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Shuttle Launch

I watched the NASA Space Shuttle Program come to an end this morning. As the creator of and a NASA pilot's wife, I've had an insider's view for over 20 years. So you can understand my glee when NASA informed me I was a part of the last Shuttle Tweet Up this week at Johnson Space Center.

Amid the exhilaration of experiencing and flying the Space Shuttle simulator, running into astronaut friends and watching the last shuttle days from Mission Control, we 'tweeps' realized we were seeing it all just days before the sims are dismantled, the lights are turned off in Mission Control and many will find themselves without a job.

Several times throughout the day, from trainers, engineers, even astronauts, I heard the same answer to my question "what will you do next?" Every single one said "I don't know."

So, for all those years of sparking our imaginations, helping them find a job is the least I can do. I can't actually find the jobs but I can, along with my Steeleworkers, give some tips to move things along:

• First, never say, "I don't know." It shows lack of drive. Who would want to hire that person?

I think that there should be different answers for different people. It would be good to come up with a script of at least three different scenarios, and a one-line answer for those different situations.
Club Etiquette founder Gigi Lewis

• Second, carefully consider what do you want to do? One of the astronauts I spoke with mentioned being a spokesperson for a company or product. So instead of saying "I don't know" say "I'm looking into spokesperson opportunities with several companies and brands." You have planted the seed.

Exactly what I want to do!
Stuntman and business owner Ben E. Loggins

• Third, speak up. Let people know your area of expertise and let them know you are in the market but don't look desperate in the process. Instead of saying "hey can you help me get a job," utilize your personal networks, face-to-face and social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn, to broadcast you are interviewing. "Off to dazzle the ACME Corporation today with my (fill in the blank) knowledge/talent." Or comment on related news stories that show off your knowledge and experience. YOU are the brand, you are selling yourself.

Remember you are a salesperson and you are selling "brand x", YOU are "brand x" everyday at every job, with everyone you meet.
The Delivery Guys president Al Zolli

• Fourth, people always want what others have and they don't have. Always say "I'm talking to a couple of people/companies that look very promising." Do not let anyone know you are not interviewing or have had no offers. This is not the time for a pity party.

It is better to follow a winding trail than a whiny trail. The future belongs to those who make it the way they want it to be.
Comment from "Jim" in my blog post "Who Moved My Space Shuttle?"

• Fifth, it used to be advice you’d give someone just starting out but now holds true for anyone looking. If the offer is not exactly what you want, at least take it, get your foot in the door, work your butt off and make yourself a part of the company’s success story.

I'm open to anything! In fact, friends and colleagues have made some great suggestions and keep providing leads. I think I will run some of them down!
Non-profit director Marianna Trevino Wright

• Sixth, be relevant—do what it takes to know everything you can about the industry you want to work in and what others are saying about the future of that industry, what the customers are looking for, what will be done to stay viable in the future—and make sure you are a part of that and fit. After a recent speech, an audience member reached out to me by phone to ask about getting started in broadcast media. I asked him to email me and I would get back with him. His reply? "I don't have email." Dude, it ain't gonna happen.

Figure out how I can take my most valuable strengths and use them to help make our future better.
Former NASA engineer now high school math teacher Susan Thompson Hanley

• Finally, be upbeat, think and speak positively, smile, look people in the eye and stand up straight.

Tell'em you're going to Disney Land!
Small business evangelist Peter Shankman

Yes, the job market isn't all that great in industries and cities across the nation but there are jobs to be had. Those jobs will go to those who know what they want, are prepared, network, ask for what they need and work harder than anyone else. There is absolutely no reason that person can't be you.

Dayna Steele is a serial entrepreneur, motivational business speaker, marketing strategist and the author of Rock to the Top: What I Learned about Success from the World's Greatest Rock Stars. For more information, visit