This involved teaching children how to build a rocket out of a film canister and why magnets attract iron.
Coincidentally, I would start up conversations with their parents and grandparents and we would casually chat about my job search. Several of these parents reciprocated my generosity to volunteer by sharing their industry insights and even providing job referrals. Learning to network like this — in unconventional locations — was the key element in my transition out of academia. Then they spend their days and nights at a computer, filling out online applications, and writing cover letters — applying, applying, and applying online.
According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. Department of Labor , the length of a typical job search is over 3 months. It means learning how to effectively communicate your transferable skills, not just your technical skills.
Networking is NOT restricted to only defined settings at defined time points. You should be conscious of how you present yourself and the impressions you make wherever you go. Random conversations that you strike up with your hairdresser, yoga teacher, or local grocer can lead to unexpected leads.
You have already built rapport with them by being a dedicated customer or a friendly neighbor and they might be more than willing to extend their network to you. Avoid always wearing your headphones in public settings and giving the impression that you would rather be left alone.
THE BLUNDER- PROOF JOB SEARCH BOOK - Kindle edition by Larry Goldsmith. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. The best part of this job search book is it's “recession proof” and the tools and techniques provided in the book work irrespective of the condition in the market.
A word of caution — networking anywhere at any time does not mean asking random strangers for job referrals. This will allow you to build up professional relationships which will in turn lead to more referrals. Volunteering is a great way to do this, which is why volunteering is a very common source of job referrals.
Volunteering builds industry credibility by showing you have a diverse background that extends beyond technical skills.
Volunteering will allow you to increase your network while improving your interpersonal and communication skills. Prove that you care about more than your tiny PhD bubble and extend your network to your community. Or the ones that exist are poorly attended, dry, and void of any real opportunity. First, setting up an event allows you to develop your leadership skills and other transferable skills. Starting your own Meetup group or promoting events on Eventbrite or through other social media takes minutes and you can do it from your phone.
Or, you can invite industry professionals to give a talk at your university on alternative careers for PhDs. Starting your own networking event or event series will often lead to referrals from unexpected sources. He had had a large amount of heroin and alcohol in his system, and his level of consciousness was the wrong side of sleepy.
Now, however, he was wide awake and angry. The other five have a range of problems. I eyeball her as she comes in. She looks all right. An hour later and the student nurse is still going through the paperwork — nothing can be that wrong as the woman is fully alert, with no complaint of pain and talking normally. This pisses me off as the student should have flagged this up as soon as she had got the score. I call the doctor; we reason that some of the alarming problems are normal because of her medical history.
We deal with the temperature and the underlying infection, and leave the lady to sleep, with a promise that I will return in two hours to check on her. Dealing with the situation takes ages. It gets to 6am when all the morning jobs start.
By the time I remember, three hours have passed. This sweet lady looked me dead in the eye and said: Something is very wrong with me.
She was septic — people die of sepsis — nurses are supposed to recognise this. The job search is important, so avoid the following blunders:.
If you avoid the aforementioned mistakes, you should hopefully be able to land a few interviews. During these crucial meetings, you don't want to make the following errors:. After landing a job, you can't settle down and relax--especially during your first year. Now is the time to prove your worth.
Avoid the following mistakes:. After reading through all of those potential pitfalls, you may assume that the marketing industry is filled with landmines that could blow at any given second.