Friday, June 8, 2007

Summer of Change

This will undoubtedly be a summer of change among carpool members. All of us have taken stock of our current professional situations and wondered if the grass might be greener somewhere else. Chesty has commented for years that the best time to find a job is when you already have one. What I believe he means is that when there is no pressure to find a job, you can be more selective. Set your compensation requirements high and see if you can find an opportunity that can meet them. The art of this approach is to periodically search the opportunity market for the right job. Besides job search engines, expanding your social and professional network can prove to be invaluable to this approach. I would call this a passive job search technique. Your resume is updated, but you are not forwarding it to headhunters and not posting it on on-line job search engines. But what if you don't have the luxury of time...i.e. you are so upset at your current situation, you absolutely want out, but you want to make sure you don't jeopardize your current income by tipping off your employer of your pending departure. If this is the case, there are a few options. First, you can pick up the intensity of the passive job search, lowering your requirements from desired to acceptable. You can also forward your updated resume to trusted agents (friends, carpool members, former employers) and see if they know of any potential opportunities. Finally, there is the "anonymous resume" approach, where you post your resume under a pseudonym or without a name completely. This way, your identity may be kept secret from your current employer, but you are still aggressively job hunting. It may be best to provide any inquiries with your correct information, in order to maintain a perception of full disclosure. Of course, if you are out of work or have given notice...only one rule applies...get a job!


  1. This all presumes we know what we want to do when we grow up.

    I want to be a Division II ice hockey coach and part time MIS professor at a small Jesuit institution in the Land of Pleasant Living [sic]. Season tickets for the O's would be nice too, but I don't want to push it.

    What advice does this executive counceling blog offer to a guy like me?

  2. I'm trying to post comments, but apparently they all need to be cleared first?

  3. "Jimmy" (or whoever you are), as you might expect, Chesty's very much in the minority in the fight for your right to clear your own comments. Once again, the "exclusivist" majority prevails...for now...will "persist without exception"...

  4. An outsider who knows nothing of this carpool club might suggest that the internet was built for anyone to respond to things like blog posts. One might even suggest that is where the value is at

  5. Point(s), Brian, for the "virgin outsider" [sic] feedback. You "epitomize the essence of Al Gore's intent when he invented the world wide web" [sic].

  6. Amis, (Friends)
    We should allow all to post. Viva la blog!

    As for jobs we want... I wanted to be a mounted police officer dans la ville de Quebec mais i did not have the requisite skillz. So I had to readjust ma espérance in order to make a franc.

    Jean Claude Yves

  7. "We should allow all to post."

    Oui (Yes)...

  8. Jimmy,

    You sound angry, have another quarter.

    I'm all for your ice hockey coaching gig, mon ami. (I'm developing speech patterns -- merd)

  9. Mis Amigos,

    Estoy de acuerdo con "Mon Amis"...

    Carlos Hector Santiago Tico Ramirez

  10. we have talked about changing jobs... what of changing a career? (Jimmy talks of completely different careers)

    is changing your industry more alignes with changing your career, and changing a job is more representative of maintainging your industry?

    do we have employemnt for just monatary reasons or is there something else motivating us? or motivating career / job selections?

    lots of questions, answers shoudl be found w/in each at their own pace...


  11. Lucky is the man who can work in something he truly loves to do.

    Most of us are just running in a circle playing a role in "the Man's" [sic] Circus.

    I wish there was a pill I could take that would help me identify "the perfect career for me"

  12. Perhaps "we" should (re-)consider starting our own business. How would we set the conditions to align our passion(s) w/ monetary/material ROI?

    Maybe "Coach Jimmy" could morph into "Dr. Jimmy" to facilitate his pursuit, discovery, and prescription of "perfect career pills"...

  13. Summer of Change is over. We all experienced change. Chester more than others...Dash also rather large changes...even Juicy experienced some change with the departure of the W-Device. Here's to the future.


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