Career Advice

Need Work? Knead the Dough?

The total number of Americans who are not working full-time but ought to be is actually about 22 million, or 15.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. –  Washington Post

What do we do when we need work to pay the bills? Recent job layoffs, salary cutbacks and furloughs have tested our confidence that work can be easily found when needed. Finding work in many areas of our country takes time and setting ourselves apart from an overwhelming flow of talent is daunting at the least. Last week we discussed the value of establishing relationships ahead of demand, but what can we do to set ourselves apart to be establish relationships that lead to work?  Here are some simple steps that on the surface may not make sense but if followed can reward you in many ways.

We all have skills, whether we solve problems, drive a hammer or understand accounting, each of us has something we do. When we apply our skills to solve problems around us (knead the dough), whether we are currently working or not can lead to great relationships that can help our careers. For instance, find a problem in your community; apply your skills and work to fix it. Start with your Church, school and community. Lend your skills to kneading the dough of a problem. Three things will happen:

  1. You will find value in helping others – no monetary compensation, just the knowledge you helped
  2. You will meet others who appreciate the reward of helping  resulting in reciprocity
  3. You may meet decision makers from companies who see and appreciate your work ethic and skill

I know a gentleman, a captain of industry who quietly donates his time to help and counsel men who have had a tough time and have legal problems. He ‘kneads’ his dough – his compensation is the reward he sees and experiences from helping others.

When you need work or relationships that can lead to work – Knead the Dough…we’ll all be better off.