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.

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.

by Jason Nemoy

For anyone I meet in transition, I ask the same 2 questions: “Who are you, and what do you really want to do?” I’m looking for a professional brand, an identity, a focus. You’ll find several opportunities throughout your journey to briefly share what some people call an “elevator pitch”. 15 seconds or less. (Networking events, Association meetings, Roundtables, the grocery store, anywhere.) Be prepared. And it might not hurt to add it to your resume and LinkedIn profile. Develop your brand. Be creative!

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, you’ll find yourself landing interviews. And landing interviews requires preparation. When should candidates walk through the front doors of their potential new employer? In my professional experience, I’ve had candidates show-up a minute before the scheduled interview, and some 30 minutes (which I absolutely do not recommend.) My two cents….. 8-10 minutes is maybe ideal? It provides the interviewers just the right amount of time to close up what they are working on and put themselves in the right frame of mind. It also gives candidates an opportunity to get a fit-n-feel for the company (first impression), and a moment to simply breath and mentally prepare. Please be punctual, but don’t overdo it. Enjoy the experience. Be creative.

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, the “resume first impression” is key. Last week a colleague of mine requested that I take a glance at his, wait for it….. 6-page resume. Yes, 6 pages. My immediate impression was that it had great content, but it really felt like 10 pounds of potatoes were stuffed into a 5-pound bag. It felt, and looked, way overdone. Although it’s ok to have a lengthier cv, it’s probably not necessary to include everything. (Comments welcome on this of course.) You’ll have the opportunity to balance out your employment history and accomplishments via LinkedIn, with your network, and in-person during interviews. Please keep that balance in mind, have several of your closest colleagues glance at your resume, pull a few potatoes out if necessary, and always keep that thought of first impression at the top of your resume agenda.