It’s Tough to Say “No”

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.

The ‘Thank You’ Note…Make It Happen

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.

Put In The Effort to Stay Balanced

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.

Do Some HR Pro-Bono Work

by Jason Nemoy

For anyone in transition, try offering your HR expertise pro-bono. That’s correct… at no charge. Find an organization (maybe a non-profit?) that needs a little HR help. Something part-time, maybe 8-10 hours per week, that surrounds you with other HR professionals and provides an opportunity to make an impact. It will get you out of the house, you’ll build your network for sure, and I guarantee… it will energize you. Be creative.

Ensure Your Network Stays On Your Radar

by Jason Nemoy

For anyone in transition, letting someone know you’re in the hunt for a new opportunity should NOT be a “one-and-done”. Very important to keep your network updated regarding the traction around your search. Maybe it’s an email update every 3-4 weeks. And when you do “land”, let everyone know. Keep the updates positive and succinct, and ensure your network stays on your radar. Be creative!