Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Part Time + Part Time + Part Time = ?

Dearest Readers -
We made it! The last day of March - Holiday Season has arrived - happy Easter and Pesach to those who celebrate; San Diego's artificially flawless, cloudless, wonderful weather arrives in Chicago (and it's not even a cruel April Fool's Day gag); Only five short days until the SMACK of fastball hitting leather is heard in baseball stadiums across America (I'm long a believer in what Thomas Boswell wrote, "Time begins on Opening Day"); Dreaded Duke is in the Final 4 (yawn), but so is Butler (who?); and for me, the last day of March arrives with yet another part time opportunity plopping onto my plate. I'm thinking it's time I find a much larger plate.

Those still in a job search: keep the U.S. Census in mind - apparently they still need our help. It's some decent money for the short term, it gets you away from your computer, your phone and outdoors, and you're supporting our Constitution - all at the same time! I hope if I knock on your door in the coming weeks wearing my cool Census Worker lanyard, you'll answer it. I took the very easy test over a year ago, was turned down last summer, but got the call today. As I firmly continue to believe and preach: "You never know".

For a very long time I've been a firm nonbeliever in new year's resolutions: the gym gets way too crowded for a month (just for a month, since most resolutions fade by February); often they're alcohol-induced; created by peer pressure; and usually they're not serious, heartfelt, well thought out goals. Not to mention my greatest aversion to them: they're trendy! Nobody ever liked my "resolution" very much, so, I've stopped sharing it.

However, now the very serious, long, marathon-like drama known as the baseball season begins. A season sure to be full of joy, disappointment, ups, downs, records broken, and yes - boredom (for many), and a scandal or two. For me, well, I honestly fully expect my character-building, long suffering and heartache to continue to grow due to my stubborn loyalty and love for my Orioles and Cubs.

So, now that both the first quarter and the winter is over - no more excuses, now would be a great time for us all to set some practical, six month long (or, 162 games long if your brain works like mine) goals. I hope and welcome you sharing these real, achievable, measurable, serious, silly, and perhaps life changing goals in your comments to my blog.

Stay outside if you can, take a longer lunch out there if you're employed, see all the joyous faces! And know that it's the weather, or the holidays, or maybe that baseball hasn't started yet in Chicago!!

I look forward to many comments, followers, and the Final 4!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Filling Your Calendar

The list of to do's during the job search is bottomless. Trying to fit them all into my small (nonelectric) day planner? Good luck. They call this leather-bound burden "Pocket Sized". Pockets that large simply don't exist. But for me, if it's not committed to paper, it'll never happen. Besides the calls, follow-ups, 1 on 1 meetings, classes, part-time job schedule, more calls, more searches, online applications, there are plenty of networking events to attend.

Here are some upcoming events, not just for those in the job search, that should be very worthwhile attending. On Friday, April 23 is the second Business Networker's Expo & Social Media Fair. See all the details at A very good friend is the co-founder and it takes place in Buffalo Grove at The Arboretum Club from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. There will be a variety of speakers covering various angles of Social Media. The afternoon's keynote speaker is Emmy Award winning Chicago sportsbroadcaster, Bruce Wolfe. He's also an attorney, video blogger and his presentation should be highly interactive and lively. His sense of humor and take on things is right up my alley, so if you can stomach'll love Bruce.

Another event is the monthly Chicago Booth Marketing Roundtable, usually on a Wednesday night toward the end of the month, at the Gleacher Center (University of Chicago) downtown. It's located between the Tribune and NBC Towers. This month's Roundtable is March 31, and the topic: Seizing the Advantage - Recruiting Marketing Talent in Today's Tough Environment. There will be a panel featuring three executive recruiters who specialize in recruiting marketing professionals. I know two of them and they are excellent. Each month the group is made up of really high quality people, mostly employed, many are connected to the U. of C., but you don't have to be an alum to attend, and best of's free! For more information, go to:

Meanwhile, proving how incredibly tiny this world is. Last week I was sent a job posting for what looks like a great position as a Marketing and Sponsorship Manager. First step: rather than be in the pile of 800 resumes, I try to network my way toward the hiring manager. Yesterday at my part-time job, while chatting with a customer, I quickly learned that she is the person they are replacing! A long story, but just incredible. Chicago - it's so tiny!

This blog puts an abrupt end to the brief sidetrack I allowed to carefully focus on and follow my Terrapins in the ncaa tournament. The pain from the heart-crushing loss (a desperate, long 3- point shot as the final buzzer sounded) is just beginning to numb.

Once again, I hope you get something out of this blog, and hope you sign up to follow me, forward it to those you know that would appreciate it, and please, I look forward to hearing your comments on this two way conversation we're having.

Enjoy the rest of your week, and play your music loud.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A very temporary back seat

The job search - we know it's never ending, more so than ever in this wonderful job market. But today happens only once a year. A special day.

The search, our jobs, our kids, our plans for today...they must temporarily take a back seat, just for the morning....because, it's upon us. There is no longer any time to procrastinate. The deadline is staring at us all in the face. This is too serious to ignore. I hope you will be strong, have courage, tax your analytical skills...sharpen your pencils (always love the 'throw back' references) and just get it done...and get it done soon folks:

Fill out your ncaa men's basketball brackets and get them into your office pools or online sites!

Pick your underdogs, your cinderalla(s), your favorite uniform colors, silly mascot names (a turtle?), think of schools that happily hover just under the radar (a school named Maryland, as well as some others). Or, make it easy on yourself, and blindly pick Kansas to win it all, surrounded by the other 3 top seeds. It's too easy to pose the question for you about who you think will win it all, so I won't.

Yes, today will be in the 60's in Chicago, and it's only March. However, true to form, and as predicted 3 weeks ago, this weekend we may get snow (it is Chicago, after all). But it's time to break away from all the 'shoulds' for just a short while, consider the injuries, upsets, streaks, bitter rivalries and biases such as, by how much will Notre Dame lose; just how far do I send, gulp, Duke (led by a boy from Northbrook!) in the tournament?
Have fun you all!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Pilot, Preseason, Practice, First Attempted Post

Welcome to "Labow's Last Search" blog...both to you and me.

As the job search continues, I'll share thoughts, ideas, suggestions, links, and perhaps a well-edited, slightly out of control, rant here and there. One of the goals for the post - to somewhat lighten our burden. Of course we've been told over and over: looking for a job is a full time job. Actually, no it isn''s much more demanding than a full time job. It can be endless, since unlike you and me, the blessed (and dreaded) internet never sleeps. And it often lacks what we have on our jobs - a boss. Deadlines, demands and reviews all come from within.

However, it does come with benefits, in theory at least - more time with your children; more time to work off the extra 10 lbs.; more time to learn, read, think, self-examine and reconnect. And, plenty of time to network...lots of time for this.

The first couple of posts will be experimental, the direction it takes is unknown as of now. I welcome your comments, always. Keep your eyes open for my next post, very soon.
Try not to 'should' on yourself too much during the search, stay positive - fake it if necessary, and give yourself credit!