I write often about the need to surround yourself with positive, supportive people during a stressful period of job transition. Connecting with family and friends regularly lifts your spirits and reminds your network to keep an eye out for you. It can also provide you with important insider information about the job market in your local community.
I recently had lunch with a friend whose husband works for a Fortune 200 company in our city. As we were catching up, I casually asked her, “How’s Chris’s new job going?” My friend opened up about how stressful her husband’s job had become, and told me that his company was currently under a hiring freeze. Now, the day we had this conversation, this very company had hundreds of open jobs listed on its Web site. Their online application system would easily take each candidate at least 30 minutes to complete. Imagine how those applicants would have felt if they had known that no one would be reviewing their applications!
Your friends offer an invaluable perspective into your local economy and job market. A simple statement such as “John just got a job over at XYZ” can clue you in to companies that are hiring again. Many times our friends don’t realize the greater economic ramifications of the events they see going on around them, but those of you who are searching for any sign of economic opportunity will be able to see the broader patterns.
When you do find great nuggets of information don’t forget to have a great resume ready to share. Personal branding is a must and generic will never do if you want the interview. Call us today or stop by our resume writing page for more information on the results we deliver to our clients every day.
PS. One of our clients this week received a call the first day she posted her new resume. We think this is pretty awesome!
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!
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