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Between the Trapezes For cutting edge career management and job search
August 2012


Welcome to Between the Trapezes, showing you how you can make your way from one career certainty to the next!

- Joanne Meehl, aka The Job Search Queen

What's here:
  • Who Said You Could Stop Learning?
  • Five Reasons You Do Not Get Interview Feedback
  • There's A Guide for That

  • Who Said You Could Stop Learning?

    Just last week I talked with a friend who's a business owner in Massachusetts who got angry when I got talking about using Pinterest for my business, and she might want to look into it. She yelled, "What ELSE do I have to learn? First it's Linkedin, then Facebook, then Twitter, now it's something else!"

    It was then I realized how often I hear the same thing from those in job search. The heaving sigh of "There's something ELSE I have to know?!" The eye roll with "Who has the time?"

    I get that. I understand it. It's work to keep having to learn a certain new thing, especially when it doesn't come naturally to you, and it's not central to your purpose of the moment.

    For that reason, it's not easy for me, either: that day after talking with my friend, I worked some more on my Pinterest board and sure enough, I said more times than I could count, "Now why did THAT happen?" and "What the heck do they mean by that?"

    So we have to learn things we didn't expect to. I ask: What's the alternative -- stop learning?!

    I don't care how old you are: If you want to be a business owner, or succeed further in your career, or be involved in LIFE in any way, we have to keep learning.

    Fortunately, this little thing called the Web is a HUGE help. Type into your search engine "How do I ___?" and you will almost ALWAYS find someone out there who's written it down for others to use -- bless 'em! I'll keep you posted on my Pinterest progress.

    Who said you could stop learning? You? You can't. To do so means you'd be checking out of society, out of today. You'd start saying things like "Back in the day...", and bore everyone to tears.

    This is the day. So is tomorrow.

    Stay with us: keep learning.

    Five Reasons You Do Not Get Interview Feedback
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    So often I get questions from candidates about "Why can't I get feedback about my interview?", especially when the person does not get the job.

    Here are some reasons why interviewers won't give you feedback after an interview when you don't get asked back for the next round, aside from that nebulous "fear of being sued":

    1. They simply don't have the time. HR departments are thinly staffed and have been for over 10 years. Internal recruiters have multiple searches going on and are frantic to keep hiring managers happy by giving them immediately eligible candidates. External recruiters... Continue reading...

    There's A Guide for That
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    Joanne Meehl makes available materials that will give you some coaching, right off the page, at the Ignite Your Job Search Store! Click the link below. Want to know how to create a target list of employers? There's now a guide for that. Are you a college senior looking for a road map to a great job when you graduate? There's a guide for that, too. All at minimal prices, with a secure connection when you use a credit card to purchase.

    You can even get live coaching time with Joanne here (at introductory rates that will more than pay you back when you use what you learn!).

    Use your smartphone to get to the Ignite store, or when getting other downloads from the site, or to see Joanne's blog: just snap the QR code above with your smart phone to get right there.


    Joanne Meehl

    Some people say they haven't yet found themselves. But the self is not something one finds; it is something one creates.

    -- Thomas Szasz, Hungarian psychiatrist


    Tip of the Month:
    Whether you're in a job and looking for a new one, or between jobs, hang out with the employed. Their networks are more current and active.


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