Articles Archive for December 2009
I ran into Salon Angelica written by Angelica Perez, a Latina, Ivy League educated psychologist with some valuable articles for women on their careers, mental health and other Career Jockey related topics.
She just published a great article called the “The Root of Workaholism.” It covers the topic at length helping people understand some root causes that lead to it and how to gain insight into it. Give this article a read and answer the 20 questions she poses to see where you stand. You too many be a workaholic.
I’ve commented …
I got a considerable amount of feedback on last week’s article, which exhorted job seekers to ask the following question every time they learn of someone who got hired: How can I adapt what they did to my situation?
The example I used was this: If a sales rep got hired after bringing sales leads to a job interview, what could you bring to an interview to convince employers to hire you?
One reader, Mitch in Minneapolis, took me to task, writing:
“Could you have picked a better example than sales? What could …
(Editor’s Note: Ken and I ran into each other recently and he told me this story. I asked if he would write it up and I’m really glad he did. Enjoy!)
Getting laid off is never an easy thing. I have been working since I was 15 years old, working is what I do. The last time I was out of work was the last construction down cycle in 1977 and that was for two weeks. I remember how hard that was then and it …
The lines Hugh Grant, as Prime Minister in the movie Love Actually, says when his sister (Emma Thompson) calls him while he’s working – “I can’t talk, I am a very important person, doing very important things”, to which she responds, “no you are not” as only a sister could, and proceed to briefly chat, reverberates with me.
During this job search phase, networking was instrumental. I reached out to very important people, and although they were doing very important things, like Hugh, they took the time to speak with me, …
If you’ve been struggling to find work this year, you’ve got company.
While the pace of job losses slowed last month, with payrolls declining by 11,000 positions in November 2009, the length of the average job search actually surged, to 28.5 weeks of average unemployment — the worst in more than 10 years.
So, times continue to be tough.
And times may stay tough, if you’re laboring under two of the most common and costly misconceptions that plague most job seekers.
What are they?
Misconception #1: “Sure, that got them hired, but I’m different. What …
I have moved to three major cities without a job already lined up. In each city, I had only a few friends or relatives to help me get settled. Being outgoing by nature and having a desire to connect with others, I started networking with the one or two contacts I had when I arrived. These people had been referred to me by former colleagues or friends.
In networking, I created a standard that anytime I sat down with a new contact; I had to get the names …
(This article continues where OERamz’s third article “You’re Fired! Part 3 – What’s All This Web 2 Point Oh My God?” left off.)
I recently read someone’s touching reflection of an influential person in his life – his Boy Scout leader. He shared how this man had played an important role in his life, how he had learned from this coach to be the man, father, employer and all around person he had become… a testament to those who have guided us and served as incredible role models. This chapter …
I just ran into “Get the Right Balance“, a blog post written at a simple blog site”Welcome to the Occupation” written by Paul Smith. Paul identifies himself as “an HR manager at a non-profit organization in the Northeast.” A simple guy promoting a simple way of life per this article.
Paul’s article chronicles a documentary he saw on Arthur Kane, the bass player for New York Dolls. Back in the ’70s, the New York Dolls were a thing, but by 2004 things were much different. The …
Mary Berman, from Farmington Hills, Michigan, had been looking for work since February 2009 before starting a “Guerrilla” job search, in late September.
Up to that point, 20 weeks of job hunting had produced zero job interviews.
Just 7 weeks later, she accepted a job on Thursday, November 12, as a marketing executive assistant.
How did she use Guerrilla job hunting tactics to find work 65% faster?
“I saw a job advertised online and applied by mail. I sent a box with a paper Starbucks coffee cup, my cover letter, and resume inside. On …
I admit it. I spent entirely too much time filling out online job applications, writing custom cover letters and sending in résumés to people I have never met and likely never will. We’ve all heard the saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” Well, I guess I must have been insane.
I’m going to step out on a limb here and say that if you’re posting your résumé on the big boards like CareerBuilder or even the specialty boards like …
(This article continues where OERamz’s second article “You’re Fired! Part 2- Making A Graceful Exit left off.)
Had to get over the shock and numbness that followed – was that Day 2 or Day 20? I lost all sense of time and reality, but had to pick myself up and start with a plan of attack. Given the difficult market, and the holidays, I accepted the fact it would take a month or two (if only).
The holidays came and went, fast forward to the New Year. Had to come …