Step Out of The Batter’s Box and Take a Swing

by Jason Nemoy

I connect with a lot of professionals in transition, and many often ask if they should potentially change careers and try something new. My response, “Why not?!” Your knowledge, skills and abilities might line up nicely for a role you may have never considered. If you can step outside of your zone and take a swing somewhere else, go for it. Be creative.

An Air-Tight Resume, Transparency, and Preparing Your Story

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, you might be continuously tweaking your resume to ensure it’s updated and ready for use. Please ask yourself… is it accurate? Quick story: A colleague of mine recently shared her resume and requested feedback. I already knew her work history and immediately noticed she left out an employer of 5-6 months. I asked about it and I’ll be honest… I didn’t care for her reasoning. After some back-and-forth dialogue, she made the corrections to both her resume and LinkedIn profile. And she prepared her story regarding movement in employment. Potential employers are great investigators. I always err on the side of transparency. Be truthful, don’t hide anything. Please be sincere and up-front about your story.

Multiple Offers Are Rare… Please, Be Collaborative and Decisive

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, the ultimate prize for our journey might include an offer. But what if you receive multiple offers? Yes, 1+. It’s rare, but it happens… and I’ve actually (unfortunately) seen candidates screw it all up and lose them all. Quick story: A colleague of mine recently received 2 offers (within 48 hours) and tried to negotiate them against each other, only to drag things out by a couple of days and upset a lot of people. So my two cents… quickly collaborate with someone in your network to guide you through your decision. Sound guidance and direction is really key at this point. It’s not always about the money. Carefully evaluate, decide, be confident (and excited!) and move forward. Be creative.

Sundays and Establishing Momentum

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, when it comes to successfully executing your search “game plan” for the week, hit the ground running as hard as you can on Monday morning. This may be out of your comfort zone, but consider taking 15 minutes and organizing your thoughts/goals on Sunday evening. List out your calls, emails, meetings, job opportunities, etc., so that come Monday you’re ready to roll. You’ll have a strong-hold on your search efforts, and you’ll be able to set the tone for the week. It’s all about momentum. Be creative.

You’ve Built a Network…. Please Take Care of It!

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, you’ll inevitably build a network along the way. It might include professionals within your industry, employers you’ve interviewed with, friends and colleagues, someone you met at a coffee shop, etc. So…. are you keeping track of these relationships so that you can connect with them at a later date? Please keep in mind that eventually you will land, and it could be in your best interest to circle back with everyone that supported you along the way. Let them know where you landed. Maybe punt some thank you notes, or a few phone calls expressing some appreciation, and offer to pay-it-forward. Bottom line…. Take care of your network. You never know, we might be in transition again one day, and maintaining a relationship with your team could be key. One last thing… I remember a colleague of mine, in transition, once said…. “I’ve been canned so many times, they call me ‘Peaches’”! Light heartedness aside, he also told me that he worked hard, and smart, in developing and maintaining a long-term, strong relationship-network. It’s paid off. Hope this helps.