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So sorry to hear of your bug...!

But crossing all my digits that this opportunity may open up for you!

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11/18/09 9:36 A

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Sent out three more resumes yesterday. Missed two networking opportunities because I have been really sick (my lungs are a mess). I'm bummed about that. My former boss got fired yesterday. I am shocked but not surprised. That woman is crazy (the CEO/Dr.). He's thinking he's going to start a business setting up EMR's for medical practices. I was the lead person in that project at our former jobs. I'm hoping he does and brings me on board. That would be my dream job. I think I could even do it from home! Praying on that one!

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11/1/09 5:02 P

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Jo-I don't know that there is any specific number that can be stated with that question. Like you said, it depends on the job postings. Some weeks there are more than others.

Just keep looking for new avenues and networks to develop and search for postings. Have you checked out the job opportunities in the LinkedIn groups? that's another place that isn't checked into often unless you are familiar with the tab/catagory.

Also, try the temp/contract services. I have gone of several interviews that way and a friend of mine just got a contract job last week through one here in Elkhart. Just a thought!

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11/1/09 9:46 A

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All RIGHT! New bushes to thrash for possibilities...! Woo Hoo! :-)

Don

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11/1/09 8:55 A

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Oh my! There are a LOT of jobs on Craig's List. Thank you for that tip!!

I'm all excited again! Woohooo!

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11/1/09 8:40 A

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I am wondering how many resumes per week (and classes/networking meetings/etc.) seem reasonable for someone on a earnest job search. Some weeks I send out 8 resumes because there are a lot of jobs, the next week there are no new jobs that I know of to send out.

Thoughts?

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Ouch! So sorry that didn't work out for you after all your travel and other efforts! But since it seems to have been just as well, per your words, I guess we'll have to see what you can rustle out of the bushes sometime SOON for yourself...! :-)

GL and here's to speedier results!

Don

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Wow, it's been a long time since I posted on here. the offer and position I thought I was going to take, didn't work out. In a way, I'm glad.

On Friday, I applied to 8 postings on Craigslist and have gotten 2 responses back so far. Still taking my real estate class so there are possibilities there as the real estate market is still alive in the Alabama area. Houses are still selling and home builders are looking for people to sit in their subdivisions and sell the houses.

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10/29/09 10:23 P

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Saying my prayers and crossing all my digits for you Jo...!

Don

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10/29/09 8:11 P

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The book was very good. I incorporated some of the ideas into my job search. We'll see how effective they are. The author strongly encourages the use of a Personal Profile that has personal information on it under three headings: Passions, Personal Growth, and Hobbies. He says it helps to build connections. In my last job, one of the hiring people is a volunteer at the same place I am (Feed My Starving Children). We ended up even going together. So I thought there might be value in letting people get to know me before they even interview me as the author suggests. Of course, I won't know if that's useful until I get feedback.

Other than that, it's been all work and no rewards here.

VERY blue.
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9/19/09 10:49 P

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Sounds like a great book Jo...let us know how you like it! Thx for your kind words on my blog today also!

WTG Kelli! You are going to turn up healthy prospects YET! :-)

Don

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9/19/09 5:33 P

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Praise G-d!!! Three interviews!!! That's wonderful!! I'm so excited for you! I pray you have a job soon! Let us know how each interview goes.

I just picked up a book today at the library called The First 60 Seconds by Dan Burns. It is about how to help yourself win over the hiring person in the first 60 seconds of the interview and how to prepare for the interview and has a lot of information about how to beat the competition and get the job. I started it this afternoon.

SO happy for you!!!
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So glad u r staying positive! Great job on networking with others to pass out your resume and look for something also for you.

This week I went to the 3 interviews. 1 was not something I wanted to do at all, 1 was for an office mgr which I am interested in and the other was a recruiter who likes my skills and experience. I also got a call on Friday for an interview at UAB on Tuesday. Hoping that one is also a great possibility, Right now I'm networking at Buffalo Wild Wings with the football fans down here to find something!!

