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No Stress!

There is a great article in yesterday’s New York Times about the stress a person feels after losing a job and how that stress can help sink the job search process. 

This reminded me of my own job search stress.  I had been unemployed for a few months and my stress was growing daily.  One day out of the blue, a recruiter called and what seemed like the last company in town that was hiring had called them and wanted to see me.  I sweated through three interviews and sat on pins and needles for every piece of news, assuming the worst during periods of silence.  Finally, the day for my fourth and last interview came.  I was so stressed out I drove right by the company, and arrived a couple of minutes late.  Nervous and assuming I was cooked, I soldiered on and got the job inspite of myself.

So I understand how stress, anxiety, depression, a sense of self doubt and all the rest can play havoc on the job search.  These are real feelings and they shouldn’t be ignored.  But they can be managed. 

My advice is to ask others to help you:  friends, colleagues, family, healthcare professionals, recruiters, job search experts and anyone else you may respect.  In many cases, just talking about your feelings can help enormously.  When you’re in need and you ask for help, help can come from the most unlikely places.


August 17, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , | Leave a comment

GoSavant Job Search Tips

GoSavant-Logo[1]GoSavant (savant is the French word for “knowing” and has come to mean an “expert”) is a job search coaching site that offers a number of tools to help the job searcher.  Included among a host of other items are courses on “Job Search – Knock ’em Dead ($49.95),” Write Effective Resumes ($19.99)” and “Winning Job Search Tactics ($19.99).”

But what I like best are the free networking and interviewing tips.  I especially like the networking tips because I think good networking is the key to a successful job search.  Many job seekers don’t realize that they already know people who can be helpful in their job search.  Recently I told a friend about a business associate who I thought might be helpful in her job search.  It turns out she already knew him but not in a professional context. They’ve now connected professionally and it’s a valuable connection.

Mine your entire network, let them know you are looking for a job and ask them for leads or introductions that may be helpful.  You may already know the person who will lead you to that next great job.

August 3, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | | Leave a comment

How Rachel Levy Found a Job

imagesA recent article in the Wall Street Journal tells the story of Rachel Levy and her job search. Rachel was laid off from a Boston non-profit and thought she should have a fairly easy time finding a new marketing job. Her job search took a year, longer than anticipated. She found her new job by a rather circuitous route. One of her followers on twitter located her resume on-line and forwarded it to her brother-in-law, who was an investor in a company that needed someone with her skills and experience.

 From the WSJ:

In addition to networking, she used her free time to learn about social media including Twitter, where she currently has more than 5,000 followers. She also worked did social-media consulting work.

 Ms. Levy says that potential employers were impressed by the blog; at times, she listed her latest blog posts in her email signature and linked to them on her own Web site.

Mastering social media while writing an engaging blog is a great use of time while on the job hunt. Good job Rachel.

To learn more about what Rachel did during her job search, check out her guest blog on the WSJ.

July 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Don’t Fall for a Hiring Scam

online-scams[1]There are a lot of people looking for jobs, and there are a lot of people looking to scam the job seekers.  Two things are working for the job scammers.  First,  the number of people looking for jobs online is unprecedented.  Never before have this many people been unemployed at the same time there so many web-based job search resources.  Second, many of the people looking for jobs have not been unemployed during the era of the job board and are not savvy about the dos and don’ts of the online job search.

When I was job hunting, I found Craigslist to the be the most useless and scammer filled place to try and find a job.  The legitimate job posters are so bombarded with resumes yours has little chance of being seen and at the same time the scammers are quite sophisticated. 

The goals of job scammers are diverse.  Some may simply be hiding a come-on for some product or service, others may try to get your personal information for marketing or even criminal activities.  Many disguise “work at home” scams as legitimate employment opportunities.

Here are a few lessons I learned, mostly thanks to my experience with Craigslist.

I always suspect ads that make you follow a link to a website.  There are plenty of legitimate ads that want you to apply at a website, but you should proceed with caution.

Be careful when submittting personal information.  I wouldn’t divulge my birthdate or my social security number to anyone online.

Don’t pay for anything.  There are scams asking applicants to pay for credit checks in order to be considered for a position.  Don’t fall for it.

Grammatical errors, poor spelling and the like generally point to scammers, many of which are scamming outside the country.

If the offer seems too good to be true, it is.

Happy job hunting and stay safe out there.

