by Jason Nemoy

For those that are in transition, there’s definitely a mix of emotions. Probably some anxiety. Confusion. Ticked-off. Maybe a little relief? And let’s be honest… the one emotion that might hit us first is “ticked-off”. How many of us have ever been asked to pack up our stuff and leave the building? (I’ve been there twice; layoffs.) Yeah, it sucks. All I can say is really keep those emotions in check, and remain as positive as possible throughout your journey. From the time you leave the building through the official landing of your next opportunity, don’t throw anyone or any organization under the bus, offer to provide any additional support to ensure a seamless transition (if applicable), remain insanely professional. Especially in the beginning of your transition… gain POSITIVE MOMENTUM. Simply put, take the high road. And on your way out, please, don’t take the goldfish. Be creative.

 

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.

 

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.