Someone Else's Treasure

Photo by Chris Willis

In Wausau, each spring, we have an annual spring clean-up. The city lists what they will pick up: Old couches, bathroom fixtures, cabinets, and the like and prints a schedule broken down in sections.

The day before your street’s scheduled pick-up, you are supposed to put those things on the street. Any sooner and you risk a fine.

The “Junk” is Gone

The interesting phenomena is that often by the time that the city trucks get there for the pick-up, a part or all of people’s “junk” is gone. Trucks and cars patrol the streets, looking for things they might like, things that the former owners considered “junk,” some prizes go to be rehabbed, some to the cabin in the woods or hunter’s “shack,” others go right into the new owner’s residence for reuse. Different eyes see things differently. A new use makes the unwanted item, someone else’s treasure.

Job seekers may feel like the junk on the street

When a job seeker is out of a job or in a position that isn’t working for them, it is easy to feel like the junk on the street. No one wants you, no value, outdated, you may feel depressed or useless.

Repositioned with right career marketing strategies

However, repositioned and back out there with the right career marketing strategies, visible, you may be someone else’s treasure.

When a client realizes their value as I probe them for accomplishments and write their resume, the light goes on. While reading their new resume, it isn’t uncommon for the client to say, “I would hire me!” Value! Confidence! and someone else’s treasure!

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  1. Julie- this post is a treasure! It’s delightful to read and so very true. Maybe we could arrange to swap jobs too in order to avoid having to start from scratch. A job matching day!!

    • Julie Walraven on April 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

      Hi Debra, as I sit with my clients and ask them, so what is it you love? and what do you hate? I hear one saying I love this and hate that and the exact reverse from someone else. Being fitted to the job makes so much sense. Find a job you love to do and is it even work anymore? Thinking… 🙂

  2. Barb Poole on April 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I love it! So true! So often the job seeker gets “beaten down” in the process, feeling that he/she has no value. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder! Another meaningful post, Julie!

    • Julie Walraven on April 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you, Barb. While you were commenting, I was experiencing a lost wifi signal at the same time as a client who had planned to do lunch with me stopped by to tell me his job just ended. I spent about 2 hours coaching him (a clinical social worker) on his options and letting him vent.

  3. Melissa on April 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    What an excellent way to look at it, Julie! You’re right — when accomplishments are appropriately highlighted and skills are clearly shown to add value, a job seeker will certainly be “someone else’s treasure.”

    • Julie Walraven on April 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks, Melissa. I think many job seekers miss that phase and end up frustrated and feeling like “junk” because they don’t know how to convey their value in ways that an employer can understand and relate to.

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