2012 is my first year owning and writing for WorkCoachCafe, and it has been a very educational experience. On my other site, Job-Hunt.org, I work mostly on finding good resources for job seekers (Job-Hunt links to over 18,000 other websites, mostly employer recruiting pages), and publishing new articles every week by the Job-Hunt Experts, a group of 20+ talented people who contribute their ideas to help Job-Hunt’s visitors.
WorkCoach is very different from Job-Hunt. Job-Hunt feels like a major magazine I publish, and have published every week since 1998. WorkCoach feels more like a talk radio program or, even, the local diner. Amazing (to me, at least) are the number of people who join the conversation here. WorkCoachCafe has nearly 9,000 comments from visitors, often worried about what happened in an interview or after an interview, wondering what to do next, sharing their hopes and fears, helping each other and being helped by Chandlee. (Thank you, Chandlee!)
Many visitors have posted their success in landing new jobs, which is very encouraging for everyone. I expect we will see more of that in the future!
Top 10 New Posts
It may not look like it, but I spend a lot of time working on the blog posts for WorkCoachCafe. Usually, they are triggered by a discussion I’ve had with a job seeker, or a question or comment posted here, or by my own observation into what’s working and what isn’t working for job seekers. Each week, I try to help eliminate a “pain point” for job seekers. Some weeks I do better than other weeks.
The top posts in 2012 are a little surprising, but, I think, very interesting. I put them in order according to their “social score” which is a combination of all the social media shares plus the number of comments on the posts.
This is the last “real” post of 2012, but it clearly hit a major pain point for many people. I’ll do more research and writing on this topic in the future.
Not getting that job is tough, and often we blame ourselves. Sometimes that’s appropriate. Often it is not, but it is always good to look back and try to figure out what could have been done better.
This is the flip side of # 2, and very good to keep in mind that we can’t control the process, although we can often have an impact.
This post is what I’ve been telling people for many years. Most of us are’t good at job hunting, and that’s usually because we don’t do it often. These days, however, more than lack of practice and job search skill is impacting job search. Technology has had a major impact on the process, and many job seekers don’t understand how big or how to manage it. (This is part of the theme of the # 1 post.)
A couple of recruiter interviews turned this into the post I had to write. These recruiters really do view the interview as the “point of sale” for the job seeker, and are dismayed at how many job seekers don’t seem to understand that. So, lots of tips based on two very long interviews with recruiters. It’s longer than usual, but hopefully worth the time investment.
Dr. Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book had a big impact on me a couple of decades ago, and this post was my “thank you” to him, caused, unfortunately, by his death. I applied Dr. Covey’s 7 habits to job search, and it seems to have resonated with many people.
It seems to me that many of us are clinging to the old ways of doing things (like submitting traditional resumes) far too long. And many job seekers are very resistant to having any online visibility, even a LinkedIn Profile. I think they are hurting themselves enormously by doing that, and this is a post to try to help them see that.
This is a complaint I see much less these days than a couple of years ago, but it is still a problem. LinkedIn is not a job board. A LinkedIn Profile is not a resume posted in a resume database. It’s a combination of personal marketing and online reputation management, and it needs to be used that way. This post tried to make that point clearly. I hope it did.
Sometimes I think I should label big sections of WorkCoach and Job-Hunt with the title of “Technology Trap Avoidance.” It’s the classic case of not knowing what we don’t know. Hopefully, this post helps make that clear.
In my past, I made the mistake of not watching where I was going when I left a job I didn’t like. I ended up in a job that lasted a year before I bailed to go to graduate school. And, many of the comments from job seekers here on WorkCoach are focused, not surprisingly, on pleasing the interviewer. This post tries to help job seekers understand that the interview should work both ways. They need to consider whether or not that employer is a place where they want to work.
On to 2013!
Now, on to 2013. I have a feeling it will be a good year. I hope it will bring peace and prosperity to all the people of the world.
And, for you, reading this post, my very best wishes to you for a
Happy, Healthy, Safe, and Prosperous 2013!
© Copyright, 2012, Susan P. Joyce. All rights reserved.
About the author…
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. In 2011, NETability purchased WorkCoachCafe.com, which Susan has been editor and publisher of WorkCoach since then. Susan also edits and publishes Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Google+.