The Career Sherpa: Job Search Navigation Expert

by Meg Guiseppi on May 9, 2011


I asked my friend and colleague Hannah Morgan, the Career Sherpa (@careersherpa on Twitter) for the best job search advice she could share with people:

“The rules have changed. Lifetime employment no longer exists. The sooner we can all adjust and accept this, the better. We all need to develop a career insurance policy. Ongoing networking to stay top of mind with key people, even when you’re not actively searching, should be part of your plan.

But for job stability, the future world of work will be built around career portfolios, or multiple income streams. That is, a series of short-terms jobs, self-employment and consulting stints for one or more employers, along with possible full-time employment with a single employer.

Think of it this way. You have a retirement account and maybe even financial investments. You don’t put all your money into the same fund do you? You diversify your investments. You do this as a form of insurance because if one doesn’t perform as well, you’ll be protected by the others. This is exactly the same logic you’ll want to apply to your career.”

Hannah has been called one of the most underrated job search bloggers in America, by another job search expert, Jacob Share.  I featured Jacob earlier in this series that introduces you to some of the best job search bloggers you may not know about.

She may not be a superstar – YET – but, with more than 4 years of steadfast, daily blogging behind her and continuing every day, she’s bound to get there soon. Many of us in the careers industry have been loyal fans for some, if not all, of those years.

With over 10 years’ experience working in human resources and outplacement, her engaging, compelling writing style is backed by deep expertise in the field. She was a career training specialist at RochesterWorks, a career consultant at Lee Hecht Harrison, and is now Job-Hunt.org’s Job Search Navigation Expert. It’s no wonder that people get hooked once they start reading her blog or tweets.

Hannah and I get together by phone regularly to discuss trends, strategies, and how to better help our clients. Her driving passion for the new world of search and helping job seekers understand how to navigate it, are obvious.

In her business, Hannah works with job seekers on career mapping, reputation management and social media strategies. As she says on her blogsite:

My mission:  Guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search by providing a map and tools to navigate today’s competitive landscape.

My passion:  Helping the wandering and lost job seeker to understand how to look for work better.

To give you an idea of what kind of information you’ll find on Career Sherpa, here are some of Hannah’s most popular posts:

25 Habits to Break if You Want a Job

LinkedIn Tips – How To Find “Great” People to Connect With

How To Find Smart People to Follow On Twitter

The Process of Job Search

Social Media, Job Search and You

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sunitha Narayanan May 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Back at ya, Ladies–to more such conversations.

2 Meg Guiseppi May 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Aw gee, Hannah, you’re too kind.

Sunitha, I’m so glad you resurrected this post and reminded me of Hannah’s wisdom about today’s job search.

Many thanks to both of you!

3 Career Sherpa May 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Meg and Sunitha:

You have both communicated so well the importance of purposeful existence! There is not much more for me to add…I am so grateful to know two thoughtful women!

Thank you both!

4 Meg Guiseppi May 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Hi Sunitha,

Thanks for your insightful comment and very kind words.

This new reality of careers and lack of the kind of job security we had been used to truly requires mindful and purposeful planning, as you say.

I love your cautionary advice to “pause, reflect, and act”. In my practice, I won’t work with executive job seekers who can’t (or won’t) take the time to collaborate with me on their personal branding, which helps them get a grip on what kinds of jobs and companies will satisfy their overall career needs . . . leading them to financial AND emotional career fulfillment.

Knowing what kind of work (and which kinds of companies or organizations) will be a good fit is the critical first step too many job seekers push past quickly when they dive into a job search.

Your thoughts bring to mind that wonderful old saying: “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

Thanks again!

5 Sunitha Narayanan May 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Meg & Hannah:
Years of socialization, I believe, has led to the belief–one job-stability-retirement. I remember conversations, growing up in India where getting a “secure” job was considered a goal and a hallmark of success. The word security today, is volatile because it doesn’t exist in the way we understood it.

The reality is that in a lifetime, we will not touch the surface of our skills/talents UNLESS we pay attention and do so in a purposeful, mindful fashion. My thought is that as a society we do need to slow down, reflect on how we want to live our lives and pass unconventional wisdom to our children/next generation. Meg, you make a point about Hannah slowly yet surely building a brand – this concept of pause, reflect, act is missing because of the immediate gratification syndrome.

So, the question isn’t about getting a job or even finding a career, is it? It is more about digging deeper to understand what makes you engaged and productive in a way that you are surprised that a whole day went by when you finally looked up to take a breather.

I am glad there is a community of thinkers like you who are vigilant and bring these topics to an awareness to generate discussions.

Thanks,
Sunitha

6 Meg Guiseppi May 10, 2011 at 6:16 am

Gosh, Hannah, I’m blushing. Aren’t you kind!

I’ve learned so much from you — in our discussions and from your blog posts. I want my readers to do the same and be exposed to other bloggers who know what they’re talking about and can help them.

I look forward to future stimulating discussions, and your daily blog stream of the best in job search.

Meg

7 Career Sherpa May 9, 2011 at 11:25 am

Meg,
It is an honor and a pleasure to be considered a colleague! Your site has long been one I’ve referred to and shared not only for cutting-edge but SOLID advice!

Many many thanks for featuring me!

This concept of multiple income streams makes for an interesting discussion. I hope we can continue to explore the logistics of how this will work across the executive and C-suite!

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