Q: A recent layoff put me in a job search mode again. The last time I looked for a new position , it was really hard to maintain my motivation. Do you have any tips on what I can do to stay positive and productive? –Heather, Jefferson City, Mo.
Trying to find a job by calling people you don't know and asking them for help probably sounds dreadful, like a cross between telemarketing and door-to-door sales. After all, nobody likes rejection, and this job-search strategy is sure to provoke a rash of apologies and unreturned phone calls.
Less than a year after becoming office manager of a testing firm in Chicago, Linda Sullivan was ready to quit. She believed her marketing skills were being wasted in an administrative position, and she felt underpaid to boot.
When Wendell Hall was asked to relocate for the 13 th time in 31 years, he realized how demanding and unfulfilling his corporate life had become. As a vice president of operations for General Motors Acceptance Corp., he oversaw lending activities among GM dealers throughout the Western U.S. The job required lots of travel and, at age 55, another transfer, this time from northern New Jersey to Detroit. "I wasn't willing to do that again, so I left," he says.
Most bosses think they do a pretty good job of keeping their subordinates happy. Don Bibeault has no such illusions. "I'm not a jolly fellow who's fun to be with," says Mr. Bibeault, a former turnaround specialist and CEO in Mill Valley, California . "I'm extremely dedicated and determined, and I don't have time to sugarcoat problems. If that's considered abrasive behavior, so be it."
As recruiting season begins on business-school campuses, the collapse of major banks on Wall Street has many soon-to-graduate M.B.A.s rethinking their post-graduate paths. That's especially true for students who had set their sights on a career in investment banking .