Professions of a Silicon Valley Double-E
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
  More Ketchup? Career counselor gains new Insight on Job Loss
The CareerJournal today published an article about an outplacement counselor who lost his job recently. This guy is probably now a much better outplacement counselor than he was prior to this experience. - and based on his work over the past couple of decades, he'd already set the bar pretty high for others in the field.

the organization he created for those who've lost their jobs "Professionals-In-Transition" was already focused on folks in exactly that boat. And I imagine he'll soon be able to add a new chapter to his book "Career Bounce-back".

While I think of my self as an empathetic person, the experience of loosing my job (other than by my own choice) is not one I share with those who have been fired or laid off, or shunted to the ranks of the "underemployed". I suspect his group is a decent template for many of the organizations around the country dealing with this need. While those out of work are often happy to help run such a group, when they succeed in their job search, how does the group carry on? Maybe we need some career counselors to lead the group?

As I write this it occurs to me that those aspiring to management roles need to have coaching skills in their tool-belt. Being a volunteer leader is a great way to get such experience.

Hoping to plan a new meeting soon:
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When he is not working on IEEE stuff, Jonathan does Mixed Signal Design Verification at Qualcomm. Senior Member IEEE. Founder IEEE-SCV-SSC (the first Solid State Circuits chapter). Past Section Chair, Santa Clara Valley Section - the Largest Section. Co-founder IEEE-SCV-CAS. IEEE-SSCS Membership chair 2001-2003. IEEE SSCS chapters Committee member. IEEE-SCV-PACE committee member 2001- IEEE-SCV-PACE Chair 2006-2007. IEEE R6 PACE coordinator.


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