Between the Trapezes - On Job Search! | November 2020
Between the Trapezes

Help for when you’re between two career certainties

November 2020

With the pandemic still very much with us, I'm betting that many employers who are hiring will have a longer holiday hiring season this year because their hiring teams will not be doing as much traveling. Most people I've been surveying are saying "We're staying home and not doing much, no big gatherings this year, it's just the immediate family." So they're in the office (remotely or otherwise) more than usual this last 4-5 weeks of the year. And not putting hiring off until January but doing it now.

So instead of the "holiday hiring window" that usually ends just before Thanksgiving in the US, look for more interviewing and hiring right up to Christmas and New Year's Day, a good thing for candidates. Don't skip doing your search this time of year!

To help you with this, look below for tips for a holiday job search.

Think about what you have. Despite life's ups and downs, we each have been blessed with gifts.
A moment of gratitude for them refills your sails.
Joanne Meehl
"Your career is the treasury of your life" -
Joanne Meehl
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Keep your search going through the holidays, especially this year when so many doing the hiring WON'T be traveling out of town, due to COVID. Here are a few of the tips:

  1. Even for online events (Zoom, similar), dress as if someone else on the call might want to interview you
  2. Keep applying, researching companies, culling your target company list
  3. Keep up your networking, staying upbeat, and using LinkedIn to connect with people at companies you want to work for
  4. Don't drink and network: sure, it might be a festive group Zoom call where everyone is invited to imbibe, but stay clearheaded and save the partying for friends
  5. Donate time to your favorite cause. Various charities have ways you can help online. Helping others refills your soul!
  6. Give "cheap but good gifts", especially if you're between jobs, such as a gift card of your time. Or a homemade dinner, delivered, or a number of free dog walks!
  7. Other job seekers are slacking off right now -- if you keep your search going, you remain highly competitive!

You’re psyched to do the interview with one of your target companies. You’ve had your eye on them for years and now they’ve noticed you.

Except your excitement deflates when one or more of these things happen:

  • You meet the CEO, who barks at everyone and they are shaking in fear
  • The interviewer hints that in order to succeed in the company, it may not always be possible for you to be ethical
  • The interviewer, who is the hiring manager for the position, does a "test" interview where she puts you down to see how you react
  • They do not get back to you when they say they will, despite being very excited about seeing you and giving you all kinds of buying signals about hiring you

Yes, all of these HAVE happened to clients. Real clients who told me about the employer’s rudeness.

How to handle this? First, let’s talk about choice: You have a choice in how you deal with an employer is downright rude to you, the candidate. But know each choice has its consequences.

You can --
  • Ignore the behavior. If you do so, you will still have that nagging, sinking feeling about it.
  • Call them on it, on the spot. Possible consequence: you are not called back for the next round of interviews -- although you want the job, you want to do the right thing for you.
  • Say nothing during the interview, but afterward give feedback to HR or the leadership team. You risk not being called back BUT they will have respect for you calling it to their attention. Companies are competing for your talent today and DO NOT want to lose you to the competition because of a rude employee.
  • Ignore the behavior BUT if hired, discuss it with the person after youre "in", pointing out how this turns off great candidates. When they hear it that way, it is likely to not be repeated.

While some rudeness is not intentional, other incidents simply should not take place. Make the right choice, the one you can live with.

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This month’s Tip from Joanne:

If you’re in job search, network more with those in jobs

Network with everyone but especially those who are IN jobs, particularly if they work at a company you want to work for. Why? Because usually those in jobs have more active networks.

Second, they can also nominate you for openings at their company, or at the company of a friend.

So aim for 70% of your networking to be with those in jobs. It will pay off!

Thought for the Month

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.

— Willie Nelson
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