for a job, regardless of whether one is employed or unemployed, is not easy.
The question that I wrestle with as an unemployed job seeker is the following:
is the number of jobs that I apply for or applying for a job that fits my
professional past and hopeful professional future more important?
arguing for quantity would state that the more jobs one applies for, the
greater chance there is of being contacted for an interview. If Jane Doe is looking
for a job and she applies to ten jobs over the course of an average day, she
may receive an email or a phone call for about 1/3 of those jobs (which is
utterly frustrating, but that is another topic for another time). The numbers
are not ideal, but the more the jobs that she applies for, the greater chance
that Jane has for being called for an interview.
else arguing for quality would state that it is a waste of time to apply for a
large number of jobs. A job seeker’s precious job-hunting time is better spent
on the quality of the jobs, making sure that they are a good fit for the
position. However, there is something to be said for taking a chance and
applying for a job in which an applicant might have some, but not all of the
qualities and/or experience that the employer is requesting. It might be just
enough to secure an interview and have the opportunity to sell yourself as the
right candidate for the position.
question is, which matters more: quantity or quality? My experience says both quantity and quality
are equally important in the hunt for a new job. The more applications that a
job seeker sends out, the more employers are likely to review their resume and possibly
consider them as a viable candidate. However, it is also as important to apply
for a job that the candidate can present themselves as a good fit.
Readers, what do you
think? Which is more important: quantity or quality when it comes to the job-hunting process?
It takes courage, especially if one is in the spotlight, to reveal this very human aspect of themselves. We often elevate celebrities and performers to an almost g-d like state, forgetting that they are human and go through the same things that every human goes through.
I have to admit that I have no impetus to see Frozen on stage. The 2013 animated film was more than enough for me. However, I do admire Ms. Murin for having the courage to go public and talk about a subject that is very personal. My hope is that she inspires anyone who suffers from mental illness to get help so they can live a full and healthy life.
We continue to lose too many to mental illness. If her coming out has saved even one life, then it is worth more than all of the gold, jewels and treasures that this world has to offer.
Getting your big break in the entertainment industry requires luck, hard work and being in the right place at the right time. Or, perhaps auditioning on television for millions of viewers.
Last night, Songland premiered on NBC. The premise of the show is as follows: four unknown songwriters audition with their songs in front of three respected producers/songwriters and one guest musician or band who will record the winning song. Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean and Shane McAnally are the producers/songwriters who provide guidance to the hopefuls. The guest musician last night was John Legend.
After three of the four songs are chosen, the producers will work on the song with the song writers. After the song has been refined, the song writers will then perform the updated song. One song and one songwriter is chosen as the winner.
I really like this show. Unlike other competition reality show where the focus is getting into the entertainment industry, Songland feels authentic. As a viewer I was genuinely rooting for the contestants and on the edge of my seat for the entire episode.