Wow, I don’t remember seeing anything like what I’ve seen in the last 24 hours with regard to job search bloggers. Two of my favorite job hunt bloggers have created posts that look like the cliff notes versions of what to do when you lose your job – and the comments on each post are OUTSTANDING.
Lindsey Pollak starts with A collection of the best career advice for Lehman and Merrill employees (and anyone else worried your job on Wall Street), and includes job search advice from Wall Street Journal’s Todd Gutner, in his article Dealing with a Job Search When You Least Expect It. Great stuff, I especially like two stats he cites from Right Management:
- 42% of jobs are found through networking (there are all kinds of stats thrown around, this comes from a credible source)
- 2/3rd of Right’s candidates (the job seekers) find a job within 90 days. When I hit 90 days I was still floundering.
Lindsey also got advice from LaVern Chapman, an MBA career services expert (have a Plan B, C and D for your job hunt) and Deborah Brown-Volkman (get emotional support — see my most commented post: Depression Clouds Everything). In the excellent comments on this post you’ll see advice from Kristine Wirth, Anita Bruzzese (see below), Miriam Salpeter of Keppie Careers, Marcos Salazar, Diane K. Danielson, WillyF from OneDayOneJob.com, Maggie Mistal, Marci Alboher of Shifting Careers (a New York Times career blogger), and Jane Pollak.
Really excellent advice.
Anita Bruzzese, the famous career columnist, wrote How to Survive When Your Company’s Ship Sinks, and includes such as don’t start a business now, get overy your ego, and prepare to move. One comment that jumped out at me was from Erika at Qvisory, who says to think differently than the other 20,000+ people who are in your same situation. I’d recommend Dave Perry’s Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters book or blog, which can help you figure out how to think differently.
What would I advise? I already wrote my advice for your first 30 days. Written for a friend who just got laid off, I give you ten things you need to do in the first 30 days of your job search so your search doesn’t suck as bad as mine did. You can read my 10 job search ideas in Job Search Tips: What I Should Have Done In The First 30 Days. Lest you think it sounds like all the other advice, at least read the first part to see my original, lame strategy… and if yours matches that, then you know you need to change it 🙂
If you at risk of floundering, consider joining the ETP Network’s free career management call tonight (Host: Rod Colon Tel: 712.451.6100; access code: 171305#, 9:30 to 10:30 pm EST).
So maybe we aren’t in a national recession (yet). There are tens of thousands of people, and their families, who entered a personal recession this week. What are YOU doing to prepare for your personal recession?