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07/09/08
Mid-career. Consultant - Member interaction
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Networking, Mentoring, Recruiters, Mature professionals, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 9:12 am

This is a fascinating continuation of an
interaction with
DW.

MEETING SITE
We met at a mutually convenient (or
inconvenient )
location at a
university library where we would not be
disturbed and could use the resources
available there.


The university is between sessions and
thus access is
easily available.  More
importantly, it
forced DW out of his
routine
, and into the exploring mode so that
he had several appointments to do after
meeting with
me.

FOLLOW-UPS
In our last conversation, he indicated he
had several
things to do.  One related to
the extension of
unemployment benefits. 
It benefits all who are out
of normal work. 
He learned that he is eligible for
13 more
weeks
, if needed.  Many others will be
as well.  Check with your local
unemployment
contact.

DW met with a colleague we both knew
well.  This
started a series of conversations
paths, some bore
fruit, others didn’t. 
(Notice the nature of the note–
our
informal agenda, specific topics covered, and

points of value to him, me and everyone else!)

BW, our friend, shared a strong
willingness to help
for he had been out of
work 9 months and knew
how troubling
this feels.  He
shared his story and
that he used personal contacts
(networking) to
develop the situation
that led to his position with
which he is
pleased.


By doing these things we were lowering
any tension
that may have existed before
getting together.  Next,
we talked about
what did DW really want?  He
just wanted
to get together based on our
previous
conversations and offer.  It is hard for

many to put into words, so we just explored
several avenues– his approach to interviews,
his mannerisms, his style.  (His resume was
strong.
  Sure, a couple of minor suggestions
were offered
to simplify wording and line up
references that can
work for an experienced
person.  The point being
that his resume
was getting interview results.  Focus

on interviewing for improvements.)

In all of these he revealed a tensenss
that gets
in the way of his confidence and
ability to get down
to business and get things
done.  We explored
relaxation strategies
He talked about a self-
awareness activity
that he learned that works for
him. 
This is one of the things he will do now

before an interview.  He revealed that he
uses
his notebook a little too much,
especially early
in a conversation.  Rather
than underscoring his
attention-to-detail
style, it might reveal to some
a lack of
confidence and focus of attention away

from the interviewer.  The suggestion
was to
look more closely at people’s
nonverbal signals
.  Seek clarification, but
more importantly, “listen between

the lines.”

He was encouraged to identify his strengths
that
were what the job description provided
and
communicate evidence with stories
that he had them.


Before the conversation was over,
several
other contact names and
LinkedIn were offered
to broaden the
search.


THANK YOU NOTE
Before the day was out, DW sent off a pleasant
and professional thank you note.  It felt
sincere and appreciative.

2 Responses to “Mid-career. Consultant - Member interaction”

  1. site admin Says:
    We would be remiss if we do not specifically
    share why a mentor assumes the role of a mentor.

    While all the items mentioned in the Nucleus
    article about being “significant” one other is
    too easily overlooked. A good friend and
    mentor of mine, Herb Silverman, pointed out
    to me that we want to be “friends.”
  2. site admin Says:


    Connected to this story is my dealing with
    Unemployment Insurance.

    Long Story [short version] My claim was in MA
    beginning July 2007. It expired July 2008, when
    I could reapply, since I am unemployed.

    The last position I had was in CT. I was directed
    my MA unemployment to contact CT
    unemployment for benefits.

    This was done and the process of registration
    was begun.

    Don’t give up on your benefits.

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