Climb a tree and holler

Your job campaign feels stuck because you’re spending too much time answering ads and posting on the Internet and not enough time making personal contacts.

It’s a paradox. You hesitate to contact people who can refer you to their contacts because you detest the idea of selling yourself, yet you need to persuade others that you are worth hiring if you want to find a job.

This verse makes the point:

He who has a thing to sell

And goes and whispers in a well,

Is not so apt to get the dollars

As hew who climbs a tree and hollers.

The thing you have to sell is you. Not tooting your own horn because you’re shy and fear making contacts is just like whispering in a well. Nobody hears you.

He who gets the dollars is the person who calls her contacts to make her needs known—“Hey, I’m looking for a job….who do you know who I can talk to.”

So remember you HAVE something to sell. We all do. But when you go and whisper in a well, you’re not so apt to get the dollars as the job candidate who climes a tree and hollers.

You’ll be motivated more to climb trees and holler by following this link to read “I Hope I Get It,” a previous post on Your Career

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RANDY PLACE is a job finding strategist and author of “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. CLICK HERE to learn how this book can help you land a job sooner and make money faster.

And follow this link to order Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach from Amazon.

Copyright ©2017 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

Randy Place
RANDY PLACE is a job finding coach, author, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For 23 years, he helped over a thousand downsized employees at JPMorganChase find jobs. He also coached executives at CBS, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding, communications skills, and sales strategies An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on job finding and sales training nationwide. His nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations in the US. Randy is the author of “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach” and writes about career topics on His articles about job finding have appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s National Business Employment Weekly. A former sales executive at NBC, broadcast journalist, and commercials spokesperson, Randy holds a Bachelor’s in Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master’s in Journalism from NYU.

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  1. Thanks, great article.

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