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Job search: what the reality show would look like

There is a natural progression to a job search and how you feel when you have been fired. Let me give you the key line that would be in the 8 episodes of the reality show, “I Was Fired.”

Episode 1: Fired? I’ll have another job before I’m out the door, you slug.

Episode 2: [...]

Fired! The first 6 things you should do

Fired. Laid off. Terminated. Given a severance or pink slip. Let go. Walked to the door. It’s a terrible, traumatic experience.

Here’s what you do.

First, be nice. No bridge burning. No yelling. Your boss may have been ordered to fire you and is being fired in another week. You may end up working for [...]

My last job stunk, what do I say?

“My last employer lied to me. He looked me straight in the eye and lied to me twice in the employment interview. Then he spent the next year undermining me. He made it impossible to reach the pay level he promised me.”

When he told me that, I understood. I’m an agency recruiter. I could [...]

6 things to remember about covert job hunting

Searching for a job when you already have one can be dangerous. If you are found out, you may be fired. More likely, your chance to work on good projects, the trust of your boss, and morale of your team will all be gone.

Your best bet may be to tell your boss and give [...]

Like your job search, even lasers have to focus

Careers and lasers are not naturally focused. Your career focus will determine whether you have the career you want, or the one that is most convenient for your boss and coworkers.

Lasers, by nature, are also unfocused. A common misconception is that the light comes out of a laser in a tight beam. It does [...]

Your job search: the poker game

If you look at every job search decision, action, and result as a measure of your worth, you are setting yourself up for massive failure. In this article a world renowned poker player talks about evaluating decisions based on the information you had at the time you made the decision.

There may be absolutely nothing [...]

How to find out what you want to be, do, or pursue

I went to a Boy Scout camp where a fire company put on a rescue demonstration. They had 3 cars. One by one they ripped them apart using hydraulic tools. Right then I decided that I want to be a fireman when I grow up. I was 49 and ineligible, but I’m willing to dream.

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Volunteer to be the first person laid off

The best people have the hardest time finding jobs when they are laid off. It is a fact. It is not for the reason you are thinking.

This is my experience.

I was the only person out of 300 that knew for sure that layoffs were coming. I had a mole in the headquarters in [...]

Sample resignation letter and comments

When you quit, make a clean break. Offer to work for two weeks. Let them know you have made up your mind. Don’t tell anyone at work where you are going. Use this letter:

Date

Name of Person Resigning To

Company

Address

City, State ZIP

 

Dear Boss,

Please accept this letter as my official [...]

How to be sure of your career direction. Can you?

It can be difficult if not impossible to know where your career should go. It’s not that you can’t pick a direction, it is making sure it is the right direction. You may climb the career ladder of success, only to find out it is leaning against the wrong wall.

Here is a great article [...]