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As I was sitting around the house either filling out job applications on line, or watching the Price Is Right on the couch, I thought, you know, I ought to share some of the junk I'm learning, or relearning about looking for a job. this was especially true today at a job fair (ugh) when I was talking to a couple of other bears about their job search and what they go out of todays activities.

So lo and behold I found an outlet for it. Shannon [livejournal.com profile] plaghs is looking to take the btalkworld.com website in a new direction and is looking to add different voices and experiences (a sort of This Bear-merican Life, if you will - my pun, not his.) I asked if I could blog about my job search there. He said he liked the idea. My first article just went up. Go and see if I'm on the right track, OK?

http://www.btalkworld.com/?p=3405#more-3405

Date: 2009-07-10 06:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joshjeffcoat.livejournal.com
Make sure to give a shout here every time you post an article, i don't often head to btalkworld anymore.

How were the bears today? :)

Date: 2009-07-10 01:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eggwards.livejournal.com
I will do, I think it's my duty to direct attention to the site now, anyway.

I knew that Lloyd would be at the job fair today, but he was being really outgoing and asked Jason if he was on Bear 411. We had a great lunch and a lot of fun commiserating. It was nice to be able to get out of the house and chat. The job fair did provide a couple of leads I need to follow up on, so we will see.

Date: 2009-07-10 12:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrdreamjeans.livejournal.com
Excellent blog, Michael! I enjoyed reading it. I've been behind the curve on my business resume, as it has been on the computer in storage. I didn't have it on my laptop. So, your advice the column was right on target for me. My focus has been on theater first and all of those materials .. headshot, resume .. have been updated and are in use.

I'm not sure how much websites like monster.com generate legit interviewing opportunities. Networking remains the best source of actual jobs. I'd be talking to folks you knew in Houston and Dallas for leads, as you perform your own search for work.

Big HUGS!

Date: 2009-07-10 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eggwards.livejournal.com
Yes, I don't find Monster or Career Builder all that helpful. I guess I would need to set up better screens for that. I've been using some other aggregators for more of my search, as well as going to individual company sites where I can see all of their positions. so far that's been much more successful.

I look at the blog as a bit of "here's some tips" but not expert advice, sort of a cautionary tale. I think from a writing standpoint it's a good angle.

Date: 2009-07-10 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrdreamjeans.livejournal.com
I agree! Good job!

Date: 2009-07-10 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bearinslc.livejournal.com
I read the article this morning, good job. Wants to give big hugs for the job loss.

Sorry to hear about the layoff

Date: 2009-07-10 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crbear.livejournal.com
I got laid off in September '07, ended up working 3 temp jobs, and finally got hired full-time in May '09.
I hope that you won't be out of work for too long, but be prepared for a tough job market out there.
Good Luck in finding a new job.

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