Today we’d like to share a video by Wall Street Journal discussing the process of planning a career change. Many people consider making a career change, but few truly understand what it takes to make this process effective. Read More
Today our guest blogger is Matt Youngquist. Matt is the President of Career Horizons, serving Northwest individuals and organizations dealing with the unique challenges of job hunting and employment transition. Matt is a recognized expert in the field of career coaching, job hunting, and professional employment counseling. You can follow him on Twitter @mattyoungquist.
Having been in the career coaching field now for almost 20 years, I’ve ridden shotgun THOUSANDS of times on the job hunting process, helping people fire up their employment search and master the latest and greatest methods for tracking down new opportunities.
One paradox that I’ve consistently witnessed, over all these years? Highly successful people usually make the crummiest job hunters. At least initially, when they’re just starting their search out, since it’s usually been an inordinately long time since they last had to hustle for a new assignment. What many folks don’t always realize, at first, is that 1) they’re older and more experienced (i.e. higher up the food chain where jobs are scarcer) and 2) that the whole market has changed around them, while they were safely ensconced in their last assignment. Read More
If you are between jobs, people probably assume you have lots of free time. But the truth is, if you’re actively seeking a new job, you should be pretty busy. Here are some ways to bring organization and discipline to the job of looking for a job.
Set up workspace. Organize your papers, have a place for your computer, good lighting and a comfortable chair. If possible, pleasant, quiet workspace set away from the rest of the home is ideal. But, if your workspace is the kitchen table, that’s OK, too. Just set it up for function and efficiency and be clear with yourself that, when you’re sitting there, you’re at work.