“Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.“ ~Steve Jobs in his 2005 Commencement Address to Stanford
It’s been three months since I lost my job and I feel lucky that I’ve actually had three interviews and a 4th by phone to a Major Market tomorrow! A total of 4 interviews wouldn’t have made me happy in the past but from what I’m hearing from friends and neighbors who are also unemployed they’re hearing mostly crickets! Is anyone actually HIRING anybody?
Networking and Social Media has been my best weapon to find a new gig. I continue to be driven because when you’re doing what you love – or trying to – there’s really no stopping you. Every interview I’ve had has landed me a promised second interview but the employers don’t seem to be making hiring new workers a priority. But I’m not letting them forget about me! I’ve sent the thank you letters, emails and I’m GOING to get those second interviews one way or another! TIME Magazine recently ran a story about the free ads being posted on Craigslist by people who are out of work – ads that aren’t hiding the desperation to find paying jobs in this horrible job market. I admire the attempt to find work but you can’t put a line in the water without any bait on it and expect to catch anything. An effort really has to be made to stand out and foster whatever connections you’ve been able to make.
Only 63% of men ages 21-54 had a job in July. And one or more people in almost HALF of American households have lost a job in the last 3 years. It wasn’t too long ago the headlines were screaming that this Recession was a “Man-cession.” Then I read that single mothers were actually suffering the most. So what does gender have to do with getting the job? According to a new study from NC State University, men are 12% more likely to benefit from “informal recruiting.” “Previously, researchers have argued that women face lower-wage payoffs than men with similar work experience because the women have fewer opportunities to develop job skills, But this study suggests that a lack of useful social connections may also be driving the gender wage gap.” This seems to me to be further evidence that networking is your best bet to land a job especially right now.
No one wants to spin their wheels and send out resume after resume without getting a response but I‘m seeing that happening a lot. It used to be that you sent a resume off for a job you were qualified for and you’d get a call for an interview. Getting the employer to call you is a big challenge these days. Once you land the interview you don’t want to blow it! Do you know how you should answer the question, “Tell me about yourself” or “What’s your greatest weakness?“ I’ve prepped for tomorrow’s phone interview and I’m hoping to land a dream job and I know I have to sell myself! There are few buyers out there and they’re being very picky! Here are more tips I’ve found to help you during the interview process:
Best of luck to you and until next time….keep the faith!
For a little inspiration, Steve Jobs’ Commencement Address to Stanford Class of 2005:
Here are some companies hiring THIS month!