A Trusting and Transparent Recruiter Relationship… Own It

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, your journey is hard work… and a big deal. Along with divulging (at times) a ton of personal/professional information and feeling like you’re always “on”, there are lots of emotions swirling around too. And with those emotions we’re often looking for people we can trust, to help us move our search efforts downfield. You’ll have opportunities to connect with corporate recruiters, and especially professional services (agency) recruiters. Seek to collaborate and partner with the right individuals whom you trust, who care, who have your back. Have they taken the time to sincerely understand your background, what you want to do, and help you connect the dots? Do they truly know your “brand”? Surround yourself with as many transformational experiences as possible (vs. transactional). Don’t be rushed to act on anything. Seek clarity. Don’t let anyone hit the “send” button too soon on your behalf. This is YOUR journey! Please own it. Be creative.

The “Working Remotely” Conversation

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.

The Waiting Period Can Be Agonizing at Times, but Keep At It

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.

Rejection – Quite Frankly, Sucks.

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.

Get Out of The House, Please

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.