Jobless and Less, but would prefer more

Look at me, mom. I’m on TV… again. Okay, so it’s TV via the web. And I’m not the main focus of the segment; that honor goes to Ellen Reeves, author of “Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? A Crash Course in Finding, Landing and Keeping Your First Real Job.” But that is me (the devastatingly handsome, not-looking-a-day-over-27, Skyped-in guy on the left). And that is Katie Couric. Maybe you’ve heard of her, or recognize the face. I didn’t, until someone over at CBS contacted the Jobless and Less press department, prompting the VP, Communications to task a Research Assistant with exploring Ms. Couric’s alleged celebrity. She checked out. So I accepted their request to participate in a piece entitled…

Jobless in America

Luckily for them, I’m both jobless and in America. Strange coincidence, wouldn’t you say? I’d like to rectify the “jobless” part (I rather enjoy the “in America” part). Maybe some plight exposure would help. It certainly couldn’t hurt. Or could it? That was one of my questions… does having an unemployment blog, which sets me up as an expert in being unemployed, create a negative impression among potential employers? I’ve been unemployed quite awhile now, freelance assignments notwithstanding. There is the ever-so-slight possibility that I’m doing something wrong. Take a moment to digest the realization that I’m fallible. I’ll wait.

Ms. Reeves informs me that my blog is, in fact, a good thing. Employers will see it as showing initiative and a willingness to learn new skills. They’ll also recognize my attempts to stay active and help other people. The success I’ve had attracting visitors and press will probably help too. Now if only someone would hire me, or knight me. That would be cool. But I’d prefer a job. Or a million dollars, I’d take that… just sayin’.

The Katie Couric segment has already led to one positive development. Ms. Reeves is going to help me reinvent myself, hopefully change me from an unemployment expert/online marketing guru into a job-having expert/online marketing guru. This may involve some or all of the following…

  • Hair and wardrobe changes
  • Resume revamping
  • Fantasy job description (Maybe I’ll finally get to be a warlock with a cloak of invisibility.)
  • Elevator pitch improvement

This is actually a good opportunity, and despite my usual irreverence, I will take it seriously. Stay tuned, fair readers, for more in the continuing saga that is my unemployment. And enjoy the video segment. Ms. Reeves and the Wall Street Journal guy both know what they’re talking about. May they teach you something, or, at least, confirm what you already know.

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  1. Lynnehs wrote:

    Congratulations on this new opportunity. It may take a while to actually make money doing that, but even if you don’t it’s something to put on a resume. Good luck!

    Friday, August 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Permalink
  2. Lama wrote:

    Excellent that Ms Reeves is going to work with you on a few areas to put your skills and talent in focus for potential employers! Hope it goes well and you’ll get to do a followup interview with Katie soon on how you landed your dream job after making some smart changes. (and not your ‘Barista at Starbucks’ fantasy job..)

    Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Permalink
  3. Suenosdeuomi wrote:

    Congratulations to making these important connections and the opportunities that will arise. Great exposure, best of luck.

    Monday, August 16, 2010 at 12:23 am | Permalink
  4. Baltimore Ann wrote:

    I’ve been reading (and loving) your blog. Glad to see it getting so much attention. Good luck with the reinventing and let us know how it goes.

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Permalink
  5. amber wrote:

    i really like your blog ! i want to follow but feel like a retard and cant figure out how to connect Grrrrrrrr….
    anyway ill try to follow you!

    Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 4:17 am | Permalink
  6. Are you really an online marketing guru? If so, then you taking on Ms. Reeves is an opportunity for you to expand your overall personal development. Sounds good to me, congrats!

    Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
  7. Rishona wrote:

    Hello! I found your blog by watching that segment. I wish you luck with Ms. Reeves. I also felt that she had some good advice; but also seemed a tad bit arrogant (especially in regards to temping…you rarely have control over where you temp!). Hopefully something fruitful will come of it. Keep yourself open!

    Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Permalink
  8. Finance Jobs wrote:

    just wondering, have u tried job search websites (ie,, etc for my country)? may not be the most effective, but i guess no harm trying. just a suggestion, cheers man.

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 5:04 am | Permalink