Category Archives: The Hunt

Think You’ve Exhausted Your Job Search? Get a New Perspective

My UPiC (Unemployed Partner-in-Crime) Shelley continues her search for work with her head held high and her goals in check. But after feeling like she’s exhausted every contact, every lead, every meet up and every friend- of-a-friend, she is working to freshen her job hunt with new strategies.

What’s her secret?

Get a new perspective!

Although a meeting planner by trade, Shelley met last night with a PR professional – someone completely outside her field – who was able to read her resume with a fresh eye, provide some new contacts and look into industries she may never have considered. She emerged feeling rejuvenated and is now ready to start today on a new path.

Fresh perspectives are critical. I have an old boss who insisted on interviewing people outside our industry because of their different experiences, likes and dislikes, hobbies, etc. So don’t just limit your contacts to people in your field. Seek people outside your job parameters who have different backgrounds and outlooks. 

For example, don’t turn down a meeting with someone in engineering if you’re in accounting. You never know what might transpire: There may be an opening in the accounting department in their firm, they may know someone in your field from their church, a client may have a position available, his dad could be hiring, you never know.

A different, fresh perspective can be your key to success.

Let me know if this works for you!

Let’s Unleash the Experts: LA Fashion and Image Consultant Shares 3 Tips for Improving Your Interview Appearance

You’ve heard it all before:mirror

  • “It’s what’s on the inside that counts.”
  • “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”
  • “Beauty is only skin deep.”

We’re told all the time that our smarts and personalities lead to success. And that’s certainly right! But, you’ve got to consider the whole package. When you’re searching for a new job, first impressions count and it’s often shallow nuances that can stick with the interviewer.

Burbank-based image and fashion consultant Lori Ann Robinson got in touch with me recently, and her perspective is that “your image is your personal visual message, and just as a corporate visual message is critical to the confidence and success of the organization, your personal image is a message that is critical to your personal confidence and success.”

Lori graciously offered three of her top tips for maximizing your image while interviewing:

  • Review, rethink and update your hair and make up to stay current. Remember, the higher you are on the food-chain of success, the more your image matters
  • Remember the importance of your face, since most of the time the interviewer will be focused on it. Be aware of everything from your make-up to your teeth. I suggest a trip to the “close up” mirror just to be sure all is ship shape
  • Look in three-way mirror to do a check. Remember the interviewer will see you coming and going. Yes, that stain on the back of your pants from the Mexican restaurant will be seen, and you cannot back out of the office now can you?

I think #3 is one of the most obvious, but most important things to remember. Your pants may look just fine in the front, but what about the rear view? Did you clip those extra threads in the back slit of your skirt? Is your jacket straining in the back? Is the leather on the back of your heels scuffed from cracks in the sidewalk? Sounds silly, but details count. If you look sloppy, they’ll think you probably perform sloppily.

I hope these helpful hints help you polish your look. But, don’t get so focused on your improved image that you forget your interview questions!

Check out more information from Lori:
http://www.larconsultants.com
http://www.larconsultantsimageandfashionblog.com

Easiest Way to Jump Start Your Job Search. Period.

Alarm_clock_at_7_AM_croppedI just posted this little bit of advice on Twitter (find me @mspinkslip_blog), but thought I’d share it with all of you.

While meeting someone for breakfast this morning on the Westside of Atlanta, I realized having an early morning appointment to get up for really is the key to jump starting the day. This especially applies for those seeking work and those who are taking time to explore other avenues to earn a living.

When I was searching for jobs, I found that my most productive days were when I had someone to meet, say, at Starbucks for coffee at 8:30 a.m. or breakfast at Highland Bakery at 8:00 a.m. I had a plan; I had a commitment to be somewhere. There was no lying around in bed until 10 a.m. watching Hoda and Kathie Lee while I mentally reviewed all the thicoffeengs I had to do and people I needed to contact. Too much time and too easy to procrastinate.

