by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, you will land interviews. And, you might be inclined to ask the hiring manager/interviewer if working remotely is an option. Please… tread with caution! My suggestion is you don’t want this question to be at the top of your list… during the first meeting. Might it be off-putting to the interviewer? It’s possible. (Maybe it’s part of the “benefits conversation” later in the process.) Please seek to understand the organization’s operational culture, and if that’s even a possibility. And if it is… thank you for proving yourself first by building awesome relationships and establishing enough initial face-time to ensure working remotely is in everyone’s best interest. Be creative.

 

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, you WILL land interviews (phone and in-person). And we will all experience the waiting period after that initial interview. It might be a call back from the recruiter saying “not a fit”, or the message might be “Your next interview is in a week.” (ugh) It might even be an offer that takes what-feels-like forever to receive. The key here is to keep moving forward, and keep at it. Try not to dwell. What else are you doing to move the proverbial chains downfield? It might be tough, but compartmentalize and continue the focus, effort and energy to address your search. Especially during the waiting period. Be creative.

 

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, prepare/condition yourself for the rejection that awaits you. It’s tough, and you’ll see it in many forms: You’ll apply for a job, with no reply… You’ll interview for an opportunity, and they say “no”… You’ll interview for a company, and they go dark (no reply after)… You might make it as a finalist, and they choose the other candidate. I’ve been there before, and quite frankly, it sucks. So it’s really important to be open, and figure out ways to dust yourself off and quickly move on and compartmentalize when the rejection hits. Talk it out with a colleague, focus your energy and efforts on other opportunities, maybe a little retail therapy might help. Be creative.

 

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, be strategic in where you’re conducting your search efforts. Plan it out. Your kitchen counter at home might be a good spot… but sometimes the distractions kick-in. (laundry, television, etc.) Maybe mix it up with a favorite coffee shop or market place. At the end of day, don’t let the real world pass you by. Be as engaged as possible. It might help the psyche, and you never know, you might run into someone who generates a job lead. Be creative.

 

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, going through a RIF, a lay-off, or simply being in a professional relationship that doesn’t work out can be really tough. Especially the long-term relationships, like 10+ years. (Although the short-term ones can really sting too.) Coming out of a long-term relationship, I’ve had colleagues say “Where do I start? I’ve been out of the game for so long!” The simple answer to that question is I don’t have one. But, I understand how you feel: a little scared, anxious, maybe a little excited for the new opportunities ahead, or for many of us… deer in headlights. The key is you’re not alone, and please DON’T conduct your search on your own. Dig deep and collaborate with every type of professional in your network, join an Association, get involved in your community somehow, and surround yourself with good people who bring the right value to your journey. Take a positive stand to the break-up, and your professional “reset”. Be creative.