The World’s First View of Earth
(October 1, 1966) The world’s first view of the Earth taken by a spacecraft from the vicinity of the Moon. The photo was transmitted to Earth by the United States Lunar Orbiter I and recieved at the NASA tracking station at Robledo de Chavela near Madrid, Spain. This crescent of the Earth was photographed when the spacecraft was on its 16th orbit and just about to pass behind the Moon. This is the view the astronauts had when they came around the backside of the Moon and face the Earth. The Earth is shown with the U.S. east coast in the upper left, southern Europe toward the dark or night side of the Earth, and Antartica at the bottom of the Earth crescent. The surface of the Moon is shown on the right side of the photograph.

“Let’s look at this from the standpoint of status.  What do we have on the ship that still works?”  Ed Harris, Apollo 13.

Many people find themselves in a broken career.  The path they chose went slightly skewed to the path they desired and they find themselves wondering if they can ever get back on track or create a new one.  At this point most people dust of the old resume and hit the job boards.  They may even try to tap into their network.  But more than likely using the same tools that they have always used to get the last job.

Why not look at your career as a dead spaceship and ask what still works?  Whether you’ve worked twenty years or one day, you’ve gained valuable experience that sets you apart.  Why not tell people about that experience.  Sure skills are important and networks are incredibly valuable.  But what’s most valuable is what you bring to the table.

We bring three things to every opportunity; 1) skill, 2) a network, 3) knowledge.  Knowledge is going to come in at least two forms, what you know about a job and what you’ve learned along the way.  I’d venture to say that in our current work climate that what you’ve learned along the way is vitally more important than anything else.

So share it.