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Comment by Eric Standlee on July 9, 2009 at 2:13pm
Hope you guys enjoyed the mixer last night. I also hope you'll come to the other InHouston mixers as well.

Just FYI, we are going to try to get a meeting in a central place and have a mixer and a speaker and appetizers and drinks. We are considering July 28th. If you would want to come, can you reply with times that might work for you? I cannot make everyone happy, but we will try to help the business community and InTransition group and see if meetings help. I have a long and growing list of people who want to speak starting with a local radio show host.
Comment by Gerardine Mc Keon on July 9, 2009 at 11:49am
Amit and Barry

I'm sorry you are having bad experiences. In my "past life", I was an accountant and found myself on the job seekers side on a few occasions. Like you, the one thing that irritiated me was the lack of response to job applications. Now I'm a recruiter and have been doing it for almost 4 years. Here I will only work on positions that I know the client is motivated to interview and make an offer. I diligently respond to every email that I get. And most importantly, when there is rejection to be given to candidates, I give it to them as they have a right to know. I believe constructive criticism helps them grow and develop for their next interview. But do remember that in these times there are probably 10 times the number of applicants for each position compared to this time last year. And on some occasions candidates are so desparate to find work that they apply for every job - including the positions that they are not qualified for. But stick in there - your time will come and you will get that position. Do not give up and do not loose faith in yourself.
Comment by Elizabeth Lions on July 9, 2009 at 11:44am

You will find your way!

The results in a job hunt are measured differently. This is not about gettting the interview and landing the job. This is more about process. If you are doing the steps (ie applying, networking, etc.), the results will follow. Measure your sucess in small steps.

I wrote the book to disclose the thousands of conversations I've had with hiring managers as a headhunter. I point blank tell you why you don't get hired and what happens in the process. It's a bit shocking. All you know on your end is that you don't get response. I fill in the big picture for you.

It's all in the book - my biggest gift and dream come true.

Any one monitoring that needs help is welcome to ping me directly.

Elizabeth Lions
Author of Recession Proof Yourself!
Comment by Amit Joshi on July 9, 2009 at 11:35am
Thank you for all your comments. It is very common for people like us getting discouraged after doing job search for 3-6 months. As Barry said in his last post that lots of places you apply but do not get any reply. Which makes you think that is that job you applied for, is really there, anyone looking at my resume, because all you get is automated reply from company website where you applied.

But words of encouragement from people like you keep us job seekers in line.

Amit Joshi
Comment by Elizabeth Lions on July 9, 2009 at 11:20am

I am very sorry that you are having this experience. Please know that it will not last forever. You will find another job. If it feels like you are re-creating your life, you are. But it will come together.

My book directly discusses what happens when you get online and answer ads to job boards. It feels like you've just gone into the black hole. The book will be available in a week and you can buy it online. For more about it, see my site for details.

On my site I have links to articles that I've written a couple of years ago specifically for people in transition. I've been very fortunate to have a National and International platform to help those in job search. Please read the articles as they are full of tips and tricks in this job market.

If you have a quick question, please feel free to email me directly. I will help.

Best Regards,

Author of Recession Proof Yourself
Comment by R. Barry Hedrick on July 9, 2009 at 10:37am
Elizabeth - thanks for all the words of encouragement - I'm 49 and going through "transition" for the first time in over 25 years. I guess I am one of the lucky ones not having to go through it before, but honestly, in these days of the web based application process, where you submit all your information to “Hal” (ref 2001: A Space Odyssey) and wait/hope/pray for a call or email…well as we all know, it is frustrating. I even look forward to any rejection emails so I can at least know the application didn’t go into a black hole....(Guess I am in one of those "outerspace" moods today!)

However, I vow to continue to apply, network and answer emails! And one thing is for sure, when I do land, and I WILL land, I will be a much better and more compassionate hiring manager than before. Thanks again for the support!

Excerpt from 2001: A Space Odyssey
Dave Bowman: Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?
HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you.
Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Dave Bowman: What's the problem?
HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Dave Bowman: What are you talking about, HAL?
HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
Dave Bowman: I don't know what you're talking about, HAL.
HAL: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.
Dave Bowman: Where the hell'd you get that idea, HAL?
HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
Dave Bowman: Alright, HAL. I'll go in through the emergency airlock.
HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave, you're going to find that rather difficult.
Dave Bowman: HAL, I won't argue with you anymore. Open the doors.
HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

This is Barry Hedrick signing off.......
Comment by Elizabeth Lions on July 9, 2009 at 10:14am
Old quote I remembered from Woody Allen:

85% of life is just showing up.

So, if you are applying, networking and answering emails, you are 'showing up' for the new job.

-Elizabeth Lions
Author of Recession Proof Yourself!
Comment by Elizabeth Lions on July 9, 2009 at 10:13am
Thought for the day: Focus on what you have, rather than what you don't have. The job will come. It has it's own timing.

Elizabeth Lions
Author, Recession Proof Yourself!
Comment by Elizabeth Lions on July 6, 2009 at 11:40am
Last comment for the day:

Consider yourself lucky - you could be living in Oregon!
Look at this data!

Oregon's Economic Indicators
Oregon jobless rate hits record 12.4 percent

Oregon's unemployment rate has been above
the U.S. rate for 12 years

Oregon Unemployment Rate:12.4%
+3 Points Above National Average

National Unemployment Rate: 9.4%

Unemployment by State:
(Ranking of 50 States + D.C.)
Idaho: #20 (7.8%)
Washington: #34 (9.2%)
Oregon: #50 (12.4%)

Unemployment by Major City
Among the 49 Major U.S. Metro Areas
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue: #25 (8.8%)
Portland/Vanc: #45 (11.6%)
Comment by Elizabeth Lions on July 6, 2009 at 11:39am
Feeling in control when you are out of work is the most positive thing you can do. If you've applied for jobs, networked and done a good job search, that's all you can do in a day. The job hunt should only take 2 hours a day. More than that and you are beating yourself up. Be gentle with yourself during this time of transition. It will pass.

Elizabeth Lions
Author of Recession Proof Yourself


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