July 15, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , | Leave a comment

Social Media Can Make or Break a Job Search

images-6Online social networking can be a key component to finding that next job. In fact, nowadays, online experts say using some sites, like Facebook, is almost mandatory. KING 5’s Deborah Feldman reports.

July 14, 2009 Posted by | Job Search, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Social Media for the Job Searcher

images-3The unemployment rate has hit 9.5 percent and this recession has gone on longer than any recession since the 1930s.  Nearly half a million jobs were lost in June alone.  This has made the job search even more challenging.  Successful job searchers will need to use every tool at their disposal to rise above potentially hundreds of others who are vying for the same job.

Episode 13 of Job Search Radio on the Small Plate Radio Network has some great tips about using Search Engine Optimization in your LinkedIn profile and in your resume.  Employers and recruiters are using keyword searches to find the right candidates.

As I’ve blogged before, twitter is the ultimate job search tool.  You can search for jobs on twitter using a twitter interface like TweetDeck.  You can also send out your own tweets about your job search.  

Social media has made great job search tools available to the masses.  Put those tools to good use.

July 7, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Career Ministries

images-3Joe Jones of Career Ministries is the guest on Episode 12 of Job Search Radio on the Small Plate Radio Network.

Joe talks about the four stages of stress that a person goes through when they lose their job.  The first phase is a combination of shock, denial and isolation.  Stage 2 is anger and guilt.  The third stage is frustration which can lead to depression.  The fourth stage is acceptance, hope and the desire to move on.  Joe talks about the need to move through these stages so that you are in stage 4 when you begin interviewing for a new job.  If not, these stages of stress may show through during the interview.

A good use of time while going through these stages of stress is to think about where you are in your career and think about where you want to go.

Many churches around the country are now offering Job Search Workshops and weekly Job Search Support Groups.  Career Ministries helps churches set up Quick Start Workshops which may last 7 hours and weekly support groups which may go 2 hours.  Churches interested in setting up this service for their members should contact Career Ministries.

July 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Get a Restaurant Job

Waitress_071025090038188_wideweb__300x357Like a lot of folks out there, I put in my time in the trenches of the restaurant business.  While I have no desire to relive those days, I’m grateful that the jobs I had gave me a chance to pay my bills, not starve and make some great friends along the way.  I also learned a lot about how to relate to people and more importantly, how to sell to them.

On Episode 11 of Job Search Radio on the Small Plate Radio Network, Kyle O’Brien interviews Dianne Hosford, principal at Portland, OR’s Two Lucy’s View.  Dianne gives great tips on how to find a restaurant job and the qualities you’ll need to be successful in that industry.

The restaurant business can be a great way to make some quick cash while you’re looking for a more permanent position and it also makes a great second job for entry level workers doing the 9 to 5 thing.  Good luck and don’t be afraid to sling that hash.

June 30, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Job Seekers Seek Jobs


Job Search Radio Episode 10

JSR Episode 10

The guests on Small Plate Radio Network’s Job Search Radio Episode 10 are job search experts of a different type.  They’re looking for jobs.  Listen to their top tips for job searchers including constant networking, letting friends know they’re looking and their frustrations with job search boards.

June 24, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , | Leave a comment

A Creative Disaster

images-3Brooks Gilley, Managing Director of 52 Limited, talks about the impact the recession has had on the Creative Industry on Episode 9 of Job Search Radio on the Small Plate Radio Network. Brooks says the recession has been disastrous for folks working in Portland, Oregon’s tight knit creative community.  A lack of diversification in the Portland economy has made creative gigs hard to find.

52 Limited has an interesting business model.  It’s both a staffing resource for clients looking for talent in the creative space, but it also has created a freelance talent network that is unmatched anywhere in the U.S.  52 Limited’s “virtual teams” are custom crafted around a specific project initiative.  One team might tackle a rebranding effort, another team might work on an internal communications project.

These virtual teams put creative talent to work on challenging assignments while 52 Limited’s placement experts help them find a permanent gig.

Brooks says frustration is the job seeker’s biggest enemy and he often counsels weary creatives to take a vacation and clear their head.  “Getting to the happy” is the way to clear the path for great creative work to come through.  

Brooks also points out that good people are hard to find and says companies seeking great talent need to take the long view and treat their creatives like true partners.  That will help them attract the best talent in what will undoubtedly once again become a competitive hiring marketplace.

Brooks urges job seekers not give up hope.  The creative industry is changing and people who have the right skills will succeed in the new economy.

June 10, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment