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How often do you pay attention to the ad/links when you’re in Gmail? I rarely do so. I happened to glance up just now and read this:

Funny Quote of the Day – “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

Yes!

For me, at this particular point in time, and specifically for today, this quote resonates with me. (serendipitous? maybe) As someone who’s actively job-searching and networking, I’m discovering that you can’t always wait for opportunities to present themselves to you. (At times, you can — maybe before the job market took a downward spiral — but if you want to move forward, and keep moving forward, you have to put yourself out there and seek opportunities on your own.) If you’re lucky enough to come across a great opportunity, run with it. I’m thinking of doing just that these days…why not? Maybe it’s time I make my door.

This is a small part of the detailed carvings in the bronze doors of the Plummer Building - taken at night.

This is a small part of the detailed carvings in the bronze doors of the Plummer Building - taken at night.

Thoughts of fear, failure, or uncertainty shouldn’t hold you back. Sometimes the unknown has propelled me to some of my most rewarding life experiences…in school, work, and my personal life.

For anyone else on the job search, or life search for that matter, think about building that door…and as Mike Holmes would say, stay in hustle mode.

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Lately I’ve been adding more Twitterers to follow on Twitter (reading this just sounds so geeky, but I’m a bit of a geek I admit). One such Twitterer I’m now following is @adagencylayoffs, who tweets on, you guessed it, agency layoffs. Upon a quick scan, I was shocked, surprised and a bit deflated to read that CP+B, Leo Burnett, and others are going through layoffs. If you are looking for a job in advertising, you should follow @adagencylayoffs. At least then you might save yourself some time trying to apply for a job at a place that just trimmed their depts. down.

Because I’m looking for a planning/strategy job after finishing an internship @ Fallon, knowing that so many agencies are chopping their staff down, makes me less optimistic about my job prospects. Looking for a job as a jr anything, and especially a jr planner, is tough, but I’ll just have to keep up the hard work, figure out ways to hunt for leads more strategically, and hope for the best.

I often wonder how people/companies got day-to-day things done at work, decades ago when email and the internet — the horror! — didn’t exist. Today, I also wonder how much more difficult it must have been for people to network and job search…

As far as job hunting in the digital age goes, I would say that, if one is savvy, web 2.0 is a great tool for the job search — as well as networking and simply staying on top of things you should know in your industry. (i.e. I am friends with a past co-worker, who serves me up daily tech trends via Facebook feed. Thanks for the quick sound bite!)

I myself have no shame in admitting I utilize Facebook, LinkedIn, and now even Twitter, into my search. Twitter is trickier maybe (especially if you don’t have a clue as to what that is – but if you’ve found this blog, then you’re probably tuned in). Still, Twitter can be useful. You just need to know how to source the right Twitterers for the content and news you want to keep up with.

Yesterday I gave a phone interview for Minnesota Public Radio‘s Public Insight Journalism. (I’m part of a panel that is contacted every so often and I am asked for story ideas.) So they emailed me the other day and asked for story ideas for their show “In the Loop”. Since it’s relevant to me at the moment, I suggested they dig into how social networking helps in the job search. Turns out they were on the same page, so we talked and an edited piece of my jibber-jabber will air tonight, Fri. 1/30 at 6-6:30 CST.

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Tune in @ 91.1. KNOW. To stream the show live, click “LISTEN” under the news tab at the top of the page. Otherwise, listen to the episode on the page over the next week at http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/programs/in_the_loop.


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