Item #7: The “50 Ways to Get a Job” Site (

Sometimes you’ve just got to tip your hat.  The folks behind the site mentioned above, who appear to be based in the Canadian market, beat me to the implementation of an idea I’ve been kicking around for years — namely, the concept of creating a “card deck” full of ideas, advice, and resources to assist people in improving their job search success.

While I still maintain that the most effective method of finding work is to create, follow, and track a step-by-step game plan for pursuing opportunities, just as you would for a marketing campaign or any other important project, I’ll readily admit that some people aren’t quite as “linear” as I am in this regard.  What’s more, as anybody in career transition is well aware, there are a slew of emotional undercurrents at play when you’re searching for your next assignment.  Some days you’re all fired up and full of confidence, and on other days, your self-esteem refuses to get out of bed in the morning and you end up wondering if you’ll ever work again.

On these latter days, in particular, it can be helpful to break away from your normal routine, let your right brain take over, and try some alternative methods for moving your efforts forward.  And that’s where shines.  As you’ll note upon visiting the site, the authors don’t lead you in a specific, pre-programmed direction.  Instead, they’ve created a simple interface that lets your “fingers do the the walking” and that allows you to review suggestions from an assortment of colorful categories such as Finding Your Purpose, Applying for Jobs, Networking, Overwhelmed, or Stuck.  Click on any one of these options and you’ll be presented with some quick, straightforward suggestions in terms of new ideas, exercises, and action steps you could try to help improve your success rate related to the area in question.

Is this site for everybody?  Probably not.  Are the activities the site proposes exactly the same ones I’d suggest or the best possible solutions one could ever potentially brainstorm regarding these issues?  Not necessarily.  But at the same time, I  think you’ll find 50WaystoGetaJob to be pretty engaging, if you’re in the market for a new job, and to be a nice change of pace from the usual fare.  After all, you just never know when you might need a burst of inspiration or to shake up your regimen with some of the fresh, creative, and unconventional ideas this site has so lovingly compiled!