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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Job Search (part -2)

* Keep a record of all calls you’ve made, resumes you’ve forwarded, and applications you’ve completed. Call back or visit these employers about two weeks after you’ve given them your resume. It’s a good idea to speak to the person who is actually hiring for the position. If you don’t know that person’s name, ask the Human Resources or Recruiting office for it.

    * Searching for a new job can often be an exhausting experience, even harder than a full-time job. Though it may seem a long time before you receive a call from a potential employer, do not get discouraged! Use your energy to make a daily, weekly, and even monthly plan of what you need to accomplish. You really will feel good when you see your plans on paper, especially as the “things-to-do” list shrinks and changes every day!

    * Make a specific plan of action. Determine a reasonable number of in-person contacts that you can make daily, as well as Internet and phone contacts. Try to get out of the house at least once daily, preferable in the morning to help you to get up and get moving. Make a daily schedule the day before and plan it around an eight hour day. The more structured you become, the more organized and positive you will feel about the process. Finding a job is a job in itself! If you’ve been out of work for an extended period of time, this will help you to “get back into the swing of things”. You’ll need to stick to a daily schedule, get dressed in “work” or “interview” clothes, and will begin to socialize again.

    * This is hard work so don’t get discouraged!! You may want to join a job club through your local Job Service, or through a community agency, to help keep yourself motivated, share ideas and frustrations with other job seekers, and to keep yourself on track.

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