Sunday, September 6, 2009

My Twitter Bio

Do you remember the first time you saw the Blue Screen of Death? Do you remember the feeling of the blood running out of your head, the instant nausea and the sweaty hands? If you haven't gotten "it", the most accurate comparison I can conjure is a very near miss with a potentially very bad accident. I know both. There's also another feeling that is similar to this. Getting laid off. For me, that happened on Saturday, December 27th 2008. I was in the midst of my Christmas vacation with my family. I got a phone call from one of the partners at the architectural firm I worked with, yada, yada, yada, my wife was already applying for my unemployment compensation online after I got home from cleaning out my desk. By far and away my worst. Day. Ever.

I'd been building my Twitter network slowly and steadily for the previous month or so, building a group of people who had passions for the same things I do and generally trying to figure out what the heck it was. At that point, my bio read simply, "Lover of all things Real Estate". True. I have an unhealthy obsession with our ecology. Really. Ask my wife. Now it reads: "One of the unemployed masses, incurable optimist, lover of ALL things real estate, awesome husband and stressed out dad". Why not? It's true. People are losing their minds and massacring their families, coworkers and strangers alike! Jesus, what the hell is going on!? I can not imagine getting to a point where that sounds like a "good idea". I get frustrated, sure, but it passes..as it should. If I were the only person in this situation I think my mindset would be a much, much different. I would feel more responsible. Instead, I know that I am just 1 in over 5,000,000 people in this country that have been unemployed for MORE than six months. Which means that I have fallen off the unemployment rolls and am no longer included in the Official Unemployment Rate that is published by the Government. I'm pretty sure my knowledge and acceptance of the fact; that I am a tiny fraction of an enormous population segment has a huge bearing on my bearing. A wave has swept across this country, indeed the world, in which my family and countless others have become inexorably caught up. I hold no grudge, no venom, no hard feelings for my old bosses. It was a business decision to downsize their firm, and a very necessary one at that. Am I happy about my situation? Don't be ridiculous! I am not on meds (not that anything's wrong with that) Everything my wife and I have worked for the past sixteen years has simply imploded. What keeps me ticking (in a good way :-) is the ability to make up for the time I spent away from my wife and our two little girls when times were "good" and I was gainfully employed. The past eight months have given me time to hang with the girls, to be a dad and a husband instead of someone who left for work before 7am and usually got home after dark six days a week. When I really get down, because, you know having your income severely curtailed can be more than a just a little stressful, I remind myself of this scene in Slumdog Millionaire. Believe you me. If you've seen this movie, you know what I mean.
It is impossible to remain miserable for long. By the way, if you have not seen this movie yet, go see it.

Well, I started a website, please take a look if you haven't already. The idea behind it was to make myself easier to find by someone who'd received my resume. I know HR types and hiring managers usually Google someone's name before they bring them aboard. So, in the interest of not wasting someone's time, I helped them out a bit. Good idea? Sure. Did it work? Eeah....not so much..for that particular application..yet. Evidently resumes have taken the place of spam in recruiter's mailboxes.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Welcome to my Web 2.0 job hunt - because NOTHING else is working!!

Welcome,

I have been looking for work for two full months. I have applied (not just faxed or emailed resumes) to at least fifty jobs. Plus the other calls and emails that I have sent to recruiters. I have not received a call back. Not one! Wait, that is not 100% true. I applied for a job at Stiles Construction in Ft. Lauderdale last week for a marketing coordinator position. Little story here, bear with me please. I called to follow up three days after the job was posted. The woman I spoke with in HR told me that she had FOUR HUNDRED applications for the position. Four hundred! WOW! Jeez, these numbers are stacked; and not in my favor!

I sat down this weekend and asked myself how I can stand out from four hundred other people and not just be narrowed down to the first round of interviews, but actually GET A JOB? This is where you come in. You most likely heard about me from Twitter, Linkedin or a friend who forwarded this link to you. To you I say "THANK YOU" for visiting.

Please visit my professional profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathankolbe This profile includes twenty two written recommendations from clients, co-workers and previous employers. If for any reason you are unable to view them, please let me know, I will send you a .pdf.

Please see http://www.thekolbes.com/ for samples of my work including photography, presentations, web design and 3d modeling.

My you can view my posts and follow me on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jonkolbe

Again, thanks for stopping by. I have bills to pay and my banks are getting impatient (can't say I blame them)! So, if you know someone who is looking for an intelligent, articulate and computer savvy employee (in any field really) please contact me as soon as you are able. I hope to hear from someone soon!

A quick post script about "what I want to do". All of the recruiters I spoke with asked what it was that I want to do, the answer to that is: work! I want to work and pay my mortgage. My experience is real estate, but I don't need to be in the real estate industry , it would be nice, but there are more important things. My skill set is easily transferable to any number of industries.

jon@jonkolbe.com