From time to time, I troll LinkedIn discussion groups or blogs seeking the voices of other job seekers. Misery does love company, after all. I seem to find more content from career coaches than job seekers. I have a theory that a certain percentage of job seekers give up finding regular employment and become career coaches instead. “As in, if you can’t do, teach?”
I have seen some useful information posted online, mind you, and I’d never argue against getting an independent opinion regarding one’s resume or job search techniques. Sometimes the truth hurts. Just make sure the advice you act upon reflects who you are, and how you approach the world.
Among those who are blogging about their own job search, there seems to be an oversupply of freshly minted graduates, many of whom do a lot of whining about their plight. I’m not unsympathetic. A blog can be a great place to vent and being unemployed or underemployed is not fun. Doubly true for those with few other resources to draw on, and younger people may have a smaller network of people already in good jobs. Or, are more seasoned job-hunters less likely to share their personal thoughts in a public forum? I suspect that may be true, too.
It being the Lunar New Year, I wish good fortune to all job seekers in this Year of the Snake, and especially those willing to blog about their experiences.