The current economy has put me in a position that I have not been in for a long time – looking for a job. Given that my last job search was more than a half dozen years ago, I started with what I knew. I pulled out my résumé and cover letter, updated them, and started looking for jobs in all the places I had looked before. I read the newspapers, the national job boards that have been around for years, and the job board through the state Workforce Development office. I sent out résumés and filled out online application forms. I was responding to jobs that I was qualified for and I have a strong background, so I thought the calls would start coming in quickly.
There have been some responses, but not as many as I had expected. I’ve even had a couple interview processes that have gone pretty far, but for one reason or another, no offers.
As the days and weeks passed with no real change in the results I was getting, it became clear that something would have to change with how I did my job search. I kept reading about how networking is the biggest reason people give for how they found their current job, so I called and emailed past contacts to let them know that I was in the market again. They all wished me well, but no, their companies were not hiring. Now what?
I was talking with my wife about my frustrations, and she said, “Why don’t you start a blog about your job search?” A blog? You know, why not? With that, The Job Quest (http://rodneysjobquest.wordpress.com) was created.
There are different sites that let you host your blog for free, and I didn’t know which one to pick, so I just went for WordPress. I’m glad I did. It’s got a lot of neat toys for a free site and it has been pretty easy to learn. I also like having separate pages for a short bio and my résumé.
Since I haven’t had it up for very long, I am not sure what will happen. I’m not even sure how it all will develop. I just post about topics related to my job search, sometimes talking about what seems to be working for me, other times asking questions. And when I find other blogs or resources that are helpful in one way or another, I put them on my blog. Who knows, maybe someone else looking for a job will find them helpful. We are all in this together, right? May as well help out someone else who needs it.
Do I know what I am doing with this blog? Absolutely not. I am learning about this as I go and hoping that as word of The Job Quest spreads that it will be discovered by an HR professional or company executive who is looking for someone with my background.