I am big on networking these days. I am trying to get myself out in front of as many people as possible whether it’s face-to-face, over the phone, on the internet or through social media. I am under-employed and I need to change that.
A column in the newspaper, a podcast, a blog and an active twitter account may give the impression that I have landed on my feet and that all is as I want it to be in my professional career. However, looks can be deceiving.
I am grateful to The Province and to Canucks Army for reaching out in a time of need in the months after being laid off by Bell Media in November 2015. It meant a great deal to have two outlets give me the chance to continue doing what I had been doing on radio for 16 years — covering the Vancouver Canucks. However, both are freelance arrangements and the economic reality of the matter is that I need to find more work.
My goal is to stay in the sports media in Vancouver — a position I have held in some form or fashion since 1999. The sports media landscape in Vancouver, however, has changed drastically in recent years sadly leaving many talented friends and colleagues out of work. I still hold out the hope of finding a new place for me in the sports media circle, but also realize that I may have to branch out and head down a different career path to find my next job. This much I know: I am employable with plenty to offer to my next employer.
In more than two decades in the media I have amassed a wealth of skills as a master communicator, writer, content provider, social media influencer and podcaster. I have additional experience in sports media relations as well as sports tournament organization and event management. I always joke that hosting a radio talk show is one of the world’s greatest proving grounds for a person’s preparation and research, time management, ability to problem solve and troubleshoot. Once that red light is on and the microphone is live there is nowhere to hide. You either get the job done or you don’t — and for more than 16 years I was able to get the job done.
Now, I want to get another job done. I don’t know what that job is yet, but I want to get working again. As much as it hurt to lose my last job, what I didn’t know at the time but have learned almost every day since, is that I’ve lost much more than a job. Right now, I feel as though I have lost the rhythm of my life. I don’t have places to go, I don’t have daily tasks to accomplish or projects to manage. I get up, scan job boards, make phone calls and then have far too much time on my hands. I don’t say this to many people because I’m not looking for sympathy, but in this situation, it feels more like existing rather than living. I want to live again. I want that reason to get up in the morning to see what I can accomplish.
I am a person, a husband, a father — I am supposed to be the provider for my family. Right now, I don’t feel I am adequately living up to many of those responsibilities. I want to be able to give my wife and children the lives they deserve. We had a great life until I hit this bump in the road late last year. I want to get back to leading the kind of life we had — and hopefully a better one.
Ultimately, that is up to me. I know that. That’s why I am networking as much as I can these days. That next connection may be the one I need to get my career jump-started and back on track. If you know of someone who could help (or use some help), please point me in their direction. I am trying to make this happen on my own, but after six months I have no trouble asking for a little assistance, either.