Job Searching – The Opportunities


Getting off the ground is the hardest part – and there are resources that can help you do just that.

So, yes, job searching is stressful. Nobody likes to get laid off. And even if you can’t stand where you’re working, or you’re going after your dream that suddenly looks like it’s within reach, starting a job search actually takes a lot of energy – and focus.

I’ve read that when a rocket takes off, it uses up over 80% of its fuel, just getting out of the earth’s atmosphere. Once it’s in outer space, it doesn’t need as much fuel. And the same can be said of job searching.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can cut down on the stress. I should know, I’ve done it a bunch of times — while I was already happily employed… while I was unhappily employed… while I was under the impression I was going to be laid off… when one contract was winding down, and I needed to find the next one I’d take… and when I was relocating across the country (and back) and needed to line up work. Even when I was living overseas and wanted to stretch a semester into a longer stay — and had to find a job to pay my way.

I’ve been at this job search business for most of my life — and in terms of making a living and paying expenses, it’s been over 30 years. So, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to cut down on risk and crisis, and find the opportunities.

The number one thing that’s helped me along the way, has been independent input from people who were on my side. Advice from friends and family wasn’t always helpful because

A) They were too concerned for my well-being to have an objective view. They were more concerned with keeping me safe, than helping me get to the next level.

B) They didn’t have an insider’s view on the workplace or the job market.

More than anything, I’ve always needed an insider’s view. And guess who’s always had that — and been more than willing to share that with me?

If you guessed Recruiters, you’re right.

See, here’s the thing — recruiters are compensated by how well they do their job. They get paid when they place people. And if the people they place are “duds”, they get “dinged”. If a new hire doesn’t stay past a certain point (if they bail in the first three months), the recruiter/agency can lose part of all of their commission. They don’t want that. And talking a new hire into staying in a position that they realized isn’t for them is terribly time-consuming. One of my former recruiters had to do that with me — she barely convinced me to stick it out at a position I found over 20 years ago, when I was still in a career transition period. All the time she spent negotiating with me and convincing me to stay in the extremely challenging position I’d signed onto, was time she couldn’t spend placing other people, so I’m sure that was expensive for her.

Ultimately, it works in their favor, if they find a good fit, to begin with. So, they’re motivated to get you into the right job, from the get-go. And the less they have to do, to keep you in that spot, till they collect their entire commission, the better off they are.

Another opportunity comes from sites like Glassdoor, where employees rate their employers — past and present. I’ve used them to my advantage in the past, seeing what salaries were like for people in the position I was applying for, as well as screening out companies that were apparently more trouble than they were worth.

My research in the salary ranges really paid off, in that I was able to realistically set my expectations for a starting salary — and since I came across as being very clear and certain, I was actually able to get more than I originally went in thinking I could get. Just knowing what the average rate was, enabled me to set my initial ask higher than any ask I’d put out there in years… and I got it. Because I knew enough to ask realistically.

Equally important are the times I was able to disqualify potential employers that had attractive jobs posted on Indeed, by checking them out on Glassdoor. High turnover rates. Infighting. Poor management that changed its mind every couple of months. Cronyism and/or hiring junior management to save $$$. Plenty of reasons to not go anywhere near those companies… even if they were much closer to home, which meant a shorter commute and more work-life balance.

Some things just aren’t worth it.

For me, between the job boards, the employer insight websites, and recruiter connections and feedback, there’s plenty of opportunity out there to find the right fit, the right match… or avoid the wrong ones like the plague. There’s no guarantee you’re going to find that unicorn job, but no situation is ever perfect, in my experience. And even the ones that start out perfect, have a way of morphing into something different along the way.

But you have to make the best of it, find the opportunity where you can find it, and work with that.

Ultimately, that’s going to look better on your resume, than if you have a long progression of fantastic unicorn jobs, where nothing ever went wrong for you. Hiring managers don’t want to know how you’ve avoided adversity for your entire career — they want to know how you overcame it.

But if you can connect with resources and people who can steer you clear of the tar pits, to begin with, so much the better. After all, you want to your fuel getting into outer space, not battling ground conditions.

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Sharing: A job called Job Searching

The article is an insight to the professional emotions and skills a person exhibit during job search. Interestingly, the person does not get any regular compensation or regular motivation for doing so.

via A job called Job Search — nocaptionblog

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Shared: Post Grad Job Search: What if Passion Just Doesn’t Cut it?

The whole “find your passion and make it earn money for you” approach is, in my opinion, severely mis-guided… and also promoted by people who are sheltered in certain environments, and haven’t been on the real-world job scene for quite some time.

Personally, I’ve always found it best to find a good-paying line of work that allowed me to pursue my passion independently – without meddling from good-intentioned parties. There’s nothing like being able to follow your own dreams, while making a good living. You just need to find a balance.

The worst career advice I ever heard as a twenty-one year old near college graduate was to discover my passion and make it my job. Words that for so long inspired individuality and wisdom in my search for purpose start to feel a little empty when put into practice. When your family members have invested […]

via Post Grad Job Search: What if Passion Just Doesn’t Cut it? — MISS COLUMNIST

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Shared: What really happens during the background check stage of the interview process

It’s unlikely that an organization is going to initiate this step unless it’s pretty certain you’re the best person for the job.

via What really happens during the background check stage of the interview process — USA TODAY College

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Job Searching – Allowing for the Inevitable Crisis

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Don’t be like an ostrich with your head in the sand – you have to keep an eye on things

I wish it weren’t so, but we live in a world where precious little is guaranteed to us, anymore. Once upon a time, you could join a company and stay with it your entire career. No more.

