If you’re a college graduate looking for a job, you know: It’s tough.
In fact, if you’ve ever looked for a job, you know it’s hard.
As Charlie Drozdyk notes, for decades — centuries? — people have said, “This is a really bad time to be looking for work.” No one ever says, “This year, we have tons of jobs!”
But, Charlie adds — quoting a senior VP of programming at MTV — “There’s always jobs. And there’s never jobs.”
Charlie should know. After graduating from Staples High School in 1983, and then the University of Virginia, he’s worked on Broadway as a theater manager; in Hollywood for CBS and William Morris; in New York and San Francisco in advertising and publicity, and in Austin as COO of a software company.
Right now, he works remotely — as a “digital nomad” — in Central America for a Texas-based firm.
Charlie has also written about careers for Rolling Stone magazine. He had a weekly spot talking about jobs on CNN. HarperCollins and Random House published his books on how to get a job.
He’s just published his 3rd. “Job Moron: Idiot-Proof Strategies for Getting Jobs That Don’t Suck” offers advice to job-seekers from people who have actually gotten jobs, by doing things “differently and creatively.”
But you don’t only want to get a job. You’d like to move up! “Job Moron” has plenty of info on that too. (“You don’t have to show you can just do your job,” Charlie says. “You have to prove you can do the job above yours too.”)
He interviewed young professionals with “great jobs at great companies”: Geffen Records, the X-Games, the Whitney Museum, Chiat/Day, and top finance and software firms.
They talk about how to network (without losing your soul and integrity), land interviews, make cold calls, and create cover letters and resumes that get noticed.
Charlie weaves his own story in too. At UVa he majored in the infamous, often-mocked subject of history — and had, he says, “no contacts and no internships.”
It sounds easy. But Charlie warns: No one owes you a job. A job is possible because someone else worked hard at his or her job. They want to know how you can help them make more money.
Anyone in a position to offer you a job will do so only if they believe 2 things:
- You’re hungry for a job.
- You don’t think you’re owed one.
Charlie is a lively author. He writes plainly, clearly and bluntly. He uses salty language. He gets the reader attention.
After reading “Job Moron,” you’ll be ready to get anyone’s attention too.
And once you’ve got your foot in that job door, Charlie Drozdyk will make sure it never closes on you again.
(Click here for more information on “Job Moron.” “06880” readers can access the first 13 chapters for free.)