Submitted by: Mike Doody, CCC Board Member, CCC Career Coach Volunteer, and Retired Executive Search Consultant

Last week’s blog I started the conversation about what to do if suddenly you are out of work, including:

Being forthright
Getting in touch with your feelings

Let’s continue the discussion on other tools you can do when you find you are out of a job:


Get yourself organized. Your full-time job is to find yourself a job. You need a game plan – a rigorous, disciplines approach; you need an office; you need a computer, or access to administrative support; you need stationary and a telephone you need that Rolodex. If an office is not available to you, set aside a separate work area in your home with a desk, fields, telephone and other essentials to assure your productivity. This is a great time to test and enhance your project management skills!

Identify as many sources of help or potential help as possible. Evaluate how each of those can be a part of your search – and then use them, work them.  Establish a routine for yourself – a daily schedule and a plan of how you are going to go about finding that next career opportunity.

Potential sources for identifying opportunities are the professional and trade associations – many of the senior executives in those organizations know of job openings before they are publically announced. Often times, members will call their association executive to let her/him know they are thinking about creating a new position, and to ask if they know of someone who might be right for the job. Other associations have organized, often computerized executive referral programs. Investigate, find out about such resources. Then use them.

Consider – as part of your routine – to begin or continue a regular exercise program. You want to keep both mentally sharp and physically fit during this interim period. It may even be a great time to lose that extra weight you’ve been promising yourself you would shed. An added benefit is that you’ll look and perform better in your interviews.



Having said that you should consider your full-time job to be finding that next job, be prepared for donwtime. Since you don’t control the situation, you have to be prepared for unplanned time on your hands. Be prepared – develpp and get to that reading list of career related, work related books. Perform a literature review of books and articles about careers in transitions; read what looks interesting and helpful. Write an article or two or three. Discover your local library – it’s a great resource and it’s a place where creative thinking and new ideas can occur. It is also a resouce for information about companies in the healthcare industry; for periodicals and newspapers that carry ads.

As a source of moral support, as well as leads – identify others in your area who are also in a job search. Meet with them in small groups occasionally as these groups provide support and resources for you. It is important that you keep busy and focused on finding that next career opportunity.

In next weeks blog, I continue by speaking to:

Working Your Network
Creating a System
Recognizing the Cycle
Is a search firm my Savior?

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