Category Archives: Job Search

Personal Branding

This isn’t the first time I’ve been laid off from a job. It happened to me twice in the late 1990s. However, this time there’s a new wrinkle – personal branding. I know all about branding, since I’ve done marketing … Continue reading

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Over 50 and unemployed: The Journey Continues

I’m still over 50 and unemployed. It’s been just over three months now. I’ve completed my outplacement services, and have now completed a second training course, a six week course on Search Engine Optimization. I’ve just started a course on … Continue reading

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Filling knowledge gaps through training

My most recent position involved Web application management and Web content management inside the firewall: intranets, an internal WordPress blog, a MediaWiki installation, and SharePoint governance and site collection management. My previous positions were Marketing Communications positions, including writing and … Continue reading

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Government assistance for dislocated workers

When my position was eliminated, my Boston-based company provided me with very basic information about how to apply for unemployment benefits in Minnesota. My sister-in-law, who works for the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), put me in touch … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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Exploring…

Since I last wrote I’ve been on a journey of exploration. I started my outplacement service, and the first step is completing a number of inventories of skills, interests and values, with particular emphasis on the Birkman Method. I had … Continue reading

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The adventure continues

It’s been a little over a month now since my 11 year stint at my former company ended. I’m finding that the practical side of me wants to go back to traditional employment, with steady income and good health benefits. … Continue reading

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The Blame Game

When you get laid off you really want someone to blame. Playing the blame game does no good, only harm. I need to look forward, to the next opportunity. Continue reading

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Unemployed and 56

I find myself in the new and uncomfortable position of being unemployed at age 56. The company I had worked for the past 11 years surprisingly did a large “RIF” in the US last week, even though there had been … Continue reading

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