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Job interview: Break the treadmill process

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By Jannet Walsh
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There’s a cycle searching for a job that’s like being a hamster on a treadmill.

Learning how to take care of yourself and your job search process is required to stay focused and healthy while searching for work.  Just like an athlete, you have to have a quick recovery period when the outcome is not positive, meaning you didn’t get the job.  If the outcome is great, then you will be celebrating about your new job or maybe even the start of a new career.

Recovering after job interview

Below are a few ideas they I employ during a job search that you might find helpful.  If you have tips to share, please do, so we all can learn!

1.  First, you did not fail, the employer just failed to select you. In other words, it’s the company’s lost opportunity to hire someone that’s talented, like you.  The employer just didn’t get you, along with your skills, talents and potential.

What really might be happening – Remember, the employer might already had someone selected, meaning they knew the person they were going to hire, but went through the motions before you were even called for the interview or before you even wrote a thank you immediately after the job interview.   The process is not perfect, and that’s the way it is.  I’d say all is fair in love, war and even job interviews.

2.  If you were interviewed, call the employer to ask what skill, talent or experience you were missing so you can be qualified the next time you apply for the job.  I even call the employer to ask why I wasn’t interviewed so I can be ready for the next opening.
It’s important to note that you just listen to the response as they make suggestions on how to improve your career and potential future employment with their organization.  Don’t question or interrupt, simply say thank you, and move on.

This will tell you a lot about the organization you thought you wanted to work for.  I have heard all kinds of responses from ‘not having enough Minnesota experience’ to ‘if I hire you, you might try to take my job.’ (Yes, really, from a man that was extremely very tall!)

The response from a nonprofit in Minnesota that helps underprivileged families build homes was maybe the worst, as I couldn’t understand the executive as she mumbled something, and I when I asked her to repeat, she just became nasty.   The lesson learned is how gracious are employers delivering bad news and do I still want to work with this person or the organization.

In the case of another company I interviewed with recently, the candidate, not me, was selected in less than 24 hours of my job interview, meaning the company most likely didn’t get a chance to read my thank you notes, sent to three people I met during the interview, what you should do after an interview.

From the same interview, I received a rejection email sent by one person, but the actual body of the email was from another person, not even present for my job interview.  It was confusing as I didn’t know why another person would be emailing someone else’s email.  It made me think it was not authentic.

Employer tip:  If you send out a rejection email, have the employee’s email match the person that writes and signs their name to the email.  If not, it adds to confusion in the process of a rejection email, and also looks like you and your company just don’t have the process down in a professional way.

3.  Keep looking for job openings, use your contacts for networking
Enlist your family, friends, friend’s of family, friend’s of friends, and anyone you come across along the way.  Make sure you thank them, even send them a thank you email or a real note with your business card in the mail.  Besides, the thank you note or email will be the way you can be contacted with they hear of job openings.

4.  Most Important step:  Do something that has nothing to do with looking for wor
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You might need a nudge to forget the last job rejection.

It’s the ‘not doing what you need to do so you can the job done activity’ that is required.  Simply put, give yourself a pat on the back for your hard work, and take a break from looking for work, at least for the rest of the day.  It’s like refueling so you can carry on the job of looking for work.

Activities might include:  Hiking, visiting friends or family, go shopping, cooking your  favorite meal, or just treat yourself to your favorite tea or coffee.

Just be creative, take up your favorite hobby or find a new interest to keep you positive and ready for the next ride on the job search treadmill.

Final Thoughts – Always take the highroad.  If you meet with the executive that gets nasty while trying to learn how you can be better prepared for the next interview, just say thank you, then shout for joy, after you hang up the phone, that you didn’t get hired by someone that doesn’t know how to handle a difficult, but necessary conversation regarding employment.

About the author:
Jannet Walsh loves cutting-edge innovation and using new technology to engage people’s attention in today’s social media world. Her videos have aired on CNN, CNN iReport, HLN, and elsewhere. With a background as a New York Times Company staff photographer, you can find her latest multimedia work at JannetWalsh.com/portfolio.

Jannet is also a Certified Life and Career Coach, Certified Life and Career Coach with training by Jay Block, Executive Career Coach and author, jayblock.com.

Celebrating 94 years

Dec. 17, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

My aunt Margaret Walsh at her 94th birthday party.


My aunt, Margaret Walsh of Murdock, not to be confused with my late mother, Margaret Walsh, just celebrated her 94th birthday this week with a small party, complete with a cake and candles. Take a look at her cake!


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Blogging my LED candle light

Dec. 13, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Blogging by LED light during Christmas Season. By Jannet Walsh, Minnesota Native Daughter


Nothing beats blogging by light-emitting diode, LED, flameless candle lantern during the Christmas season. The candle has a timer feature, will turn off after five hours and goes on again at the same time you turned it on. I got mine at Hererger’s in Willmar, and I’m testing it before I give it as a gift to see it really works.

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How my wreath is animated this year. . .

Dec. 11, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

These videos were created with the iPhone App called Viddy.
Green Look

Retro Look

Oh, by the way, I did I say I am looking for a job? My professional profile is available on Linkedin.

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Soup is on!

Dec. 10, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

I just made beef barely soup today. The perfect pairing for job searching on a cold winter day.

