Short Circuit The Typical Job Search Process from Two Challenges in Building Your Career [Video] (1:52)

A Clip from Two Challenges in Building the Career You Deserve with Douglas E. Welch. 

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Douglas E. Welch ( presents to the class Career Development – Theories and Techniques at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology taught by fellow CareerCamp Co-Chair, Danielle Gruen

The two biggest challenges are deciding what you want to do as a career and then building the career you deserve once you decide.

I discuss the Career Compass method of discovering your career wants, needs and desires and then using various social media tools to show people “What you do and how well you do it”


When you use social media and new media, as I call it, you’re short-circuiting that whole job search process. It’s like they always said, “Well, get — gotta talk to the hiring person in the company!” Well, guess what? You can. You can make those acquaintances online or at meetups. Meetups are another — face-to-face meetups happen all across the world on any number of interests that you might have. There’s a board game night over at MacLeod’s Brewery that opened next to use in Van Nuys where we live. There’s meetups on every concept possible you might think of. Quilting and knitting and anything else too. Get engaged with one of those, if that is an interest of yours. You’re never sure who you are going to meet. The best story I have about that is there is a organization on town called the LA Legal Philharmonic. This is an orchestra made up of people who work in the legal profession. Judges, clerks, law students, — did I say judges? I said judges already, but basically anyone who works in the legal world can join this orchestra. So, suddenly, as low level law clerk you’re sitting next to the second violin who happens to be a judge on the LA Superior court. Uh, yeah. So now you have made a connection well beyond what most law clerks can do, just by doing something you like. To me, that just is a perfect example of this whole concept in a little bubble. Bingo! Short circuit. Done. Moving on. People would pay for that opportunity and you’re getting it for nothing by engaging in something you like. Do not dismiss those opportunities. Do not ignore them. They are the most important things that can happen in your life, sometimes. Again, it’s like the circles. All of a sudden, that little friction point pops up and it’s like “Where did that come from?” But just because you did something you were already enjoying — you were already getting value out of — you never know what’s going to pop up there. So, Do not ignore that.

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