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9/19/09 4:35 P

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I applied for a bunch of jobs this week. It felt good to have legitimate job opportunities to send my resume to. I also was invited to send it to several people who agreed to pass it along to others. So that was encouraging.

I haven't had any nibbles yet, but I believe this is both a numbers game, and part of G-d's plan. When I find the job G-d has for me, it will all be worth the effort. In the meantime it feels good to be proactive.

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I have before, just to let the know u are still interested in hearing from them. Just call me squeaky wheel! Although don't get to the point of being annoying.

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9/11/09 12:22 P

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I did do that and all it turned up was a cell #. Probably someone whose faxes go to their email like I had it at my last job.

Should I fax a follow up letter to the same fax # or is that lame?

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You can always do a reverse phone search online if you have a number. Search the company name (if known) or contact's name on the internet to find out more information. Email me if you need more info.

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9/11/09 10:52 A

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Okay I'm going to ask this question and show my ignorance in case anyone out there could learn from your answer besides me. *embarrassed look*

How should I follow up, especially in light of the fact that I don't know the contact person,and in some cases don't even know the company (just had a fax #)?

Thank in advance for your wisdom!
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Great attitude and positive thinking. Just make sure to follow-up on the ones you have already put in. Be persistent. emoticon

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9/11/09 8:55 A

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Thanks Don and Shannon.

I applied for yet another job last night.

Trying to win this game by sheer numbers, you know. *wink grin*

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Good luck on the PC position. I hope u get it!

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Good for YOU Jo! Keep at it and opportunities are bound to open up!

Don

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9/9/09 8:20 A

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Thanks Don :)

Yesterday I found another GREAT job lead. I sent in my resume to two places yesterday. One is a Production Coordinator at Tyndale House (my dream job) and the other is to be an Exec. Admin. Asst. again. I like doing that too, but I'm a writer and have been published and have always wanted to get an editing job or something like this PC job. I am really praying for an interview.

I forgot to take my herbs and vitamins yesterday and found out what a difference it makes. I'm taking St. John's Wort, SamE, and Biotin because a friend told me it's better than Prozac. I don't want to get down and depressed because that makes me grind to a halt...as in stay in bed all day exhausted, no exercise, no productivity. Well yesterday I forgot to take that stuff and I was weepy and sluggish all day. I really recommend this trio to keep the blues away. It works the same day unlike anti-depressants which take weeks to get in your system and they really keep you positive. Not sure if anyone else struggles with this while being unemployed, but thought I'd mention it just in case. I hope that's ok to mention. They are just herbal supplements. They really reduce stress too which helps me with the weight.

ANYWAY, yesterday was busy and I'm grateful. I'd really rather be busy finding leads, filling out applications, and sending in resumes than doing nothing because I've exhausted my options.

Hope today is a great one for everybody.

Jo

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Hey Jo,

I'd say for someone only 2 weeks into your unemployment your attitude is SUPER! I especially like your statement about your children: "I will have been a good example to them of how to handle the curve balls life throws you. They are inevitable and we need to handle them with grace, strength, and wisdom." I have always maintained that since we parents are children's primary role model we are in the BEST position to teach them how to live healthy and well by LIVING and modeling that lifestyle for them!

I have often suggested volunteering as a great way to "prime the pump" so to speak when it comes to looking for employment. It offers opportunities to network and to demonstrate your skills and abilities toward others.

I am (thankfully!) employed, but I'm hoping others will join you both in this accountability challenge! :-)

Don

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9/6/09 6:21 P

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Hi Kelli!

Great post! Already it's working! I feel motivated and inspired just reading your post. Thank you! I like the idea about doing three things. I think I'll adopt that too. I've been out of work for two weeks. I applied for 5 jobs online through the form formats that some places have and heard nothing. My friend tells me those are useless and not to use them because the system screens for certain things before they even look at your whole resume. So no more online forms for me. I also made a connection with someone who has a friend who hires people to do medical transcription from home and I'm going to investigate that. I'd love to be home for my boys but am not sure I want to be this isolated, buy my own benefits, and not have a more diverse job.

