One of the downsides of conducting an intensive job search through social media and online job resources such as The Ladders and Monster is you have to expose a lot of personal information to attract employers and recruiters. There's an explicit and implicit value exchange I am making. I give you some information about me, you let me know who you are and if you have a job for me. I get it. Such are the risks of living on grid.
The things is...there are those who abuse the access they have been given to my email address, namely employers and recruiters who generate trigger emails based on certain keywords in my profile. Whether it's my location, my education or some aspect of my experience, keyword search engine algorithms are filling up my inbox with very obviously impersonal messages to me asking me to take on careers that are not even close to a fit.
So to save everyone some time, let me articulate some things that I don't want to do (kind of like that questionnaire at the end of the Actor's Studio). I do NOT want to be:
- A Life Coach - No offense to the profession (my sister is a coach) but I want to do a spot more living before I coach others
- An insurance salesman - Plenty of people do it for a living. Just not me.
- A "lazy Google" millionaire - I have no real problems with this job description. I'm a little skeptical to say the least
- A stay at home copywriter for a womens' website - Is that it? You've asked all the people out there who are actually qualified to do this job and they've all turned you down? Really?
And, finally, any job that is clearly irrelevant to who I am.