My job search started immediately. I spent ten hours a day, six days a week, looking for my next job. But I didn’t know what I was doing. So, I spent sixty hours a week doing the wrong things. Sound familiar?
Spinning my wheels led to depression. I felt like I couldn’t beg my way into an interview. If I did get an interview, I didn’t get an offer. I was the only person I knew in my situation. Early 2006 was right before the economy crashed, and everyone who wanted a job seemed to have one… except me! I had done everything “they” said to do to have job security: I had a degree in Computer Information Systems. I got my MBA. My work experience was pretty good, with a healthy mix between technical roles and management and executive roles. Just for good measure, I threw in the “highly sought-after skill” of learning a foreign language.
But I still couldn’t land a job.
I wasn’t getting anywhere except frustrated. Week after week, month after month. Spinning wheels. Most mornings I’d lay in bed thinking “Why get out of bed? I’m not getting anywhere!”
My relationship with my wife and kids suffered. I finally understood why a job loss was one of life’s most devastating experiences.
In 2019 I was in San Diego to present to a group of career coaches and resume writers. I came up with a new-to-me idea that I built into my presentation. I said:
“Everyone here should make a six week program to help your clients do a job search! Just make a recording of what your clients should do every day… this can help so many people!”
What a great idea, right? This program, if done right, could help with each of the problems I had in my own job search: feelings of loneliness, feeling stuck, feeling depressed, and feeling like I was spinning my wheels.
The conference ended and I wondered who would actually create that program. It wouldn’t take much work, I thought. And then it hit me: why not me? Why not take what I’ve learned from 13+ years in this space and share it? Why don’t I share what I’ve learned from hundreds of career professionals and from my own experiences, and create my own program?