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Career Tips - Supersonic Searching Mondays
Written by Abby Kohut   

This past week has been chock full of great networking success stories and landings based on the Never Ending Interview concept that I blogged about two Mondays ago. Here is the story of my two favorites.

My friend Liz, a senior pharmaceutical marketing guru, was told several months ago that her job was going to be eliminated at the end of the summer due to budget cuts. Having been through this a few years before, Liz knew that she had to do things differently than everyone else, especially in this economy. Although the larger pharmaceutical companies were re-organizing, she knew that there had to be a few start-up companies who might consider hiring her as a consultant for the time being. She sent out several introductory letters to Vice Presidents of Marketing hoping to hear some good news. One day she discovered that her former manager from 15 years ago was the owner of a company that was about to go public. Rather than risking snail mail delays, Liz called the owner to congratulate him on his new company's success. Over lunch, Liz's former boss offered her a job as his new VP of Marketing, a job that was not even on his radar yet to fill. It only took one phone call and some outside-the box thinking. Seem far-fetched? Liz would have thought the same thing.

Now getting back to that Fed Ex guy…
I was recently watching my favorite talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, interview Mandy Moore, the pop star from the 90's, about her new album. Ellen asked Mandy how she had been discovered and as I listened, I realized it was an example of yet another never-ending interview story. Mandy was 14 at the time and she was recording a song at a studio - now how she was recording a song at only 14, I'll never know…but anyway…The Fed Ex delivery guy came in to pick up a package and starting talking to Mandy. She mentioned that she was recording a song and hoped to send a demo out soon. The Fed Ex guy told her that he knew someone who knew someone who knew someone who was a big wig at Epic Records and asked if she wanted him to send it in for her. The rest is history… Mandy became a star and Mr. Fed Ex quit his job and became a talent scout.

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Wherever and whenever you're out, remember the Never Ending Interview. You never know who may be lurking around the corner who can help you become a star.
 
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!