Job search can be a daunting process even in the best of times. When unemployment is up and so many well-qualified individuals are in the job market, conducting an effective job search is critical. To compound the task, given the multitude of career choices and job possibilities out there in the world of work, it is no wonder that job seekers are overwhelmed and confused.
Accumulating "best practices" in job search will aid you in maximizing your job search time and impact. You can start here: Anita Bruzzese, author of 45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy, interviewed me recently on her Smash the Ladder with Anita and Diane BlogTalkRadio podcast. Listen in and learn these job search tips:
- Uncovering other job and career possibilities
- Competing in the job-search marketplace
- Using job boards and other job search strategies
- Instilling the essentials in your resume
- Constructing a cover letter that grabs attention
- Avoiding the Internet "black hole" after sending your resume.
In addition, learning from and avoiding the mistakes that so many others make in their job search can put you ahead of your competition. Join LinkedIn and ask questions, turn to your support network for feedback and advice, and explore your industry and occupational field for trends, contacts, and job search strategies.
Remember the saying about doing the same things over and over again, and expecting a different outcome? Expand out of your usual job-search routine and push the envelop on new ideas. For more top-notch job search strategies and tips, check out Job Search Bloopers: Every Mistake You Can Make on the Road to Career Suicide and How to Avoid Them.