 7dollaroffers.com
Get paid to promote physical products on Amazon.com
Get paid to promote CPA offers at Affiliate.com
Get paid to promote information products at Clickbank.com
Sell leads to other businesses at Reply.com
Sell magazine Subscriptions at AcclaimSubscriptions.com

Like Selling Random Stuff?
Sell unused stuff on eBay.com
Sell unused stuff on Craigslist.com
Sell your old and new gadgets on BuyMyTronics.com
Sell products in your own online shop at Shoply.com

STILL want more ways to make money?
No problem – Here are 10 BONUS ideas just for you:
Do an odd job
Seek emergency assistance from charities
Collect your change
Return past purchases
Hold a yard sale
Recycle scrap metal
Pawn your stuff
Sell your hair and plasma
Sell random stuff to motorists


NOTE:  I make no claim to the effectiveness or legitimacy of these ideas; I’m merely forwarding the suggestion.  Happy hunting!


Three Suggestions for the Unemployed

Seth Godin’s blog post today is incredibly valuable for anyone who is out of work and would like to return to earning. He gives three suggestions of high-value, attention-getting expertise you can provide:

  • Learn to sell
  • Learn to write
  • Learn to produce extraordinary video and multimedia.



You may have to do one or more of these (I do all three–sales trainer & prospecting subcontractor, copywriter & scriptwriter) as a freelancer, especially starting out, but the work is interesting, you’re making contacts, developing a reputation, and not sitting on the couch worrying.



It’s been awhile since my last update, and that’s because I’ve been working like crazy. A recycling yard’s processes needed to be cleaned up, and a used auto parts business was looking for an operations manual to follow while setting things up. But I’m back with a link to share: recareered.com

Recareered.com is the most interesting job search help site I’ve seen in a long time. Years of advice logged there, plenty of job hunting topics detailed, even some funny stuff to keep your spirits up (oh, we know how important that is!). Even free webinars are available. If you simply hover your mouse over the dark gray headers at the top, lists of topics will drop down and you can pick the specific topic you’d like more info on.

I’m plugging away at a little google-based writer website for myself…when it’s done, I’ll let you know and you can all tell me what you think. In the meantime, if you think I could help you with your resume, interviewing skills or job search in general, drop me a line!


How to Find Unadvertised Jobs In The Hidden Job Market

Some background here…in November 2009 I moved from Canada to the US. I came from a sales & operations management background. The immigration process blocked me from working until mid-August 2010, and I still needed to make money to survive. So you can bet that upon receiving permission to work in the US, I immediately needed to find a job.

Part of what I did in Vancouver was help people get better jobs by helping them write awesomely effective resumes, and getting their heads straight about how to think successfully during their job  earch.

While I was doing this, I stumbled across internet marketing.  That made me think! I could distill all of the past dozen years of cold calling, sales & business development experience into products that would help other people grow their businesses and make more money. Now I continue to enjoy helping people find jobs they’re a great fit with, so my eyes are always open for new tips and methods.


I don’t usually do this, but Jim Stroud’s content was so good that I had to share it with you. His video on how to find jobs that aren’t advertised is a detailed guide on:

  • how employers are searching for resumes online today
  • how you can take advantage of that
  • how to use google to automate your searching across different job boards
  • how to anticipate that a company is going to be hiring, and network your way in to create the job description
  • how to develop yourself as a subject authority online without needing your own blog, and create full or part time work that way.

The big deal here is not only are you finding and creating roles that others aren’t applying in huge crowds for, but you’re also not tying up hours and hours every day in your job search. By learning a little about google, and automating your search, you can have it do the work and send only the ‘best fit’ opportunities to your email inbox every day. I like that!!

I learned lots of new-to-me things, especially on the google side, and would like to share them with you. Jim has more to offer in other videos, so check them out. Remember, finding work is a full time job in of itself! If you’re simply looking in the newspaper for jobs, you’re competing with too many other people, and missing out on the vast majority of opportunities out there. You must step out of your comfort zone to succeed! That hidden job market is a real thing. Yes, this is a half-hour video, but if you’re not interested in spending the time to educate yourself to be more effective and how to find unadvertised jobs, do you really deserve to get handed that great job?


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My Job Search Process, Part Three: Don’t Settle

As we started talking about in the post titled “How to Find Unadvertised Jobs In The Hidden Job Market“, I wasn’t allowed to work during the immigration period when I moved to the US. That was almost a year, and when I finally was allowed to work, I needed a job. This is part of the story of how to find work you enjoy.

