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Mike’s 59 Day Career Search Advice

Mike's 59 Day Career Search Advice

A good friend and a handful of new networking contacts suggested that I write this post, possibly to help others. It feels a little awkward, but multiple people have asked, and encouraged me to spread the word, and I agreed, so here I am. It’s late, but as my dear ol’ Mom used to say, “Better late than never.” I’ve shared some of this in another post and in several messages I sent to networking groups, so I hope it helps someone. Unless I get questions, this is the last you’ll hear about it.

By way of background, my first experience with downsizing (or more specifically, being downsized myself) was in March of 2007, when my position was eliminated as a result of the subprime mortgage industry crash. At that time, an entire division at my company was closed, impacting a lot of people. Because of the size of the closure, the Federal WARN act was invoked and we received a notice of 60 days. After an intense search, I started my new job on day 59, moving my family from Ohio to Texas in the process. Read more

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6 Reasons Why Every Job Seeker Should Take a Sales Training Course, and 3 Reasons Why They Won’t

6 Reasons Why Every Job Seeker Should Take a Sales Training Course,  and 3 Reasons Why They Won't
Just to make sure I don’t bury the lead on this article, if you are currently unemployed and struggling with the job search process, Frontline Learning is offering over 40 free e-learning courses including a comprehensive consultative sales training course with over 20 hours of online content. See the bottom of the article for more details.

 The three lowest points in my life coincided with being unemployed and looking for a new job. More than 20 years later there is one particular job interview that still disturbs me.  I remember knowing two things as the interview was winding up.  First,  I was pretty sure that I could do the job effectively.  Second,  I knew without a doubt I was not getting the job because the interview had gone so poorly.  Nothing I said seemed to be the “right” answer and every time I tried to clarify myself or re-explain,  it just got worse. Like the most horrible first date you can imagine where she doesn’t laugh at any of your jokes but you really,  really like her and so you try harder.  And she sees  your desperation. 

But instead of doing the decent human thing and least pretending to be mildly amused,  she gulps her wine and rolls her eyes and then giggles sarcastically when the waiter stops by to ask if we are enjoying our evening. Not that this has ever happened to me personally, but I’ve heard it can be a humiliating experience. Bottom line: being really great at your job doesn’t mean you are really great at finding a new job. Read more

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