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Job Hunt Basics: Lesson 1

18 March 2010 Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz No Comment

Job Loss Sucks! P.S. You’ll Do Just Fine

If you’re reading this, you’re likely an the job hunt. You and your family are worried. You’re dealing with difficult emotions – fear, anger and anxiety. It’s like your life’s on hold.

I know job struggles and job hunts. “Been there done that” as the saying goes. Hellen Keller gave us a quote that describes it perfectly:
When one door of happiness closes, another one opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which is opened for us.
That described it perfectly for me. I know what it’s like staring at the closed door. In 2004, I went through a job change. You can read the details about that one at the Career Jockey About Us Page page.
In 2007, I went back to the job hunt again. This time (and this is only my opinion) a close friend unfairly fired me. I felt back stabbed.  Now I faced job loss on top of anger and the mourning of a good friend. It had huge implications for my wife and three daughters. My oldest daughter worked at the same place and she got the boot as well. On top of that, my youngest daughter and my former boss’ son were in the same class in school. Enough said.
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The saga continued this past year (2008-2009) when my wife’s employer put her on a forced leave and eventually laid her off. Now she was the job hunter and I as the spouse of a job hunter – a very interesting role reversal. She has since found herself a job and is working to grow her career in a new industry.
Now as far as job hunting goes, I’ve been to hell and back and lived to tell the story. I don’t wish it on anybody (even my former boss). But I will tell you something. Right now, I’m doing OK. My wife and I and all three daughters are fine. We are so much stronger and wiser for having gone through these job loss struggles. We even got a bonus. My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary recently and we’re happily signing up for another 25. (Right, honey?)

So what’s this e-course going to cover? How is it going to help you?

I’ve developed this five day course to get you the job hunt basics. It also gives you a sampling of the kinds of resources Career Jockey publishes to get you back to work and fast.

These aren’t necessarily basic. These are what I provide job hunters attending the Back on Track Network (BOT) nonprofit career support groups I help run. (Visit the Back on Track Network Web Site to learn more about the work we do.)

I call it “basic” not because they are simple or obvious, but because they are essential. There may be other things you need to know, but these are basics you can’t do without. And from my experience, they aren’t common knowledge. Most job hunters haven’t looked for work in a while so I’ve written this to get you kick started.

The information I’ll be sharing here works. I’ve organized it in one place from what I learned:

  • During my job hunts
  • Listening to a lot of job hunt experts (i.e., career coaches, resume writers, recruiters, etc.) who present at our BOT support meetings
  • Serving as a speaker myself covering topics such as networking, use of social media and spiritual topics pertinent to job hunters and their spouses
  • Working one-on-one with job hunters and helping them through their job hunts
  • Via International Coaching Federation (ICF) career coach training (I actually got me some training)

Again, I can’t stress how important it is to learn the job hunt basics and prepare yourself emotionally and spiritually for what lies ahead of you. I’ve been through it and will tell you it’s no walk in the park. I will tell you, you’ll get through it. Many of us have with flying colors and even come out a stronger for having gone through it.

Hope this helps.

Next lesson – “The Worse Ways to Find Work.  The Best Ways to Find Work.”

Jorge Lazaro Diaz

Jorge Lazaro Diaz is the "Original" Career Jockey who started this blog and now serves as the Managing Editor. You'll find he enjoys focusing on professional and personal development articles and frequently covers motivational and spiritual topics.

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