Getting up and engaging in early morning conversation is a terrific way to jog your brain, raise those endorphins and give you that little push you need to get out there and make things happen.

So, if you need a quick, easy way to get going, schedule your meetings in the mornings and get started early!

Pink Pinks: Layoff Support Network and FiredNetwork

Both Layoff Support Network and FiredNetwork are free networking sites. Layoff Support is much like Facebook in that you set up a profile, and it features 13 sections teeming with content, both useful and fun. It’s “one-stop shopping”.

FiredNetwork is geared to “change seekers” and “change facilitators”. It connects:

Change Seekers               ->           To       ->         Change Facilitators
Job Seekers                                                                Employers and Job Angels
Entrepreneurs and Company Buyers                              Investors and Company Sellers
Job Seekers                                                                Entrepreneurs so they can partner

Check these great sitesfiredout and support your brothers and sisters in unemployment!
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Sanford’s Sappy e-Sentiments – When Will We Ever Learn Not Everything Is Meant for E-mail?

art_sanford_head_down_giGovernor Sanford is just another example of why we need to be more cautious than ever about what we put in writing. Did we not learn anything from Congressional staffer Elizabeth Becton? Charlie Sheen? John Edwards and his cronies? I could go on with examples, but I think you get the picture. I’ve always been told, “Don’t put anything in writing you wouldn’t want your Mama to read or printed in the New York Times.” Go figure.

Now, courtesy of the Internet, we’re able to enjoy Gov. Sanford’s romantic musings and poetic “beatitudes” toward the lovely, lustful woman known only as “Maria”. God, how embarrassing! Nora Roberts, he ain’t.

The Governor sure as hell doesn’t have a future in politics now, but I wonder if some publishers might be courting him to pen a scintillating romance novel: Argentinian Affair? Gubernatorial Lust? Bumpin’ Uglies in Buenos Aires? This could be a whole new career path for this Southern gentleman.

Seriously, people. Before you send one more resume, clean up your online act before something salacious comes back to bite you in the ass. I’ve posted several stories about online reputation recently. Here they are in case you’re interested:

https://misspinkslip.wordpress.com/2009/06/18/guest-blogger-miss-pr-princess-takes-on-this-new-dont-call-me-liz-debacle-in-d-c/

https://misspinkslip.wordpress.com/2009/05/18/dont-give-a-damn-bout-your-online-reputation-your-next-employer-sure-does/

More on Sanford’s E-mails…
http://tinyurl.com/n6d57g

Photo: Getty Images

What If Jon and Kate Had Read Suzy Welch’s New Book 10-10-10?

kate-jon-gosselin-gThe “Jon and Kate Plus 8” chaos makes me want to hide under my bed with enough rations for a year. It permeates every news medium and entertainment blog, and the drama just continues to fester like a sore without Neosporin®.

Does success really come with this big a price? It can, and all of this fallout could possibly have been avoided if Jon and Kate Gosselin had simply been connected with Suzy Welch, former Harvard Business Review editor and wife of business icon Jack Welch.

Suzy’s new book, 10-10-10 (Scribner) is genius. When I first read about its premise, it was eye-opening. About as eye-opening for me as the iconic phrase, “he’s just not that into you” (I still thank Ron Livingston/Jack Berger daily for that bit of wisdom). And that’s saying something!

There’s a whole back story, but in essence, when faced with a tough decision, Welch considers the possible consequences within the next 10 minutes, in 10 months, and in 10 years. This process helps put everything in perspective and walks you through an informed, well-plotted decision-making process.  Glamour called 10-10-10 “The Best Decision-Making Tool Ever”.

