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Finding a Job


This is a digression from my usual topics, but I wanted to share some of my strategies with other unemployed or soon to be unemployed people out there. My job search has been the focus of my free time lately, so I figured it would be the perfect topic for my next post.

1)      Assess yourself.

The first thing you should do when looking for a job is decide what you want from a job and what you have to offer. What skills do you have? What have you learned and gained from previous jobs/experiences? What do you want to learn? Where do you want to go from here? Identify a few possible career paths that sound interesting to you, and come up with first steps to getting on that path or determining if these paths may work for you.

2)      Develop your resume.

Take your self assessment and apply it to your resume. Include relevant details like professional development, related coursework, outside interests to diversify your resume, nonprofit work, international experience, etc. Look for job templates online, and make sure your formatting is logical and not distracting. Don’t forget about making custom cover letters too!

3)      Broaden your job search.

Include newspapers, classifieds, online searches, and databases. Sign up for online searches to send you job updates right to your email. Ask friends and family to let you know if they hear of anything, and go back to your college’s career center if available. Social media is a great new way to make contacts, and while networking sounds like a dirty word, there are ways to do it that are less pushy and more about keeping your options open.

4)      Practice the interview.

Get some sample interview questions online, or draw from past experience. Practice your answers to some common questions so you sound confident, but don’t memorize them or you’ll sound too rehearsed. You can also make yourself some notes and practice on the way to the interview.

5)      Stay positive and keep trying.

Don’t use the economy as an excuse, keep looking for jobs and just keep perspective. You will find a job eventually, but it may not be exactly what you imagined. Keep looking, and if you get discouraged or feel like you’re in a rut, make a list of what you’ve been doing and brainstorm some new avenues or consider new approaches. Good luck!

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