Another week, another month ...


OK, it’s Friday … and I’ve got a bunch of good links for you today.  As I noted last week, my “old/good” computer semi-miraculously is back from the dead, and this is making my days FAR more efficient (grabbing Twitter is at least twice as fast, for example, and even reading it is quicker as I have an auto-scroll mouse that I can set to roll the Tweets down the screen much faster than I would get through them paging up the list), so I missed only a few hours worth of stuff this week (when I was out of the house longer than 800 Tweets).  Ain’t technology a beautiful thing?

Yesterday I “attended” Chris Brogan’s webinar on job search tactics using social media. He indicated that he was hoping to have a recording of that up, and it’s now available (in two versions for PC and Mac) HERE, you also can get the SlideShare of his graphics HERE. {edited for video link}

This was a relatively thin networking week for me, with just the Social Media Breakfast on Tuesday, and a Tribune event tonight, but that gives me my “minimum” of two events, so I’m OK with that.  Did you know that there were 792 MeetUps this week in the Chicago area?  Check their calendar and see if there’s anything that might help you make some new contacts!  There are also 899 events listed for the Chicago area this month on EventBrite, something you should also check out.

Anyway, here’s what I pulled out of my obsessive Twitter reading to bring to you this week:

• 6 Small Things You Can Do When You Lack Discipline

• 5 Ways to Rock the Job Search

• 50 Interview Questions, why they are asked, and how you should answer!

• Attitude: Your Biggest Job Search Advantage

• Four Excuses to Quit (and What to Do About Them)

• How To Choose And Stay In Contact With Your References

• Do You Dread the Phone Interview or Networking call?

• 10 Tips Asking For Recommendations On Linkedin

• What Color is Your Cover Letter?

• The Résumé Black Hole

• Mister Rogers Was Right: Be Yourself

• Don’t Do This With Your Resume

• Want recruiters to call?

• Three Big Lies About Networking

And, of course, to make things convenient, I’ve added these to alphabetically-sorted “big list of links” and set them up in a handy e-book, downloadable here: 



So … I don’t have much constructive in the hopper for today, aside from (of course) the links … this is the obvious downside of having a mere “job seeker” writing a blog about the job search, if I were a “career consultant” or “HR Pro”, I’m sure I’d be able to pass along gems of wisdom on demand.  Instead, I guess you just get to enjoy a bit of a rant:  it occurred to me today that last summer I was 100% sure that I was going to have a job by the end of October, and here it is a year later and I’m no closer to being employed than I was then.  This is awfully depressing. I keep reminding myself that “it only takes one” successful job application (and I got out seventy resumes in September) to pull me out of this abyss, but it’s mighty hard when day-in and day-out the phone doesn’t ring, and there’s no good news in the e-mail box.  Still, I keep seeing networking friends find new jobs (heard of two last week, probably a good dozen folks I know in new gigs since January), and figure it’s only a matter of time until something comes my way.  I just hope I don’t lose my home while the universe is waiting to get around to me!   Who knows, maybe I was right about October, and just wrong about the year.

Hope you have a productive weekend.

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