Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Definitive Job-Hunt - The story so far

It was a dark and stormy night ...

Actually, it was a really sunny day on the Adriatic coast, as I launched this meme [launch post is here] while I was away on my holidays. I'm delighted to see the response so far - thank you so much to all who have contributed, passed on the meme, commented, or written directly to me. Please keep the ball rolling; the quality of the contributions so far has been outstanding and there is so much more working-life experience that we can share on this oh-so important topic.

I'm going back to politely pester the people I have tagged on this one who haven't got around to contributing yet, and I'm delighted to see new input trickling into my inbox from people I have never met or read yet. Already, I've added a dozen new blogs to my reader and found new ideas and approaches in each one of them. Let's make the trickle of ideas a flow ...
Contributors to date, broken out by the stages of the hunt:

HURDLE 1 - Targeting & Research
  • Alexander Kjerulf, the Chief Happiness Officer with a stunningly simple thought on what constitutes the right job for you. He also has some clear-sighted thoughts on identifying your tipping point of when it's time to move on ...

HURDLE 2 - The Written Stage
  • Deb Owen over at 8 Hours & A Lunch has a really tightly written piece on turning your CV/Résumé into a real marketing tool. The keys? Know your audience and differentiate, differentiate, differentiate.

HURDLE 3 - Interviews

HURDLE 4 - "Dance Monkey Boy!"
  • Wally Bock over at Three Star Leadership distils 40 years of professional experience into a soaring post on job-hunting: "... the basics haven't changed. You need to be choosy, systematic and tireless. Be little bit lucky helps, too." Encore Wally!
  • Karen the Headhunter on how to approach the various strands of pre-employment testing (When it comes to drug screens, avoid asking, "It’s just urinalysis, right?") [Thanks Karen, I ruined a perfectly good shirt when I squirted tea out my nostrils I laughed so hard at this post]
  • In the comments, Craig very kindly points us to a swoon-worthy post by the Cranky Product Manager on how to impress her in the selection process. Reverse engineering all the way - I think I'm in love ...

HURDLE 5 - Negotiation

HURDLE 6 - Starting The New Job
If I've missed anyone's submission, do drop me a line or send me a comment. I've noticed that a few of those already listed here didn't show up on Technorati.

Y'all come back now, y'hear? We've got lots more goodies coming. I suspect this beast is going to get bigger and bigger ... [You can subscribe for updates using the RSS button thingie over in the sidebar]

I've had some good questions by comment and mail:
Jacob - there's no deadline for submission. If we build enough quality material, I'd like to go the e-book route by the end of the year or maybe early next year. Plenty of time to get your thoughts together!

Craig - you do have a post on this topic. You just haven't written it yet.

Bilal - your experiences and lessons from the Middle East will be a very valuable contribution to the body of knowledge in the Project. I very much look forward to seeing your thoughts.

Sally - I look forward to your post.

Nicholas - Thank you for the kind words and encouragement.


Evil HR Lady said...

My human side? Snort.

Who says I have one? I'm HR.

Rowan Manahan said...


Would that be a derisive snort?

We appear to have hit a nerve, and that means there are feelings, and a heart and - who knows - maybe a soul?


Karen said...

Sorry about the shirt! Glad you liked the post.

JobSearchNinja said...

In order to win the best jobs and ultimately your dream job in today's world, you have to work like a ninja. Your job search must be different than everyone else's. You have to search where others don't search. You must have a strategic plan of attack.