Christopher tm Herdt (cherdt) wrote,
Christopher tm Herdt

A new web site about job hunting:

I started a new web site/blog about job hunting called Currently I am reading various articles about job searching, unemployment, resume and interview tips, etc., and letting those be inspiration for more-or-less daily posts.

(Speaking of, if you have any favorite career and/or job search related web sites and blogs, let me know. I tend to favor heavily the Wall Street Journal, and I'd like to mix it up a bit.)

Am I qualified to offer job search and career advice? Well, I have had several jobs. I have been in several line management positions before, I have seen a ton of resumes, I have made hire-and-fire decisions, and I have taken business and management classes. Am I overwhelmingly qualified? Maybe not--but who is? As far as I can tell, the only qualifications demonstrated by the pros are the fact that they write about it. I'm expert enough, as long as I keep writing.

I hope to offer more than just my personal insight: I am working on setting up a password-protected members area that creates a supportive community for job-seekers, and provides a basic daily or weekly checklist to help keep job searches on track, and possibly resume and cover letter reviews.

This idea was inspired by a site that well_lahdidah has used, Academic Ladder's Academic Writing Club. Writing a dissertation is an enormously intimidating task, so it's important to make steady progress & have a little support and feedback. I think that looking for a new job is much the same way--although there's no page count, it's huge, it's intimidating, and it can easily lead to despair. I've read about other job search may not be a particularly unique idea--but given the current climate, I think there is room for one more.

Why It was the first domain name I tried that was actually available. I certainly had some better ideas, but I thought could fly. Eventually I will try to spruce up the site design, logo, etc., but I read some advice recently that said with a new blog you shouldn't make any changes for 60 days. I assume the reason is two-fold: first, 60 days gives you time to figure out which changes are most important, and second, you might give up before 60 days is out.

The members area will be coming along in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, feel free to take a look at the site and agree with me, argue with me, or insult my typographical errors:
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