The Internet has changed many things about how you find your next gig but one thing has remained constant: Most jobs are found through personally developed connections (That would be your network). And, if you think about it this makes sense; if you were looking to fill a particular role your first step would be to work your personal network, people you know. You then would look for friends of friends and only when that had failed, would you post an opportunity on Linked In, Indeed or Monster. Likewise, when looking for a job, most of your time should be spent on building relationships; I recommend that only 10 – 15% of your time be spent on job posting sites.
You likely have eaten sourdough made with Spelt, one of the Ancient Grains, which is sometimes known as Dinkel Wheat or Hulled wheat. After its use dying out in the middle of last century here in America (It was brought hear from Europe in the late 1800s) the grain has regained popularity with folks looking for more flavorful, healthy and noteworthy flours.
Humans have been cultivating the grain, since about 5000 BC and it was an important staple in Europe through the Middle Ages. It is closely related to regular Hard Red Winter Wheat and has high enough gluten content that bread with a reasonably open crumb can be made from it.
As befits a food that is a staple and has been eaten for 1000s of years, Spelt appears in literature: It is mentioned in the Divine Comedy which likens the transformation of the soul of a suicide victim to the germination of a grain of Spelt and Pushkin references eating Spelt porridge. Greek mythology has Demeter giving Greeks a gift of Spelt.
The Spelt flour you might buy at a natural foods store will more often than not be whole Spelt (equivalent to whole wheat flour). “Whole” is a misnomer – whole wheat or whole Spelt do not include all the products of the berry (kernel) of grain that is milled; rather, the miller has added some of the bran (the exterior coating of the berry) which is stripped off during milling, back into the flour. This is a little like the brown sugar available at supermarkets, which is white sugar that has been refined from sugar cane, with some molasses, extracted during the refining process, added back in for color and flavor.
More accurately, a whole grain flour is one in which the entire wheat berry (endosperm, bran and germ) have been milled together. I have a small mill in which I sometimes mill flour to add to a recipe: this has to be done fresh and the oils in the germ can become rancid unless refrigerated.
White Spelt, like white flour contains the milled portion of the Endosperm only – the outer bran and oily wheat germ have been removed during the milling process. I like using White Spelt in a sourdough loaf as it tweaks the loaf’s flavor and texture: while proofing and shaping the dough has a subtle and inexplicably smooth texture.
In fact, they are more than useless, they are a time suck. LinkedIn, Monster, Indeed are designed solely to collect resumes for companies and recruiter, to give them a valid sample of candidates to take through an interview process that Human Resources has dictated. This will not help you at all: you need to drive the search for your next gig by building your personal network. Spend no more than 10% of your time looking at job postings and do this only to understand what target companies are up to.
When you are looking for your next gig, remember that you are running a marathon, not a sprint. Treat it like a job, put in 8 – 10 hours a day, take weekends off. Exercise, get sleep, eat right, be systematic and steady – the momentum you build will get your through the peaks and valleys of the experience, which can be emotionally taxing. Placing in the larger context of your career, your work like, will help you maintain perspective.
It is important to be able to describe yourself in a phrase – your tagline – and it is remarkably difficult to nail down what this phrase is. If you’re starting your career, you can be so many things: how do you choose? If you’re later in your career, you have a deep, rich and complex track record: how do you sum it up? This takes a lot of work: you need to get your tagline to the stage that you can deliver it naturally, in an un hurried manner.