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Monday, December 18, 2006

Networking 2006

How do we connect?

30 Second Elevator Speach

My name is Dave Rockey I am an expert in customer relations. I have 34 years experience in dealing with, managing, and selling to all levels, genders, social strata, etc. I can move easily among all people groups. My main strengths are common sense, team building, customer service and a varied background with a lot of transferable skills. Think of me as a Swiss Army knife. I have sales, management ,marketing and computer skills. I have a hunger for learning and growing. I am adaptable and teachable. I enjoy getting what I want by helping others get what they want. I only want to be a part of win-win situations.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


I really need a network or I need help in establishing one. Invite me to your linked in by clicking on the sandwich board or go to my website and join our yahoo group!

Great Depression

I hate this. I have never ever been out of work for more the 3 days. This is beginning to suck like a chest wound.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Christmas Bah Humbug

I really hate this unemployment at the holiday season. I thought it was bad enough when I worked like a dog in retail. But, I would give anything to be working right now. I 've gotta say this is really Bob Cratchet like. Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Pajama Jobs

I've been stuck in this rut for three months. Searching the Internet for jobs sending my resume into the great vacuum called the Internet. My son seems to be stuck in the same situation. I really need to get out. But for the life of me I can't figure out how to start a network. They say start with everybody you come in contact with. Do you honestly think that people cutting my hair, bagging my groceries and scooping my french fries have great connections. Dude, get real. Maybe it's the guy behind the glass at the gas station -who incidentally looks like Mohammad Atta. Maybe its the hard working Mexicans I meet at 7-11 filling their coffee cups 1/2 full of the little creamers thinking their getting milk, then piling on relish and condiments on their hot dogs- evidently believing they're getting their veggies for the day. I attend a couple of career workshops and church. But that's about it. I got a couple of guy's to meet me a Starbucks once a week. I can't even get to know my neighbors. They drive into their garage then maybe stick their nose out to get the paper or mail and retreat like moles into their hovle. I guess we will continue to surf aimlessly. Hoping to connect out here somewhere. It seems such a waste. But, until I get some better idea's here I'm stuck.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Times They are a Changin'

As I recall that song growing up I never would have thought how fast things would start to accelerate during my mid-life years. I think this is a good thing though it forces us to have to stay current and keeps our mind sharp.

I was perfectly happy in my perfect career path. I was selling classroom reading books to schools. I was the manager of a brand new branch office. The owners wanted total "hands-off." So I got to do it all. All I started with was 2 folding chairs and a phone sitting on a couple of phone books. I bought the equipment, hired and trained the staff, did all the marketing, and sales. Then as computers and technology became the backbone of the modern office. I had to learn all about how to use and maintain all that technology. It was fun and exciting. I thought I'd do this the rest of my life. I thought reading books in schools would be something that would ever end. However, with standardized testing, computers, other technology and a whole new generation of students and teachers the book business was getting tough.

So I decided to become proactive and look for a second half of my life career. I did 6 months of research and came up with the perfect franchise opportunity. Well at least I thought so. Well I funded it by using my 401k and had 6 months reserve. Well I won't go into detail here but after six months I had to get some income because this wasn't working at all. I thought with all my transferable skills I would have no trouble snagging a job until I could recoup and regroup. So that's when I awoke to the fact that after being out of the job market for 19 years it wasn't going to be that easy. So I am starting this blog to help me in that transition and also help and guide others down that new career adventure.