Returning to former employers 

I have worked with and spoken with many job seekers (by now it’s probably in the hundreds) who were either currently back with an employer they had returned to after an absence, or had done so at some point in their career.

Like re-hooking up with a past love, sometimes it is a fabulous decision, sometimes it works out OK, and sometimes it’s a disaster. Robert Half developed a list for job seekers to determine if a return to a former employer is a good idea. Of course reading an article shouldn’t be the only tool you use to make your decision, it can be quite helpful.  I have included the link below. 

In a nutshell: think about why you left–what was the situation, work environment, people, and where were you at. Now think of what you would be going back to–all of the same components. 

I will oversimplify something, but let’s say you loved your job but couldn’t travel while your kids were young, had a medical issue, lived too far away and the commute was killing you, was finishing school, couldn’t quite pay do it as the lone family paucheck, etc., the company quit selling your product or service for a time and had to lay you off, and now the situation is eliminated, it may be an easy choice.

However, there are many more complicated reasons that need sorting out.

Thanks for reading. 

Beth Husom 

Check out @roberthalf’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/roberthalf/status/798251758615150592?s=09

working happy 

I can’t tell you how many job seekers have sat across from me exclaiming their surprise that a new position didn’t raise their happiness level…even when it paid better, gave the hope of performing duties the job seeker liked, offered better hours, etc. Happiness has to come from within. 

This is why the person smiling and whistling on the street could be wearing a fast food restaurant uniform and the person grumbling, brushing by people could be getting back to his CEO position after a week in Hawaii. 

A job in a safe environment where people treat you right make it easier to be happier, but please note that a job isn’t a magic cure for those bad feelings you have. 

While at work, it’s important to work happy. Have a good attitude. If you are a great person to be around at work–which you should be, your job environment may improve.

Check out @roberthalf’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/roberthalf/status/788041604271517697?s=09

Great advice 

I always recommend people get solid employment advice before quitting a position. When you are in the midst of an issue it’s hard to see the forest through the trees. Fast Company now indicates you can tweet them and see if they think you should stay or give a two week notice on a place you don’t like. UMMM…maybe you should ask someone else. I’m not saying definitely don’t get the magazine’s two cents, but find someone who knows your situation and the job market as well. 

Ultimately you are the person working. You know what is going on. Listen to your gut as well. I talk to many job seekers scared to change, who have been in a bad spot for way too long. If your job stress is affecting your outside life in negative ways it may be time to take action. 
Check out @FastCompany’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/FastCompany/status/785574461659549696?s=09

Job seeking at tough times 

People sometimes ask me: “How can I job search? I lost my husband last month, or went through a divorce, just got out of treatment, or was hospitalized for schizophrenia, or had my house foreclosed on and live in a shelter…” Something really major. After I end up crying with them if the waterworks flow, I tell them what I am telling you. 

Many people who are in fabulous positions who have moved up at companies started at times when they were at their lowest. It’s not easy. Sometimes a job makes the healing process better. It absolutely helps finances. It’s illegal to ask about family and health, so determine what you are comfortable sharing and will be able to say without crying if you have taken time off. Consider temp agencies to get you started and back in the game. 

Read books like this one I discuss in my tweet below and give yourself some room to be sad and have a tough day. On the same token, give yourself the OK to meet new people and move forward. Take care. 

Thank you for reading. 

Beth Husom 
Check out @elizabethhusom’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/elizabethhusom/status/780234283025768448?s=09

Job seekers – nerves are OK!

*A short blog*

I often read material from David Jeremiah. Today he talked about people in the Bible who freaked out over what in today’s time would be seen as new jobs, job possibilities, and added job duties. Many were recruited for their positions and lacked formal training. They screwed up, some were met with resistance, some quit and later came back–but all eventually made a great difference in people’s lives and we’re happy when they got over their  (sometimes massive) hump.

Change is hard and scary. You may be or have been a superstar at a current or past boring job and freak out at the idea of screwing up at a place where you have passion. I say go for it.

Thank you for reading. 

Elizabeth Husom 
Check out @elizabethhusom’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/elizabethhusom/status/777174223873642496?s=09

Job seeking litmus test

This article was a re tweet from The Ladders. The title stuck out because I was just at a family party. We opened a beer or wine and sat around and played a trivia board game. One question was the color of litmus paper. We all got it wrong and discussed it. 

The author talked said if one of us was job seeking we also should have been able to discuss our resume’s wording the same way we chatted about the board game.  He called it barstool conversation. 

He also said what I often do. Consider your resume a telegraph where you are paying for words. Remove that fluff. Show through words how you used specific strengths and skills to accomplish something and make a positive impact at previous positions. 

I once read an article or blog where the author indicated it was so long because the author didn’t have time to make it really short. That was perfect. It takes a lot longer to edit down than it does to write out everything you want to say and leave it at that. 

Good luck on your resume and job search! 

Thank you for reading. 

Beth Husom 
Check out @elizabethhusom’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/elizabethhusom/status/772805513213902848?s=09

Could you make six figures? 

In the attached article, FastCompany points out 11 lesser known careers that pay over  $100k. This was compiled by http://www.glassdoor.com. 

In Minnesota, people can also check out the State’s website. Go to the DEED (Department of Employment and Economic Development) section. Once there, check out LMI (Labor Market Information). There is one area; OES (Occupational Employment Statistics), that lists the same information.  It tells people all about different careers, including salary, number of openings, education needed, and future trends.

Bottom line: doctors and lawyers are not even close to the only jobs that pay over six figures. 

Thank you for reading. 

Beth Husom 

https://news.fastcompany.com/these-are-the-unfamiliar-jobs-that-pay-six-figures-4013601