You know the aphorism: paraphrased as–’Things are
not found unless someone turns over that rock.’
We are planning a workshop next weekend.
At the SF ACS meeting, we met some area residents
and invited them to come and bring their friends. Then,
a couple of colleagues who have moved on recently
wondered if their friends could contact me. Just sent
them an invitation to the same meeting. (It may be a
stretch, since it is a 4 hour ride. I know people traveled
from OH, WV and MD to last year’s program in PA.)
With the economy the way it is, job seekers are
advised to start earlier and reach out further, distance
-wise and field-wise.
As presenter at the event, one of my main
responsibilities is to establish key take-home
messages. So this entry shares some thoughts
about what may be stressed.
1. We are much more organized and dependent
on the Internet and cloud computing.
- do a vanity google search. Know what is
in cyber-space associated with your name/
identity. Clean things up.
Have a professional web presence–
web page, linkable documents, LinkedIn.com
profile that outlines your accomplishments and
- Construct a resume file that supports your
“elevator speech” that you have practiced and
are ready to give
Resume file consists of a targeted resume
for each position for which you apply and
cover letter, list of references, list of papers,
presentations and patents, and public relations
documents that are elements of your experience-
like research summary, management philosophy,
teaching philosophy, project list, patent summary
and other types of personal perspectives.
2. Work with your references to have them
be able to help you. Have their recent address
information and importantly share your interests
and documents giving them up-to-date ideas
of what you seek. Ask for their help.
Bring your reference file to interviews.
3. Find avenues and activities of personal
interaction to meet and work with people.
Move away from exclusively searching on
the Internet. People hire people. The
Internet can help but hiring is much more
than the Internet.
4. Finally, focus and follow-up. Too
broad a search dilutes your efforts. Equally,
strong professional follow-up is a