Humans don’t always like change. And the one that is always guaranteed in life changes. Isn’t that a mouthful?

Times are hard and making us change the ways we do things. This isn’t something completely new – changing the ways we do things but since COVID-19 showed up, the rate we have to change things has increased.

No longer can you walk down the street, see a ‘help wanted sign’, and walk-in and get the job. No longer does getting a job with only a high school diploma cover all living expenses. Calling after an interview is no longer the proper way of doing things. Nor calling a week later boost your chances of making a good impression. More often than not, it puts you on the ‘do not hire list’ because you didn’t follow directions. The paper application is going the same way as the landline. More and more of the job search and application is going to the computer. And less and less of the human element is involved in the job getting process.

Don’t get me wrong here…

Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of benefits to this process. It cuts down on paper use first and for most. Second, it helps speed up the process of weeding out the wrong candidates for the jobs. It streamlines the whole process from start to finish. No more time is wasted digging through piles and piles of resumes or applications.

Unfortunately, this often leads to the feeling of being over looked if you aren’t able to make yourself look amazing on ‘paper’ so to speak, or on the computer screen. Or a small few might just give up or not even try in today’s market place. And I am sorry to say, I feel like I am on the verge of that – just throwing in the towel and giving up.

But I am a creative person at heart, how do I create a new way of getting attention to myself? How can I stand out in the crowd?

I have sites upon sites…

Take a look if you want… There are a lot of them.

I already have a website (you are on it right now).

I got a Facebook page.

Twitter handle. Yep.

LinkedIn? Check.

Freelancer sites? Yes. Upwork. GoLance. Freelancer. FlexJobs. Bark.

And if you remember, I was the freelancer of the month at goLance, last year. Read the article here.

I am on the QuickBooks ProAdvisor registry and I have a profile there… And I am certified!

And as an added bonus, if you want to call it that, I have profiles/ resumes on Indeed and Ziprecruiter.

I need something different.

I need to stand out and really get my name out there… But the question, how can I stand out in such a digital world of noise? What is something that no one has done before?

To be honest, I have no idea. But something popped in my head. I vaguely remember just after the housing crash of 2008-2009 that there reports of people walking around the streets handing out their resumes to anyone who would take them. There were reports of people buying billboards and placing their resumes on those. I remember reports of people placing their resumes in their local newspapers; either taking out a full-page ad, a letter to the editor or placing it in the classifieds.

I do not have a lot of money to be able to do all of that, but I might be able to spread the word – on social media. All the big ones, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr (maybe), Instagram, LinkedIn, and others that I can think of.

I choose to start with Facebook and I have created a post on my Facebook page that I want people to share that post everywhere on Facebook.

If you are on Facebook, please share this post! And then tell your friends to share this post. If you aren’t on Facebook, no worries, just share this post with your friends! And of course, please tell them to share this post with their friends. On way or another, if enough people share this post, someone who needs my help will see this and reach out to me!

Change is hard, but I hope this change, will be as easy as just a click of a ‘share’ button. Please, help me!

Thank you for taking your time in reading this!

Until next time…

-Steph Wenburg

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