by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, a cover letter might be part of the process. It’s certainly a “first impression” opportunity, and recruiters/hiring managers will spend literally seconds reviewing it. So my two cents… keep it brief… and don’t overdo it. Quickly make that connection between who you are, and how you might fit in culturally. Find out what’s important to the organization, and connect the dots. Is it their core values that resonate with you? What value proposition do you potentially bring to the table? Why do you like the organization? (Potentially employers love to hear that you use their products and/services, if applicable.) Keep it to maybe a few sentences, take one last review to ensure it flows, and hit send. Again, keep it simple. Be creative.

 

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, you might feel a sense that potential future employers tend to slow down their hiring during approaching holidays . (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.) Well, I’ve been approached by this topic recently, and all I can say is in many cases, companies ACCELERATE their hiring targets in Q4 to fulfill their annual headcount budgets, and to prepare for the following year. In fact, I’ve seen incumbents start new jobs on December 30th! So…. I would encourage anyone to do your best to remain positive and maintain (and even elevate) search-momentum. Bring the highest level of energy and effort as you cap the year. Finish strong. Be creative.

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, take all potential offers into consideration… that certainly includes the compensation package, but sometimes more importantly the experience. Was the interview process 3 interviews in one day, and an offer that evening? Do you know your potential future boss well enough to feel good about the long-term? It’s tough, especially when you’re in transition, to say “no”… but take the time to reflect. Reach out to your colleagues for thoughts and opinions. Don’t go into your decision alone. Be creative.

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, your ability to provide a lasting and favorable impression with folks in your network is key. And the ‘Thank You’ note can certainly support those efforts. A hand-written message (yes…. snail mail) is one of the most effective ways to express appreciation, but an email or call is great too. Try to develop a habit of thanking those who are helping you find your next home. Build and maintain your network. Be creative.

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, it can be difficult at times to take a break from the search efforts… physically, and mentally. It can be tough to stay balanced, but a quick “reset” every single day might be just what the doctor ordered. Invest in exercise, or coffee with a friend, or a movie. I realize it’s easier said than done, but clear your mind and do what you can to NOT think about your transition, even if it’s for just an hour. Be creative.