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Welcome to Job-Stuff. I hope the information and musing here are helpful in your journey through the "Transition-Zone". Please also check out the "Zero To Network Blog", since Business Networking is a major weapon in your job seeking arsenal.
First and foremost, I have walked in your shoes. I had a senior level position at a Fortune 500 company and felt my career was invincible. In prior years, I merely wrote my resume, called a headhunter and posted my job on Monster. And the hiring executives came a callin!
When I was asked to step into the "transition" zone, I dreamt of double dipping on my severance package. Reality: Over a year later, with my severance a distant memory, I finally found a great job.
During my transition, I started a contract services company and also became an Executive Recruiter (aka HeadHunter). I learned a lot about myself during this chapter. And - oh the mistakes I made - which I will share with you here. I believe it is important to laugh at yourself, your mistakes and share them with others, so that you don't make the same ones (I am sure you will make your own, which is how we learn).
I hope you find Job-Stuff Blog helpful in your career transition.
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ZeroToNetwork, a Business Networking Blog
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Work with Passion, Purpose & Profit; Worthwhile Magazine
QuintCareers, Career Search Resources
Jim Stroud's Revenge of the Jobseeker
Women at Home Networking
BoldCareer, Take Control of your career
Business Opportunities Weblog
Jason's Recruiting Blog
George's Employment Law Blawg
Dr. Bamster - Career Doctor
Occupational Adventure - A Career should light your fire!
Get That Job
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Apprentice Views - TV Series
David Newman, Marketing
Lori Richardson's Sales Process Diva
Creating Customer Evangelists
Tom Peters (Brand Called You and much more)
Think eBiz, eBusiness Strategy News, Views and Ramblings
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Sunday, May 1
LinkedIn works, even if the job didn't
Dear Bloggers, what a strange trip this has been.
Indulge me for a moment as I catch you up on my own career. Recall (by reading the left side bar) that this blog is about learning to navigate the career waters. And what better way to share than through my own career.
I have been added as a case study, mentioned in a press release and interviewed by Business 2.0 discussing how I landed "my dream" job at Audible.com using LinkedIn and networking. Well, yes LinkedIn works as does business networking - both a powerful combination. But - well the position did not work out and I have left the company. The reasons are not material to this blog, but suffice to say it was ultimately a mis-matched position. BUT LinkedIn does work, and my experience does NOT reflect on this business networking platform.
I reflect back to the interview process and - with hindsight being 20-20 - can see a few minor red flags. The lesson for those going through the interview process is:
- Ask all the questions you have, including those relating to the culture and organization landscape
- Look around while walking through the office, look at the desks and the people
- Trust your gut; If there is something lingering in your mind, resolve it before you sign on.
And if it doesn't feel right after you sign-on, it is not a personal failure to make a break and move on. In conversations with other companies, since determining that this was not the best opportunity for me, I did not experienced any negative affect.
Posted at Sunday, May 01, 2005
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The JobStuff Bookshelf
Job Search Solutions, Tony Beshara
How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
your Well Before You're Thirsty, Harvey Mackay
Power Networking, Donna Fisher
of Networking, Ivan R. Misner
Need to Be a Little Crazy : The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business,
Six Fundamentals of Success, Stuart Levine
Unlimited Futures : How to Understand the Life You Have and Create the Life You Want, Dr. Bobbie Stevens
Selling to VITO, Anthony Parinello
Branding, Nick Wreden (Brand Futurist)
Solution Selling, Create Buyers in Difficult Selling Markets", by Michael Bosworth
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