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I’m a Piss-Poor Runner, But At Least the Stress is Gone

woman_jogging“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” — Elle Woods, “Legally Blonde”

I’ve been a ball of nerves lately. I can’t sleep. I don’t want to eat. The past few days I’ve found myself paralyzed, sitting at my desk with a queasy stomach, unable to force down my cinnamon raisin bagel and making do with my ever trusty Diet Coke. Yes, I know that makes nerves worse.

The truth is, uncertainty has taken over my life for the first time since I got my job. Granted, it’s mostly of a personal nature, and it will work its way out, but it just reminded me how tough uncertainty is when you’re finding a job.

You never know when the right contact will appear, when the right person will read your resume, when a job just for you might open. You just can never know. You can plan all you want, the pressure builds, you worry every night so much you can’t fall asleep no matter what boring SMC infomercial is on or sound machine is buzzing. You wake up every morning so full of anxiety you can’t move. 

All through my job search, running became my stress relief, my therapist, my comfort. Every time I tied my Asics, I grimaced and cursed. But, every time I returned, I was rejuvenated, sweaty, red-faced and smiling.

My stomach was fluttering all day AGAIN today, and it just occurred to me: Get off your ass and go run, Miss Pink Slip!

So tonight, I darted out around 8:30 p.m., an hour after eating a plateful of spaghetti and swaddling myself in a blanket on the couch to watch “How I Met Your Mother” re-runs. Even those episodes couldn’t rouse me from my depression. I had a nagging sense I needed to get out and move. I was gasping by mile one and doubled over from the pasta binge, but I kept going. I got home just as the sun set and took a long, hot bath. I feel like a new person.

I’m headed out of town tomorrow for a tough work week, and my tennis shoes are going with me. I know I’m going to need them.

What’s your sure-fire stress relief?

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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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

Let’s Unleash the Experts: The Most Unique Job Search Story EVER. It Involves Puppets. Curious? Read On…

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This might be one of the most unique job search tales I’ve ever heard. And it’s true. Couldn’t make it up if I tried (kind of wish I had). Here’s the story:

“When I was laid off from a high-paying Internet marketing position last September, I knew for my own sanity, I’d have to do something to stick out and also to establish my personal brand – especially because I was transitioning full-time into PR after 20 years as a journalist. I’m a true creative and felt it important to establish that to any potential employers. Also, even though I have consulted for major PR firms like Hill & Knowlton, Fleishman Hillard and Edelman, the lack of ‘agency experience’ was used against me. So I knew I had to stick out in some way. How did I do that? By using my daughter’s puppets and creating a YouTube series called PR Puppet Theatre where I offered PR advice to my puppet clients.

“I then pitched it to various places, including CNBC, which called it “must-see entertainment/education for every PR flack. I also used that when pitching agencies about my services, and my current boss hired me because of it, figuring rightly that if I can teach puppets about PR (and get press from CNBC), I should be able to help him. He was right on the money. In my second month on the job, I single-handedly tied a record for TV placements that had previously been set by three people.”

http://www.youtube.com/prpuppettheatre

Okay, people, the bar has officially been set.

Kudos to David Moye! That is way out and wacky. And I love it!

David Moye is with Alternative Strategies, a San Diego-based PR agency.
www.altstrategies.com

Let’s Unleash the Experts: Gary Spinell Found Job Search Success With Two Key Tips

Thanks for this real-life perspective, Gary. Great ideas for any job search bag of tricks!

  1. Research and fully experience the company’s brand and product – Once, before Gary interviewed with a company, he ordered its product online. Why? This allowed him to examine if their Web site was easy to navigate, eye-catching, and then, if their delivery was speedy. This provided him all sorts of informed fodder for his interview conversation. He mentioned these details to the interviewer who was greatly impressed that he had thoroughly examined all aspects of their business
  2. Never ask someone if they know of a job opening – Whenever networking, Gary never asked anyone if they knew of a job opening. Is this surprising to you? Well, it worked for him. He asked if they could give him two names of people he could talk to. Also, he asked if they knew people not necessarily at the company he was interested in. He asked if they knew people at search firms, audit firms, banks (his background is finance), as well as chamber of commerce and volunteer organizations.

According to Gary, “All of these efforts worked for me.” Try one for yourself!

Gary Spinell
www.youallalong.com

Let’s Unleash the Experts: Pay It Forward With Your Job Search

I’ve been trying to tell you how important it is to be “nice”. It works. I promise. Read the following story from a guy we’ll call “The Big Turkey”:

“Back in the dark ages, I actually was nice to an IBM Systems Engineer (SE); that SE a decade later hired me.

“Systems Engineers are techies added to the sales team to answer the hard questions. They’re  expected to have all the facts at fingertips (i.e., the database can hold 6 grazillion and 2 records). SEs were generally regarded as second class citizens. When at a big meeting, one of my subordinates asked a question; the SE was stumbling answering it. His sales leader was getting upset with him, and I jumped in and ‘walked’ him with some setup questions to get to the answer by ‘baby steps’. As an IBM systems programmer, I knew the answers, but wanted him to get credit with his sales team leader. After the meeting, he figured out what I did and made a special point to stop by a few weeks later and say thanks. He confessed he was nervous about screwing up. We laughed.

“I thought no more about it until I went to an interview for a job and he was to be my boss. Payback time. He never forgot that. I tell that story a lot. The tip is [to] help everyone; you will never know when it comes back around. In that case, I think I was singularly lucky. But, it did teach me the value of ‘first seek to help, then be helped’. That should be the first commandment of job search. Today, everyone wants help, but few help.” 

That’s simple enough, and it’s good advice you should always follow!

Check out the “turkey farm” http://tinyurl.com/lxu93 where “The Big Turkey” pays it forward. You’ll also find out why he calls himself “The Big Turkey”. I know you were wondering!

Pink Pick: jobLANTA.com

Just discovered this great local site via Twitter:logo2

 jobLANTA.com, one-stop Atlanta job searching created by two born and bred Atlantans

From jobLANTA:

JobLANTA has one goal, find all of the available jobs in Atlanta and organize them in one easy to use website. We don’t just list jobs posted on our free job board we list jobs and links to every job website that serve the metro area. We also provide resume and interview tips to job seekers to help improve their chances of getting employed. We are always looking for new ways to better serve employers and potential employees. Owned and operated by two brothers who were raised and reside in Atlanta Georgia JobLANTA has a local home grown hands on approach that is unmatched in the Atlanta job market.”

Check it out and support your home boys!