Job changes are no doubt stressful, and they show up in a number of ways on the Holmes and Rahe stress scale.

Whether you’re let go from a position, or you experience a change in responsibilities… or you end up relocating or changing your living structure to adapt, work-related changes are nothing to take lightly.

Here’s the scale, which I’ve emphasized with job-related picks:

Life event Life change units
Death of a spouse 100
Divorce 73
Marital separation 65
Imprisonment 63
Death of a close family member 63
Personal injury or illness 53
Marriage 50
Dismissal from work 47
Marital reconciliation 45
Retirement 45
Change in health of family member 44
Pregnancy 40
Sexual difficulties 39
Gain a new family member 39
Business readjustment 39
Change in financial state 38
Death of a close friend 37
Change to different line of work 36
Change in frequency of arguments 35
Major mortgage 32
Foreclosure of mortgage or loan 30
Change in responsibilities at work 29
Child leaving home 29
Trouble with in-laws 29
Outstanding personal achievement 28
Spouse starts or stops work 26
Beginning or end school 26
Change in living conditions 25
Revision of personal habits 24
Trouble with boss 23
Change in working hours or conditions 20
Change in residence 20
Change in schools 20
Change in recreation 19
Change in church activities 19
Change in social activities 18
Minor mortgage or loan 17
Change in sleeping habits 16
Change in number of family reunions 15
Change in eating habits 15
Vacation 13
Major Holiday 12
Minor violation of law 11

Score of 300+: At risk of illness.
Score of 150-299: Risk of illness is moderate (reduced by 30% from the above risk).
Score <150: Only have a slight risk of illness.

Without getting into all the scoring, just at a quick glance, you can see how life changes related to work can impact you — and add up, to where you’re at risk of illness… and some say a shortened life.

Without being melodramatic, yes, I think we can all agree that changing jobs is nerve-wracking.

Especially when you’re not expecting it to happen.

I recall a time, about 15 years ago, when I got a call from a recruiter who was reaching out with job training opportunities. That was strange. I was well-established in my line of work, and I couldn’t see any reason to train for something different.

“I’m so sorry about your situation,” the recruiter said.

“What situation?” I asked.

“Oh, the RIF (reduction in force) that’s coming. I’m sorry you’re on the list.”

RIF?!” I exclaimed. “What list?!” My heart started to pound, and bullets of sweat started streaming down my torso.

The recruiter was silent.

“This is the first I’m hearing about it,” I said, trying to keep my cool. “Are you saying I’m going to get laid off?”

“Well…” she continued tentatively. “Actually…”

In the ensuing minutes of conversation, I learned some incredibly valuable lessons — how the RIF system works (at least in Massachusetts), as well as how much recruiters actually  new about the ebb and flow of the employment market. As it turns out, unbeknownst to me — and totally out of the blue, without any prior indication — I actually was on a preliminary reduction-in-force list. And the Department of Labor knew it. And they told recruiters, because there were training dollars available for people who were caught up in downsizing.

As it turns out, the list was purely preliminary and was apparently accidentally leaked. And my name wasn’t on the final list. So, I was spared. Which was good. (Being let go is never ever a good thing to have on your record.) And another good thing — it was a wake-up call I sorely needed. I was a little too comfortable in my position. I was a little too complacent in my work. I needed to revisit my resume — and sooner, rather than later.

And I needed to be ready, no matter what. Because about 15 years ago, just after 9-11, the economy took a major hit — and I never in all my years prior to that would have guessed that my career path would be impacted by a terrorist attack, of all things.

But it happens. You know it. I know it. We all know it. And yet, we’re woefully unprepared for the inevitable crisis or two when they suddenly emerge. We think we’re in a good place, we think our contributions are valued — and maybe they are. But on a larger meta-scale, things change. The economy shifts. Consumer sentiment tanks. Or our industry of choice is upstaged by something newer, shinier, more efficient, more attractive.

Just like me, sitting on the call with that recruiter, we can get blind-sided. And it’s no fun. It’s pretty terrible, actually. But it happens. And while we can’t control every single factor and variable in our career, there are some things we can do to improve our chances — and one of those things is connecting with the right recruiters.

Who can provide insider’s insights into what’s happening in the job market, and what your options are.

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5 Stages to a Job Search

A great read about very, very common conditions we all face when on the job search.

Storytime with John

To those who don’t know I am back in the UK:

Now this is as wonderful as you may expect; I’m seeing family and old friends, walking around familiar streets and experiencing our tropical climate – however it is also becoming increasingly frustrating. This is for one reason and one reason only: I’m on a hunt for a job, and a good one if you please.

So for your entertainment and my own catharsis I thought I would note down some of the stages to this job search so far – perhaps it may curse me forever, or perhaps (hopefully) the universe will decide to cut me break after this divine offering to the Blogosphere Gods.

Well we can always hope…anyway, here we go – in at number one:

1. Looking through the amazing opportunities:


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This is great at first as you can look through all of…

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Sharing from someone who shared – How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile for Job Search

via How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile for Job Search

via How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile for Job Search — Randy The Recruiter by Randy Schwartz, Executive Recruiter

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