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Job Search: Getting Results

By Mariangela Malespin

So, its time to look for a job. But where and how should you begin the search? Whether its your first job out of school or if you've been working for a while, there are a few practical ideas including where and more importantly: how to look, that can help.

WHERE: The basics

You are already on the web, one of the most efficient and effective access tools. Use it! The web has search sites such as the established "Monster Board" at that allow you to browse through countless opportunities. Korn Ferry's newest site,, is for aspiring executives that have already been out in the job market for a few years or have just finished grad school. (It doesn't list opportunities but allows them to gather information on you such as management style, problem solving, perspectives and experience for their database.) Traditional newspapers also have sites, and visiting them allows you to look at the classifieds, all over the globe, without having to shell out the cash and damaging trees. This is definitely cost effective - as long as you don't have an hourly rate for Internet access. Be sure to visit company Web sites for job listings as well as other interesting information. Also check out government resources on the Web. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a good site for statistics such as average annual pay levels in metropolitan areas and average annual pay by state or industry. You can find interesting job descriptions too. If you have patience for navigation, look at their site .

THE GAME PLAN: Determine What You Want

Gathering information is good. However, you need a game plan. You have to determine what kind of job you want. For those of you that don't know (and there are many of you out there), the following two paragraphs are for you. First, decide on what sounds interesting to you. (I hate it when someone suggests reading "What Color Is Your Parachute" - so, I won't even mention it.)

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