I’ve got one final installment to share in terms of “words of wisdom” submitted by my distinguished recent job search alumni! This individual, who has agreed to remain anonymous, offered some very candid insights into the lessons she learned during her protracted search for a high-tech sales position — and I’m very grateful that she’s allowing me to publish them, below, so that all of my other readers might benefit from her journey!


1. It is the tortoise that wins — not the hare. You need to keep going no matter what. Fast is not always the pace. It is the daily doing of the steps that counts. And it is true that the more $$$ you make, the longer it takes.

2. Be willing to readjust your perspective. I had all the “hot” companies after me, but I never got the deal. I was always runner up. However, the company I have landed with is strong, better positioned to be successful in this economic environment, and better yet, their base pay and comp plan are the BEST!

3. Make friends. I told you, Matt, that

[Name Withheld] and I are now good friends. In addition, I had the opportunity to meet three other bright women, through you, who were also looking for positions. We supported each other with calls, emails, and had a great outing to the Sex and the City movie premier! We have now all landed outstanding positions. Two are in consulting, and three of us have positions at high levels with great salaries. WOW are we blessed!!! We are now planning a “Sex and the City II” outing — although not about the movie, just to celebrate our success!! In terms of employers, here is where we all landed: Microsoft; Morgan Stanley; HR Consulting; Pitney Bowes; Starbucks.

4. Lastly, make a gratitude list and every day no matter how it looks, think of at least five things you are are so blessed for. You can count personal things or perhaps that occasional job contact you were not expecting. Be grateful!! Boy was this hard at times when I lost an offer. In fact, Matt, I had emailed you about a VERY BAD experience I had with one company who, after hours of interviews, came back with unreasonable expectations and I decided to pass on the opportunity and pull myself out of the running. That was very painful and I cried lots. I stood by my belief, however, that if they responded like this when recruiting me, they would be terrible to work with and for — so I declined. At that point I said no more — I needed a rest — so I decided over the Holidays I would reach out and volunteer to help others. Within two weeks, a recruiter from TheLadders came after me for my current position. Within thirty days I had the offer (it was delayed by the bad weather), which made me believe that there is indeed sometimes a larger power at work!!!