I finally had enough of passing by the messy pile of job search stuff gathering dust on a shelf in the living room. Ten months’ worth of people’s handbills, flyers, presentation print outs, notes, book summaries (and a couple of self-published books hawked by authors that I met), and seminar ephemera. Thankfully I had already done a first culling at the time of collection and anything deemed unhelpful had been put on the recycle pile. If I hadn’t made this initial determination, one shelf would not have been enough. There is a lot of information out there about job search.
I didn’t get rid of much this time around. Some of it could be useful to me to generate a post or two here. Or I can pass on other bits to people I know.
When there is so much information to be found on a topic, how does a person decide what is useful (wheat) versus what is unhelpful (chaff)? When it comes to information, it isn’t as simple as threshing wheat. All a person needs for wheat is an understanding of what parts are edible. Information culling or threshing requires effort in advance.
What is wheat for me might be chaff for others and vice versa. I have to know what I am looking for, at least a bit. I have to know at least how to recognize something useful. To do that, I have to have an idea of where I am going. But I can’t narrow things down too much or I might realize that I got rid of something potentially useful if I change course. Hence the pile of stuff.
How do you decide what might be useful in your quest?
Beth Anne Reed has a background in Customer Relations, Process & Project Management and a deep interest in Written Communications.
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