Home Work #SideHustle Is Job Search 2.0 Worth it?

Guest Post by, Jenny McCoy

They say it’s easier to get a job when you have a job, but I’m not so sure.

I launched my job search 2.0 last week with this site: SocialJenny.com.

Go ahead, check it out.

My reasons for creating this site were:

  • I interviewed with a big NYC ad agency and they thought my resume was boring. I think this is a more palatable way of telling who I am, what I’ve done and what I’m looking for. And that damn cartoon is cute as hell.
  • I live in Florida but I’m applying exclusively to NYC companies. They surely have countless local candidates, so I need something to make me stand out and show that I’m serious about relocating.
  • It’s much easier to post a link on Facebook and other networks than it is to email my resume/cover letter to all of my contacts and I think this site represents me better anyway.
  • In addition to a public listing on Monster and other sites, having a stand alone site gives me the ability to be “found” by potential employers.
  • It shows initiative. One potential employer said she could tell I was a “self-starter” from this effort.
  • I’m now using this site as a landing page for a Facebook ad campaign targeting NYC social media professionals (thanks to Nicole’s suggestion!)

The first week of my job search 2.0 went well. I landed two phone interviews with great companies, but I  was annoyed that because I was still employed my efforts had to be funneled through an anonymous Twitter account and DMs.

I wanted to openly announce my search and this site to my online network, but I couldn’t because unfortunately my coworkers were a part of the network I’d worked so hard to build. We’re Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections, Twitter buddies and a handful of them read my blog.

So I quit. I gave three weeks’ notice with just a couple bites of interest in order to fully utilize my networks.

This decision received mixed reviews, as has my site. For me, both the site and the decision to leave my job only increase my ability to land my dream job in the big city. But I’d like to hear your thoughts.

Do you think a 2.0 approach gives leverage to candidates, or do you think I wasted a little sushi money on a pretty site? Do you think candidates are always more attractive when they have a job? Or it understandable to quit in circumstances like mine?

* Site was written and conceived by me and designed by the talented Andrew Norcross.

10 replies to this post
  1. Thanks Joe! I appreciate the feedback and my first plan is to move home and save up by doing freelance for a few weeks, but after that I do plan to at least book a flight and head up for a week or so at a time to get some face-to-face interviews and hopefully speed the process along.

  2. While this is certainly a drastic move, you ultimately have to do what’s right for you. If you can afford to be temporarily unemployed to achieve your goals, and you’re comfortable with that, then good luck! There’s a small window of time when you can do that (before you have to deal with a spouse, kids, mortgage payments, etc).

    One piece of advice to make your resume more exciting, in addition to putting it on a web site, you might want to consider making some revisions to how it’s written. Right now it’s very focused on your tasks, and not so much on your results. Think about your results first, and use your tasks to illustrate how you achieved those results. Also, I noticed your resume doesn’t have an objective – I don’t know if those are going away or if it’s still relevant to include, but you certainly have a clear objective with your job search, so it might be helpful to include that on your resume.

    Good luck! I’m curious to hear how your search goes. (I hope well!)

    • Maggie thanks so much for taking the time to check it out and I really like the resume and overall advice. I’ll definitely work more results into the areas where they fit and the objective is also helpful. It’s been great to get outside perspectives because after writing up the whole site I was kinda torn between whether I wanted to make out with myself or throw up, haha. Thanks again and I’ll definitely keep everyone updated!

  3. Jenny,

    Over the last year I’ve gained a reputation for saying Fu#$# it to anything I don’t want to put up with. Hell I decided to broadcast to the world that I left a job in two weeks after searching for 6 months. Personally I think you are following something really want to do. Ultimately it will pay off because it’s what you truly want. It might come up with some ups and downs that you have to prep for. I think the fact that you landed two interviews is a sign that what you are doing is effective. That being said I think your toughest challenge is going to be the fact that you are not an NYC local. I read somewhere that unless the skills you bring to the table are something that can not be found in the local market, then relocation for a job is really tough. One thing i’d recommend is finding a friend in NYC and using his or her address. IS it deceptive, yeah. But who cares. What matter is getting your foot in the door and getting in the job. That’s my two cents after experiencing the job search from hell.

    • Hey Srini! Thanks for stopping by. I agree, I think it was a risky decision, but for me it was really the only one that made sense. I do have a situation like you had, where my parents are actually excited for the potential of having me back for a couple weeks to do freelance and job search. As for the location issue, I’ve been pretty up front with everyone that I’m not coming up in a U-Haul, I do have friends I can stay with temporarily and I’ve already put in my notice at work. I do plan to save up if I’m still not employed by the time I hit the home front and line up opportunities to do face-to-face opportunities. Looking forward to this next step!

  4. Jenny,
    My one piece of advice is not to listen to Srinivas. I don’t know you, but I kinda feel like I do after looking through your new site. Being deceptive during the job application process would be the buzz-kill of your big move. You have done such a great job of depicting an outgoing and creative personality, don’t ruin it with lies. They will come back to bite you, guaranteed. You know how much companies use social media to check out job applicants, so you would be found out pretty quickly.
    Keep on, girl, but do it the right way. Good luck!

    • Thanks Kate! I’m glad you got a good impression of me from the site. Right now, I’ve had a follow-up from my top job interest and my “move to NYC” plan was brought up. I simply told the employer that my last day of work is the 21st, and I could either work remotely or in the office from the 24 through 28 and then come back to get my last suitcase full. For the long term plan, I plan to move home and do freelance work until I can save up enough to fly up for a week or so. For me, I’m personally a horrible liar, so I think that getting passed over due to location is something I have to risk at this point.

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