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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!

WSJ Reports That Job Seekers Want to Find Resources and Contacts, Not Troll Job Fairs

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Check out Joseph De Avila’s great article in today’s Wall Street Journal Career section titled “Ditching the Job Fair for  a Venting Opportunity”. It features our friends at Laidoff Moveon and LaidOffCamp.

The piece discusses events around the country that aren’t focused on recruiting but on meeting other laid-off people, trading job leads and exchanging resources. People helping people. Glad to know the word is still spreading, good karma is flowing and people are benefitting from others’ ingenuity!

http://bit.ly/EPQVn

Get Personal: Behind That LinkedIn Profile Is a Human Being, You Know

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Love Susan Bernstein’s post (click link above) based on the best career advice she ever got: “Stop looking for a job. Start looking to meet people.”

Sometimes when we’re networking, we tend to forget that these “contacts” we’re pursuing are real people with real interests, real backgrounds, real challenges and real lives. They’re not just names and email addresses in an Outlook file waiting to receive a boring form letter from you addressing your job search and the desire for them to review your resume and “feel free to contact [me] with any questions.” 

STOP RIGHT THERE!

Meet these folks face-to-face, talk to them on the phone, show them your personality and demonstrate your talents. See what YOU can do for THEM instead of what they can do for you. Dazzle ’em. You can refrain from the jazz hands, but they will never know how incredible you are until you build actual relationships with them.

I met so many new people during my job search, and I’m keeping in touch with almost all of them. Throughout conversations, coffees, lunches, etc., we’ve developed symbiotic friendships, and now, they know I place more value on them as people than as business cards. It’s time to get personal: You never know where these relationships will lead.