How much visibility do you want / need when Job Hunting? – Day 32 #myjobhunt


Since Day 1 I have been blogging frequently about my quest for a new job. When I started I did it purely to reflect on the day past. Within 2 days this had changed. The response I got from people gave me confidence and made me realize that this blog could be a fundamental tool in my job hunting activities. By the end of the first week I couldn’t believe the response and support I had received from so many people, some of whom I had already met, many I had not. It was however Week 2 that things really took off and by the end of Week 3 I had secured my first offer (Day 16). I think I have already written about how I got to Week 3 previously and will no doubt do so again in more detail, once #myjobhunt comes to a conclusion, if in fact it does before I lose interest in writing about it.

Since Week 3 and that offer I have come to realize something and it has been on my mind since. I have made my job hunting activities so open and visible to people, what will happen and what will people think of me if I don’t secure a job? Of course it is inevitable that people will start to wonder why people don’t want me. What will happen if I get a job and then it doesn’t work out? What if I can’t cope? What if …..? What if…..? So many what ifs? I have asked myself if writing this blog was the sensible thing to do in the first place and how can I stop without any negative impact.

Then I looked at the positives of the blog. The blog almost became my CV, the opportunities it created for me, not only actual jobs, but further discussions to take my career in a different direction have been constant throughout the last six and a bit weeks. Some are not for me, others have been too much for me i.e. I didn’t think I was ready or not likely to meet the expectations of role. Some have been great but the salary or rate and location hasn’t worked well. Others still haven’t mature yet and may or may not at all.

The blog has given me so many new perspectives on things; it has taught me some huge lessons about the market and the ability (or lack of) of the many practitioners in it; good and bad. It has made me think and be more reflective about what I want and what I can do. The good thing is that all of the lessons learned will be taken into my next job and built upon and shared with my colleagues, hopefully adding value at each step. This whole journey has taught me so much and no matter what, I expect I will still continue to blog in such a manner going forward.

This quest, this journey so far has been very emotional; worrying, stressful, annoying, humbling, inspiring, enjoyable, amusing. I have to this point, every step of the way enjoyed it immensely and I have made some terrific new friends.

Music of Day 32 – Daydream Believer by The Monkees – very loud and singing on the train!!! Oh yes I did! And others joined in!

How much visibility do you want / need when Job Hunting?

On Day 30 I got the call I was waiting for (and dreading!).

Today I accepted a job. I start 1st October 2010.

THANK YOU EVERYONE

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    • alexhens
    • September 15th, 2010

    Many congrats Gary. Here’s to you enjoying the next 15 days off and starting with real fire in your belly come October 1st.

    Best of British to you :)

    • Thanks Alex – bit of fishing and chilling is called for now i feel.

      see you soon.

      G

    • Jon
    • September 15th, 2010

    Many congratulations Gary – I have really enjoyed reading your daily updates and insights. Good luck with the new role.

    • Thanks Jon appreciate the support
      G

  1. Congrats Gary, glad to hear you’re going to be back paying taxes again soon. Hate the thought of you spending all that free time down by the river!

    I’ve been following the blog throughout, with great interest. I agree totally that for some, a blog may indeed be the new CV. In fact, I formulated a post on this a while ago that might interest you – http://wp.me/pPmPM-1L.

    If you’ve got time to kill before you start your new role, you know where we are – a celebratory beer might be in order.

    Final thought – if you intend to keep up the blogging when you start your new role… will you be going undercover? I think @theHRD needs competition!

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