Seven Tips To Landing A Job

How NASA astronauts and others can find employment.

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
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


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.

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


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

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

you’re going to Disney Land!

Small business evangelist Peter


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.

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


About the author CEO Dayna Steele is a success author, business speaker, and occasional golfer. Dayna spent years working with the greatest rock stars in the world