Why should the job seeker care? There is much to be said about the job seeker who creates value beyond the workplace.
It might be a slow news cycle that we cared that Facebook is running a campaign for Bert and Ernie marrying–assuming that they’re gay. It doesn’t matter if they’re hermaphrodites, they are role models for the generations.
Never arrested for anything, nor at fault for break-ups.
No drug arrests, no loitering.
Yet, their role in our children’s education is priceless. We’re not exactly sure if they get paid or not for teaching our children letters, words, or not. I will say that they have one of the most important volunteer jobs in America.
From what I could find, they have talked about their roles one time in 10 years, maybe longer.
Newsweek interviewed them in 2002, asking about what they do:
Why did you decide to make a movie?
ERNIE: We were just playing around with words, and somehow it ended up on tape.
BERT: Bootleg, I think.
But why are words so important?
B: We need words to sing and to write and to talk on the phone. Without words we’d all have to get jobs as mimes.
E: And NEWSWEEK would be blank.
(BERT AND ERNIE. Newsweek, 00289604, 7/8/2002, Vol. 140, Issue 2)
No matter the premise, Bert and Ernie will be remembered for their contributions, and the value they have delivered to several generations.
Jobseekers must focus on offering value in every phase of the job search, to be invaluable and memorable. Think of what is unique to you, and promote it to your network and potential employers.
Don’t ever believe that you will fairly be compensated for what you do. If your achievements and accomplishes have a price, like unrequited love, satisfaction will remain unachieved.
Value is priceless.