Most people seem to think of their job hunt as an attempt to minimize the gap in their income stream. This is wrong. Even if the work you’re looking for is at a lower level, if you ever want to improve you have to make your choices more carefully. If you’re working on your career, this applies even more strongly. To clarify: money now is not as important as your work happiness now and in the long run. This is one of three components in a successful and effective job search process.

Let’s take an example. My last job search in Vancouver was pretty quick: in a few weeks I had two offers:

Production Manager at a large steel fabrication plant, where they cut custom profiles for new construction. These are things that help hold the building up. Previously I’d managed the cutting of plate up to 1” thick at a smaller facility; here, it would be up to a foot thick. Very, very high salary.

Business Development Manager for a full-service boutique IT firm. Managed services, custom database projects, network security hardware. These are the nuts and bolts of computer operations. I had no experience in the IT field. Salary: half of the other offer, plus 10% of sales.

It would be easy—and many of you would have, I’m sure—to leap for the big, certain dollars and pick the first role. Let’s consider my choice a little more deeply:

First role—stay in production/operations management, a field I’m trained in but do not love, deepen my experience with plate cutting, scheduling, inventory management and people management. Tough boss with a chip on his shoulder. Work in an industry that hasn’t done anything new in a long time.

Second role—expand my range of knowledge and fields to work in, learn new technical information in a growing industry that changes all the time. Nice boss, good ‘culture’ fit. Work in sales & marketing, a field I do love, and improve my skills in that area.

My decision was easy because I did not settle for more money today at a job I wouldn’t be happy at. Nor would the first role have taken my career in a direction I wanted to go. It would not have made me more appealing to future employers in the business development field.

Let’s look at a more recent case. I did not have any existing offers, and got a call from a recruiter in a city a couple of hours away. They were interested in me for a client’s software sales role that paid on target $60 – $90K. Moving for the right position would not be a problem. After the phone interview, the recruiter was going to set up another call, this time with the hiring manager at the business. Overnight, I thought it over, and in the morning I cancelled.

Why did I do that? During my questioning of the recruiter, I discovered that the role was in a culture of what in the DISC profile is High I’s, meaning the talkative, spinny, creative types, and would be 8 hours a day of cold calling. I don’t mind prospecting, but I do not believe it is possible to effectively and capably call all day long. After three days of it I would be miserable. The role didn’t have enough range of duties to match my interests, nor would it have helped my career. Also, I’m a C, a completely different behavioral type. It wasn’t a fit. So rather than waste my time, the employer’s time and the recruiter’s time, I chose not to settle.

I hope these examples give you the idea of how to start going about thinking when it comes to job offers. Don’t take a thing just because it’s offered to you: human nature makes us want to, whether it’s a handshake or a hand grenade. Be careful about what you select to get involved with, because it shapes your experience, and the perception of employers down the road. Make sure you’ll be happy with the work you do. Don’t settle.

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My Job Search Process, Part Two: Fight Fear

Continuing from Part One, I’m describing my process for finding work you enjoy. I’m going through it because after almost a year of not being allowed to work waiting in the US Immigration process, I needed a job. You can learn from my expertise on how to keep your mind straight and stay focused.

I’ve gone into this a bit before, here and here. By knowing what you want, and sticking to it at all costs, you will feel more confident. Fighting fear and panic is difficult, I know. However, I have found out time and again that by sticking to your guns, the role you want will eventually come around to you.

I remember driving from the shop to a jobsite with the owner of a metal fabrication shop that I did a lot of work for in the middle of the last decade. We were stressed about meeting our obligations, and getting projects completed on time and to the quality level we and our customers expected. Suddenly, we passed a group of mentally and physically disabled people being taken out for a walk, in their wheelchairs and gurneys, by their aides. The owner turned to me and with a 180-degree change of attitude said, “We don’t have any problems.”

It’s stuck with me over the years. We have the power to choose. We have the ability to try something different tomorrow to get what we want. We can keep fighting. You can, too.

You will draw employers to you with the attitude of “I’m financially independent, and don’t need the job.”

Also, by being clear about what you want and how you provide value, you will be sure of yourself.

Grasping, begging, trying to fit into the mold of what you think this employer wants…these are things that will ‘turn off’ interviewers. They will be polite, tell you nice things, and never call you again. By being centered, patient and certain, you will cause employers to move towards you. After all, when something is scarce, we want it! When you give off signals that say to interviewers “I don’t need this particular gig—I’m going to find one I’m happy at eventually,” they say to themselves, “Uh oh, I’d better get this person on board with me before they go to my competition. There’s something about them that I like.”

Now what about the case where there aren’t any jobs in your town like the one you want? Well, now you have a choice to make. First of all, either it’s true that there are few, or it’s not. Investigate. Ask everyone you know if they know of roles similar to what you want. Keep asking. I’m pretty sure you haven’t looked under every stone.

