The new year is upon us. Out with 2009 and in with the 2010. I am happy to back to work so I can get some rest. With all the things that go on in the holidays I think it becomes more stressful than regular work.
The new year means going back to work and checking on the things you left undone or needed to complete from the Holidays. My cubemate came back to a little less than 400 unread emails. It took her a couple of days just to sort through the deluge of information and questions.
I struggle to remember what I need to do from yesterday. You can ask my wife she has to even write me a detailed list for the grocery store because if not it is string cheese and Oreos for dinner
Imagine trying to remember where I had left off from 2-3 weeks ago. If you are looking to change careers or gain a new career, do not assume that people remember anyones status from December.
Now is the time to call, send emails, send up the flares. Personal contact being the best. It’s easy to glance at an email and forget. It takes effort to talk. Start trying to touch base with everyone.
“Everyone” you ask.
“Everyone” I say.
I give you an example. I talk to people all day about positions and resumes. I had a candidate referred to me with great marketable skills. I didn’t have anything for him then but I asked him to call me every week or two to check in and I would call him if anything popped up.
Long story short he doesn’t call and I forget. Several potential positions come and go that were potential positions of interest. I was invited to a Networking event two months later and guess who I run into, my candidate. I tell him to call me the next day. He doesn’t call, which baffles me, but I receive a job for the exact skills he has and in the industry he just left. I called him and we end up setting up an interview. None of that would have happened if we would not have talked the day before.
Timing is everything. Time to reach out. I know a lot of people do not want to bother their friends and acquaintances about their job search. I have never heard a friend say ” I am tired of trying to help my friend get a job.” If they did they weren’t a true friend. People understand the economic times.
Companies are hiring. The most recent jobless numbers are down. While we do not know all the factors, there are people getting hired and starting new positions right now.
While job boards are good the highest percentage of positions are filled through networking.
Good luck and go call someone.