My job search ended in under two months. I am going to work for Sungard in center city Philadelphia! My first day is January 8, making 2008 completely different than 2007. It is a completely new beginning to a new era in my life. I am going to work on the eleventh floor of the historic Curtis Building, which is located very close to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was ratified.
I will take the train in and that will be almost an hour long train ride each way. I am hoping to spend that time writing, reading, and listening to books.
Job searching in 2007 is different than job searching in 1987. There is a lot of help out there for job seekers and my old company provided me with a lot of career counseling help which was *extremely* useful. You can use a cube there to go through their online tutorials, work on your resume and make phone calls. They offer seminars almost every day on how to interview, how to write a resume, how to network, how to negotiate a job offer, etc. You get to hang out with other people who are in the same jam you are in, and get to help them out – which makes you feel not so bad about your situation.
There are several keys to getting a job – the best one is to fully harness the fact that there are many people out there who want to help you out – friends, strangers, people you work with, people you go to church with, friends of friends. There are people who are motivated for all different kinds of reasons. It is much better to network with people in the real world over networking with people over the internet – because the help is much more real. The purpose of networking on the internet is always to network with them in real life. One of the best things to do is to meet with other people at user groups and other networking functions.
If you make your resume public on http://www.Monster.com, you will probably be inundated with phone calls from recruiters. I was.
Other sites that I found useful:
http://www.linkedin.com facebook for professionals
http://www.indeed.com a search engine that searches all job sites
http://www.indeed.com/salary search for salary information