Second, check for positions which have tasks like those you want to do, and also some others—can you be happy doing what you want 70% of the time, and other things the rest, in order to make a living and advance your career?

Third, you may have to look at moving.

Fourth, how about offering the skill set you want to use in a contractor role?

Fighting fear and panic during your job search can be the most difficult phase. However, if you’re clear about what you want and have to offer, and project the attitude that you don’t need the job (while still loving to do the tasks), you can remain calm and centered. Remember, you only need to defeat fear and be brave one day at a time…perhaps even only a few minutes at a time.

Coming up next, Leg Three: Don’t Settle.

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My Job Search Process, Part One: Stand Out

As I started talking about in Back to the Jobhunt, I was finally allowed to work in the US after almost a year of waiting through Immigration. I needed a job, and one I enjoyed–and I’m describing the How To of that process so you can follow it.

Leg 1 of our job search model is “Stand Out.” We want to stand out in order to get the attention of employers, so that they will talk with us. No dialogue = no job offer. We want to stand out also because of our clarity in what we have to offer, and what we want to do. Well-presented specifics result in interviews and offers. Time and again I’ve seen them overcome deficits in experience or skills of the candidate compared to the job description.

Now let me advise you that, on the resume side, my system works best for people applying to small and medium sized businesses. If you’re applying to an institution or large firm like GE, then you’ll have to do something different: load your resume with key words their HR optical scanners are looking for. In my approach, we are trying to get the attention of hiring employers who are actually picking up and looking at hardcopies of resumes.

A word about the difference between hiring managers and human resources: hiring managers are hoping to be wowed; human resources/recruiters are hoping to safely match up experience and skills with job description bullet points. As you’ve probably figured out, I like the former and dislike the latter. In the interview stage, however, what I have to say applies in both situations.

So how exactly do we stand out? First, we must be clear with ourselves about what the role is that we want. Linked to the second leg of the stool, we must stand by that—not give up when things look tough and fall back on something else. I’ve been there, when it looks like you’re never going to find a good match in your field, and you just want to give up and go back to something else. Say you’re just not finding a technical sales role that meets your needs, and so in your fear you’re thinking Why not go back to a factory production role? No! In my experience, if you stick it out just a little longer, the thing you want will come along.

Some tips to Stand Out:

  • In the top third of the first page of your resume, you must clearly and concisely explain to potential employers what you want to do and how you provide value. You can do this in point form, or paragraph form. If you want to ‘hit the highlights,’ use point form. If you want to ‘set the mood’ of what you can do, use paragraph form.
  • Each and every claim you make on your resume must be backed up by numbers or other facts. If you accomplished something but don’t have a record or copy of it, be prepared to get a reference for it. Sometimes, I realize, this just isn’t possible; however, know that they will ask you about the thing you have the weakest support for (it’s Murphy’s Law), and you had better have a plan for dealing with that question.
  • Your resume’s job is to paint a mental picture of what you have and can accomplish for employers, so that they will get excited enough to want to meet you.
  • Do not merely reiterate job descriptions. Show results.

Up next: Leg Two of the metaphorical stool representing my job search model—Fight Fear!

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Back to the Jobhunt

Like we began talking about in the post How to Find Unadvertised Jobs In The Hidden Job Market, I moved to the US in 2009 and wasn’t allowed to work during the Immigration process. That was the better part of a year. When I was finally allowed to work, I needed a job. So I’ve recorded the process of how I do this successfully and find work I’ll enjoy–so that you can, too.

Let’s get back on the topic of job hunting for a moment. Those of you who’ve read my earlier job search posts know I stress the following:

  1. Standing out to employers by being clear about who you are and what you want to do for them
  2. Fighting fear and panic
  3. Not settling for less than what you deserve.

Those are the “three legs of the stool” in my job hunting model. But why these three concepts?

This combination is what is required in order for you to end up happy. That’s your ultimate goal here: to find a role in which your skills, experience, temperament and desires match up, and you get paid what you’re worth in order to do it.

Sounds simple, right? Unfortunately for you, most people duck out of the process at the first available opportunity—settling for a position that isn’t the right fit, doesn’t match their personality, and/or lacks the remuneration that’s fair trade for the expertise brought to the table.

So you see it’s a three-step process. If you drop out in step 2 or 3, your stool will tip over and you’ll fall to the floor. You’ll end up unhappy.

I’d like to review the steps with you in a little more detail. This will also take care of some questions I’m sure many of you are screaming at the monitor, such as, ”Jason, what the heck about the lousy economy, and there not being many jobs available at all? Shouldn’t I just take what I can get?”

