Random observations on the job search

These are just some random notes about aspects of my job search.

  • I enjoy networking at the job search groups I go to, classes I take, etc. It gets me the human contact I no longer have through the workplace.
  • I’m trying very hard to find a job where I will spend less than one hour per day commuting. Many of the interesting looking jobs are in the west and southwest metro area (I live southeast). When I lived in that area, I couldn’t find anything there. Irony!
  • I have heard so many tricks to getting interviewed, everything from hiding key words at the bottom of your resume but changing the font to white so they aren’t seen when the resume is viewed or printed, to listing my name as the rather androgynous “Pat” rather than “Patricia” because more men are being hired in this economy than women. I’d like to think that who I am and what I can do will get me hired, without all the tricks.
  • Since the past 11 years I worked in a casual dress environment, I didn’t have any remotely fashionable clothing to wear to an interview. A former colleague and friend offered to buy me an interview outfit, so we went to the Mall of America on Saturday shopping, and I came back with one complete three piece outfit plus a jacket that I bought myself. Now I just need the interviews 🙂
  • There are jobs out there, and people showing interest in me. It’s just a matter of finding the right fit.

About Pat Wolesky

I'm a renaissance woman in some ways. Professionally I do Web content management, knowledge management and communications. I also do watercolor painting, compose and perform music, do nature photography, and am the devoted slave to two cats and a moderator of the About.com Cats forum.
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