Archive for February 2012

The Perils of Positive Thinking

The Perils of Positive Thinking
My past week of job stalking has been a series of highs and lows. Highs include a very successful pitch with a potential freelance gig, but with the concurrent wait. Several employers e-mailed me for interview days and times….and never called back after my response. I was able to send a plethora of applications out... Read more »

Guest Post: Ford R. Myers

This week we’re featuring a “guest post” by noted Career Coach and author Ford R. Myers. To be honest with you, though, I’d run across this in other contexts, liked it, and got permission (above and beyond his “blanket” reprint terms detailed at the bottom here) to re-use it in The Job Stalker. One of... Read more »

Linking Into Job Stalking Success

Linking Into Job Stalking Success
Last Wednesday afternoon, I achieved a personal best when it comes to job stalking. Heading into the Loop for an afternoon meeting, I checked e-mail on my smartphone, and found a request for a connection via Linked In, with an urgent request for a phone call. Although yes, I could have used the Android application... Read more »
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The Swiss Army Knife ...

I had a nice surprise a few days back, discovering a note in the “other” sub-folder to the Facebook “Messages” (yes, it had been sitting there unnoticed for a while) from Karleen Harp, principal of the the RésuméSmith “career branding” service, asking if I’d like to be a “featured job seeker” on her blog. Having... Read more »

The Benefits of Uncommon Wisdom

The Benefits of Uncommon Wisdom
One of the relative advantages of freelancing is that it provides more time for reading (at least, sitting in the comfort of my apartment rather than on the bus or train). I’ve been making more of an effort to read business-oriented books; part of it is wanting to broaden my mind (after all, I’m used... Read more »

More Social Media ...

As I’ve noted previously, sometimes I have books to bring you here which aren’t really about the job search per se, but have info that I think should be of interest. This is one of those cases. Obviously, Google+ for Business: How Google’s Social Network Changes Everything is Chris Brogan’s approach for taking businesses into... Read more »
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Your Pre-Valentine's Day Networking Post

Your Pre-Valentine's Day Networking Post
There’s an old saying – “When one door closes, another door opens….but it’s a hell of a hallway.” And I feel like I’ve been in the hallway for awhile. It’s less about worrying about an income (my sole freelance client is providing plenty of work) and more about moving forward. I have been submitting my... Read more »

Ennui and job applications ...

This is the first time in a long while where I didn’t even have an interest in who won the Super Bowl. Just didn’t care. Somehow neither the Giants nor the Patriots were able to spark either a sense of affiliation or antagonism in me. Up till this point in the playoffs I’d at least... Read more »

My Hyphenated Job Search

My Hyphenated Job Search
Like my fellow job stalker Brendan, I’m entering another year’s worth of unemployment (although for me, it’s year # 2). But in all honesty, it’s not as dramatic….after all, I’ve been able to keep afloat, and then I realized (and by “realized” I mean “came to a conclusion after reading several online articles”) that career... Read more »
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