Oh, by the way, I did I say I am looking for a job? My professional profile is available on Linkedin.

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Home to Knockanarroor – Pillowcase Photo

Dec. 6, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Home to Knockanarroor – Pillowcase Photo
See the latest video posted on CNN iReport, complete with writiten story on my adventures of finding my Irish Roots. Click here to view video at CNN iReport.

Home to Knockanarroor – Pillowcase Photo
Missing photo gives hints to Irish history

I returned home to Knockanarroor, Ireland for the first time, but I have never been there before.

In April 2011, I traveled to Ireland, precisely where my Great-Great-Grandmother Ellen Brennan Foley, born May 15, 1820 in Killarney, Ireland, and died in Stillwater, Minnesota, lived in Knockanarroor Townland, pronounced “Knock-on-a-roar” in Irish Gaelic, meaning the hill of corn in English.

On a cold January 2011 day, a photograph, along with a hand-written card with hints of Ellen’s life, including her husband’s name, William Foley, were found tucked away in a pillow of treasures of my late grandmother Mary Jannet “Jennie” Foley Walsh, 1886 to 1985, of Murdock.

The unmarked country road my Irish roots were plucked from in the early 1840s, is located just east of the city of Killarney in County Kerry, in western Ireland. A milk lorry driver, a truck driver in the United States, Patrick “Pa” Brosnan of Muckross, in the Killarney area, pumping petro in the near by village of Barraduff agreed to guide me to the hidden location that is plain site.

Ellen’s parents, James Brennan and Mary Walsh, my great-great-great grandparents, from my grandmother’s family, called the townland home, as they worked the rented land consisting of what is referred to by residents as a “poorish land” of wetlands, surrounded by bogs. The peat or turf, decayed vegetation, is cut and dried for heating and cooking fuel today, just like my family did in the 1800s or earlier, with the smoke puffing out of cottages, producing a musty smell. My family most likely served as grooms, tending to the horses exchanged on the carriage route at the end of the road of Knockanarroor, on a major route to Killarney.

I traveled to Killarney in 1980, my late father, Martin J. Walsh Jr., in the 1950s, but it was not was not until 2011, I could say without a doubt Knockanarroor is home in Ireland for my family. My father and I traveled the same paths in the horse jaunting carts of what is called the old butter roads, the 1700s turnpike, but I might be the first to make the journey home to Knockanarroor.

I used hints from www.ancestry.com to stitch together my ancestral threads. Archivist Michael Lynch of Kerry Library, Ireland, along with free online Roman Catholic records from the Diocese of Kerry, www.irishgenealogy.ie, provided information that my family belonged to the Catholic Parish of Glenflesk, with Knockanarroor as their place of residence.

Although I did not find any living relatives in Ireland during my journey, learning about the people, their faith, village life and the beautiful Irish countryside, I was able to shine light on a period of obscurity in my family’s history.

My Great-Great Grandmother Ellen departed Knockanarroor, be it voluntary or forced, due to disease, food shortage or economic reasons. I returned Ireland to answer the questions of where my family roots were prematurely pulled from the Ireland.

See related video from Home to Knockanarroor Project

Home to Knockanarroor – An Introduction


More videos will be posted in December.

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Contact: Jannet Walsh at jannetwalsh@gmail.com

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Job Speech Video Response Posted

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Here is my response to President Obama’s jobs speech.

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Jannet Walsh of Murdock, Minnesota, watching President Obama live on msnbc.com on her MacBook Pro.

What’s Jannet doing?
She is not letting dust settle on her in Central Minnesota after a recent layoff, but does have a plan. Between applying for jobs, she is learning HTML, CSS and more. Oh, and why do you ask? She wants to be a web designer, but is willing to learn what is needed for the her next job. Books and online learning are just part of her steps to employment.

Attention Employers:
Employers: Are you interested in meeting your next employee? Learn more about blogger Jannet Walsh at her website, with a resume posted online. www.jannetwalsh.com. Email: jannetwalsh@gmail.com

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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Silos and church steeple landscape – One year back in Minnesota today!

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By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Murdock is not on the map.
Those were the words of moving van driver on the day of my big move on Aug. 13, 2010 from Ocala, Florida to Murdock, Minnesota.  How could it be it’s not on the map?  My great-grand parents were pioneers in the area, specifically Dublin Township, before Murdock was incorporated in 1881, located in Swift County.
Could it be that Murdock is located near the fictitious Lake Woebegon or even worse, Brigadoon, a village in Scotland that appears every few hundred years?  How would I make the move to Murdock?
The solution was very  simple.  I made a photocopy of a detailed map and with the help of Global Positioning System, the move was completed.

Here is the map I gave to the moving van driver after he told me he could not find Murdock, Minnesota on the map and it must be a fictitious place.

I invite you to follow my blog in the rural community of Murdock, Minnesota, population 303, according to the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau.
The only skyscrapers I need are grain silos and church steeples.  I am a Minnesota Native Daughter.

Travel Facts from Ocala, Florida to Murdock, Minnesota
– Aug. 14, 2010 to Aug. 17, 2010
– Total distance 1,766 miles
– Four days travel by car
– Three overnight stops near Atlanta, St. Louis and Lincoln, Nebraska
– Number of rest stops – unknown

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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