Written by Susan Lamphiear
If your heart starts pounding in the middle of the night, say, three a.m., could be you hear a burglar, or you drank too much caffeine. Or maybe you’re looking for a job! After hearing our keynote speaker, I’m recalling a famous quote that for a while, in my twenties and before the Internet, I thought maybe I’d coined the line. (I must have been experiencing some twenty-something angst.) It was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s lines going something like this: “In the dark night of the soul, it’s always three o’clock in the morning.”
I hated to start the blog with such a dreary thought, but something our keynote speaker said made me think of the quote. Confident, competent, funny, outgoing, even our famous Dave wakes up breathless sometimes, panicky, in the middle of the night when he’s contemplating his own career search. So, it must be a common, though disturbing, phenomenon.
Get the Job Fast — How to Find a Great New Job in Half the Time
Entrepreneur and small business owner for a couple of decades, Dave Sherman now wants to help job searchers more than ever before because he’s been both fired and laid off in recent years and now he really “gets it” in a way he didn’t before.
“Being fired or laid off sucks!” says Dave.
Prior to recent times, Dave’s only brush with being fired was in 1975 from The Red Barn, what he refers to as a “terrible restaurant.”
Referencing that proverbial career path , Dave said his path has been more like a mine field, a tar pit or a forest fire.
Still, his continuing advice throughout his presentation is to stop complaining, whining and moaning. Instead, take action, he says. This doesn’t mean Dave doesn’t wake up in the middle of the night in a panic. Actually, he’s very specific to say he often wakes up about 4 a.m. thinking, “What’s wrong with me? What did I do?”
Still, Dave has some very specific tips about the job hunt. After asking those of us in attendance how many would rather be somewhere else today, he dives into his tips, pausing a couple of times to complain he needs more time as he tries to catch Jessica’s eye from the back. “No?” He says he asks for more time than 45 minutes each time he speaks, but it’s not happening.
After singing praises to Career Connectors and other networking adventures, Dave admits, “Looking for a job online sucks. It feels like you’re throwing your resume into a black hole.”
Dave’s 5 Tips for Finding and Landing a Job in Half the Time!
- Get out of the house! It helps you maintain a routine and forces you to socialize so you don’t lose your habits and skills when you get a job. It also stops those voices in your head like he’s experienced from 4-4:30 a.m. when he starts to hyperventilate. The voices hide in your house, so you’ve got to get dressed up and get out every single day.
But where should you go? Anywhere there’s Wi-Fi, says Dave. Paradise Bakery, for example, but he learned there’s Wi-Fi at a dog park and even at his gas station! He personally loves going to hotel lobbies where they have comfortable chairs and air conditioning set at a comfortable 68 degrees.
- Hang out with employed people who have more connections and are more likely to be open to helping you.
- Start attending more networking events including Chambers of Commerce, associations, business groups, networking groups and career transition groups. Show up early, bring plenty of business cards, know what you want, and ask for help.
- Stop looking for a job. Instead, work on your likability and commonality factors. To be more likable — smile, be genuine (Dave said he’s the same person presenting as he is talking one-on-one), and be interested not interesting — Meaning—Ask questions and then LISTEN. To establish commonality, talk about hometowns, hobbies, schools, family, friends and favorites (like sports teams).
- Four of the most important words EVER: WHO do you know? Ask everyone, be specific, ask this all the time, and don’t give up.
If you’re feeling weird about all this networking, feeling you have nothing to offer, Dave asks you to consider this: When you were employed, were you only your job? Unless the answer is yes, then you’ve plenty to talk about besides jobs. Feeling weird about going to Chamber events (Dave tells us most of these allow you to go to two events free), remember that 85% of the people you’ll find there are there for networking.
Whenever you think of a reason why you can’t possibly follow Dave’s tried and tested tips, Dave wants you to ask yourself, “How badly do you want it?”
Linda Luman, VP of Human Resources
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Kristy Bach, VP of Branch Operations
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David Schief, Retail Store Manager
T-Mobile, a mobile phone service provider, prides itself on freeing the customer, driving growth and delivering “awesome.” The energy of their retail stores is bright and bold, featuring neon magenta that frames their counters. Current career positions in their retail include retail sales associates, store operations associates, retails associate managers and retail store manager. The company offers paid training, tailored to your learning style, plus hands-on experience. Benefits include, among others, medical, dental, vision, matching 401K, discounts on T-Mobile Service and BTO (Baby time off). For more information or to apply, visit their website.
Finances During Career Transition
Thomas Rohn and Jamey Pugh
Thomas Rohn and Jamey Pugh were here to lend support and information about dealing with financial issues while in job transition. Psychologists know that the biggest fear in job loss is money. Tom told about a friend who had been in the same company for 20 years. When asked what his thoughts were, his friend said he wondered what he would tell friends and family.
Jamey Pugh joined Career Connectors as a volunteer and then less than 12 months later her husband lost his job. She realized then that his job was to look for a job. She recommends the following tips based on what she learned personally, during the time before her husband’s return to work, which actually took a little longer than they had imagined.
- Have a spending plan. Start with spending less.
- Inventory your resources. File for unemployment. List your sources of income. Consider a part-time job while you search.
- Watch your debt, including credit cards.
- Protect yourself from loss. Avoid canceling health insurance or at least have some sort of coverage during this tough time.
- Develop plan “B” in case the job search takes longer than you’d planned.
Take advantage of a free one-hour consultation from Rohn Financial. This can be done on the phone to maintain your privacy.
Canyon State Institute
Canyon State Institute offers national certification programs including PMI Project Management, ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt, SHRM CP/SCP in Human Resources, Microsoft Office Specialist and several others. Certifications help you stay competitive and define your knowledge base, making you more marketable. All certifications offered by Canyon State are high demand, based on labor market projections. The school features small, short-term, instructor-led classes, and career development. For more information on classes or funding sources, visit their website.
Executive Director of Career Connectors Jessica Pierce closed the formal part of the meeting. She thanked volunteers and Highlands Church for providing the beautiful facility, and then announced breakout sessions. Attendees were invited to take the DISC assessment free, and then to participate in conversations with hiring managers and to consult with experts on resume writing and LinkedIn, and to take advantage of free professional head shots.
The next Career Connectors event takes place in Gilbert Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 9:00 AM featuring keynote speaker Pamela Hewerd on The Work before the Work: Box Free Breakthroughs for a new Career and Mind.
Then Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 9:00 AM in Phoenix, join the group in Phoenix with presenter Kindra Hal speaking on The Power of Strategic Storytelling.
The next Scottsdale meeting will be held Thursday, November 12, 2015, 9:00 AM in Scottsdale and features Gloria Petersen speaking on The Power of You.
For more information about dates, directions and registration, click here.