As I approached the intersection, I could see two young people – one standing and one sitting…late teens, early 20’s. They looked tired. The young man was sitting by a backpack. The young woman held a sign that read:
ANYTHING WILL HELP
God Bless You
Even though the light had turned green and cars were behind me, I paused. My mind flashed back to graduating from college – big debt, no job and no money. That scene could have been me a gazillion years ago. Or maybe my children? Or maybe your son or daughter, brother or sister?
My career management brain turned on.
We don’t really know yet was processing.
Horns honked – time to roll.
Part of me wanted to turn around, go back and say: “Have you considered a target destination? TRAVELING TO SF or TRAVELING TO NYC, or HOU or DEN or ORD or DSM? Maybe give passersby a clearer idea of where you are headed? Maybe that would help?”
Just for a moment, pretend that you are a hiring manager. This morning you will be conducting three interviews with eager candidates. Candidate Number One takes a seat. Your first question after pleasantries: “So what are you looking for?” And Candidate Number One quickly responds:
I NEED A JOB
I’ll TAKE ANYTHING.
Do You Have Something 4Me?
Anything. Something. Nothing.