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Joy of The Hunt

Barely a day passes when we don’t hear of someone downsized from their job.

Media people know all about it.

People in other industries are not accustomed to getting pink slips.

The other night, my neighborhood mentioned his company just finished a round of layoffs.  He is in the oil industry. We live in Houston where oil is a big deal.

The local economy is exploding. Last summer I counted over thirty homes under construction in my neighborhood.

The sudden drop in oil prices could but the brakes on that. My neighbor thinks more cuts are coming.  His co-workers are a little freaked to say the least.

Rightsizing or downsizing means your life can change on any given day.

Lately I’ve coached a number of people dealing with layoffs from media companies.

Here are a few of my suggestions if you are suddenly unemployed.

1. The job hunt takes time. Companies move slowly. Many will never respond to you even if your qualifications are outstanding.

2. The on-line application software used by most companies is difficult for  managers to navigate and no help in identifying strong prospects.

3. Your application is lost in a sea of resumes with hundreds of unqualified applicants.

4. You will NEVER get a job by just applying at the company website.

5. You must make a personal contact with the hiring manager or someone that can lead you to that person. The on-line application has NOTHING to do with getting you hired.  This is a key point.

6. Your job is to secure a phone interview. Nothing happens without it.

7. The process is slow. It will take months. Weeks will pass without a response. But don’t give up.  Keep finding  new ways to rise above the rest by sending ideas, observations and the benefits you bring to the job.

8. Apply, apply apply. The more places you apply, the more people you meet. You need just one contact to find the right job.

9. A hiring manager is out there right now looking for someone like you to fill a great job. Remember, you worked before. You WILL work again.

Now if I can just remember to follow my own advice.

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Posted by on January 23, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Ya Gotta Believe

Dan Miller is on of my favorite ‘gurus’.  He is author of two best selling books, ’48 Days To The Work You Love’ and ‘No More Mondays’.

Essentially Dan is about helping people find work from their passion.  Not finding a job, but taking what you love to do, and doing it independently of an employer.

Each week Dan creates a 48 minute podcast where he answers questions and discusses ideas with his listeners.

This program is a wealth of information and maybe more importantly inspiration.  There are tons of useful ideas in each program especially for the ‘free agents’ among us looking for the next thing.

We all have interests and skills.  The trick is putting the two together in a way that generates income.

That is Dan’s genious.   He has a real knack for making suggestions that work.  The success stories are endless.

Lately as I converse with more and more people who are in the same employment situation as me, it becomes clear there is a lot of frustration.

These are talented people and most have had jobs with serious responsibility.  It is very difficult for them to be idle for long.

But instead of feeling hurt or angry that you were turned out, you need to change your mindset.  Dan would tell you they handed you an opportunity when they put the severance check in your hand.

I’d like to think there is a great job waiting right around the corner.   Hey, I have tons of experience and a great track record.  But it might not be that easy this time.

This is not the time to be mad at the system, the industry, the government or whatever.  It is the time to re-think what you love to do, and how you might do it in a different way.

Dan’s program has given me about seven or eight ideas.  All I really need is one to work.

The website is   It’s well worth a look.

As former Met Tug McGraw told us “Ya Gotta Believe!”.

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Posted by on May 21, 2009 in Radio programming, Uncategorized


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Re-inventing Yourself

AOL has an article about jobs that are disappearing at radio.

It comes as no surprise to those of us who work in or around the business.

Hardly a day passes that I don’t get a least one call or email from someone frustrated by a job search.

It’s very tough out there.

The jobs are scarce.

Pay appears to be way down.

Yesterday for example a long time major market PD who is ‘between engagements’ told me he was offered a medium market job that paid in the mid $30,000 range.

That same job would have paid double that ten years ago.

He was used to making double even that in his old job.

Quite a shock.

How stations expect to attract experienced people with such low money is beyond me.

Supply and demand can only take you so far. People have to eat, pay bills and buy gas to get to work.

If you are between jobs, don’t wait for radio to suddenly wake up. I don’t think they will.

Nobody can guarantee your employment. It’s up to you to guarantee your employability.

Therefore start looking at ways you can do something on your own.

Perhaps you can set up a voice tracking business from your third bedroom. Stations will pay for that and with enough stations you can make a nice living.

Stations need talent to pinch hit in morning news, as morning air talent, etc. Set up an ISDN in your house and become a mini network, or send MP3 files.

Maybe you can find a few stations to program from off site. With stations offering so little money for a PD, maybe they’ll take a major market PD who’ll do the music, find the voice trackers, write and produce the imaging from a remote location.

