These are dark days ...

I do try to keep this about "the job search" rather than my job search, but I'm now 14 months into "pounding the pavement", and sometimes that feels like a total waste.  I got a one-two punch over the past couple of days, hearing back from that recruiter (who was so sure that my resume was a "home run" for this one job) that I wasn't even going to be called in for an interview (the client seems to be changing the focus of the position to a more "MBA-oriented" role), and then hearing that Saturday is going to be my last day with the Census.

Sure, I've not been particularly enthusiastic about the Census (and there have been managers who have been given less warning of their jobs ending), but it does come as a bit of a shock when I was anticipating a couple more weeks of income from it (our particular group was scheduled to be phased out around the 27th).  On the plus side, I can go back to attending 2-3 networking events a week (I had things coming up that I was bummed that I was going to be missing that I'll now be able to attend), and giving the job search 12-18 hours a day of my attention again.

I did get a good solid week of Twitter reading in, however, and have 13 links below for your perusal, but (this is certainly thematic to my week), I wanted to highlight one particular story that hit me pretty hard when I ran into it ... Calls to Suicide Hotlines Skyrocket Along with Unemployment.  I have to tell you, long-term unemployment really messes with your mind, especially if you're a "husband and father".  One's role is to provide for one's family.  One's identity is in coming up with solutions for what's wrong.  And in this economy, it's hard not to feel helpless.  It's hard not to feel like one is failing those who are most important in one's life.  I find myself crying tears of frustration, tears of anger, tears of sadness, tears of guilt, several times a week when this job search (and the endlessness of it) gets to me.  While I can't quite understand the actions of those in that story, I can understand the feeling of abysmal hopelessness and self-disgust over not being able to provide for one's wife and children.

Anyway, pardon my bleakness ... but it's been a rough few days and that article really slapped me upside the head!  Here's this week's job search web reading highlights:

• Preparing for an Interview

• You won't hire me because I'm unemployed? REALLY???

• Making Yourself Unemployable


• Top 10 Things to Leave OFF of Your Resume

• How to Excel on a Phone Interview

• How Prepare for and Rock a Behavioral Job Interview

• Ways to Use Social Networking to Land Your Next Job

• The Keys to Unlocking Your Most Successful Career

• Career Comeback: 5 Ways to Botox Your Resume

• What is the best way to follow up with a job lead?

• 20 Powerful Action Verbs to Kick Your Resume Up a Notch!

• How to Write a Quality Resume

I feel I need to take exception with one thing in one of those ... in the list of stuff to leave off your resume, they include Toastmasters.  Frankly, if one is looking at a position where doing presentations is even a minor role, I would think that having one's Toastmasters affiliation noted would be a solidly positive "endorsement" of one's attention to that part of one's skill set.  The author doesn't explain any of the items on the list (many are somewhat self-evident), but notes the list is condensed from nearly 50 responses he got to a questionnaire sent to a wide range of "job pros".  Go figure.

Again, you can download "big list of links" (conveniently arranged in alphabetical order) including this week's additions here:



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  • Not just Toastmasters -- why would one want to leave off Mensa? Don't employers want smart employees?

  • In reply to swinkie:

    Well, Mensa could be seen as "bragging" ... Toastmasters should show "self bettering", especially in contexts where presentations are involved.

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