Dealing with the Job Search
Your Guide to Dealing With the Job Search and Coping with the Struggles of Finding a Job
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- Don't Rely Solely on the Internet to Find a Job: Fewer than half of all jobs are ever posted on job boards. Many jobs are filled through networking. Your contact list may be the greatest advantage you gained from your last job, so be sure to leverage those contacts -- and to create new contacts -- to find job opportunities.
- Don't Limit Your Options: If you cant find a job in your field, then you may be facing the prospect of taking a job at a lower pay than what you need. That decision is difficult, and should be considered carefully, but it is an option.
- Meet with a Career Counselor: When youre going through a job search, you may find yourself dealing with emotional highs and lows. You may feel like you're hitting a wall in your search, or that none of the job postings you find are for jobs you'd want to take. If you find it overwhelming, you may consider meeting with a professional career counselor. Before the meeting, know how to make the most of your time.
- Educate Yourself on Job Search Strategies: Educating yourself about job search strategies can help you best handle your job search. Check out the recent CNN article 10 Reasons You Can't Find a Job for tips on the job search.
- Ask About the Compnay: When you go to an interview, always have a few questions about the company in mind. You need to show that youve prepared for the interview and that you are knowledgeable about the company
- Follow Up on Your Job Interview: Call the employer a week after interviewing for a job to confirm your interest in the position.
- Dress Matters: When youre searching for a job, being appropriately attired is vital to making a good first impression. Check out Seeking Success: Career Article 166 for help on dressing for success.