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LinkedIn and Microsoft: It’s done.

December 8th, 2016

Today is an historic day. Microsoft officially acquired LinkedIn (it’s done). Here’s LI’s announcement: LinkedIn and Microsoft: Next Play

Fear not. In their announcement they said “Our members still come first”.  Whew!

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Recruiter Plans for 2017

December 7th, 2016

Check out these plans by 20 different people in the recruiting space: 20 Recruiting Pros Share Their Plans for 2017

Interesting that more than one say they are going to do LESS with LinkedIn. And multiple people are going to do more networking, and have more face2face and phone time.

If you are serious about your job search, and your career, you need to know the hows and whys of what recruiters do and think.  Read it now

 

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31 Predictions for Job Search in 2017 (make that 32)

December 2nd, 2016

Hannah Morgan polled some of her friends to ask for predictions for the 2017 job search.  You can read them here: 31 Experts Share Predictions for Job Search in 2017

Here are my predictions:

The job search in 2017 is going to be… unpredictable.  We have not only a new president of the U.S., but we have a new kind of president. The economy seems to be doing great right now (super low unemployment in my state) but I wonder what will happen if the racial tensions continue to increase like they have over the last year+ (and especially in the last few months). I wonder what will happen with international relations (specifically, with the new administration, and the direction they go with other countries), and how that will impact jobs, careers, hiring, and the value of a dollar. I’m not talking about the exchange rate… I’m talking about how much can you buy with a dollar? I wonder what will happen with the $15 minimum wage, and how those fighting for it will be impacted (jobless) by companies that replace them with robots and automation.  I wonder what would happen if masses of federal employees suddenly lost their jobs as the new president eliminates (or significantly reduces) entire sections of administration/bureaucracy (EPA, Dept. of Education, etc.). Can you imagine hundreds of thousands of former government employees looking for a job?

For me, there is too much up in the air. I hope for the best, but I’m not going to hold my breath.  The vile and nauseating hate that we’ve seen on social media, and in some of our communities, is what can destroy America. That means destroying companies, jobs, lives, futures.  I want to see a people that is more focused on giving and serving and loving and helping than on spewing hate just to make a political point. I see this on my Facebook feed from all sides, and it’s disheartening.

What does this have to do with jobs?  Everything. Because this attitude, and these changes, are becoming the fabric of who we are. How much do we hate? How “tolerant” are we?  How much do we feel like we need to say?  I’ve seen and heard things that have caused me to think “never will I hire you… ever.”  The one comment from someone on Facebook lost them any chance they have of working at JibberJobber, or any company or project I manage in the future.  People are a lot more concerned about their political side (aka party) winning than they are at taking personal responsibility for the things they can really have an impact on. Too bad it’s easier to sit there and type vile and opinion, in the name of being politically active, than it is to actually do something to better yourself, or help someone else.

My prediction for jobs is that it will be business as usual in 2017. Some people will be really, really good at it and have very short job searches.  Others will work towards months and even years of unemployment, as they refuse to really learn how to network, really focus on their messaging (or, personal branding), as they refuse to figure out how to develop multiple streams of income.  Everyone will be up for a new job, as companies continue to focus on specific projects and then let people go, as opposed to offering decades of employment.

More people will continue to catch on to this concept of career management, but too many will whine and complain and get further and further behind.

Sounds bleak, but here’s the hope: YOU can control what YOU do.  Not what companies or other job seekers or ATS manufacturers do.  YOU control every minute of your day.  Focus on things that will help you have more control of your career, and create the lifestyle you want and need.  This can be impacted by outside forces (the new president) but it is not all up to him. It’s up to YOU. Once you internalize that, the future can look brighter than it ever has!

Here’s 31 predictions that are more optimistic than mine: <strong><a href=”http://careersherpa.net/31-experts-share-predictions-for-job-search-in-2017/”>31 Experts Share Predictions for Job Search in 2017</a></strong>

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The 24×7 Job Search

December 1st, 2016

I have a friend who has a regular, traditional job. It’s enjoyable and rewarding… but his day is quite different than mine.  As an employee, he goes to work at 7 or 8, and is done by 4:30 or 5:30.  He said he leaves work and doesn’t really think about it until the next day.

As an entrepreneur I get to work in the morning, leave in the evening, and think about it ALL THE TIME.

Just like a job seeker.

There is no holiday celebration without thinking about what you have to do next.

There is no evening hours where you get to just be home, doing hobbies, chilling, etc., without wondering if that recruiter will email you back tomorrow.

The stress level can be through the roof, for sure.

Having done this for almost eleven years, let me share some things I’ve learned:

Create time boundaries.  Start and end your “work” (aka, job search) at certain, predefined times each day.  You need to respect your sanity, and your family time.  And your family needs to respect your work time. Define it, carve it out, and work to the schedule.

Make sure you have specific tasks to do. Fill up your calendar with things to do. I hear from a lot of people that the hardest thing to do is completely be your own boss, which means you can define how you spend your hours.  For lots of people, that is asking too much. Sit down, plan out your day(s), and then stick to it.

Exercise. I know that taking time away from the job search feels like you are cheating on the job search, but you HAVE TO take care of yourself physically.  I didn’t do this during my job search and I spent years catching up to being healthy (still working on that).  Look, you have enough problems. Don’t create another one by letting your body get to a point where you can’t function normally.

Eat right. If anyone needs comforting, it’s a job seeker. I get that.  But don’t get it from comfort foods. I challenge you to take this time, during your job search, to eat healthier than you ever have.  You need to be at the top of your game, just like a top-performing athlete. So why not eat like an athlete would?

Do the right things, avoid the wrong things. Don’t do busy work just to feel productive. Think about what you are doing, and make sure you are doing things that are getting you closer to one more interview, to one more networking contact, to one more meeting.  Avoid things that really don’t have to be done (with the exception of neglecting things that can erupt and become a big problem later).

Respect family relationships, especially with your spouse. I neglected my relationship with my wife for months during my job search. I didn’t realize how this would impact our relationship. Would I should have done was gone to my wife for strength and comfort, instead of waiting to go to her when I was strong and whole again.

Ignore the haters. You’ll get lots of advice, and read lots of news about how great the economy is. I listened TOO MUCH to things that I shouldn’t have listened to. This job search isn’t over until you land the job you want.  Focus on THAT, not on things that are really only distracting you.

Enjoy this time. I know, it’s easy to say now that I’m not in a job search. But this really can be a choice time.  You get to do things you normally don’t do (like network with all kinds of people, and even help and serve others). You get to take more time for yourself than you did when you worked 60 hours a week.  Whether it’s working on your health or sharpening your say (taking some classes), take advantage of this “down time” and really enjoy the journey.

Boundaries and systems are important… what would you add?

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