So you need a new job…

We’ve all been there. You find yourself needing a new job. Perhaps you quit without anything lined up, or you were subject to a mass reorg or layoff. Here is my advice as to how to approach the job search. Keep in mind that it is my view only, and can differ for you, and the field you work in.

First, take some time to deal with any emotions. You need to be in a clear frame of mind as you approach the search. I’d recommend at least 24 hours – take more if you need to.

Once your mind is clear, and your determination is in place – update that CV. You may have let it lapse while you were gainfully employed. Fix that up. Also, update your LinkedIn profile. If it’s applicable to your field, try to get some recommendations.

I’d also suggest posting that you are searching for a job, and what your qualifications are and your background is, on your social media. Make it publicly shareable. You’ll be surprised with how many of your friends are willing to help out by sharing it, and you never know what their network is like. Make a post on your blog too, if that’s your thing.

Next, if you have a smartphone, get the job search apps. Indeed and LinkedIn Jobs are two great ones I’ve used in the past. Configure a search, and get notifications and alerts. is also great for this.

Finally, do some Googling. You’d be surprised at how many hidden job postings there are out there. Search for your location, title keyword, and level.

It goes without saying, but apply for anything you think you are qualified for, even if it’s not 100%. Often, companies will help train the right person in the skills they may not have at a particular strength. And it doesn’t hurt – the worst thing that can happen is your email never gets replied to. No skin off your back!

That’s just my advice to approaching the job search. Do you have any recommendations for people out there? Leave me a comment, and stay tuned for my interview prep advice.

Automation – A blessing and a curse

If you haven’t heard, there’s an important security update to WordPress that you really should download. Really, if you aren’t on 4.7.2 – why not?

That being said, sometimes upgrading can be a pain. Usually, you can either set up automated updates (which I would highly recommend), or press the magic button in your dashboard. 95% of the time, everything happens behind the scenes. You get the newest and greatest version, security holes are patched, and you are laughing.

However, if you find yourself in that unlucky 5% (and you find yourself with errors you can’t understand) – you have to get down and dirty behind the scenes. The following are steps if you wish to try and do things yourself.

This is where you’ll need FTP access, and also, just in case, access to server logs.

Your first step is to do a manual upgrade. This is where you’ll need FTP access. Follow the steps in the article, and usually, you’ll be OK.

Find yourself with a 500 error? Check your server logs. Often, there will be an error regarding particular files that have group write access. To fix this, I would recommend the following:

1. Ensure that your wp-admin folder, and all it’s contents, have chmod 755
2. Make sure that your index.php, and your wp-login.php in your root directory (where you installed WordPress) have chmod 644

(These can be modified, most of the time, via your FTP software, such as FileZilla)

And that should do it. If you are still encountering issues, I would suggest either contacting a WordPress expert (hi there!), or if you are really insistent on doing things yourself, your hosting provider.

Happy WordPress-ing!