Whatever Happened to My Friend Bob?

In a previous article entitled, “…My Company Let Me Go Today,” I talked about my friend Bob. He had recently lost his job and was struggling with how to move forward. Bob went into a real funk, but I was able to give him some tips on how to proceed for a productive job search.

Bob updated his resume, started contacting his network, applied for unemployment benefits, and registered in WorkInTexas.com to look for jobs. In updating his resume, he focused on what an employer wants and supported that information by providing details about his accomplishments, skills, and strengths, As a result, Bob began receiving phone calls very quickly from employers. That is exactly what every job seeker wants – phone calls from employers to schedule interviews. Remember, the resume won’t necessarily get you a job, but it is your marketing tool to get your foot in the door. You want to attract employers so they will consider you.

When you update your resume, find several individuals who are willing to review it and give you feedback, so when you do send it out, you are putting your best foot – or best resume – forward.

As for Bob, he was concerned about having interviews because he had never really had a formal one before. Every job he had been offered in the past was the result of two acquaintances just getting together to shoot the breeze. So to help Bob, I directed him to some of the Interviewing job search skills classes Workforce Solutions offers at its offices and in the community. (If you would like information about these classes that are offered in the greater Houston-Galveston region, please go to the Workforce Solutions website and look at the Job Fairs and Seminars tab in Jobs and Careers for an up to date list. You can also Google interviewing tips to find typical interview questions and how to answer them.)

Bob attended one of the Interviewing classes at Workforce Solutions, and it must have been “Karma” because the very next day he received a call from an employer inviting him in for an interview. Bob was a bit nervous about doing it, but the Workforce Solutions class facilitator who taught his class was very encouraging. She conducted a mock interview with him, so Bob would become comfortable answering typical interview questions.

We all know how difficult it can be talking about ourselves. It just doesn’t seem natural. In fact, it seems a little like bragging. However, employers are looking for self-confident individuals, and the main questions they are trying to get answers to are “Do you have what it takes to do this job?” and “Are you going to fit in?”

Bob had a very good first interview and was so excited about how well things went. He informed me later that he was called back for a second, and then a third, interview. And guess what? After just about a month of intense job searching, Bob received an offer for a position that completely fit his skill set and his salary requirements. Overall, his new job seems to be a great fit.

So what does Bob have that you don’t? Not a thing. He gave himself time to mourn over the loss of his job, but not too much time! He utilized his network, contacted people who could get him in touch with hiring managers. He updated his resume, attended an interviewing class, and basically got busy with his job search. Looking for a job is a job in itself, but in the end, the effort is all well worth it. I wish you all the best in your job search!

Velta Worley has over eight years experience in corporate management, five years of that specializing in workforce development as a Technical Assistant and Office Manager for Workforce Solutions.