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|June 21, 2009|
If you’re seeking a new job, here are some tips for finding the best opportunities while overcoming the anguish of rejection and the unknown.
If you’re thinking of seeking a new job, your first step should be revising and updating your resume — unless you are one of those smart folks who keep your resume current. Remember to focus your job descriptions around tangible accomplishments.
At the same time as you are getting your resume in shape, begin reaching out to your network of contacts — family, friends, neighbors, and former co-workers and bosses — and tell them that you are in the market and seeking suggestions and job leads. Don’t stop there, but begin (if you have not already) growing and expanding your network by using sources such as alumni (from high school and colleges), professional organizations, and community groups. Use every opportunity to network.
The next step is moving your job-search into full gear. If you are unemployed, then you should spend every working hour of every day accomplishing job-search activities, from talking with recruiters to networking to posting your resume to responding to job ads to preparing for interviews and conducting employer research.
Once your hard work pays off and you start getting interview offers, you need to be mentally prepared for the job-search to quickly slow. The hiring time line has slowed dramatically, and employers are taking much longer to fill positions. The better you are prepared to wait (while still following up to show your interest), the better you’ll be able to handle the time.
Finally, remember to follow-up every job lead, every interview. Find creative ways to continue to show your interest in the job.
Remember that in today’s job market, it is truly a numbers game, and in certain job markets across the country, there are many job-seekers vying for one or two open positions. Manage your expectations and be prepared for at least some rejection along the way — and be prepared to never hear back from a high percentage of employers who are simply too overwhelmed and understaffed to deal with the number of applicants.
Finally, remember that you may need to either change careers or relocate to find the job that best fits your needs and skills.
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