My Medical Device Sales Career
I just spoke to another "seasoned" high level job candidate who decided to take a month off and relax after they lost their job. This candidate told me, "It happened right before the holiday and I figured there weren't many jobs probably open anyway, so I decided to just enjoy the holiday's and look afterwards." Unfortunately that holiday was Thanksgiving of last year! Look at the date of this Blog! She is very aware that each holiday since Thanksgiving is becoming yet another anniversary marker of unemployment.
She told me in desperation, "I am hitting it hard Linda! I am working at it every day."
I felt terrible for her, so I asked her, "OK, tell me what you have been doing the past 6 months after your 2 months of unemployment vacation?" She did muster up a laugh and began to explain.
She walked me through a job search process that was a 2005 job hunt approach (that is the stone age in terms of today's job hunt tools). On top of it her resume was horrible, a terrible self-made resume. If you don't know how to write your own resume, then hire it done by the RIGHT Professional Resume Writer from YOUR industry.
Regardless of your age or station in life, if you become unemployed you need to MOVE and get going immediately and start searching for a job in a strategically smart way!
Hitting it hard going in the wrong direction means you are just pounding yourself into the ground deeper. So let's look at a sure fire way, 8 ways to be exact, that are strategically smart.
8 Ways to Fire up a Job Hunt
One other thing I would like to add. There a number of those over 45 years of age who have been let go recently and yes, it could take you longer to get plugged in, especially if you were a highly paid executive. Here is an idea for you experienced and tenured people and it is simple; open up a simple Sole Proprietorship and create a temporary company where you can do some consulting while you are looking for the next job (see self branding). It bridges the gap in your resume and you may just meet your next employer via the contracting work you pick up. In addition, it gives you something extra to talk about in the job interview besides saying, "I have only been looking for a job the past 6 months!" I did this back in 2005 when I lost my job and it ended up being a better job than working for someone else! Do I have a job gap? Nope, I opened the company up 4 weeks before my last day of employ. I am not saying this will work for you, but it is amazing how things start jumping when you start moving and lighting some fires!
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