Where do you find the best guide to a successful job-search strategy? Where do you pick up the best job-search tactics? By imitating someone who got a job.
Last fall, we began compiling profiles of success stories — job seekers who found a job — in our Career Advice section as a way to promote what works and what doesn’t work for job seekers. We profile two job seekers every week, describing the unique problems they faced in the job search, the solutions they found, tactics that worked and those that didn’t.
The result is a little library that answers dozens of job-search questions and (hopefully) relates to your situation.
How to use our Success Stories. Scroll through the archive of success stories or use the Career Advice search to find a job seeker who faces a situation close to your situation. Perhaps they work in the same troubled industry and found a way out, maybe they live in the same unemployment-riddled state as yourself or perhaps they’re struggling finding a job as an operations manager that would allow them to work in their industry but stay close to Toronto to help care for their aging and ailing parents.
Please use them as a guide to your job search and apply some of the tactics they found successful to help you find a job.
A few of my favorites:
Sandy Sanders is a hero by any measure. After 20 years in the Air Force, the last 10 as a fire chief, and several more as a civilian fire chief, he was looking for a job that would use his skills managing a big fire department or multiple operations. Working through OpsLadder, Sanders landed a position as fire chief for construction- and engineering-services giant KBR. After he finishes a training program in Houston this June, he will be in charge of fire stations in 44 locations in Asia and the Middle East. His job is to make sure all these locations, many of them in war zones, are running smoothly.
UpLadder member Susan LoGiudice used the time after getting laid off from her real-estate management job to explore: work toward her MBA, roles as a TV extra and a trip to Europe. When she returned from that trip, LoGiudice had not one, but two job interviews waiting for her. She is now working as director of leasing for Vantage properties of New York, one of the city’s leading investors in residential and retail properties. “If you are laid off, you should definitely post your resume, maximize your use of recruiters and tell everyone you meet that you are looking for a job,” LoGuidice said. “You do have to put yourself out there. But look at it as an opportunity to do something you’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t because you were stuck at work.”
Chris Anderson loves to make music, and the MktgLadder member’s new job brings his profession and passion together. After he was laid off as national director of shopper marketing for Pepsi Co., Anderson used TheLadders to score his dream job, global product manager for Gibson Guitars in Nashville, Tenn. “This is an opportunity to get paid for something I love, and I’m so glad I had the patience to really think my priorities through before I got into the search,” Anderson told TheLadders.com. “I had the patience to wait and make sure I was getting the right job for me, not just taking the first thing that comes along.”
Kurtis Tatum had been working as a consultant at Unisys for the past 35 years and enjoyed his work. He’d done many different jobs there, and for the past five years had been traveling worldwide optimizing data centers. But last June, he decided that he needed to start thinking about looking for another job. He said he needed to be proactive, rather than react to the market. Through TechnologyLadder, he landed a job as practice lead for Siemens IT Solutions and Services. “They have money to invest and innovate,” Tatum said. “The job is doing very similar work to what I am doing now. And they were looking to bring in senior people to help them grow. They liked the experience and skills I could bring to their team.”
“Some days, in sales you can feel like you are on top of the world. Other days, you feel like you have been stepped on and trampled on. But I have done the cubical job and I have done the hard-labor job and I have done the sales job, and even at my worst day in sales, I will take that any day over any of the other industries,” said SalesLadder member Michael Meyer of his position as regional sales manager for Sleep Solutions Inc, a privately held diagnostic service provider focused on products for patients suffering sleep disorders. “There is no doubt that this is where I see myself. And every day, I love it.”
Jim Deimer faced a real challenge at the end of his active duty. A former human-resources professional in the financial sector, the Army reservist was coming up on the end of a long activation in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as a personnel officer. So, as he prepared to come off active duty, Deimer turned to TheLadders to help him network. “I found The Ladders to be a good resource – not just for the $100K jobs. It gets your name in front of people.” Deimer is now a human-resources manager for the Department of Veterans Affairs, helping other military veterans bridge the gap.
- – Marc Cenedella