My Medical Device Sales Career
Fearing an upcoming job loss for whatever reason or worse, you are unemployed now, requires a quick and efficient plan of attack to getting another job QUICKLY! This is not the time to sit back and decide to take time off between jobs, that one month off can quickly erode to 6 months or longer of unemployment. Sales managers want to hire smart, aggressive medical sales people who would not be content taking a month off between jobs.
I am often asked, "What would I do if I only had two weeks of employment left at my current medical sales job due to a layoff or firing?". In this terrible marketplace I know exactly what strategy I would use, what job boards and networking techniques I would put in place RIGHT AWAY. Yes, I mean right away! Working a full 9 hour sales day (or managing Sales People when you are a Sales Manager) every day of your last 2 weeks for the company that is letting you go may seem admirable, but in today's world it is plain silly.
I advise putting in the minimal time necessary to wrap up THEIR business and get to YOUR business immediately of finding a job. There are many personal things you need to do that I will write about in a future blog and provide a link HERE when completed.
Aggressive 10 Step Plan to Finding a Job:
I am NOT a believer of those articles that say you should make looking for a job a full time job. If you are unemployed and taking all day every day to look and interview for jobs, then you are not working efficiently at finding a job! Once you have the above system in place, you are maybe looking at a routine of not more than 1 to 2 hours per day of the hunt phase of your job search. Applying to countless jobs you are not qualified for is a waste of time and I get plenty of those resumes where I know someone told them they need to make looking for a job a full time job! They are working full time spinning their wheels!
If you implement a well targeted job search and apply only to the jobs you qualify for and a few of those dream transition jobs you wish you could land, you will begin to add in phone interview and face to face interview time for select positions. What to do with the extra time?
There are things you can do for expanding your career options that I will address in a future article HERE, but part of that extra time should be used to do the things you could not do when you were working full time in a stressful job. Yes, being unemployed is more stressful in many ways, but make sure to feed the soul, body and mind with some simple pleasures daily, pleasures that maybe you put away many years ago when your job took over your life! Now is the time to maybe pick up that tennis game, practice that golf swing, ride that bike, take the kids to the park, read some NON-business and management books for once (love novel anyone?) and maybe surprise your significant other with a homemade romantic meal. You have the time now, maybe not the money, but you will be amazed at how losing your job CAN change your life for the better.
Unemployment is usually just a temporary thing, and can be reduced to a shorter period of time by implementing the aggressive 10 step plan. Just remember when you land that new job, that you also keep some of the simple pleasures in your life that you cultivated and enjoyed during your time of unemployment.
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