How to Receive Multiple Job Offers After You’re Fired

Written by Marta L. Driesslein, CECC

The more you try to be in control,repparttar less you really are…in life and at work. You just got fired and you think it’srepparttar 145424 end ofrepparttar 145425 world. You’re looking atrepparttar 145426 wrong end. Ask survivors ofrepparttar 145427 most popular reality television shows and they’ll tell you “If you have to eat a cockroach, don’t spend too much time thinking about it.” Keep focused onrepparttar 145428 end-game and move on.

Know yourself, have a plan, make a footprint. After you’re fired,repparttar 145429 raw power needed to convert a job loss into a high-voltage catalyst that gains multiple job offers is surprisingly simple. Consider these energizers:

Who you are? Detangle your sense of job from your sense of self

Where are you going? Design a five-year plan for career focus / direction

What can you do? Maintain a life-long log of your career achievements

“Getting fired is a lot like getting divorced,” says Steve Johnson, Vice President of Information Systems for R. L. Stevens & Associates Inc., a leading international career marketing firm headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. “All you hear is ‘I don’t want you anymore’,” he says.

Own your success and your failures. When he was fired from a multi-billion dollar petroleum company earlier in his career, discernment gave Johnson, a business-world veteran,repparttar 145430 inner strength to get up and get on instead of rolling over and playing dead.

Despite an impressive portfolio of documented achievements that solidly contributed torepparttar 145431 bottom line through process reengineering, he was still let go. His stellar performance though appreciated, was undervalued by his employers. Johnson made sure that this unexpected event did not end his career or dampen his spirits. “The time I was givenrepparttar 145432 pink slip and told my talents were no longer needed, I faced a decision to either continually bemoanrepparttar 145433 shut door or look forward and find a new door I could open.”

Possessrepparttar 145434 wisdom to knowrepparttar 145435 difference between opportunity lost and possibility found. Johnson, an avid golfer, expertly swung himself out of his job loss bunker and found customers wanting his talents by takingrepparttar 145436 same approach in his job search as he does in his sport. “Getting fired is like an awful day onrepparttar 145437 golf course. You’ve got to stay inrepparttar 145438 game, playrepparttar 145439 holes, and adapt, improvise and overcome,” he says.


Written by Which one of these 5 common mistakes are you making right now?

This isrepparttar first in my series onrepparttar 145272 most common "dumbest mistakes" you're probably making when applying for job after job.

Mistake 1

Employers get so many resumes and letters sayingrepparttar 145273 same worn-out things and usingrepparttar 145274 same tired old phrases, that it's hard to seerepparttar 145275 difference betweenrepparttar 145276 applicants. Phrases like: "I'm good with people," "I'm a good learner" and "I love a challenge" appear on nearly every application that's ever been written, and simply makes you part ofrepparttar 145277 crowd. Weed these cliched phrases from your application and instead replace them with powerful reasons to hire you.

As you know,repparttar 145278 job doesn't always go torepparttar 145279 person withrepparttar 145280 best skills � it usually goes torepparttar 145281 person that sells themselvesrepparttar 145282 best. It'srepparttar 145283 difference between tunnel-vision and funnel-vision. A person with tunnel-vision writes short-sighted letters tellingrepparttar 145284 employer what a good X they are, and how much experience they have.

To apply funnel vision, start atrepparttar 145285 small picture � "they need an X" and work towardrepparttar 145286 bigger picture � "they need an X to help make/save them money either directly or indirectly and to satisfy their customers' needs."

You berepparttar 145287 judge. Imagine you're an employer looking for a secretary for example. Would you employ someone who says they can type 90 words a minute, or someone who says they will:

"Berepparttar 145288 perfect ambassador forrepparttar 145289 business, always smiling and cheerful both face-to-face and overrepparttar 145290 phone. Able to do multiple things at once and can take care ofrepparttar 145291 mundane tasks to freerepparttar 145292 other staff to spend more time doing what they do best. A salesperson should be selling � not photocopying...

A secretary with funnel vision will show an employer what THEY can do for THEM. A person with tunnel-vision will keep looking for work, or stay where they are.

Mistake #2

Employers hate trying to decipher information in resumes to see if you can be matched to a position they're trying to fill. An employer needs to seerepparttar 145293 benefits and results to them fromrepparttar 145294 skills listed in your resume. This can be hard to do without sounding like an egotist, but some of our readers who've gotten it right have received phone calls within hours ofrepparttar 145295 employer receivingrepparttar 145296 application.

Cont'd on page 2 ==> © 2005
Terms of Use