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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
Comment by James M Hamilton on July 6, 2009 at 11:32am
Elizabeth, I agree! For a few more "tips" try:
* I'm also seeking a few folks searching for a job that are willing to be interviewed for an online article for the "Houston's Workplace examiner". You will have complete control over final content AND it would be a terrific way to get some increased exposure for your niche market.
Contact me at:
Comment by Elizabeth Lions on July 6, 2009 at 11:03am
Here is some interesting data on the most effective way to find work and/or talent. This poll was taken by tech professionals, but it raises a good point about where the hidden jobs are in this challenging market.

Some empirical statistics on how some (unemployed) tech folks have found jobs...

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [C.C.C.J.S.] Last Week's Poll
Date: Thu, 02 Jul 2009 16:53:19 -0700 (PDT)

Last week, in the Friday meeting, we each stated how we got our last
five jobs. The categories were Networking, Postings, or Recruiters. We
tallied the total at the end, and the results were 120 jobs were found
through Networking, 64 jobs were responses to postings, and 60 jobs were
found by recruiters. Rounding to whole percentages, our results break
out as follows:

Networking 49%
Postings 26%
Recruiters 25%
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