Conan O'Brien: Lessons on Successful Job Hunting

Conan O'Brien, who has a new job on television, has many lessons for you on how to find a job. O'Brien had high ratings on his first night on the job on cable network TBS for his show called 'Conan.'

1. It isn't what happens to you professionally but how you handle it. After the humiliation of being squeezed out of his old job, O'Brien could have simply internalized the pain, taken the money, and hid. Instead he came up with a strategy -- part public relations, part performance art -- to create a fresh image for himself. So far, so good. The guy did get another job, a good one, didn't he?

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2. Suck up the mistakes made on the way to what's next. Sure, the public got weary of O'Brien's ranting about his old bosses and the media let him know that. He also fell into a clinical depression. Yet, he picked himself up from those stumbles, dusted himself off, and moved forward.

3. When you're back to a position of strength, push back. That not only makes you feel better, it also sends a message to others, warning them not to mess with you. O'Brien is letting Jay Leno and others know that he has a long memory.

Someone else who can teach you lessons on job hunting? Cathie Black. She landed a nice gig as head of New York City public schools.



Jane Genova

Editor

Jane Genova http://janegenova.com began focusing on transitions when the academic market collapsed as she was writing her dissertation in linguistics and literature at the University of Michigan.  After re-establishing herself in the public relations industry, she gradually published on the subject.  Her first piece was on The Professional Woman in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.  Since then, she co-authored the book THE CRITICAL 14 YEARS OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE and myriad e-books and articles on career subjects ranging from emotional intelligence to aging.  In the 1980s she attempted another change by attending Harvard Law School.  She didn’t complete the degree but channeled that experience into maintaining a legal blog [http://lawandmore.typepad.com] housed at the Library of Congress.

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Edward

Conan: You will always be on top and always "vive la vida loca"

November 11 2010 at 4:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
george stray

Steve Allen was the true riot of that show and almost all of his shows were rendered useless by some space saving NBC employee. Johnny Carson was good and was there 30 years. Leno is almost as good and Connan is OK. Too bad the young will never see Steve Allen. Craig Ferguson is a lot like Allen. Letterman is a simpleton and the guy that dumped Ben Stein will get the loyalty he deserves. Respectfully George

November 10 2010 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doug

With Conan's "long memory" comment, it doesn't appear he has learned from the past. He's right about "how" you act after a fall. He's right about the moving beyond the mistakes. But to motivate youself based on what happened in the past to go for revenge or something like that is not good for your health or your ratings because people see right through it. Conan should concentrate on the "product" he produces in his new job because if people don't buy it, his new job won't last. It was obvious to me the product he produced on the "Tonight Show" was average and that's the reason he didn't last.

November 10 2010 at 9:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jim

What was Jay Leno suppose to do give up the tonite so Conan could have it, After all his ratings were low for the few weeks he was on. Thats crazy. The way it is now it's worked out just fine.

November 10 2010 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Roger

Screw those TV celebrities! They need us, we do not need them. Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno? Bad examples for suggesting what to do when out of work. Those guys donot know what reality is that the rest of us are going through.

November 10 2010 at 9:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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