Re: Job searching in this time of attrition....

Subject: Re: Job searching in this time of attrition....
From: Craig Cardimon <craig -dot- cardimon -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2011 12:25:55 -0400

Excellent thread. Fantastic advice.

On Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM, Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>wrote:

> Hey Bobby,
>
> Two bits of advice. First regarding networking, you're taking some
> good steps in the right direction but don't forget about in-person
> networking. Look up your local STC chapter and attend some meetings.
> If you're not a member, you don't have to join to attend but you may
> have to pay a "cover charge". Also look into local chamber of commerce
> gatherings and other local business meetings. Search LinkedIn for
> groups local to your area and see if they're having face to face
> meetings (whether formal or general meet-ups at coffee houses or
> pubs). It's great to be networked and socially engaged online, but
> face-to-face is what really counts. So find the groups, go to the
> meetings, enjoy a hot cup o' joe with folks or throw back a few pints
> over anecdotes. It goes a long way, and will help you with regard to
> the other bit of advice I have...
>
> Work on correcting the funk you're in. If not for the job hunt, then
> for yourself. I've been in your shoes many times, and believe me, it
> never gets easier with time (well, the initial shock goes away - I'm
> numb to announcements of layoffs now - but the underlying resentment
> and general "crappy" feeling grows, at least for me). You need to
> occupy your time and your mind with things you enjoy, and get out and
> socialize with good people. You'll be better for it, and so will every
> aspect of your job hunt.
>
> Bill
>
> On Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 3:06 PM, Robert Courtney <bobsc1 -at- earthlink -dot- net>
> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I am in search of a new position in technical writing. I have had some
> bad
> > luck of late also. I have had 3 telephone interviews which I consider a
> good
> > thing. My skills and background in writing is good. It tells me my resume
> is
> > working. The only thing is I haven't had a bite as yet for an offer.
> >
> > I know my turn of bad luck has tainted my personality and I may not be
> > presenting myself well over the phone. And it has been a while since I
> have
> > done phone interviews or for that matter interviewing at all.
> >
> > I have started a campaign of scouring indeed.com, linkdin, and other
> > resources. I have gone so far as to look at about.com for any material
> to
> > improve my presence as a job seeker. I got some great interview question
> > from the site that job interviewers might ask and answered them. I have
> used
> > them to get myself ready for more phone interviews.
> >
> > Networking is one thing that I am working on right now. Linkdin is one
> good
> > source. I am signed up for twitter and facebook. In each I have done a
> > little posting of my searching for a position and hope that someone will
> > view them and forward me something.
> >
> > Where is all this heading? I could use some help with any networking
> sites
> > or clubs I may have not heard. Any suggestions for further search
> options.
> >
> > As I said before, right now my personal bad luck has tainted my
> personality
> > and possibly how I am presenting myself. I am trying to get a better look
> on
> > things and hopefully I am making some progress.
> >
> > I am in Southern California if that will help you in any way. Disneyland
> is
> > just a hop away.
> >
> > Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
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Job searching in this time of attrition....: From: Robert Courtney
Re: Job searching in this time of attrition....: From: Bill Swallow

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