It’s better than putting a rookie in charge, and that’s your sales pitch.

Two or three of those and you can be in good shape.

Think differently.

What do you bring to the table?

Get outside the box.

This is war.

Your own survival depends on it.

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Posted by on August 13, 2008 in Radio programming


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If Every Job Paid $1

A friend called the other day asking for some advice about a job he’d been offered.

I thought It was a nice problem to have.

Keep the current job, which he likes or take this new opportunity which sounded great.

Either way he wins.

We’d been through this discussion a few times in the past.

“You know how we do this”, I said.

“I know, I know. Every job pays a dollar.”


“So which one do you want?”

“That’s why I called you. I can’t decide”.

“Oh, thanks. Make it my decision. What if i get it wrong?” I joked.

So we went through an exercise I do with everyone.

First we imagine that the two jobs are equal in pay, one dollar.

We took a piece of paper and put the reasons to stay in one column and the reasons to go in another.

In the end, the reasons to go won out.

When he factored the real money in, the reasons to go became more clear.

By going to the paper first, he was able to make an unemotional decision and see the reasons in black and white.

The one dollar rule gets you focused on what you really want to do with your life, without the distraction of money.

Never make a major decision without working it out on paper first.

Oh, and one more thing.

Sleep on it for a night.

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Posted by on August 9, 2008 in Radio programming


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Keep Your Knees Loose

We ran into a neighbor and her thirty year old daughter at our favorite lunch spot yesterday.

The daughter is happily employed but facing a lay-off, possibly as early as Monday.

She is clearly upset.

The lay-off is through no fault of her own. The company likes her and she them.

She feels betrayed like others in her situation.

“I gave this place my heart and soul and wanted to stay forever.” she said.

Now a reality check for all of us who are employees somewhere.

The average job lasts three years today.

‘Forever’ might not be in the cards no matter how much you love the work.

Companies change.

Industries change.

Hopefully you’ll keep changing too.

No one should want to do the same job, in the same place for thirty years.

My parents generation grew up during the high flying 1920s only to see things turn to Depression in the 30s. Next, they found themselves in the horrific World War of the 40s.

It’s no wonder they just wanted a stable job and a house in the suburbs.

The working world is not what it was even five years ago.

Peter Drucker said business is in a state of ‘perpetual white water’.

Things move quickly and unpredictably.

No company can guarantee your employment. It is up to you to guarantee your employability.

As Jean Shepherd used to say “keep your knees loose gang”.

Be a lifetime learner. Focus on networking and be thinking one or two jobs down the road.

What would you do if the company ‘downsized, rightsized or just outsized you tomorrow morning?

Here are excellent books about taking control of your work life.

  • Dan Miller “48 Days To The Work You Love”
  • Richard Nelson Bolles “What Color Is Your Parachute?”
  • Stephen M. Pollan “Fire Your Boss”
  • Dan Miller “No More Mondays”

My neighbor must think I’m a little nuts talking about how exciting it can be to lose your job.

But people who stay prepared usually do come out with a better situation.

Keep your knees loose.

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Posted by on May 11, 2008 in Radio programming


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Think Beyond Just A Job

It’s been great hearing from people checking in on the blog this week. Emails and comments are always welcome. Don’t be shy.

Several people have mentioned they are between gigs. This is usually not by their choice of course.

I can relate since I’ve been asked to vacate the building on more than one occasion.

Remember being fired is part of the cultural ritual of radio. You must be fired periodically in order to renew your membership in the brother/sisterhood.

Now that you’re out, what do you do?

I recently came came across Dan Miller’s books. The first was ’48 Days To The Work You Love’ and next is “No More Mondays”.

Dan’s mission in life is helping people find their passion and put it to work for them. Perhaps it is in a business of your own or something you do on the side as free lance. He is all about helping you take control of your own destiny.

The Dan Miller 48 Day’s podcast is available through ITUNES. The link to Dan’s website is listed to the right of this page.

Use the time between gigs to really think about what you want to do.

Radio jobs are changing rapidly. You can’t rely on the old ways of finding jobs. Take time to think about your strengths and work on a path that really suits your interests and talents.

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn says, “Work harder on yourself, than you do on your job”.

In other words take the time to improve your skills, make contacts and work on things that will help more than just earn a paycheck.

View being fired as a great opportunity to meet new people and learn more about yourself.

Most people tell me the new job is a better than the one that turned them out.

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Posted by on April 30, 2008 in Radio programming


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