For the More Advanced
If you've been in the work place, a great
source for leads can be former co-workers. These people may be friends
or acquaintances. After all, they know you and like you. But before
approaching them, be sincere with yourself, know your limitations
but also know your abilities. You can help out each other through
recommendations, networking and referrals. Many employers now ask
for references not only of former managers but also former peers.
So after a job, keep in touch occasionally with former peers, but
not just when you want something.
Recruiters can also be helpful. They can have
access to companies and positions that are difficult to reach. Just
be careful to understand it's a relationship. Like choosing the
right mate, you have to choose the right recruiter. The right recruiter
can be a lasting relationship of many years. The right recruiter
can help grow your career over the long term. However, its still
business to the recruiter, so don't think they are going to work
harder at getting you a job than you will.
How you approach your job search will be based
on your own personal style. My main suggestion is to approach the
job search as a business venture. Be thorough and follow-up as you
would if you were working for someone else. Keep in mind, this is
more important. By writing lists and notes down, you are organizing
yourself as well as showing yourself a commitment and promise of
going after what you want. If it's on paper, you've thought
it through, and its not so easily ignored. You will compete effectively
by being efficient and by being true to yourself. Its time to create
that opportunity- NOW! Happy hunting!
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