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Happy Anniversary…..NOT! Well maybe! December 1, 2009

Posted by jvmullin in 1.

Well fellow job seekers I have been unencumbered by employment for a year now.

Should I celebrate the fact that I have had the time to read books on management to enhance my skills?

Should I celebrate the fact that I have been able to attend networking events without having to ask permission or take time off to attend?

Should I celebrate that I have helped others by providing lectures and a workshop?

Should I celebrate learning all the nuances of social media while unencumbered?

Should I celebrate that Christmas is upon us and my finances are very low?

I am sure that I am not alone in these feelings.

However, I do feel that I have been given a great opportunity to reflect on who I am and what I can give to the company that hires me.  I have not lost my focus or purpose. I am still as energized about finding the right career for me.

I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to meet so many new friends and business acquaintances.

That I have had the chance to further my knowledge in how to be the best manager. One who knows how to retain the best talent and is not afraid to rid the department of the worse.

On GMA this morning they highlighted 3 individuals over 50 that found the work they enjoyed doing .  Some were complete career changes.

I love the field I have chosen and the position that I seek. I have a list of target companies and I have networked into some of them. So I guess my New Years resolution is to network into all of them.

I get new ideas everyday in how to enhance my job search. One I heard the other day is to keep a file of all articles that pertain to your target companies. When you are networking to share your views and ideas about the articles.

I am working as a technical advisor(also called sweat equity) for a startup company and that is keeping my skills up. We are 3 unemployed individual with very limited capital so we continually search for a funding stream. This presents a new skill to my basket of talent. It also helps enhance my presentation skills. I am also practicing how to protect the IP of the company but explain the product in a manner to get others to understand what we are trying to do. What is it that we are trying to do? We are working on fire suppression with out the use of chemicals or water.

I guess what I am trying to say in this post is, that even though things look bleak, stay focused and optimistic, constantly seek new techniques, find ways to keep your skills up, enjoy life.  There is a job or career out there for us we just have to work hard and find it.

Remember who you are, what you have accomplished and what you can offer. Advertise it while networking, make up a single page professional profile (with an executive summary, value statements, accomplishments) use that as a piece of marketing material while networking.

Enjoy your family and friends!

Who am I? I am Joe Mullin, Engineering Manager, my field is electronics and I turn concepts into products.




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