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11/13/07
Mid-career. Stalled Job search
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Public Relations docs, Networking, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 8:43 am

Mid-career people who do not have the
benefit of an outside-the-home office
or an outplacement firm, can find their
job search stall for a variety of reasons.

Are you able to submit your resume to
ten companies or individuals a week?
-  this speaks to your networking and
personal outreach.
-  there is a tendancy as Perri Capell
notes to spend too much time on the
internet.  The internet seems appropriate
for “down times” when you don’t have
other appointments, when you are
preparing for interviews and when you
are researching firms, industries or
specific opportunities. 
-  Prepare a short statement that you
can tell people what you are looking
for and what you have and can do.

Is your resume getting you interviews?
-  Send it to individuals who are
decision makers or can refer you to one?
-  List pertinent and needed job skills
Perri Capell points out and not too
many that are not related to the position?
-  Point out recent upgrades to your
skill set?
 
Are you reviewing your skill set, looking
at the job market requirements, and
upgrading your skills or refreshing your
skills?  Sometimes mentors can help
you perform a gap analysis.
-  seek out unemployment agency centers
that offer on-line training programs
-  seek out specific training opportunities
in employment areas of interest and job
potential– biotech, health and safety,
environment, green chemistry, process
skills, etc.
-  seek out volunteer oppportunities that
can expose you to practicing either
technical skills or “interpersonal strengths

Are you helping other people in your network
when you find something possibly of interest
to them?

In the end, it is not “luck” that moves you
ahead but hard work, paying attention
to the details and persistence.

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