It’s Been One Year …

A year ago this Friday I flew the coop.

I left the warmth of the Corporate Cubicle for the cold, cold world outside.

Or maybe I left the cold of the Corporate Cubicle for the warmth of building my own business??

Whichever you prefer, it was a shock to the system, especially after more than 20 years as an employee. Anyway, it’s been a real roller-coaster, a bit scary in parts, but so much fun that you want to get straight back on again at the end.

So, a few months ago, I wrote about how to find your first clients. Half the tips I gave there were about Making and Keeping Contacts, and Networking, Networking, Networking.

With the economic situation as it is, I’ve recently had a number of calls and emails from friends who are worried that they might be laid off, some who already have been laid off, and others who are just hoping that they can stay shy of the Sword of Damocles.

They are all looking for help, tips, ideas, on how to move on, or what to do until they receive the dreaded word, and of course what to do if they do receive it.  I try to give them concrete advice, and suggest ideas that are relevant to them, but in the end, a lot of the answers come back to the same place – using the network of people that you have built up over the years.

So, in case any of them are reading this, and in case any of you, my loyal readers, aren’t already subscribed to JobMob, and are beginning to fell the pinch, here is Jacob Share’s latest gem on how to grow your job search network.

At this difficult financial time for many people, I do urge you to forward this post to anyone you know or think might be job searching. Hopefully, Jacobs tips will help them move onwards and upwards.

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6 responses to “It’s Been One Year …

  1. Thanks for the mention, Debi. Hopefully your friends will start taking action now, before they’re laid off. And if any of them are reading this, come over to JobMob and I’ll see how I can help you.

    Stumbled this for you Debi:
    http://jobmob.stumbleupon.com/review/27138265/

  2. Hi Debi
    A friend of mine was recently made redundant, and took her ‘package’ to set up an office at home as a bookkeeper. With a bit of grafting she has secured enough business (starting this month) to match the income from her previous position. It just shows you can either cry about how bad things are, or go and make things happen.
    Hope your last year has been a great one 🙂

  3. Has it been a year already? Getting your posts makes it seems as though you’re still here.
    I’m glad to hear that it’s as wild a ride – and as much fun – as a roller coaster!
    Enjoy the ride – and may there be more peaks than dips.

  4. Dear Jacob, Vanessa and David, and Ahuva,
    Thanks for your comments and good wishes. Yes, this has been a great year, and I hope that the coming one will be even better, for all of us.
    All the best,
    Debi

  5. Hi Debbie,

    Thanks for the tips and links, I’ll read.

    Also, I’ve recently joined Elance and received my first project there. That was exciting.

  6. Hi Dan,
    Enjoy ! And good luck with Elance.
    Debi

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