Tips for JUMP STARTING Job/Career Search?

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Bob_M

#1
I see there are several good (and long) topics here for job searching and applying. I will read them as soon as I can!

However, anyone have any "hit the ground running tips" for those that don't have the luxury of job hunting and soul searching for 6+ months?

Obviously get your resume up to date.

Beyond that are there any good job sites that are actually worth it? (Monster seems to be a joke as one example).

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This would probably be easier if I actually knew what type of job/career I'd like to do next.

Short term if my company closes I'm sure I'll find some job to pay the bills, but I need to get my butt in gear to find a real job/career.

I have BS in Mechanical Engineer and been Quality Manager for small manufacturing company for 6 years - 13 years employment - w/o any additional professional training/titles. Obviously with such a generic education and job experience I could get a professional job just about anywhere, assuming they value Real World experience over titles/training.

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So assuming I figure out what I'd like to do long term, anyone have some short term suggestion on where to look for a job/career? (Local papers and Monster are rather laughable :lmao::bonk:).

[Hopefully the main suggestions are not NETWORKING].
 
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errhine

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#2
I would look at Indeed.com, join Linkedin and use their jobsite, make contact with some of the headhunters on Linkedin, and look at the ASQ job boards (both the main site and whatever local sites fir the areas that you would like to work).

I think the best way to a new job however is to network...:cool:
 

GStough

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#3
Are you a member of ASQ, Bob? This might be a good place to start. Have you considered taking one of the certification exams that they offer? This might also be a good way to improve your situation. Many employers prefer candidtates (and some insist!) who possess at least one certification, for example, Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA), etc.

Even if you aren't a member of ASQ, you can still browse their listing of jobs and take certification exams.

I hope this helps. :bigwave:
 

Coury Ferguson

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#4
CareerBuilder is a good start. Indeed as mentioned uses all of the Job Boards. Just be prepared, that it may take 6 months or more to find a position.

What type of position are you looking for?
 
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Bob_M

#5
Thanks for the specific site tips. Briefly checked ASQ site today.

I've never taken any of those tests. Company was/is cheap and I've been lazy/cheap. (Quality was never my "chosen" field and didn't expect to be in it this long to be honest).

I could handle another job in Quality. I don't think I'd want to be the top guy anymore and most companies what the titles/certs anyways.

Other than quality, I'm open to new ideas but have no specific training/titles/certs in anything.

I'd enjoy something in the IT field but have no formal training other than love of computers. Never really used my Mechanical Engineering education, so strick "engineering" probably not the best idea. Who knows, that is part of my dilema. The rest is procrastination. /facepalm

Looking back, I'm still in shock that I been here 13 years and done Quality/Product Engineering most of that time. (I started out as a temp laborer shortly after college if you can believe that).
 

GStough

Staff member
Super Moderator
#6
Have you considered completing a career path profile or something similar that helps you identify the fields/positions you are best suited for?

Or maybe it wouldn't hurt to talk to a career counselor at a local college or career fair....? Just another thought...
 
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Kevin H

#7
Some other possibilities in metals related fields include wwww.iss.org (Iron & Steel Society, not just for metallurgists) and American Society for Metals - same situation - openins for other jobs listed, not just metallurgists and neither 1 requires membership to view the job listings. Another option is your alma mater - many offer job hunting help to their alumni. Also, don't forget Richard Bolles and his annual books - "What Color is your Parachute". His web site for job hunters is: www.jobhuntersbible.com - lots of good info and tips in the books and on the web site.

Big things to ponder include where you'd like to live and work. Are the activities/hobbies you enjoy available in that locale, if not you'll be miserable unless you start some new ones.

Hopefully, you have a bit of time - trying to get out ahead of the wolf at the door can cause one to make less than optimal choices that you may regret later. Of course, it's also no fun picking up an unemployment check and hoping you'll find a decent job before you run out of cash.

If you want to change fields, try to evaluate what credentials are needed, & how you could acquire them quickly and inexpensively. Adding ASQ credentials seemed to help during my last job hunt. Of couse being 30 something ratehr than 50 something would probably have helped a bit too.

Finally, don't forget to read the long threads in the job hunting forum on this site. Best of luck - in the best of times a job hunt is not fun
 

Wes Bucey

Prophet of Profit
#8
Sometimes, just sometimes, the fable of the tortoise and the hare has a point - "slow and steady wins the race."

You may not feel you have the time to read through four long and often meandering threads, but, on the other hand, you've spent 13 years in "idle" - isn't it time to at least get into first gear before shifting to fifth?

Why not reconsider?
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Bob_M

#9
Sometimes, just sometimes, the fable of the tortoise and the hare has a point - "slow and steady wins the race."

You may not feel you have the time to read through four long and often meandering threads, but, on the other hand, you've spent 13 years in "idle" - isn't it time to at least get into first gear before shifting to fifth?
I suppose "idle" would be an accurate term. :frust:

:nopity:I was not very good at the job hunting fresh out of college and don't look forward to it at 35. Oh well, hopefully I get into gear ASAP!
 
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