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“Burn Notice”- Dream Job Pursuit Turns To Nightmare

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Officially beginning “Burn Notice” withdrawal. In the summer finale, Michael’s shot at his dream job turns into a nightmare. It brings to light the issue that sometimes, the new job you just landed isn’t what it turns out to be.

Michael’s “professional” relationship with Strickler goes sideways when he’s forced to lie during his case review to get back into the CIA, in order to serve Strickler interests. Strickler also “excludes” Fiona from Michael’s future by attempting to auction her off to the highest bidding adversary. Michael “terminates” his partnership with Strickler and rescues Fiona from becoming an auction item. The episode emulates a familiar situation to job seekers- when the new job doesn’t turn out to be the opportunity they were looking for.

Sometimes, no matter how diligent you are in vetting your new offer, as I wrote in a previous post “Lesson from ‘Warehouse 13’- Look Before Leaping Into Your New Job“, the unsuitable aspects of your new job won’t be discovered until you actually start on that job. When it all becomes too much to bear, you have to discuss the matter with your new manager. Since there’s no way to predict whether they’ll accommodate you or fire you, you also need to be looking for another job anyway, which is what Susanne Lucas advises in “What To Do When a Dream Job Isn’t“.

In the event that you are terminated, be sure to update your professional and social networks that you’re back on the market. Also, you can leverage social media to do additional research on potential employers to find company buzz and even former employees.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to catch the warning signs before getting into a suspect situation, but should you find yourself in one, remember that there’s always a way out.

See You Soon, “Burn Notice”

Really gonna miss this show as it takes its hiatus. For the fans, I think the people who burned Michael are back, but then again I am a serial guesser. I’ll have to live on the show’s website, Facebook and Twitter offerings in the meantime.

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Written by Reginald Bautista

August 7, 2009 at 6:31 pm

It Pays To Know Someone On “Warehouse 13”

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The show tackles the subject of networking for a job from a couple of angles. First, in the latest episode, Artie makes a few calls for a former colleague recently rescued from another dimension. Secondly, the “Warehouse 13” website utiltizes social media strategies that you can use in your online networking efforts.

Saul Rubinek as Artie on "Warehouse 13"

Saul Rubinek as Artie on "Warehouse 13"

In the last episode, Artie makes amends to a former colleague Joshua Donovan (played by Tyler Hynes) who he lost to an alternate dimension in a botched experiment 12 years ago. After Artie rescues Joshua, he hooks him up with a job in Switzerland doing atomic research. Classic example(minus the Sci-Fi) of networking for a job, right? These days networking face-to-face isn’t the only way to network. Hopefully most of you already know online social networking can be a more efficient way of connecting to the right people. Karen Burns provides some beginner tips on using social media for your job hunt in “Can Social Media Get You a Job?” One tip she writes about I can personally confirm is offering something of value.

Yesterday, I participated in a lively discussion on Twitter moderated by MarketingProfs (discussion hashtag #socialmedia). The main topic was the importance between good content and good conversation. One of the takeaways was that good content can drive good conversation and ultimately connections, one of your main goals in social networking. The “Warehouse 13” website has a pretty good example of good content. It has a section called “Consign Object.” For the uninitiated, the show is about acquiring and guarding “supernatural” objects in America’s attic. To consign your object, you submit a description of your object and what “supernatural” effect it has. Once you’ve consigned your item, you can see what other items real fans have consigned to the warehouse. Great way to share common interests and more importantly spark conversation. Fans can connect with each other on SyFy’s message board.

It’s a no brainer that you should be networking online for a job. Just remember to provide something of value to your prospective connections before hitting ’em up for a position.

What valuable content are you providing in your networking efforts to get a job? Post it here.

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Written by Reginald Bautista

August 5, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Follow “S.A.R.A.H.” – Find A Job Using Twitter

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She doesn’t give out job advice, or retweet job postings, but she is noteworthy for being a FICTIONAL smart house on SyFy’s “Eureka” that just happens to be on Twitter. Yes, the REAL Twitter. If a fictional TV character is on Twitter, then why aren’t you, looking for a job?

S.A.R.A.H. - Sheriff Jack Carter's Artificially Intelligent  Residence on "Eureka"

S.A.R.A.H. - Sheriff Jack Carter's Artificially Intelligent Residence on "Eureka"

When I was growing up, the only way to truly emerse yourself in your favorite TV shows and movies was to go to Universal Studios to take the tour. Now, it’s as simple as a fictional character posting on Twitter to make fans feel like part of the show. While SyFy is using S.A.R.A.H. (Self Actuated Residential Automated Habitat) to keep a fan base, you can use Twitter to find job postings and network your way to a new job. Needless to say there are numerous resources on Twitter job hunting. Tara Weiss provides a few tips on getting started on finding a job on Twitter in “Twitter To Find A Job“. Adam Ostrow writes about a relatively new job search engine for Twitter in “TwitterJobSearch: Find A Job On Twitter“.

In the end, Twitter is yet another social networking site that you can leverage to network with your next boss or find a posting about your next job. Since your limited to 140 characters anyway, it’s quick, it’s easy (with some use and practice), and surprisingly fun.

Did you find your new job on Twitter? Post your story here.

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Written by Reginald Bautista

August 3, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Lesson from “Burn Notice”- Ask A Spy (For Career Tips)

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Yeah, it’s NOT ACTUALLY from an episode, or from any season in general, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this great bit of social media content that not only provides tips on how to spot a liar but also gives advice on how to navigate the workplace. All you have to do is ask.
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Gotta hand it to the USA Network. They really know how to do social media. Given their business gives them an advantage on what to offer, their “Burn Notice” website is still one the best social media offerings out there. Yes, I’m biased but judge for yourself. “Ask A Spy” is a collection of short video tips from Michael Westen. While you’ll get tips on how to survive a bar brawl and what to do when your car brakes are cut, you’ll also get tips for the workplace such as how to get promoted and what to do if a co-worker is bullying you. You can submit your questions for Michael Westen to answer on USA’s message board.

Even if you’re not a fan of the show, the videos give advice from a unique perspective- a spy’s perspective. Sounds fanboy cheezy, but if you think about it , spies are really good at reading people, reading situations, and getting out of tight spots using a bit of psychology, a silver tongue, and a good poker face. Skills applicable anywhere, especially the workplace. It’s my favorite aspect of the show. Forces me to remember that no what tight spot you’re in, you can always get out of it if you know who you’re dealing with, what’s at play in the situation and what you have to work with.

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Written by Reginald Bautista

July 29, 2009 at 5:43 pm