Yes, you should—if that will make you happy. If not, come with me. I’ll detail the three legs of the stool for the Kanigan job search happiness model for you in the next few posts.

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“I’m Looking For My First Job — What Should I Do?!”

I know it’s been awhile since my last entry, but there’s a good reason: I’ve finally been allowed to work! That’s right, my US work authorization is now approved. And what a surprise, there are people here who need writing expertise. I’ve been helping businesses in Wilmington, NC attract more potential customers to their websites or places of business. Now I’m on the tail end of a weekend, though, and have some time to pen an entry here.

So lately I’ve been encountering, online mostly, young people who are about to enter the job market. Typically, they tell me they don’t have a resume at all or that they’re proud to send out, and they don’t know what to do to find work. What I’d like to do here is share what I’m advising them to do about that. These are some of the things I wish I had been told way back when!

If you’re in high school, you’re probably looking for part time or a summer gig…maybe one that you can pick up again next year if you like. If you’ve graduated from high school but haven’t had any work experience yet, this is for you too.

First of all, it’s easy for you to get work.

Truly! Entry-level work is the simplest to be hired for. Here’s what the employer is looking for, to decide whether to hire you or not:

  • Will you show up?
  • Are you honest?
  • Can you follow directions?

The employer is trying to avoid these problems:

  • Some people will frequently call in sick, or not at all, leaving the employer in the lurch with an understaffed operation.
  • Some people will steal, money or goods or both, costing the employer.
  • Some people will cause hiccups in production, delays, lost items, and arguments because they can’t do what others want them to, and this costs the employer time and money.

That’s pretty much it. Now the fact is, many people (young and experienced) cannot say “Yes” to these things. Take stock of yourself. Can you say “Yes” to all three? If you can’t, there are positions for you and we’ll discuss them below. The one I’m especially concerned about is the third: Can you follow directions?

The reason I ask about this question is not because I think you may be stupid. In fact, you may be too smart. Some people like to figure out things on their own, and are wired to find it difficult to conform to someone else’s idea of the way something should be done. This isn’t “wrong,” or “bad”; however, you do need to know it about yourself if it is true, because taking a job where you have to follow highly-supervised, detailed operations to the letter is going to make you miserable.

Now back to all three questions. The employer looking for entry-level wage help is probably not seeking skill. They likely want simple, repetitive tasks to be done over and over the same way by friendly, accommodating employees. That’s fine and we as job hunters need to know to expect it. You may change their mind later about you, but at the start this is the pile you are lumped in with.


Take those three questions and use them to drive the layout of your resume. Of course you don’t have any experience yet—that’s why you’re looking for an entry level position! They know that. So don’t let it bother you.

Writing your resume, start with your name, address, and phone number (and email address if you want). Don’t worry about a “career objective” yet. We’ll discuss that below.

Since you have had little or no work experience, put down the paper route or odd jobs you’ve done. Now we’ll answer those three questions.

In your life you have done things that exemplify “Yes” answers to those three questions employers are asking. Maybe you took band in school. Perhaps you had a 7:30AM math class you had to show up earlier than the rest of the school for. Swim team member? Did you go every second Saturday to take care of your elderly grandmother for the morning? These all tell employers that “Yes,” you will show up.

The second question, honesty, can be difficult to quantify or write something down about. Employers may take it as a given, or accept so many of their hires will turn out to be dishonest. If you have any volunteer experience, any cash handling experience—even if you’ve been given an allowance in exchange for doing chores—any tasks where you’ve been left alone in a room or facility or home that wasn’t yours or your parents’, list that here.

For the question about whether you can follow directions or not (assuming you can and are comfortable with it), think about activities you have done with others. Maybe you helped your Dad change the car oil. Do you like to cook with your Mom? Have you gone shopping with either parent, and been asked to do something like get all the dairy products and bring them back to the cart? These show that you can follow directions and work with others.

So you get this resume put together and use it. Of course it’s an entry-level resume, and once you get some experience you’ll eliminate some things and add your first job onto it. For now, though, employers are going to know you’re new to the job market, but they’ll see some things that will probably trigger some realizations about your character. Remember, it’s No Big Deal that you’re looking for your first job.

After these things, put down anything you’ve done that was out of the ordinary. Did you make a flash game for a school project? Represent your school at a spelling bee? Think here about anything that makes you distinctive…something that, when the employer meets you, will jog their memory and make them say, “Oh yeah, you’re the person who…”

Lastly, back to the “career objective” section just under your name and contact info. I wouldn’t put a title or the words “career objective” here: I suggest a sentence or two saying what kind of position you are looking for.

