10 Questions with ... Andy Harris
November 22, 2011
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Thirty-four years experience, 25 as PD; AM and PM drive most of my career ... have worked in Philly, Atlantic City, Wilmington (DE) and Iowa.
1) What do you do to maintain a positive mental attitude and stay motivated?
I periodically look at my qualifications, resume, and listen to my audio and ask the question, "Would I hire this person?" I would.
2) How are you occupying your time, besides looking for a job?
I've taken up bicycle riding (almost every day) for fitness and I have been taking a class in American Sign Language.
3) Do you plan on sticking with radio?
Yes! And I want to be on the air, even if I can't land a PD gig. I miss it.
4) What has been your best resource for finding out about job openings?
AllAccess.com is the one I check several times a day, every day.
5) What's the craziest thing you've ever done to get a job?
I bought a cake at a bakery, had them decorate it with my name and phone number and delivered it to a PR/Marketing Department Hiring Manager at one of the Atlantic City casinos.
6) How are you finding the "courtesy level" at places you've applied?
Among those jobs that I wasn't being considered for, I've found the response level to be very low. It's made me think that the next time I'm in a position to hire someone, I'll be much more sensitive to that.
7) With consolidation there are definitely fewer jobs. How do you separate yourself from the pack?
Simply, I believe embracing change is huge -- from every angle imaginable: programming, technology, use of social media, allocation of resources ... just to name a few. Also, it's more important than ever to provide sales with the best product and opportunities to generate revenue.
8) Are you spending as much time listening to radio as you used to?
Probably slightly more, but I target the stations to which I've been applying.
9) If you were offered a similar position to what you were doing for considerably less money, would you seriously consider taking the job just to stay in the biz?
I would, but not only to stay in the biz, but also to be working again. The unemployment rate -- such as it is -- has made me realize that it's difficult to find work. When I do, I'll appreciate it more than ever.
10) Having been through all you have dealt with in this biz, what advice would you give people trying to break in?
Love what you do, learn as much as you can.
Any books you can recommend to people who need something inspirational to read?
"48 Days to the Work You Love" by Dan Miller.