I was watching CNN's special coverage of the most asked for topics yesterday…job search advice. People wrote in with some of the dumbest questions.
One man complained that he had been out of work since August. His resume was stellar and he had been on several interviews. I don't even remember his question because this is where I stopped listening. Out of work since August and only several interviews is not good if this is supposed to be his full time job. He obviously isn't putting in enough effort. He should have had many more interviews in that time frame. And, what makes him think his resume is good? It can't be if he has only had several interviews.
Lesson learned: Apply to as many jobs as possible and spend 20 hours outside of your house networking. Measure your success monthly…adjust accordingly.
Another write-in job seeker asked what to do because they had a contract job and had also gotten a permanent job offer with the parent company through another source. Duh, take the permanent job. Why do people think they owe anything to employers? You are being paid to do a solid day's work. If they had to lay you off, would they think twice? NO.
Lesson learned: Keep your options open, always be applying and looking for your next job (even when employed). Be polite, and redefine loyalty.
For additional advice on how to endure/survive a period of unemployment, read this summary of No Job, No Prob by Nicholas Nigro. I was given a subscription to The Week by Pop and it is a great way to keep up on events.