Carnival Anyone?

October 13th, 2006

I did my first blog carnival entry a few weeks ago and it was a blast. Basically the “host” has a question and you respond to it on a blog post by a certain date. Then the host links to all of these responses. Thom was the host and asked me if I was interested in doing the next one… and because I don’t have anything else to do *cough cough* I figured there is no time like the present! So here goes…

I’m hoping to get a good varied response from career experts (coaches, resume writers, HR, etc.), recruiters and just regular people that have been affected by a job search. The question below (in bold) really applies to EVERYONE since no one is safe from that proverbial pink slip.

So please write a post as it applies to you personally. I think it will be interesting to see how a recruiter responds vs. an executive that has recently lost his/her job… and I know that coaches/resume writers will have very interesting perspectives.

Here’s the topic/theme/question:

Yikes! You just lost your job! You’ve been so busy at *work* that you don’t feel your network is as strong as you would like it to be! What are you going to do with (and to) your network in the next 6 weeks as you begin an aggresive job search campaign? And, outside of your network, what job search tactics will you employ? Or your best networking tips related to job searches.

Edited Oct 17, after getting feedback for more clarification on “how” to participate:

Please post your entry to YOUR blog by 5am on November 6th, 2006. Then, send me the Permalink to that post, which I’ll put up on the 6th (hopefully in one big list, categorized).

If you don’t have a blog, and aren’t going to start one, you can send me the text and I’ll put that up in future posts (not until after Nov 6)


15 responses to “Carnival Anyone?”

  1. Jason says:

    Awesome – I’ve already heard back from a number of people but – get this – someone just wrote the entire response to this (I asked him/her (ha ha, I’m not giving it away!) to please hold it until the 5th/6th, when I list them all). I can say this though, I just read it and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! I can’t wait until the 6th and post all of the responses… !

  2. […] Anyone can jump into this carnival, just e-mail me your permalink by the 5th or 6th of November, as on the 6th I will post all links that I know about. I guarantee this will be a thought-provoking experience. All input that I’ve recieved thus far has some common themes but also there are great outside-the-box ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of! Share This PostThese icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

  3. […] That’s the question posted by Jason Alba as part of a “blog carnival.” He will eventually link to all the people who have posted on the topic. Here’s what I would do: […]

  4. […] Because of what I do (lots of networking, all day long and into the night) I meet some very unique, outstanding individuals. Only a few are here local – many are spread throughout the country (or have interest in working overseas). When I say unique, I mean they are way above average in their competencies, work experience, salary expectations etc. Maybe my experience is too limited but I think I’m talking about the creme of the crop. And, as someone wrote for the carnival (I’ll post the whole thing on the 6th), they may have spent all their time on their JOB and none (or little) on their CAREER. […]

  5. […] Now I’m participating in the blog carnival that Jason is hosting, so I won’t go into all the detail of the post that I am preparing for that event, but I do have a few ideas on how Jason or you can help someone (including yourself) get connected recruiters and utilize them. It has been a plan of mine, since posting comments on Jason’s blog on Love your Recruiter to do a series on how to best utilize the services of a recruiter. Now seems as good a time as any. This will be the first post in the series and it may be a bit short, but it will be a start at least. I think the series will tie in nicely with my Recruiters Bill of Rights. […]

  6. […] And stay tuned for the Nov 6th blog carnival – I promise you won’t be let down! Better yet, sign up to get daily e-mails of this blog sent right to you… see the little subscribe box at the very top right of your screen? Share This PostThese icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

  7. Ben Crane says:

    Hey, I didn’t write this with your carnival in mind, but a lot of things in it apply:

  8. Jason,

    My post is up and has rather lenghty title of So how do you think I got to be a recruiter?.

    Hope it has information that is helpful to some folks and is at least entertaining.

    -Carl Chapman
    Restaurant Recruiter | Restaurant Jobs | Restaurant Recruiters >> Blog

  9. Jason,

    Great idea for the blog carnival. Here’s my post:

    Carolynn Duncan

  10. […] 5) The recession of 2001 is when my partner decided to close down our company, UTA Business Systems, which was a major supplier of point of sale systems to the delivery industry. I had become partners with him because I needed an investor to take my company to the next level. I had started the company back in 1988 when I was working for a regional restaurant company while evaluating POS for our delivery stores, decided that there was nothing acceptable and that I could design something better. I worked for the restaurant company while at the same time I worked on the delivery software/hardware business (in my spare time;-)) It was devastating when the company closed, and a good friend of mine and I tried to buy the software for $2MM, but my ex-partner wouldn’t sell…. (asshole). So I ended up in the job search and finally becoming a recruiter. That part of the story is related in my post here which I wrote for Jason’s blog carnival. What most people don’t know is that I spent the next 9 months away from my family living in Atlanta by myself… and was just starting my second week of work when 9-11 happened. My family lived less than 10 miles from the Pentagon and I had worked in an office less than 2 miles from there. I had many friends who worked there as well as having been at the academy at the same time as the pilot of the plane that hit the Pentagon. It was a lonely time. […]

  11. […] This week I am participating in the Jibber Jobber Blog Carnival. Career experts, recruiters, and job seekers are sharing their insights into the following scenario. You just lost your job and you haven’t stayed in touch with your network. What can you do in the next six weeks to help mobilize/grow your network and what job search tactics will you use to get your search on track. Here are my thoughts… […]

  12. […] Should I get an account now, and really beef up my networking? Well, I personally think the jury is still out – I don’t think it is for everyone. There is a super-useful way to use LinkedIn (I’ll blog on that in a later post, after Monday’s carnival), there are annoyances, there is the ettiquite issue, and of course there is the question of whether the connections you make will really be quality connections. etc. My advice right now is yes, go get an account, especially if you don’t need it. More and more folks are signing up and its more likely that you get an invitation… its better to begin to build this virtual world now than when you really need it (and may look desperate). […]

  13. […] And… I wanted to save this information for later but I can’t hold it in anymore Seth responded to an invitation to my blog carnival and OF COURSE has great information to share. The carnival is coming up in a week and a half and I have lots of other awesome participants… too exciting. Its open for you, if you want to join the fun… otherwise expect some good reading on the 6th! […]