“Um, Jason…what am I looking for?”


Since this is your first job search, you’re actually in a neat position. You don’t have any experience, which means you’re a clean slate from the employer’s perspective. You don’t have anything to “unlearn,” and you don’t have any bad habits. But where do you look? As an entry-level candidate, you have the choices of Restaurant, Retail, or Office positions.

Restaurants have front of house (waiter, busboy, host/ess, runner, cashier) and back of house (dishwasher, prep cook, cook) positions. Front of house naturally deal with the public. Back of house roles often have less pressure. Restaurant people are usually quite friendly, fun to work with, and in my case have made for some friendships that have lasted decades—far longer than the time working there.

Retail operations have roles like inventory/stockperson, floor salesperson, cashier and loss prevention officer. They are often higher pressure than other positions. I have little retail experience, but have done loss prevention in high-end operations and naturally look around when I’m in stores to see how they operate. Finding one with a friendly supervisor who isn’t on a power trip (same everywhere, really) is key for your happiness.

Offices have positions such as receptionist, clerk, delivery driver, marketing assistant and others. You may be able to find some atypical roles like sample tester which puts you in a back room away from the public. Generally, the closer you are to the public, the higher the pressure but also the higher the pay.

Each of these environments will color your outlook as you get experience. The choice will also close the other doors to you—or at least make it more difficult to open them later. Generally, with three years or less of experience in one of these three environments, it will be easy for you to change from one to the other. Over that, and you will start getting typecast.

Once you’ve made up your mind which field you’d like to get into, write a line or two such as “Seeking a front of house role in a fast-paced restaurant” or “Seeking a retail sales position with a fashion-centric, well-branded store.” Now the resume is complete and you can start sending it out. When you interview, all the things you’ve written down on it are talking points, and things that will sell you to the employer because they answer “Yes” to those three questions they worry so much about.

Now what if you’re the person who said “No” earlier: “No, I don’t like to follow directions; in fact, Why Should I? I know this stuff better than anyone else and who’s to tell me how I should accomplish this?!” This isn’t because you’re arrogant, I know. It’s about competency and ability. The example that leaps to mind is a young person who programmed some cool app or game in their school class—put something together in a way nobody else ever thought of. Thinks differently and shouldn’t be stuck in a repetitive job with others.

OK. What do we do with you? Whatever it is you’re such a hotshot at, and you want to work at so badly, put that in your “career objective” spot. That’s like, “Intent on creating iPod apps that blow the minds of users!” Then you put whatever it was you did that makes you special right underneath that: your very first “experience” line item. Explain in detail. You must look different and stand out to employers.

Follow that with all the rest we discussed above. Now because you want a less restricted work environment, you’re going to have to do a little more legwork than the average first-time job hunter. You’re also going to end up with a higher pay rate, too, so stick it out. Find organizations that are doing what you want to do. Get you resume in the face of people who are looking for you, whether they have a job advertised or not. See, what makes you unique is the thing they may need so badly they’ll hire you before someone else steals you.

If you have any questions about what to do if this is your first job search, please post a comment or send me a note. I’m here to help!

Seeking killer job hunting tips for a really low investment? Check out my ebook, “Get Hired FAST!


“Global Talent”?

“Global Talent” is a big buzz phrase these days, isn’t it? Yet the more I talk with companies, the more I find this buzz phrase only applies to the really big firms…if at all.

When you go looking for work, do you limit yourself to a small geographic area, say about a half-hour radius around your home? Many people do.

Also, almost every job interview I went to in the greater Vancouver area included questions about my living in North Vancouver (accessible only by a couple bridges and backed up a mountain range across an inlet from the rest of the region): (Strategic Pause) “…Two bridges? Are you sure you can handle that?” In Vancouver, it’s two bridges to practically anywhere else, and the single highway is terrible. Yes, I’ve had to spend about an hour each way on the road every day for my entire professional career. So what. That’s where the good opportunities are, not in my nice safe bedroom community.

I guess to other people this matters. You’re limiting your opportunities to those within a very small distance. And most employers—they’re waiting for the perfect candidate to drop in from down the block! “Oh, this guy doesn’t live in Surrey, where we are. Cross him off the list.” Isn’t this ridiculous?

My personal recent favorite was a guy looking to build an international business, connecting North Americans with Europeans for something called dental tourism…and he was expecting to find an appropriate, talented partner in his small, inland town. In fact, he wouldn’t consider anyone from outside of his little burg. Riiiight. (He’s still looking.)

How much are you limiting your opportunities by searching only within a tiny region? Are you really in the “global talent” pool?

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