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Speaking of Soft Skills (Favorite Friday)

February 22nd, 2019

I came upon this post this week, where I talk about a forbes article that quoted me with 2 of the “7 most universal soft skills.” I mentioned creativity and curiousity, of course. the other five were interesting.

What really got my attention, though, was what people put in the comments. There are some very smart and observant people talking about soft skills they think are critical.

Check it out her: Universal Job Skills.

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How To Prepare for a Layoff Before it Happens

January 18th, 2019

In 2009 I wrote this post: Prepare For A Layoff Before It Happens. I think this was another great post (I was such a good blogger in those early days of JibberJobber!). Here are my points:

  1. Get your resume in order.
  2. Start getting your network in order.
  3. Start NETWORKING. (with three networking tips to do right now)
  4. Understand your finances.

I was pleasantly surprised to see some of my friends share their ideas… five from Twitter and six from Facebook… and of course, excellent comments.

Hey, happy new year! I’m not here to put a damper on things but if you aren’t planning for a layoff this year, you might get caught in a very sad and serious situation! Better to plan now than to be surprised later! Read how to prepare for a layoff before it happens here.

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When Networking Doesn’t Work For You

January 4th, 2019

One of my favorite thought leaders in the career space was the late Mark Hovind, who unexpectedly passed away in 2012. Talking with Mark was almost intellectually overwhelming. I struggled just to keep up with his ideas. He has been missed in this space. First, because of the research and insight he did an provided in the career and job search space. Second, because he was a man of high integrity.

In 2008 I wrote a post about networking not working… and it’s definitely worth your time. I used some of Mark’s numbers on the effectiveness of networking, and then I had some ideas about what to do if  networking doesn’t seem to be working for you. My four main points are:

  • Most people do not have a real network.
  • Most people don’t know how to network.
  • Most people don’t follow up.
  • Most people think growing their network list is networking.

The comments are also very insightful.

Go spend a few minutes on that post, and get results out of your networking efforts!

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When Job Search Advice Doesn’t Work For You

December 28th, 2018

In March 2018 I wrote this post about a JibberJobber user who was having problems with their job search. She had a great question… my advice is in the bottom half of the blog post and can be summarized in these three points:

  1. Think critically about the advice you get, and figure out how and what to apply to your situation
  2. Don’t go it alone
  3. Do something else, which can help with networking and create opportunities for other income streams

Go read the original post.

I am reminded of a time I was in San Francisco at an outplacement company speaking to their candidates. During my presentation a guy yelled out from the back “I’ve already done all that stuff, and it doesn’t work!”

Go back to my three points above. Each of them are equally important, but your implementation might look different than someone else’s.

Good luck!

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Stop Hiding and Start Your Job Search

December 21st, 2018

I talk to a lot of job seekers. I talk to a lot of coaches. Over the years I’ve had coaches say “if I tell my clients about JibberJobber they might waste their time on it, like they do on Facebook and LinkedIn!” I help them understand that JibberJobber isn’t a social network, so you won’t get lost looking at cat memes.

But their point was made, loud and clear. Coaches are concerned that job seekers are wasting their time.

That is because they are.

It is easier to do Thing A than Thing B, even though Thing A is meaningless. Example:

It’s easier to clean or organize your email than it is to email someone on your “chicken list.”

It’s easier to do some honey-do tasks than it is to go to a networking meeting.

It’s easier to revise your resume again than it is to get or go to an informational interview.

The things on the left are low-return, the things on the right are high-return. The things on the left are more comfortable, and easier to do.

They are also what I call hiding.

Check out this post I wrote in 2012 called Stop hiding and actually start your job search.

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Your Spouse’s Role in Your Job Search

November 30th, 2018

In 2010 I was inspired to write this post:

The Spouse’s Role in Your Job Search

I wrote this about 4 years after I got laid off because I had, by that time, worked with many job seekers, and was realizing that my personal experience with my job search and my wife was par for the course for almost everyone I talked to. That is, it is a very lonely experience, and we just didn’t know how to communicate during my job search.

We got to a point where we would communicate good news with one another, but the problem was that there wasn’t “good news.” I was running into brick wall after brick wall, with no real success. With all of these failures, with the lack of good news, I found that we weren’t communicating at all.

Not good for a relationship.

I wrote this post with 13 points and I am hopeful that it helps you recalibrate with your spouse during this exceptionally difficult period. I want you to take any of my points, and any others that you come up with, and then sit down with your spouse and have a real, open conversation.

The job search is not a time for a relationship to pause. I encourage you to keep the communication open and real, and realize that your job search is temporary, and hopefully your relationship will weather this hardship (and others) just fine.

Best wishes to you and your significant other as you navigate this very difficult period… together!

 

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Recruiters (and others) Smell the Blood of Job Seekers

November 16th, 2018

I had a fascinating conversation with a an HR friend of mine back in 2006, the year I lost my job and started JibberJobber. In this conversation he said “HR can smell blood from a mile away.”

It was as if the world stopped turning because he called me out, and I had a huge epiphany. You can read the original post here: I Smell Blood!

A year later I wrote Are You Bleeding? because by that time I had talked to a ton of job seekers and a common theme was that they were all proactively bleeding. The things they were saying, the way they were saying them, was bloody. It should an immense amount of hurt and grief.

I’m not one to take that away from you, for sure. I went through my own period(s) where I had hurt and grief. But I had to learn that spewing this hurt and grief was keeping me out of networking opportunities, and keeping my friends and contacts from referring me into the right people.

You don’t recommend someone who has fresh wounds that are impacting their thinking into an important networking opportunity. It was like these people were bleeding, and not realizing they were stalling their job search.

It was a hard realization for me, but a super important one. I hoe these two posts help you.

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Sanity in a Job Loss

November 9th, 2018

I recently wrote the post Job Loss Grief Stages. While doing so I was looking for old posts I had written about this topic and found this post from 2012:

Dumb Little Man: How to Keep Your Sanity After Losing Your Job

Dumb Little Man, btw, is a blog with “tips for life.” Anyway, in this post the author (Lesley Knowles) shares six IMPORTANT points to keep your sanity while you are also going through the mourning/loss stages.

Depression in the job search is real. In fact, a post by me (a guy) on depression in the job search is my most popular post, with over 500 comments. My issue was that I was used to being very logical and linear, and depression was clouding my thinking. Check it out here: Depression Clouds Everything.

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“Jobs are temporary in the new economy” (Grow Your Own Beef)

November 2nd, 2018

This is part of the Favorite Friday serious that I started years ago. One of the benefits of having blogged regularly for almost 13 years is that I have a lot of great posts from over the years. My writing style has evolved, but the ideas and principles have not.

In this post, Grow your own beef, I talk about a “three part formula” for either getting a job or having career stability (in a world where it seems like no one has career stability). The three parts are:

  1. Have real subject matter expertise that the market currently cares about,
  2. Have the right credentials, if they matter.
  3. Have the right network, and nurture it.

Read my original post, where I flesh these ideas out, here.

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21 Surprising Ways To Waste Time In Your Job Search #FavoriteFriday

March 25th, 2016

Almost a year ago I wrote 21 Surprising Ways To Waste Time In Your Job Search.  As I look over the list, each point is as relevant today as it was then.

Don’t cheat your job search.  Don’t rationalize that you need to veg, chill, or recharge, when you are really just avoiding the hard work that needs to get done.

Check out the list (it’s a quick read), and then get on to the work that you really need to do today!

 

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