From Furlough to full time – Chapter 4


Posted by: Don Oehlert
Managing Partner

So, you’ve been let go, laid off, furloughed, fired, terminated – whatever word you use all amounts to the same thing – you are now out of work.

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And you need to find a full-time position, soon.

You’ve now had a few weeks to absorb the bad news and deal with the emotional aftermath, we’re going to look at some job search process ideas.

Right about now, you are probably dusting off your resume, wanting to update it to reflect your last position. You’re thinking about sending it out to recruiters, HR managers, your former colleagues and friends.

And I get that – you are finally revved back up!

One thing you need to realize is, the companies you target need you as much as you need them. In that sense, then you need to find the stories that make your Unique Value Proposition really stand out.

What makes you unique compared to all of the other accountants that may be applying for the same job you are? What makes you unique compared to all of the other account managers applying for this particular role? How are you different from all of the other Chief Operating Officers (COOs) applying for this particular role at this particular organization at this particular time?

How do I prove that?

You need to find a way to document those stories and tell them in such a way as to be meaningful to the listener. You have to tell stories that engage the listener. You have to tell stories that show how your talents solve an issue they have.

You also need to create the stories such that they can be told in seconds – not minutes. Remember the facts we told early on in our book? You know about how people today have an attention span of about 27 seconds, if not shorter.

This is the cover of our flagship book, "The Not Just for Executives Guide to Job Search." It is available on our website to help the unemployed go from From Furlough to Full Time.
The “Not Just for Executives
Guide to Job Search”

(Purchase our book to learn step-by-step methods that helps you tell the stories that move your candidacy ahead, and prove your UVP. Click here: <>)

If you’d like to review Chapter 1 of the “From Furlough to Full Time” series, click here.

For Chapter 2, click here.

For Chapter 3, click here.


And while there is some validity to this course of action, it’s not the best course of action right away to get from furlough to full time the most-quickly.

Your first instinct is probably going to be: get my resume posted to all the big job boards! Call a few recruiters, and let them know you’re available!

Let me explain what I mean. when is the last time you saw an excellent movie, or read a book that really moved you, and made you want to do something as a result of seeing that movie or reading that book?

Think about that seriously for a moment.

That chilling movie wasn’t written in the hurried state of desperation, nor was that great book. More than likely, the screenwriter or that author spent literally months (if not years) writing that document. And no, I’m not asking you to spend months/years in writing your resume. But I am asking you to think long and hard about the things that made you really successful at what you did professionally before now.

With this in mind, the place to get started is to dig around in your own chronological employment history to define those success stories that you generated for your previous employers.

How do I do that?

One place to check on success stories you had is in your HR file. In Illinois and in California, you have the right – if you worked for a public company – to ask for your HR file for up to 10 years in the past.

The stories unemployed people can write up show how their quantified successes created business movement that moved the needle for their previous employers.
Quantified metrics drive business results. Results move the needle.

Why would you want to do that? So that you can dig through your previous successes. In your HR file you may find letters of thanks from customers or colleagues. Emails with kudos and so on. You will also find the results of all of your employee reviews which may point out some of the best things you did over the course of your employment for that company. Many of us will simply have forgotten about those.

Next, just sit and think. Come up with three to five pointed stories that show your Unique Value Proposition per decade of your professional experience. There is an old saying in the world of sales – professional sales that is – facts tell, but stories sell.

The point of the post.

As we also state in our book, logic makes you think, but emotions makes you act. Let’s look at that from the perspective of job search. You want employers to want you – not just need you.

More on this in a future post.

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