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
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?
“So where are you headed?" and the young man offered: “Well, uh – we don’t really know yet.”
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.