Break-Ups Are Tough

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.

Capture The Moment

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, there’s a lot coming at you. Be present with the people you’re with. Ask questions, engage, listen, look for something new that you haven’t considered before. How about reaching out to some of your previous vendor relationships as well? Think about where you’ll be today, and have your business card (mini-resume) ready! Capture the moment. Be creative.

Kick the Tires

by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition and might sense an offer on the way, avoid “buyer’s remorse” by kicking the tires on the potential employer. (If you’re buying a car, kick those tires too.) Don’t hesitate to get any and all questions answered. Request a RJP (Realistic Job Preview) if appropriate and it makes sense. Collaborate with your colleagues. Know what you’re getting into, and get in the mindset of thinking long-term. Be creative.

The Cover Letter – Please Don’t Overdo It

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.

 

The Upcoming Holidays… and Accelerating Your Career Search Momentum

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.