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January 03, 2010

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Great opine, Gina.

I am beginning to think the hemorrhaging is from arterial bleeds, and though our future elected officials may apply tourniquets, the loss of limb will result, but if the bleed isn't stopped soon, there will be nothing but a lifeless, empty shell of freedom and liberty that once was the United States of America.

Obama has assaulted the sanctity of marriage, overturned the executive order regarding funding to countries that support murder by abortion, and is now sighting in on immigration.

At the end of 2008, my former company had around $140 mil in backlog (projects that were awarded, but had yet to begin). By July of 2009, that backlog had dwindled to a paltry $24 mil due to lost funding. Projects weren't just 'postponed', they were cancelled. Even projects that were underway were shutdown. One project in particular was valued at $160 mil, but was killed in Northern California.

Now, I say former employer because one week before Thanksgiving, I experienced the wake of the Obama effect, and was laid off along with 6 other managers and a couple admins. I have spoke to recruiters across the nation, but I have discovered there are many folks with me in this boat.

The good news is the advantage I have is my faith, my hope has always been placed in someone other than my employer/my job, so I'll not lose hope in the future, despite what the greedy, power hungry politicians seek to destroy. My God promises to meet all my needs according to His riches.

Wow. talk about verbosity... Sorry for the rambling. I guess this post struck a nerve, lol.

Hang in there, Gary.

Do keep the faith and try to make at least 5 or 10 forms of outreach and contact to find work each weekday, if you can. But don't just limit yourself to ads and recruiters.

Often the best jobs are not advertised or even listed yet, and if you happen to make contact with someone with hiring authority at those places, you may end up with an interview where you're the only candidate being considered, greatly increasing your odds.

If you're good at networking, make calls or contacts every weekday. I'm not that good at networking, but I have a strong resume and I have had good success with what is called "broadcast letters" - letters sent to companies (in my case, law firms) telling them what I can do for them.

You can find addresses and names of firms that might need someone like you at the library or on the internet. Write a letter to them on nice stationery with matching envelopes (don't know if this works well with email, or if email is treated more lightly and thrown away quicker --probably so). Address your letter to a VP or President who might have hiring authority (go with the president if you're not sure). Don't use "Dear Sir or Madam" or "To Whom It May Concern" -- you want your letter to sound personalized and specific to them and their company, as it in fact is.

In your letter, tell that person two or three of the best things from your resume and a couple of bullet points of what you've done for your past employer(s) ("developed system to save company $100,000/year"; "reorganized warehouse"; "helped Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napalitano get a clue" (OK -- not that last one)). Tell them you're currently seeking a position but not anything negative about your former employer (or Barack Obama or Nancy Pelosi, though I'm sure the temptation is there!)

For strategic reasons -- to avoid giving them any reason whatsoever to reject you -- don't include your resume with such a letter unless and until someone calls and asks for it -- just be sure to include your address and phone number and maybe your email address.

This approach was originally taught by "40 Plus," a nonprofit that used to help (don't know if they still do) people 40 and older and earning $40K or more/year to find jobs.

You may have to send 100 letters like this to get one nibble or interview, and several hundred or more before you get an offer depending on circumstances, but if you just find addresses and names of contact persons who might have hiring authority and get out 5 or 10 letters a day to different companies (it gradually becomes easier although the initial drafting of the letter is tough), eventually it does work, or so I've found in the past.

You may worry about running out of companies to contact, but my theory is that if I've gone through every company once, I can start all over again, writing to a different person with possible hiring authority at each company, as long as it's been at least six months since my last letter to that company. So far, I've never run out of firms, but every industry is different.

The hard part about job searches is that it's all or nothing -- you go months not knowing if or when you'll get an offer (and then suddenly you do). This time of working hard, experiencing rejection, and not knowing how or when it will work out is a difficult time. I'm sorry you're in that time right now! Get regular exercise and try to keep most of your usual routines outside working hours. It will help keep your stress levels down.

Good luck and keep putting one foot in front of the other no matter how long or hard it is! Keep your faith and -- you're right -- it will be fine.

(And you think YOU were verbose! But you triggered my desire to help in any way I can. Good luck again!)

P.S. - I really should dig out your email address and send these ideas to you directly. If I don't hear from you in the next few days, I'll do that . . . .

Thanks so much, Gina. that's some great advice. I've been sending cover letters and resumes to 5-10 positions, (sometimes to the same company) each day. In a month and a half, I've had one face to face and one phone interview, the later in Pennsylvania. Tomorrow, I'll begin phoning my network and touch bases with as many people as I can locally.

and yes, please send them to my email.

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