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Work, search.  ---  .This section is about searching for a job.  ---  1/24/2006

Work, search.  ---  A lot of getting a job is luck: being in the right place at the right time.  A lot of getting a job is persistence: its a numbers game.  Often they don't want the best person in the world.  They want the first person who can do the job.  Or they want the best person they interview, and they only have time to interview so many.  ---  9/9/2003

Work, search.  ---  Choosing a job should be based on life principles.  Choosing a job should not be based on money.  Eight hours a day, five days a week is too much time to spend doing any task that compromises your principles, values and ideals.  If you have any.  ---  12/15/2005

Work, search.  ---  Continually look for other better jobs, the next step up, better position, more money.  It can take a year to find a better spot and land a job.  ---  08/31/1993

Work, search.  ---  Factors in getting a job.  (1) Luck.  (2) Learned skills (books) (finding out).  (3) Intelligence (figuring out).  (4) Effort, hard work.  ---  11/02/1993

Work, search.  ---  Find a job.  (1) Find a job that you like, that you enjoy, and that you can put up with.  (2) Find a job that you can do, that you are good at doing.  (3) Find a job that can support you, that you can make a living at.  (4) Find a job that is ethical, useful, meaningful, progressive.  ---  7/2/2006

Work, search.  ---  Finding a job in an economic boom is easy.  Finding a job during a recession is not easy.  Business cycle booms and busts occur every few years.  ---  3/9/2001

Work, search.  ---  If you take any job on a whim (spontaneous, do anything) you won't have a career path.  There are a lot of shitty jobs out there, where they will take anyone off the street.  Know yourself better (needs, wants, likes, dislikes).  Know what is out there better (job tasks, requirements, pay, pros and cons).  Choose what you hate least or you will never be satisfied.  If you keep a job till you can't stand it another day, without looking for a better move up, you will bail into another shitty job.  Good jobs (good pay, good work, good people) take a long effort to get.  Get a career path you can live with.  ---  12/01/1993

Work, search.  ---  Interview questions.  Is the work pace and pressure fast and heavy, or slow and light, or stop and go?  Is the management style authoritarian or egalitarian?  Is the organizational culture cutthroat or laid back?  Is the work micro-managed or is one free to set one's own pace?  ---  12/30/1996

Work, search.  ---  Interview: act superior, like you are above them and the job applying for.  Take a John Gielgud attitude.  ---  05/30/1993

Work, search.  ---  Interview: treat it as if, and prepare for it as if, you were giving a lecture on who you are, what you are looking for, and what you know about the business.  Make it good.  Public speaking.  ---  12/30/1992

Work, search.  ---  Interview.  Ask to walk around the workplace at your own pace, and in your own direction.  Ask your questions about the job.  See if it is what you want.  ---  08/30/1996

Work, search.  ---  Interview.  At job interview, boss wants to find out (1) Can you think and talk with manners.  (2) Can you b.s?  (3) Can you handle interrogation pressure well?  (4) Do you have a nice personality?  ---  04/04/1994

Work, search.  ---  Interview.  Be prepared to discuss all aspects of your current job, past career path, and future career path, as well as the business world, and world in general.  ---  10/30/1994

Work, search.  ---  Interview.  Do's and don'ts.  Clothes, behavior, speaking.  ---  12/30/1992

Work, search.  ---  Interview.  Questions asked by interviewer: why this position, why this company.  ---  12/30/1992

Work, search.  ---  Interview.  Questions for the boss.  Do you consider yourself and the corporate culture here to be egalitarian or authoritarian?  ---  07/10/1994

Work, search.  ---  Interview.  Questions to ask.  (1) How big is company: employees, gross?  (2) How old is company?  (3) What does company do?  (4) What does job entail?  (5) Who's my boss, coworkers, and subordinates?  Where work?  (6) Pay, benefits, advancement?  (7) How much time to decide?  ---  12/30/1992

Work, search.  ---  Interview.  School shows dedication and responsibility and competence in your job and career.  Shows knowledge of current business world.  Develops conceptual knowledge and technical skills.  ---  04/04/1994

Work, search.  ---  Interviews.  They ask idiotic questions to see how well you deal with idiots.  ---  06/30/1993

Work, search.  ---  Job interview.  (1) Q: Why do you want to work for this company?  A: It beats homelessness.  (2) Q: What can you bring to this company?  A: My lunch pail.  (3) Q: Where do you see yourself in five years.  A: If I ever see myself anywhere remind me to call my shrink.  (4) Q: What is your ideal job?  A: I don't know, but it involves several naked secretaries.  (5) Q:  How much do you want this job?  A: I am not going to use the word "bribe" or "kickback", but I will use the word "baksheesh" which is Arabic for "gift".  (6) Q: What is your current financial situation?  A: Well, I am not going to starve.  But my children are going to starve, quite frankly.  If I had kids.  Which I don't.  ---  4/26/2001

Work, search.  ---  Job searching and job finding.  Its luck.  Its a numbers game.  Its persistence.  Its getting to know people.  ---  10/7/2003

Work, search.  ---  Job want vs. job get.  ---  12/30/1992

Work, search.  ---  Jobs are like colleges.  The good ones do not advertise.  ---  05/12/1994

Work, search.  ---  Looking for a job is like looking for a girlfriend.  (1) Never stop looking.  (2) Different companies (like girls) require different approaches.  (3) It may take a while to learn to develop the right strategy for success.  ---  08/30/1996

Work, search.  ---  Pros and cons of jobs.  When picking a job, (1) The pros of a job should outweigh the cons of a job.  (2) The pros and cons of one job should outweigh the pros and cons of other jobs.  ---  7/25/2006

Work, search.  ---  Quitting.  Reasons a person would quit.  Hate job or feel they have more important things to do.  ---  12/30/1992

Work, search.  ---  Quitting.  There is nothing like quitting and getting fired.  Both are good experiences to do at least once.  The former shows you your independence, the latter shows you your limits.  ---  06/30/1993

Work, search.  ---  Research career fields (industries), paths in fields, specific jobs, and specific companies.  ---  08/31/1993

Work, search.  ---  Spend a few hours a week on the job search.  Reading newspapers, job search books, your notes, drum up new ideas.  Work on the resume, cover letters, new potential employers, and interview skills.  ---  12/30/1996

Work, search.  ---  Ways to get a job.  (1) Want ads.  (2) Pick your industry and company (small, growing company in growing industry), send out a resume directly.  ---  04/30/1993

Work, search.  ---  What are you willing to do?  What are you not willing to do under any circumstances?  ---  7/25/2006

Work, search.  ---  Work search strategies.  There are various work search strategies that people use to pick a job.  Some strategies are better than others.  (1) Take the job that pays the most, regardless of the type of work it is.  (2) Take the job that is in most demand.  (3) Take the job that you like most.  (4) Take the job your are best at doing.  (5) Take the job that is most needed to be done.  This I think is the best strategy.  ---  12/27/2006

Work, search.  ---  Write a list of jobs that you would like to try and why.  Write a list of jobs that you would not like to try and why.  ---  10/12/2006

Work, search.  ---  Write a list of traits that you like to see in a job.  Write a list of traits that you do not like to see in a job.  ---  10/12/2006

Work, search.  ---  Write a summary of your work career.  List the jobs you had.  Write why you picked the job.  Write why you left the job.  ---  8/9/2006

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