Questions, Questions

Kevin Donlin's article on the questions you should ask about a job search has wider application, I think.

Where you work, what's working? What isn't working? How might you improve both?

The work of David Cooperrider has helped organizations like Roadway Express and the Episcopal church of California.

Maybe his concepts of appreciative inquiry can help you!

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  • Ricki Frankel

    In response to Roger Fulton's response, I have to wholeheartedly disagree with his statement that 'anyone stupid enough to send a resume to a blind ad deserves a blindfold before the firing squad'. As a career coach for many years, I know that anyone who only relies on sending resumes to bind ads for their job search is going to have a difficult time. However, responding to an ad cannot hurt, and takes little time. Usually it is like emailing into a black hole, but everyone once in a while, you get a good response. A personal introduction is of course best, but if you hear of a specific job and you don't know anyone who knows anyone there, what else can you do? I, personally, have gotten what I think is good response -- maybe 10% -- and am in the running for a job I really want which I would only have found through a blind ad. Just don't rely on it.

  • roger fulton

    THE best advice on jobs, job hunting, dealing with the baloney, HR (whose job it is to rule you OUT of the running, not IN) is and no one else. All others have been pretty soupy and generic stuff. A'la, anyone stupid enough to send a resume to a blind ad deserves a blindfold before the firing squad.

  • Alexandra Levit

    I agree with the concept of "making your own luck" in a job search. I think a key point is that in today's job market, one can't rely on the traditional process of responding to a posted opening by sending a generic resume to a nameless HR contact. Rather, you'll be more successful if you go after unadvertised positions by getting to know people in the companies where you want to work and by creating tailored communications that show how you can address the specific needs of a targeted employer.