For the past several years I have been giving out advice to people to help with their job search. I have passionately spoke about what “you must do” and what to not do. Many have come back to thank me once they found what they were seeking and thanking me for what I contributed.
Some did not.
For the first time in over 13 years, I am starting my own job search. The last time I worked for someone was in 2002 and that position was offered to me through reference and not my own efforts. Now I have found it necessary to seek an opportunity with an employer and build on my career.
I am Scared
As I look over the final touches on my resume, add my ResuBean, and get ready to start laying the first seeds of my job search, I can truly say that I am scared. Business has taken much longer to grow than I expected and I must take full responsibility for that. Because of that I feel that I am coming off of a failure. Now as I start speaking with companies about their needs and how I can help them, I have in my mind that I did not do such a great job for me – my last employer.
I must take this and make it a positive.
Defining my Search
What will become important for me is to lay definition to what I am seeking and why. I am one of those that hates the rhetoric that you get from candidates when you ask about their future plans.
To join on with a forward thinking organization that can utilize my talents.
Might as well give the world peace answer in a beauty pageant.
Right now I am too sketchy when I think about my future career plans. Not that I do not have any but frankly I have not thought about working for someone else in many many years and I need to do some defining and redefining.
I will share here what my results and efforts are in the job search. There is so much that I preach that will be necessary to do. As I go through the process, it will be interesting to see if I follow what I preach or take short cuts.
Good reason for you to follow this story because I look forward to people calling BS when I do not do what I am supposed to.
So here is who I am:
I have owned a recruiting firm for nine years. I have worked in a number of disciplines and industries. Prior to this I was an Executive Recruiter with an agency in manufacturing. Experience also in advertising and leadership positions in the restaurant industry. Air Force veteran.
I will be looking for positions in recruiting and talent acquisition, though I will be open to anything to move up. I will be looking for manager – senior manager to be close to commensurate with my level but will be open. Really I want to learn. I want to get on with a great group and learn.
I will be seeking out positions with large recruiting firms and corporations. There are two things that will be working against me. When speaking with corporations, sometimes they view an external recruiter as not understanding full process of what they do. The other is that I did not take the time to finish my degree. I am taking care of that now and will be complete next year or shortly thereafter.
So let’s see where this takes me. If you are searching for a position, please comment along and tell us your adventures. Also if you disagree with what I am doing, please let me know.
Next post will be about structuring and defining my search and my first moves.
What do you think should be my first move?