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The Laid Off IT Guy! Getting Back to Basics

Last week, after coming as close as I have to receiving a job offer thus far, my hopes were dashed when the opportunity fell apart.  Once I lost out on that prospect, I took a pessimistic attitude for a couple of days.  When I bounced back from that funk, I decided that what I needed in my job search is what I’m calling “Getting Back to Basics.”

What are the basics you ask?  Reviewing my resume.  Building my network.  Applying for more jobs.  Attending job clubs and workshops.  Talking with family, friends and neighbors again that I haven’t spoken with lately to let them know how my job search is progressing.  Also, getting in touch with my Reference contacts to let them know how they can help me if contacted by prospective employers.

I did a major redo of my resume, which I’ll cover next time.  I reached out to my Career Coach and received some helpful advice from her.  I attended a job club meeting and visited a new ministry for job seekers that my church has begun.  I enrolled to attend a new technology seminar to help keep my technical skills sharp.  I also set up some network lunches and got some emails going to my Connections on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com).   Getting out and about and touching base with my support group has comforted me from the grief of ALMOST getting a job and then losing it.

I sure hope that multiple offers come your way.  I haven’t had any yet.  Stay positive.  I’ve been depressed at times, but another opportunity will come knocking on my door and I’ll be ready to answer it.

Best of luck to you on your job hunting ventures.  Post a comment or drop me a line if you have something to share.

Thank you!

The Laid Off IT Guy!

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