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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Job Hunt Battle Plan

If you read this little blog often enough then you know that I’m without a job. Just for giggles and to keep many of my online friends posted on how I’m doing I decided to post my latest adventures in my “War On Unemployement“. I’m calling it a war because of the fact that I still have a rather large family to feed and of course that same family with no medical coverage. After ten plus years of dedicated service to my employer I received no severance pay so we are out on a limb till unemployment kicks in.

This is just a few inklings of what I am doing to find a new job. My first priority was updating my resume so that all of the information was accurate. I’m going to be tapping a few friends to let me know how it reads and edit accordingly.

There is a ton of information on many other much more qualified sites than this one so if you too are looking for work I would suggest the following sites that I have found amazingly useful. has an amazing system to post your resume on and will email you relevant jobs that fit your searches every day when you sign up for their free service. has all the information you might need to start your job search out on the right foot and I highly suggest tapping them as a go too source of information as you begin your job search. If you find others that work out just as well or better please let me know in the comments below!

Many companies you hear of through word of mouth that might have a job opening ask for you to fax in your resume. I have heard of several already thanks to many friends and family. If you have access to a fax then good for you, if you do not have access to a fax then you can fax your resume in using a free online fax service called EFAX. Sign up for your free account here. They will email you what your private fax number is along with your PIN number. Not all possible employers companies are on the world wide web and information highway so check it out and let me know what you think.

Yesterday I spent most of the day on the road dropping off my resume to similar companies in my field of expertise in the local area. In the wire and cable manufacturing industry there is a close knit family of employees that have worked with one another at any point in history, many lifetime friends. I’m tapping that network of friends by letting them know that I need a job. I’m thinking it is just common sense to network with the people you have worked with in the past to move my resume to the top of the heap with a friendly suggestion from someone inside the box so to speak.

Where I worked as an Account Manager dealing with customers all across the nation I spent last Thursday and Friday letting my former customers and friends know that I was no longer with my former employer. Regardless of how I personally feel about my separation from my former employer it would not serve me well in the long run to bash them to people that will still be their customers. This proved out with very fruitful results with several of my former customers and friends asking me for my resume. One such customer, the President and owner of a company that I serviced for ten years located in Illinois could not offer me a job but his source of contacts in the Boston area just might be able too. That was a big boost to my “War On Unemployment” morale.

This battle and this war can be won so check back often to Papamoka Straight Talk to see how the war is being fought.

By all means please offer your tips and insight on what has or has not worked for you. I really appreciate all the feedback from everyone on any angle. If you have a job for this blogger aka wire and cable inside sales account manager then by all means contact me right away in the email in the side bar.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This, your job loss, not your battle plan, is the most horrible news. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, and watching for an announcement of a new job at any moment. Your plan and the steps you've already taken sound like the start of success.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I'm just a newbie at looking for a job Chell. I've always had a job of one sort of the other since the day I graduated High School so this is truly a new adventure for me.

Thanks for checking in on me and my little clan Chell. As for prayers... The more the better!

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Monalika82 said...

The title itself tells about the job search difficult which is like a battle.......i am experiencing it with softwares recruiters use for the resume selection, interview rounds and many more...all the best!!! I hope the best for you!!!

3:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the job hunt has been promising. Papamoka, your work ethic ought to stand out, even without looking in depth at a resume'. But, here's one more tool for faxing, and it's free.

8:20 PM  

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