This week I:
Totally reworked my resume with the Human Resources person at my old company who screened & interviewed people (she's my friend, thanking G-d for that connection)

Created two resumes to go to two different type positions that I am skilled in.

Wrote a new cover letter.

Updated my LinkedIn account and joined an association related to my field.

Found a lead to fax my resume, etc. to tomorrow morning and bought a paper to find more.

This week I'm going to send my resume to the Human Resource people at all the medical centers in the area and to all of the contacts I have from my former position, to my former boss who promised to give it to his contacts, to the Program Director from my former position who has a ton of contacts in the field I work in and promised to send it.

I'm going to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children with the Program Director (I've been volunteering there for a couple of years) and her friends who she says will be good contacts and I am to bring my resume along.

Lastly, I am attending a meeting about interviewing at a networking group that I belong to. I usually interview well and have no problem with interview questions but they say they are going to tell us how to handle the salary question and I want to hear that.

I'm really ready to go for it after taking 2 weeks to absorb the shock of losing my job and grieve.

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Hi Jo, I'm in! You have at least one other person to post with and share comments with.

I will offer this, which I learned from a People Between Jobs group that I am associated with. WE share 3 things each week, What have we done for ourselves, what have we done for others and what have we done in our job search?

In answering these 3 questions it helps keep us motivated in various ways. When you help others, you in turn are feeling more confident AND networking, thus letting others know you are looking for work. Become involved in the community and volunteer at places. This gets you out and meeting people you might not otherwise get connected with. Doing things for yourself takes your mind off the job search as one can't spend all hours, all days of the week looking or you get burnt out very quickly and the accountability of job search makes sure you do take time to send out resumes and look for something.

Our group meets every Monday at 8am, thus showing employers that we are up and ready to go bright and early. I'm actually involved in 2 different ones in 2 different cities so the second one if every Tuesday at 8am.

There might be similar groups close to where you live or feel free to set up one through your church. I'd be happy to give more info if you need or would like it.

Now, onto your original posts. This week I had the death of a grandparent so I didn't get much done on the job search but still had 1 interview, made contacts towards 2 other opportunities and sent and additional 3 applications/resumes out. I firmly believe that God has put me in this place in life so I can learn more to trust him AND help others. Everything happens for a reason, I just haven't seen the reason yet and may never. The time will be right and something will come along. I also am using this time to loose weight and get in shape.

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Hi. I'm Jo. I'm newly in transition. My last job was a joy to work at and I miss it and the people very much. I suppose there is some psychological block that is making me reluctant to be aggressive in my job search. I believe G-d is leading me to something new, something more positive (last job was highly stressful and actually caused 35 pounds of weight gain), and something with benefits. However, in spite of WANTING DESPERATELY to be employed and wanting to get back to being industrious and having coworkers, I find myself needing some accountability.

If any of you are in the same place, I thought maybe we could post once a week (or more if you like) sharing how many resumes we sent out, what action we are taking (it's not all about sending resumes), what seminars/networking events we have attended, what we've learned/read (how exactly do you USE a handbill) and what resources or leads we've found.

I hope at least one other person will join me in this, but if not, I will probably post anyway just as accountability for myself. I don't want to get to the end of my unemployment (mainly because I'm dying to get back to work -- have been out 2 weeks) and wish that I had done more.

In the meantime, I am using my time of transition to lose the weight, recharge my batteries, and allow G-d to restore my spirit, strength, self esteem.

I'm a single mom with children at home to support. I hope when all is said and done, I will have been a good example to them of how to handle the curve balls life throws you. They are inevitable and we need to handle them with grace, strength, and wisdom.

Join me?
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