I love this post I did back in August of 2008: Job Search Tips: What I Should Have Done In The First 30 Days. Here it is:
I didn’t know that the job search would kick my butt, and my ego would dwindle as the days/weeks went by.
Even though I had not ever been in a job search, I thought I knew what I was doing. My strategy looked like this:
I was ready to conquer the world. Or at least get a great job that I’d love, hopefully as much as I loved my last job. Well, my job search sucked, and I spent wasted 60 hours each week for months – mostly applying to jobs online. Want to know where that got me? Further unemployed.
I have some friends who recently got laid off, and thought “what would I suggest to you? What do you do in the first 30 days in a job search?” This is such a critical time. So here’s what I would suggest:
I’m sure I’m missing stuff, and this is much more “JOB SEARCH” oriented than “CAREER MANAGEMENT” oriented. What would you add or suggest?
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Hi, Jason. I love this article. It’s basic but very succinct. And definitely provides good direction. Love the plug for a professionally written resume.
Your blog “What I Should Have Done In The First 30 Days (Favorite Friday)”. Nailed it! Almost scary. Especially the section “Kiss your spouse and kids.” My wife appreciates me for my abnormal ability to “missile lock” on to something and disengage human functions till I hit my goal, but we went through the SAME thing. She would see me by the standing desk when she left, and I wouldn’t move for 10 hours when she returned. It was weighing on her because she almost doubted that I was actually doing anything. Her normal reaction would be “There goes Joe off on one of his damn fool idealistic Crusades” (modified Star Wars reference), but it changed when there was money involved. Your blog review helped me there a ton. it was hard for her figure out what I was looking to accomplish with this website or even why I was consumed by making myself more transparent. I being me, was unable to explain it to her. Your review showed her that others are doing this and I might still be weird but not crazy.
I literally have the mechanics of the job search down to a fine tuned art now, although my soft skills (networking) are lacking. I think a step by step book/something could be made to help newbies maximize the first month. I wasted mine too.
“Get prepared for a long search” – I’ve had a lot of friends ask me how I have been able to do this. Sweet quote from Robert Redford in “Spy Game”. “When did Noah build the Ark, Gladys?”… “Before the rain”. I’m so lucky to have built my ark. It was a miracle.
You do good things Jason and people need to read this. This is an awesome article.
Great article. The time right after getting let go can be tough and confusing – the “deer in the headlights”. Having a list of concrete, actionable items to work from is a great idea to help people both feel like they are doing something constructive, as well as laying the “groundwork” for what can be a long and difficult period. Being organized and setting reasonable expectations can help a lot. There’s a lot more to finding a job today then just checking Monster everyday!
Jason, this is a wonderful article. Thank you for re-post. This is definitely “pay it forward” advice.
Spot on! This is a must-read for job seekers who don’t want to waste time or take wrong turns in their search. Great advice, Jason. Thank you for writing this!
Your “kiss the spouse, and kids” point reminded me of a friend who went through a search years back, and he and his wife didn’t tell their daughters he’d lost his job – they wanted to spare them the trauma. Every day he got up and put on his suit and went out like normal. When he landed after 6 months or so, they then told the kids – who were very angry with them. The younger asked if they’d tell them the next time, and the older made a snide remark. What they thought was protecting their kids actually reduced the trust in their relationship!
@John – OUCH. Can you imagine if they would have heard through neighborhood friends? Especially if they heard something like he was fired, which is what one girl (about 10 or 11) told me in the hallway at church? I wasn’t fired, but I wondered what her parents were saying around dinnertime for this 10 year old girl to use that word.
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