Ms. Streisand’s Job Search Advice

Prelude – Short Piece of Music

Last weeks posts were intense, so I decided to lighten the mood today.  This article applies to anyone who is in transition.

Introduction – The Opening Section of a Piece of Music or a Movement

Do you want to know what it is like job searching in 2011?  Just listen to Ms. Barbara Streisand sing “Putting It Together” (from the musical “Sunday in the Park with George”) on “The Broadway Album.” 

While listening to this song the other day, I had one of those “Ah Ha” moments upon realizing just how well this song describes conducting a job search in today’s market. 

Now for “The Main Event”

The words to the song are in italics and beneath the lyrics are my liner notes.  So, take it away Barbara….

 “Putting It Together” – Words and Music by Stephen Sondheim

“Bit by bit, putting it together
Piece by piece, only way to make a work of art”

These lines refer to your job search as a whole.


  “Every moment makes a contribution”

Absolutely everything you do in life.


 “Every little detail plays a parts”

LinkedIn, Twitter, Blog, Resume, Cover Letter, Elevator Pitch and Personal Brand.  


  “Having just a vision’s no solution”

What job functions and industry you see yourself working in the next 3 years.  There is no job security anymore so plan on being unemployed numerous times before you move to the grave, urn or masoleum.


 “Everything depends on execution”

How you handle yourself in person, online and in interviews.  (No doing your Elvis imitation by swiveling your hips when seated in a swivel chair during an interview.)


 “Putting it together, that’s what counts!
Ounce by ounce, putting in together
Small amounts, adding up to make a work of art”

All the individual items come together to make your job search function beautifully and flawlessly


 “First of all you need a good foundation Otherwise it’s risky from the start”

Having a 100% complete LinkedIn profile.  If you do not have this, kiss your job search goodbye!

“Takes a little cocktail conversation”

Networking, Networking, Networking, and did I mention Networking.  After all it is NOT who you know but WHO knows you.

“But without the proper preparation”

Looking deep down inside and figuring out who you are, what problems you solve and how you can save or make a company money. 

“Having just a vision’s no solution”

What job functions and industry you see yourself working in the next 3 years.

“Everything depends on execution”

Again – How you handle yourself in person, online and in interviews. 


 “The art of making art
Is putting it together, bit by bit”

  How you conduct an effective job search.


Coda – Closing Section of a Movement

These are just some of the song’s lyrics applicable to today’s job search scene.  Listen to the entire song and you will put the rest of the pieces together – bit by bit. 

Was It Worse?

Was the second year worse than the first? That depends upon your perspective.  Yes, my position was eliminated during a realignment of departmental hours and some people might see that as being worse.    

I did not and still do not.

Being laid off did not cause me the pain and anguish that widowhood did.

My mantra became “You survived the first year of widowhood, surviving unemployment should be no big deal.”  I kept repeating it over and over and would tell anyone who panicked the same thing.  It only took them a few seconds to agree with me.  

Yes, it was unfortunate that I had to deal with another major change one year after Joe’s death, but as Mr. Sinatra once said “That’s Life.” 

Back To School

The second year was an intense period.  I had to learn the new job search rules, create and maintain a LinkedIn profile and a Twitter feed, learn resume writing since my resume writer died, and figure out not only who I am as a person but also my career direction.  This required a lot of work, so much that an honorary Master’s Degree in Career Counseling should be issued. 

Unemployment gave me the chance to learn and grow in unimaginable ways.  It also allowed me to meet and have my life enriched by such wonderful people as  Jeff, J.T., Gabriana, Deb, Kristine, Sharon, Fung, Teresa, Tracy, Stacyann, Sandrine, Katerina, and Bentley – just to name a few.     

I never dreamed that being unemployed would be such a blessing.

May your joyful weekend be filled with many blessings.


Second Year Attitude

“I lift up my eyes to the hills –

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV Study Bible)

It was the second or third week during my first round of Griefshare, that someone mentioned they heard the second year was worse that the first year.

I sat there and thought “Oh, flipping great! As if I am not in enough pain as it is, you mean it is going to get worse?” 

I was ticked.

On the way home, God and I had one of our “chats” where I did all the talking and none of the listening.  I told God in no uncertain terms the second year would not be worse than the first.  I would not tolerate pain worse that what I was experiencing.  

It was important for me to maintain a positive attitude towards the second year.  I would not accept it being worse, although it certainly could have been. 

After all I made it through the first year and that was HELL!  If I could make it through that, then the second year should be no problem.

I just needed to remember where my help comes from and all would be well.

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