In a tough economy all you ever hear are negative stories about layoffs and unemployment so I wanted to share a great testimony to the fact that hiring is taking place and that if you do the right things and put yourself in the right position good things can happen.
Donnie Hall, a connection on one of the social networking sites, recently sent out an ’employed’ status update to his network. I try to keep on ongoing list of how people find their opportunities so I shot him a quick note to ask about how he had found his.
Here is Donnie’s story and reason number 15,304 never (and I mean never, ever) to burn any bridges.
The story of finding this job is an interesting one. First, understand that I have been developing software in the Nashville area for 22 years and the longest I’ve ever been out of work is about a week.
I was laid off November 13 and knew that nothing would happen during the holidays so I spent my time working on my résumé, networking and promoting myself on Facebook and my company website.
The job search began in earnest after the first of the year. It took longer than expected for things to start moving but my phone started ringing in late January. I even expanded my search nationwide and came very close to landing a contract in Las Vegas.
The job that I have now was the result of two people that I worked with 18 years ago. One of them is the Product Development Manager at my current employer and remembered my work from all of those years ago. She had a project manager position come open and found out (through the other) that I was available. We went from talking about it to a formal offer in about a week.
In 22 years, I have gotten one job (very early on) as the result of responding to a newspaper ad. Every other job or contract that I’ve ever gotten was the result of knowing someone.
I figured out very early on, that every person you work with could help or hurt you later on in your career. I’ve always focused on developing positive relationships with my peers and it has served me well.
I regularly tell people that and would recommend that as the focus of any job search group that you are involved with.
Thanks for asking…I love to tell that story.
Hope you enjoyed Donnie’s story as much as I did.
Good luck and good hunting!