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How Did I Get Here? April 19, 2012

Posted by robewanow in Job Search.
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As the song Once in a Lifetime from The Talking Heads goes “well, how did I get here?”

Last week I passed the 90 day mark working for Gleason Corporation and its been a wild ride so far.  The days and weeks fly by as there is never a shortage of items requiring my attention.  Having global responsibility for Marketing Communications sure adds a lot more to your plate compared to my previous job where I focused solely on North America.

Getting here was not an easy task, it took longer than I thought and of course the path had its ups and downs mixed with moments of euphoria and self-doubt.  All this was happening while I was still fully employed, launching a new business and getting ready for the holiday season, not what one might consider perfect timing.

Searching for a new opportunity while presently employed is perhaps one of the most difficult things to do.  I think more people will begin to experience this challenge as the economy continues to improve and people start to look for “something better”,  whatever “better” means to them.

While employed you’re in the office from 8-5, making the scheduling of interviews rather difficult, causing people to use vacation time or sick time.   With the interview cycle getting logner this can eat up a good portion of time.  I’d suggest the possibility of after or before hours meetings, maybe even a lunch meeting.

If you are able to schedule an interview during lunch time your next challenge is dress.  Most offices are business casual now, what does it say if you come in wearing a suit and tie more frequently than in the past?  Depending on who you are meeting and how far along in the process you are it is not a bad idea to raise the interview dress question with the person you are meeting.  Most folks would be quite understanding, (they know you are currently working) especially if the meeting is during lunch or another time where you may be expected back at the office (a breakfast meeting for example).

Follow up calls and emails can present another hurdle.  With the proliferation of smartphones staying on top of and responding to your email is easier than ever. I have two suggestions here.  First never use your company email to communicate back and forth with your potential employer.  Your potential employer may see it in bad taste and you could accidentally send the email to someone in your current company or worse yet leave it open on your monitor for all to see.

Instead move to a private area during your break or at lunch, perhaps your car or an area outside and respond to emails and phone calls from there.  Don’t feel comfortable right outside your building?  Take a drive up the block and park somewhere quiet, as long as you are prepared and focused you will have no problem getting this done.

When compared to search for a job while unemployed, conducting a job search while fully employed is full of extra challenges.  However, in similar fashion, preparation, common sense, persistence and patience will pay off in the long run.  It won’t be long before you find yourself saying “Well, how did I get here?”

What do you think?

Until next time….

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1. Charlie Lawrence - April 19, 2012

Hi Rob, I am now in the third week of my new surprise task of looking for employment from that same previous company you mentioned. The biggest adjustment for me was refocusing my attention to me and not the last job. Good suggestions Rob! Keep em coming!
Charlie

robewanow - April 19, 2012

Stay focused Chaz. It will work out and you will be in a better place soon

2. Michele Heine - April 20, 2012

Now that hiring is picking up I see more people preparing to do what you did, look for a job while still employed. Some good tips here.


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