So, let’s take a look at Jon and Kate Gosselin. If they’d employed 10-10-10, they might have found that:

  • If we take this offer from TLC, what could we get out of it in the next 10 minutes? A fat check that will pay for those truckloads of diapers I just charged on our Visa. Whew! Talk about saving us from bankruptcy!
  • What about 10 months from now? Oh, it could be fun for our family memory book to have all these episodes to look back on. A book deal? Wow–that money can add to the kids’ college funds. They’ll be little. They probably won’t remember anything about the filming.
  • 10 years from now? Will our kids be overexposed and screwed up after years of being on TV and in the public eye? All these cameras around and media obligations might be stressful. Do you think our marriage can handle it? Will we become prisoner to the paycheck?

suzySee what I mean? They could have been using 10-10-10 through the show’s production, too, and realized that maybe they should stop filming it for the sake of twins Cara and Mady, and sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Joel and Leah.

A simple tutorial by Suzy could have saved these parents and their kids from seeing themselves on every US Weekly and People cover, “Entertainment Tonight” segment and gossip/TV blog posting.

I feel so sorry for those children, and if this whole thing had been thought out with a better eye toward the future, it could have shaken out much differently.

What does this mean for you? As you vet job offers and work opportunities, think about what that offer might mean to you and your family in 10 minutes, 10 months and in 10 years. Depending on your priorities, it can save you a lot of trouble.

I just bought 10-10-10, and am ready to dig in! Let me know if you’ve read it.

Photo: US Weekly

Three Tips for Dreaming Big: Kelly Ripa Proves You NEVER Know Where Your Current Job Will Lead

Kelly Ripa is pretty much today’s Queen-of-the-Universe. She trades barbs and laughs with “Rege”DPUSAGroupPromo as part of a coveted regular spot on “Live! with Regis and Kelly“, she’s married to hot Latino hunk Mark Consuelos, has three kids and looks not a day over 25. But she wasn’t always the hottest mom in Manhattan. Even Kelly Ripa had to start somewhere. Enter: “Dance Party U.S.A.”

This cheese-fest aired daily after-school on the USA Network. It was a blue-collar “American Bandstand” set in Philly. It looked like it had taken a dip in the Jersey Shore ocean, and hair spray was NOT a rare commodity on this program, nor were Z. Cavaricci pants, E-Sleep wear and the entire Spring lines from 5-7-9 and Merry-Go-Round. Teen icons abounded, such as Princess, Romeo, Eddie, Marizol as well as a young Kelly Ripa. That girl worked it. Biggest hair I’ve ever seen.

Just goes to show that you don’t know where you – and your hair – may end up or where your current job could land you. After reviewing her career and recalling her days on “Dance Party”, I’ve drawn three conclusions from Kelly:

  1. Give it all you got, no matter where you are.Even if it’s shaking your booty with a bunch of Bon Jovi-look-a-likes on a Jersey beach
  2. Keep your eye on the ball. Kelly didn’t stop at “Dance Party”. She knew she was made for more. She used her “party platform” as leverage for a role on “All My Children”, which ultimately led to her current gig on “Live!”
  3. Be yourself. Kelly ultimately landed a plum job on “Live!” for being cute…and authentic. In fact, it was while guest-hosting that she blew everyone away with her fresh-faced, down-t0-Earth sass. See? You never know when people are looking at you for a step up, so keep it real. This is something every successful person should remember

If you need a look back at “Dance Party U.S.A.” (and don’t we all?), visit http://www.yourdancepartyusa.com and listen to a little Stevie B. or Expose as background, if needed.

Perez Gets Punched. Is This a Case of What Comes Around Goes Around?

It’s about time.

I’m sickly addicted to checking Perez Hilton, and I know many of y’all are, too. But, I abhor his attacks and rants against people, no matter how much they may deserve it. I find him cruel, and I’ve been wondering when karma would kick him in the ass.

Well, it looks like the Black Eyed Peas’ manager Polo Molina has done just that. I’m not going to regurgitate the whole storys-MUCHMUSIC-VIDEO-AWARDS-large, but there’s a lesson to be learned.

Perez has flaunted his success (gained by dubious “means”, and I do mean “means”) gratuitously, and I think this is just the first instance of what could be a series of what comes around goes arounds. People are sick of his crap.

