Why I Wrote This Job Search Ebook
Our annual company conference was well underway and Orlando, Florida could not have been more welcoming. The second day of conference activities included a review of anticipated changes across the entire company. The company was moving towards a centralized structure and we had been managing a series of changes for two years or so. The day started out with a keynote address, team building exercises, and an interesting sketch performed by regional directors which ended with the phrase: “Mission Possible!” By the afternoon, the staff was pumped with a sense of purpose and direction.
Within minutes, my purpose and direction were completely derailed. As one of the executive vice presidents proudly announced a newly formed committee to oversee changes across all regions, I realized clearly that my day with the company was marked. My counterpart in the northern part of our state had been selected to serve on the committee - - I had not. As the presentation continued, I sat in my chair and began to connect the dots. Although it was 95 degrees in sunny central Florida, my body was frozen solid as I morphed into stages of denial (“this is just a committee”); disbelief (“I cannot believe they overlooked me”); and then anger (“what could they possibly know about my state?”).
Hours later, after picking over a completely indigestible meal during an employee recognition dinner, I received one of many blessings that would come my way. One of the directors from a mid-western office casually sat beside me and said: “You should have been selected to the committee.” We both nodded...not in agreement to the statement, but in full recognition that politics is alive and well and runs a cruel course during organizational change.
The blessing came later as the mid-western director gave me the backstory
and explained what the conference in Florida was really about. Later that
night, I called one of the best contacts in my network: my husband. I said,
“Everything we’ve been talking about for the past two years is starting to
to happen.” He was prepared to discuss the viability of all previously
discussed plans...and the acceleration of Plan B, Plan C, etc. I knew it was
time to make a move before the organization took a move against my best
I wrote this book to share, not just my experience as a director with a
career development organization or as a resume writer and career
consultant, but also to help you uncover what career moves you should be taking to preserve your best interests and long term goals.
I refer to collective work experiences as a Career Success Story because, essentially, we are all living a story of some type. Hopefully what you have been able to do is create an effective structure to support your Career Success Story. Additionally, it is hopeful that you have developed a solid network of “characters” or contacts that can help your Career Success Story unfold effectively.
Using a 15 Step Plan, this book will help you:
- market your experiences, skills and interests during a job search.
- develop a job searching strategy that matches your goals, or Career Vision
- document your success story on paper
- uncover hidden job opportunities
- maximize your network successfully
- master job interviews to effectively connect with hiring managers.
The most important skill that a job seeker needs to develop is her or her networking capabilities. You may be able to network across your personal contacts, business relationships, professional associations, or even through the various resources you compile to assist you in your job search.
If you decide to add my Job Search Support Ebook to your network, I firmly believe that you will find a good deal of the support you're seeking during your search. If you have any questions or comments regarding the Job Search Support Ebook, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Wishes to Your Career Success!