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Sounding Off: More than 300 job applications and counting

December 27, 2010|By Dave Cornelius

Editor's note: This is the first of two parts.

The latest description of the employment challenged is the term "in transition." According to the Advanced English Dictionary, "transition" means, "A change from one place or state or subject or stage to another."

I view my employment transition phenomenon as a reflection of where I am and where I've been, along with an opportunity to evaluate where I want to go. My professional experience consists of more than 25 years working on leading-edge technology, supported by a master's in business administration and a bachelor's in information technology (IT), as well as PMP, ITIL V3 Foundation and Six Sigma Black Belt certifications. I have the smarts and moxie to add value to most situations and continue to push myself — I currently am pursuing a doctorate in management at the University of Phoenix.

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During the past several months, a typical day "in transition" began with prayer with my wife followed by house chores, exercise and diving into the "box" for the dreaded job search activity utilizing conventional methods and tactics. (The box is the many hours spent on a computer looking for employment opportunities on a myriad of Internet job sites.) Unfortunately, the results have not been positive and have gnawed away at my psyche. I have sent more than 300 job applications and received few responses and interviews.

You know things are bad when your alma mater and current post-graduate school turn you down for employment. It's not like the past when you would receive a rejection letter or e-mail; silence is the new "no," representing the disappearance of your resume and application into the virtual black hole. To think of it, I can't remember receiving a job from any of the sites, yet I was still hopeful and invested so much time but to no avail. In truth, all of my jobs in recent years came from referrals and personal relationships. As a result, I am left trying to make sense of the current stagnant job market. I now realize that maybe the path to success is to expand beyond conventional wisdom and become a creative or cognitive force behind the next emerging industry or technology.

I have always worked and learned to earn at a young age.

"By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat." (Genesis 3:19).

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