Through the Brick Wall…in a Tight Market

Through the Brick Wall: How to Job-Hunt in a Tight Market

A review and discussion of the book written by Kate Wendleton

Tuesday Evening, 08.24.10 at 7:00 P.M.

Greetings All,

Imagine a time before the Internet, Career Builder, Monster, a pre-twittarian age, in which Facebooks were printed on paper. Your LinkedIn information was hopefully on a large Rolodex file of sorts. Tom Dommershausen suggested and furnished the book for this week. Author, Kate Wendleton, was in some ways the Richard Bolles of the 90’s and approached the job search with the same investigative zeal and openness that “What Color is Your Parachute” trumpeted.

For many of us the digitized online search has not been our friend. Perhaps we need to consider a more high-touch and low tech approach to opening up that tight market. Wendleton does offer great guidance and coaching that started on her home couch in the days that she ran the Five O’Clock Club for job hunters out of her apartment.

The techniques that Wendleton purveyed managed to help many sledgehammer through many walls and provides excellent structure to those groping for a pathway through the vagueness of the current times.

Wendleton Demolition Points:

  • Job Searching is a Lifestyle, then and now, get this!
  • How “Motivated Skills” differ from what you are good at
  • Creating open informational situations vs. narrow interviews
  • Targeting and why it works…
  • Developing and conveying “Vision!”
  • Grasping “Goal Drivers” that provide energy
  • Creating two-minute versions of your power message
  • Networking through then and now…
  • Communicating “Key Accomplishments” that sell
  • Building “Target Black Books” and why
  • Numerous high quality self-assessment tools
  • Creating a portfolio of Seven Stories
  • Importance of developing/having long-term plans
  • Launching a targeted mail campaign
  • Answering ads sans the computer
  • Process measurements allow you to gauge progress
  • Building and keeping momentum
  • Grappling with change and why we should welcome it
  • Why “Follow-up” is the most important part of the process
  • Special tactics for career changers
  • “Striking Sparks” and following the smoke
  • Finding support and perspective, where, how?
  • Dealing with “When you have lost the job search spirit…”
  • Much on resumes, interviews and positioning…

Please do bring your business cards so that you can network with the other good folks attending. As always we will step back in time for a Steak & Shake experience.

Join us,


$timulus: An open book and networking group for job seekers

Barnes & Noble in the Streets of West Chester

(I-75 Exit 19 Union Centre Blvd., Past The Rave Theater)

9455 Civic Centre Boulevard, West Chester, OH 45069

 Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 P.M.


 Monte at 513.769.6313 or


About MonteWashburn

Greetings, Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Monte, a passionate lover of a great spectrum of nonfiction books and authors and in hoping to provide some guidance to the many currently unemployed or under-employed persons much of the content posted here will revolve around books of the job search, career, entrepreneurial pursuits and personal development. Other related blogs and material will be heralded here as well. And a little fiction just may sneak in as well from time to time. May you find your own stimulus here. Expectantly, Monte
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