When I was underemployed for about four years, I applied for many jobs. Resumes were sent to just about every company in town. I got so many rejection letters that I joked that I would “paper the wall in my office with them.” It wasn’t a joke; more like cynicism; at least sarcasm.
Today I started going thru the letters as part of my paper reduction actions. Old memories surfaced.
Just before I shifted into a “pity party” I got a grip on my emotions.
I took a picture and threw the whole stack into the Tuesday pickup.
10 questions to ask the person who interviewed you.
- Can you tell me how you got to this position?
- What do you like most about what you do?
- What would you change if you could?
- What are similar types of jobs that exist where you work and in the industry in general?
- What are some of the biggest challenges facing your company and your industry today?
- Are there any professional or trade associations I should connect with?
- What do you read — in print and online — to keep up with developments in your field?
- How do you see your industry changing in the next 10 years?
- What’s a typical day like for you?
- Who can you think of that I should pester next?
After the interview, make sure to follow up. If you said you’d send an article, contact someone or do something, make sure to do what you said you would. If you want to continue the relationship, figure out how to stay in touch. If there was no chemistry, move on.
There are 100’s of job boards on the Internet.
Some of them are flavored to a specific area of employment. When I graduated college, I joined a health care job board at www.healthjobsusa.com
I have checked my account there many times and it was active for over six years. (If you click on it now you will get the dreaded “The Webpage Can’t Be Found 404 error”).
Be careful though, even on active sites. Many predatory job boards assume that you are not working and they will try to convince you that the problem is that you don’t have enough education. Some job boards are sponsored by schools that will try to convince you that you need more schooling before you will ever get a job. This may or may not be true in your case.
Once you do select a few job boards to join, you should visit each one at least once a week to exercise a little energy. Don’t trivialize the importance of the bookwork needed to keep your job search effort “like a job.”
The original job board was acquired by another company, but my account transferred over automatically for six years. Then the link died.
There is a spiral bound stack of handouts from job seek seminars and workshops that I have attended over the years. The oldest flyer is dated 1999. I am taking common expressions used, referring back to the source of information, if known. There may be a few items that do not have a reference to source. My apologies to the authors. Notify me, I’ll take it out.
This personal collection is accompanied by links to commercial enterprises that I came across while browsing the Internet. I am not recommending any of them, just suggesting them for information purposes.
If you have any “go to” documents that you think are great, send them to me if you want them in the collection. Please provide sourcing information. All documents will be authenticated before scanning. Successful submissions will be posted and credited to you on the blog at Softwarehank.com