Archive for May 2009
CNBC’s On The Money Show is Helping Job Seekers.
Tune In for Advice on How You Can Improve Your Chances for Finding the Right Fit In A Challenging Economy.
I Did and They Listened!
Tuesday’s CNBC’s On the Money Job Watch segment presented a great opportunity for my questions to be answered personally by television host Carmen Wong Ulrich, as well as guest Jeff Taylor, founder of Monster.com and Eons.com. Each took the time to address my questions about preparing for the interview in person and proving one’s worth in this competitive job market.
Since being laid off, I’ve been making a point to attend networking events where in fact I met Jeff and heard him speak. I’ve been researching job boards online, conducting informational interviews, relying on some traditional tactics and using new types of social media tools to hopefully be recognized for the right opportunity. I’ve also been promoting my consulting services on a per project basis.
Jeff highlighted the importance to keep active all the time. He encouraged me and others not to get frustrated. Yet, I’ve noticed by surrounding myself with positive influences from friends to family, as well as getting involved in varied activities and educational opportunities, can help one during a stressful situation to be at ease. It’s also important to go through this exercise to learn more about oneself and interests.
I’ve been making a point to schedule my day that includes taking the time for my job search, researching and preparing for different meetings, sending thank you letters, but also attending classes, working out at the gym, and kicking back to be social with friends. I’ve been exploring new opportunities outside my familiar circle, as well as companies on the horizon that are hiring someone with my expertise.
Taking the time to refine my resume, putting together personalized cover letters, as well as figuring out how best to pitch myself as a professional has indeed been a learning experience. It’s about selling yourself and showcasing to others what you are capable in hopes one will take the time, commitment and investment in your skills to get the job done.
I’ve found it can’t hurt to ask others for some constructive advice. Companies may not always give it to you because it’s not always favorable. Yet, those that do should be appreciated for offering their opinions. It’s about taking the advice for what it’s worth, but also learning to make improvements every step of the way regardless of the outcome. At the same time it’s about finding out in fact if the potential employer would be the right fit for you.
Check out the video presentation of my call into the show and interview with Carmen and Jeff.
Although I’ve had experiences in the online space, I’m very much a person that enjoys meeting people face-to-face. Inquire today about my potential candidacy with your company and call me for an interview!