Thanks to all my posters--please keep it up! It feels so odd to keep posting myself when I don't know if anyone is listening, so I really appreciate it. And we all need a little community these days, don't we, with the economy still looking so gloomy? I know we're all looking for ways to save money, distract ourselves from the bad news, and find new and more creatively satisfying jobs.
I love when people talk about using a layoff to pursue a new career path they can be passionate about. Easier said then done, but I have two friends who can help...
First, I recommend that you visit my friend Gail McMeekin's website, Creative Success, at http://www.creativesuccess.com/. Gail is a creativity author (The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women is one of my favorites) and coach. You can sign up for her coaching services and to receive her wonderful monthly newsletter, which always inspires me. Gail has an uncanny ability to say the most reassuring and encouraging things!
Second, my friend Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio is also a coach, with a focus on career guidance for Gen Y students and young professionals. Visit her website at http://www.sixfigurestart.com/. Connie worked in corporate recruiting for many years, most recently for Merrill Lynch, so she really knows the ins and outs of the job market, and she has the most incredible demeanor with everyone. She's a charmer! She and her partner Caroline also do a blog on http://www.vault.com/, a job-seeker's website (Go to message boards, blogs, sixfigurestart or www.vault.com/blogs/blogsjsp?blog_id=1440).
Can any of you recommend websites or resources you've found helpful in this job market?