Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Looking for a Job

Through an unexpected turn of events (my contract ended in June instead of next April) I have found myself searching for a new job this summer.  Many of you may think that it's nice to have a break and that there is never a better time than summer.  But I'm here to tell you that looking for a job is hard work.  It takes a lot of focus, stamina and many hours of research.  It's exhausting.

-------------HOWEVER I HAVE DISCOVERED-----------
There are a few perks: 
You can surf the internet and fill out applications at the same time.
You don't have to dress up or walk very far to get to the 'office'.
You have a nice view of your neighborhood right out your window.
No one monitors your calls daily and you can take a break whenever you want.

Several things are very important to help reach your goal:
Stay focused on the goal - getting a great job!
You must answer all phone calls with a smile and a cheery voice.
You must be professional when you are taking or making calls.
You need to jump to attention, get into that professional outfit and race to a face-to face interview at the drop of a hat.
You must keep your computer and planner calendars up-to-date at all times.  There's no room for double booking or forgetting any appointments, interviews or classes that are scheduled to help you reach that all important goal.

I have learned a lot and job searching is certainly different in today's technology world compared to the newspaper ad world of the 1980s and 1990s.
Job sightings and tools used are so different today.
1. Networking is becoming one of the best tools for finding and getting a job.
2. The internet is your friend, not only for finding jobs, but for research as well.
3. Learning and Volunteering are great ways to stay busy and they look good on your resume.
4. Linked In is a great tool. You can share references, your resume and find new contacts.
5. Our Minnesota WorkForce Centers have great seminars and offer lots of support and help.

I have a lot more to learn.  And as I do I will try to share here.
I'd love to hear any great job searching ideas you'd like to share too.

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