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Knowing your network…

How you spend your time while in transition greatly influences the options available for you in the future.

One positive dynamic of being in transition is that you have some extra time to network with people you may not have met without having been unemployed.  I especially appreciated discussions with the self-employed (and entrepreneur) contacts I met who shared their time talking with me.  It was purely a discussion to better understand each other, and to convey what each person was working toward.   (Note:  There was no potential that the discussion might lead to an interview or job offer, and they were not selling anything to me.)

Two years later, I still retain awareness and knowledge with most of the people I talked with on a one-on-one basis.  What most impressed me was that these self-employed networkers were running their own business, so their time was their money.  Time spent with me was time that they weren’t specifically spending upon their business.  However, it made clear the value they saw in talking with new people, learning what the other person was about, and seeing if/how each person could help each other.  This value is large enough that they actively pursue such discussions.  Today, I still refer potential clients to those people, because I know what their business is and the type of clients they seek.  Also, they are aware of what I am doing, so when they reach out to me with a question or perspective, it is a direct result of the positive discussions that we shared.

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While in transition, you spend time with many other folks who are also in transition.  At times, you may feel that you are spending too much time with unemployed folks.  Whether the person you’re networking with is employed or not, spending time with folks that you highly respect can be an uplift to your morale (and… while unemployed, morale uplifts can be in short supply).  These discussions also expand your knowledge of how different businesses work, which is always a valuable insight to carry.

Whether you are in a job transition or not, is there someone you’d like to chat with over the next two weeks?  (If you’re reading this on your phone, you can reach out right now…).


Allan Channell is a new ‘Blog to Work’ contributor.  He has experience in software development, project management, and has interests in communications, Tai Chi, and humor.


Presenting the same words, but providing a different experience

This summer, I read through the first six Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels on my aging Kindle e-reader. I read the seventh episode, ’Goldfinger’ in a paperback format from my local library.

With the e-reader, the first six novels were presented in a very consistent manner – the font was always the same, page clarity was the same, and being digital, they all weighed the same and shared the same physical dimensions of the e-reader.

The paperback book, I noticed, provided much more character.  I could tell by the seasoned cover that this specific book had been called upon many times, and had come through with all of its pages intact.  Its pages were yellowed, and my sense of smell got involved as I sensed its accumulated dust.  As I came across a folded page, I knew someone had paused there, with the intent of returning at a later time.  These dynamics are not provided through the e-reader.

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I am not making a ‘new tech vs. old tech’ comparison.  Had I bought a brand-new paperback, I’d be aware that no one else had previously walked through its pristine, crisp, pages, and I’d hear the binding’s stretching sound when first opened (which could easily turn into a crackling sound if opened too wide).  A brand-new edition needs to be read many times before it can display the features of my loaned library paperback.  Each paper book represents itself in a different way, although each contains the same text. That same text is, again, represented differently through the e-reader.  Neither of these three formats is necessarily better, and at different times, I’ll prefer one of these three formats over the other two.

Although your resume lists your achievements, the ‘why’ and ‘how’ you embarked on them are generally left out due to space constraints.  However, these points explain your motivation, who you are, and how you may fit into the hiring company’s culture. Other applicants may have similar text regarding their accomplishments, but no one has your specific history or motivations.

The better you can convey a sense of who you are, within your resume or on-line profile, the more you will stand out, because that is what will set you apart from other applicants. Before focussing upon this point, I heard (more than once) the following during a phone screening: “Although I liked your resume, now that I am talking to you, I see there is so much more to you than came across there.”

Do you believe the words on your resume, or online profile, do a good job of reflecting WHO you are, along with your accomplishments?

Allan Channell is a new ‘Blog to Work’ contributor.  He has experience in software development, project management, and has interests in communications, Tai Chi, and humor.