Things Learned From An Exhaustive Job Search

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Yesterday was July 1st. For me, the date marked something I never imagined: the start of my 16th month of unemployment. To go from north of 50 hours a week to zero is a HUGE adjustment. It’s nice (at first) to catch your breath, while finding small home projects to work, and plot your next move. No one, especially a multi-skilled workaholic, anticipates 60+ weeks of downtime. If you’re already job searching, or only considering a career change, let me share with you some observations.

You Will Be Regretfully Informed, A Lot
You will see this line, or something similar, in your email on a regular basis. Embrace it, my friend.

The bright side: once you’re employed, you won’t see it anymore. I am not aware of any other setting in which you will be “regretfully informed” of anything.

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You Will Be Shown The Way
When it becomes known you’re on the market for your next position, those around you suddenly become as smart as Dr. Phil. While the advice is well-intended, you can expect to be told if you’re not conducting the job search their way, you’re doing it wrong.

Hungry? Here Comes The Spam
Once you post your resume on job boards such CareerBuilder and Monster, the spam emails come rolling in. Some will come in the form of “earn $1,000 while working at home just a few hours a week” offers. Also, don’t be surprised if you’re automatically enrolled in email distribution lists of the job board’s “marketing partners” even after choosing not to be. I’ve contacted both job boards about this numerous times to no avail.

It’s All About The Network
Yes, this line sounds like an ad for a cell phone company, but it applies to the job search. Especially if you’re looking within your current industry, your contacts should be able to open doors not open to everyone. Look for new prospects to network with as well. It’s not smart to try to “go it alone” when your livelihood is on the line.

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Steal From Stuart Smalley

Prolonged unemployment can mess with your mind. It’s ok to keep reminding yourself of this quote from SNL character Stuart Smalley: “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me.”

These are just a few nuggets of wisdom I wanted to share. I’ll post more thoughts on this topic soon. Again, your feedback is welcome below!
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