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Windy Days and Stella Got Nothing on Us March 16, 2017

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The last two weeks in Rochester have been quite interesting from a weather perspective to say the least. Last week we had the major wind storm with 80 mph gusts which knocked out power to over 100,000 people.  Then one week later we get a major winter storm which dumped more than two feet of snow on the area.  How much more can we take!

I bet you utter this phrase during your job search and networking activities as well. Sometimes it appears that no matter what we do we are faced with severe head winds or blinding snow that continues to pile up making it nearly impossible to get from point A to point B. It often seems we are not making any progress whatsoever.

This is when you need to step back take a breath and relax. As we learned over the last week, having an appropriate strategy and plan to recover from setbacks and obstacles and then implementing and monitoring that plan can help get you back on track much sooner than you’d expect.  Many people had power back in a few days, and after two days of our major highways being snow covered and treacherous today we experienced clear roads and a smooth commute thanks to the planning and constant monitoring by our public service officials.

How do you plan to recover from your next “Stella?”

Until Next Time….


Comeback Victory March 2, 2017

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I know it has been about one month since we witnessed a historic comeback and the first ever overtime game for the Super Bowl but the lessons learned from this and how you can apply them to the job search and networking are too powerful (in my opinion) to ignore.

We all know how the game started, Atlanta dominated the game, New England look completely lost and unable to mount a sustained drive as Atlanta shut them down while seemingly moving up field on offense at will. Frustration was beginning to set in with New England, you could see it on their faces; nothing they seemed to do was working.

Does this sound familiar? Do you sometimes feel like your networking activities are ineffective, no matter what you do?  You look at others and feel like they are dominating the room while you continue to struggle.  Do your resulting job search efforts suffer the same fate?  No matter what you do you can’t seem to get the interview or if you do go through multiple interviews you can’t seem to close the deal?  (Been there, done that myself.)

What’s been your next move when faced with these situations? Do you keep doing what you are doing and hope things will change?  Do you give up?  Take a break and collect your thoughts?

What you SHOULD do is take a page out of the New England Patriots playbook. They kept hammering away until they found an opportune time to take a break (halftime) and re assess their game plan.  You should do the same.  When you have time in your schedule (if you need to, block out time, stop your networking activity for a few days) and look at the “game film” from the first half.  Carefully examine what you have been doing and determine why it’s not working.  Ask a friend or relative to offer you some advice based upon their observations.  Then take the data you have gathered and formulate a revised plan to help break through whatever is holding you back allowing you to create your own comeback victory.

Even if you are not a fan of the Patriots you have to admire the adjustment they made at half time and more impressive, their never-say-die attitude. Adopting this same process and mind set in your networking and job search activities (and life in general) can go a long way to helping you reach the goals you have set.

Until next time….



Job Search Humor…We Can All Use Some December 12, 2013

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Over the past week I’ve heard about and met some people affected by recent layoffs.  The overall numbers are small but that does not minimize the impact upon those caught up in this situation. Having been there myself 3 times (including around the holiday season) I fully understand what they are faced with.

Instead of dwelling on that or offering advice this week I thought I would instead inject a little humor.  I’ve often found that a good laugh here and there can do wonders for your disposition.  So here it goes.

How do you say laid off?

  • Right sized
  • Down sized
  • Restructured/Restructuring
  • Position Eliminated
  • Whacked – (my personal fave)
  • Liberated
  • Graduated
  • Alumnus of…
  • Reorganization
  • Let Go
  • Consolidated

I must be missing some, help me fill in the blanks.

Until next week….

Now You Know August 15, 2013

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In my last post “You Never Know” I told a story of how my daughter was not selected to be part of a U17 premier level soccer team and the immediate disappointment, anger and sadness which resulted from this decision.  I related this to finding out your job has been eliminated or the unexpected difficulties you face during the job search.

To quote I said:  One of the things I try to live by is “everything happens for a reason” or “when one door closes another opens.”  

I closed the post with “Like life, the job search is filled with “you never know.”  How you handle these situations is what will set you apart from the rest of the crowd.”

A few days after receiving the news she was not part the team my daughter received a phone call from the coach.  He told her it was one of the hardest decisions he’s ever had to make but after a lot of reflection he made the decision he felt was best for the team.  But listen to this, he also said it was the best decision for her.

Why?  Because he had spoken with the coach of the U18 team and recommended he consider adding her to his team, which he did.  He did this because he knew my daughter would get more playing time on the U18 team than the U17 team.  For soccer players who want to play in college the U17 (HS Junior) year is the most critical year so the more playing time you can get the better.

How does this relate to a job search.  Just think for a moment.  You interview for Job A for which you feel you are immensely qualified.  Maybe you have 2 or 3 interviews, further improving your odds of getting the job, only to find out a week or so later that you did not.

No matter who you are this always results in disappointment maybe resentment, anger.  But as I said how you handle this situation can set you apart from the crowd.  For, as in my daughters case you may never know for sure why the decision was made.  More importantly, you do not know what may be happening in the background.  Is the hiring manager you interviewed with talking you up to one of his peers because you may be a better fit there?  Maybe he is recommending you to someone he knows at another company, one that was not on your radar where you may get more “playing time.”

Learning how to handle disappointment in your job search whether at the moment of realizing you are now unemployed or at any other point during your search can have a direct effect on future outcomes.  Handling setbacks (there will be a few) with a positive attitude and as a learning and growth opportunity will help position you for future success and shine through in the way you approach your next interview or meeting.

Don’t believe me?   Ask my daughter……..

Until next time….

You Never Know August 1, 2013

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My daughter just finished 3 days of tryouts with her Empire United Soccer team.  She has been with this team since November 2012 and with the organization since 2009.

Last night at around 10pm  she found out she did not make the team this year.  Talk about being surprised, devastated, angry.

Do any of these feelings sound familiar?  If you have been laid off or part of a protracted job search chances are you have experienced the same emotions.  Come one now, I’ve been laid off three times and each time I’ve experienced one if not all these emotions, its human nature.  It’s how we handle ourselves during these situations that can help shape our future.

One of the things I try to live by is “everything happens for a reason” or “when one door closes another opens.”  In my daughters case if she does not play soccer this year it will give her knees a chance to rest, the continuous practice takes a toll after a while.  She loves the sport so much she cannot bear the thought of sitting out, so a forced sit out may indeed help.

When you find out your position has been eliminated how do you react?  What do you say to the person who has the unenviable task of telling you and perhaps dozens of other people that they no longer have a job? Do you react with calm and sense?  Do you cry?  Do you get angry?  How you react in that spit second could have lasting effects on your career.

Regarding your job search, how do you handle a set back?  You’ve been through 2, 3 or 4 interviews only to find out you did not get the offer.  What do you do?  Step back and look at what you could have done differently? Do you scream and yell?  Do you make excuses?  Do you ask your interviewer for feedback (if they are willing to provide it?)  Do you decide to take a class or brush up on some skills? Whatever path you take can have a direct effect, negative or positive on your future.

What do you do when you are facing a challenge setting up one-on-one meetings?  You’ve run into a string of people either unwilling or unable to meet and you feel as if you have been at this for so long that something is due to break. Do you alter your tactics?  Maybe change your approach?  Do you just decide to give up and surf the job boards all day instead?

Like life, the job search is filled with “you never know.”  How you handle these situations is what will set you apart from the rest of the crowd.

Until next week….