In hard times, people are desperate to make a buck and land that job of jobs, but remember who you are and where you came from. When you succeed by stepping on other people en route to the top, people will eventually see you for what you are, and you’ll come tumbling down.

So keep your wits about you during this recession or your job search. It’s not worth it to be ruthless in your pursuit.

Speidi–are you paying attention?

Photo: AP

Free Haircuts in Athens, Ga. on July 12! Arbor Salon and Spa to Host a “Job Fair for Your Hair”

arbor_bannerWill you be near Athens, Ga. on Sunday, July 12? Head over to the Arbor Salon and Spa for a unique event! Thanks to reader Janet Prince Kilpatrick for the following scoop!

“Recognizing umemployment rates in Georgia are reaching historic levels, The Arbor Salon and Spa is announcing a ‘Job Fair for your Hair’ Sunday, July12th, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Stylists from the Arbor Salon and Spa, 1155 Mitchell Bridge Rd., Athens, Ga. will be offering free haircuts to anyone currently unemployed and actively seeking employment.

“Suggesting ‘be smart and look the part’, stylists will be providing cuts allowing you the confidence to put your best face forward. If interested, please contact the salon at 706- 543-2418, or contact them on the web at http://www.arborsalonandspa.com. No appointments will be taken but stylists will be looking forward to working with guests on a first come, first serve basis. Working in conjunction with Harry Bissetts Bayou Grill, light food and refreshments will be provided.”

I always say a good haircut is your best accessory.

5 Things Job Seekers Can Learn from Heidi and Spencer

2007_12_05_SpeidiNo. I’m not kidding.

They are arguably reality TV’s most annoying, opportunistic, egregious stars. Every time I see them together, I want to throw up and run for the hills (har har har…cough. I’ll be here all week!). But, there are some key things you as job seekers can learn from them. I know you’re saying, “WTF?”, but I’m serious!

In no particular order:

  1. Don’t burn bridges. Whether you’ve been laid off or are leaving a new job that ends up not being what you’d hoped, have respect for people around you and those that hired you (or let you go). You never know who those people know or where they’ll end up. They might just be the ones to help you get back on your feet. They can be your cheerleaders. They could hire you again down the road when things get better or they end up at a more desirable company. Speidi really screwed the pooch when they lashed out at their “I’m a Celebrity. Get Me Out of Here” co-stars/competitors. Those Frangela gals are not hesitating to talk some trash about those two.
  2. Don’t whore yourself out. Have some respect for yourself. You may be desperate for a pay check, but think about what you’re doing in order to earn that much-needed cash. Heidi, rolling around on the Malibu shores in a cheesy bikini for a video (cough…that your husband’s filming with a hand-held camera…cough) to help launch your “music career” should be downright embarrassing. Also, Playboy? I thought you were a good Christian girl. Stick to your values.
  3. Be genuine and up front. When you’re interviewing or even just talking about your career transition, be direct and be honest. You don’t have to incriminate yourself if you got fired, but don’t provide shady answers or skirt the issues, either. People will have a lot more respect for you if you tell the story straight, don’t throw other people under the bus and put your most genuine face forward. Heidi and Spencer’s segment on yesterday’s “Today” show (and the fallout) is a perfect example of what NOT to do. Now, they just look like even bigger idiots. Who has the credibility here? Al Roker or Speidi? Roker or Speidi? Do I even have to give you the answer?
  4. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.Let’s face it. Lauren Conrad made Heidi and Spencer Pratt. Without “The Hills”, no one would give two mounds of dog doo about them. They’d be another cheesy, over-bleached LA couple in search of a dream. If someone helped you be successful anywhere in your career, find kind words to say and don’t be ever disparaging.
  5. Remember you have a legacy. Anyone can bounce back from a questionable past or actions, but if you never atone for being an idiot, people will remember and treat you accordingly. Your actions have consequences. Always. Imagine being Spencer going for a job interview when his “celebrity” fades. Who in the world would want to hire him? No amount of saving by Stephen Baldwin will help.