Archive for May, 2009
Looking for a job right now is tough. But hang in there, hold on tight and keep the job search momentum going.
It’s amazing how much opportunity will come your way if you lay a solid foundation, nurture and continually build what you start. I talk to a lot of folks that start a search, stop to take a break and then start back up again. They then feel exacerbated by not producing any results, feeling like it should still flow together despite the gap in time. Continuity will rule in your career search.
Even after you land your next gig, the foundation that you are building today will empower you in the future. Who knows when you could decide to go on the market again, but if you keep the momentum up you will be a head of the game. Continue to build and nurture your professional network.
I know job searching is a tough road. I’ve been there myself. Applying, interviewing, following up… it gets old after awhile. It’s a FULL TIME JOB looking for a job. If you are “in it to win it”, don’t give up, stay focused on your target goal and you WILL succeed.
If you find yourself at a crossroads where you might be feeling discouraged or lost, find a good support system to pep you back up. If you can’t find one in your area, start one yourself. You’ll be surprised at how wonderful it is to share job leads and lend support to fellow job seekers. Plus there is always a new idea or take on what you might be able to do better to land you that job. Sometimes it pays to hire a career counselor or coach.
Companies ARE hiring. You CAN get a job. You ARE hirable.
Don’t self doubt yourself. Keep moving forward.
If you should find yourself down in the dumps, when you don’t know what to try next or are out of job leads, don’t go down the dark path of defeat.
Instead, FIND empowerment.
I know it sounds silly, but subscribe to one of those daily affirmation websites or blogs, watch some comic relief on TV or read a good motivational book. Whatever will put a smile on your face is good. Keep your chin up and stay positive, it will only help you out further in an interview.
When all else fails, call me (831-464-1041) or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can take a minute to brainstorm together on creative approaches for possible job search success. YOU CAN DO IT.
Stay positive, keep focused and good things WILL come.
Do you need a good pep talk? I’m always here for you.
Santa Cruz, California is a fabulous coastal town located about 30 miles from San Jose. It is also home to the World famous Beach Boardwalk. If you haven’t heard of this 102 year old amusement park, go rent the movies Lost Boys and Dirty Harry’s Sudden Impact. You are sure to book your Summer trip after those viewings.
This unique coastal town is also home to UCSC and for any old school techies you may remember SCO (Santa Cruz Operation. SCO’s technology was sold off but many of it’s tech community has stayed and attracted a new crop of tech entrepreneurs.
Last week I attended one of Santa Cruz’s finest Meetups: The New Santa Cruz Tech Meetup. If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend, here’s what you missed:
It was a PACKED audience at the AnnexSpace on Cooper Street in down town Santa Cruz and several of the presenters left us excited about some currently hot technology companies.
UserVoice was up first. Marcus Nelson, co-founder was absolutely engaging with this product pitch. UserVoice is a “on-line suggestion box”. It’s a great social media tool that allows companies to enhance and engage the “customer experience”, something that is extremely important in this economy. The techie audience I came to the mixer with were blown away with Marcus’s presentation style, mixing it up with humorous terms such as “freemium”. As a non-tech, I was absolutely sold on UserVoice. If you haven’t heard of UserVoice take a moment to take a peek and follow Marcus on Twitter @marcusnelson.
LinkedIn was up next. Sheena Gogna works in Business Development for LinkedIn. Sheena described LinkedIn for us as your own “Professional Identify On-line”. LinkedIn turned 6 years old! Sheena also shared that they hit 40 million members. Most of the features she shared were fairly basic, but she also talked about the “share widget” which is kind of cool. She said LinkedIn is currently working to build out more applications soon. Her presentation style was very informative.
Spare Change should give all economic naysayers a run for their “pennies”. Mark Rose gave an entertaining, to say the least, presentation of his company. Mark told the story of the Spare Change inception so well, you just have to hear it from him direct because he’s full of personality. I wasn’t expecting to laugh so much at the tech event, but I did. Mark Spare Change is a “micropayments” company. They are the brains behind payment for all those silly little games people play on Facebook, Myspace and Bebo. Mark gave a hilarious product pitch that made me want to go home and learn code so I could jump on the silly games and stuff band wagon. Spare Change is processing $2.5 million a month in micropayments a $30 million annual run-rate. He described it as “counter recessionary”.
Finishing off the night were three of the UCSC Business Plan Contest finalists with their pitches. Brilliant student minds with some wonderful innovation. If I were a college recruiter looking for fresh out of college ideas, I would have hit the candidate jackpot with this group!
The organizers gave us an opportunity to network was after the presentations. I loved the room FULL of talent and the organizers had a great spread of pizza and drinks. My favorite part of the evening was meeting new technologists.
Next month the New Santa Cruz Meetup is will have a Green Tech agenda at the newly redesigned Dream Inn conference room.
How about we go the next face to face networking event together?
Minding your Ps and Qs will get you further along in the job search
While preparing breakfast this morning for the kids, I overhead a song on the Nick Junior channel. It was this catchy little get-stuck-in-your-head kind of song, but the words are what really caught my interest. If I could sing a tune, I’d do some audio for you, but I won’t torment you with my bad singing voice.
It went something like this:
“Magic words go together… words like Excuse Me, Thank You, Please…. La la la….. Everything tends to go your way if you use magic words in this way….la la la…”
I do not encounter good manners nearly enough from active job seekers. Think about the magic words listed above and how often you use them.
By Definition: Mind your Ps and Qs is an English expression meaning “mind your manners”, “mind your language”, “be on your best behaviour” or similar.
We just get so busy in our own daily grind and/or are laser focused on getting that job offer that we don’t stop enough to be polite, to say “thank you”. We get moving, full speed ahead, going so fast and we don’t want stop for fear we will lose momentum. In the process of moving this fast, we may end up running over an opportunity that might be right in front of us. If this is YOU, stop for a moment and think.
At Starbucks this morning I said “thank you” to the gal that rung me up.
When the bartista shouted out my name, I said “thank you” for the Vente Latte.
This was a ‘polite’ way to communicate, but it goes miles in ways I may not know.
Imagine one of those Starbucks employees became my next hiring manager, or knows them. The polite first impression could have a positive impact.
A potential business associate or target company employee could be having coffee at that same moment at Starbucks and is observing my actions. How will my positive behavior affect their first impressions of me in the future?
It just makes good sense to treat people well and be polite. Practice makes perfect.
You will have bad days when you are frustrated with your job hunt or hate your current job. Maybe you didn’t get the job offer you were expecting and you are disappointed and upset. But keep your emotions in check and take the time to “thank” everyone who offered you job search assistance or interviewed you.
ALWAYS remember to “thank” the recruiter and/or admin who coordinated the interviews. They could help you in the future with other opportunities. DO NOT forget to be polite to the receptionist who greeted you. The front desk person has a hand in the game too. If you are rude and discurteous, they will share.
Make sure at EVERY opportunity to make a professional impression is a good one.
Please, excuse me from continuing this blog post any further but I thank you for taking time out in your busy day to read it.
How polite have you been in your job or career search? Are you remembering to thank those who gave you assistance?